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Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00

Meet your CKL Candidates for Mayor


Bill Denby: The man who already would be king

            He has called himself “Kawartha’s most wanted” (a reference to several run-ins with police, including an Oct. 11 arrest for breaching a court order and landlord-tenant issues), “Mayor-elect Bill” and even “Mayor Bill”—and he has stirred up controversy throughout this election with his confrontational, over-the-top approach.

            But at Bobcaygeon’s Oct. 8 all-candidates meeting, Denby kept that aspect of his personality largely in check, and projected a surprising air of reasonableness, later telling the Promoter he’s convinced he has the election wrapped up.

            Denby is a local businessman and landlord, with no previous municipal government experience, who says he’s out to

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.

Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00

Bobcaygeon becomes 'dementia friendly'

            A pilot project in Bobcaygeon is helping people living with dementia to stay actively engaged with their community. The local Alzheimer Society’s Client Advisory Committee, which includes persons with dementia among its members, is piloting “Living Well With Dementia.”

            The aim, says Executive Director David Webster, is to change the face of dementia by encouraging businesses and services in the community to support the unique needs of those living with it.

            “I am so pleased that we have taken on this project,” says Susan, a member of the advisory committee who is also living with dementia. “I feel strongly that everyone should be able to remain active for as long as possible.”

            “Our committee chose a blue umbrella as the symbol for the program,” says Pat Finkle, project coordinator, to indicate that several forms of dementia—including

Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00

Get your flu shot to go

            There’s drive-thru coffee, drive-thru banking, and … yes … even drive-thru flu shots. The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is offering a free ‘Drive-Thru’ Flu Shot Clinic in Lindsay on Saturday, Oct. 25.

            The clinic, which will be held at Polito Ford Lincoln on Kent Street at Highway 7, is for people with medical conditions or special needs who find it difficult to attend a regular public flu shot clinic.

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:

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:

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.

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..

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