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Year in Review – Part 12 of 12 – December

Continued from “Year in Review – Part 11 – November” (https://thestandardnewspaper.ca/year-in-review-part-11-november/)

Brock lets Interim Control Bylaw expire BROCK: The Township of Brock has let their Interim Control Bylaw, regarding supportive and modular housing, expire, paving the way for the Region of Durham’s Beaverton Supportive Housing project to start moving forward. During a special council meeting, planner Debbie Vandenakker told councillors “there was no planning justification for extending the [Interim Control Bylaw].”

Kawartha Lakes deliberates capital budget KAWARTHA LAKES: Kawartha Lakes councillors deliberated their 2022 proposed capital budget. Despite starting out in the deferred projects list, Ward 8 Councillor Tracy Richardson was able to have several projects at the Manvers Arena added to the budget, including; the parking lot resurfacing and lighting upgrades project ($245,000), Universal Accessible Washroom installation ($175,000), and exterior doors replacement ($41,000). Council also decided to provide financial support to the Summit Wellness Centre project in Coboconk, in order to keep it moving forward.

Morton remains DDSB chair DURHAM: At the Board Meeting of the Durham District School Board (DDSB) held on Monday, December 6th, 2021, Trustees elected a Chairperson and committee members for 2022. The December 6th meeting included the re-election of Chair Carolyn Morton, Trustee for the Townships of Brock, Scugog, and Uxbridge.

Omicron found in Ontario KAWARTHA LAKES: Provincial and local officials are stressing caution, following the recent findings of the Omicron Covid-19 variant.Recently, cases of the variant were found in Ontario.“The discovery of the variant here in Ontario is cause for concern, but it’s not cause for panic. Every day we learn more about the Omicron virus; about how quickly it can spread and how severe it may be. We’re learning about how effective our vaccines are, and every day we hold off more cases in our country, the more time we have to learn and prepare,” Premier Doug Ford said at a press conference, on Wednesday, December 1st.

Semester system returns KAWARTHA LAKES: The Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) has confirmed their secondary schools will transition to a semester system in February. In a press release, sent out on Thursday, December 9th, the school board stated, these schools “will return to a semestered, four classes a day schedule on February 7th, 2022.”

QR code download required NORTH DURHAM/KAWARTHA: Early next year, the Ontario government is going to be requiring individuals to use their QR code vaccine certificate to enter, and stay in, facilities where proof of vaccination is required. On Friday, December 10th, the government announced these “enhanced” certificates would be the only proof these businesses and facilities can accept for entering, and staying in them, as of Tuesday, January 4th.

Kawartha Lakes tax increase KAWARTHA LAKES: The City of Kawartha Lakes has approved a tax levy increase of 4.5 percent for 2022. At a meeting, on Tuesday, December 7th, councillors deliberated the 2022 water and wastewater, operating, and special projects municipal budgets. The increase includes 3 percent operating expenses and a 1.5 percent capital roads levy.

Academy Theatre rebranding KAWARTHA LAKES: Lindsay’s Academy Theatre is rebranding, following a large donation from a development company. On Tuesday, December 7th, it was announced the theatre would be renamed the FLATO Academy Theatre Lindsay, following a donation commitment of $1.375 million over 15 years from Flato developments.

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