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    The Most Important Person in this Ontario Election If you’ve watched television lately or listened to the radio you have likely been inundated with political ads; some by the parties that are contesting it and a lot more by interest groups that have a vested interest in the outcome. The rhetoric, particularly the negative attacks on one particular party leader are the worst we’ve ever witnessed in Ontario and sadly the effect of all of it appears to be leading a majority of Ontario voters to simply disengage and ignore it all. To say that the outcome of this election matters for the future of our province is a gross understatement; like many I feel that Ontario stands on a precipice overlooking economic disaster and I desperately want to see us avoid taking that next step. Having said this, I understand that there are those who argue that spiraling public debt, spiking electricity rates and a shrinking private sector economy aren’t the problem that I and others suggest that they are; some even suggest we’re presently on a magical path to balance even as Ontario’s budget deficit has increased in each of the past three years. Undoubtedly, you have your own opinion and it counts just as much as mine or anyone else’s does right now. Regardless of the situation, the attack ads, the non-stop polling and stories about polling, the coverage of the leaders and the many articles that have been written, this election is not about the parties or the leaders. No, this election like everyone before it is about you. It’s about garnering your support and earning your vote. That’s what every candidate and every campaign volunteer in every party in every riding across Ontario is seeking; your vote is the very lifeblood of our democracy and it matters. On Thursday June 12 you are the most important person in Ontario but will you use your democratic clout to have an impact? The right to vote is precious and every vote matters, every single one. I understand why so many voters are cynical but the best way to never be taken for granted and to be truly respected by governments and political parties is to cast a ballot in this election and every election. If you decide not to vote, politically you do not matter. Are you really alright with that? You are the most important person in this election, you are. If you’re satisfied with the direction of our province, your energy bill and your taxes then vote for the government, if you’re not then vote for change but for heaven’s sake vote. Don’t miss your chance to lead, to be an example to others and to contribute toward our collective future. Vote! Dean Del Mastro M.P. - Peterborough
    Jun 11, 2014 8:48 am | Ontario, Peterborough
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    In the last federal election in Peterborough 59348 people cast ballots as compared to only 48658 that voted in the provincial election in the same year. Why did 10690 federal voters decide not to vote later the same year? The turnout in percentages dropped from roughly 65% federally to 53% provincially; while both need to be higher its clear that we can and must encourage a better voter turn-out in this provincial campaign. If there is one thing we can all agree on its that voting matters. Let's all do all that we can to see that Peterborough has a voter turn-out we can be proud of, in fact lets try and do better than anyone else in the province!
    Jun 09, 2014 6:20 pm | Ontario, Peterborough
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    The gas plant decision was not a "mistake" it was a purely political decision made by individuals that knew it was wrong but didn't care. Some suggest that the other parties would have done the same, its simply not true. The PC's never supported the approach that the Liberal's took on their green energy plan, including jamming wind turbines into PC ridings against the will of the residents, the NDP on the other hand was entirely opposed to the private contracting of all gas plants. To say this equates to all parties agreeing on Mississauga and Oakville is playing fast and loose with the truth. http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/straighttalk/archives/2014/06/20140608-074131.html
    Jun 08, 2014 8:34 am | Ontario, Peterborough
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    Tim Hudak and the Ontario PC's have won the endorsement of both the Globe and Mail as well as the Sun. The Sun opinion piece on it is an important read for anyone that may be undecided. http://www.torontosun.com/2014/06/08/we-endorse-tim-hudak-for-ontario
    Jun 08, 2014 6:26 am | Ontario, Peterborough
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    The newly elected Liberal government in Quebec has just announced $2.7 billion in public sector spending cuts, thats $700 million more than Tim Hudak has proposed and a reflection of the fact that responsible governments understand that they must stop spending money that they do not have. Ontario is not, I repeat is not on a path to balancing its books in 2017-2018 on its current course, spending reductions are coming; the longer we put it off the more damage we will all encounter (public and private sector) in the future.
