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Parents push for school photos; more money coming for tech, infrastructure

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Bobcaygeon area trustee John Byrne told fellow trustees at the recent Trillium Lakelands District School Board meeting that parents are pushing schools to carry on with school photos this year.

Outsiders, like photographers, have been restricted from school property to help contain the COVID virus.

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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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Getting up to speed: The quest for fast rural internet

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Getting up to speed: The quest for fast rural internet

“Our internet service is just deplorable,” declares Angela Field.

The entrepreneur and mother of four describes a situation where data must be rationed – that is, only a little bit of internet time can be used per day for fear of going over an internet company’s cap and being forced to pay more. Family members must alternate their activities with only one person online at any given time. And Field, with her husband Evan Lang, lives just 15 minutes outside of Lindsay — the largest settlement area in the city.

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Letham named chair of EOWC for second year in a row

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Letham will not stand for a third term as mayor

The Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (EOWC), at its annual inaugural meeting held last week in Kingston, appointed City of Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham as the 2020 chair and warden Rick Phillips as the 2020 vice-chair.

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Wallen saw big community gains during time at KLCFDC

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Wallen saw big community gains during his time at KLCFDC
Andrew Wallen, KLCFDC.

Roderick Benns recently interviewed Andrew Wallen, general manager of Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation (KLCFDC). Wallen departs this week — after 20 years at the helm — to take on a new position  in Western Ontario at the Western Ontario CFDCA. 

Benns: You’ve seen this community grow in many ways over the years. What are the top two or three things in that regard that stand out in your mind as it relates to CFDC?

Wallen: For me in terms of the gains in our community related to the KLCFDC …that might not have ever happened as it starts with us becoming a member of the Community Futures Program in 2001—something that the organization was not part of previously.

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EOWC and eastern MPPs meet to talk social policy, services

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The meeting was co-hosted by EOWC Chair Andy Letham (pictured) and MPP Todd Smith.

Members of the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (EOWC) held a meeting with their provincial counterparts recently to discuss issues of interest for Eastern Ontario such as affordable housing, health care, emergency services and financial impacts on municipal service delivery.

The meeting, co-hosted by EOWC Chair Andy Letham and MPP Todd Smith (also Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade), is an annual gathering of Provincial MPPs and the heads of Council from across the region.

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Scott announces $71 million to improve broadband access, cell coverage

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MPP Laurie Scott, right, standing, with members of Kawartha Lakes City Council, including Mayor Andy Letham, to the left of Scott.

The Ontario government is investing $71 million to improve mobile broadband and reliable cellular coverage across eastern Ontario, through the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN).

The project will help residents, visitors and businesses get the broadband and cellular connections they need no matter where they are in the region.

About 10 per cent of rural eastern Ontario has no mobile broadband connection, leading to dropped calls, missed emergency services and a lack of opportunity.

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Bell launches new broadband wireless Internet service in rural Kawartha Lakes

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Nearly half of Kawartha Lakes City Council showed up to hear what Bell representatives had to say about new rural, wireless broadband.

It’s the first thing on the minds of people who are considering the possibility of moving to Kawartha Lakes – or any largely rural municipality. ‘How’s the Internet?’

Bell today announced the expansion of its Wireless Home Internet wireless broadband service to more communities in the Kawartha Lakes region and Peterborough County, including Kirkfield, Lindsay and Little Britain.

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It’s yes to cannabis retail storefronts and no to pipeline support

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City Council opts in for cannabis retail storefronts.

In recorded votes on Tuesday council voted to support private recreational cannabis retail storefronts in Kawartha Lakes but rejected a motion that would have supported pipeline development.

If there was an overarching theme for the meeting it maybe had to do with connections.

As proceedings began, Councillor Pat O’Reilly congratulated Mayor Andy Lethem on being elected 2019 chair of the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (EOWC), a position that will allow him to advocate on behalf of the 103 municipalities and the 750,000 property taxpayers across rural Eastern Ontario, including for improved cellular and mobile broadband connections.

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