Please Note: A Selwyn All-Candidates Meeting, hosted by the Lakefield Herald, the Kawartha Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, and the Bridgenorth Business Association, is being held on Wednesday, October 10th, 7 pm (doors open at 6 pm) at Bridgenorth United Church, 832 Charles Street, Bridgenorth.


Choosing which candidate to vote for is a subjective decision, and will depend on which issues matter most to you.

We approached our research with a view to finding the candidates who are:

• most attuned to the need for protection of the environment (lake health), especially in the case of large developments on or near the lakes;

• most committed to open, transparent local government and to listening to and consulting with the community on key issues, including environmental protection.

= This candidate best reflects the Environment Council mandate to support environmental protection and sustainability for our lakes and adjacent lands.


With the above factors in mind, and having reviewed a wide variety of sources, we present the candidates for Mayor*, Selwyn Township:


Andy Mitchell 

Selective Resumé

Resident of Lakefield

1993 – 2006 MP Parry Sound-Muskoka

2003 – 2004 Federal Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development

2004 – 2006 Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food

2010 – 2014 Selwyn ­­– Deputy Reeve

Executive Director of the Greater Peterborough Economic Development Corporation

Director of Government and Community Relations, Trent University

Adjunct Professor, Political Science, Trent University

2014 Policy advisor, Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal

2015 Campaign Manager, Maryam Monsef, Peterborough-Kawartha MP

Current Chair, Otonobee Regional Conservation Authority (ORCA)

  • As a member of Council (2010-2014) Andy participated in the development and supported the adoption of Selwyn’s 2012 strategic plan which adopted as one of its key goals the incorporation of green principles in all Township decision making.
  • As Chair of ORCA, he has worked to protect wetlands and shorelines from inappropriate development.
  • He chaired the Source Water Protection Authority as the provisions of the Clean Water Act were implemented in our watershed.
  • During his time as Secretary of State for Parks, Canada, Andy opposed a bid by the government of the Northwest Territories, the Inuvialuit, and Falconbridge Ltd. to change a proposed boundary of the Tuktut Nogait National Park and permit nickel mining in the disputed area, in large part because the change would endanger the local caribou. This effort was successful.
  • The following year, Mitchell introduced legislation to restrict future development in all national parks and announced the creation of an aboriginal affairs secretariat to assist Parks Canada in matters relating to First Nations communities.
  • Andy says that provisions in the 2014 Provincial Policy Statement, the Growth Plan, and other provincial legislation, give municipalities some of the tools they need to protect our natural features and balance environmental protection and appropriate development.

Click here to read Andy’s full Questionnaire Response.


Ron Black

Selective Resumé

Longtime Lakefield resident

Retired executive, Praxair Canada – a publicly traded, gas and related products wholesaler

Began his career as a respiratory therapist, working at Peterborough Civic and St. Joseph Hospitals

1994 – 1997 Councillor, Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield

His list of volunteer commitments includes Ontario ALS, Ontario Lung Association, Greater Peterborough Health Services Foundation, Primary Healthcare Services Peterborough, and coaching lacrosse and hockey teams, including the Peterborough Nationals AA.

  • Ron believes that the Township’s economic development and a healthy environment go hand in hand. He also believes that we need to be building for the future so future generations can live and prosper in a sustainable environment.
  • In 1991 he launched his political career and became attuned to local environmental concerns when he joined with neighbours to successfully oppose a proposed landfill in the Township; Ron became the spokesperson for Smith Community Rallies Against Polluting Sites (SCRAPS) as the group rallied to save significant wetlands and to promote additional recycling measure for the entire County.
  • His platform states his intention to:
    “Create a plan that focuses on making Selwyn Township a people, business and environmentally friendly community. Support land development for the promotion of affordable senior and family living accommodation. The Township/Public Health proposal for Septic Inspections is ineffective, too invasive and costly. We must protect our natural environment through a cost effective value proposition that our residents support.”
  • Ron says thatFuture development in Selwyn Township will mostly be located in serviced areas of the township such as Lakefield and Woodland Acres. These identified and zoned lands will undergo environmental assessment before they are developed.”

Click here to read Ron’s full Questionnaire Response.


Linda Marlene Eales

Selective Resumé

Moved to Lakefield from Toronto two to three years ago

President, Roncesvalles Village Business Improvement Area Committee, Toronto

Founder of BodyTalk – an alterative and community healthcare practice

Member of BEL Rotary (the Rotary Club of Bridgenorth-Ennismore-Lakefield)

Lakefield Abbeyfield Society Steering Committee – alternative housing for middle-income seniors

• Linda stated in a Lakefield Herald profile piece that, “Business is part of community, it isn’t business versus anything.”

• Based on her own experience as a caregiver, healthcare – particularly as it pertains to seniors and their challenges – is a particular concern of Linda’s and one of her inspirations for running for Mayor (source, Lakefield Herald).

• Over time, Linda has been active in community environmental efforts to promote local agri-food, agri-business, community gardens, water security and green roofs.

• When alerted to community concern about the expansion of the Lovesick Lake Trailer Park, Linda took action to learn more about the situation through interaction with the County Planning Dept., and has corresponded regularly with residents over their related concerns.

Click here to read Linda’s full Questionnaire Response.


* The position of Mayor is the only position for which residents of Stony and Clear lakes can vote. Most other Council positions – including that of Deputy Mayor (Sherry Senis) and Smith Ward (Gerry Herron) – are acclaimed. The other contested Selwyn Council position is in Ennismore.