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  • 2 Dec 2019 9:05 AM | Anonymous


    NOVEMBER 29, 2019


    Ottawa, ON – The Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition, the Honourable Andrew Scheer, today announced the Conservative Shadow Cabinet.

    As part of that unveiling, local MP Jamie Schmale was named the Shadow Minister for Crown-Indigenous Relations, reflecting the commitment to holding the government accountable to improving the relationship between the government and Indigenous communities.

    “It is an honor to have been named the Shadow Minster for Crown-Indigenous Relations,” said Schmale. “The goal is to reflect the growing strength of the Conservative team and our commitment to work for Canadians from coast to coast.”

    “I believe that it is time to work together create a positive future for Indigenous youth, including increasing economic and education opportunities. We must support those who are affected by their relationship with the Crown, and work to bring forward policies that make real and measurable improvements in the lives of Indigenous Peoples of Canada,” said Schmale.

    During the 42nd Parliament, Schmale served as Shadow Minister for Northern Ontario and Deputy Shadow Minister for Natural Resources.

  • 28 Nov 2019 9:46 AM | Anonymous


    NOVEMBER 28, 2019

    Ottawa, ON – Jamie Schmale was officially sworn in as Member for Parliament for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock today on Parliament Hill in the newly restored West Block.

    Schmale was accompanied by family and friends who togethe rwitnessed the beginning of his second term in Parliament.

    Before any duly elected representative may take his or her seat and vote in the House of Commons, the individual must take an oath or make a solemn affirmation of allegiance and sign the Test Roll, a book with pages headed by the text of the oath.

    “I am thankful and deeply honoured to have been re-elected as Member of Parliament for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock,” said Schmale. “Now that the official ceremony is over, my staff and I look forward to continuing our hard work on behalf of the good people of our riding. I am committed to doing my best to serve all constituents and to be their voice in Ottawa.”

    The 43rd Parliament of Canada begins on December 5, 2019.


    For more information contact:

    Office of Jamie Schmale, MP
    Haliburton–Kawartha Lakes–Brock
    (705) 324-2400 or (866) 688-9881

  • 8 Nov 2019 10:57 AM | Anonymous

    Globus Theatre’s New Season & Big Announcement

    Bobcaygeon, November 8th, 2019 - Globus Theatre made two big moves yesterday at a live Press Conference. A new season for summer 2020 was announced and a new initiative, Globus Theatre’s School of Dramatic Art (SODA) was launched at the new box office and studio location on 90 Bolton Street in Bobcaygeon.

    “Globus Theatre is expanding in so many ways this year! Increasing presence in town with the new box office is an opportunity for us to connect with other local businesses, participate in community events, improve accessibility for our patrons, and engage with tourists like our summer boaters!” - Monique Renaud, General Manager of Globus Theatre

    A 2020 summer season of six professional shows is sure to please audiences with an abundance of comedy, mystery, and music!  The season will begin on June 23rd with Boy Falls From the Sky: Jake Epstein Live by Jake Epstein. NOW Magazine gave the show 5 N’s at the Toronto Fringe Festivals and said, “Exuding confidence and vulnerability, Degrassi and Broadway star delivers cabaret of the highest calibre.” On June 30th, Leisa Way and the Wayward Wind Band return to Bobcaygeon, and this time with their concert, Rock n’ Roll is Here to Stay! On July 15th, Bonnie Green’s (Associate Producer at Stratford Festival) new heart-warming comedy, Meet My Sister, takes the stage with a story about sibling rivalry and living life to its fullest! Globus Theatre brings a new murder mystery into the mix on July 29th, Murder on Main Street, which will include canapes, a delicious buffet, and clue pop ups all over Bobcaygeon! Audiences may remember the charming Three Men in a Boat that came to Globus in 2017. This year, the boys return with the hit Fringe sequel, Three Men on a Bike by Jerome K. Jerome and adapted by Mark Brownell, delivering a “hilarious ride” (NOW magazine). Globus Theatre’s final show of the 2020 summer season is Norm Foster’s The Ladies Foursome, the girl-power comedy with balls (and the female version of The Foursome).

