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Better cell service coming with investments by province, feds

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Residents in Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, and Peterborough County will now have more reliable cellular services as a result of Ontario’s $71 million investment, says a media release from local MPP  Laurie Scott.

The governments of Canada and Ontario, Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus and the Eastern Ontario Mayors’ Caucus were all involved in making the cell gap project happen. Rogers Communications has been selected as the successful bidder.

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Wetlands need our protection, says reader, not MPP’s tabled bill

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Wetlands enrich our lives. They are places where we can observe and learn about a diversity of plants and animals while enjoying a quiet, natural environment.

But wetlands accomplish much, much more. They are crucial in preventing climate change through carbon storage which takes place in vegetation, sediment and dead plants. Complementing our efforts to reduce the use of fossil fuels, removal of carbon from the atmosphere is essential to avoid a climate crisis.

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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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Community Care granted $144,000 from Ontario Trillium Foundation

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One of Community Care's existing vans. The retrofit will ensure two vans are wheelchair and stretcher-accessible.

Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes is proud to keep the community moving, thanks to a $143,700 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF).

The funding was used for the purchase and retrofit of two wheelchair and stretcher-accessible vans. The vans are a vital piece of Community Care’s Specialized Transportation program, providing seniors and adults with special needs with affordable transportation.

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Area non-profits get more than $300,000 to help cope with pandemic losses

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Area non-profits get more than $300,000 to help cope with pandemic losses
Boys & Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes is one non-profit helped by the new money. Advocate file photo.

In Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock, four non-profit organizations received funding under the Resilient Communities Fund for a total of $309,200.00 for 2020-21.

The recipients included the Community Care Health and Care Network, Haliburton Highlands Land Trust, The Land Between and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes. These grants from the province are part of the first round of funding through the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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Province gives $1 million more to city to help it avoid deficit

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New funding to help local governments avoid operating deficits in 2021 was announced today by MPP Laurie Scott’s office, including about $1 million for Kawartha Lakes.

The money was announced as part of Phase 2 of the Safe Restart Agreement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This new funding will help municipalities in HKLB develop a 2021 budget that reflects the challenges of COVID-19,” said Scott.

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Controversial bill to change conservation authorities in pro-development move by province

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The lookout at Ken Reid Conservation Area. Photo: Roderick Benns.

Conservation Ontario has asked its members, environmental groups, and citizens to petition for changes to the Conservative government’s new developer-friendly bill — but a motion from Mayor Andy Letham led to a 6-3 vote not to pursue the matter.

Under the new bill, known as Bill 229: Protect, Support and Recover from COVID-19 Act, members will be required to act in the best interests of their municipalities, not the best interests of the watershed. Further, every member of the authority board would need to be an elected municipal councillor, eliminating appointed citizen representatives.

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More money for cameras at geared-to-income housing to help counter gang activity

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L to R: Don Thomas, chair of Police Services Board, chief of police KLPS Mark Mitchell, MPP Laurie Scott, and CEO of the KLH Housing Corp., Hope Lee.

A new provincial grant of $19,125 will see additional closed circuit television cameras installed at city-managed, geared-to-income housing properties in Lindsay.

Haliburton Kawartha Lakes Brock MPP Laurie Scott, Kawartha Lakes Police Services chief Mark Mitchell, Kawartha Haliburton Housing Corporation director Hope Lee and Police board member Don Thomas made the recent announcement in front of the police station in downtown Lindsay.

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Reader says Ford’s pro-development bills are hurting environment, seniors

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There is an old adage that goes way back in time and that has been used by political leaders of all stripes. That adage is, ‘never waste a good crisis.’

The basic premise is that in times of crisis the public’s attention is almost totally focused on the crisis at hand, and a government in power can often push through legislation that would normally get much more scrutiny and public attention/outcry, were it not for the singular focus on the given crisis. War is a good example of this.

Our current crisis is, of course, COVID-19. Our provincial government under Premier Doug Ford has made good use of this technique in 2020, largely through omnibus bills where legislation is hidden, often under the guise of dealing with the pandemic.

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Another $680 million for better internet connectivity

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“In the 21st century, connectivity is not a luxury – it is a necessity."

Today Mayor Andy Letham joined Mayor Brent Devolin, Mayor of Minden Hills, at the Haliburton County Public Library in Minden Hills for a Provincial announcement regarding investment in broadband connectivity.

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