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More than $4.8 million announced by Scott for Kawartha Lakes’ pandemic support

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Today, MPP Laurie Scott announced more than $4.8 million dollars in provincial assistance for Kawartha Lakes in response to the COVID 19 pandemic.

“This is new money for our communities that will provide municipalities with the support they need to protect the health and well-being of Ontario residents,” said Scott in a media release.

“This assistance will continue to deliver needed public services as the province continues down the path of renewal, growth and economic recovery.”

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The country and the city

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Photo: Michael LaRiviere.

I got a little scared recently reading the words of Stephen King, one my favourite horror authors. But it wasn’t from one his thrillers, it was a quotation on living in the city: “City life is no life for the country man, for such a man that life is a kind of damnation.”

That got me thinking because we were just packing up our country house and moving into Lindsay. Technically, since we were moving from the Greater Glenarm Area (or the GGA, as future planners might one day call it) to Lindsay, we were moving from one part of the City of Kawartha Lakes to another. But we all know calling either a ‘city’ is more than a bit of a stretch. Still though, the move from farmhouse to residential street will mean changes, both big and small, for my family.

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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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We should go back to the future and risk being great

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Good urban planning “is a gift of its the future.” Photo: Roderick Benns.

In 1834, a town plan for Lindsay was envisioned on what was then nothing more than a cedar swamp. The planners envisioned something different, and grander than the Purdy Mills hamlet which had been established south of the Scugog River almost 15 years previously.

Kent and Victoria Streets were designed to be one and a half times wider than the standard 66-foot right of way. As the final report on Downtown Heritage Conservation District notes, this was done “presumably to highlight their importance but also to make maneuvering horses and carts that much easier.”

So urban planning for this area of our city has, from its very outset, consisted of a blend of anticipating future transit needs and a vision of something bigger and special.

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CKL shafted: Billions in new rural transit money — but based on current ridership levels

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Monte McNaughton, Minister of Infrastructure. Photo: Roderick Benns.

Analysis  A new announcement from the Province on funding for rural transportation systems across Ontario will see $1.6 billion unlocked for 85 eligible municipalities outside of Toronto and Hamilton – including Kawartha Lakes.

However, the Advocate has learned that because the money from both the Province and federal government is based on a municipality’s current ridership share, Kawartha Lakes can access only $1.7 million in funding. Compare this to the City of Peterborough which will get $26 million from the provincial share alone – despite the fact that the population of the City of Peterborough and Kawartha Lakes is almost the same (with Peterborough’s 81,000 vs Kawartha Lake’s 75,000.)

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