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Navy officer from Lindsay takes us inside anti-drug trafficking Operation CARIBBE

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Since Oct. 26, 2020, when Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Summerside departed Halifax for Operation CARIBBE, I have been the voice of the ship’s Facebook page as the deployed public affairs officer. I never expected to find myself on a warship; I’m from Lindsay, and hadn’t been on a ship until the day we left Halifax.

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Kawartha Lakes Housing Corporation plans for an energy-efficient 2021

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City’s new 10-year homeless plan aims for nearly 1,300 housing units

Hope Lee, chair of the Kawartha Lakes Housing Corporation, which is responsible for affordable housing in both Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton County, presented a budget request of $1.36 million to council during a recent council meeting.

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The corner store: A neighbourhood institution

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It’s a mild February afternoon 50 or 60 years ago. You are nine or 10 years old and are making your way home from school after a long day. The ground is grey with slush but still you pick up the pace as you make your way towards the little shop a block or so away from your family’s house — remember, you want to get there before it gets too busy!

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Citizen of the Year, Terry Foster, walks to help others

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Terry Foster in Memorial Park, Lindsay
Terry Foster in Memorial Park, Lindsay

Good neighbours care, right? They help those in need. By this measure Terry Foster is a model neighbour, richly deserving of his 2020 Citizen of the Year award from the Lindsay + District Chamber of Commerce.

Over the years he’s participated in 111 10-kilometre fundraising walks and brought in hundreds of thousands of dollars for worthy causes.

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New COVID-19 funding for HKLB school boards

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The Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) will receive a total allocation of $600,787.

In an effort to keep schools safe from COVID-19, the Ontario government is investing an additional $381 million provided by the federal Safe Return to Class Fund. This funding will be used to improve air quality and ventilation in schools, support online learning, promote student mental health and hire more staff.

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Women’s Resources to sell Amy’s Next Step Housing building in Fenelon Falls

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City of Kawartha Lakes/Haliburton more than double homelessness housing goal
KLH Housing Corporation's offer is conditional on financing being approved by Feb 11.

The Board of Directors of Women’s Resources of Kawartha Lakes and the Kawartha LakesHaliburton (KLH) Housing Corporation are excited to announce their agreement for KLH Housing Corporation to acquire Amy’s Next Step Housing at 11 West Street South, Fenelon Falls. Keep Reading

Questions raised about procedural errors in council’s decision to close Ops arena

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Councillors Kathleen Seymour-Fagan, Andrew Veale, Doug Elmslie and Tracy Richardson voted along with Mayor Andy Letham to close Ops permanently.

Council’s sudden vote in November 2020 to close the Ops Community Centre violated council’s own policies, according to Heather Stauble. The former Kawartha Lakes councillor and former chair of the board of directors of the Kawartha Conservation says a two-thirds vote was required to reverse a previous council decision and close the arena. The vote was 5-4 in favour of the closure, with Mayor Andy Letham casting the deciding vote.

“Council should not have made the decision to close the arena permanently (the way it did),” said Stauble, noting that the move reversed a 2016 council decision. “The most recent decision was done without any notice to the public and without consultation with the Ops community.”

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Words While We Wait: Poetry and verse as public art project

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With National Poetry Month approaching this April, Kawartha Lakes is excited to launch a temporary public art project to help build a sense of place and a shared understanding of experiences during these unprecedented times.

“Words While We Wait” is a project all residents can take part in, by submitting poems and verses related to the pandemic for a chance to have their words turned into public art.

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Podcast Teaser: Not your average needle

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Podcast Teaser: Not your average needle
Haleigh Wallace speaks to Denis Grignon on the latest Advocate Podcast about getting her first vaccine.

It’s not a regular occurrence, but it does seem to happen more frequently lately.

The person I’m interviewing for an episode of The Advocate Podcast gets choked up, pauses to collect their thoughts, then continues with their answer.

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Remembering the last mayor of Lindsay and the first of Kawartha Lakes

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Former Mayor of Lindsay, Art Truax
Former Mayor of Lindsay, Art Truax

Among the favourite wintertime activities enjoyed by any youngster living north of Colborne Street in Lindsay is tobogganing on the hill in Mayor James Flynn Park. So named in honour of the town’s 46th  mayor, it is home to the “Mayor’s Walk” — a circuitous path along which some 50 trees have been planted, one in honour of each mayor who served the Town of Lindsay. The path begins with Robert Lang, who called the first council meeting to order in 1857. It ends with Art Truax.

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