In This Week's Edition:

125th Anniversary

St. Joseph's church in Douro celebrates their anniversary in a big way

Literary Festival

Lakefield is offering writing craft talks with famous authors this year.

Concession St. update

Selwyn Township doing a study to assess feasibility of sidewal construction.

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Terry McQuitty

The Township of Selwyn showed up in full force to ride The Big Bike for Heart & Stroke last week. This is an annual event which always attracts attention as the bike rolls through the streets of the Village of Lakefield.. Go here for more photos.

Dissension in Trent Lakes

by Terry Gillis


Deputy Mayor Windover questioned a number of staff reports and related resolutions at Tuesday’s Trent Lakes council meeting.


First to be questioned was  CBO, Brian Raymond. Raymond presented council with a monthly  Building and Planning Department update.


In the update it was noted that following a public meeting held on May 15 to discuss shipping containers that pre-dated the Property Standards By-law Amendment B2017-099 which clarified that shipping containers are a prohibited use, with some specific exemptions - notices of violation will be sent out for existing violations that were on hold.


Following the CBO’s report, Mayor Matthews asked if there were any questions from council. There were no questions at that time and Deputy Mayor Windover moved the motion to receive the report and Councillor Persson seconded it.


Mayor Matthews then asked the CBO when the next Property Standards Committee meeting will be held. She was informed that no date had been set yet. Brian commented that in regards to the “sea containers,” the notices need to be sent out to the affected individuals and if they choose to appeal, a Property Standards appeal will be scheduled at that time.




In this week's print edition



Dissension in Trent Lakes

Douro-Dummer Country Sale & Show...No Sale

Concession Street reconstruction

Hope in the Darkness: A national call or youth mental health

Peterborough Paramedics get new ambulance

St. Joseph's Church celebrates 125th Anniversary

New Chief of Police for Peterborough

Mellow acclaimed as PCC President

The Graveyard and the Story of Four Crosses

Camp Kawartha Surf 'n' Turf

Lakefield Literary Festival offers writing craft talks


Special Feature/s:



Regular Columns and Features:


Editorial by Terry McQuitty

Reflections by Terry Gillis

Bird Column by Rachel Lancashire

Book Review by Barry Mutter

@yourlibrary by Kacie Gardiner

Story Time at the Buckhorn Library

Golden Years Club Update





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Douro-Dummer Country Sale & Show... No Sale



mist Club has been working on a new fundraising initiative to help youth in the township with participating in minor sports. The Optimist Club appeared before council on May 1 to explain the club’s plan for a Country Show and Sale which would be held on the property of the Douro Community Centre located on Highway 28. The plans hit a bit of a snag at the June 5 council meeting as opposition to the idea surfaced.


Doug Leahy headed a ten minute delegation at the June 5 meeting. Leahy told council that they have operated a fruit and vegetable business started by his parents 40 years ago a few kilometers up from the Douro Community Centre on Highway 28. Leahy told council that his parents recognized the feasibility of the business and acquired commercial zoning. Leahy told council that he did not always agree with the zoning process, but he did fulfill the requirements. Leahy went on to say that the process cost the family hundreds of thousands of dollars. Leahy stated “we don’t pretend to own the road, but we did earn the right to do business on it, we pay residential, agricultural and commercial taxes.”


 Council recognized that a conflict could exist and asked staff to produce a report which was presented at Tuesdays council meeting. The report looks in to the Optimists mandate, zoning at the community centre and possible solutions to mitigate harm caused by the charity event.



Concession Street construction

 The Township of Selwyn is completing a study to assess the feasibility of constructing sidewalk on Concession Street, from Reid Street to Queen Street. The purpose of the study is to consider and evaluate alternative sidewalk alignments and locations and to identify a preferred route for the sidewalk. In developing and evaluating options, the Township is considering constraints such as property impacts, existing utilities, pedestrian safety, connections to existing facilities, availability of space and project costs. A Public Information Centre (PIC) will be held on Wednesday June 27, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Niels Pind Room, in the Lakefield-Smith Community Centre located at 20 Concession Street. The purpose of this PIC is to present options for the proposed sidewalk location, outline the evaluation criteria and present the preferred sidewalk location, as well as to receive input about any local issues. The PIC will be drop-in format and staff from the Township and the Consultant will be present to discuss the project and answer questions. For more information, visit the Township website at or call 705-292-9507.

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Dam 25 Community Liaison Committee


The minutes of the June 20, 2017 Dam 25 Community Liaison Committee meeting are posted on the project website at should you, or any of your neighbours/colleagues wish to see them.