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Big year for construction, including Lindsay’s downtown, new Logie Park

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MP Schmale says low taxes, private-sector jobs the answer, not basic income

This year is going to be another big year for construction and infrastructure repair for Lindsay. Below is a snapshot from the City of Kawartha Lakes of what to expect in the coming months:

Enbridge Gas Pipeline Replacement
In order to upgrade aging infrastructure located in downtown Lindsay, Enbridge will replace the natural gas pipelines on Kent Street West starting in late January 2020.

The project scope involves replacing approximately 1.1 kilometres of natural gas main infrastructure on both sides of Kent Street, beginning at Lindsay Street South and ending at Victoria Avenue. The project is expected to last approximately eight weeks.

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‘A Great Event:’ The Lindsay winter carnival of 1912-1917

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'A Great Event:' The Lindsay winter carnival of 1912-1917
Entrants line up for a cutter race in downtown Lindsay. Photo courtesy of Kawartha Lakes Public Library.

It’s the middle of winter in Lindsay, circa 1912. A fresh blanket of snow covers the ground, glistening like freshly-ground glass whenever the sun avails itself of an opportunity to peek through the clouds. A few cutters drift by, the jingling bells on the horses bringing some much-needed merriment to the cold, bleak surroundings. A distinguished-looking gentleman mutters an audible oath as he takes a spill on some black ice — leaving his new coat covered in dirt and snow, and leaving a passing group of churchgoing women aghast at his equally filthy choice of language.

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Letham named chair of EOWC for second year in a row

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Letham named chair of EOWC for second year in a row

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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Unwrapped: New store aims for zero waste and sustainable living

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Jenny Connell, owner of Unwrapped. The store is located at 101 Kent St., Lindsay.

For her rustic and reused-themed wedding Jenny Connell took a friend’s mother up on an offer of mismatched dishes and cutlery that otherwise sits in boxes 363 days of the year — brought out only for the annual Amnesty International and Machik dinners.

Afterwards Jenny and her husband, Sam, rolled up their sleeves, cleaned off the dishes, and before heading off on their honeymoon, returned them (along with a donation to Amnesty International).

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Two new paramedic deputy chiefs for City

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Province keeps municipalities guessing: Is paramedic funding down or up?

Beginning next week, Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Service will welcome two new Deputy Chiefs to their team. Sara Johnston and Patricia Bromfield will begin their new roles for the municipality effective January 13.

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Tough to stomach? Cost of healthy eating remains out of reach for many in CKL

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Tough to stomach? Cost of healthy eating remains out of reach for many in CKL

New year, same result. That, in a nutshell, describes the ongoing challenges many families in the City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton County, and Northumberland County face to pay for healthy food.

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A Place Called Home recipient of $5,000 grant

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Feed Ontario, Food Source, say loss of research about basic income is costly

United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes (UWCKL) has announced A Place Called Home (APCH) as the recipient of a $5,000 grant from the Telecare Mona Hall Fund to pilot a new Youth Emergency Fund Project.

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First-year university student collects gifts for women staying at Women’s Resources

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“You don’t really guess that a lot of stuff could happen in a small town. People kind of turn a blind eye to it.”

These are the words of Raina McCue, an 18-year-old, first-year student of psychology at Trent University, regarding abuse and trauma suffered by women and their families. The month of December, while most often associated with the joys and giving spirit of the holiday season, is also the marker of a more somber occasion.

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Charity or justice? The society we want means choices must be made

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We are all linked together, one and all, by our belief that we should treat each other well.

Back in October I asked the federal candidates a simple question during the televised debates. Do you believe in charity or do you believe in justice?

In other words, how best can we meet our needs as a society? Is it through better social policies so that no one is left behind, or is it through a belief and expectation that someone else will be there to help out if it’s really needed? (“Someone” generally being charities and church efforts.)

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We need some Christmas cheer

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No one ever accused me of being the biggest fan of Christmas. Heck, the kids just picked me up a Sally-Ann gem: a T-shirt with Darth Vader in a Santa hat below the word ‘humbug!’ It’s the only Christmas thing I own that’s (in the words of Farley Mowat) worth the powder to blow it all to hell.

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