    Jun 05, 2014 8:57 am | Ontario, Peterborough
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    The shootings in Moncton of RCMP officers is an outrageous act and an incredible tragedy for the families of the fallen. Absolutely shocking.
    Jun 05, 2014 4:23 am | Ontario, Peterborough
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    Excited to be at County of Peterborough Council this morning to announce plans for the 2014 Peterborough Exhibition Tractor Parade and Farmers Games. Many thanks to Warden J. Murray Jones and County of Peterborough Council for their hospitality. http://deandelmastro.ca/2014/06/04/mp-dean-del-mastro-announces-events-support-peterborough-exhibition/
    Jun 04, 2014 1:16 pm | Ontario, Peterborough
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    Great to see Peterborough mentioned several times in tonight's Ontario debate! I will be providing an important update on commuter rail tomorrow at County Council which will go a long way in building up our great community and the entire eastern Greater Golden Horseshoe region. A lot of work has been done and the results are conclusive and exciting!
    Jun 03, 2014 6:09 pm | Ontario, Peterborough
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    Jun 03, 2014 9:53 am | Ontario, Peterborough
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    During Question Period on June 2, 2014, MP Dean Del Mastro congratulated Seneca Flight School on their official opening and their new partnership with the Peterborough Airport. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUD-qLwafhw&feature=youtu.be
    Jun 03, 2014 6:54 am | Ontario, Peterborough
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    I have many friends who are either serving OPP officers or who have retired from the force, I believe that Ontario is well served by their dedication and commitment to community policing. That said, the Ontario Provincial Police Association's decision to play partisan politics is an extremely disturbing development and should serve as a wake up call for all Ontarians, just not in the way that they intended. I give them full credit for being truthful about why they are undermining the political independence of the force, its about money. The same organization that is investigating criminality in the premiers office cannot take sides in an election; I know that today thousands of rank and file officers in the OPP feel the same way. http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2014/06/02/john-ivison-if-opp-unions-attack-on-hudak-is-not-illegal-it-is-at-least-unprofessional/
    Jun 03, 2014 5:22 am | Ontario, Peterborough
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    I'll be introducing my bill to amend Canada's surrogacy laws today after Question Period in the House of Commons. Thank you to everyone from across the country that has contacted me over the past few days, I appreciate the support! http://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/2014/05/31/the-dollars-and-cents-of-surrogate-moms
    Jun 02, 2014 10:13 am | Ontario, Peterborough

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    How my heart has changed; Why I'm proposing to change Canada's laws governing surrogacy. A few years ago, friends of mine indicated to me that they had arranged for the services of a surrogate mother in the United States to make their dream of having children a reality. Up to that point, I had never really considered the matter and if asked would have likely not supported a system in Canada that allows for the payment of surrogacy services. As a person raised in a home with strong Christian values, the notion challenged some of my core beliefs; but on reflection I came to the realization that Christianity itself is based on the celebration of the immaculate conception of a child born to a blessed surrogate mother. I determined that once you accept this truth, the concept of surrogacy is no longer taboo for either social conservatives or progressives it simply becomes an avenue in support of families that want desperately to welcome children into their lives. In watching the many challenges that had to be overcome first hand, I was constantly confounded why my friends had to go through so much and encounter so much expense to have children of their own. I began to confront the simple truth that 10% of women cannot conceive a child and that our system of adoption was utterly failing these families. When I began to research the issue I found that some countries and jurisdictions had very good laws and regulations governing surrogacy while others had plenty of room for improvement; what stood out most however was the utter hypocrisy in Canada's position as dictated by the Assisted Human Reproduction Act. To be clear surrogacy in Canada is not illegal today only the payment of surrogate mothers and related legal and arrangement