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James family launches petition to ask council to delay ORV decision

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ORVs could be allowed on any street in Lindsay or Bobcaygeon depending on how council votes this week. File photo.

A Lindsay couple has launched a petition to ask council to put the brakes on any final off-road vehicle (ORV) decision that would see ORVs be able to be travel on Lindsay and Bobcaygeon streets.

Council meets Tuesday and will make a final decision for this issue that was originally discussed at committee of the whole.

Darryl and Robin James, who have launched the petition, say the final vote should be stalled.

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ORVs and backyard chickens in Lindsay? No thanks, says reader

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ORVs and backyard chickens in Lindsay? No thanks, says reader

The recent Kawartha Lakes City Council approval for the operation of recreational off-road vehicles (ORVs) on Lindsay’s paved streets and trails has exposed a serious flaw in the administration of this municipality.

The City of Kawartha Lakes was cobbled together by the provincial government in 2001 without the initiative or support of most of the population.

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City approves an ORV link through Lindsay

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ORVs and backyard chickens in Lindsay? No thanks, says reader

Kawartha Lakes council, by a vote of 7-2, decided at their June 1 committee of the whole meeting to recommend only one route for ORVs to travel through Lindsay. Councillor Pat Dunn called the route the best choice “because it was the shortest, safest route with the fewest number of homes impacted.”

The route selected will impact the following streets:

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Bocking recommends against ORVs on roads

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Bocking recommends against ORVs on roads
Dr. Natalie Bocking says ORV use should be restricted to trails.

Dr. Natalie Bocking, medical officer of health for Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit, recommended to council that ORVs be restricted to “trail use only.”

“There are many people in the city passionate about the issue of ORV usage,” Bocking said, but at public health “our mandate is to promote and protect the health of residents.”

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Busy streets in Lindsay, Bobcaygeon could soon be forced to accommodate ORVs

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New ORV routes being recommended at next council meeting

If the Off-road Vehicle Task Force gets its way, ORVs could soon be permitted on such busy Lindsay streets as Logie, Wellington, Cambridge and Angeline Streets, among many other choices. Bobcaygeon, too, could see ORV use on some of its main roads.

In what is expected to be another contentious meeting on June 1, Kawartha Lakes council is being asked to approve a new set of off-road vehicle (ORV) routes through Lindsay and Bobcaygeon.

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Podcast Teaser: Balancing act is vital in journalism

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Podcast Teaser: Balancing act is vital

More than 30 years ago, when I was a young and green and still-a-very-much-learning-my-craft journalist in Ottawa, I was given some words of wisdom that, ever since, I’ve always strived to adhere to.

“As a reporter, you can never be unbiased,” my good friend and a veteran of both print and broadcast media had warned me. His point was that we’re all human beings, not robots, and therefore have opinions – and that journalists have plenty of them. “But,” he stressed, “as a reporter you can, and must, always be fair.”

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Council approves ATV access in principle, details to come

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Kawartha Lakes council got one step further to allowing ATVs access to a number of designated rural roads in the south of the city, and  routes through Lindsay and Bobcaygeon — creating a united trail system for recreational vehicles running from the Ganaraska Forest all the way to Haliburton.

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Lively council meeting expected on ORV issue

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The committee of the whole meeting on May 4 promises to be contentious as Kawartha Lakes City Council hears more about the divisive off-road vehicle bylaw review.

Council will be discussing how many kilometres of local roadways will be opened up for recreational ORV usage, a possibility that has angered many in the walking, hiking and bicycling community.

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City’s ATV task force must put health of citizens ahead of everything else

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ORVs and backyard chickens in Lindsay? No thanks, says reader

It is outrageous that the Kawartha Lakes ATV task force wants to open up essentially all roads in the City of Kawartha Lakes to ATV and Side by Side use as can be seen when one views the last task force meeting of March 4.

What is most troubling is the fact that the committee members have not consulted the local health unit for an opinion on what effects such a move would have on the health and safety of area residents. Public Health Ontario released a report on the epidemiology of ATV-related injuries in Ontario in 2019 and found that the Haliburton-Kawartha Pine-Ridge Health Unit (to which our city belongs) had the fifth highest rate of Emergency Room visits and hospitalizations of the 34 health units in the province.

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Fairness of new city task force questioned; use of off-road vehicles examined

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"Where is input from walkers, hikers, bicyclist and horseback riders whose enjoyment will be interfered with by these motorized vehicles?" asks Peter Petrosoniak.

Some community members are speaking out against Kawartha Lakes City Council’s taskforce on off-road vehicles since all four citizen appointees have clear ties to the outdoor pastime.

The four community members selected to assist the task force include current president of the Kawartha ATV Association Caroline Richards, past president of the Kawartha ATV Association Steve Lane, ATV enthusiast and Trent Hills fire chief Don Mitchell and Kawartha Lakes Police Service constable Jason Ramsay. At the first meeting of the task force in early February, Richards was elected the vice-chair of the group.

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