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Health unit updates mask use instructions as more places open

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With more businesses and services opening July 17 under Ontario’s Stage 3 reopening plan, the local health unit is updating its directives on non-medical mask use in indoor public places.

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Expanded city services coming soon as mayor outlines details

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Playgrounds will re-open with no restrictions.

Mayor Andy Letham had a lengthy and detailed list of municipal services and facilities that will be ramping up their services over the next two to six weeks.

The city is moving into a “level 3” re-opening on Friday, following the provincial guidelines.

“This re-opening needs to be done properly,” Letham said, “being mindful that the city cannot end the year with the deficit it is currently carrying.”

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Fenelon Falls business targeted by “hate crime”

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Photo of staff as posted from the Grr8 Finds Market Facebook page.

The staff of the Grr8 Finds Market in downtown Fenelon Falls was victimized yesterday in what the investigating OPP officer initially described as “a hate crime.”

The business, which has operated in Fenelon for more than a decade, takes great pride in the fact its staff are “loud and proud queers.” Until this incident the men and women that worked at Grr8 had only experienced love and support from the people of Kawartha Lakes.

That ended yesterday morning when a man entered the store “and tried to tell an entirely queer staff that they were sick and disgusting.”

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Kawartha Lakes receives over $1.4 million to support tourism recovery

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Kawartha Settlers Village is one of many draws in the city. Photo: Madelaine MacDonald.

On July 9, Lisa MacLeod, minister of heritage, sport, tourism and culture industries joined Laurie Scott, minister of infrastructure and MPP for Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock, in Bobcaygeon to announce over $1.4 million in tourism recovery supports across the Kawartha Lakes region.

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Mayor worries behaviour of some people will set city back in wake of pandemic

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Mayor Andy Letham says responsible day visitors are different than large parties, as in this generic file photo.

At his weekly press scrum, Mayor Andy Letham said he is concerned by behaviours he has witnessed or heard about across Kawartha Lakes — behaviours that could force a harsher response from city enforcement agencies.

“Some people out there are behaving like the pandemic is over,” the mayor said, “and it is not.”

“This behaviour could set us back months.”

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Trevor’s Take: The two solitudes

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I was probably 13 when I realized how tourists affected my personal economy.

All these years later I can still remember the time. I was on the cliff in Fenelon Falls, steeling my nerve as I stared down the 20 feet that felt like 60. Keep Reading

New home for Kawartha Lakes Food Source

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Book your tour of Food Source's brand new building with KLFS' Jess Topfer.

Kawartha Lakes Food Source will soon have a new home at 164 Needham Street in Lindsay as of July 10.

The new place is accessible for its member agencies, volunteers, and donors. More importantly, according to a press release, “it is dry, clean, bright, maintained, and has more space for our current operations.”

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City concerned about financial impact of loss of community sports

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Director of Community Services Craig Shanks is keeping an eye on the ever-lengthening list of local sporting groups that are suspending or restructuring play for the 2020 summer season and the 2020-2021 winter season.

His department, responsible for public spaces, is already facing a reduction in revenue of $1.7 million because of pandemic-inspired cancellations and things continue to look bleak as soccer, figure skating and hockey struggle with making tough decisions based on player and parent safety.

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Home owner help on the way from City for needed repairs

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Photo: Sienna Frost.

Help is on the way for homeowners in need of repairs, energy efficient upgrades or accessibility modifications.

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Mayor encouraged by stage two reopening so far

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Today Mayor Andy Letham commented favourably on the public’s cooperation in following health and business protocols for the stage two reopening as set by the province.

“Over the weekend, our police and municipal law enforcement services reported no major issues related to COVID-19,” says the mayor.

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