services are. The hypocrisy however extends from the fact that we are perfectly fine with these very practices outside of Canada which are providing for the birth of Canadian children abroad. How can we both have laws that prevent commercial surrogacy agreements in Canada while at the same time recognizing their validity simply because the arrangements are being undertaken in jurisdictions like California? I know that while many Canadians will support this initiative, others will raise legitimate concerns around exploitation that must be protected against by the provinces and the legal community that will ultimately oversee surrogacy agreements in Canada. If we look to places like California, it is easy to see that a strong system of oversight and contract law can be established in support of surrogacy which will address many of the concerns of those that will oppose my efforts. Lastly, having progressed from a position of ignorance related to surrogacy to one of greater enlightenment I believe that what I am proposing is simply the right thing to do. Today I know having witnessed first-hand a loving family with children of their own that would otherwise not exist that my efforts are simply pro-family; my heart has been changed and its time that Canadian law changes as well. On Monday June 2nd I will be introducing An Act to amend the Assisted Human Reproduction Act to end Canada's hypocrisy surrounding surrogacy. It is my fervent hope that my efforts in this regard will support the desires, dreams and hopes of thousands of families in Canada to one day experience the blessing of having children of their own. Dean Del Mastro MP - Peterborough
    May 30, 2014 8:02 pm | Ontario, Peterborough
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    May 30, 2014 11:58 am | Ontario, Peterborough
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    May 30, 2014 3:30 am | Ontario, Peterborough
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    On monday I will be tabling a bill titled an Act to Amend the Assisted Human Reproduction Act (Surrogacy). The bill will seek to delete section 6(1), 6(2) and 6(3) which will legalize the practice of paying surrogate mothers as well as the firms that arrange, oversee and legally document surrogate agreements. According to Canada's constitution it will be up to each province to put in place the appropriate guidelines, rules and oversight to insure that exploitation does don't occur. California has established very strong laws in this regard, their experience and support system related to surrogacy can be used as a guideline for every Canadian province should they choose to do so. http://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/2014/05/30/mp-seeks-changes-to-rules-for-surrogate-mothers
    May 30, 2014 3:23 am | Ontario, Peterborough
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    Kathleen Wynne wants Tim Hudak to address his Jobs plan #'s...Really? Here's Kathleen's Ontario Liberal #'s. Manufacturing -350,000, horse racing -60,000, the worst provincial growth rate in the country since 2005, doubling the provincial debt to $280,000,000,000 and of course increasing every form of taxes and fees imaginable. Now that's bad numbers no matter how she spins it.
    May 29, 2014 11:25 am | Ontario, Peterborough
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    Great opinion piece in today's Sun, this is also the best path forward for Ontario. http://m.torontosun.com/2014/05/28/tax-cuts-benefit-all
    May 28, 2014 7:25 pm | Ontario, Peterborough
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    Yesterday in the House of Commons MP Dean Del Mastro acknowledged the recipients of the County of Peterborough Awards for all of the wonderful work they do in our community. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qE0ha133i0E&feature=youtu.be
    May 28, 2014 7:16 am | Ontario, Peterborough
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    Ontario's proposed aviation fuel tax surcharge is exactly the wrong way to go for jobs and government revenues. Check out my latest article "Leaving on a Jet Plane" to find out why. http://www.bourque.com/delmastro.html
    May 27, 2014 9:32 pm | Ontario, Peterborough
