Past president, Larry Taylor of the Lakefield and District Lions Club, was all smiles as he passed the gavel onto the newly elected president, Barry Hunt at their meeting on Wednesday night.
In this week's print edition
Peter Franzen sworn in
Construction in Buckhorn
Mileage in question
LINK transportation project delayed
Selwyn Welcomes new Building Inspector
Getting to know the Staff of Trent Lakes Public Library
BEL Rotary responds to needs of community
Local author self-publishes first book
New David Goyette Paintings Showcased in Lakefield
MP Monsef’s message to students
Ontario Launches COVID-19 School and Child Care Web Page
New and Improved Kms for Care Launches to support Community Care
Cooking “from scratch” with Lenore Kuch
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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Unheralded the documentary
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Events in Douro-Dummer
by Terry McQuitty
The Township of Douro-Dummer received a report from acting CAO Martina Chait-Hartwig and presented by Jessyka McArthur on Tuesday evening regarding upcoming events in the municipality.
Staff had started work on the annual Remembrance Day ceremony and how it might look during the COVID-19 pandemic. While testing the waters for Remembrance Day staff also took a look at the annual Santa Claus Parade.
Staff contacted the constituency office of the Member of Parliament of Peterborough of Peterborough-Kawarthas, Peterborough Public Health and the Office of the Fire Marshall and Emergency Management Ontario.
It was determined that there were no orders prohibiting these events from taking place, however there were a number of concerns voiced by Peterborough Public Health and they are as follows:
• Outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people are permitted
• Physical distancing, even outdoors or if spectators attend in a vehicle, is required
• Pinch-points must be addressed to avoid forcing people together
• Those over 70 years of age are encouraged to self-isolate and avoid crowds
• Serving of buffet-style food is not permitted
• Handing out of candy along the parade route is not permitted
• Shared microphones maybe problematic -“any equipment that is rented to, provided to or provided for the use of members of the public must be cleaned and disinfected as frequently as is necessary to maintain a sanitary condition”
• An impermeable barrier must be erected between musicians and the audience for live music
There are numerous challenges associated with hosting these events which include, but are not limited to :
• Remembrance Day Ceremony organization would need to include additional safety protocols for individuals (both attendees and participants) with existing health conditions and those over 70 years of age.
• The Remembrance Day Ceremony cannot include the community luncheon typically served after the ceremony.
• At this time the schools have not yet been contacted, but the inclusion of student attendees may push the total event attendance over 100 people.
• The Santa Claus Parade attracts well over 100 people.
• There are many pinch points throughout the Santa Claus Parade route and the Tree Lighting area.
• Alternative arrangements for children to meet Santa Claus would need to be created to avoid pinch points, contact and the touching of shared surfaces.
• Hot chocolate and cookies could not be served from the windows as in previous years.
To run the events, staff and community volunteers would need extra time and (possibly extra) resources to work around the challenges posed by the events.
Mayor J Murray Jones pointed out that the community had already lost the Norwood Fair and the Douro Doings due to COVID-19, but he is determined one way or another to have a Remembrance Day service. He went on to say that the Santa Claus Parade is not a sensible thing to do.
Councillor Tom Watt agreed that a Remembrance service is important, but if there is not a parade it is not the worst thing in the world.
Councillor Shelagh Landsman suggested that they might do a tree lighting on the township’s You tube channel.
Councillor Heather Watson asked if staff would have time to work on these projects with all the other duties arising from COVID.
McArthur said that staff would be stretched, but volunteers could step up.
It was agreed that plans would be made and brought back to council at the next meeting to decide the path forward.
No Trespassing on the James A Gifford Causeway
by Vanessa Stark
Peterborough County has passed a recommendation to classify land around the James A. Gifford Causeway as No Trespassing.
The decision came after residents and business owners raised concerns over the safety of the area.
