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Year in Review – Part 10 – October

Continued from “Year in Review – Part 9 – September” (https://thestandardnewspaper.ca/year-in-review-part-9-september/)

Kawartha Lakes development agreement required KAWARTHA LAKES: In conjunction with granting a developer support for a Minister’s Zoning Order (MZO), the City of Kawartha Lakes is going to require Flato Developments to sign a development agreement.The decision was made at a Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday, October 5th. An MZO is a tool developers can apply for from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing to fast-track development approvals. Flato Developments is seeking the MZO for 115 hectares of land in East Lindsay. The planned development is near, I.E. Weldon Secondary School. The develop-ment is expected to include seniors and rental apartment units, afford-able housing units, townhouses, and commercial property.

Durham plans to take Brock to court BROCK: The Region of Durham is taking the Township of Brock to court over the dispute regarding the Beaverton supportive housing project. In a recent press release, the Township advised residents the Region “served the Township of Brock with an Ontario Superior Court of Justice application” last month in order to “quash Interim Control By-law 2994-2020.”

Ontario hints at new plan DURHAM/KAWARTHA: The Ontario provincial government is coming up with a plan to lift more COVID-19 health measures. Premier Doug Ford announced this during a press conference, held on Friday, October 15th. “Here in Ontario, hospitalizations and ICU admissions have remained stable, as our daily case counts have declined. Even weeks after, we began in-class learning. Because of the success, because so many of you have rolled up your sleeves, we’re now able to finalize our plans to exit Step Three of the ‘Roadmap to Reopen’ and cautiously lift more public health measures,” Premier Ford told reporters.

New sports facility in Uxbridge UXBRIDGE: An impressive new recreation facility in Uxbridge is now open for use. The Jumpstart Inclusive Multi-Sport Court was completed in mid-October and provides accessible courts and recreation space with options for pickleball, volleyball, tennis, basketball and free play. Accessible sports such as wheelchair racquet sports, sit-volleyball and wheelchair basketball can also be played at the court.

Uxbridge responds to New Animal Shelter concerns UXBRIDGE: After receiving a letter from the New Animal Shelter for Uxbridge-Scugog charity board of directors (NASUS), the Township of Uxbridge is responding and changing how often they interact with this charity. At a meeting on Monday, October 18th, councillors voted to receive the letter and have staff create a written response to it. As well as have regular quarterly meetings between the Township of Uxbridge, NASUS and the Township of Scugog. Mayor Dave Barton also provided a verbal response to the letter at the meeting.

Lindsay ATV route approved KAWARTHA LAKES: After a lengthy debate, Kawartha Lakes council has decided to allow ATVs on Lindsay roads. The decision was made at a council meeting on Tuesday, October 19th.

Hometown Hockey in Lindsay KAWARTHA LAKES: The Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour is coming to Lindsay this weekend. The weekly hockey program sees hosts Ron MacLean and Tara Slone visit local communities across Canada while also broadcasting an NHL hockey game nationally. The Tour will be in Lindsay on Saturday, October 23rd and Sunday, October 24th. The live broadcast of a Toronto Maple Leaf game will then take place on Monday, October 25th.

Poster contest brings a tree KAWARTHA LAKES: St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School in Lindsay celebrated the recent addition of a maple tree, to their school landscape on Tuesday, October 19th. The tree was given to them by the Retired Teachers of Ontario District 18 as one of four schools to take part in the Combat Climate Crisis poster competition.

Lindsey Park becomes an Independent MPP DURHAM: Durham MPP Lindsey Park has chosen to leave the provincial Conservative caucus following comments made about her vaccination status. In a recent statement posted on her Twitter account, MPP Park said a “breakdown in trust” had occurred after House Leader Paul Calandra put out a statement saying the Durham MPP had “misrepresented her vaccination status.”

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