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City calling back most laid-off staff; more dumps to re-open

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Mayor Andy Letham and CAO Ron Taylor confirmed recently that the bulk of city staff laid off in April will be called back to work this month.

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Pothole problems, landfill longing from resident in ward two

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Thank you for painting a bright new shiny solid yellow line on Concession 7 and Northline Road.

This will be helpful at letting us all know when we have broken the law by veering to the other side of the road repeatedly to miss the many potholes.

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COVID-19 costs city $3.2 million in lost revenue — so far

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Found in Lions Riverview Park, Lindsay. The pandemic has strained city finances. Photo: Roderick Benns.

Chief Administrative Officer Ron Taylor says the city has lost millions of dollars that will most likely never be recovered, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Taylor was providing his monthly update to council regarding the fiscal impacts that COVID-19 and the state of emergency have had on the daily operations and long-term prospects of Kawartha Lakes.

He shared a concerning financial picture that will be further fleshed out at the next committee of the whole meeting June 9. The CAO says city financial statements are being reviewed on a weekly basis because of the dramatic decrease in revenue and a decline in user fees.

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Kawartha Lakes relaxes some COVID-19 restrictions

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From farmers’ markets to the Victoria Rail Trail, there are a few restrictions being lifted by the city as it continues to monitor the rate of COVID-19 spread.

“This entire situation hasn’t been easy on anyone, but we did what needed to be done to put the health and safety of residents and employees first,” says Mayor Andy Letham in a media release.

“After working through some of the challenges, council and I are pleased to share that we can start to lift restrictions on some services and take advantage of the better weather and the outdoors. The pandemic is far from over, but these small freedoms will go a long way for people’s mental health.”

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Plastic shock: Tonnes of waste destined for landfill from old Northern Plastic plant

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Plastic shock: Tonnes of waste destined for landfill from old Northern Plastic plant
Inside the 50,000 sq. ft building, the sight was shocking. Photos: Jamie Morris.

The former Northern Plastic Lumber plant in Lindsay was sold in 2014 to a U.S. company but its corporate legacy lives on – in the form of what may be up to 40,000 tonnes of abandoned plastic waste still to be disposed of.

Almost six years ago the plant was bought by a U.S. firm and all the equipment was moved to Pennsylvania. All the plastic raw material was left behind for disposal by the new owners.

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Kawartha Lakes Food Source introduces new platform for food rescue in Lindsay

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Local businesses concerned for those less fortunate in wake of COVID-19

A new initiative in Lindsay will address the avoidable crisis of food waste at the local level, with a dual mission of hunger relief and environmental protection.

“The Kawartha Lakes Food Source recognizes that we need to change the way food is valued throughout production, processing, distribution, retail, and at home,” says Heather Kirby, general manager of Kawartha Lakes Food Source.

“Food waste accounts for nearly 60 per cent of the industry’s environmental footprint, and most of it is completely avoidable.”

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