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Friday, June 14, 2024


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The two sides to STR issue


Twenty five owners and neighbours expressed their points of view on the proposed Short Term Rental (STR) Licensing Program in Trent Lakes at the first of two special council meetings.

The first meeting was held on the morning of Saturday, June 8th in the municipal council chambers.

Deputy Mayor Carol Armstrong, a member of the working group that developed the strategy, gave an overview of the program at the beginning of the session. She said there are 555 STR properties advertised on various websites.

She said the guiding principles of the program are to:
• Give property owners the option to utilize their properties as short term rentals to help them offset taxes and costs, and support the need for additional accommodation options in Trent Lakes
• Minimize public safety risks—the noise, garbage and parking problems—and the disruption to communities—that can be associated with short term rentals
• Develop a solution that is self-funding and does not increase the tax rate

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Performing Arts Lakefield (PAL) hosted thier last concert of the 2023/2024 season at the Lakefield United Church on SUnday June 9.  The performance featured Jordan John as lead vocalist and multi-instrumental sensation along with his father, Prakash John on bass. It was PALs first performance at their new venue where their 42nd year will kick off in September. For more infomration on thier 2024/2025 season, visit performingartslakefield.org.
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Fairhaven Long Term Care Home looking to expand


Fairhaven Long Term Care Home has received support from both Peterborough County and City to move forward with an application to expand and renovate to introduce 128 new beds.

On June 5, Nancy Rooney, Executive Director at Fairhaven, along with their board chair Karl Moher and representatives from BPA Consultants presented to County Council on their plan to lobby the provincial government for funding and licensing to create more beds at the home.

During the presentation it was stated that this project would see renovations and new construction take place at Fairhaven. Currently, there are 256 beds and this new request would add an additional 128 bed licenses for the facility to bring it up to a 384 bed long term care home.

It was stated at the meeting that within the application process, each applicant is asked to identify any particular specializations in the program of service of long-term care.
Helleman presented bylaw 2024-31 which is intended to retroactively capture the Resolution of Council to implement the Sewage System Maintenance Inspection Program

ulie Bessant Pelech, principal of BPA Consulting told council, “After some community needs assessment and discussion with partners as well as leadership in the home, there are two specializations that will be identified within the application. The first is based on the behavioral support transition unit which in the application is identified as a 16 bed resident home area.

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Selwyn Township approves energy conservation plan


Selwyn is taking steps to become a greener township as council approved their Energy Conservation and Demand Management (CDM) Plan during Tuesday afternoon’s council meeting.

The township’s CDM plan has been in place since 2014 and is updated every five years. The province mandates that all Broader Public Sector organizations, including municipalities, produce an Energy CDM Plan. The last update to the township’s plan was done in 2019.

According to a report submitted to council by Lily Morrow, sustainability coordinator, over the last few years, the township has implemented various energy conservation initiatives through their CDM plan, including upgrading HVAC systems, building equipment, and water and sewer infrastructure, completing renovations, and installing LED lighting. As a result of these efforts, from 2011 to 2023 the township achieved a 5 per cent reduction in corporate energy use and a 37 per cent decrease in GHG (Green House Gas) emissions.

The plan states that between 2011 and 2023, the township’s Streetlights saw the largest decrease over this period, achieving a 60 per cent reduction in energy use due to converting light fixtures to LEDs.

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Selwyn Township approves energy conservation plan

Planning Application Dashboard Unveiled by Peterborough County

Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus Releases Infrastructure Policy Paper

Night-time Boating Tips

Free Fishing on Father’s Day Weekend

Lakefield Literary Festival  Young Writers Winners

Grandparent of the Year

Garden Club upset over damage

New Economic Development Officer in NK

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