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Wednesday, 10 September 2014 00:00

From My Perch


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 It happens every election time. Candidates find some of their signs and posters defaced or stolen.  Sometimes it’s just “teenagers on a joyride straight to hell,” as my brother used to say about himself, and me.
    But often it’s a deliberate subversion of the electoral process, somebody trying to give their candidate a leg-up by ruining or removing a rival’s signs.

Tablefull    There are 14 homes in the last block of Main Street between Duke and East streets, and residents there want to know why they’re being left out of a planned rebuilding of six roads in the north end of Bobcaygeon.
    Those who consider north Caygeon home, and those who run businesses there, came out in force—and with lots of questions and concerns—when the City of Kawartha Lakes unveiled a proposal to rebuild Anne, Front, Helen, Main, Prince and Duke Streets at an Aug. 28 information session in the Bobcaygeon Council Chambers.
    Among their concerns:
• Why will Main Street only be reconstructed to Duke and not as far as East Street?
• There is no need for a bicycle lane on the east side of Main Street.
• The work must be done in the off-season so as not to disrupt business along Main and Front Streets during the all-important summer months.
• Parking is vitally important to businesses, who say they need it on both sides of Main Street—plus a parking lot in the road allowance at the end of Prince Street.
    A drive along Main will show that all of it badly needs resurfacing, not just below Duke Street. (See Top of Main Street wants fair play, in Village Voice.) CKL’s manager of engineering Juan Rojas said the purpose of the information session is to collect feedback from those affected, which will be considered as plans are revised. But the final decision will be council’s.
    Business owners in particular pleaded that construction avoid the crucial summer months to avoid debilitating loss of income. “We do all our business in July and August,” said a representative of Southwinds Resort and Marina on Front Street.
    But all the work has to take place during the limited construction season between May and October, said Rojas. “You can’t put asphalt down when it’s cold.” He did say the city would schedule work around the Front Street boat launch for the off season.
    There also seemed agreement that extra parking is preferable to the suggested bicycle lane on the east side of Main Street. At least one village cyclist suggested there is not enough traffic on Bobcaygeon streets to require bike lanes.
    CKL plans to rebuild the six Rokeby streets “to an urban city standard,” adding curbs and gutters as well as storm sewers and a sidewalk on at least one side of each street. That will mean major jack-hammering. Workers will start construction next spring and continue over three seasons, ending in 2017.
    Front and Anne Streets will be done during 2015, as you have to have the storm sewer outlet in place before you begin constructing the upstream sewers, said Rojas. Prince and Helen streets are scheduled for 2016, and Main and Duke streets will be done in 2017.
    It’s part of a five-year roads plan ratified by Council in 2012, said Rojas. He explained the city’s annual roads budget is approximately $16 million a year, and $1.5 million a year is expected to go to the Bobcaygeon project.
    The city has engaged D.M. Wills Associates Ltd. to do a Class Environmental Study, and to prepare the detailed design of the proposed reconstruction.
    Anyone with further questions or comments can contact city project manager Corby Purdy at (705) 324-9411, ext. 1155, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or Laurie Wills of D.M. Wills at (705) 742-2297, ext. 242, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 00:00

CFRAD fundraiser shows community support

George-HewisonSueSmithJonathanLynn    Citizens for Responsible Aggregate Development (CFRAD) showed the depth and breadth of the community support for its position when the group’s musical fundraiser, Limestone Blues, raised over $9,000 on Saturday, Aug. 23.
    “Good things happen when a community comes together for a place we love—the Kawarthas,” said Janet Klein, one of the appellants opposing the bylaw change that would allow the quarry. “The music and silent auction was over the top and your support for us will never be forgotten,” she said in an email on behalf of appellants, the Kleins, Pillsworths, Eastmans, Jorys and Johnsons.
    Host and musician George Hewison, singer/songwriter Sue Smith and spoken word artist Jonathan Lynn combined their talents to entertain a sell-out audience of CFRAD supporters. CFRAD mounted the concert in the Murphy Barn at Kawartha Settlers Village.
    The money will help offset legal costs of challenging zoning issues at the Ontario Municipal Board for the Dewdney Mountain Farms quarry proposal in the Municipality of Trent Lakes. The large-by-local-standards quarry is slated for development on Ledge Road about 10 km northeast of the village of Bobcaygeon.
    Some Ledge and Quarry Roads residents have been opposing the quarry, specifically based on the anticipated truck traffic, noise and dust on their until-now quiet back road, and environmental considerations.
    Significant public opinion has coalesced to support them in the formation of CFRAD, with other objections, including increased truck traffic through Bobcaygeon itself, environmental damage, including affects on endangered species (blandings turtles and whippoorwills), and negative impact on winter deer yards, First Nations harvesting rights, and local water quality.
    OMB hearings have run over the summer, ending Aug. 19. A decision is expected soon from hearing chair Colin Hefferon.
    “CFRAD will continue to fight to protect our unique, beautiful and fragile environment, to maintain road safety, and ensure a secure community, and to protect and grow our tourism- and retirement-based economy,” said organizer Elaine Bird. “These critical factors make living in the Kawarthas, and around Bobcaygeon in particular, such a wonderful experience.”
    The organization is also preparing guides—available soon—to inform voters in the next municipal election, about candidates’ positions around responsible aggregate development.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 00:00