    “I am excited to introduce our 2020 season to our patrons.  It brings up two sell-out shows from Toronto (Boy Falls From The Sky: Jake Epstein Live and Three Men On A Bike) as well as an intrinsically local and theatrically thrilling new show, Murder on Main Street by Sarah Quick, which will include clue scenes performed throughout Bobcaygeon!” - James Barrett, Artistic Producer of Globus Theatre

    Along with an impressive Summer Season announcement, Globus Theatre is beyond thrilled to launch Globus Theatre’s School of Dramatic Art (SODA). This new initiative will offer weekly drama classes to children and youth in Kawartha Lakes as well as a summer performance camp right in Bobcaygeon! As part of the performance camp, youth participants will create and perform mystery scenes in locations all around Bobcaygeon, which will be free and open to the general public and sponsored by Bobcaygeon’s very own, Bigley’s Shoes and Clothing! Globus Theatre’s new location at 90 Bolton Street in Bobcaygeon will be the home of SODA and will remain a box office as well as a studio for classes and rehearsals.

    “The School of Dramatic Art is a super exciting development for Globus Theatre. Introducing younger audiences to the theatre has always been part of our mandate and now we want to utilize our resources as an established professional theatre to introduce both children and adults to different styles of creative learning. Our Globus team has expanded over the years and we now have many Arts professionals living in Bobcaygeon so it seemed like the perfect time to harness their knowledge of stagecraft and start offering these classes. Our new box office space in downtown Bobcaygeon will make the perfect studio for classes!

    We firmly believe that for the creative process to be at its best there should be no barriers to participation and so, with our charitable status, we are setting up a subsidy program called "First Act". We will seek private and corporate donations and access funding to maintain this program that will allow children from low-income families to attend the classes. We are delighted to announce that this initiative has received an incredible boost with a $5,000 investment from Kawartha Coffee Company Councillor Kathleen Seymour-Fagan, the owner of Kawartha Coffee Company, is a long-time supporter of Globus Theatre and the Arts in our community and we thank her very much for the contribution.” –Sarah Quick, Artistic Director of Globus Theatre

    Tickets for Summer 2020 will be on sale Monday, November 11th.

    SODA Registration begins Monday, November 18th.

    1-800-304-7897  |  705-738-2037

  • 6 Nov 2019 8:32 AM | Anonymous

    $150,000 OTF Grant has given the Curling Club a real Lift

    Bobcaygeon, ON: - On Sunday afternoon, the Bobcaygeon Curling Club welcomed its members, sponsors and the public to a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the new accessibility upgrades that have been made to the Club. Local MPP Laurie Scott and Les Kariunas, an Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) volunteer, were on hand to congratulate the local group on the accessibility upgrades that have been done since the Club received a $150,000 OTF Capital grant earlier this year.

    “Congratulations to the Bobcaygeon Curling Club for receiving a $150,000 capital grant to implement accessible upgrades and additions to their facility,” said MPP Scott. “These modifications support the members’ advocacy and devotion to remaining accessible to all ages and abilities.”

    Thanks to Capital grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, over the last few months, the Club has installed an elevator in addition to making three of its washrooms fully accessible, ensuring that all three floors of the Curling Club are barrier-free for everyone. And the impact of this work isn’t limited to curlers’, it will have a positive effect on everyone using the building for their sports, events and meetings.

    “The impact of this OTF grant cannot be underestimated,” said Doug Whalen, President of the Club. “This grant has enabled our Club to accommodate everyone with mobility issues and serve our community better.”

    Bobcaygeon Curling Club is committed to preserving this space and is available for community activities throughout the year. If you wish to learn more about using the facility for your meeting or hosting an event, please visit the website at:

    The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded $108 million to 629 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.


    For more information, please contact:
    Gary Richardson

    Bobcaygeon Curling Club

    Phone 416-505-9841


  • 31 Oct 2019 11:16 AM | Anonymous


     October 31, 2019


    BEAVERTON: Local MP Jamie Schmale joined Lake Simcoe area MPs calling on the Prime Minister to follow through on Clean-Up Fund Reinstatement. Six area Conservative Members of Parliament are asking the new minority Liberal government to provide a firm commitment and timeline for reinstating the Lake Simcoe Clean-up Fund.

    The original funding program assisted local groups with projects that improved the health of the lake for 10 years before it was cancelled by Trudeau’s government two years ago.

    Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer announced in June as part of the Conservative Party’s “Real Plan for the Environment”, that an elected Conservative Government would re-instate the Lake Simcoe Clean-Up Fund. Not to be out done, and with just two days left before voting in the recent federal election was set to begin, local Liberal Candidates with the help of Minister Chrystia Freeland promised that a re-elected Liberal government would also re-instate the Lake Simcoe Clean-Up Fund.

    Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock MP-elect Jamie Schmale, Barrie-Innisfil MP-elect John Brassard, York Simcoe MP-elect Scot Davidson, Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte MP-elect Doug Shipley, Simcoe-North MP-elect Bruce Stanton, and Simcoe-Grey MP-elect Terry Dowdall all signed a letter this week to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. In it, they ask the PM to commit to reinstating the fund as soon as possible and to provide a date that funding will begin to flow.

    “For the protection and long-term sustainability of Lake Simcoe and the surrounding areas, we want the Prime Minister to make good on his election promise and immediately give us a commitment to a date when the Lake Simcoe Clean-up Fund will be restored,” said Schmale. “Lake Simcoe is extremely important to Central Ontario and we need to make sure we are doing all we can to keep the lake healthy for future generations.”

    The Lake Simcoe Clean-up Fund was implemented by the Conservatives in 2007 and for 10 years it worked to reduce phosphorus levels, restore fish habitats and improve shorelines and retention ponds.

    Scientists found evidence the projects were working, as phosphorus levels were reduced, lake water quality improved and native fish species were breeding in the watershed – including fish that hadn’t done so in many years. The fund also helped improve shoreline naturalization and stormwater retention ponds.

    “The increase in urban development, invasive species and other challenges have affected the health of the watershed over the years,” said Davidson. “We must work together to protect this important resource that so many of us rely on.”

    This was accomplished in collaboration with stakeholders, municipalities, and conservation authorities.

    Brassard delivered the letter to the Prime Minister’s office in Ottawa on Wednesday.

    “Lake Simcoe needs our attention today,” Brassard said. “It’s been two years since the Liberal government cancelled the Lake Simcoe Clean-up Fund and we need to make sure that all of the work and resources that was invested over 10 years to improve the quality of the watershed is not wasted.”


    For more information, please contact:

    Office of Jamie Schmale, MP,

    Haliburton–Kawartha Lakes–Brock

    (705) 324-2400 or (866) 688-9881
  • 2 Oct 2019 1:44 PM | Anonymous

    Are you interested in joining the Bobcaygeon & Area Chamber Board of Directors?

    Serving on the Bobcaygeon Chamber Board of Directors is a rewarding experience and an opportunity for professional growth.  The Board is seeking new Directors for 2020 and will be accepting applications until October 12th. Directors will be confirmed at the Annual General Meeting on November 27th.

    Chamber members in good standing are eligible to submit an application. If you are interested in representing your organization, please complete the application form which can be downloaded at the link below. A list of the Director responsibilities is included with the application. 

    The Board wishes to have representation from a broad cross section of the Chamber’s membership so do not hesitate to confirm your interest.

    The application form can be downloaded here: BCC Board of Directors Application.pdf

  • 2 Oct 2019 11:44 AM | Anonymous


    For the past 41 years the Buckhorn Harvest Craft Show has been presenting some of the best handcrafted products available and this year’s will not disappoint. The show takes place at the Buckhorn Community Centre Thanksgiving weekend, Oct. 12 - 14, 2019.   What started as a small show with approximately 22 vendors has grown into an acclaimed show with over 100 vendors.   It is recognized as the one craft show in the Kawarthas no one wants to miss!  The outstanding quality and variety of the items on display make a visit to it a must!  With only 10 weeks left until Christmas, the Harvest Craft Show is the place to start your Christmas shopping.   There will be many one of akind gifts for those people on your list, or maybe, a treat for yourself or home.  In these days of mass-produced items, it is a pleasure to be able to find something unique and handmade with love.

    The Craft Show is pleased to welcome approximately 100 artisans from all areas of Ontario featuring the very best selection of Canadian handcrafted Seasonal, Country, Traditional and Contemporary Crafts.  Among the many items that will be on display are candles, pottery, leather goods, furniture, gourmet foods, Florals, wooden toys, children’s clothing, jewellery, designer clothing for the entire family, handmade soaps, hand painted glass and a wide variety of home décor items.  Also featured, will be items for seasonal decorating at Halloween or Christmas. 

