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We'll make sure you're aware of recent changes and developments that may affect your cottage life in the Kawartha Lakes. For example, the garbage truck will pass your garbage by this cottage season if you don't put it out in a clear bag. (The municipality introduced new regulations on January 1 of this year.) Tax changes for waterfront properties, shifts in the handling of maintenance costs for unassumed roads, and proposals for local development could affect your pocketbook or your quality of life at your waterfront getaway.

Peterborough, Cobourg, and Kawartha Lakes to receive funding for new bike lanes and cycling infrastructure

The city and county of Peterborough, Cobourg, and the City of Kawartha Lakes are among 120 municipalities in Ontario to receive $93 million in funding from the province for new bike lanes or to enhance other cycling infrastructure. Steven Del Duca,...
12/13/2017
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Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes is a grand prize winner of the Aviva Community Fund

The Aviva Community Fund announced today (December 5) that Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes (CCCKL) is a grand prize winner. The organization, which provides hospice services among its many other programs, will receive $87,000 in funding for its...
12/13/2017
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Microbreweries in Kawartha Lakes looking to tap into tourism market

LINDSAY — Welcome to craft beer country. That’s the push from a number of local entrepreneurs who are vying for the tastebuds of Ontario beer connoisseurs amid an awakening in the industry. Beginning next summer, there will be four microbreweries...
11/30/2017
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Kawartha Lakes police shake up social media policy

The City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service says it’s no longer posting the names of the people they’ve charged on the service’s Facebook page. “Our job is to get the information out there, to our community,”...
11/24/2017
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It's a different reality behind the scenes for those who depend on food banks

KAWARTHA LAKES  “Christmas depresses me beyond measure, because of all the things I feel I should be doing but I’m not able to do.” That’s what ‘John’ (not his real name to protect his and his family’s...
11/24/2017
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Kawartha Lakes' City Hall will be lit up in orange as part of an international movement

To the editor: I am very proud to say that our city hall will be lit up in orange from Nov. 25 to Dec. 10. That seems strange. Is it for a belated Halloween? No, it is part of a worldwide campaign, the United Nations' UNiTE campaign that will...
11/23/2017
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Paramedic pilot proposed by Kawartha Lakes EMS

LINDSAY — A 911 medical call in the Kawartha Lakes will bring the closest ambulance to your door.  That’s the current practice here and in most of Ontario, says Paramedic Chief Keith Kirkpatrick. But it’s not always the ideal...
11/20/2017
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Kawartha Conservation offers funding programs to help protect the environment

KAWARTHA LAKES Farmers and other residents looking for ways to reduce threats to local waterways and lands may have funding resources available from Kawartha Conservation. Last month, the Environment Commissioner of Ontario released a detailed report...
11/15/2017
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Kawartha Lakes finds new clerk in own backyard

LINDSAY — Looking to replace longtime clerk Judy Currins, the City of Kawartha Lakes found what they needed close to home. On Monday (Nov. 6), the municipality announced the hiring of Cathie Ritchie, who comes to the city from the clerk’s...
11/15/2017
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Ontario Municipal Board decision saves Blanding’s Turtle habitat on Stoney Lake

Created on Thursday, 02 November 2017 22:07 Two Provincially Significant Wetlands and 6.2 km Undeveloped Shoreline Protected Earthroots congratulates Gord Miller, former Environmental Commissioner of Ontario and Chair of Earthroots, David Donnelly,...
11/13/2017
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Kawartha Lakes welcomes new library CEO

LINDSAY — Just in time for the opening of the city’s newest library branch, it has welcomed Jamie Anderson to the fold. Anderson, until recently the director of library services at the Vancouver Island Regional Library, has been hired as...
11/13/2017
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Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes is a finalist in the Aviva Community Fund competition

The Aviva Community Fund has just announced the 35 finalists in the 2017 competition, which includes one organization in the Kawarthas. Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes is one of the 10 finalists in the “Community Health” category...
11/08/2017
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Kawartha Lakes schools share provincial grants

KAWARTHA LAKES — Seven elementary schools are sharing $7,000 in Parents Reaching Out grants to help reduce barriers to parent engagement in their community. The Trillium Lakelands District School Board received $37,499 in funding from the provincial...
10/31/2017
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Highway 35 lanes reopen in City of Kawartha Lakes