Meet the candidates

    Here are the opportunities to meet your candidates that we are currently aware of:
Saturday, Sept. 6, at 4 pm: Dianne Lister is hosting a meet-the-candidates session at her home in Bobcaygeon’s Edgewater Condominiums. Ward 7 candidate Steve Clarke and Ward 13 candidate Pat Warren will both be there to take people’s questions and state their positions on current municipal issues. If you are interested, email Dianne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Saturday, Sept. 13 from 10 am—All-candidates meeting at the Galway Hall, 579 Galway Road. Hosted by the Galway Area Ratepayers’ Association Inc.
Monday, Sept. 22, from 7 pm—All-candidates meeting for Municipality of Trent Lakes at the Buckhorn Community Centre.
Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 7:30 pm—Meet the mayoral and local council candidates for the Fenelon Falls area at the Fenelon Falls Community Centre. Sponsored by the Fenelon Falls and Area Chamber of Commerce and The Promoter.
Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 7:30 pm—Meet the mayoral and local council candidates for the Bobcaygeon area at the Bobcaygeon-Verulam Community Centre. Sponsored by the Bobcaygeon and Area Chamber of Commerce and The Promoter.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 00:00

How to work the 2014 Municipal Election

    The City of Kawartha Lakes is now accepting applications from people seeking temporary work around the 2014 Municipal Election.
    You can submit application forms online by filling out the form at: www.city.kawarthalakes.on.ca/ElectionJobs.
    Once the application has been completed a short examination will follow. If you don’t have access to a computer, you can get an application form from any of the Municipal Service Centres, City Hall, or the Clerk’s Office.
    Positions Available:
• Scanning of Declaration Forms at City Hall:
Oct. 16, 17, 20, 21, from 9 am to 3:30 pm, and
Oct. 22, 23, 24 from 10 am to completion of daily mail
• Central Count Location at City Hall:
Oct. 27. Opening and processing of secrecy envelopes. Individuals must be available from 12 noon until completion of the count. This location will be considered a locked-down area and persons entering this area will not be permitted to leave until the results are announced.
• Election Day at Victoria Park Armoury, 210 Kent Street West, Lindsay and Fenelon Falls Community Centre, 27 Veterans Way, Fenelon Falls:
Oct. 27 – Individuals must be available from 9 am until approximately 8:30 pm. 
Various roles include greeters, processing of declaration forms, supervising hand delivery location.
• Election Day – Institutions – Various Locations:
Oct. 27. Individuals are required to attend at institutions, nursing homes and retirement homes to receive completed ballot packages from 1 pm to 5 pm.
You will have to supply your own transportation to deliver completed Ballot Packages to City Hall.
    Applications will be received until September 19, 2014. Successful applications will be required to attend a training session with the date to be confirmed with employment acceptance.
    For more information, contact: Judy Currins
City Clerk & Returning Officer
at 705-324-9411, ext. 1262

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 00:00

Candidates for CKL and Trent Lakes

As of publishing date: Friday September 5 2014

 

    If you want to throw your hat into the ring for municipal election—or if your name is already on the list and you’re getting cold feet—you still have a chance to act.
    Friday, September 12 at 2 pm is the deadline for filing a nomination—or for withdrawing your nomination.
    Here is your list of nominees for municipal election in the City of Kawartha Lakes and in the Municipality of Trent Lakes as we were going to press—with contact information as supplied by the municipalities:

