In This Week's Edition:

Walking the Good Way

PAL Concert

Barry Mutter will read "Between the lines" of the Secret History of Soldiers.

Performing Arts Lakefield presents VIVA November 9.

Exploring the truth and reconciliation initiative

Book Review

Lest We Forget!

 Friday, November 09, 2018 $1.25 Canadian Publications Agreement No. 40727545
Covering the East Kawarthas



Joyce Volpe

World War II Veteran, Jean Northey is getting set to lay a wreathe at the Buckhorn Remembrance Day Service last Tuesday.  The service was indoors this year, which made it more comfortable for our Veterans, the colour party and for all those who attended the ceremony. Go here for more photos.


In this week's print edition



Wild rice controversy

Safe Travels Program cancelled as of November 9

OPP to cost Trent Lakes $1.7M

Local Rona stores to close

Maryam Monsef nominated as Liberal candidate for Peterborough-Kawartha

Trent Lakes to review relevance of boards and committees

Lakefield Horticulture Society announces November speaker

LCS presents two Remembrance Day performances

New detachment commander named to lead Peterborough County OPP

Peterborough Utilities recognized as silver winner for Canada's safest employer - utilities and electrical

Barwinski named Orr Division Goalie of the Month

Chiefs down Merchants



Special Feature/s:

Remembrance Day Special Edition


Regular Columns and Features:


Editorial by Terry McQuitty

Reflections by Terry Gillis

Bird Column by Rachel Lancashire

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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Wild rice controversy

by Terry Gillis


On Saturday, November 3, hundreds of Pigeon Lake residents filled the Ennismore Community Centre to discuss concerns over the increase of wild rice planted in the lakes by an Indigenous harvester.


The Save Pigeon Lake group organized Saturday’s meeting which was attended by Status of Women Minister and Peterborough-Kawartha MP Maryam Monsef, Selwyn Township mayor-elect Andy Mitchell, Curve Lake Coun. Lorenzo Whetung and director of Ontario Waterways, Parks Canada Jewel Cunningham.


A number of years ago waterfront property owners formed the group Save Pigeon Lake, with the goal to stop the deliberate seeding of wild rice.

Indigenous people have a legal right to harvest the rice, but for years waterfront homeowners have complained that the rice beds are now so thick on Pigeon Lake they can’t navigate their boats.


Discussions about how property owners must deal with the rice and its debris, for example, as well as their “inability to enjoy the waterfront.”

In 2017, Selwyn Township provided shoreline property owners with some relief from tipping fees related to the disposal of yard waste including wild rice.


Saturday’s agenda included discussions on what’s next for the property owners as they deal with the wild rice.


According to an open letter written by archaeologist James Conolly, in 2016, ancestral First Nations have been living in the Kawarthas for at least the last 10,000 years, soon after the recession of the last major ice sheets.




Safe Travels Program cancelled as of November 9, 2018



The bus stops here! An announcement was posted to social media last week stating that the Safe Travels bus program operating out of Curve Lake will be cancelled as of November 9, 2018. The program saw a bus run from Curve Lake First Nation to Peterborough and back on a daily basis.


Earlier this year Curve Lake and the township of Selwyn applied for funding to increase the service allowing more people to travel through the county to shop and work. The partnership between the communities was successful in their grant application and the program was to receive consistent funding for the next five years.


The original funding application was with the previous liberal government. Since the progressive conservatives were elected in June there has been no confirmation that the funding is still available.


Curve Lake announced that without that funding, they would be unable to continue to offer this very costly program. The monthly financial costs of the program is approximately $10,000.00 ($450 per day plus five per cent GST).


Katie Young from Curve Lake told the Herald that they have continued the conversation with all levels of government and hope to see the service up and running again if and when funding can be secured. This bus service helps address barriers to employment, training, health care and social growth that are broken down through its existence.




Local RONA store to close



There will be one less place to buy your home and building supplies in Lakefield come February. Lowe’s Companies Inc. announced Monday that it plans to close 27 stores across Canada and Lakefield made the list. The RONA at the north end of Chemong Road will also close it’s doors. Both locations call Selwyn home.


A spokesman for the chain said they plan to close certain stores in order to focus on it’s most profitable operations. Lowes plans to close all locations by February 1, 2019 which is the companies fiscal year end.


Lowes purchase the Candian company, RONA in 2016 for $3.2 billion. The company presently has more than 630 corporate and independent locations. The chain includes stores such as Lowe’s, Rona, Reno-Depot, Dick’s Lumber, Contractor First and Ace.

Unheralded the documentary

"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.