Archive for the ‘Green Scene’ Category

Flying Lanterns Now Banned in CKL (Oct 2015)

October 24, 2015

Kawartha Lakes bans the use and sale of Flying Lanterns

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Council members have voted to prohibit the use and sale of Flying Lanterns across the municipality. The decision was made during Council’s regular meeting October 13.

“Flying Lanterns may look pretty but there is an extreme fire risk associated with them,” explained Kawartha Lakes Fire Chief Mark Pankhurst.

Since 2009 the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal and Emergency Management for the Province has issued two communiques outlining the fire safety hazards posed by Flying Lanterns.

“Kawartha Lakes covers more than 3,000 square kilometers and we have a lot of wooded and rural areas that could be adversely impacted if one of these Flying Lanterns landed in a hard-to-reach area,” said Chief Pankhurst. “This ban is following a trend by a number of municipalities to prohibit the sale and use of Flying Lanterns.”

Chief Pankhurst said Council’s decision to prohibit the sale and use of Flying Lanterns is the first step in making changes to the City’s Open Air By-law.

“We will now work to make the necessary changes to our by-law and the ban will be in place for January 2016,” he said.

Butterflies and Wild Bees for Former Landfill (Oct 2015)

October 11, 2015

Fenelon Landfill Pollinator Project great news for the environment

bee-on-flower A six hectare parcel of decommissioned land at the Fenelon landfill will be repurposed to become a positive source of habitat and food for wild bees and butterflies.

The Fenelon Landfill Pollination Project is the result of City staff along with the City of Kawartha Lakes Environmental Advisory Committee’s (CKLEAC) efforts to contribute to pollinator conservation as reports of declining wild pollinator populations have been surfacing in the news.

“In the fall of 2014, it came to our committee’s attention that a six hectare cell at the Fenelon landfill was to be decommissioned. This meant it would be covered with clay and topsoil and a vegetative cover would be planted to prevent erosion,” explained CKLEAC member Susan Blayney.

That realization resulted in the fundamental question of whether pollinator-friendly plants could be used as part of the vegetative cover.

“Everyone was inspired by the notion that a landfill could be repurposed to have a positive impact,” said Ms. Blayney. “The go-ahead was given to find an appropriate seed mix that is compatible with the City’s Waste Management Division’s operations at the Fenelon landfill site.”

Over the winter of 2014/15 a seed mix was sourced from Pickseed Canada Inc., and approved by Susan Chan, a pollination expert on faculty at Fleming College in Lindsay.

Seeding of the pollinator mix has been scheduled for the fall of 2015 during regular site maintenance.

For more information click here.

Driving Golf Balls into the Lake Hurts Eco System (Sept 2015)

September 28, 2015

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If you are out for a boat or canoe ride on Cameron Lake and happen to venture into shallow waters, you might be surprised at what you see littering the bottom of the lake.  GOLF BALLS!! Hundreds of golf balls. It is reported to be especially prominent on the west end of the south shore. You may have even seen the ‘Happy Gilmores’ driving the balls from grassy knolls of their water front cottages into our community lake.  This is so… NOT COOL PEOPLE!!!!!!

Not only do golf balls take between a century and millennium to break down, they release toxic zinc in the process. This heavy metal attaches “itself to the ground sediment and poisoned the surrounding flora and fauna” when in water. Other heavy metals used in golf ball production include tungsten, cobalt and lead.  To put it simply, it is over 100 years of toxic pollution every time you attempt to improve your swing.

There are non-toxic alternatives on the market but they are very costly. It is more likely that these folks are buying buckets of used balls for this purpose. There is an easy way to tell. The non-toxic eco balls float.

According to police, there is no law specifically written about hitting golf balls into the waters of Kawartha Lakes, but it is technically illegal because it is littering. You can be charged.

If the culprits won’t wise up, perhaps the cottage associations should consider following in the footsteps of MARPOL treaty, which banned the practice of hitting toxic golf balls into the sea.

Gardens Come Alive with Dry Stone Walls

September 14, 2015

September 2015 Mtg FlyerDry Stone walls are popular all over Europe and are making a resurgence in the gardening and landscaping scene. Their cleverness lies in their simplicity. With a mortar-built wall, even the smallest gap will allow water to penetrate. When this freezes, the mortar cracks, which ultimately leads to the demise of the wall. Dry-stone walls have no such weakness, and hence require very little maintenance.

The absence of mortar gives them impeccable eco-friendly credentials too: for every tonne of cement manufactured and used in a traditional wall, approximately a tonne of carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere. And they are great for wildlife, encouraging mosses, lichens, birds, toads, newts and slowworms to set up home.

The Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society is hosting an evening with John Shaw- Rimmington, a leading expert in the construction and design detail of dry stone walls. Join them on September 28th at the Fenelon Falls Seniors Club at 7pm. Everyone is welcome.

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Your Priorities, Your Solutions: Waste Management Strategy

August 30, 2015

wasteAfter a year and a half of extensive public consultation, the City of Kawartha Lakes is ready to launch the Making Waste Matter: Integrated Waste Management Strategy. This important document, which aims to greatly improve our diversion rate, will guide the delivery of waste management initiatives for our municipality for the next 30 years. At this juncture, the City requests comments from the community.

Through a process that involved workshops, surveys, and many other forms of citizen engagement, the City gathered input to produce a strategy designed to support future recycling and waste management needs. Under the headings of: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Innovate, Making Waste Matter includes both short- and long-term goals that will be phased into our current waste management program starting in 2016 and continuing until 2048. Of note, the strategy is designed to accommodate and adapt to future technologies and opportunities through a regularly-scheduled evaluation.

During the consultation period, community members identified “reduction” as a reoccurring value. As a result, a ‘waste less living’ philosophy will guide the Waste Management Strategy to its goal of diverting 70% of waste away from the landfill from the current 39%, while keeping costs minimal.

It is important that members of the community have the opportunity to have their say in what waste management will look like in the future. Therefore, the City of Kawartha Lakes is asking the community to review the Making Waste Matter: Integrated Waste Management Strategy and complete a survey. The survey will be posted until September 4 in the Waste and Recycling section of the City of Kawartha Lakes website. For more information, please call 705-324-9411, x2360.

