PolarFest January 31 - Febrary 2
 Friday, January 24, 2020 $1.25 Canadian Publications Agreement No. 40727545
Covering the East Kawarthas



Terry McQuitty

The federal government is contributing $25,000 towards the development of a new Health Centre for Camp Kawartha.  The Health Centre will be built with the environment in mind featuring net-zero utility costs, zero toxins, zero carbon footprint, as well as zero fossil fuel use and zero waste output. Pictured above are Douro-Dummer mayor/county warden J Murray Jones, Maryam Monsef, MP for Peterborough-Kawartha and Jacob Rodenburg, Executive Director of Camp Kawartha.

Alzheimer’s awareness month

by Vanessa Stark

As January starts to wind down, so does Alzheimer Awareness Month.

The Lakefield Herald had the opportunity to sit down and have a chat with a local couple from Lakefield who are currently struggling with this illness at the Kawartha Centre.

The Kawartha Centre, located at 168 Brock Street in downtown Peterborough is joining the fight against Alzheimer’s with voluntary clinical trials.

The Lakefield couple decided to stay anonymous for the time being, as each individual takes their own amount of time deciding when to let the world know about their struggles.

They said that they have thoroughly enjoyed their experience at the Kawartha Centre and it has made a huge difference in their lives.

“It’s been a very positive experience, everyone here is incredibly professional and capable as well as being very friendly and welcoming here. There are a whole bunch of pluses by just being involved in the trials. One is just being here and the socialization as well as the talking with caring professionals and meeting other folks in the same category as you.

“When I first came for research I was nervous. I wasn’t sure what was happening. Now it’s a very comfortable feeling. And I think why not do it!”

The trials that participants are a part of are all randomized double blind trials.

“When someone enters the trial program it’s usually 50/50. So only 50 percent of the people are getting the active medication.” Jill MacPhee, Clinical Trial Manager at the Kawartha Centre said. “But the other half is receiving the placebo. And none of us know what person gets what, you are saying you’re going to make this commitment for two years to come regularly, follow all the protocol, and may not even be getting the real drug.”

This may seem like it may not be worth the effort but there is a reason behind it.

“So because there is no cure, you have to compare it to the status quo, what’s happening right now, thats the only way to prove that its actually making a difference, especially with a disease like this where there are going to be changes, so you need to look at the normal changes and compare them to the changes on this trial group. Our on-going testing sort of illustrates the results. we are blinded to whoever is taking the drugs and whoever is on placebo, and certainly there are placebo effects that people experience through participation but these research trials are structured such that you have to have a controlled group otherwise you won’t be able to prove that the drug is helping people.”

This might sound like the poeple are being jipped out of a treatment. But local participants feel differently.

“If the drug you get was the real drug, to be in on that would be like winning the lottery, but the important thing is that they are benefiting from the research in general and the next generation, our kids will benefit from it. And even if you find out the drug doesn’t work, at least you tried and it’s proven that this drug doesn’t work and it helps to point in the right direction of one that will help. So if you look at the broad scheme of things, the thought of joining a trial like this is hey this might be it! A cure to Alzheimer’s. But the reality is, if it was that easy, it would be there already. so it’s the ongoing research that is so important.”

MacPhee said that she once had a patient have concerns about the double blind placebo control and their comment was “well if I don’t do the research then I have a zero percent chance of getting the medication whereas if I do go in I at least have a 50 per cent chance.”

The Kawartha Centre said that getting referred by a family doctor was the main way most of their patients get involved but it is not necessary to get a referral.

Anyone between the ages of 50 and 90 are able to go to the Kawartha Centre for testing. They do testing, diagnose, and refer you for the trial research themselves.

The only requirements for the trials is that all participants must have a trial partner as a companion to help navigate the questions and trial itself.

People are able to get there through Community Care transportation or, once they are accepted into the trial research program, the Kawartha Centre will arrange for clients to get to the Centre.

As a final note, Dr. Jenny Ingram, founder and medical director said, “It really impacts everyday life. It impacts cooking and cleaning and money, travel and everything you do so it is something that needs to be part of you, and once you make that part of you, then all the traveling and all the activities are fun again and making life enjoyable is part of the message here. I feel very strongly that people with a mental issue can live life in full gear, busy, active, travelling, you just have to do it a little differently.”

With the local Lakefield clients agreeing, “Me! I’m proof of that.”

More information on the clinical trials and research the Kawartha Centre is doing can be found in their website at www.kawarthacentre.com.



In this week's print edition

County appoints Mary Spence Director of Human resources

$100,000 in Stolen Meat

Canada's largest old growth forest is located in Trent Lakes

Road Rage suspects sought in Trent Lakes

Kawartha Chamber launches Digital Mainstreet Service Squad

M&M Food Market helps out those in need

Federal government contributes $25,000 to Camp Kawartha

Local small business works toward zero waste goal

PolarFest Proud to Announce Bridgenorth Chiropractic and Lakefield Family Chiropractic as a new sponsor

Legion poster, poem & essay contest winners

OPP give tips for safe travel over frozen water

Peterborough and the Kawarthas Association of Realtors announce the Mount Community Centre as their 2020 selected charity

Trent Lakes artist named DUC’s Artist of the Year for the second time


Special Features:


PolarFest Schedule


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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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Selwyn draft budget 2020

Get the muck out

by Vanessa Stark

The Township of Selwyn held a special council meeting last Thursday to review the drafted taxation budget for the 2020 year.