This issue was brought before County Council at the August 24 meeting. It was suggested that a fishing ban be put in place to stop the dangers that were addressed such as ripped canvas roofs on boats and stray lures and hooks located at a marina near the Causeway. Similar concerns were raised about the Gannon’s Narrows Causeway as well.
County Staff examined the situation and collaborated with industry partners, bringing back a report to council on September 9, 2020.
The recommendation of staff presented to Council on September 9, 2020 read in part: “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 further that the Acting CAO shall form a Clean Marine working group including industry partners to further implement the Clean Marine Program including the implementation of County By-laws and County By-law enforcement as well as a Communication Plan and other strategies/improvements with a plan for reducing the amount of litter in affected areas of the County, including new and improved signage which directs anglers to areas that are safe and can be maintained by County staff and any other strategies/initiatives identified by the Clean Marine Working Group with a report back to Council by late winter; and further That for the remainder of 2020, the north portion (from Kelly Boulevard to the bridge) of the James A. Gifford Causeway shall be posted as No Trespassing due to lack of physical distancing concerns with respect to COVID-19 and to allow for sufficient time for the Clean Marine Working Group to review and make recommendations that would enable a re-opening if possible.”
County Council passed this recommendation.
Selwyn Township Deputy Mayor and County Councilor Sherry Senis said she was pleased with the outcome that provides the same result as a fishing ban.
“I am happy with the outcome for the vote for the no trespassing because it provides the same results as the no fishing ban. I did mention that the Clean Marine Group look long and hard at it before they allow fishing there again because they only shut it down for this season, until the end of this year. It affects the lives of the people who are close to these areas. The causeway is a transportation area not a recreation area and I think its important people are reminded of that.”
Peterborough County Warden and Douro Dummer Township Mayor, J. Murray Jones said, “It is a shame that the actions of some affect the many, however, we need to ensure we keep our residents and businesses safe. The decision recommended by staff and passed by County Council was the right thing to do at this time”.
Douro Dummer banned fishing form public docks at both Crows and McCracken Landings earlier this summer.
Deputy Warden and Mayor of Selwyn Township, Andy Mitchell was opposed to the fishing ban suggestion originally put in front of County Council. However he says he supports this recommendation.
“I think that is the appropriate approach, they took a look at things and that was my point in the first place. I wanted to see people go out and take a look at what was going on and come back. So they have determined that there is a safety issue and clearly if there is a safety issue, it’s important to act on it.”
This result falls in line with a decision made earlier this summer by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to close crown land at Burleigh Falls due to health and safety concerns. That land is now open to the public once again as of September 14, 2020.
Peterborough’s drive-through testing centre first in Ontario to use handheld devices
Peterborough’s drive-through COVID-19 testing centre is the first in the province to implement new handheld devices to digitize COVID-19 lab requisitions – an important step forward in improving the quality and performance of end-to-end testing for patients, care providers and labs. Working with Ontario Health, Peterborough County/City Paramedics, Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC), Peterborough Public Health (PPH) and the City of Peterborough have partnered to introduce handheld technology and barcoded labels for all COVID-19 tests done at the centre. Staff can now collect a patient’s information by scanning their health card and driver’s license, capturing everything needed for a digital lab requisition.
The drive-through testing centre implemented the handheld devices on Wednesday, September 2, and in the first five days of use, 1523 people were scanned. The benefits include:
o More complete and higher-quality data when capturing patient information o Faster processing and easier matching of the requisition to the test o More legible requisitions, making it easier for laboratory staff to process each test The drive-through clinic’s final day of operations at Kinsmen Civic Centre was Friday, September 4. On Tuesday, September 8, the testing clinic was relocated to Northcrest Arena. Operating hours continue to be 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. The drive-through testing centre is led by Peterborough Paramedics with support from PRHC, PPH and the City of Peterborough. When coming to the clinic to be tested, bring your Ontario Health Card and driver’s license with you if you have them. You can access your testing results using your Ontario Health Card number on the provincial online portal at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/ or by calling your healthcare provider. For more information about COVID-19, please visit https://www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca/. Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.