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City Notes: New paramedic chief, city rebranding, better snow removal, and more

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Council backs proposal to fund local improvement loans for businesses
Downtown Lindsay will see better snow removal this year. Photo: Erin Burrell.

A miscellany of 12 decisions taken by Kawartha Lakes City Council today:

Elmslie honours local volunteer 

Councillor Doug Elmslie congratulated Doug Cox for 50 years of community service to Fenelon Falls through his participation in the local Lion’s Club.

Dunsford Food Bank looking for your help 

Councillor Ron Ashmore encouraged local citizens to support the Dunsford Food Bank food drive that will be occurring from 2-4 p.m. the afternoon of Dec. 6. The drive-through food drop-off will occur in the parking lot of Dunsford United Church.

Support local Bobcaygeon businesses 

Councillor Kathleen Seymour-Fagan announced a socially distanced “Mingle and Jingle” weekend happening in downtown Bobcaygeon this weekend.  The councillor encouraged local residents to come out and support local businesses and restaurateurs.

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Coboconk Wellness Centre: Village area could see doctors, other health professionals

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Coboconk Wellness Centre report proposes multi-million dollar facility  
"This is a small investment in the future of Kawartha Lakes." Photo: Roderick Benns.

If ward one residents Jennifer Wilson and Ian Forster have their way, Coboconk and area will soon have its own wellness centre, complete with family doctors.

The two presented a feasibility study that was commissioned almost a year ago by council regarding the construction of a Coboconk Wellness Centre.

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Kawartha Lakes woman offers horse wisdom yoga

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Kawartha Lakes woman offers Horse Wisdom Yoga

Tara Lee knows firsthand about the value of working with horses. Such connections keep a person in the present moment, she says, because “a horse does not care about your past or future events.”

Now, the Fenelon Falls-area woman has launched horse wisdom yoga in Kawartha Lakes.

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Imagining a plastic-free life

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We don’t focus too much on where plastic comes from. It is all made from oil.

Imagine that you are standing on the water tower in Fenelon Falls, looking as far as the eye can see. To the north lies Coboconk, to the east Bobcaygeon. To the south is Lindsay and to the west Beaverton. Except that you can’t see any of these places. Instead all you see is bare earth, roads and trucks driving deeper and deeper into excavated dirt. In fact, as far south as Pontypool there is no vegetation, just dirt piled higher and higher as the trucks go deeper.

This is what I saw when I went to the oil sands four years ago. An entire ecosystem destroyed, with the result that even those who live far outside of the tar sands can’t find animals to hunt anymore, berries to eat anymore, water that doesn’t give them cancer.

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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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‘Downtown dreams’ aims to give Kawartha Lakes’ small businesses a shot in the arm

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A project that aims to fill empty retail space and improve existing businesses is being launched this week by the City of Kawartha Lakes.

Downtown Dreams, as it’s called, is a business and growth program designed to attract new or existing businesses to open, expand or move into the downtowns of Coboconk or Norland, Fenelon Falls, Omemee, and Lindsay.

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