The Lakefield Farmers’ Market held a special Mother’s Day event on Sunday in the municipal parking lot on Queen Street in Lakefield. Pictured above is Sara’s Plant Stand, just one of the vendors taking part.
In this week's print edition
Monsef gets nod as federal liberal candidate
Peterborough County revamps Warden terms
No dog poisonings reported
Trent Researchers Donate Award Prize to Abbeyfield Lakefield
Monsef announces funding for over 700 jobs for local youth
2021 Ennismore Shamrock Festival Cancelled
Stakeholders not represented at special meeting
New lessons from the hive early in the season
Herod Financial donates $20,000 to Canadian Mental Health
Bike racks on buses pilot program launches and connects to the LINK
Supporting Lakefield Trail Stewardship Made Easy Now Through
Cooking “from scratch” with Lenore Kuch
Lakefield Trail 20th Anniversary
Editorial by Terry McQuitty
Accidental Columnist by Marnie Clement
Mature Living by Terri Williams Kinghorn
Book Review by Barry Mutter
@yourlibrary by Kacie Gardiner
Story Time at the Buckhorn Library
Golden Years Club Update
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No trespassing on Causeway this season
by Vanessa Stark
Portions of land along the causeway will once again be deemed as private property this year in an effort to keep the public safe.
At the May 5 Peterborough County Council meeting, a recommendation was put forward to allow for the areas on the Bridgenorth sides of the James A. Gifford Causeway remain as No Trespass areas as they are a safety concern and that appropriate fencing and no trespass signs be installed as well as allow for the continuation of the Clean Marine Group.
Last year, county council made the decision to close the land after concerns were raised by residents and business owners over safety concerns of large numbers of people and dangerously discarded fishing equipment.
It was decided at that time that the south portion (from Garthorne Avenue to the bridge) at the James A. Gifford Causeway be posted No Trespass due to safety concerns; and further that, No Camping signs be posted at the James A. Gifford Causeway and at the Gannon’s Narrows Causeway and that they would look into safety concerns around the Buckhorn Dam.
The recommendation presented in front of county council last week read:
1. As per the report from the CAO and Clerk - support the County’s Education and Communications Campaign (with appropriate contracted service provider) this year as we transition to the Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMP) system for full by-law enforcement if approved by County Council.
2. That the areas on the Bridgenorth sides of the James A. Gifford Causeway remain as No Trespass areas as they are a safety concern and that appropriate fencing and no trespass signs be installed.
3. That, the County, Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development, ORCA, Townships and Parks Canada continue to work together to come up with options on the various properties and how to promote.
4. That the County recognize community partners, organizations, individuals who are working hard to ensure the areas are kept clean.
5. That the County ask Parks Canada to continue to be engaged with the County and partners to increase the education component of the use of their property.
6. That the County suggests to Parks Canada to investigate the installation of a surveillance camera in the Buckhorn area on the south side of bridge (parking lot area)
7. That Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development will communicate about areas that are open on their website – including a QR code option; and
That Council offers our sincere thanks to the group of volunteers of the Clean Marine Working Group for their commitment to our community and work on this group.
A report to council stated that the Clean Marine Working Group was formed and covered a cross-section of those impacted by the requests of County Council. A Terms of Reference was approved by the group and Councillor Joe Taylor was elected Chair of the Clean Marine Working Group. The group had fulsome discussions on many of the issues in the areas and great ideas and solutions were shared.
County councillor and deputy mayor for Selwyn Township, Sherry Senis stated that she was happy to see the county taking a proactive approach to this situation rather than reactive this year.
The recommendation was approved.
Initial findings on Utilization study for campground presented
by Vanessa Stark
Selwyn Township heard the first findings of the Lakefield Utilization study at a special council meeting last week.
On May 5, Monteith Brown Planning consultants presented their findings to council.
It was stated at the meeting however that the findings from the study were for information purposes only and that there is still more to consider before making a decision on the future of the Lakefield Campground.
According to the report, the campground currently has 117 seasonal sites and 11 tenting sites identified on the operator’s website. Of these sites, 53 are serviced with hydro, water and sewer; and 64 are serviced with hydro and water. The water and electrical services were installed in the mid-1970s while the washroom / concession building was built in the early 1980s.
