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Friday, January 27, 2022


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Strathcona Cup stops in Lakefield


Lakefield curlers showed their pride and skills on the ice during the local stop of the Strathcona cup, winning the match against the Scots.

On Sunday Jan. 22, Scottish curlers who have been touring all over Canada made their stop in Lakefield.

According to a brief made by Bill Baker &  Ken Armstrong,  who are part of the the Canadian Central Tour committee for the Strathcona Cup tour, the history of this competition started over a century ago.

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The Scottish and Canadian (local Lakefield) teams lined up on the ice for a group photo before the Strathcona tournament stop in Lakefield began on Sunday January 22, 2023.
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Selwyn’s Physician Recruitment Incentive to continue


Selwyn Council has decided to pause the annual tax contribution, which funds the Physician Recruitment Incentive Policy, while maintaining the policy through reserves.

It was recommended by Kari Partridge, economic development coordinator, that council consider pausing the $3,750 annual tax contribution for this program as the Township has a healthy Physician Recruitment Incentive Reserve of $60,794.00 available to fund the program for the next four years.

It was mentioned during Tuesday afternoon’s meeting that this grant is intended to assist the physician with overhead and set-up costs to get their practice up and running. The program does not supplement the physician’s income and/or ongoing operations costs.

According to a report presented to council, this policy provides for a grant of up to $15,000 to a physician who is starting a new practice or accepting an existing roster of patients from a physician who is leaving their practice.

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Senis gives two presentations at ROMA conference


Many local municipalities and councils attended the Rural Ontario Municipality Association (ROMA) conference earlier this week.

Selwyn Township Mayor, Deputy Mayor and two councillors were among those who attended.

Mayor Sherry Senis told the Herald she presented at the ROMA conference on two important topics.

One delegation was to the Minster of Health about physician recruitment.

In her delegation Senis gave recommendations to the province for this important issue.

She stated that the recommendations included:
1. Shorten the licensing process through the College of Physicians and Surgeons

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Food Bank Challenge

Flood watch update

OPSEU/SEFPO Local 365 and Trent Reach Tentative Agreement

High sodium levels detected at Buckhorn Lake Estates

Ontario enacts “As of Rights” rules to attract healthcare workers

Destination Lakefield is making a comeback

Supporting local seniors’ programs

14th annual candle light skate scheduled for PolarFest weekend

Register Now for the PolarFest Night Hike

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