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    Ontarians are already flocking to places like Syracuse, Buffalo and Detroit to take advantage of cheaper flights, the proposed 150% increase in the fuel surcharge proposed by the Ontario Liberals will make this problem much worse. Check out what the Tourism Industry Association of Canada had to say about the new tax. http://tiac.travel/cgi/page.cgi/_zine.html/TopStories/Ontario_Budget_Has_Tourism_Industry_Screaming_Mayday_Mayday__ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ontario Budget Has Tourism Industry Screaming "Mayday Mayday" OTTAWA, May 1, 2014 - David Goldstein, President and CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) released the following statement in response to Government of Ontario's 2014-2015 Budget tabling: "Canada's travel and tourism industry couldn't be more disappointed and urge the Ontario Government to reconsider its short-sighted decision to increase the aviation fuel surcharge by 150%. While the rationale may be to increase the tax burden on to visitors to Canada, the reality is that it is Canadian travel and tourism businesses who will pay the price for this $100 million tax hike. Destinations across Canada have taken significant measures to reduce aviation taxes. Since 2008, both Alberta and British Columbia have eliminated their provincial aviation fuel surcharges. Today's announcement not only undermines Ontario's competitiveness, its impacts will be felt by travel and tourism businesses across Canada. Over half of all international Canadian flights arrive and depart through an Ontario hub airport. In 2002, Canada ranked seventh in the world in terms of welcoming international visitors. By 2012, Canada had dropped to sixteenth losing nearly 20% of international business to other countries. While there are a number of factors contributing to this loss; the additional costs imposed on air travel, to and within Canada, have contributed significantly. According to the Major Economies Forum, Canada's competitive ranking is 136th out of 140 countries in terms of taxes, fees and levies on travel. The big winners in today's Budget are New York and Michigan whose airports in Syracuse, Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Detroit have been given a larger incentive for Canadians to seek out cheaper airfares. Last year over 5 million Canadians crossed the border to access cheaper flights, taking with them jobs and revenues that would have been realized through return flights to Canadian airports." - 30 - _
    May 24, 2014 7:03 pm | Ontario, Peterborough
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    May 24, 2014 6:19 am | Ontario, Peterborough
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnkVtocAGAk
    May 23, 2014 3:12 pm | Ontario, Peterborough
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    Gender selective abortion is the worst form of discrimination against women, its abhorrent and it should be strongly condemned by all political leaders. Justin can't even bring himself to condemn it when given the opportunity; how does this represent defending equality in our society? http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/archives/sunnews/politics/2014/05/20140522-193000.html
    May 23, 2014 12:06 pm | Ontario, Peterborough
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    Justin Trudeau's "pro-choice only need apply" proclamation last week was a sad day for democracy and the Liberal party. http://www.edmontonjournal.com/opinion/Opinion+Trudeau+wrong+abortion/9860701/story.html
    May 21, 2014 4:41 pm | Ontario, Peterborough
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    I was interested to see an article attached to one of my postings which lauded Germany's feed in tariff program (FIT) and spoke to the progress of its renewable energy sector. The real truth is quite a bit uglier as German power prices are three times higher than those in the U.S. and german power companies have turned back to burning enormous amounts of one of the very dirtiest forms of coal. Ontario is headed for the same energy disaster if we do not commit to the new nuclear build at Darlington. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-14/coal-rises-vampire-like-as-german-utilities-seek-survival.html
    May 17, 2014 5:57 pm | Ontario, Peterborough
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    I have never seen a more critical article in the Toronto Star on a Liberal leader than today's article written by Rosie DiManno. http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2014/05/16/on_abortion_justin_trudeau_imposes_ethical_lobotomy_on_liberals.html
    May 16, 2014 7:06 am | Ontario, Peterborough
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    MP Dean Del Mastro made a statement in the House of Commons on May 14, 2014 regarding the opening of the Trent Severn Waterway. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwcRDmwSeBQ&feature=youtu.be
    May 15, 2014 8:26 am | Ontario, Peterborough
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    My thoughts on the provincial election and the need for change. http://www.bourque.com/delmastro3.html
    May 14, 2014 8:04 pm | Ontario, Peterborough
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    I am pleased to be attending the National Day of Honour Ceremony that will be hosted by the Royal Canadian Legion- Peterborough Branch 52 at the Peterborough Cenotaph. The ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m. on May 9, 2014 and the public is welcomed and encouraged the join. For more information regarding the National Day of Honour Commemorating the End of Canada’s Military Commitment in Afghanistan, please visit my website at http://deandelmastro.ca/2014/05/06/national-day-honour-commemorating-end-canadas-military-commitment-afghanistan/
