By Pat Warren
City of Kawartha Lakes council is ending the city’s Rural Transit Pilot Project. But it will also strike a task force to investigate future options for rural transit with a report to come back to council by the end of April.
Councillors Doug Elmslie (Ward 6), Heather Stauble (Ward 16) and Stephen Strangway (Ward 5) expressed concern that
CKL’s new bylaw enforcement manager says job one is getting Lindsay cars out of the way of our snowplows.
“One of the concerns we have consistently heard from residents is
Habitat for Humanity is looking to hire a full-time Construction Manager for its Kawartha Lakes projects—and to assemble a team of volunteers to support the new manager, whoever she or he may be.
The manager’s primary responsibility will be the completion of multiple builds in support of Habitat's vision and goals. A detailed job description is available at: www.habitatpkr.ca/get-involved/job-postings.
Quitting smoking isn’t any easier when you’re pregnant. But a new partnership between Peterborough County-City Health Unit and the Partners in Pregnancy Clinic is giving more options and support to area women who are
By Beth Halliday
On Saturday, Jan. 17, the Bobcaygeon Curling Club hosted the 58th annual Anne McIntosh Bonspiel. With teams from Barrie, Bradford, Collingwood, Ennismore, Leaside, Peterborough, Port Perry, and Richmond Hill joining our own
Fenelon’s winning team, the Minnie Mice: June Sedore (left), Nancy Skopyk, Heather LeCraw (skip) and Lynda Palmer
A Disney theme prevailed Jan. 10 as ladies from the Fenelon Falls curling club hosted their annual bonspiel—with teams in costume, songs, quizzes, talents, and even singing waiters.
Fenelon’s LeCraw team (the Minnie Mice) won, against
The Kawartha Lakes Snowmobile Club is hosting a Snowmobile Family Fun Ride on Saturday, Feb. 14 to raise money for the Breakfast Club programs at local elementary public schools.
For a $15 registration fee you can
Get your slide on Sunday, Feb. 15, when the Coboconk and District Lions offer a free
By Glenna Burns
The proposed Nogies Creek Waterway Park may be a “dream come true” for local residents who have been fighting the proposed Dewdney Mountain mega quarry adjacent to Nogies Creek for
City of Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham followed through, Jan. 20, on a promise he made to a Grade 3 class during the election campaign to bring the Blue Dot proposal on environmental rights to
Trent Lakes mayor Bev Matthews summed up the mood at the information session on the CDR Young Quarry at the Bobcaygeon Legion Hall Friday, Jan.16. “We hear about the fancy studies,” she said. “That does not mean a whole lot to us. We have had enough of quarries.”
She added that quarry operators make all the money while the citizens are left to repair the damage.
The meeting only addressed the hydrology report (commissioned by the quarry owners from Ross Campbell of Alpha Environmental Services, Aurora) for expansion of the quarry operation.
If additional excavation below the water table is approved, the quarry site on Bass Lane, southeast of Little Silver Lake, will become an 86-acre lake or pond when excavation is completed in 60 to 80 years. The lake will be up to 19 metres deep, with a rehabilitation plan to create habitat for fish and wildlife.
The quarry proposal is to mine it in three stages or “lifts.” So far the excavation is on the first lift, which has already been approved, and has not gone below the water table.
Campbell acknowledged to the audience of about 48 people that hydrology can be a very uncertain science when it comes to predicting how much the water table can vary. The quarry will be pumping water all year at 247 litres per minute.
Even though the site is on an MNR-protected-wetlands map showing Bass Lake and the Nogies Creek system, Campbell said he had no knowledge of this watershed.
Audience members asked many pointed questions about increased blasting, more and earlier truck traffic, increased carbon emissions, crusher noise and dust, and general costs to the tourist industry and area. Most of these questions remained unanswered.
The quarry team of Dennis Simmons and Don Young said that if the water runs out in nearby wells, they are not responsible to the municipality. It is up to the Ministry of Natural Resources to respond if a well goes dry. (In 2011, Simmons was fined $4,000 after pleading guilty to providing false information on annual compliance assessment reports for the Johnston limestone quarry in Galway Township, now part of Trent Lakes municipality.)
Although, it was reported at the Jan. 6 Trent Lakes council meeting (and subsequently in The Promoter) that the information session would include a representative from the MNR, not just from the aggregate company, in fact no one attended from the ministry.
Trent Lakes council was represented by Mayor Matthew and councillors Dick Persson and Peter Raymond. The City of Kawartha Lakes was represented by councillors Brian Junkin and Kathleen Seymour-Fagan.
Junkin offered some timely advice: Contact your provincial and federal members, and try to create allies in those legislatures.
Gamiing Nature Centre is hosting its annual Winterlude on Monday, Feb. 16, which is Family Day.
All ages are welcome between 11 am and 4 pm for fun winter activities that will include
St. James Anglican church in Fenelon Falls offers an active day, of storytelling, exploration and discovery for children ages 5 to 13. It's a chance for children to explore the meaning of Lent and the journey to the cross through
Habitat for Humanity is looking to hire a full-time Construction Manager for its Kawartha Lakes projects—and to assemble