Posts tagged City of Kawartha Lakes
Starting to Look Like Spring...

It was a rainy Tuesday this week, but Fenelon is a little more cheerful now that the hanging baskets, bridge baskets and planters are out. Thank you to the enthusiastic Horticultural Society volunteers, CKL Parks & Rec Staff, and Chamber team for working so hard in the rain to help bring a splash of colour to town.

White Lightning Shopping Bus Starts April 30th, FOR FREE, in rural Kawartha Lakes

Submitted by Michael Bryant

It is finally happening, neighbours and friends! Through the efforts of White Lightning Bus Tours and owners Pauline Kiely and Michael Bryant, with good friend, Mike Perry, we are realizing a dream to bring Rural Transit to Kawartha Lakes for the Community and Tourism.

Those without a vehicle needing to travel for Shopping, Medical Appointments, Family Visits or an Event will enjoy a wonderful day about town. The Service will travel between Oakwood, Little Britain, Lindsay, Cameron, Fenelon Falls, Bobcaygeon and Omemee. With plans to add Pontypool, Janetville, and Bethany shortly.

This Service is NOT Connected with any Municipal Transit or Agency and is being organized by Business, Advertising, Donations and Volunteer Ambassadors. Look for Bus Schedules in Towns and with local News Paper and Media. If you would like to be a Community Volunteer Ambassador to promote this in your community please pm us, or if you have any questions call 705-340-9880

CKL Approved as UofT Family Medicine Clerkship Training Site

Press Release submitted by Cindy Snider

City of Kawartha Lakes, March 15, 2019: Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative (KLHCI) is very pleased to announce that, in conjunction with Ross Memorial Hospital (RMH), City of Kawartha Lakes family doctors and the Rural Ontario Medical Program (ROMP), the City of Kawartha Lakes (CKL) has been approved as a University of Toronto (UofT) Family Medicine Clerkship training site.

Training to become a doctor includes four years of medical school, prior to completing a specialty residency. The third and fourth years of medical school are known as ‘clerkship’. During these years, 5 to 6 weeks of training in many specialties, including family medicine, are completed by the students. In October 2019, KLHCI is slated to welcome the first two UofT medical students into CKL’s Family Medicine Clerkship training program.

“This initiative would not be possible without our local family physicians taking on the role of preceptors (trainers). Their experience and enthusiasm to teach is integral to the clerks’ knowledge base, on which all further learning is founded. The continuing support from the City of Kawartha Lakes and Ross Memorial Hospital is also a shining example of our forward-thinking community as KLHCI continues its efforts to become a full-time Family Medicine Residency training site,” states Barbara van der Veen, KLHCI President.

“The more opportunities we can provide medical students to experience life in the City of Kawartha Lakes, the more young doctors will be encouraged to practice here,” said Dr. Bharat Chawla, RMH Chief of Medical Staff. “We’re proud to support efforts to mentor these talented young people, and to showcase this community and this hospital as welcoming places to build a career and a home.”

“We’re pleased to now include the community of Kawartha Lakes as one of our clerkship locations,” says Dr. Azadeh Moaveni, Undergraduate Program Director at the University of Toronto Department of Family and Community Medicine. “Our students will learn from the talented doctors and health professionals in Kawartha Lakes while gaining experience in practicing family medicine in a small community. Kawartha Lakes will benefit from gaining trainees who are eager to learn about their community and patients and who will hopefully consider coming back to practice there one day.”

“The Rural Ontario Medical Program (ROMP) has been developing experiences for medical students and residents in rural and regional communities in partnership with the Ontario medical schools. We are pleased to announce, and financially support, a site expansion with the City of Kawartha Lakes and the Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative,” states Dr. Peter Wells,

Executive Director, Rural Ontario Medical Program. “The University of Toronto and ROMP have enabled a mandatory family medicine experience for medical students. For many learners participating, this will be their first experience in a community with a family physician. As our program statistics show, rural medical education in a community is a key factor in choice for location to practice. We look forward to welcoming the students to Kawartha Lakes.” The KLHCI Board of Directors has representation from throughout the City of Kawartha Lakes.

