In This Week's Edition:

Emission targets adopted

Selwyn Township adopts emission reduction targets.

New hunting rules

MNRF announced new hunting rules for wolves and coyotes.

No hybrid in budget

Selwyn Council votes to remove hybrid vehicle from budget.


Friday, December 02, 2016


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Check out all the Christmas events over the weekend here

Olympic Bronze Medalist, Hannah Darling in her hometown of Warsaw Ontario

Terry Gillis

On Friday November 25, six year old Alex Dunford, accompanied by Nanny and Poppa Dunford, got to personally tell Santa what he wanted for Christmas. Santa and his reindeer Dancer were at Village Dental Centre on Queen St.  in Lakefield from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and had dozens of kids visit.    More pictures here.


Douro-Dummer man suffers serious injuries

by Terry Gillis

Selwyn to develop a septic re-instpection program

by Terry Gillis

In November 2015, Selwyn Council passed a resolution directing  staff to investigate potential avenues and related costs to put a mandatory septic re-inspection program in place, with a view of possible implementation in the latter part of 2016.

At the November 22, 2016 Council meeting, Robert Lamarre, Manager of Building and Planning brought back a report on the implementation of a Discretionary Septic Inspection Program for their information and direction.

In Mr. Lamarre’s report, he notes that the County of Peterborough had entered into a Sewage System Management Agreement with Peterborough Public Health (PPH) to administer the provisions of the Building Code Act  and regulations related to sewage systems. This agreement delegates principal authority to the PPH to issue permits for the construction of new septic systems and to inspect these systems during construction. The most recent agreement is set to expire in 2019.

Mandatory inspections are required for sewage systems that are located within 100 metres of the Lake Simcoe Shoreline and those which are located within a vulnerable area as identified in a Source Water Protection Plan (SWPP). There is only one sewage system that is identified in the Trent Source Protection Plan and is subject to the mandatory inspection program within the Township of Selwyn. These systems are required to be inspected every 5 years.



Committee to be struck to name Lakefield School


Lakefield residents will have the opportunity to suggest names for a new elementary school that is scheduled to open next year.

This past spring, the board approved the relocation of Ridpath Junior Public School to the Lakefield District Secondary School building, as a Kindergarten to Grade 8 school, beginning in September 2017.

Trustees tonight approved a joint board/community school naming committee that will welcome suggestions from all students, parents, guardians, staff members, school councils and community members for the new school.

“Board policy favours certain kinds of names,” explains Abraham.  “We encourage people to submit names that are based on people who have made positive contributions to society; the current or historical areas served by the schools; the street on which the school will be located; and the diversity of the school communities served.

“A committee including trustees, staff, and parent, student and community representatives, will consider the suggestions,” adds Abraham. “The committee will then establish a short list of preferred names, and recommend one of those names to the Board for approval.”

Members of the Peterborough County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and emergency crews were dispatched to assist at a snowmobile collision on Fire Route 59 off of Anstruther Lake Road last Thursday shortly before 3:30 p.m.

The operator was a prospective buyer and had travelled to the Apsley area to test drive the machine. The rider lost control of the sled after striking an exposed rock on the road and was thrown into a tree. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.

Clifford Smith (age 52) of Douro-Dummer Township was transported first to Bancroft hospital and later transferred to a Kingston area hospital with serious injuries.

The small cottage road was closed to traffic for several hours while collision investigators measured and documented the scene. The road was reopened shortly before 8:00 p.m.

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.