    May 07, 2014 9:35 am | Ontario, Peterborough
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    MP Dean Del Mastro addresses the House of Commons on May 6, 2014 during Question Period regarding the flooding that occurred during the spring thaw. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8MHN7J3eVI&feature=youtu.be
    May 07, 2014 7:33 am | Ontario, Peterborough
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    Why Trudeau is wrong on Temporary Foreign Workers http://www.bourque.org/delmastro3.html
    May 06, 2014 1:22 pm | Ontario, Peterborough

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    In Question Period on April 30, 2014- MP Dean Del Mastro addresses the House of Commons in regard to the Keystone XL Pipeline. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifTHR70I2ic&feature=youtu.be
    Apr 30, 2014 1:31 pm | Ontario, Peterborough
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    MP Dean Del Mastro makes a statement in the House of Commons on April 29, 2014 regarding the rights and freedoms of future graduates of Trinity Western University. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1VsmavpsOc&feature=youtu.be
    Apr 30, 2014 9:45 am | Ontario, Peterborough
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    The Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees amongst other things freedom of religion and freedom from discrimination, today in the House of Commons I will be standing up for those principles in defense of Trinity Western University. The Law Society of Upper Canada and the Nova Scotia Barristers Society should be ashamed of themselves for the position that they have taken against future graduates of Trinity's school of law. While their discriminatory position will never survive a charter challenge, it is profoundly sad that two respected law societies may need to be taken to court to respect constitutionally enshrined rights. http://www.torontosun.com/2014/04/28/ban-on-christian-values
    Apr 29, 2014 8:33 am | Ontario, Peterborough
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    Flood Warning Update – April 25, 2014 By ORCA | Published: April 25, 2014 ISSUED TO: Municipalities of Selwyn (SEL), Douro-Dummer (DD), Asphodel-Norwood (AN), Otonabee-South Monaghan (OSM), Cavan Monaghan (CM), City of Kawartha Lakes (CKL), and the City of Peterborough (CP), as well as ORCA’s other partners in emergency flood management. Flood Situation for the past 24 hours Buckhorn, Pigeon, Chemong, Lower Buckhorn and Lovesick Lakes dropped 1 to 2 centimeters, yesterday. The remaining Kawartha Lakes experienced a 6 to 8 centimeter drop in water levels yesterday. As a result of declining water levels on Lake Katchewanooka, the Otonabee River and Little Lake also experienced a 6 to 8 centimeter decline, yesterday. As a result of a declining Otonabee River, Rice Lake stabilized during the last 24-hours. Flood Situation for the next 24 hours The Tri-Lakes (Buckhorn, Pigeon and Chemong) will drop over the next 24-hours, but Lower Buckhorn and Lovesick Lakes will rise. Stony, Clear, and Katchewanooka Lakes, as well as the Otonabee River will continue dropping. Rice Lake and the Trent River to Hastings will remain stable. All residents living in low-lying, flood-susceptible areas along the shorelines of the Kawartha Lakes, Otonabee River, Rice Lake and Trent River (to Hastings) should monitor water levels closely and take necessary precautions to protect persons and property. Conservation Authority staff will continue to monitor conditions in conjunction with area water managers (e.g. Trent-Severn Waterway, Ministry of Natural Resources and Ontario Power Generation). In addition, the Conservation Authority will maintain communication with federal, provincial and municipal emergency response personnel. Please note that local municipalities are the first to respond to, and assist with flood emergencies. If you require assistance, contact your local municipality. In the event, however, you experience a flood emergency, call 911 immediately. This Flood Warning will next be up-dated Saturday April 26, 2014 http://www.otonabee.com/flood-warning-update-april-25-2014/
    Apr 25, 2014 10:49 am | Ontario, Peterborough
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    The Prime Minister deserves a lot of credit for being the first leader to have the courage to seek to bring a measure of democracy and public accountability to the senate. Given today's Supreme Court decision I would never enter into any fed-prov discussions on the future of the senate without first conducting a national referendum on abolishing the senate.
