At the November 5 Committee of the Whole, staff brought forward a recommendation to Council for a voluntary ban of Styrofoam and single-use plastics throughout the municipality. Kawartha Lakes alone produces roughly 10 tonnes of Styrofoam waste and more than one third of all plastics collected come from single-use materials.
Hands-up if when you were in Grade 7 or 8 you did any of the following:
*Installed a garden that could withstand drought conditions or one that could absorb water run-off.
*Painted yellow fish on storm gratings and carried out a neighbourhood campaign to inform homeowners of the message they should take away from this.
*Assisted a pharmacist in concocting specially-formulated medicinal mouthwash for cancer patients.
*Prepared a vaping awareness campaign for your peers.
*Helped a butcher convert kidneys, hearts, and livers into dog-food.
*Had an opportunity to shadow a specialist in non-surgical cosmetic medicine.
Too cool for school, right?
Collaborative family law has grown in popularity over the last 25 years and has been embraced by family law practitioners to varying degrees. The collaborative family law movement began in the Western American states and was later adopted in British Columbia as one of the first provinces in Canada to embrace a shift in family law towards alternative forms of dispute resolution. Since that time, many lawyers across the country have embraced a transition to the collaborative process, perhaps in light of the fact that most family law cases settle before they reach the adjudication phase of litigation.
Liberal leadership candidate, Alvin Tedjo, says he would provide all Ontarians with Basic Income regardless of employment status. If elected premier, Basic Income would be implemented immediately.
Tedjo’s plan for Basic Income comes on the heels of his announcement last week which would see the Catholic and public school boards merged together under one roof.
Now, Tedjo has come forward and pledged his commitment to address another fundamental challenge — poverty and the changing economy.
Members of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) have given their union a strong mandate for central strike action should it be needed during ETFO’s central bargaining negotiations:
- ETFO’s teacher and occasional teacher members voted 98% in favour of strike action; and
- ETFO’s education worker members voted 98% in favour of strike action.
“Talks have stalled at ETFO’s central bargaining tables. This is a wake-up call from our members to this government to get serious about key issues affecting educators and students including more supports for Special Education, class size and class structure, fair and transparent hiring practices, and preservation of the current Kindergarten program,” said ETFO President Sam Hammond.
Local MP Jamie Schmale joined Lake Simcoe area MPs calling on the Prime Minister to follow through on the Lake Simcoe Clean-up Fund.
The six area rural Conservative MPs are asking the new Liberal government to provide a firm commitment and timeline for reinstating the Lake Simcoe Clean-up Fund.
The original funding program assisted local groups with projects that improved the health of the lake for 10 years before it was cancelled by Trudeau’s government two years ago.
At the October 29 Special Council meeting, Council heard presentations from the agencies and boards whose budgets are supplemented by the municipality. Due to pressures for the 2020 budget, Council had requested all agencies and boards submit their budgets with a zero percent increase over 2019 levels. In total, $25 million, or 12% of the municipality’s total operating budget is allocated to the services provided by these organizations.
Police Chief Mark Mitchell and Don Thomas, Chair of the City of Kawartha Lakes Police Services Board presented the proposed 2020 budget, noting the Board has kept to the zero percent increase requested by Council. Mitchell explained the pending reduction of funding from the Ministry of Public Safety and Security for three officers posted at the Central East Correctional Centre. The $443,000 reduction was just recently announced and is being discussed with the Ministry with the intention of reversing the decision.
If it takes a village to raise a child, a town can also come together to help feed kids through the summer months. This is what is happening in Lindsay since summer 2018, where an innovative Summer Outreach Lunch Program is providing healthy bagged lunches to children.
It’s May 25, 1924, and the evening is drawing nigh. You are a senior student at S.S. No. 6 Ops Township, known to locals as “McArthur’s School,” and you have just had supper at Joseph Parrington’s place, down on what is now called Halter Road. You’ve been helping Mr. Parrington with chores since school began, and he has graciously invited you to eat with his family on this calm Sunday night.
Three new cutting-edge businesses and products were honoured by the Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation and the Kawartha Lakes Business & Community Development Corporation to cap Small Business Week on Friday.