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  • 31 Jan 2020 10:33 AM | Anonymous


    January 30, 2020

    LINDSAY: Local MP Jamie Schmale is encouraging employers to apply for summer help through the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program. The CSJ application period is now open and applicants have until Thursday, February 24, 2020 to submit.

    CSJ provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees. CSJ program helps employers create quality summer job opportunities and provide valuable work experience for youth aged 15 to 30.

    “I encourage local small businesses, and organizations to apply for funding. This program can benefit both employers and youth looking to gain experience,” said Schmale. “Last summer, $949,494 was received in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock and dispersed to over 115 different employers for a total of 289 jobs.”

    For more information on the Canada Summer Jobs program, please visit 

    Canada Summer Jobs 2020 – Local Priorities for Haliburton–Kawartha Lakes–Brock

    Service Canada assesses applications on a constituency-by-constituency basis. Applications that support local priorities will receive additional points during Service Canada’s assessment.

    • Support for a local event: Cultural events (including arts and festivals)
    • Support for a specific type of project: Projects supporting not for profit organizations
    • Support for a specific type of project: Projects supporting small businesses
    • Support for projects in a specific economic sector: Tourism

    Other: Areas that do not have many summer jobs that experience seasonal summer populations. Please note the following key dates: 

    • applications are due by February 24, 2020
    • the earliest job start date is May 11, 2020
    • the latest job start date is Monday, July 20, 2020
    • the latest job end date is Friday, August 28, 2020
    • the latest date to submit a payment claim is 30 days following the completion of the Canada Summer Jobs-funded work placement 

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    For more information contact:

    Jamie Schmale, MP

    (705) 324-2400 or (866) 688-9881​

  • 28 Jan 2020 12:42 PM | Anonymous

    Kawartha Settlers’ Village continues growth as they plan to build NEW Visitor Centre in Spring 2020

    Kawartha Settlers’ Village is looking forward to the warmer weather as they plan to break ground on a new Visitor Centre. The new building will serve as a welcome centre, where visitors can receive a full orientation of the Village upon arrival. It will also house offices for staff and room for special exhibits, freeing up the historic Boyd Shanty. The Boyd Shanty will be revamped and reserved as a historical resource centre. A place where special books, documents and photographs can be properly stored and displayed, which until now, hasn't been possible in an ‘open to public’ setting. 

    The plans for the new Visitor Centre will produce a building that is complementary to the existing buildings, with modern amenities for staff and visitors. Local contractors and professionals will be utilized for all of the services on the building. Construction is to commence as soon as weather permits. Normal operations and events will proceed during the construction period. 

    A project committee has been designated and plans for fundraising endeavours are currently in the works. Thanks in large part to a bequest from the Elizabeth Weir estate, the funds to start this project have been established. An additional sum of $50,000 will be raised through fundraising endeavours and sponsorship.  We ask you to ‘stay tuned’ for opportunities to support this amazing addition to Kawartha Settlers’ Village. 

    Should you wish to support the new Visitor Centre, please visit to make an online donation. 

    As an important Community hub, Kawartha Settlers’ Village is proud to continue its growth, and offer events, programming and exhibits to the City of Kawartha Lakes.


    For Media Inquiries: Kawartha Settlers’ VIllage  | 705-738-6163

  • 27 Jan 2020 10:07 AM | Anonymous

    HSKL kicks off National Cupcake Day to help local animals!

    It’s the sweetest day of the year!

    Lindsay, ON (January 24, 2020) - National Cupcake Day™ is exactly one month away, which means it’s time to get out your mixing bowls, pre-heat your oven and get ready to sprinkle the love for animals in need! With National Cupcake Day coming up on February 24, the Humane Society of Kawartha Lakes is asking the public to do something sweet for vulnerable animals in their community by hosting a cupcake party.

    Last year HSKL raised just over $8,000 for animals in need. The concept is simple. Choose a date, bake cupcakes and collect donations at your workplace, home, school, club – anywhere you think people would enjoy eating cupcakes or hold a virtual party by registering online at

    The public is also invited to participate in Cupcake Day by baking and donating to HSKL’s in-shelter parties on February 23 and 24 or by dropping by to enjoy cupcakes, coffee and pet snuggles.“Cupcake Day is our biggest fundraiser of the year and everyone is encouraged to join us,” says Henny Venus, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Kawartha Lakes. “Getting involved by hosting a party, baking for us or making a monetary donation, you will be changing the lives of the animals that come into our care.”

    Presented by the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society, National Cupcake Day is a coordinated Canadian event to support local shelters, SPCAs, and humane societies. Proceeds from HSKL’s campaign, go directly to the animals in their care. The proceeds to not leave the City of Kawartha Lakes.

    For more information on HSKL and Cupcake Day, please call 705-878-4618 or email


    Katie Virag-Cavanagh, Community Relations Coordinator
    Humane Society of Kawartha Lakes

  • 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


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