    Apr 25, 2014 8:30 am | Ontario, Peterborough
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    Apr 23, 2014 1:21 pm | Ontario, Peterborough
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    Flood Warning Update – April 23, 2014 By ORCA | Published: April 23, 2014 ISSUED: 12:00 p.m.(Noon), Wednesday, April 23, 2014. SUBJECT: FLOOD WARNING UPDATE – FLOOD WARNING ISSUED FOR KAWARTHA LAKES, OTONABEE RIVER, RICE LAKE and TRENT RIVER to HASTINGS. ISSUED TO: Municipalities of Selwyn (SEL), Douro-Dummer (DD), Asphodel-Norwood (AN), Otonabee-South Monaghan (OSM), Cavan Monaghan (CM), City of Kawartha Lakes (CKL), and the City of Peterborough (CP), as well as ORCA’s other partners in emergency flood management. WEATHER Yesterday, 10 to 15 millimeters of rainfall was recorded in some areas of the Haliburton-Reservoir Lakes region. This rainfall combined with continued snowmelt caused flows in the Gull River, Burnt River, Mississauga River, etc. to increase. Day-time high air temperatures for the Haliburton-Reservoir Lakes regions are expected to be in the 5 to10 degree Celsius range for the next 5 days. The Haliburton-Reservoir Lakes regions will be dry for the next 2 days. On Friday-Saturday, however, a widespread, regional-scale disturbance will move through delivering an estimated total of 10 to 15 millimeters of rain. FLOOD RISK The Tri-Lakes (Buckhorn, Pigeon and Chemong) experienced a small increase yesterday of 2 centimeters. Dam operations at Bobcaygeon are expected to stabilize the Tri-Lakes, today. The remaining Kawartha Lakes all experienced a drop in water levels yesterday – some more than others. As a result of declining water levels on Lake Katchewanooka, the Otonabee River and Little Lake experienced a 1 to 2 centimeter decline, yesterday. The next 24-hours will likewise see a drop in water levels on Lower Buckhorn, Lovesick, Stony, Clear and Katchewanooka Lakes, as well as Little Lake and the Otonabee River. What will happen beyond the next 24-hours, however, will depend on what happens regarding inputs to the Kawartha Lakes from the north. That is, if flows on the Gull River, Burnt River, Mississauga River, etc. continue to increase, then it may not be possible to sustain a decline of water levels on the Kawartha Lakes or Otonabee River. Water levels on Rice Lake rose about 4 centimeters yesterday, and will continue to rise again today. The Trent River to Hastings will continue to rise in accordance with water levels on Rice Lake. All residents living in low-lying, flood-susceptible areas along the shorelines of the Kawartha Lakes, Otonabee River, Rice Lake and Trent River (to Hastings) should monitor water levels closely and take necessary precautions to protect persons and property. Conservation Authority staff will continue to monitor conditions in conjunction with area water managers (e.g. Trent-Severn Waterway, Ministry of Natural Resources and Ontario Power Generation). In addition, the Conservation Authority will maintain communication with federal, provincial and municipal emergency response personnel. Please note that local municipalities are the first to respond to, and assist with flood emergencies. If you require assistance, contact your local municipality. In the event, however, you experience a flood emergency, call 911 immediately. This Flood Warning will next be up-dated Thursday April 24, 2014 http://www.otonabee.com/flood-warning-update-april-23-2014/
    Apr 23, 2014 1:14 pm | Ontario, Peterborough
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    Flood Warning Update – April 22, 2014 By ORCA | Published: April 22, 2014 Message #2014-15 ISSUED: 11:15 a.m., Tuesday, April 22, 2014. SUBJECT: FLOOD WARNING UPDATE – FLOOD WARNING ISSUED FOR KAWARTHA LAKES, OTONABEE RIVER, RICE LAKE and TRENT RIVER to HASTINGS. ISSUED TO: Municipalities of Selwyn (SEL), Douro-Dummer (DD), Asphodel-Norwood (AN), Otonabee-South Monaghan (OSM), Cavan Monaghan (CM), City of Kawartha Lakes (CKL), and the City of Peterborough (CP), as well as ORCA’s other partners in emergency flood management. WEATHER OUTLOOK Precipitation receipts for the Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton – Reservoir Lakes regions over the next 3 days is minimal. FLOOD RISK The Kawartha Lakes are either declining or flat. The Otonabee River has stabilized. Water levels on Rice Lake rose about 4 centimeters yesterday, and will continue to rise today. The Trent River to Hastings will continue to rise in accordance with water levels on Rice Lake. All residents living in low-lying, flood-susceptible areas along the shorelines of the Kawartha Lakes, Otonabee River, Rice