Construction on a section of Highway 35 in the City of Kawartha Lakes is now complete – nearly a month ahead of schedule. In a release, the City says the Ministry of Transportation confirmed that the Stoney Creek culvert replacement project...
10/31/2017
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Police in Kawartha Lakes cracking down on trucks, speeders using detour shortcut

LINDSAY — Kawartha Lakes Police Service say they’ve issued 39 tickets to truck drivers ignoring weight restrictions on a shortcut around the Highway 35 construction closure, south of Lindsay. Insp. Mark Mitchell said there would continue...
10/27/2017
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City looking to boost cellphone coverage in Kawartha Lakes

LINDSAY — Kawartha Lakes council will be asked to chip in as much as $900,000 toward improving cellular range and broadband coverage when it meets for its regular meeting next Tuesday (Oct. 24). In a recommendation going to council, this City...
10/27/2017
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Ontario Providing $150,000 to Help Hurricane Recovery Efforts

Premier Kathleen Wynne released the following statement today to announce Ontario's support for relief efforts for people affected by Hurricane Irma: "On behalf of the people of Ontario, I extend our heartfelt compassion to all of the people...
10/16/2017
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Hurricane Harvey: More than 30 dogs rescued from Houston arrive in Ontario

After a 36 hour drive from Texas, more than two dozen dogs rescued from Houston due to Hurricane Harvey have arrived in Ontario where they will eventually be adopted. Thirty-nine dogs, including some with disabilities, arrived at the Ontario...
10/12/2017
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Bumblebees at risk of extinction after exposure to pesticide, Ontario study says

A widely used pesticide is placing bumblebee populations at an increased risk of extinction, a new study from an Ontario researcher suggests. Nigel Raine, an environmental science professor at the University of Guelph, discovered that thiamethoxam,...
10/02/2017
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City of Kawartha Lakes provides overview of Highway 35 culvert work

KAWARTHA LAKES  City of Kawartha Lakes officials have provided an update from the Ministry of Transportation on the construction scheduled for Highway 35 next month. The work involves the Stoney Creek culvert replacement and Highway 7 intersection...
09/30/2017
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Police across Ontario patrol for drunk boaters over long weekend

Police across Ontario have been increasing patrols over the long weekend to crack down on impaired boating, part of a years-long campaign to change the culture on the water. Dubbed Operation Dry Water, the national campaign to prosecute and educate...
09/27/2017
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Be prepared if a tornado warning actually comes true in Kawartha Lakes

The potential for severe weather is upon us.  Parts of Canada can expect thunderstorms, flooding, hail, lightning, and damaging winds this summer. Tornadoes are a threat to many Canadians. The occurrence of tornadoes increases in the summer, with...
09/12/2017
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The City of Kawartha Lakes has launched a completely new website

More user friendly, mobile responsive, and fully accessible municipal website debuts at www.kawarthalakes.ca A change is not only as good as a rest — it’s also a new beginning that promises a positive result for everyone involved.
09/12/2017
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The Algonquin Provincial Park warden and me

Dan Willmore relishes role protecting this important stretch of wilderness and seeing it transform people from as far away as Asia or as close as Toronto.
09/07/2017
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Fighting the bite even more important

Local health unit reports first human case of West Nile virus has been confirmed in area Community Aug 18, 2017 Kawartha Lakes This Week   KAWARTHA LAKES — The need for area residents to take precautions against mosquitoes is even...
09/05/2017
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Sea to Sea cycling tour crosses Canada to battle poverty

LINDSAY — Cyclists riding for a special cause wheeled into Lindsay hoping to raise money in the battle against global poverty. The Sea to Sea ride website states the ride began when, in 2002 a missionary nurse described a fundraiser that spanned...
08/14/2017
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Plan to open wildlife rehabilitation centre in Kawarthas takes flight

PETERBOROUGH —  From helping orangutans in the rainforests of Borneo to offering care for local pets, Olivia Vandersanden is tapping into her passion for animals as she embarks on a new adventure. The licensed veterinary technician is planning...
08/14/2017
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Ontario highway sign goes from James Snow Parkway to Jon Snow Parkway