To take the survey click here.

New Technology to Clean Up Local Waters (Aug 2015)

August 3, 2015

Launching-Tech-in-Water-e1436543466793-225x300 Collaboration between WRAIN, WCI Environmental Solutions, Kawartha Region Conservation Authority, Councillor Junkin and local residents has led to the installation of an innovative new technology near Hickory Beach on Sturgeon Lake, just outside of Fenelon Falls.

WCI Environmental Solutions has developed the technology, which residents hope will help control weeds and improve water quality on the bayou canal. “It is amazing to see what can be accomplished when industry, government, and the public work together as a team for the benefit of our community” commented Numair Uppal, WRAIN project manager. “Kawartha Lakes relies heavily on recreational water to attract visitors to the area. In addition to the environmental benefits of this project, there is also potential for large economic gains with cleaner, more usable water systems supporting the tourism sector while also enhancing quality of life for residents.” The goal of the project is to improve the overall quality of the water for recreational uses such as swimming and fishing.

A group of 42 property owners along the canal have agreed to participate in shoreline restoration by leaving two feet of uncut grass next to the canal as well as removing weeds from the surface of the water near their prGroup-Shot-without-Ashley-300x225operty.

The solar-powered system has been installed and creates a current that will increase oxygen levels in the water. This helps aerobic bacteria that already exist in the canal become more efficient, essentially using natural processes to enhance nature’s ability to clean up after its self. The by-product created by the technology can also be composted and used as a natural fertilizer. Water quality samples and visual inspections will be conducted throughout the summer to measure the impact of the technology.

For more information on this project contact Numair Uppal by e-mail or telephone 705-324-9411 extension 1270.

Environmental Round-Up Days for Unwanted Hazardous Household Waste, Electronics, and Bulky Plastics (May 2015)

July 2, 2015

4 Different Dates, 4 Different Locations!

Haz WasteIn support of the recycling efforts of our residents, the City of Kawartha Lakes Waste Management Division will once again be offering 4 Environment Round-Up Day events at which residents can drop off their hazardous household waste, electronics, and new this year, bulky plastics, all free-of-charge. Different locations are scheduled for four Saturdays throughout the summer (see below).

 In addition, at each Round-Up event, 22-gallon green (fibre/paper) plastic recycling bins will be made available for $5 (while supplies last). Cash only.

Environment Round-Up Days will be held from 9 am to 1 pm at the following locations:


Saturday, June 6th

Fleming College, 200 Albert St. S.


Saturday, June 20th 

Roads Depot, 2863 CKL Road #48

Fenelon Falls

Saturday, July 11th

Community Centre, 27 Veterans Way


Saturday, July 25th 

Roads Depot, 62 Duke Street

Accepted items include:

Household Hazardous Waste

  • Automotive products such as antifreeze, batteries, brake fluid, etc.
  • Household products such as aerosols, cleaning products, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, etc.
  • Batteries – single-use and rechargeable
  • Hobby supplies such as glue, photography chemicals, etc.
  • Mercury-containing items
  • Paints and solvents
  • Gardening and pest control products
  • Personal care products such as nail polish remover, hairspray etc.


  • Computers and peripherals (keyboards, drives and modems)
  • Printers, copiers, scanners, label makers
  • Pagers, fax machines
  • Computer monitors & televisions
  • Digital and non-digital cameras, PDAs, digital picture frames
  • Audio/ video players, video gaming devices, stereo systems, car stereos
  • Telephones, answering machines, cell phones, calculators
  • Small appliances (microwaves, toaster ovens, etc.)
  • Diskettes, CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes
  • Electronic cash registers
  • Power tools

Bulky Plastics

 (Remove all non-plastic parts (metal, batteries, etc.). Keep size under one square meter.)

  • lawn furniture
  • children’s toys
  • broken recycling boxes
  • toys (no batteries, wood, metal or wires)
  • large buckets (larger than 5-gallon in size, remove metal handle)
  • milk crates
  • landscape items (edging, trays, etc.)
  • laundry baskets
  • closet organizers
  • dish drainers
  • tote boxes and lids
  • drums (food grade only; no chemical containers)
  • pet carriers
  • flower pots and trays (clean, no soil or plant material)
  • large water bottles (5-gallon or larger)
  • garbage cans/waste baskets
  • shelving
  • trays
  • small automotive parts (bumpers, grills and hubcaps)
  • clothes hangers

For more information, please visit the Waste and Recycling page of the City website at

Hey Look!! You Can See The Falls. (June 2015)

June 22, 2015

Volunteers Give the Falls’ Gardens a Facelift.

The Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society teamed up with the Friends of Lock 34 to rejuvenate the gardens and lands around the falls.

Over a year ago, it was decided that the lands along the walkway and lookout at the falls needed to be reclaimed. The shrubs, brush and trees had become overgrown and the few remaining plants of the gardens, planted years before, had succumbed to the weeds. Viewing the falls had become difficult and visitors had to walk to the bottom of the lower point to even get a peek at our beautiful landmark.

The restoration began last fall with the planning and the clearing of the larger trees and shrubs. In the spring it continued with removal of overgrown brush and vegetation and digging up the earth and preparing for the new plants.

On Tuesday June 16th, the planting day had arrived. The team of gardeners and community volunteers gathered at the falls and set to work. All of the plants were purchased from Rockwood Forest Nurseries and funded by the Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society. The city lent a hand with the transport and placement of the larger trees and accents. The grounds began their metamorphous.

“The Horticultural Society decided that this would be a fitting project in partnership with Friends of Lock 34,” explains Kathy Armstrong, Society President. “Although, it was a challenging undertaking with the size of the lands requiring rejuvenation and the amount of overgrown vegetation, we knew it would be a great asset to our community when completed.

The entire right side of the winding path to the staircase has been converted to a beautiful garden with new shrubs, trees and driftwood accents. Rosebushes and indigenous trees that had grown or been planted many years before have been reclaimed along the left side of the path. The entire grounds have been transformed into a masterpiece.