The board is interested in adding new members. Being a member of KLHCI’s Board of Directors is an excellent opportunity to volunteer and be part of this vital component of our community health care, the recruitment and retention of family doctors. Anyone wishing to be part of this community effort by either volunteering or donating financially to support the ongoing family doctor recruitment and retention programs should contact Cindy Snider,

Recruitment & Retention Coordinator at 705-328-6098 or visit the KLHCI website at

For further information please contact: Cindy Snider at or 705-328-6098.

Say Yes...To the Kawartha Lakes Rural Shopping Bus

Submitted by Michael Bryant

In the City of Kawartha Lakes, we have only Lindsay Transit Bus Service and it is the only Public Transit and just in Lindsay. The City of Kawartha Lakes has decided that there will be no expansion for Rural Transit in their Plan until possibly 2023. This is a terrible isolation for all individuals not affording cars.

Our Independent Rural Transportation Advocates developed the White Lightning Shopping Bus that includes advertising and support of local businesses in Kawartha Lakes. It will connect the communities of Lindsay, Fenelon Falls, Bobcaygeon, Little Britain, Cameron, Omemee, Bethany and Pontypool for Adults, Seniors, Teens, Families and Handicapped Residents to have an enjoyable day throughout our city.

This is a FREE SERVICE each Tuesday starting in April 2019, it will have pick-up points and loop around communities for shopping, tourism, medical stops and family visits. It is designed to add to Economic Development to small communities as well.

The White Lightning Shopping Bus is supported by Chambers of Commerce in Lindsay, Bobcaygeon and Fenelon Falls and operated by private company White Lightning Bus Tours, in Little Britain.

We urge you to sign our Petition and SAY YES..Join our Cause, Support our Advertisers and Share the News.  Call 1-800-979-2913 for questions, ideas , advertising or support.

Featured Event - Kawartha Lakes Dine & Win

Visit participating Kawartha Lakes Chamber Member Restaurants during the month of March 2019, take a photo of your order and post in this event page using #KLDineandWin.

You could win one of three gift card packages of up to a $200 value to be redeemed at participating Kawartha Lakes Area restaurants! Our local participating restaurants include:

Godfather’s Pizza

At Godfathers Pizza our commitment to our customer is to provide the best tasting, fresh pizza made with wholesome ingredients and 100% mozzarella cheese. Godfathers will continue to provide quality service and superior product to customers, friends and family.

Murphy’s Lockside Pub & Patio

This fun and casual Waterside Restaurant and Irish flavoured Pub is located at Lock 34 in Fenelon Falls, Ontario. Great Food, Drink and Service await you!

Sweet Bottoms Coffee

Sweet Bottoms is a unique cafe, it is a coffee and a culinary experience, its the combination of those who prefer great organic specialty lattes, cappucinos, cortados, flat whites and of course our fabulous singe origin coffees. Sweet Bottoms is a “healthy choice” for lunch the cafe offers; excellent *soups, *bisques and great tasting sandwiches (bread baked fresh daily) which are mostly *vegetarian options.

That Place on Cameron

Restaurant and full bar with patio. Located right on Cameron Lake with a beautiful view. LLBO.

The Little Pie Shack

Local favourite, The Little Pie Shack, offers homemade pies, tarts, brownies, squares, ice cream, milkshakes, smoothies, hot dogs, and so much more!


Inspired by Northern Italian cuisine, we are a family-owned fine dining restaurant that uses fresh and local ingredients to create mouth-watering food!

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Downtown Parking Strategy Meeting

Submitted by Leisha Newton

The City has retained IBI Group to prepare the Downtown Parking Strategy, which is a project to examine parking issues, substantiate specific needs and develop proposed solutions for the downtown areas of Lindsay, Fenelon Falls, and Bobcaygeon.