At the meeting it was discussed that council prides themselves on having had the lowest taxes in Peterborough County in previous years. Although they do not have the data to know how their proposed 2020 numbers stack against other municipalities, the staff working on the budgets have been trying their hardest to keep the rate down for their residents.

Though they try to keep the rates down for ratepayers, there will be some increases in the 2020 numbers.

R. Lane Vance, Manager of Financial Services for the Township presented a brief slideshow to council outlining the key points of the budget.

With a total budget of $18,122,287 Vance explained that the main gross expenditures within the township go to the Public Works Department where roadway maintenance and construction are allocated 26.3 per cent of the budget and Protection Service which include the fire department, police forces, building inspections, etc. with fire services making up the main portion receiving 16.57 per cent of the budget

Vance also told council that the total net tax levy increase for the township will be 3.37 per cent with ratepayers seeing just over a one per cent increase. This is due to the municipality paying most of the tax increase as well as staff being able to realize cuts within the budget.

Although the overall General Municipal Tax increased by about 3.81 per cent (to see a $25.25 increase), tax payers living within the rural areas of Selwyn Township saw a decrease of 3.15 per cent for their OPP charges (of $-7.19) as a result rural homeowners will see about a 2 per cent decreases in Total Municipal Tax. This will result in a tax increase just 2.03 per cent ($18.06 per year).

 For tax payers living within the village of Lakefield, along with the increase of the General Municipal Tax increase to $25.25, they saw a Police Area Charge decrease of 4.79 per cent. This means that their Total Municipal Tax will go down by -$1.66 due to the decreases in the policing charge.

Another major change to this year’s 2020 budget compared to the 2019 budget is the addition of Community Transportation Budget and Stormwater Management.

A recommendation was passed that council received the draft for information and that based on based on meeting discussions, the Manager of Financial Services prepare a report for presentation to Council at a their next meeting on January 28, 2020 supporting the adoption of the 2020 Taxation Budget. And also that a communication plan be put in place so that the Township may give information about the 2020 budget to residents in an easily understood and comprehensive way.



by Terry McQuitty

Douro-Dummer hosted a promised Public Roads Meeting on Tuesday evening. The meeting was scheduled for 6:00 p.m. which was part of the regularly scheduled council meeting.

Mayor J Murray Jones made some opening comments about the roads situation and a brief explanation of what has taken place since the Public Roads Meeting held on April 30, 2019 at the Douro Community Centre.

Jones explained that this was a public meeting and therefore those in attendance could ask questions. He compared this to a regular council meeting where attendants can not speak unless they are part of a scheduled delegation. Jones went on to explain that this meeting will be geared to the “Muck Roads” that popped up across the municipality last Spring.

Mayor Jones explained the creation of Mayor’s Advisory Committee (MAC) and introduced the six community members including Robert Pie, Jimmie Tucker, Bob Condon, Derrick Leahy, Ted MacMillian and Ray Johnston. The members were introduced to the audience, however  Ted MacMillian and Ray Johnston were not in attendance. Jones said the committee was formed following the April Roads meeting to find solutions.

Acting CAO Martina Chait-Hartwig gave a presentation which included findings of MAC. The report listed 12 steps to rectify the roads situation. The 12 steps are as follows:

1. Meet with Public Works staff to gain an understanding of issues.

2. Council needs to provide approval to reduce one construction project from 2019 to cover costs. Douglas Road was chosen. Residents will be informed that the project is not cancelled, but will take longer to complete

3. Council will need to revise the long term construction schedule.

4. Gravel resurfacing long range plan has changed. There will be more gravel more often. Instead of gravel every ten years there will be gravel every five to seven years.

5. Surface treated roads long term plan is to grandfather surface treated roads and leave as many surface treated as possible.

6. Council should seriously consider hiring a new staff person for the 2020 season to assist in increased maintenance.

7. RFP for a  Peer review of Edwards Gravel Pit. (RFP was issued and Cambium received the contract).

8. Staff investigate a hotline of answering service to deal with road concerns.

9. Road closures. Roads manager and CAO should decide on road closures. This would apply if there is a risk to the travelling public.

10. Cambium has been contracted to test all Douro-Dummer road materials. This will apply to gravel and sand.

11. The mayor is to recruit people for the MAC committee.

12. Ensure regular testing is being done on winter sand.

Of the 12 proposed steps some have already been put in place while others are still in the planning staged.

Following Chait-Hartwig’s presentation the floor was opened up for questions. Compared to the April roads meeting the Tuesday version was very calm.

David McRae asked it there were minutes posted to the township website for the MAC meetings.

Chait-Hartwig said that only council meeting minutes were posted to the website, but if requested she would forward copies of the minutes.

Frank Condon asked how they planned to get the muck off the roads.

Public Works manager Harold Nelson responded by saying that they don’t remove the muck, but rather add gravel. This process was done on Condon’s road and when asked it was working he responded yes, but it isn’t spring yet.

David McRae asked if there was going to be a budget increase to cover the additional maintenance.

Mayor Jones responded by saying they have not started the budget process, but welcome all to come to the public budget meetings to give opinions.

Deputy mayor Karl Moher explained that a one per cent increase in taxes works out to about $40,000. Moher went on to explain that $40,000 would pay to resurface about one km of treated roads.

Councillor Heather Watson also encouraged people to attend the budget meetings to help council set priorities.


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.