What once was a walkway through brush, is now a picturesque garden path with dimension and charm inviting the visitor to the water’s edge. The falls and the gorge can now be viewed without obstruction and the park allows for a peaceful and relaxing space to escape the busier downtown corridor. The grounds now offer ideal photography opportunities desired by residents and tourists alike.

On behalf of Fenelon Falls, thank you to these hardworking and creative volunteers who went beyond the ideas and opinions. Thank you for actually rolling up your sleeves and working together to make our community a better place to live.  You are the individuals making a difference!

To learn more about the Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society click here.


Share the Chair to Win in Kawartha Lakes

June 8, 2015

Getting Out to Discover Nature in Kawartha Lakes

Parks Canada’s Red Chair program is coming to Kawartha Lakes and residents and visitors have an opportunity to ‘Share the Chair’ to win great prizes.

Parks Canada, in partnership with the City’s Economic Development department, is launching a social media contest beginning June 1 to help promote the Red Chair program.

The Red Chair Experience program is intended to provide opportunities to connect with nature, and to experience the most unique and treasured places within Canada. Visitors are encouraged to seek out the ‘Red Chairs’ along the Trent-Severn Waterway and to share their experiences through social media.

“The Parks Canada Red Chair program is an excellent opportunity to promote tourism in Kawartha Lakes,” said Tourism Development Officer, Ashley Webster. “We are thrilled that Kawartha Lakes has been selected as one of the most unique and treasured places within Canada chosen as home to the Red Chairs.”

Parks Canada has installed several red chairs along the Trent-Severn and is encouraging visitors to discover them by exploring some of the most scenic areas along the Waterway.

“To help celebrate the launch of The Red Chair program we will be running a social media contest starting June 1st 2015,” said Ms. Webster. “Participants need to follow @ExploreKL on Twitter and Explore Kawartha Lakes on Facebook for a chance to win.”

Be the first to find all of the Parks Canada Red Chairs in Kawartha Lakes and use the hashtag #SharetheChair, and you could win. Full contest details will be posted on the Explore Kawartha Lakes Facebook Page on June 1, 2015 at 8 a.m.

Hint…there are more than two and fewer than ten red chairs in Kawartha Lakes.

Good luck and have fun exploring the Kawartha Lakes and the Trent-Severn Waterway.

Farmers Market Begins This Friday (May 2015)

May 11, 2015

It is Farmer’s Market time again! The Fenelon Falls Farmers Market is set to open this Friday in its new location – the Canadian Tire parking lot.  Organizers hope that the central location will be more convenient for customers and vendors alike. Customers can enjoy treats like homemade butter tarts, fresh home baked bread, homemade preserves, local honey, fresh organic produce, stone oven pizza, and micro brewed coffee. Vendors offer fruits, vegetables, plants, organic and grass fed meat, a variety of homemade prepared foods, jewelry, crafts, vegan soaps & body care and many other goods. Farmer Markets build stronger communities. Supporting the Farmers Market is supporting our local farmers, the local economy and small business development. Farmers’ Markets also foster social bonds within a community by providing a place for families and friends to gather. Studies have shown that markets encourage a healthy community by offering fresh healthy food and natural product alternatives.

The Fenelon Farmers Market welcomes new vendors and is still taking applications for this season.  For more information please email or contact 705-887-3974

Drop In A Bucket – Recycling Leftover Paint (May 2015)

May 11, 2015

residential paint reuse program opens at Fenelon landfill

paint-left-overs-01A shed, a bedroom, a porch? Do you have a small project in need of paint? Starting May 2nd, City of Kawartha Lakes residents will be able to take leftover paint, dropped off at the Fenelon Landfill, home for free.

The “Drop in the Bucket” Paint Reuse Program is a summer pilot project of the City of Kawartha Lakes Waste Management division. The goal of the initiative is to measure the interest of residents in making use of good quality, leftover paint as a way of reducing unnecessary disposal.

For the duration of the “Drop in the Bucket” Paint Reuse Program pilot, which will run until October 15th, paints and stains will be available – in limited quantities – at the Fenelon Landfill Reuse Centre. To keep supplies stocked, residents are encouraged to bring their surplus, clearly labelled paint (in gallon and quart cans only) to the Hazardous Household Waste Depot.

“We often get small quantities of perfectly good paint and stain dropped off at our facilities as the resident bringing it in will no longer have a use for it,” said Tara Stephen, Landfill Supervisor. “Now, through our “Drop in the Bucket” Paint Reuse Program, it can be taken home by others, and used.”

For more information, please visit the Waste and Recycling webpage of the City of Kawartha Lakes website.

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For further information, please contact:

Jackie Donaldson

Public Education Officer – Waste Management

City of Kawartha Lakes

705 324-9811, x1158 

Earth Week Community Clean Up Projects (April 2015)

April 27, 2015

Clean up

In the City of Kawartha Lakes, April 19 – 25 is Earth Week! Fenelon Falls celebrated by participating in various organized community clean-ups.

The Kawartha ATV Association held their Annual Rail Trail Spring Clean-up on Saturday, April 25th. They had over 60 people divided into 4 crews that cleaned the garbage that accumulated over the winter months along the Victoria Rail Trail. Each crew tackled a section of the 55KM Rail trail that runs from Bethany through to Kinmount. The clean-up crew received a special allowance from the city to allow ATV’s and trailers involved in the project access to the trail before opening day on May 1st.

The Horticultural Society and the Fenelon Falls Pole Walkers had a community clean-up celebration at Garnet Graham Park and surrounding areas. They decided to gather together and pick up scattered litter in our local park and walkways.

Some residents just took it upon themselves to help to keep out town clean and beautiful. Videographer, Grandpa Chris, made a short video about some people in Fenelon Falls who commit to keeping it green.






High School Students Join Eco-Stewarts (April 2015)

April 12, 2015

seed bombA group of Fenelon Falls Secondary School students, teachers, parents and community volunteers from EcoStewards and Friends of Lock 34 joined forces to enhance the grounds around the falls. This was the first of two events to plant native wild flowers in the Lock Park on the east side of the Colbourne Street bridge in Fenelon Falls.

The group began with “Seed Bombing” the wild fringes around the edges of the park with seed pellets, which the students prepared in an earlier workshop, conducted in the school greenhouse.  The second phase of this project will be carried out later this spring, when the students will plant wildflower seedlings that they have grown in the school greenhouse.