    The Craft Show is an annual fund raising event for the non-profit, non-funded Buckhorn Community Centre and is run by many Volunteers who build the exhibitor booths, man admission booths, park cars, and serve in the Snack Bar. 

    The Buckhorn Harvest Craft Show is held at the Buckhorn Community Centre, on Lakehurst Road, in Buckhorn.  Buckhorn is located approximately 30 km. north of Peterborough.  Take Cty. Rd.  23 to Cty. Rd.  29 to Lakehurst Rd., the first road on your left over the Trent-Severn Canal and follow it approximately 2 km.

    Show hours are Saturday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Monday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  General Admission is $5.00.  Children 12 and under – Free.

    Your admission ticket gives you the opportunity to win a $100.00 Shopping Spree at the Buckhorn 2019 Spring Craft Show.  Make sure you place your ticket in one of the boxes at the show.  The entire show is fully accessible and there is ample free parking available.  A shuttle bus runs continuously from the upper parking lot to the show.   The entire show is under cover, so regardless of the weather, you can browse in comfort.    Refreshments are available.  A good time to visit would be while you and your guests are waiting for the turkey to cook!

    For further information, please contact
    Diane Michell, Director

  • 10 Sep 2019 1:46 PM | Anonymous

    PRESS RELEASE: For Immediate Distribution

    Globus Theatre Launches Fall Season with A Weekend of Comedy

    Bobcaygeon, September 10, 2019- Globus Theatre announces a packed Fall Season of comedy, mystery, and celebration! The season will run from September 27th - December 31st and includes A Weekend of Comedy this month as well as local favourites such as a festive murder mystery, annual panto, and New Years Eve bash to look forward to.

    Globus Theatre loves a good laugh and will start the Fall Season off withA Weekend of Comedy! Award winning and internationally renowned sketch comedy group, The Lusty Mannequins will tour to Bobcaygeon on September 27th. The Lusty Mannequins are Ashley Comeau, Alastair Forbes, Karen Parker, and Connor Thompson - All alumni of the Second City Mainstage in Toronto and most recently winners with the ‘Best of the Fest’ from the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival.

    On September 29th, stand-up and improv comedy group, Girls Nite Out, take the stage at Globus Theatre. Girls Nite Out is an all female, all funny stand-up and improv comedy ensemble featuring CBC darlings, Canadian Comedy Award Winners and Second City alum. The Girls Nite Out show originated at the Lakeview Arts Barn 12 years ago and has since toured across Canada to great acclaim. A fabulous opportunity to grab the girlfriends and come for a giggle!

    Sandwiched between two evenings of comedy is a Quiz Night at the LAB on Saturday, September 28th! Tickets are $5.00 and sold at the door only. Teams can be made up of 2-6 people and there will be many different trivia rounds such as sports, general knowledge, food and drink, and of course, arts and literature.

    Other events to look forward to this fall are Terror in Tinseltown: A Festive Murder Mystery (Dinner and Show) on November 21, 22, 23, and 24th; Sleeping Beauty: A Traditional British Panto between December 6th-15th;  and our annual New Years Eve @ the LAB party on December 31st. 

    Artistic Director Sarah Quick says of the upcoming shows "We are really excited with the mix of old and new that will be happening here at the LAB this fall. Globus Theatre are delighted to welcome the Lusty Mannequins to perform on our stage for the first time. All of the performers are phenomenal comics in their own right and together they have recently been wowing audiences in Toronto and across Europe; we are delighted that Bobcaygeon gets to have a laugh too. And of course our ever popular Girls Nite Out that we first conceptualized at Globus 12 years ago! Since then it has toured to huge theatres across Ontario and the Maritimes and we love having these extremely talented ladies revisit us where it all began - a homecoming as it were!"

    Tickets can now be booked online or by calling the box office!



    Globus Theatre is a registered not-for-profit charitable organization mandated to provide professional theatre to our local Kawartha Lakes community and visitors - making top quality Canadian theatre accessible to all.                