The report also stated that the Township of Selwyn received between $53,000 and $62,000 from the operator under the terms of its agreement from 2017 to 2019. An economic analysis of camper spending has not been done but it is understood that there is a degree of spin-off to local businesses through retail, food and beverage, fuel sales, etc.
The report provided four options that align with the Parks and Recreation mandate.
According to the report, these options were provided using information from a community survey, workshops with the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, Trails Committee and Economic Development & Business Committee, interviews with the Kawartha Chamber of Commerce, Friends of Hague Point, Real Friends of Hague Point, and Lakefield Trail Stewardship Committee, written submissions received from residents and stakeholder groups, and Curve Lake First Nation has also been contacted while Imagine the Marsh stated that they prefer to provide feedback at a later date.
In terms of the survey, 1,311 people responded over a four week period and included a function to vote on the four options.
The options provided were as follows:
1. Competitive Bid
This Option is similar to the model employed over the past 25 years but provides an opportunity to “start fresh”. The Township would issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) or an Expression of Interest (EOI) to seek private sector interest in operating the campground, with the land remaining under municipal ownership.
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2. Outsource to Otonabee Region Conservation Authority (ORCA)
ORCA has experience in operating campgrounds, including one in partnership with the City of Peterborough and the Township of Douro-Dummer and indicates that a similar agreement could potentially be applied in Selwyn.
This Option is similar to the Competitive Bid in that a third party would manage the campground and the Township would retain ownership of the land.
The Township would assume day-to-day operations including functions such as:
•marketing and promotion;
•customer service including bookings, payment and addressing inquiries;
•regularly evaluating fees, industry trends and regional market conditions;
•enforcement of campground by-laws and rules; and
•regular maintenance of the grounds.
4. Cease Operations
This Option would be implemented if the Township no longer wishes to operate the Lakefield Campground and determines that there is a higher or better use for the land instead of the campground.
The report presented to council showed that 53 per cent of those surveyed were opposed to the campground being outsourced to the private sector while 28 per cent of respondents were in favour of this option and 20 per cent were neutral.
Option two saw a 24 per cent support of outsourcing to the conservation authorities, with 50 per cent in opposition and 26 per cent neutral.
The option for the Township to manage the campground was supported by 35 per cent of people and opposed by 37 per cent while 29 per cent of respondents stayed neutral.
The last option was a bit more varied seeing 35 per cent in favour of not operating a campground at all, 37 per cent against this option and 29 per cent neutral.
Deputy Mayor Sherry Senis moved to accept the report for information with the change of removing option three, Township- Operated.
This motion was seconded by Councillor Donna Ballantyne and was carried.
There will be another presentation and public commenting period in June with the final presentation coming back to council in July.
Selwyn’s open air burning by-law gets updated
by Vanessa Stark
Selwyn Township will be updating their open-air burning By-law to be more inclusive and reflect current times.
A report was presented to council at the April 13 meeting which included the draft By-law.
However a decision on passing the by-law was postponed until certain questions council had were answered.
Another report along with the amended By-law and answered questions was presented to council at Tuesday night’s council meeting.
The report stated that as the Township of Selwyn continues to grow, Selwyn Fire Department has seen the need for an updated version of this By-law to be implemented. Many parts of the municipality encompass what is deemed as “cottage country” and residents, whether local, seasonal, or renters enjoy the outdoors that our township is greatly known for. With that, some areas of the previous By-law required an update, such as the size and location of campfires/brush fires, inclusion of trailer parks/seasonal campgrounds, and adding certified gas fuelled outdoor appliances.
The major change to the By-law would be to the ratio that deems a fire safe distance perimeter. Under the amended By-law it now states that any type of open air burning within the Township must follow the 1:10 ratio. (a one foot fire needs 10 feet of clearance)
The report said that the previous conditions for campfires and outdoor fire containers for residential use have been changed to be in line with the ratio for a fire safe distance.
Some other notable changes to the by law are:
- Burn barrels, once again, are not permitted.
- Seasonal trailer parks and campgrounds are now included in the By-law. The previous By-law had no regulations regarding campfires
- The size of brush fire piles has been increased.
- Certified gas fuelled outdoor appliances are better defined and included in the new draft.
The questions council had at the last council meeting that delayed this by-law were as follows:
1. Is there a standard with which the ratio for fire safe distance is established?
The answer to this was yes, the Forest Fire Prevention Act.