Park staff cutbacks in recent years have resulted in the park, which is the focal point of downtown Fenelon Falls, suffering from lack of essential grounds keeping to the point where it was beginning to become overgrown with invasive and unwanted species.  Last summer, a group of concerned citizens formed “Friends of Lock 34” to assist Parks Canada in the clean up and re-beautification of the park.  Since then, much of the overgrowth has been cleared, and plans are underway by the Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society and EcoStewards to plant and maintain new gardens and wildflower meadows to enhance the park, which is the Jewel of the downtown area.

This project is a concept that was presented to Parks Canada, the Principal and teachers of FFSS and the Friends of Lock 34 by “EcoStewards”, founded by Judy Kennedy and Robbie Preston, who who proudly received The City of Kawartha Lakes Environmental Heroes award for 2012.

Packed House For Hort Society’s Permaculture Talk (March 2015)

March 30, 2015

Next Up “Photography in the Garden”

Permaculture Keesmat March 2015The 2015 season of the Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society kicked off in front of a packed house at the March 23rd meeting, held at the Salvation Army Citadel on Bond St. West.  Local permaculture expert Sylvia Keesmaat spoke to the reunited membership along with many new faces, about the importance of cultivating an ecosystem that takes every element into consideration – including people!  Sylvia did an amazing job inspiring the group of garden enthusiasts as they begin to plan their Spring plant. Many residents of Fenelon Falls know Sylvia from her involvement with the community gardens at St. James Church.

The April 27th meeting of the Horticultural Society will focus on a different aspect of garden creativity – Photography in the Garden.  Laura Mills will present her tips and tricks on how to capture the magic of your garden by improving your knowledge of composition, light and focus. The 3rd Annual FFHS Photo Contest, which takes place in November, 2015, might be an even fiercer competition this year due to Laura’s tutorial.

Get the most out of the season and become a member at the April meeting for only $15.  See our full line-up of meetings on our new website – check back often as the site is under development.  Keep an eye out for the FFHS 2015 bookmarks at local businesses and libraries around town.  All are welcome to check out a meeting or two before deciding to join.

April 2015 Mtg Flyer

For more information on this event click here.

Emerald Ash Borer in Area (March 2015)

March 15, 2015

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As municipalities and land owners across southwestern Ontario continue to deal with the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), Kawartha Lakes has implemented a series of practices to help mitigate the infestation locally.

“We have taken a number of steps to help mitigate the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer and are currently working on a series of best practices to be adopted by Council,” explained Craig Shanks, Director of Community Services for Kawartha Lakes.

Among the steps taken to help better prepare the City to deal with the Emerald Ash Borer are:

  • The ash trees in Lindsay parks have been inventoried.
  • Staff have participated in EAB awareness and training.
  • EAB monitoring traps were placed around the entire City in 2014 and monitored to track movement.
  • The arborists monitor ash trees throughout the City for presence of the pest and schedule removals has required.
  • The Community Services Department works closely with Fleming and as such has been able to participate in a street tree inventory program for Lindsay.
  • The City is currently working with Fleming to initiate the inclusion of grant applications as a portion of the curriculum as well as providing outdoor education opportunities for students to observe and get some field experience.
  • City staff has identified parks and green space that contains predominately ash species and are working toward plans for inter-planting and replacement planting in preparation for the loss of these ash species.
  • Any replacement planting undertaken by the City has not included ash species for quite some time.

The Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive species of insect that kills ash trees threatening provincial forests, woodlots and municipal wooded areas.

Since monitoring began the Emerald Ash Borer has been detected and confirmed in Memorial Park in Lindsay as well as in Oakwood as well as the original site in proximity to Balsam Lake.

Borer“The tree inventory work we have done with Fleming has indicated that our urban street tree canopy contains approximately 4 per cent ash species,” said Jenn Johnson, Manager of Parks, Recreation and Culture. “This information will better allow us to monitor those particular trees as well as look at the replacement of those as we move forward.

“We have witnessed the tremendous damage the Emerald Ash Borer has caused in other areas of the Province and we are continuing to monitor their movement locally and implement practices to help mitigate the spread of the insect throughout the City,” Ms. Johnson added.

Wendy Mortimer, Chair of the City’s Environmental Advisory Committee said the committee is pleased to see the City’s aggressive and proactive approach to addressing the EAB threat.

“We are reassured by the City’s response to the threat, and now the confirmed presence of the EAB, that the devastating loss of the City’s ash trees will be met with a vigorous program of tree-planting using other species,” she said.

Spring Into Planning Your Resilient Garden (Mar. 2015)

March 2, 2015

spring-sprung-cartoon-boy-598x512The Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society is excited to help turn today’s conversation from ‘enough of this winter!’ to warm and sunny thoughts of spring weather and gardening outside.  Join us on for our first meeting of the year on Monday, March 23, 2015 at the Salvation Army Citadel in Fenelon Falls.  We are very pleased to welcome feature speaker Sylvia Keesmaat to talk to us about permaculture, a way of harnessing the maximum energy in your garden using the resilience of nature.

Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system.

—Bill Mollison, the ‘father of permaculture

The world-wide movement of “permaculture” explores how gardening can become more resilient and regenerative both for the land and the wider community. Sylvia’s presentation will explore what permaculture is and outline some practices for regenerative gardening, no matter what the size of your garden.

Sylvia Keesmaat is a farmer, gardener and scholar from nearby Cameron, Ontario. Sylvia has been the Co-ordinator of the St James Community Garden in Fenelon Falls for the past two years, as well as the teacher and supervisor of approximately 16 interns in sustainable gardening on her farm over the past 8 years. She recently completed the requirements for her Permaculture Design Certificate. Sylvia and her husband are slowly applying permaculture practices to their garden, hayfields and pastures. When not farming or gardening, Sylvia teaches Biblical Studies at Trinity College at the University of Toronto.

The Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society kicks off it’s 2015 season with Sylvia’s talk about permaculture on Monday, March 23rd, at 7:00 pm.  Guests and newcomers are welcome to attend for free.  Annual membership is $15 per person, $26 per couple.  Meetings are every fourth Monday of the month from March to November.  Email for more information.


