Marylou Bird, Linda Anderson and John Boyd were having a great time at the 21st annual Lakefield Jazz, Art and Craft festival held in Isabel Morris park over the weekend. Perfect weather, six bands, various artisans and artists and, of course, plenty of good food and drink helped to make this annual event a hit.
by Marnie Clement
Trent Lakes Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Peter Avgoustis’ sudden unexpected resignation on July 2, 2019 leaves the municipality in the difficult position of having lost their top two employees in the same week.
Clerk Kari Stevenson left the municipality to take a position as Deputy Clerk for the County of Peterborough. Her last day as a Trent Lakes employee was July 7, 2019.
At the last council meeting on June 16th, council appointed Deputy Clerk Jessie Clark to the position of Acting Clerk until that position is permanently filled, and appointed CAO Avgoustis as acting Deputy Clerk until the position is filled.
He was leading a number of key projects for council including the Strategic Facilities Review that is assessing municipal needs, the suitability of current buildings and guide future investment in municipal facilities. Cornerstone Planning Group has been hired to conduct this process.
Avgoustis had also recently guided council through a strategic planning process that prioritized the top 10 areas on which to focus budget and staff resources during the 2019-2022 council term.
These priorities focus on four priority themes including healthy active living, resilient and sustainable economy, responsible accountable government and environmentally sustainable policies and practices.
Avgoustis’ exit came after only nine months on the job. He resigned on July 2nd, and his departure was announced by Mayor Janet Clarkson in a short news release on the morning of July 4th.
The press release states that “Mayor Janet Clarkson announced that Mr. Peter Avgoustis, Chief Administrative Officer for the Municipality of Trent Lakes has tendered his resignation effective July 2, 2019 to pursue his personal and career goals elsewhere. On behalf of council, the Mayor thanked Mr. Avgoustis for his service to the municipality and advised that council is unanimous in wishing Mr. Avgoustis best wishes in his future endeavours.”
Mayor Clarkson said that Avgoustis left for personal reasons and his ties are in Guelph Ontario. In the meantime, she said, the job is being temporarily covered by Municipal Treasurer Donna Teggart, who has previously acted in the position.
She said she does not think it is a problem that the two senior position are vacant because the two temporary roles give council time to make the best decisions for the municipality in the long run.
The announcement appointing Avgoustis last September said that he holds a Masters of Public Administration from Western University and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Guelph. He has a broad range of municipal experience and had worked for the City of Toronto, the City of Guelph and was CAO in the Town of Kirkland Lake.
He replaced Lois O’Neill-Jackson who left the position in June 2018.
Council meets only once a month during the summer and the next meeting will be on Tuesday, July 16th, at 6 p.m. in the council chambers at 760 County Road 36.
by Marnie Clement
Residents of Lakefield will get a chance to provide input into local policing through the Peterborough Police Services Board (PPSB) strategic planning process that is getting underway to set goals and objectives for the policing for 2020-2023.
The planning process is the only opportunity for residents of the Ward of Lakefield to provide input, as Lakefield has not had a voting member on the board since the de-amalgamation of the Peterborough-Lakefield Police Service in 2015. Since then, Lakefield has contracted police services from the PPSB.
Before that, Lakefield was a part owner of the Peterborough-Lakefield Community Police and had a voting representative on the board and had a say in how the force operated. Currently Selwyn Council member Anita Locke is an only an advisory member of the board with no voting privileges.
The current contract for policing services expires at the end of 2020 and the township will decide if it wants to continue to contract these services from Peterborough or hire the Ontario Provincial Police to provide them.
The PPSB has hired Met-Scan Consulting to help complete the 2020-2023 Strategic Plan. These plans are used to shape police services as communities evolve and new policing requirements emerge.
The board is required to prepare a plan under the Police Services Act every three years, and that planning process includes stakeholder and public input and will include public meetings and an online surveys. The online survey will be promoted through social media.
The plan will develop solutions and initiatives that ensure police services are delivered economically and effectively and look at performance statistics, evaluate achievements, identify human resource challenges and key IT challenges.
And stakeholder and public engagement will help them assess performance, perceptions of officer attitudes and behaviour and identify community concerns and recommendations for improvement
Met-Scan is organizing group sessions with external stakeholders including First Nations, LGBTQ groups, local shelters, mental health organizations, justice partners, youth groups, municipal councils, school boards, community organizations/stakeholders, businesses and the public. Some of these meetings will be open to the public.
There will also be an online survey that will be promoted through social media.
The final plan is scheduled to be submitted to PPSB in November 2019. Once it has been completed, it will be available to the public, likely through the PPSB website.
Past business plans are posted on the PPSB website at https://peterboroughpolice.com/learn/reports/
by Angela Lavallee
First Nation communities in Ontario now have to opportunity to apply to operate a cannabis store.
In the July 3 announcement from the province, Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance and Doug Downey, Attorney General stated the Alcohol Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is allocating eight stores to First Nation communities in the province.
According to AGCO, only two First Nations have opted out, Whitefish First Nation in October 2018 and Scugog Island First Nation in January of 2019.
Curve Lake First Nation, also in Southern Ontario, issued a moratorium in 2018 after a sole proprietor of TRICAN neglected to go through the proper channels before opening and was shut down by the First Nation and the First Nation police force.
Chief James Marsden of Alderville First Nation has said all along that he supports his community and members in operating outlets. The First Nation already has over seven medicinal outlets on the reserve.
In 2018 Chief Laurie Carr of Hiawatha First Nation said her band council will revisit the issue after the October 2018 legalization. Chief Carr has since not talked about the cannabis new allocation.
The release sent out states the Ford Government has heard from First Nation communities in Ontario interested in operating safe and secure retail outlets.
The lottery choice will take place through a separate process on a first come, first served basis.
Minister Phillips issued a statement in the release sent out VIA email
“Our government is continuing to take a responsible approach to opening cannabis outlets.
Emily Whetung-McInnes, Chief of Curve Lake First Nation, took to social media to indicate if the allocation application should go to the band, a single business owner and should the members be given the opportunity to vote on the issue.
“This is time sensitive for the First Nation. Applications are due at the end of July,” said Chief Whetung-McInnes.
At the regular council meeting on July 8, the newly elected band council discussed the many issues such as drugs in the community, implications for the youth and community if the moratorium was lifted to allow cannabis on the First Nation.
Cannabis retail outlets in Alderville First Nation which is in close proximity to Curve Lake and Hiawatha are thriving and will continue do to so even if their neighbors are chosen as one of the eight.
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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.
In this week's print edition
County asks MPPs to attend County council for updates
Collision on Hwy 28
Trent Lakes seeks engagement for Strategic Plan
Funding to tackle cellular dead zones
BEL Rotary Toll Day
Working together to save lives
Transportation Day at Lang Pioneer Village
Cathy Abraham returns as president of OPSBA
Leora Berman receives the Roland Michener Award
Regular Columns and Features:
Editorial by Terry McQuitty
Accidental Columnist by Marnie Clement
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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