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Meet more candidates

learn what some more of your candidates have to say.

Book signing event

Local author Laura Gaughan to be at Happenstance on Sept. 30


Lakefield Youth Unlimited tickets for annual fundraiser now available.

 Friday, September 21, 2018 $1.25 Canadian Publications Agreement No. 40727545
Covering the East Kawarthas

The annual Curve Lake First Nation Pow Wow is an event that people from around the province, the country and even the world attend in order to celebrate the creator, Mother Earth, the Indigenous community and togetherness. Thousands of visitors participated in the Pow Wow this year with many dancing, shopping, singing, laughing and enjoying the beautiful regalia and music that is always featured. This year’s Pow Wow theme was Togetherness, which was demonstrated in abundance. Go here for more photos.


Terry Gillis

by Terry Gillis


On April 30, the town of Wasaga Beach had their computer system compromised, shutting down its software and back-up system for seven weeks.


Why Wasaga Beach was targeted is unknown.


According to reports, the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) George  Vadeboncoeur and town officials spent weeks negotiating with hackers he believed were overseas.


The town ended up paying a $35,000 ransom for de-encryption codes to allow recovery of the data.


The town also had to pay more than $50,000 for consultants to help decrypt the information, and $160,000 of lost productivity by staff which would fall to taxpayers.


Ransomware is malware (like a virus) that locks your keyboard or computer to prevent you from accessing your data until you pay a ransom, usually demanded in Bitcoin. The digital extortion racket is not new—it’s been around since about 2005, but attackers have greatly improved on the scheme with the development of ransom cryptware, which encrypts your files using a private key that only the attacker possesses, instead of simply locking your keyboard or computer. Recently, a global cyberattack spread ransomware to countless computers over 150 countries.




Municipalities' systems being held for ransom



In this week's print edition



Municipalities' systems being held for ransom

How to vote in the upcoming 2018 Municipal Election

Speed limits addressed in Douro-Dummer

Trent Lakes' Municipal All Candidates Meeting

Possible postal strike notice

Peterborough Police Service looking for Auxiliary constables

Province's plan to help consumers with hydro bills

Aviation cold case comes to the Kawarthas

BEL Rotary Bike for your Hospital

Coverage of the 2018 Curve Lake First Nation Pow Wow

Lakefield Youth Unlimited annual fundrasing dinner

vaccines available at school clinics to better protect students

2018 Community Care walk-a-thon a success

Parks Canada to replace Dams at Lock 23 and 24

DD 2018 Fall Automotive Flea Market and Car Show

Debut Pop Up Art Show and Sale


Special Feature/s:


Fall Hunting Feature:

Gifts for avid outdoorsmen

2018 fall salmon migration coming to a river near you


Meet your 2018 municipal candidates:

Selwyn Township mayoral candidate Andy Mitchell

Trent Lakes Deputy Mayor candidate Ron Windover

Douro-Dummer deputy mayor candidate Karl Moher

Trent Lakes mayoral candidate Peter Raymond



Regular Columns and Features:


Editorial by Terry McQuitty

Reflections by Terry Gillis

Bird Column by Rachel Lancashire

Book Review by Barry Mutter

@yourlibrary by Kacie Gardiner

Story Time at the Buckhorn Library

Golden Years Club Update





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How to vote in the upcoming 2018 Municipal Election


by Terry Gillis


For the first time the municipalities in our area have chosen to offer internet and telephone voting. With this change in voting procedure there has been some confusion amongst electors.


In order to help everyone cast their vote, below are instructions and helpful information to guide voters through the new system.


All East Kawartha townships agreed that internet and telephone voting is a convenient and environmentally friendlier option. Eligible electors will be able to vote from a mobile device, computer, telephone, cell phone, iPad, or laptop.  Internet/telephone voting is a convenient option for electors, allowing them to access ballots anytime, anywhere.


Eligible voters will receive a personalized voting instruction package well before Election Day (October 22, 2018) with details on how to vote online or by phone from anywhere within the defined voting period. Voting will be open from October 9, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. to October 22, 2018 until 8:00 p.m.


Electronic voting stations will also be available at the Municipal office during the voting period for public use (see below for additional information).

Voter Eligibility

A person is entitled to be an elector at an election held in a local municipality, if on voting day he or she is:

• a Canadian citizen;

• at least 18 years old;

• residing in the local municipality or an owner or tenant of land there, or the spouse of such owner or tenant; and

• not otherwise prohibited from voting.



Aviation cold case comes to the Kawarthas


by Terry Gillis


On Tuesday afternoon, besides loaders, crushers and the numerous tractor trailers entering and exiting Stonescape Quarry, two CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) vans and a Sir Sanford Fleming pick up truck pulled into the driveway and parked in front of the on-site office.


Bill Smith, a blasting techniques expert and instructor at Sir Sandford Fleming College, and Steve Melaney, also a blasting expert and teacher at Sir Sandford Fleming, as well as an employee with Stonescape were on site to help half a dozen CBC crew members, including  Ian Hanomansing, co-anchor of CBC’s The National, test what type of explosive device may have taken down CP flight 21 in 1965.


CBC contacted Sir Sandford Fleming College looking for blasting experts to help them reconstruct the blast from a bomb that killed 52 people almost fifty years ago. Melaney, a Lakefield resident and veteran Stonescape explosives expert, suggested the test be conducted at the quarry. Dr. Dan Slobodian, owner of Stonescape Quarry who provides Fleming students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the field, graciously offered the use of his facilities for the afternoon.




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.