Hort March 2015 Mtg Flyer

Save money, reduce your Co2 footprint, and do less chores with a No Mow lawn!

March 2, 2015


lrc-better-types-3A ‘No Mow’ lawn is a one that requires very little cutting, maintenance, and water yet still looks like a traditional green grass lawn.

When I heard about no mow lawns I wondered – why are we spending our spare time and money cutting the lawns every week?  When I could be saving money; I will not have to purchase gas, fertilizer, or hydro and water to irrigate. I will not have to spend valuable spare time cutting the grass every week, not to mention the mower will need less maintenance. I will also be an environmental steward. Cutting less grass means putting less green house gasses into the atmosphere. Lakes and drinking water will benefit from little or no fertilizers, and most ‘No Mow’ mixes provide nutrition for pollinators.

That is why I purchased white clover to seed our lawn this year. With many other varieties available like ‘mini mow mix’ or ‘flowering lawn’, and  ‘eco lawn mix ‘ I chose the clover because it specifically says do not fertilize or apply pesticides ,is very reasonably priced,  and is drought resistant. We will seed the yard in sections starting with the hard to mow parts and can expect to cut back on mowing as early as next year. After a few years of seeding it will establish itself into a fancy eco friendly low growing green carpet. Clover is also a favourite forage crop for honey bees!

So let me just recap that- if you chose a ‘No Mow’ lawn you will be…

Saving money. Doing less chores. Saving the planet. Saving the water. Saving the bees and your yard will always be GREEN!

Sounds pretty smart to me!

Julia Taylor

Environmental Steward in CKL


CKL Food Hub Feasibility Study (Feb 17, 2015)

February 16, 2015

The City of Kawartha Lakes is pleased to announce the launch of a Food Hub Feasibility Study. The Kawartha Lakes Food Hub Feasibility Study is made possible by funding obtained from the Ontario government’s Local Food Fund.

The objective of the feasibility study is to assess the need, interest and capacity for a food hub within the City of Kawartha Lakes. A Food Hub is an enterprise that actively manages the aggregation, distribution, and marketing of source-identified produce & other food products, primarily from local and regional producers. The purpose of the hub is to support the local food economy and facilitate collaboration & coordination between agri-food industry stakeholders (growers, processors, buyers, distributors & retailers).

The City of Kawartha Lakes has engaged Werry CO to complete the feasibility study for the Kawartha Lakes Food Hub. Werry CO will consult with potential stakeholders in the first quarter of 2015 to enhance understanding of the current state of the Kawartha Lakes agri-food sector, to determine whether there are adequate local food volumes, stakeholder commitment and market demand to support development of a food hub, and the feasibility of such a facility. Consultation will be done through facilitated meetings and an on-line survey.

An asset mapping of inventory, supply and demand, potential stakeholders/collaborators, potential for growth, economic value, and potential for other market opportunities and value-added products will be completed as part of the assessment. This feasibility study will guide future decisions and if deemed to be a feasible project, the City of Kawartha Lakes will proceed to the business planning stage to further investigate the potential for such a facility.

The proposed Kawartha Lakes Food Hub is intended to help meet the demand within the community for local food, while providing a reliable market and consistency of revenue for farmers. By creating an aggregation and distribution point, it provides the infrastructure to collectively source larger quantities of locally grown foods from farmers. The hub could also help to build the agri-food industry by bringing people together to share skills and knowledge.  The feasibility study will be completed by summer of 2015.

Please take the Survey now in Survey Monkey by clicking the appropriate link:
Buyer Survey
Producer Survey

If you wish a hardcopy survey or to be involved in the consultation process, please contact Julian Douglas or phone: 705-324-9411 extension 1234.

Kawartha Conservation AGM (Feb 2015)

February 16, 2015

kawartha ConservationCommunity invited to Kawartha Conservation AGM on Feb. 25

Keynote presentation on provincial review of Oak Ridges Moraine and Greenbelt plans, plus Environmental Recognition Awards and 2014 conservation highlights

(Kawartha Lakes, February 3, 2015)  Protecting and enhancing the Oak Rides Moraine will be a major focus this year. At Kawartha Conservation’s Annual General Meeting on Feb. 25 in Lindsay, Caroline Schultz, the Executive Director of Ontario Nature and Chair of the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation, will provide a keynote presentation on key messages for the Province for the 2015 review of the Oak Ridges Moraine and Greenbelt plans. She will also introduce the 17% Green Space Solution.

The Oak Ridges Moraine is one of the most significant landforms in the province, encompassing a wide area that includes the south ends of the City of Kawartha Lakes, Township of Scugog, and Township of Cavan Monaghan, and the north end of the Municipality of Clarington. Often called the “rain barrel” of Southern Ontario, the moraine absorbs rainwater into the ground, then slowly releases the cool, clean groundwater into creeks and rivers.

Environmental Recognition Awards will be presented to individuals and groups within the Kawartha watershed who have made outstanding contributions in 2014 to a healthy environment. There will also be a presentation on conservation highlights in lake management planning, floodplain mapping, conservation area improvements, and other Kawartha Conservation projects in 2014.

Kawartha Conservation is welcoming six new board members for the 2015-2018 term, appointed to the board by local municipalities after the recent municipal election. At the first meeting of the year, held on January 28, the board members elected City of Kawartha Lakes Councillor Heather Stauble as Chair and Township of Brock Councillor Ted Smith as Vice-Chair. Members of the board also include Pat Dunn, City of Kawartha Lakes; Ron Hooper, Region of Durham (Municipality of Clarington); Don Kett, Region of Durham (Township of Scugog); Jordan Landry, Township of Cavan Monaghan; Gord Miller, City of Kawartha Lakes; Peter Raymond, Municipality of Trent Lakes; and Tom Rowett, Region of Durham (Township of Scugog).

The community is invited to attend the Annual General Meeting on February 25 from 4 to 6 pm at the Lindsay Golf and Country Club. Following the meeting will be refreshments and an opportunity to meet with the Board and guests.

For more information and to RSVP your attendance, visit or call 705.328.2271.

