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 Friday, June 21, 2019 $1.25 Canadian Publications Agreement No. 40727545
Covering the East Kawarthas

Members of the Lakefield Singers started a new club “The Happy Trails Bicycle Club” and want others to join them for rides along the beautiful trails throughout the village and beyond. There are two bike events per week starting June 22, 2019. Participants are to meet at the parking lot across from Foodland.

Angela Lavallee

by Marnie Clement

The current waste card management system being used in Trent Lakes will likely be suspended for a one year trial after municipal council asked staff to give them a supporting by-law at the next council meeting in July.

Council voted on Tuesday that they want to suspend the current program even if it is contrary to the rules for waste management set by Peterborough County.

After Councillor Carol Armstrong presented a motion to suspend the program for a trial period, Councillor Terry Lambshead asked “Are we going to comply with the county?”

Trent Lakes Waste Management Coordinator Chelsea Carpenter told council she has spoken to staff at the county, and if Trent Lakes decides to suspend the waste card system, the municipality will not be adhering the county bylaw.  She said that the county will take appropriate action if the card program is suspended.

“This is a trial,” Councillor Armstrong replied “We’re already producing much lower amounts of waste  than the rest of the municipalities and I hope the county will be patient enough to let us run this trial.”

“We’ve reduced our waste and we’ve earned the right to do this trial and I think this is a reasonable creative solution,” she said.

Mayor Janet Clarkson said that she and Deputy Mayor Ron Windover had received a lot of support from the county for the changes Trent Lakes is trying to make.

The by-law will include a statement that the impact on the landfills will be assessed, and if there is more than a 15 per cent increase in waste the program will be reassessed.  If the increase is less than 15 per cent the quarterly restrictions will continue for the 2020 cycle.

Council also asked that a letter with a supporting rationale be send to the county stating:

• waste management is the number one concern for

Trent Lakes residents.

• 48 bags per year is still 54 per cent less than other municipalities with 104 bag allowances

• Trent Takes has already reduced landfill tonnage by 39 per cent since 2016

• Trent Lakes has the lowest kg per capita waste (96.57 in 2018) and the highest diversion rate in the county

• the next lowest kg per capita rate in the county is North Kawartha at 122.31 in 2018. This is 26 per cent higher than Trent Lakes.  A 15 per cent increase for Trent Lakes would still keep it as the lost kg per capital municipality in the county

• even if bag waste doubled over the summer months, it would not exceed the average of two bags per week

The by-law suspending the current program will be presented at the July 16, 2019.



Cottagers and visitors of Peterborough County now have access to walk-in care three times per week. The North Kawartha Health Centre in Apsley and the PFHT Clinic in Lakefield are extending their hours and offering a walk-in service to cottagers of the area. The hours are as follows:

 North Kawartha Health Centre – 183 Burleigh Street in Apsley  Walk-in service commences June 15.

Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (last patient is accepted at 2:00 p.m.)

PFHT Clinic – 150 Strickland Street, Suite 3, Lakefield Walk-in service commences July 4.

Sundays from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. (last patient is accepted at 4:00 p.m.)

The PFHT Clinic can assist with most patient needs, however, those requiring sutures (stitches) or removal of fishhooks will be directed elsewhere for care, such as the local emergency department. Cottagers and visitors may also access service at the PFHT Clinic during the week by appointment only. Week day hours are as follows:

• Monday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

• Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

• Thursday from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

• Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

“We continue working to meet the needs of our residents and during the summer these residents expand to include cottagers and visitors,” says Lori Richey, executive director of Peterborough Family Health Team. “When the PFHT Clinic was opened in September 2018 our intention was always to increase the hours during the busy summer months when cottagers are at the many surrounding lakes, recognizing we must balance our limited service to both permanent residents and cottagers of the area.”



















by Angela Lavallee

Registered band members of Curve Lake have chosen a new Chief and council for their community.

In a landslide win, Emily Whetung is the new elect Chief of Curve Lake with 484 votes.

According to Gayle Taylor, Electoral Officer for Curve Lake said 784 people voted. Members were given the opportunity to vote paper ballot or online.

Whetung who is a first time candidate for office of government is an associate lawyer from the LLF law firm in Peterborough and is ready to get started. She says the job as chief will allow her to leave her duties as a lawyer.

“I am so elated and this is great news, I feel absolutely fantastic,” says Whetung. “The out pouring of support from my family and community and all of the comments and gestures on Facebook has been so heartfelt,” added Whetung.

Whetung, who ran her campaign because she wanted a change, said she listened to what the community members were saying when she visited or read messages online.

“We are ready for that change, while keeping our history alive, but we need our members to have full access to information and I said that throughout the campaign that communication is vital for both the members, and for Chief and Council,” added Whetung.

Newly elect band Councillor  Crystal Cummings who got 256 votes  said she was very happy to be given the chance to lead the community once again. “I’ve been on council before, and I’m honoured to be on council again,” says Cummings.

Cummings who served on council from 2009 to 2011  says it will be interesting to see what kind of change has happened since then.

There are four new members to the council chambers who will serve a three-year term.

Nodin Knott, who operates the Curve Lake Food Bank and first time elect, says he ran for office because he too is for change and there is a dire need for it.

“I feel good right now,” says Knott from his home in Curve Lake. “It feels like a dream. I’m eager to get started,” he adds. I will be the councillor who asks the what, why, how.” “I will make sure the members are communicated with respectfully,” he adds.

This is the first election for the First Nation where registered members had the opportunity to use One Feather, an online voting platform According to the site, over 350 voted online.

Sean Conway a former NDP candidate for Peterborough and the Kawartha’s riding, took to his social media Facebook page and thanked his community for believing in him enough to elect him to council. Peterborough Kawartha NDP also took to their social media page and congratulated Conway on being elected to band council.

Conway thanked those who were brave enough to keep their name on the ballot. “We are a stronger and better community by your invaluable contributions and spirit,” he wrote on his page.

Outgoing Chief Phyllis Williams said in an e-mail sent that there are tough times ahead and much more to accomplish for the community.

“The citizens of Curve Lake have chosen a new chief and council,” I congratulate all candidates . It was amazing to see the compassion of so many who wanted to serve,” stated Chief Williams.

The new council consists of four  men and four women, something new elect Councillor Cummings says is great way to start a new term in office.

The swearing in for the new Chief and council is yet to be announced.


Trent Lakes Waste Management

Extended hours for

walk-in clinics

Curve Lake First Nation elects new Chief and council

"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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Trent Lakes council makes surplus funding decisions

Round table action items

MPP Dave Smith gives progress report at Douro-Dummer

Chemong Public School celebrates 50 years

The Bondar Challenge

Swimming season kicks off at local beaches

Drumming in Lakefield to start in July

Flemming College to receive nearly $3 million in research funding

Lakefield Literary Festival celebrates 25th Anniversary Season

There's a new bike club in Lakefield

ORCA to create floodplain maps



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