MILTON, Ont. -- An Ontario highway sign has received the "Game of Thrones" treatment. Motorists travelling on the eastbound lanes of Highway 401 in Milton, Ont., just west of Toronto, on Friday morning saw the name of the James Snow Parkway...
08/02/2017
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The City of Kawartha Lakes is now a Bee City

Bee City Canada has designated the City of Kawartha Lakes as a “Bee City” — the third in Ontario and the seventh in Canada. At the June 27th meeting of City of Kawartha Lakes Council, council resolved to submit an application to become...
08/01/2017
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Eight GTA residents fined almost $5,000 for fishing offences in Kawartha Lakes

KAWARTHA LAKES — A total of eight people, all from the Greater Toronto Area, were fined close to $5,000 for illegal fishing practices near sanctuaries in Kawartha Lakes. All told, 13 people were charged by the Ministry of Natural Resources and...
07/27/2017
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Kawartha Lakes wants to become Canada’s next Bee City

At yesterday’s meeting (June 27) of City of Kawartha Lakes Council, council resolved to submit an application to become the next “Bee City” designated by Bee City Canada. Bee City Canada encourages municipalities and their residents...
07/24/2017
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Peterborough Public Health Identifies First Lyme Disease-Positive Tick of the Season

The first Lyme disease-positive tick of the season has been identified by Peterborough Public Health. “The public health lab confirmed this week that a tick submitted recently by a local resident tested positive for Lyme disease,” said...
07/12/2017
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Lindsay Recreation Complex pools will be closed July 2 to October 1

LINDSAY – City of Kawartha Lakes officials have announced the Lindsay Recreation Complex pools will be closed for improvements starting July 2. Evidence of the improvements to the pools will not be highly visible, with the exception of tile markings,...
06/29/2017
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School’s almost out: summer camps in the Kawarthas for every child’s interest

With school nearly out, are you scrambling to find something to keep your child stimulated through the long summer months? We’ve rounded up just some of the options in the region for every child’s interest: from horseback riding to sports...
06/29/2017
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Ontario’s Houseboat Capital

Deep in the heart of Kawarthas Northumberland is Kawartha Lakes, Ontario’s Houseboat Capital.  With over 50 rental houseboats in close geographical proximity on the Trent Severn Waterway, there exists a unique opportunity for people from around...
06/20/2017
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Holy Cross Hurricanes win Kawartha high school girls curling championship

OMEMEE - Two city teams are heading to the COSSA championships in Sterling next month after the Holy Cross Hurricanes claimed the Kawartha high school curling championship in finals held at the Omemee Curling Centre on Tuesday.
06/09/2017
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Peterborough centre helps turtles at risk on roads

My passion for nature began with turtles. Catching these wary reptiles was one of my favourite pastimes as a child. I was especially proud whenever I managed to bring home a snapping turtle, keep it for a day or two and show it off to my friends and family.
06/09/2017
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Citizen scientists needed for Sturgeon Lake project

KAWARTHA LAKES – Kawartha Conservation is looking for a dedicated group of volunteers who would like to take part in a water quality initiative on Sturgeon Lake.  The project will involve collecting water samples and taking water temperature...
06/09/2017
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Kawartha Lakes community asked to help 12-year-old boy battling cancer

OSHAWA — Kathy Tomasik is hoping the community will rally to help her young nephew who is in a battle for his life. Tomasik, of Lindsay, said Aiden Mitchell, 12, is fighting cancer for the third time in five years, and while the province will...
06/09/2017
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Ontario activates disaster relief funding for people affected by the Ottawa River flood

The provincial government has activated a program that will help cover uninsured costs for people and businesses affected by the massive Ottawa River flood.
06/01/2017
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Make your May even greener with GreenUP events and workshops

Which month of the year is the greenest? May of course! Grasses are turning to a lush green colour, fresh bright green buds are swelling on tree branches, and wildflowers of all sorts are peeking their new green stems from the soil.
05/17/2017
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Peterborough Symphony Orchestra concert to take audience members out of this world

PETERBOROUGH —  The Peterborough Symphony Orchestra is closing out its 50th season with a spectacular finale on May 27.
05/17/2017
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A wealth of choice awaits you this spring in the Kawarthas

