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RMH to receive 5 per cent increase in funding from province

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Ross Memorial gets new CFO

Ross Memorial Hospital will higher annualized funding, according to a press release from the province.

“This investment provides a five per cent increase of over $3.7 million in funding for Ross Memorial Hospital and a two per cent increase of more than $199,000 for Haliburton Highlands Health Services Corporation,” says MPP Laurie Scott in the release.

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Task force prioritizes broadband as greatest need; expanded patios may open

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Sisters Kim Wagg, left, and Nicole Rochette, far right, own Coach and Horses in Lindsay, buying it from Wim Beeekhuis, centre, last fall.

Mayor Andy Letham says the local economic recovery task force has pinpointed better broadband as the key need in the city.

The task force, created by council at their May meeting and now boasting such local business luminaries as Bjorn Alfredsson, formerly of Holsag Furniture, Jill Quast of Happy Days Houseboats and Mark Wilson from Mark Wilson Contracting, focused on broadband being a key to economic recovery for all of eastern Ontario.

Letham says the pandemic “has exposed the weakness of local broadband.”

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Lindsay’s David LaMantia to serve on Ontario’s Small Business Advisory Council

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David LaMantia, owner of Lamantia’s Country Market in Lindsay, was selected to join Ontario’s Small Business Advisory Council, says a press release from MPP Laurie Scott’s office.

Prabmeet Sarkaria, Minister responsible for Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, held the inaugural meeting of the province’s Small Business Economic Advisory Council.

The Ministerial Advisory Council consists of 12 small business owners from across the province who have been tasked with advising the Minister and in turn the government on tackling the challenges of small businesses in the wake of COVID-19.

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Letham speculates how Kawartha Lakes may re-open

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Kawartha Lakes mayor, Andy Letham, says the discussion about the COVID-19 pandemic is “no longer what we are shutting down, but instead how things can be opened responsibly.”

Businesses like drive-ins and golf courses could perhaps re-open soon, says the mayor, once the weather improves and the state of emergency has been lifted.

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Women, we need you to run — and get elected

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Women and men think differently. Science has proven this; it is beyond the realm of opinion.

Because women think differently we have a glorious opportunity as a society — we can send more women to parliament, to our legislatures, and to our council chambers. But why not just send “the best” person, you may ask?

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Scott calls union strike action ‘unacceptable:’ OSSTF says cuts are a worse disruption

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Local union leader says plenty of supply teachers; no need to abruptly cancel extracurriculars
One-day strike commenced today in front of MPP Laurie Scott's office, as well as all area schools. Photo: Joli Scheidler-Benns.

Calling today’s strike action “unacceptable,” MPP Laurie Scott says it’s families who are affected most in their struggle to find childcare.

“While parents are understandably frustrated by teacher union escalation every few years, it is unacceptable that union leaders would ramp up strike action and make families across the province scramble for childcare,” she tells the Advocate in an email.

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More than $2 million in community infrastructure funding announced by Scott

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Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock will receive more than $3 million across eight municipalities, including the City of Kawartha Lakes receiving more than $2 million, according to a recent announcement from MPP Laurie Scott.

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Education strike action in front of Scott’s office next Tuesday

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Local teachers are taking strike action next Tuesday, including in front of the MPP's office.

The Advocate has learned that strike action will take place in front of MPP Laurie Scott’s office on Tuesday Jan. 21 beginning at 10:30 am.

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Grand opening of Seniors Play Park in Fenelon Falls

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Grand opening of Seniors Play Park in Fenelon Falls
Mike Perry, ED of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Care Team, with MPP Laurie Scott.

Local MPP Laurie Scott recently met with representatives from the municipality of Kawartha Lakes and Joan Young, an Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) volunteer, in Fenelon Falls to celebrate the opening of the Seniors Play Park at the Lloyd Kelly Parkette.

Scott and Young congratulated the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team on the work done with thanks to a $121,600 OTF Capital grant, along with other local donations, to create one of the first Seniors Play Parks in Canada. The free park is an accessible recreation space that promotes exercise and an active lifestyle for older residents.

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New Lindsay transit route, expanded fleet, as part of new infrastructure money

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New Lindsay bus route, expanded fleet, as part of new infrastructure money

Lindsay Transit will be updating its fleet, adding a new route, creating bike racks on buses and upgrading transit software, among other changes after the Province announced new infrastructure funding.

Laurie Scott, minister of infrastructure, announced Kawartha Lakes has been nominated for funding under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). Ontario will be investing upwards of $790,000 to go towards new transit infrastructure projects.

The project is being nominated under the Public Transit stream of the ICIP, a 10-year, $30 billion fund created by Federal and Provincial levels of government to provide support to help municipalities repair or build critical infrastructure.

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