LED Street Lights in Fenelon Falls (FEB 2015)

January 31, 2015

Kawartha Lakes LED Street Lighting Upgrade Project


The City of Kawartha Lakes is undertaking an energy efficient LED street lighting project to 911 existing street lights throughout Kawartha Lakes including our community of the communities of Fenelon Falls.

The project is expected to begin in late January 2015 and will be completed in early spring of 2015.Honeywell Canada was the company selected to undertake this project.  We expect that there will be minimal disruption to the public during the installation period.  Work will be completed during regular business hours and lighting on the roadways will not be affected.  You may experience traffic control situations on some streets to ensure the safety of workers, pedestrians and motorist, however we expect delays in traffic flow to be minimal.

LED technology is seen as a more dependable and energy-efficient form of lighting compared to traditional streetlights. LED fixtures are estimated to reduce energy consumption by as much as 70 % in addition to providing significant savings in maintenance costs. LED lights could last as much as five times longer than standard streetlights with little maintenance required through their life cycle. This presents an opportunity for significant savings.

The new LED fixtures are expected to distribute a white light compared to the more yellowish light that comes from the existing High Pressure Sodium (HPS) fixtures. Residents should notice the difference with the LED streetlight fixtures as they are installed in the weeks that follow.

For more information on the City of Kawartha Lakes LED Streetlighting Pilot Project, or to provide your feedback, please click here.

2015 Recycling and Waste Collection Calendars Available at a Location Near You (Jan 2015)

January 19, 2015
Recycling & Waste Collection Calendars are available for pick-up at Municipal Service Centre offices, local Libraries, City Hall, Landfill Sites and select retail locations.  These calendars are not being mailed out this year so please pick one up at your convenience.  Available in Fenelon Falls at the Library at 19 Market Street and at JNB Variety at 65 Colborne Street.

New Kawartha Conservation Website (Jan 2015)

January 19, 2015

features local environmental information

Kawartha Conservation New Website Jan 2015

(Kawartha Lakes, January 13, 2015)  Anyone seeking local environmental information will have an easier time finding it, as well as discover some new things about our local area, on Kawartha Conservation’s new website at

Landowners seeking ways to enhance their properties and help protect the environment will find new web pages just for them. Information, tips, programs, and services are presented on sections designed specifically for property owners on the shore, on the farm, in town, and in the country.

Do you need a permit? New mapping has been included to help property owners assess if they need a permit for development activity in or near floodplains, wetlands, steep slopes, or other natural hazard areas. The permits web page walks you through each of the steps to determine if you need a permit and how to get one.

The new watershed section highlights spectacular natural features in our area, along with flood forecasting and warning messages, lake and environmental management plans, and information and grades about each of the lake and river drainage basins throughout our area.

“Getting environmental information out to the community is an important part of our function as a conservation authority, and the website is one of the main ways that we do this,” says Rob Messervey, Kawartha Conservation CAO. “The easier we can make it for people to get information and discover new things, the better we can serve our community.”

The website has been designed to work on different screen sizes, such as tablets, smart phones, and desktop computers. It has improved navigation and search features to help visitors get the information they are seeking, along with a home page that highlights the latest news, information, and programs.

Among the new features are conservation area trail maps that visitors can use with their mobile phones. The maps are integrated with GPS, allowing users to see exactly where they are on the trail and click icons to view interpretive information, and discover features such as Howlers Corners Off-Leash Dog Park.

“By incorporating the latest technology into our new website, visitors can easily navigate the trails in each of our five conservation areas with their phones, and not worry about getting lost,” says Messervey. “Our intent is to help give people the best experience possible, and discover something new and wonderful about the Kawarthas.”

To visit the new site click here –

Exploring The Benefits of Growing Plants Indoors (Jan. 2015)

January 5, 2015

Shannon Peters Bain

The Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society might be taking a break from monthly meetings but the opportunities to garden certainly don’t have to stop during the winter months. Gardening indoors has long been touted for its air cleansing ability, the relaxing qualities of nurturing a plant and for the positive effects of living with greenery in your environment.  Seeing an orchid’s bloom opening slowly inside during a blistery and snowy month seems miraculous.  You can also produce food by turning a window sill into a greenhouse.  Fresh herbs and salad greens, spouts and tomatoes, can all grow indoors if the conditions are right.


Plants need light to produce energy through the chlorophyll molecule, a process called photosynthesis.  Having adequate light to grow is mandatory for a plant to produce flowers or fruit.  Without enough light a plant will grow tall and spindly.  Winter light in the Kawarthas is usually not enough to grow a plant indoor strictly on its own but certain plants will thrive.  A grow light might be the perfect option for you if you need a few extra rays.Herbs-indoors-380


Pay attention to the needs of your plants.  Plants that are too cold might develop yellow leaves that don’t hang around for very long while a plant that is too hot will tend to be on the tiny and weak side.


A challenge in the dry winter months is the lack of humidity in the air.  If your plants are turning brown at the tip of their leaves, look withered or loose their leaves due to humidity issues, you can try these tips from

To increase humidity:

  • Mist plants daily, or more often as needed. (Do not do this with hairy-leaved plants since the water hangs around longer and could cause disease.)
  • Place a tray of water near your garden (don’t put plants in the tray, this can lead to other problems). Fill the tray with lava rocks to increase surface area for evaporation.
  • Place plants close together to create a microenvironment with a higher relative humidity.
  • Run a humidifier (this might benefit your skin as well!).
  • Purchase an environmental controller, which can humidify or dehumidify depending on your needs.

The internet is full of ideas and so is your local library branch, or contact the Horticultural Society with your questions.  Get growing indoors to improve your air, your well being and to increase your fresh winter produce.  Have fun while getting in touch with the soil while the earth outside is frozen.a34383


Oh Christmas Tree, where do we recycle thee?? (Dec. 204)

December 21, 2014
recycle-Christmas-trees1 2Residents are reminded that they can bring Christmas trees to any City landfill site to be composted. Please remove all ornaments, tinsel and other decorations from your tree to be accepted at no cost. Christmas trees will not be collected with your waste and recycling set out at the curb.

Curbside Collection Holiday Schedule:
No curbside collection for Wednesday December 25. See revised schedules below.