  • 5 Jul 2019 12:28 PM | Anonymous


    July 4, 2019


    OTTAWA, ON – Local MP Jamie Schmale welcomes today’s announcement by the Government of Canada to contribute $71 million in funding to develop the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) mobile broadband project.

    “I have been talking about the need to fill the gaps in internet and cellular coverage since being first elected in 2015 as people and businesses in rural communities struggle with reduced access to vital connectivity,” said Schmale. “While today’s announcement is a positive step forward, it also is met with frustration, as the government has had the EORN project application on their desk for over two years with little-to-no movement.”

    “Despite what seemed like endless amounts of meetings to talk about this much needed investment, it appears that on the eve of an election, with sagging poll numbers and seats in Eastern Ontario in jeopardy, the government has finally decided to take action.”

    Today’s announcement will support a Dual-Phase Project, which is mandated to first build 317 new telecommunications towers and an additional 32 local Internet access points to improve overall mobile coverage for residents of Eastern Ontario. The second phase will identify the capacity gaps that result from heavy user-traffic, upgrade equipment to reduce network overloads, and improve service quality in rural communities.

    In addition to federal dollars, the Province of Ontario committed months ago $71 million and two years ago, the Eastern Ontario Wardens' Caucus earmarked $10 million towards the initiative, with private partners providing the rest of the funding.

    “Residents and businesses in Eastern Ontario would benefit from improved access to online services which allow people to connect with friends, family, business, and community organizations. Most importantly, this proposal will save lives by ensuring cellular access to emergency services in remote areas and improving public safety by connecting all first responders on a dedicated network,” said Schmale.


    For more information, please contact:

    Office of Jamie Schmale, MP, Haliburton–Kawartha Lakes–Brock
    (705) 324-2400 or (866) 688-9881

  • 4 Jul 2019 9:50 AM | Anonymous

    Norm Foster’s Comedy Hits the Stage at Globus Theatre

    Bobcaygeon, July, 2019- There’s nothing like a good fishing story…and this is a great one from audience favourite Norm Foster! The Great Kooshog Lake Hollis McCauley Fishing Derby brings in a professional cast of actors who have all made Globus Theatre audiences laugh before and runs from July 17th - July 27th at the Lakeview Arts Barn in Bobcaygeon. A fish-out-of-water comedy complete with romance, broken hearts and small town hospitality will resonate with both local residents and summer visitors!

    Ambitious investment banker James Bell is on his way to an important conference but instead finds himself stuck in the sleepy town of Kooshog Lake on the weekend of their annual fishing derby. The warm and welcoming locals invite him to join them in hooking the big prize …and a few of them see him as quite the catch!

    Anna Silvija-Broks has been performing in Globus Theatre productions since the company opened its doors! For Globus’ sweet 16th season, Anna stars in The Great Kooshog Lake Hollis McCauley Fishing Derby as Sienna, the general store owner who knows everyone in town. Artistic Producer of Globus Theatre, James Barrett, will play Kirk Douglas - no, not the film actor but the man responsible for starting the fishing derby in the first place. Tara Koehler, who our audiences will fondly remember from Sugar Road last year, comes back again to play Melanie Morningside. The role of James Bell, the city slicker we can all giggle at, will be performed by Canadian Comedy Award Winner, Connor Thompson. Artistic Director, Sarah Quick, has taken on directing the play and at the same time performs the hilarious Rhonda Borkowski, a small town girl with a huge personality!

    "I am very excited to bring together a dream team of Globus favourites to perform in this exceptionally funny play by Norm Foster. Norm's plays are always a huge hit with audiences and we anticipate a busy two weeks so audiences should get their tickets now!" - Sarah Quick, Artistic Director

    Tickets can now be booked online or by calling the box office!

    Theatre Only Tickets $35.50 (plus HST + $2.00 per ticket fee)
    Theatre & Dinner Tickets
    $72.00 (plus HST + $2.00 per ticket fee)


    Globus Theatre is a registered not-for-profit charitable organization mandated to provide professional theatre to our local Kawartha Lakes community and visitors - making top quality Canadian theatre accessible to all.

    Media Contact: Monique Renaud, General Manager

    PH: 705-738-2037

    2300 Pigeon Lake Road, Bobcaygeon, ON K0M 1A0

    Social Media: @

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