CITY OF KAWARTHA LAKES
Mayor
Bill Denby, 705-340-5309 H 705-359-1602 B This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Andy Letham, 705-928-4898 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
John Macklem, 705-454-3043 H 705-879-3317 C This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Donna Villemaire, 705-928-1179 C 705-786-1370 H This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Brenda Lee Karagiannis, 705-341-2612 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Council
Ward 1
Rob Macklem 705-878-2031 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Leslie Mieszkowski, 705-454-3084 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sandra Southwell, 705-426-4524
Ward 2
Alison Bowins 705-344-7018 B 705-454-1696 H This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Larry Hickman, 705-454-0718 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Steven Katsikaris, 705-308-1142 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Emmett Yeo, 705-454-9531 H This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ward 3
Jim Greensides, 705-928-1510 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Hafiz Makani, 705-731-7865 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Gord Miller, 705-454-0964 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ward 4
Andrew Veale, 705-439-2434 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ward 5
Stephen Strangway, 705-887-6699 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ward 6
Doug Elmslie 705-887-9281 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Cody Lawrence, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ward 7
Stephen Clarke, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Brian Junkin, 705-887-5529 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
John Snider, 705-738-5253 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ward 8
Mark Edwards, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jay Muchmaker, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Michelle Murphy-Ward, 705-786-2226 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
John Pollard, 800-618-1614 B 416-254-5151 C This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jennifer Reynolds, 705-928-1868 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ward 9
Isaac Breadner, 705-341-2426 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Russell Moore, 705-324-1745 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ward 10
Pat Dunn, 705-324-7218 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Chris Morasse, 705-879-7445 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ward 11
Marcel Loignon, 705-344-7997 B 705-878-3495 H This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Patrick J. O’Reilly
Ward 12
Duncan Gallacher, 705-928-9101 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Gord James 705-324-3985 H This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ward 13
Pat Warren 705-738-4763 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ward 14
Ron Ashmore, 888-934-2521 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Eddie Burton, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Gail Coplen, 705-793-2405 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Gerard Jilesen, 705-344-0670 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ward 15
Mary Ann Martin, 705-799-1617 H This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Janice Salsbury, 905-626-4460 C This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Karl Seidel, 705-875-3776
Ward 16
Cosmo Carchidi, 705-324-5160 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Heather Stauble, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
English Public School Board Trustee
Wards 1, 4, 8
Frank Arnold, 705-439-3299 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Don Alton 705-438-3656
Wards 2, 3, 6, 7
John Byrne, 705-454-2579 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Heather Osborne, 705-344-3546 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Don Farrow, 705-454-0494 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Wards 5, 9, 11
Angela Field, 705-799-7172
David Morrison, 705-878-0722 H 705-928-6756 C This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Anna Sproule, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Wards 10, 12, 16
Karen Round, 705-878-5730 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
English Separate School Board Trustee
Michelle Griepsma, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
French Public School Board Trustee
Michael Ross, 905-683-9907 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Claude Mbuyi, 905-683-6320 H 416-419-9407 B This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
French Separate School Board Trustee
Chanel Tarala-Chahine, 647-880-7667 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Roger Brideau, 905-668-1732 905-242-0373 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MUNICIPALITY OF TRENT LAKES
Mayor
Janet Clarkson, 705-657-3315 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Bev Matthews, 705-731-0200 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.bevmatthewsformayor.com
Deputy Mayor
Ronald Windover, 705-657-8121 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Peter Franzen, 705-738-1486 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Councillor At Large
Dick Persson, 705-657-7098 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.dickpersson.ca
Councillor Galway-Cavendish Ward
Richard Wackernagel, 705-886-0051 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Madeline Pearson, 705-488-2217 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Councillor Harvey Ward
Peter Raymond, 705-657-1618 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. peterraymondforcouncil.wordpress.com/
Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board Trustee
Diane Lloyd, 705-652-3677 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Trustee French Language School Board
Michael Ross, see http://www.oshawa.ca/election for information
Trustee French Language Catholic School Board
Chanel Tarala-Chahine, 647-880-7667 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Roger Brideau, 905-668-1732 905-242-0373 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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