2. Can Open Air Burning By-laws from neighbouring municipalities be submitted for comparison?
These were submitted but it was noted that in the cases of Trent Lakes and Douro-Dummer that these Townships fall under MNR Restricted Fire Zones, which the Township of Selwyn does not.
3. Has the Township insurer been advised of the proposed amendments, and what is their response? Do they have any concerns?
The response was that yes they have been contacted and the By-law, report, and diagram were sent to them. They have no concerns.
Councillor Gerry Herron moved the motion which was seconded by Councillor Anita Locke. The recommendation was carried and the By-law was approved.
For more information on the amended open-air burning By-law and to see the full answers to councils questions, check out the May 11 agenda through the townships website at selwyntownship.ca.
"Unheralded" chronicles a week in the life of "The Lakefield Herald", a local newspaper published in Lakefield, Ontario. Whether writing about dog shows and 100th birthdays, or telling stories of citizen opposition and community loss - local news reporters have a difficult job, especially when the readers are their neighbours. "Unheralded" is an NFB-TVO Calling Card production.
Ontario Strengthens Enforcement of Stay-at-Home Order
On April 16, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, strengthened enforcement of the province’s Stay-at-Home order while imposing new travel restrictions and further strengthening public health measures. These urgent actions are targeted at stopping the rapid growth in COVID-19 case rates and relieving mounting pressures on the province’s health care system.
Details were provided by Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Solicitor General Sylvia Jones, Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development and Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health.
To increase public compliance with the Stay-at-Home order and stop the spread of COVID-19, amendments to an emergency order (O.Reg 8/21 Enforcement of COVID-19 Measures) have been made that will provide police officers and other provincial offences officers enhanced authority to support the enforcement of Ontario’s Stay-at-Home order.
Effective Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., police officers and other provincial offences officers will have the authority to require any individual to provide their home address and purpose for not being at their residence. In addition, police officers, special constables and First Nation Constables will have the authority to stop vehicles to inquire about an individual’s reasons for leaving their home. This additional enforcement tool will only be in effect during the Stay-at-Home order and exclusively to enforce the Stay-at-Home order.
The Peterborough Police Service announced that they are reviewing the new regulations and although these new enforcement measures have been given, Peterborough Police will continue to be complaints-driven in their response to the increased public health measures. That means they will not be randomly stopping people.
In a press release, the Peterborough Police Service stated, “Great care will be taken to ensure there is no misuse or perceived misuse of any enforcement measures as the trust of our communities is of the utmost importance and a pillar of the community policing model. We remain committed to ensuring our police officers and personnel work in a transparent and accountable manner whenever they interact with residents during these trying times.
It’s also vital that we take this pandemic seriously and do what is needed – stay home and practice public health guidelines. We thank our members for serving their community and thank you, the residents, for doing what you can, for staying home so we can get through these challenging times together.”
Both the provincial declaration of emergency and the Stay-at-Home order (O.Reg 265/21) have been extended for an additional two weeks to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The Stay-at-Home order currently in effect requires everyone to remain at home except for specified purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely.
In order to limit the transmission of the variants of concern, the government is also restricting travel into Ontario from the provinces of Manitoba and Quebec with the exception of purposes such as work, health care services, transportation and delivery of goods and services or exercising Aboriginal or treaty rights.
The government has also implemented the following public health and workplace safety measures effective Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.:
• Prohibit all outdoor social gatherings and organized public events, except for with members of the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone or a caregiver for any member of the household;
• Close all non-essential workplaces in the construction sector;
• Reduce capacity limits to 25 per cent in all retail settings where in-store shopping is permitted. This includes supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, indoor farmers’ markets, other stores that primarily sell food and pharmacies; and,
• Close all outdoor recreational amenities, such as golf courses, basketball courts, soccer fields, and playgrounds with limited exceptions.
In addition, effective Monday, April 19, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., the government has limited the capacity of weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites or ceremonies to 10 people indoors or outdoors. Prohibiting social gatherings associated with these services such as receptions, except for with members of the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone. Drive-in services will be permitted.
All other public health and workplace safety measures for non-essential retail under the province-wide Emergency orders currently in force under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act have been extended until May 5, 2021. In addition, orders currently in force under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, with the exception of O.Reg. 241/20 (Special Rules Re Temporary Pandemic Pay), have been extended until May 20, 2021.