Lake and Trent River (to Hastings) should monitor water levels closely and take necessary precautions to protect persons and property. Conservation Authority staff will continue to monitor conditions in conjunction with area water managers (e.g. Trent-Severn Waterway, Ministry of Natural Resources and Ontario Power Generation). In addition, the Conservation Authority will maintain communication with federal, provincial and municipal emergency response personnel. Please note that local municipalities are the first to respond to, and assist with flood emergencies. If you require assistance, contact your local municipality. In the event, however, you experience a flood emergency, call 911 immediately. This Flood Warning will next be up-dated Wednesday April 23, 2014. http://www.otonabee.com/flood-warning-update-april-22-2014/
    Apr 22, 2014 1:30 pm | Ontario, Peterborough
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    Flood Warning Update – April 17, 2014 By ORCA | Published: APRIL 17, 2014 Flood Warning Issued for the Kawartha Lakes, Otonabee River, Rice Lake and the Trent River to Hastings ~ Current inflows to the Kawartha Lakes from the Haliburton / Reservoir Lakes region to the north continue to exceed the volume of water being discharged from the Kawartha Lakes through the Otonabee River into Rice Lake and beyond. That said, there has been a notable reduction of inflows to the Kawartha Lakes from the north and a small increase in outflows through the Otonabee River to the south, which means that increasing water levels on the Kawartha Lakes have slowed. Given, however, that there is still snow-on-the-ground in the watershed to the north of the Kawarthas, and that the forecast air temperatures will result in 24-hour melting of that snowpack, it can be expected that it will still be days before the Kawartha Lakes stop rising altogether and start to recede. In the past 24-hours, water levels on the Otonabee River rose approximately 10 centimeters and will continue to rise over the next 24-hours and beyond, albeit at a slower rate. As a result, some low-lying development areas on the Otonabee River south of Lansdowne Street are now under no less than about 0.5 metres of water, and can expect to be inundated with even more water over the coming days. What’s more, water levels on Rice Lake, and the Trent River beyond Rice Lake, continue to rise in accordance with increased inflows from the Otonabee River. All residents living in low-lying, flood-susceptible areas along the shorelines of the Kawartha Lakes, Otonabee River, Rice Lake and Trent River (to Hastings) should monitor water levels closely and take necessary precautions to protect persons and property. Conservation Authority staff will continue to monitor conditions in conjunction with area water managers (e.g. Trent-Severn Waterway, Ministry of Natural Resources and Ontario Power Generation). In addition, the Conservation Authority will maintain communication with federal, provincial and municipal emergency response personnel. Please note that local municipalities are the first to respond to, and assist with flood emergencies. This Flood Warning will be next updated Friday April 18, 2014. If you experience a flooding emergency, call 911 immediately. http://www.otonabee.com/flood-warning-update-april-17-2014/
    Apr 17, 2014 12:49 pm | Ontario, Peterborough
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    MP Dean Del Mastro and his staff wish to invite constituents to sign a Book of Condolence in honour of the Late Mr. James Michael Flaherty that will be at the MP's Office located at 1600 Lansdowne Street West, Unit 3 in Peterborough. The book will be available for signing until the House of Commons returns on April 28. The Office is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d62jvYMGJMs&list=UUxywtcFT0ANpaH4IF_4ufYw
    Apr 11, 2014 1:19 pm | Ontario, Peterborough
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    Jim Flaherty used to make jokes about his height all the time, in truth he was the smallest giant I have ever known. Jim was a great family man, a true friend to many and he loved people. Jim had an infectious laugh and a smile that could light up a room. I count myself fortunate to have been his friend and will never forget his support at a time when I needed it most. I'm really going to miss him. Sincere condolences to his wife Christine and his son's Galen, Quinn and John. Heaven is a better place today but Canada lost a giant. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kdjp2hxkEhQ&feature=youtu.be
    Apr 10, 2014 12:52 pm | Ontario, Peterborough
