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Grocery sales down 40 per cent over long weekend compared to last year

Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham says grocery sales were down 40 per cent over a typical long weekend in the city because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a wide-ranging media scrum Letham and CAO Ron Taylor shared their thoughts on the disappointing business trends from the recent Victoria Day weekend and what issues the city will be facing moving forward next month and even into next year.

On the grocery store numbers, Letham says that “unless residents use their local businesses they are going to lose them.”

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Scott says cheaper hydro, more jobs on her short list if re-elected

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Laurie Scott says jobs are a priority for her in this election.

Local MPP and Progressive Conservative Candidate Laurie Scott says three of the most important issues she will fight for at Queen’s Park if re-elected are jobs, better health care wait times, and cheaper hydro rates.

“Too many families are struggling to make ends meet in our communities,” Scott tells The Lindsay Advocate.

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The $38 million problem as election campaign begins

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With the 2018 Ontario election campaign now underway, this month’s Community Care commentary continues to stress the need for accessible dental care for all.

In this province, at least one person goes to a hospital Emergency Room (ER) once every 9 minutes, and every 3 minutes someone goes to a doctor’s office due to dental problems. Such individuals are desperate for help, but they can only get antibiotics and painkillers that may relieve the pain, but do not treatment the problem so that it does not reoccur.

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Libertarian candidate says government at all levels has become too big

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Is Queen's Park itself the problem? Gene Balfour says yes. "Libertarians...are..."defenders" against all other political parties who continue to expand the state."

Lindsay Advocate Publisher Roderick Benns will be interviewing all provincial candidates in the Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock riding in the coming days. Today, we speak with the Libertarian candidate Gene Balfour.

Benns: As you see it, what are three of the top issues in this provincial election?

Balfour: As I see it, there is one main issue from which many other issues arise. The main issue is that Ontario voters have allowed our governments at all levels to become too big.

To substantiate this statement, I offer five metrics to consider:

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What’s in a name? Kawartha Lakes vs. Kawarthas

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Balsam Lake, in Kawartha Lakes. (Photo: Roderick Benns.)

Many weeks ago, I attended a meeting about the promotion of cultural heritage in this municipality.  Towards the end of the meeting, one of the participants pointed out that too many call this area “the Kawarthas,” when in fact it is called “Kawartha Lakes.”

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NDP candidate says hydro, health, housing are priorities as election begins

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Zac Miller says health care is one of three top priorities for the NDP.

Lindsay Advocate Publisher Roderick Benns will be interviewing all provincial candidates in the Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock riding in the coming days. Today, we speak with new NDP candidate Zac Miller.

Benns: As you see it, what are three of the top issues in this provincial election?

Miller: The first issue for the upcoming provincial election is our sky-rocketing hydro bills. Hydro isn’t a luxury and it shouldn’t be priced like one. We will return Hydro One back into public ownership and control because we should not have to pay for a company’s profits.

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Let’s Go Fishing! Celebrations revives classic spring tradition for families

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Lindsay is known as a great thoroughfare to the lakes and rivers of Kawartha Lakes for top-notch fishing, whether by boat or from the shore. Fishing is also a great way to enjoy the company of young and old. As a pastime, or sport fishing, it is another way to experience our great outdoors and see Lindsay from a different vantage point.

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Forests and ships: Planning for the future with flexibility

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Forests and ships: Planning for the future with flexibility

Maximilien de Béthune, duc de Sully (1560-1641) was first minister and right-hand man of Henry IV of France.

He was also passionate about trees and was responsible for halting and outlawing the devastation of the forests of France that had preceded his appointment. In 1599 he planned a forest that would, in 200 years, provide France with all the excellent ship masts it would need for an excellent fleet.  Keep Reading

How a basic income could help young families

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These young parents see the basic income as a support to pursue further education, run a small business, or to stay at home and raise their children.

A few weeks ago, I had lively discussions with two groups of young mothers. They were open, honest and articulate.  The women were participants in a weekly program that offered social connection and learning opportunities. While the children played, the women talked to me about the challenges of raising a family in the small community of Haliburton. After a brief explanation of the basic income and the current pilot project, I asked them to consider what a basic income might mean to their lives.

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The royal wedding: Fenelon Falls church has you covered

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The cost is $15 – considerably less than a flight to London.

Did your invitation to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle get lost in the mail? Or perhaps your name got caught up in the international politics of the Trumps, Obamas and Trudeaus not being invited? Or maybe you just want to do something a little less excessive than flying to London now that Harry is only sixth in line to the throne — since the birth of Prince Louis?

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Are the kids alright? Youth mental health in Kawartha Lakes

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You are driving past a school play yard and you see thirty kids playing on the school field at recess. According to widely-accepted figures, at least six of those kids you see – all sons, daughters, grandkids, cousins, neighbours, members of our community – will suffer or are suffering from some sort of mental health issue, be it anxiety, trauma, a mood disorder, or an emotional, social and behavioural issue.

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