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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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Remember your rural neighbours

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When summer brings day after day of rain, do you think of your fields, your construction contract, your weekend plans or your lawn? The answer to that question probably depends to a large extent on whether you live in town or in the country.

While we tend to think of all of Kawartha Lakes as rural, if you live in Lindsay, Bobcaygeon, Fenelon Falls, or even some of the smaller villages, you might be surprised to know that many things you can take for granted just aren’t the same for those of us who live in the country. And if you came here from the GTA, no doubt you’re in for an even bigger surprise.

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Ready, set, grow: The challenge and promise of a bigger, better Kawartha Lakes

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Thousands of people are coming. Will we be ready?

Speak to any four people in the City of Kawartha Lakes about the prospect of growth and development and you are likely to get at least as many opinions.

Some will no doubt abhor the idea of more people, more traffic and less of the tranquility that they either grew up with or came here to enjoy. A business owner might say we need to grow and we need to grow fast to increase economic opportunity and wonder how we can increase employment. A parent with young children might suggest that we are growing too old as a community and ask about much-needed community amenities.

Still others might simply ask, ‘‘When is the Walmart coming?”

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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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Letham elected as 2019 chair of Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus

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City of Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham.

The Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (EOWC), at its annual inaugural meeting held last week in Kingston, elected City of Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham as the 2019 chair and Warden Jennifer Murphy as the 2019 vice-chair. Murphy is warden of the County of Renfrew and Mayor of the Township of Bonnechere Valley.

The role of the EOWC chair and vice-chair, elected on an annual basis, is to provide the main point of focus and contact for the Caucus and ensure that the key priorities move forward.

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