The City is committed to providing stakeholders and the public ample opportunity to provide input for this important study through various means. One such means is public consultations, whereby two public meetings are to be held for each of the three communities, one in the winter of 2019 and another in the fall of 2019. The first round of public consultation meetings are scheduled as follows:

Downtown Parking Strategy Meeting

Date: Wednesday March 6, 2019

Time: 5-7 pm

Location: Fenelon Falls Community Centre, 27 Veterans Way, Fenelon Falls

Please be advised that a public meeting is also being held in Lindsay on March 5, and Bobcaygeon on March 7. For more information, visit the “Downtown Parking Strategy” section at

New Initiative Connecting Student Nutrition Programs in Kawartha Lakes to Locally-Grown Food

News Release Submitted by Bill Eekhof

An initiative is taking root in the City of Kawartha Lakes to help students who use nutrition programs at school reap the rewards of eating local foods.

For more than a year, Food For Kids City of Kawartha Lakes has been working to create a ‘Local Food Initiative’ to benefit Student Nutrition Programs (SNPs). The idea is to increase the amount of fresh, healthy food grown/raised within a 100-kilometre radius of Kawartha Lakes that is available to SNPs. Through funding for the initiative, local food items are being purchased at a lower cost, delivered to Kawartha Lakes Food Source, and then distributed to schools at no additional charge. In some cases, local growers have also donated food to increase the supply available to students.

Locally-grown apples are among the first items being distributed through the Local Food Initiative. The initiative is proving popular, with more than four out of five schools in Kawartha Lakes taking part in it.Food For Kids is also considering a fundraising campaign to expand the Local Food Initiative to include more foods and farmers.

“We’re really pleased at how CKL schools and local farmers/producers are embracing the Local Food Initiative and working together to achieve success,” says Jen Armitage, the Community Student Nutrition Coordinator with Food For Kids CKL. “Eating local benefits all of us, is good for our community and is great for the environment. That is why we would love to see the initiative expanded even further.”

In general, local food tends to be fresher, more flavourful and full of nutrients, and doesn’t need to travel great distances to get here, adds Aisha Malik, a Registered Dietitian with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit. “Eating local food also supports farmers in our community, while helping students make connections as to the origin of the food they eat,” notes Malik, who is Food For Kids chair.

“We’re pleased to be able to support Food For Kids in the delivery and distribution of local food to local students,” adds Heather Kirby, General Manager with Kawartha Lakes Food Source. “Many schools already use Food Source for their student nutrition programs, so being able to add in extra local food items into a school’s regular food order is great to do.”

Food for Kids CKL supports Student Nutrition Programs, which are provided at every school in Kawartha Lakes. SNPs consist of a full sit-down breakfast before school starts, a grab-and-go program, or ones where snack bins are delivered to each classroom. In whatever form they take, SNPs are free, voluntary, and provide food to thousands of students every day to ensure they have the fuel they need to learn in class.

Kawartha Lakes students come to school hungry for many reasons, not just poverty, Armitage notes. “Long bus rides to school, early morning practices and rehearsals, hurried morning routines in which students do not eat breakfast, and children not being hungry before school can all be factors,” she says.

To support or learn more about the Local Food Initiative, visit Food For Kids CKL ( online.

The Frostival at Balsam Provincial Park

Bundle up and check out The Frostival at Balsam Provincial Park this Saturday January 26th from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm and Sunday the 27th from noon - 4:00 pm.

Bring your ice skates and helmets for the kids for ice skating the trail by torchlight, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing trails.

Admission is $15 per car, (cash only).

Note that this event is subject to change due to weather - check the website for ice updates and information about potential make-up dates should it be postponed: or call 705-454-1110.

Putting Poverty Under Wraps

Press Release submitted by Bill Eekhof

(CITY OF KAWARTHA LAKES) – In the spirit of the season, local residents are being asked to buy into something that isn’t available at any store or online retailer.

Instead, the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit wants people to take a stand against poverty in the City of Kawartha Lakes. Locally, 16.5 per cent of local children and youth live in poverty. A recent study also found the ‘living wage’ in Kawartha Lakes is $18.42 per hour – what a family of four with both parents working full-time would need to earn to cover basic expenses in 2018. This amount is more than $4 higher than Ontario’s current minimum wage.

