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Contaminated brownfields: Time to clean up our ugly past

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Contaminated brownfields: Time to clean up our ugly past
Photo: Sienna Frost.

We have all driven or walked past them — the empty lots, both big and small, that have sat undeveloped and seemingly abandoned or forgotten, in some cases for decades. Whether it’s a former gas station on the city’s busiest street, the site of a former brake pad factory or a long empty First World War munitions plant cum rubber processor, these sites — referred to commonly as ‘brownfields’ — lie dormant; they are victims of an earlier time.

We used to do things a lot differently in the past. Be it from a leaky gas station tank or the unsafe handling and disposal of chemicals used in manufacturing, we have been left with a sobering, expensive – and ugly – brownfields legacy.

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Kawartha Lakes capitalizes on grant opportunities

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A downtown Omemee reconstruction project has been submitted. Photo: Erin Smith.

At the last Special Council meeting, Adam Found, Manager of Corporate Assets, reviewed the new capital grant opportunities that the municipality has submitted applications for, including the following:

Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program

Rural and Northern Municipalities Stream – This is a competitive program targeted toward roads and bridges to strengthen Canada’s transportation networks. Federal and Provincial governments will fund up to 83% of eligible capital project cost subject to a $5 million cap. The Colborne St. Bridge and Colborne St. West reconstruction project scheduled for 2020-2024 has been submitted. The bridge location was approved by Council in 2015 following several studies.

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Passion Projects: Rustically Signed

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L to R: Holly and Stephanie. Photo: Mallory Cramp-Waldinsperger.

This story is part of an ongoing series exploring local makers-turned-entrepreneurs in Kawartha Lakes to find out what motivates them.

Stephanie Buckley and Holly Suddick are the two-woman team behind Rustically Signed, a local business providing custom décor and woodworking classes in Lindsay.

After Suddick’s sign-making business grew rapidly, she began to have a hard time keeping up with custom orders. “I was starting to have to tell people ‘no’… so then I reached out to Steph and asked if I could send some of my customers her way,” she says.

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Free memberships for hospital available, complete with voting rights

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Free memberships for hospital available, complete with voting rights

Free memberships to Ross Memorial Hospital are now available again for a very short time. Since inception, RMH had public memberships where for a low annual or lifetime cost, people could have a vote on issues related to hospital decisions.

These public memberships were revoked at an AGM meeting on June 21, 2012. At that time, the board and 42 members of the community voted to end this option. Currently voting for issues related to hospital changes are now restricted to the hospital’s board of directors.

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Passion Projects: Captivating Bath and Body

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MaLisa Sousa of Captivating Bath and Body.

This story is part of an ongoing series exploring local makers-turned-entrepreneurs in Kawartha Lakes to find out what motivates them.

The only things as colourful as Lisa and MaLisa Sousa’s personalities are their bath products.

Originally from Vancouver, the light-hearted mother-daughter duo has been running Captivating Bath and Body, making products out of their home for the past four years.

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Business leader takes community building seriously

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Marlene Morrison Nicholls has been operating as an insurance broker in Kawartha Lakes since 1976. Her story and the reason for her continued community involvement, however, starts years before this.

Morrison Nicholls’ father, Stewart Morrison, established his first office in Sunderland in 1976. Under his name, Stewart Morrison Insurance grew, and so did the family’s drive for their community.

“He believed that volunteering and helping people was important,” explains Morrison Nicholls. The now president of the firm says that her father’s message during that time was to “support the people that support you.”

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Mayor talks ‘top 10 ways’ City is moving forward

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Images courtesy City of Kawartha Lakes.

At the recent mayoral luncheon in front of the Lindsay and District Chamber of Commerce, City of Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham laid out what he believes are the top 10 ways the City is moving forward to the assembled business leaders.

1 – Roads

“Roads are our number one issue and challenge,” says the mayor.

“We now spend $50 million a year on our 5,400 lane kilometres of road network. We spend 90 per cent more on roads than we did 10 years ago and 50 per cent more on winter control.”

Letham says 35 cents of every tax dollar brought in goes toward roads. The City of Toronto only allocates five cents of every tax dollar to roads, showing the challenge of maintaining this many roads in a single tier municipality with a small tax base.

“Roads are a challenge with the changing climate and we need to change the way we do business. Over the next few years, it will improve.”

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Dutch concept of ‘Repair Cafe’ coming to Lindsay library

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Kawartha Lakes Public Library will be hosting the Repair Cafe Peterborough at the Lindsay branch library on Saturday June 22, from 1-4 pm.

Every day we throw away large amounts of items often just because they need a simple repair. It may be because we don’t have the right tool to fix it, or because we just don’t know how. The Repair Café can help you with this.

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Teachers: For the people

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In the mid 1990s, while working at a newspaper as a young scribe, I wrote what I thought was a great story about a teacher who was taking a sabbatical. He was going to visit an overseas country and increase his learning and experience. He would inevitably accumulate new wisdom to bring back to future students one day.

Except that particular story never ran. I was told to get the ‘real’ story. How much was this going to cost? What sort of burden would this be to ‘taxpayers?’ The headline was altered, the focus shifted. In the end, the teacher and board of education were meant to feel shame for allowing such a thing to happen. I was embarrassed to see my name on that byline.

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New directions, great traditions combine at Lindsay Golf and Country Club

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Russ DaSilva and Nicole Haddlesey. Photo: Roderick Benns.

There’s a new buzz at the Lindsay Golf and Country Club. That’s what happens when you mix the tried and true – like great golf on a professional-grade course – along with some new blood to shake things up.

General Manager Russ DaSilva says it’s going to be a banner year for the club for a number of reasons. To start, Lindsay native Nicole Haddlesey is events co-ordinator, while Ron Carter, culinary manager, has come on board with a brand new menu for diners.

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