In This Week's Edition:

Take an MPP to Work

MPP Jeff leal toured the jane Furber Clinic .

OPP Explosives Unit

OPP Explosive Disposal Unit called to Trent Lakes

Local Youth Honored

Faith Dickinson wins Prince of Whales Award


Friday, May 27, 2016



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Covering the East Kawarthas

Check out our Mature Living Feature in this week's edition

Terry  McQuitty


The Lakefield Horticultural Society plant sale held at Cenotaph Park in Lakefield on Saturday was the best ever in the society’s history! Funds raised from this sale allow the society to purchase the hanging baskets that are enjoyed by 1000’s of visitors to the Village of Lakefield. The horticultural society also purchases plants and fills many of the gardens around the village. Pictured above are Sue Lloyd, Emma Murphy, Anne Stone and Mary-Jane Pilgrim..   More pictures here.


Get out and enjoy Ontario's beauty: Provincial Parks free of charge on July 15


Watch Selwyn Township council meetings from home

by Terry Gillis

The Township of Selwyn has begun broadcasting Council meetings and Committee of Adjustment meetings live over the internet.

Anyone with high speed internet access can now watch a Council meeting from the comfort of their homes or from their desks at work.

To view a meeting live, visit the Selwyn Township webpage at  or to access the live video page directly go to:

Meetings will also be recorded and stored on the Township’s website.


Selwyn passes Mandatory Pre-Consultation By-law

by Terry Gillis

At Tuesday evening’s Selwyn Council meeting, Jeannette Thompson, Planner/EDO presented Council with a report related to a Mandatory Pre-consultation By-law for planning act applications.

Because the Township is the final approval authority on zoning by-law amendments and site plan control, Township staff  is proposing that a by-law be passed to obligate applicants to consult with the Township prior to submitting requests to amend the Township’s Zoning By-law or for requests for Site Plan Control.

As stated in Ms. Thompson’s report, pre-consultation prior to the submission of a formal application can help ensure a complete application and provide opportunities for early feedback on the proposed development plan. Further, it ensures that all relevant planning policies are identified early in the process, as well as ensuring that all the relevant agencies (i.e. ORCA, TSW, PCCHU) are at the table at the beginning of the development process. The early feedback which the potential applicant would receive from the Township and the relevant agencies would provide the applicant with the opportunity to refine the development proposal prior to submission of the formal application which should ultimately help to streamline the development process. It also provides the municipality with an opportunity to reinforce the concept of a complete application and to ensure that the applicant is aware of the supporting documents/studies that would be required to support an application.  Further, the Township is provided with an opportunity to describe the development process and provide the potential applicant with a general idea of the costs and timelines associated with the application(s).

Currently the Township encourages pre-consultation for all planning act applications, however, this proposed by-law will formalize that process.



Official launch of Community Garden


Nourish Lakefield invites local residents to join us at Lakefield District Intermediate Secondary School (LDISS) at 12 noon on Thursday, June 2 to celebrate the launch of  a new community garden in the Village.

“We are thrilled to see this initiative taking root in our community,” said horticulturalist and Nourish Lakefield committee member, Emma Murphy. “We look forward to the opportunities and benefits that this project will create in our community for the years to come.”

A working group of local community members, Nourish Lakefield was formed in 2015 with a vision to expand access to healthy food in the area. Thanks to the generous support of the Peterborough Master Gardeners, we will establish 10 new community garden plots at LDISS this spring, bringing us closer towards our goal.

The initiative has already garnered a growing list of community partners and supporters, including LDISS, the Lakefield Food Bank, the Lakefield Library, as well as many local businesses. In addition to plots for individual community members, volunteers will also maintain a donation bed to supply fresh produce to food bank patrons.

There’s still time to reserve a plot!

Featuring free, hands-on workshops and fun for the whole family, community members are encouraged to attend the ground-breaking event for an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the project ---- all while sampling some delicious treats prepared with local food.

For more information about the garden, including how you can get involved or reserve a plot, please call 705-743-3526 ext. 115 or email


"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.

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