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Mayor wants to convene community council advisory group

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Mayor Andy Letham: “Never be afraid to stand and up and say ‘I have an idea.’”

In his inaugural remarks at the City of Kawartha Lakes’ first council meeting, Mayor Andy Letham said he will convene a “community council advisory group” to get more public input.

It is imperative we do this, says the mayor, to uncover “vital local knowledge” that many people hold and which can be shared for the betterment of the community.

The mayor also envisions a committee of the whole meeting about once a month, done in a more informal way so as to be inclusive of community members who want to participate. He sees these meetings moving around Kawartha Lakes’ communities to avoid being so Lindsay-centric.

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Doug Elmslie voted in as deputy mayor for one year

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Deputy Mayor Doug Elmslie and roundtable discussions.

The inaugural meeting of City of Kawartha Lakes Council happened yesterday, with Councillor Doug Elmslie elected as deputy mayor through secret ballot, voted on by Mayor Andy Letham and all councillors.

He beat Councillor Pat Dunn who had been nominated by Councillor Ron Ashmore.

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Ensuring mental health throughout the holidays

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Lindsay basic income pilot: Mental health, resilience will surely improve

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The thermostat slowly drops, snow starts to fall and people are bundling up. Wrapped in their favourite scarves, mittens and toques, people are venturing out into the brisk Canadian winter to take on the day.

Plans are being made for dinners and parties; children are scribbling down hand-written lists with hopes of receiving that one perfect gift. For many, the start of the holiday season means feelings of joy, hope and warmth. For others, it can be a completely different experience.

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Volunteering a good job search activity

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With the holidays approaching thoughts turn to giving and spending time with loved ones.  You might think about donating some time to a worthy cause.

But did you know that volunteering is also a good job search activity?

Volunteering is a great way to add current experience to your resume or show your commitment to the community.  There are lots of charities and non-profit agencies in our community looking for extra help, not only this time of year but all year round.

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ABLE: New group support for local families in Fenelon Falls

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Jeremy (second from left) and friends at the Fenelon Falls Friday Night Jam at St. James Anglican Church.

My son, Jeremy Engelstad, knows just about everyone in Fenelon Falls it seems, and that makes me a little bit famous too. “Oh,” people exclaim with a smile, “You’re Jeremy’s mom!”

My favourite story about Jeremy’s apparent notoriety is a time a couple of years ago when he and a teenage friend took the GO Bus from Cannington, connecting in Whitby with a GO Train to Toronto. Jeremy is a big fan of buses and trains and perhaps this trip was for his birthday., They boarded one of the coaches, which happened to be the accessibility coach, along with a number of other passengers.

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For 100 Women Who Care, it’s the power of common cause

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From L to R: Sharon Robbins, Bella Alderton, Jim DeFlorio (ED of Big Brothers Big Sisters) Nominator Alyssa Wilson, Sharon Smith-Carter.

Roderick Benns recently interviewed Sharon Smith-Carter, a founding member of the Kawartha Lakes Chapter of 100 Women Who Care (along with Bella Alderton and Sharon Robbins) about their recent fundraising success.

Benns: Why did this group form in Kawartha Lakes? How does it connect with 100 Men and 100 Kids? 

Smith-Carter: We heard about the ‘100 Women’ initiative and were impressed by the concept of simplicity and the incredible power of women with a common cause — making a difference in their community. As busy women, the one-hour-meeting model was appealing, plus having 100 per cent of the donation funds directed and utilized within our local community was paramount. We had our first meeting in March, 2016 and the 100 Kids and 100 Men groups began in 2018, formed by like-minded community members.

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The case for a living wage — a social contract and moral imperative

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This is Living Wage Week, part of a campaign to encourage employers to pay a wage that is significantly higher than the legal minimum. Recently I highlighted the negative impact of inequality. One of the ways to increase equality is through reducing income difference before tax by increasing minimum wages or through a ‘living wage.’

Recently, the provincial government announced that the minimum wage would remain at $14 for the next two years. While expected, this announcement is not good news for the people working at jobs that typically pay a minimum wage; jobs in the retail, food services, and hospitality sectors.

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Yes, please and thank you: Elections, ramen noodles, and bad manners

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By the time you read this, our municipal election results will have finally been tallied – (No, honest! We mean it, this time! Hey, where are you going? Come back here!). A few candidates’ signs will have even been removed from intersections and road sides. Some will have been mulched by grass cutting equipment.

Many, however, will have been, um, appropriated and re-purposed by citizens — stapled to barn walls where snow used to blow in on the hen’s roosts, the kids’ bicycles and that paddle board you last used in 2004.

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New doctor in Kawartha Lakes starting Oct. 1

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Dr. Mike Gogan.

Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative (KLHCI) is announcing there is a new doctor in town. Dr. Mike Gogan will begin practice in Lindsay with Doctors Anderson, Hainer, Wilson and Ready, as of Oct. 1.

Dr. Gogan received his medical degree from Dalhousie University in 2014 and completed his Family Medicine Residency, also at Dalhousie University, in 2016. Dr. Gogan will be accepting new patients through Health Care Connect. If you are not currently registered with Health Care Connect contact them directly at 1-800-445-1822.

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Seven reasons why we need trees

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Often, trees are cut down with hope that this will increase the farm’s bottom line, without realizing that trees are essential to maintaining healthy fields.

We have all noticed it lately while driving around the Kawartha Lakes. A farm goes up for sale. Once sold, the big machines go in and cut down the trees between the fields, often piling them up into piles for burning. Then the spring rains come. The field, without trees, doesn’t drain well. There are new boggy areas. The new landowner, at considerable expense, has someone come in to lay the long plastic pipes to tile, or drain, the field, in hopes that this will solve the problem. But this is not the only problem that has been created.

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