Regular Collection Day

Revised Collection Day

Monday December 22

No Change

Tuesday December 23

No Change

Wednesday December 24

No Change

Thursday December 25

Friday December 26


Also, there will be no curbside collection for Wednesday January 1. See revised schedule below.

Regular Collection Day

Revised Collection Day

Monday December 29

No Change

Tuesday December 30

No Change

Wednesday January 31

No Change

Thursday January 1

Friday January 2


Landfill Holiday Hours:

  • All landfills will be closed on December 25, 26 and January 1
  • December 24 and 31
    • Fenelon Landfill, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    • Eldon Landfill, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    • Lindsay Ops, Somerville and Laxton Landfill, Closed

New operating hours at all landfill sites will resume January 2, 2015.  New hours are posted on the City’s website.

For curbside collection issues and inquiries contact Miller Waste Systems Inc. at 1-888-557-4711 or

All other waste related inquiries contact the City at 705-324-9411 or visit the City’s website at

DIY Home Fragrance Makes Scents (Dec. 2014)

December 8, 2014

recipes to free your home of manufactured scents – tips from the Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society

by Shannon Bain

One of Winter’s best quality Coziness, with a capital “C”. When snuggled up indoors with a cup o’ hot’stuff and maybe a fire roaring nearby, we feel wrapped up in the warmth of the season. But hey, what’s that smell?

During the summer we are often reminded to pay attention to the chemicals we add to our garden for the impacts of those industrial aids may negatively influence our environment, our water-table, our bees.  In the winter we should be equally aware of what we put into the air of our indoor environment, for the sake of our health.  What we smell, we invite into our bodies.  Naturally occurring scents are wonderful fun and a pleasure to add to your holiday rituals.  Try these neat ideas and see what makes ‘scents’ in your home.


Simmer Scents

The easiest and quickest way to perk up your at-home flavour profile, is to simmer scents on your stovetop or in a slow cooker.  As an added bonus this DIY acts as a humidifier to combat the dry winter air. Try these combinations, or come up with your own!

– pine needles (fresh and green)

– cinnamon and/or cloves and oranges

– vanilla, rosemary and lemon (fresh scent)

For more click here and get tips on how to make a ‘single serving’ in a mason jar and freeze for later.



Herb + Spice Fire Starter

Now this is a neat idea – a smart way to add style to your fire!  The supply list might very well be in your possession already.  (Kid Tip: use this craft as an opportunity to teach the skill of sewing.)

Supplies needed –

  • Coffee filters
  • Embroidery thread and needle
  • Dried orange and apple peels
  • Cloves
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • Lavender

To read more on this project click here.


DIY Scented Candles


This craft involves wax, which is a fun medium to play with. Use old unscented candles by chopping them up so they can be melted in a double broiler.  Mix and match colour for infinite design possibilities.  Search around the house or at a thrift shop for a cool glass or porcelain container.  Pour the melted wax into your mould along with rosemary sprigs, coffee beans, vanilla extract or any scent producing item that is natural and up for the task.  Wicks should be held in place with a pencil or chop stick while drying.

For more on this idea click here.

Any of these projects can be dolled up and presented as an adorable gift.  Remember to visit The Crafty Ewe in town on May St. for all your holiday crafting needs!

O Christmas Tree! Real vs Fake Debate (Nov 2014)

November 22, 2014


Is your tree up yet?

The question about the greenest Christmas tree has been one of considerable debate among environmentally conscious merrymakers for the past decade.

A sure sign that the holidays are coming is the appearance of beautifully lit trees in home windows.  Many families have holiday traditions that begin and end with the good ole Christmas Tree.  Each year it starts with the box of ornaments being rescued from the backs of closets and basements, lights untangled and tested, and with each hung star or bit of tinsel, the memories of past years rekindle the anticipation of all the good that comes to us during the season.

This year you may be among the many who rehash the decades-old debate – which is better for us, a real tree or an artificial one?  To help make this decision, consider the following:real-or-fake-christmas-tree

– The Environment:  No surprise here – real trees are better for the environment.  A real tree can be recycled and during it’s growth real trees help remove carbon dioxide from the air.  If you have the space, why not start a Christmas Tree garden? Trees will take approximately 6-7 years before they are ready to be cut down.

According to Ellipsos, the artificial tree has three times more impacts on climate change and resource depletion than the natural tree. That’s assuming your artificial tree lasts six years. If your tree will last more than 20 years and if you’d have to drive a long way to buy a real tree, the opposite becomes true.; Ellipsos is sustainable development consulting firm based in Quebec.

The Cost:  In 2014 it’s become fairly easy to find a tree to suit any budget.  Taking average costs it’s almost a wash when you factor in the extras and lifespan of a fake tree (5-7 years and most come with a stand and lights) and the extra purchases needed for a real tree set up (skirt, stand, lights), plus the cost of getting a new tree every year.

– The Hassle: Neither option is hassle-free, but which do you prefer?  Opening a box and storing a tree through-out the year or dealing with needles, watering and transportation to and from the living room?

Safety: Be very cautious with real trees, especially when the needles start to dry out.

A fairly radical option is to forego the Christmas Tree all together.  Instead, harvest or purchase some cedar boughs and decorate a mantle, windows, a table, or the banister.  Use lights, candles, decorations and stockings.  You’ll still have the tradition of gathering together to decorate, but save some time and money.

No matter what you decide, have fun!  Enjoy the traditions you are continuing or ones you are starting.  Happy decorating!


Trent and Ganaraska Source Protection Plans Approved (Nov 2014)

November 10, 2014

drinking water 2014 copy Media Release – October 31, 2014

The Source Protection Plans for the Trent Conservation Coalition Source Protection Region have been approved by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. These plans, effective on January 1, 2015, set out policies that will protect the water sources that supply 53 municipal drinking water systems within a planning region stretching from Algonquin Park to Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte. The plans are a requirement of Ontario’s Clean Water Act, which was passed as a response to the Province’s inquiry into the Walkerton drinking water tragedy.

