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DriveTest centre in Lindsay faces community scrutiny in shadow of pandemic

DriveTest in Lindsay must now forbid residents from other regions from taking road tests

In a press release just issued today, the Ontario government is cancelling all in-vehicle road tests in regions in the Grey (Lockdown) level effective now. DriveTest centres such as in Lindsay must not book any road tests from outside the area.

This currently applies to all road tests in the City of Toronto and Peel Region, including the Brampton, Downsview, Etobicoke, Metro East, Mississauga and Port Union DriveTest centres. This action is being taken to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Second World War vet returns ‘home’ to Oakwood farm on Remembrance Day

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Second World War veteran, Jim Jenkins, outside his childhood home in Oakwood where he was born. Photo: Roderick Benns.

By his own admission he should have been killed many times during the four-and-a-half years that Jim Jenkins, 96, served King and country as a member of the Canadian forces.

Now, well into the winter of his life, he is on a tour with his wife, Joan, and daughter, Jane Kent, from their home in Toronto. He wanted to once again see the Oakwood farmhouse that he was born in – and where he was based before volunteering to stand up against German fascism.

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DriveTest reality serving GTA people doesn’t match up with Ontario’s COVID colour codes

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DriveTest centre in Lindsay faces community scrutiny in shadow of pandemic

You had an article recently about the DriveTest in the Lindsay Square Mall being open to people from Toronto or elsewhere, even with the surge in COVID-19 cases in Toronto.

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City in need of more rental housing

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Terms like “desperate” have been used to describe the need for more rental housing of all kinds in Kawartha Lakes which currently has a minuscule 1.3 per cent vacancy rate, according to the last figures available from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

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Podcast teaser: Restaurants, teaching, Worms, and court

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I.E. Weldon Secondary School teacher Mairi Bew tells Advocate Podcast host Denis Grignon that the stress of back-to-school is still there – but easing.

In the past two weeks, we dined at three different restaurants in Lindsay. That’s a first. A few times a month is our norm. The increased number of visits isn’t because we suddenly became millionaires; (Nope, you’ll never see me holding up your milk purchase in line at the convenience store, as I furiously scratch-and-not-win at the counter).

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Pinnguaq celebrates one year anniversary of Lindsay Makerspace

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With a complete year since its grand opening, Pinnguaq is celebrating the Lindsay Makerspace.

On Oct. 3, 2019, Pinnguaq’s Lindsay Makerspace opened its doors for the first time, welcoming young innovators and creators to explore the endless possibilities in the world of science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM).

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Presentation to council proposes new economic path

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Mike Perry and Dennis Geelen believe that Kawartha Lakes should be looking at new and innovative ways to build back in the post- pandemic economy in central Ontario and shared their vision with council at the committee of the whole meeting on Nov. 3.

Perry is a lawyer and social worker who has long been interested in social policy. Geelen is a business consultant, focused on innovation and customer-centric solutions for small businesses, recently releasing a book on this topic.

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Another $680 million for better internet connectivity

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“In the 21st century, connectivity is not a luxury – it is a necessity."

Today Mayor Andy Letham joined Mayor Brent Devolin, Mayor of Minden Hills, at the Haliburton County Public Library in Minden Hills for a Provincial announcement regarding investment in broadband connectivity.

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Wide ranging economic recovery plan clears first hurdle

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Continued improvements to downtowns is one of a handful of focuses for the city's economic recovery.

Council enthusiastically endorsed, in principal, the recommendations of the Economic Recovery Task Force presented at their committee of the whole meeting on Nov. 3.

These recommendations include improvements to the downtowns, investments in boat launches and trails, a commitment to move forward with plans for increased broadband capacity, developing a cultural sector recovery grant program and continuing to partner with the Kawartha Lakes Innovation Cluster.

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Ontario adding new hospital beds in Kawartha Lakes

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Laurie Scott stands with staff of the Ross Memorial Hospital near a podium

The Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay will be receiving more than $1.1 million in funding to help alleviate hospital capacity pressures and reduce wait times.

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Caroline Palmer: Actor of Shazam!, Heartland fame living off-grid in Burnt River

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Caroline Palmer: Actor of Shazam!, Heartland fame living off-grid in Burnt River
Caroline Palmer, of Shazam! fame and many other movies and TV shows. All other photos: Mike Palmer.

Caroline Palmer has appeared on hit TV shows such as Mr. D, Workin’ Moms, Suits, and even the 2019 DC Comics’ blockbuster, Shazam! She must live in Hollywood or Toronto, right?

As it turns out, most of this star’s days are spent in a location a tad more rural: Burnt River, Kawartha Lakes. Not only do she and her husband, Mike Palmer (and their dog, Tobias), live in Burnt River, though — they’re also doing so off-grid, with no electricity or running water.

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