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    MP DEAN DEL MASTRO APPLAUDS POTENTIAL PARKS CANADA AND CANADIAN CANOE MUSEUM PARTNERSHIP (WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 2014 – PETERBOROUGH, ON) Dean Del Mastro, Member of Parliament for Peterborough is applauding Parks Canada and the Canadian Canoe Museum as they explore the innovative idea of relocating the museum to the Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site on the Trent-Severn Waterway. This project promises to boost the tourism and revenue potential for both organizations. “I am very excited that Parks Canada and the Canadian Canoe Museum have entered into this partnership,” stated MP Del Mastro. “I have been working with both organizations on this idea for some time and the announcement today is the result a many months of hard work. This is the critical first step in exploring an arrangement that will benefit both parties and our community for years to come.” The construction of a new museum at this location would consolidate two significant tourism and recreation destinations in the region and offer enhanced opportunities for Canadian families, including the opportunity to better explore the canoe’s history in Canada and enjoy the diverse water-related programming and associated activities that can be offered by the museum at this historic location. Parks Canada and the Canoe Museum will now enter into detailed negotiations to determine the terms of the potential partnership. This joint project would aim to increase visitation and offer new opportunities that would support each organization’s mandate and their financial sustainability. This project demonstrates the Government of Canada’s commitment to work with partners and communities to help canals be a premier tourism destination, generate revenue, foster recreation and economic development, and ultimately build strong communities and support Canadian families. For the Canoe Museum, this initiative represents the potential fulfillment of a long-cherished aspiration – the relocation to a new water-based site that will enable wider and more extensive programming. Quick Facts • Parks Canada and the Canadian Canoe Museum have signed a Letter of Intent to formalize their collaboration. • The Canadian Canoe Museum Redevelopment Project Feasibility Study identified the Parks Canada location as the preferred destination for the new Museum. • This initiative would bring new economic growth with new construction projects as well as create additional employment and business opportunities for the Trent-Severn Waterway. The construction of the new museum may include a building of 80,000 square feet and space for a gift shop, a restaurant and a meeting room facility to accommodate up to 250 people. • The relocation of the museum at the Lock 21-Perborough Lift Lock historical site would unite two of Peterborough’s major tourism attractions, providing water access for the museum’s programming activities as well as preserve Canadian heritage of canoes and other related watercraft. For a detailed Backgrounder or to see the Feasibility Study Summary Report, please visit www.canoemuseum.ca
    Apr 09, 2014 5:58 am | Ontario, Peterborough
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    Dean addresses the House of Commons in regard to the Sumac Ridge Wind Project on April 7, 2014. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XvwnYjuvMc
    Apr 08, 2014 12:57 pm | Ontario, Peterborough
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    Stats Can throws another dart at the Peterborough CMA employment data, perhaps next month they'll spin a wheel. According to their "estimates" overall employment was unchanged between February and March but 1300 new workers entered the workforce from the same population base. Remarkable considering that only 1000 new workers entered the workforce in the entire Province of Ontario despite the population of the Province increasing by 12000 people. For their estimates to be accurate the workforce for the entire province had to drop by 300 people outside of Peterborough despite a growing population base while Peterborough's population base remained the same…bottom line, total employment in Peterborough remained the same month over month.
    Apr 04, 2014 7:10 am | Ontario, Peterborough
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    Canada outperforms both the U.S. and U.K. on social progress index. http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/canada-ranks-7th-on-social-progress-index-1.2597225
    Apr 03, 2014 6:46 pm | Ontario, Peterborough

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