There’s lots to do in the Kawarthas in the spring. Here are three local businesses offering a chance to experience the best of the season in our region.
05/17/2017
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Catch and release tournaments on large lakes: biological impacts and uses

PARRY SOUND — The Parry Sound Nature Club met at the West Parry Sound District Museum on Wednesday, April 12.
05/10/2017
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Haliburton dragon boaters competing in New Zealand

Excitement is growing for seven members of the Haliburton Highlands Paddlers  dragon boating club who will compete in the largest multi-sport event in the world – the 2017 World Masters Games in Auckland, New Zealand this week. - See more at:...
05/10/2017
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Spring is a great time to explore Kawartha Conservation areas

April 28, 2017 – With warmer temperatures and the return of chirping birds, beautiful foliage and spring’s natural beauty, it is a great time to explore conservation and natural areas throughout the Kawartha watershed.
05/10/2017
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Capturing the Northern Lights: A conversation with a professional weather chaser

Photo journalist Tom Stefanac was out this weekend in cottage country capturing the magic of Aurora Borealis. In this Q & A, Stefanac shares some professional tips and some of his life experience. 
05/08/2017
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Jackson Park gets much greener on Earth Day

When Benjamin Stabler’s grandfather was his age, his parents used to send him to play in Jackson Park. Now the 11-year old is cleaning up the park for Earth Day while showing his little brother how to do it.
04/28/2017
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Beaver refuses to budge, shuts down Ontario highway

CAMBRIDGE, Ont. — Some things, it seems, only happen in Canada. Exhibit A: A wandering beaver shut down part of a highway in southern Ontario on Wednesday as police worked to get the animal back to its natural habitat.
04/27/2017
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Viral orphan bear cubs are being rehabilitated in Ontario

On April Fools Day, when motorists discovered three ridiculously cute, teddy-sized, two-month-old black bear cubs inside a locked roadside washroom in Banff National Park, it must have seemed like some kind of prank.
04/24/2017
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Road salt a threat to freshwater lakes: study X

TORONTO — A new study suggests the use of road salt is posing a rising threat to freshwater lakes in parts of North America, including Ontario.
04/24/2017
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Learn more about our beautiful home on guided nature walks

Series of eight guided walks led by local naturalists takes place from April to October
04/24/2017
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KWF is proud of our police officers!

Annual award recognizes seven officers from police services in Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Port Hope, Cobourg, and Haliburton
04/24/2017
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Kawartha Lakes Food Source is new and improved!

The Lindsay warehouse was able to upgrade their refrigeration room and get new pallet truck thanks to grant worth more than $10,000
04/24/2017
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Mayor wins council support to dump leaf/yard waste fees after “negative input” from public

KAWARTHA LAKES - You might say it would have been better to leave things as they were.
04/21/2017
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Welcome to Fenelon Falls…

Fenelon Falls is a village within the City of Kawartha Lakes. Known as the “Jewel of the Kawarthas,” it has a population of 1,800 permanent residents, which swells in the summer due to tourism and cottagers. The people are friendly, warm and...
04/20/2017
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Municipalities required to pay 2% Health Unit increase

By Valerie MacDonald , Northumberland Today Monday, February 20, 2017 8:11:26 EST PM Change text size for the story Print Report an error The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit board has supported increasing the 2017 budget to $16.2-million...
03/02/2017
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Yukon Quest: The toughest dog sled race in the world begins

T he Yukon Quest is an expedition through the frozen gates of hell. Half in the Yukon and half in Alaska, the 1,600-kilometre dogsled race has earned a reputation for being the toughest in the world. The distance between checkpoints is longer than the...
02/28/2017
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Ice-fishing Friday: The trick that landed Bob Izumi his biggest ever pike

Fish near deep water How to find those special spots on your lake where the lunkers lurk I typically start ice fishing in late November and early December over a dozen big boulders lying in 34 feet of water where giant pods of perch prowl. It’s become...
02/28/2017
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CCI Wolves win Kawartha junior girls volleyball title

By Jeff Gard , Northumberland Today Monday, February 20, 2017 8:06:38 EST PM Kylie Ferguson of the Cobourg Collegiate Institute Wolves goes up for a big hit as twin sisten Sydney Ferguson looks on during a match against the St. Mary Thunder at the Kawartha...
02/28/2017
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