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Friday, May 24, 2024


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Ambulance response time is 26 minues to Trent Lakes


The results of an annual patient survey done by the Peterborough County/City Paramedics (PCCP) were presented to Trent Lakes Council this week.

Patricia Bromfield, Peterborough Chief Paramedic told council that PCCP currently has 76 full time staff, 64 part-time staff and has a fleet of 17 ambulances and one Bariatric Truck which is used to carry severely obese people.

PCCP did a survey of patients and caregivers between October and December of 2023, she said.

Some of the survey highlights dealing with Trent Lakes revealed that there were 674 calls to Trent Lakes and the average response time was 26.36 minutes.

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The Lakefield & District Lions Club hosted a fundraiser for Peddle for Hope, Cops for Cancer on Saturday May 18th. The Lions set up their food truck at the Buckhorn Foodland where proceeds from the day went directly to Cops for Cancer.
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Septic re-inspection program on the agenda in Douro-Dummer


The topic of the day at the Douro-Dummer council meeting on Tuesday was septic re-inspection. The gallery was overflowing in to the hallway with over 70 people in attendance. Council had to remind the gallery on a number of occasions that this was not a public meeting and comments and questions would not be accepted from the gallery.

There were four delegations set to speak on various aspects of the municipal septic re-inspection program, but one of the delegations gave their ten minutes to a colleague.

Chris Maffli was to speak on

amendments to By-law 2021-74 Administrative and Enforcement of the Building Code Act, but gave his time to April Hope who presented a 35 page report covering all aspects of the program. Maffli said he would register for another delegation in the future.

The first delegate to speak was Marie Howran. Howran gave a recap of a community Town Hall meeting that was held in Warsaw on May 2, 2024. Howran said the purpose of this meeting was to hold open discussions in the form of “the good old fashioned town hall” where citizens could speak openly without the fear of impact from local government.

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Trent Lakes rejects moratorium request


Trent Lakes Council did not pass a Notice of Motion this week calling on the Ontario government to put an immediate temporary moratorium on all new gravel mining applications.

The motion was introduced by Councillor Peter Franzen.  It asked that the government consult with First Nations, affected communities independent experts and scientists to chart a new path forward for gravel mining in Ontario.

Councillor Franzen said that 40 or 50 other Ontario municipalities have already passed the motion and that a report from the Office of the Auditor General concluded that the province does not have effective systems and processes in place to ensure compliance with the Aggregate Resources Act.

“I think this helps us protect our environment,” Franzen said.

Deputy Mayor Carol Armstrong said that although the motion has merit she was not going to support it because Dewdney Mountain Farms currently has a complaint against Trent Lakes before the Superior Court of Ontario and they are asking for $15 million.

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Green Economy Peterborough Celebrates Local Business

When nature calls, Otonabee Conservation has the answer for all to comfortably enjoy nature

TSW Opens For Navigation Season

Collision on County Road 507 Claims Life

Serious Motorcycle Crash Closes County Road 32

Done but not forgotten

Peterborough & the Kawarthas named the Inaugural Water Ways Destination of the Year

Lakefield Legion Branch #77 Election held last week

Christopher and Jennifer Tworkowski Recognized

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