In the Kawartha-Haliburton Source Protection Area there are 22 municipal drinking water systems that serve more than 38,000 people. These systems are located in the following municipalities:

  • City of Kawartha Lakes
  • United Townships of Dysart et al
  • Township of Minden Hills
  • Municipality of Highlands East
  • Township of Scugog
  • Municipality of Trent Lakes
  • Township of Algonquin Highlands
  • Township of Brock
  • Township of Cavan Monaghan
  • Township of North Kawartha

For details about each municipal drinking water system, see

The Source Protection Plans were developed over several years and are based on technical studies, collaborative policy development, and extensive public consultation. The process was guided by a Source Protection Committee made up representatives from municipalities, business, industry, First Nations, landowners, and other stakeholders.tap-water

“We are proud of the work of our team of twenty-eight members of the Source Protection Committee and our regional Source Protection Staff in achieving this goal,” said Jim Hunt, Chair of the Source Protection Committee. “Our work with our municipal partners and the province has enabled us to produce these comprehensive living documents which will serve to reduce risk to municipal drinking water systems through the introduction of policies designed to protect sources of municipal water supply. The process is collaborative and science-based and will provide ongoing protection for municipal source water by emphasizing minimizing the risk to water supplies from land use activities. We look forward to continuing with our partners into the future in our efforts to protect existing and future sources of Drinking Water.”

Policies in the Source Protection Plans include a variety of approaches to manage and prevent risks to municipal drinking water. These approaches include education and outreach, the development of risk management plans, prohibitions of future instances of certain high-risk activities, land use planning, and monitoring. These policies will help to keep contaminants out of rivers, lakes, and groundwater aquifers that are sources of municipal drinking water.

The source protection planning process is directed and funded by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change in conjunction with municipalities. Local Conservation Authorities provide additional technical, communications and administrative support for the source protection planning process. For more information please visit our website:


Mark Majchrowski, Director, Watershed Management

Kawartha Conservation

705.328.2271 x 215


Andrew Doiron, Program Coordinator

Drinking Water Source Protection

Trent Conservation Coalition Source Protection Region

613.394.3915 x 246

613.827.5588 (cell)

All About Pumpkins

October 26, 2014

how much do you know about the pumpkin?


A pumpkin is really a squash. It is a member of the Cucurbita family which includes all variety of squash and cucumbers.

Pumpkins grow in many places all over the world.  In fact they grow on six of the seven continents! Although that means it’s next to impossible to find a pumpkin in Antarctica, you can find them growing in Alaska.

Originating in Central America, seeds from related plants to the pumpkin have been found in Mexico, dating back over 7000 years to 5500 B.C.

Native American Indians and the First Nations used pumpkin as a staple in their diets long before the pilgrims from Europe landed on this continent. When European settlers arrived, they saw the pumpkins grown by the indigenous people and adopted this staple into their diets too.  This discovery was soon shared back home as seeds were sent back to Europe where the large orange squash became quite popular.

Just like today, early settlers used pumpkins in a wide variety of recipes, from desserts to stews and soups. In addition to cooking with pumpkins, they also dried the shells and cut strips to weave into mats.

Early settlers made pumpkin pie by filling a hollowed out shell with milk, honey and spices, then baking it.Whether they learned this from Native Americans is not known.

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Enjoy the fruits of your labour if you’ve spent all summer growing a pumpkin patch or enjoy carving the pumpkin you picked up at a local farm or veg stand or in town at Sobey’s.  For some awesome carving ideas check out this page on pinterest but be warned, some of the ideas are down right frightening!

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Waste Reduction Week (Oct.2014)

October 13, 2014

contests and prizes for waste wise families

The City will be celebrating Waste Reduction Week, October 20 to 24 with a number of opportunities to increase recycling and reduce waste in the community.

Scheduled Events:

Waste Reduction Community Challenge Begins!

The City is challenging you to reduce the amount of waste you produce. Each month will feature a specific challenge and we want to know how your family tackles this challenge. Your stories will not only be entered to win a variety of great prizes – they will also inspire your neighbours and community to be Waste Wise!

October will be the first challenge, and we want to see how you can make your Halloween Waste Wise this year. Visit the City’s new Kawartha Lakes Waste Management Facebook page and share your story to be entered into the contest for a chance to win!

Orange Box Giveaway – October 20 to 24

14 gallon orange boxes are available to safely store and transport your residential household hazardous waste.  They will be available at no cost at both of the City’s hazardous waste depots. Limit one per household, while supplies last.  Household Hazardous Waste Depots:

·         Lindsay/OPS Landfill – 51 Wilson Road

·         Fenelon Landfill – 341 Mark Road

Recycle Box Lid Giveaway – October 20 to 24

Recycle box lids can be used to contain your recycling items from blowing away at the curb. Available at no cost, at all City Service Centres. Limit one per household, while supplies last.

Recycle Rangers Program – Teachers and Parents!

Are you looking for a waste and recycling education opportunity? Check out the Recycle     Rangers Program at  Book in school presentations, waste audits, view education videos and more.


Woodland Animal Sanctuary Needs You

September 29, 2014

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Woodlands Wildlife Sanctuary is a full time “Labour of Love” charity, where orphaned and injured wildlife are rehabilitated and released back into their natural environment.  

Over the years, WWS has helped thousands of animals get back on their feet by giving them a second chance at life.  It’s success in saving orphaned and injured wildlife is based on knowledge and experience, proper diets, professional medical attention, and safe and secure enclosures.  

The sanctuary has grown in leaps and bounds, as word of it’s commitment to help wild animals has spread across the province.  It is now bursting at the seams and in great need of a new nursery; a safe and warm place for the many critically injured and orphaned babies that arrive throughout the year.  

With no financial support from the government or any of it’s agencies, the sanctuary relies strictly on donations from caring individuals, environmentally conscious corporations, and it’s own fundraising efforts.  WWS is 100% volunteer-based, so every donated dollar is carefully allocated where it can benefit wildlife the most.  Unfortunately that means little is left for certain projects such as this much needed nursery.
The Woodland Animal Sanctuary is located in Minden, Ontario but it helps animals from across Kawartha Lakes. Voting for them in the Aviva Community Fund can help them access funds for improvements to their facility. 

It only takes a minute to vote online an is as simple as CLICKING HERE.