“While donating time and money to local charities are great ways to help in the short term, supporting solutions that get to the root causes of poverty can make an even bigger difference over the long haul,” says Mary Lou Mills, a Social Determinants of Health Nurse with the HKPR District Health Unit.

In creating a holiday wish list this year, she encourages people to think of – and act on – ways they can help keep poverty under wraps. One of the most obvious is to be kind and non-judgemental towards low-income earners. “Being poor isn’t a choice,” Mills says. “There are many reasons why people live in poverty, much of it beyond their own control.”

An inability to get reliable, secure work, access affordable housing options, buy healthy food, or find affordable child care all play havoc on a person’s ability to make ends meet. “All of these factors contribute to poverty, which in turn can hurt people’s health,” she adds.

Income-based solutions are essential to successfully address poverty. According to Mills, this is where residents can show they care by:

•                     Getting behind increased social assistance rates.

•                     Calling for people to be paid living wages.

•                     Supporting basic employment standards to reduce unstable work.

•                     Saying yes to building more affordable housing units.

“Raise awareness and lobby for change by talking to your family, friends, neighbours and elected officials about the importance of these income-based solutions,” she says. “These are all gifts that will benefit our entire community.”

For example, the local economy is boosted when everyone has stable jobs that pay living wages. Communities are healthier when everyone has a safe and affordable place to live, can afford nutritious food, and is able to participate in recreational activities. Local families will also face less stress, while children can grow, thrive and succeed in school.

A Real Wage to Live On

Press release submitted by Kendra Fleming

(CITY OF KAWARTHA LAKES) – A ‘living wage’ in the City of Kawartha Lakes for a family of four is estimated to be $4 higher than Ontario’s current minimum wage.

Local health officials say the gap is “worrisome” at a time when well-paying, full-time jobs continue to decline, and part-time employment can be unstable and unpredictable.

New calculations from the Ontario Living Wage Network ( show a family of four in Kawartha Lakes – with both parents working full-time – would each have to earn a living wage of $18.42 per hour in order to cover basic expenses in 2018. That is more than $4 per hour higher than Ontario’s current minimum wage of $14 per hour.

“The living wage is what a family of four – two parents and two children – needs to earn in 2018 to pay its bills and avoid living in poverty,” says Mary Lou Mills, a Social Determinants of Health Nurse with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit. “It is worrisome that the living wage in Kawartha Lakes is higher than what someone would currently earn in a minimum-wage job. Unfortunately, with many support programs being cancelled or delayed, and the growth of unstable employment, the income gap in Kawartha Lakes is only going to get worse leaving low-income earners facing an even greater financial crunch.”

The Ontario Living Wage Network calculates the living wage using local data collected by the Health Unit, including the cost of food, housing (including rent, utilities and tenant insurance), phone, internet, transportation, child care, continuing education (one college course per year per adult), and medical/life insurance. The Living Wage Network uses a standardized spreadsheet to calculate each community’s living wage, while also accounting for government transfers such as child tax benefits, child care subsidy, and government deductions and taxes. The living wage calculation also factors in a set amount across Ontario for clothing, footwear and contingencies.

“A living wage is different than the minimum wage,” Mills notes. “While a living wage reflects the true cost of living in one community, a minimum wage is legislated and is the same across Ontario.”

The local living wage calculation comes as the provincial government cancelled a $1 per hour increase in the minimum wage – which was to take it to $15 per hour. The Province has also cancelled the Basic Income program, which was being piloted in Lindsay and two other Ontario communities. The program provided people with a guaranteed minimum income. Data from the Basic Income pilot indicates that 70 per cent of participants were employed, but not making enough money to meet their basic needs.

While disappointed that government income-support solutions are being cancelled, Mills says businesses and employers can still be proactive by paying their staff a living wage. “Many employers in Ontario do this and reap the rewards,” she notes. “Generally, businesses that pay a living wage see an increase in productivity, experience less staff turnover and save on hiring and training costs. When low-paid workers earn a living wage, they also tend to spend most of it in their local economy, which contributes to stronger economic growth.”

Along with a living wage, Mills says affordable housing, child care and transportation are also essential for people to be able to meet their basic needs and avoid having to live in poverty.