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City decides against refund of 2019 surplus, will keep for reserves

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"We are faced with no funding source for community pandemic recovery."

By a unanimous vote, council endorsed a report from senior staff that recommended against the return to taxpayers of the $3 million surplus from the 2019 budget in the form of a tax rebate.

Council instead endorsed a proposal that the money be put into corporate reserves for pandemic recovery and support.

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Parents push for school photos; more money coming for tech, infrastructure

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Bobcaygeon area trustee John Byrne told fellow trustees at the recent Trillium Lakelands District School Board meeting that parents are pushing schools to carry on with school photos this year.

Outsiders, like photographers, have been restricted from school property to help contain the COVID virus.

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Rec Centre makes changes, drops pay-as-you-go option

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Since the Lindsay Recreation Complex reopened its doors on Aug. 31, there has been a major change in its policy. The drop-in pay-as-you-go option, allowing anyone to book time in the weight room or for a fitness class, has been eliminated, and non-members are no longer able to register for fitness classes. Residents must have either a corporate or individual membership, and they must register online.

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City to receive $1.75 million in ‘social services relief fund’ from province

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L to R: Deputy Mayor Patrick O'Reilly, Hope Lee Manager Human Services (Housing), Mayor Andy Letham, MP Jamie Schmale, Karen Round – President APCH, MPP Laurie Scott, APCH Executive Director Dave Tilley.

MPP Laurie Scott has announced that Kawartha Lakes will receive $1,750,249 as part of Phase 2 of the social services relief fund to expand and renovate A Place Called Home in Lindsay. The renovation includes building a new 19-bed shelter along with five new affordable housing units, one four-bedroom house and four one-bedroom apartments.

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Compassion: Is it just too off-brand for 2020?

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Instead of noticing a tree I’m standing next to in an incredible shade of red, I’m staring down at my phone fretting over the latest COVID-19 stats.

Normally I love the fall season. The beautiful colours, the different sights and sounds, the changes in the beautiful area that I am blessed to call home.

But there’s been too much change and upheaval for my taste in the last seven months. I find myself distracted from some natural rhythms that were hitherto hardwired.

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LifeLabs says they’ve reduced wait times in Lindsay ‘by half’

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LifeLabs says they’ve reduced wait times at Lindsay location ‘by half’

After an Advocate investigation into the long wait times faced by local residents at LifeLabs, the city’s only community bloodwork location, the private company says they have now reduced wait times by half.

A media spokesperson for the company who would only identify himself as “Roy” said in an emailed response that LifeLabs regularly reviews how it’s doing to “ensure residents have access to high-quality services within their community.”

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DriveTest centre in Lindsay faces community scrutiny during pandemic

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DriveTest centre in Lindsay faces community scrutiny in shadow of pandemic
Getting an appointment for a test in the GTA is difficult. Photo: William McGinn.

Scores of people have taken to social media of late to complain about the number of people who are from out of town lined up at Lindsay Square Mall’s DriveTest centre to take their driving test.

Since the Greater Toronto Area is under scrutiny as a COVID-19 hotspot, it has made many uneasy about the loitering near the mall’s back entrance, commonly used by patrons to visit the mall.

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Workplaces must screen workers, volunteers for COVID-19 or else face stiff penalties

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A new COVID-19-screening law has been in effect for workplaces in Ontario for the past five days — but not all employers may realize it.

By order of Ontario health officials, starting Sept. 25, all workplaces in Ontario must screen all workers, contractors, volunteers and outside service providers for COVID-19 as a condition of entry.

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COVID-testing line stretched to Albert Street; Do self-assessment first, says RMH

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Cars were lined up as far back as Central Senior Public School at Albert Street in Lindsay. Photo: Roderick Benns.

Kent Street West was effectively down to one lane midday on Tuesday for several town blocks, as scores of people lined up to get tested for COVID-19.

In what is now being called Ontario’s second wave of the pandemic the province posted record number of cases this past week, albeit clustered mainly in Toronto, Peel Region and Ottawa.

The province also shifted its messaging five days ago from everyone can get a test if they want to asking that asymptomatic people refrain from getting tested unless they fall under certain criteria.

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CAO on hot seat; Councillors demand answers on slow city response times

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Kawartha Lakes Chief Administrative Officer Ron Taylor said the city’s priority was “cost containment,” not maintaining pre-pandemic level city services, at a recent council meeting.

The CAO was responding to councillors who were not happy with city response times or city services after fielding many calls from their constituents.

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