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Friday, July 12, 2024


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Hamilton Bus Lines lose local contract


Hamilton Bus Lines has lost their local contract with the Student Transportation Service of Central Ontario (STSCO). This means that students in Peterborough County may see a different bus line as their transportation to school in September.

For the upcoming school year in September, STSCO decided to complete a public procurement process known as a Request for Proposal (RFP) for student transportation in the Peterborough area.

Roy Wierenga, CAO of STSCO said that this type of bidding process is now a standard practice across Ontario for school bus transportation services.

However, according to James Attridge, vice president of Attridge Transportation which is Hamilton Bus Lines’ parent company based in Burlington, this has never been done before locally.

Attridge said, “Historically the Peterborough region has never gone out for a bid-like process before. It’s always been negotiated agreements between the school board and the school bus contractors. Unfortunately, STSCO felt, I guess, it was in the tax payers best interests to put it out for a competitive procurement process. It was delayed quite late and submissions went in around the end of May. And about two weeks ago we started to hear rumors that we might have not been successful. And I ended up reaching out to some of the companies I heard were successful and confirming it that way that we were unfortunately the losers.”

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The Lakefield Literary Festival was honoured with a special plaque from the 4th Line Theater during the July 5 show of Peach Fuzz and Onion Skins: the Farmerettes.  The Lakefield Literary has teamed up with the 4th Line Theater this year as a Rural Routes partner. As such the Literary Festival sponsored the July 5th performance of the Farmerettes where the plaque was presented. Pictured above is Vanessa Stark, Marketing Manager of the Lakefield Literary festival receiving the plaque from Lindy Finlan, the General Manager of 4th Line Theater. The Literary Festival returns this year on July 19 and 20.
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Open House hosted for Lakefield South Development


On Tuesday evening an open house for the Ray’s Creek Subdivision, commonly referred to as the Lakefield South development, was hosted by EcoVue Consulting Services Inc. on behalf of the developer, Triple T Holdings.

The purpose of the meeting was to present the current plan for the subdivision and hear concerns from the community while providing information and answer questions.

Kent Randall, principal planner with EcoVue, kicked off the meeting by explaining the project.

He said that the site is borded by Lakefield Road (County Road 29), and backs onto the 7th Line. The site is on approximately 140 acres and has 910 units proposed for development. However, not all units will be built at once.  This is a 10-phase project that is expected to last over 20 or 25 years, meaning the development happens over decades.

The development is planned to have 263 single homes, 65 townhouses and 682 apartments/condos with space in the lower level of the apartment building for commercial use.

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Strike Underway at LCBO: What You Need to Know


On Friday July 5, the LCBO announced they were beginning a 14 day strike for their workers

This strike is the first of its kind in Ontario and comes after several months of collective bargaining with the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) who say workers are concerned with Premier Doug Ford’s accelerated plan to expand alcohol sales to other retail locations.

According to the LCBO website, they have a plan in place to help minimize disruption as much as possible and ensure that products remain available to retail and wholesale customers.

An LCBO strike does not impact the private retail points of sale across the province, including through LCBO Convenience Outlets, licensed grocery stores, The Beer Store, and winery, brewery, cidery, and distillery outlets, as well as at bars and restaurants.

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Business Buzz: Chamber Spotlights

Cannabis and Boating

Peterborough Sailing Club Hosted Ontario Albacore Championships

Ontario Offering Free Admission to Provincial Parks July 19

The SPARK Photo Festival Concludes Twelve-year Run

Nine Ships 1825 Bicentennial Project Launch

United Way Peterborough & District presents Community Symposium on Healthy Incomes

LevelUP Program Invites Growth-Stage Tech Companies to Apply for a Chance to Win $10,000

One Hard Lesson After Another in the Bee Yard

Kevin T. Heffernan

Kawartha Wild

Editorial by Terry McQuitty

Accidental Columnist by Marnie Clement

Lakefield Historical Society by Michael Chappell

Book Review by Barry Mutter

@yourlibrary by Kacie Gardiner

Mature Living by Terri Williams Kinghorn

Golden Years Club Update



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"Unheralded" the Documentary

This short documentary is a portrait of a tiny town, Lakefield, Ontario, and its independent weekly, the Herald. Across North America, newspapers are dying, but in Lakefield, Terry McQuitty, the town paper’s publisher, carries on a rich, 150-year-old tradition. Set to the pace of small-town life, Unheralded is a testament to the vital role newspapers can still play, and the close bond between reporter and reader.

Aaron Hancox   2011
Link to full doc provided by the National Film Board of Canada