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            Chronic understaffing is fueling a barrage of injuries among both residents and staff in Ontario’s long-term care facilities, as well as infections, bed sores, abuse of residents, and unsafe work practices. So say personal support workers (PSWs) and registered practical nurses (RPNs) who took part in intensive, focus-group sessions in five Ontario communities—including nearby Minden.

            The PSWs and RPNs gave “frank, powerful and often heartbreaking accounts of how, despite their utmost efforts and dedication they are forced to provide what amounts to substandard care to residents," said Kevin Tyrrell a regional vice-president with the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) in releasing the report at a media conference in Lindsay.

Thursday, 11 December 2014 00:00

Keep those school kids hopping

            After many years of declining physical activity and increasing obesity levels among school kids, Ontario has woken up. It is now ready to begin encouraging children to engage in a full hour of physical activity every day—at school.

            Meeting this 60-minute goal is part of what the government calls Ontario’s “renewed focus on student well-being, including healthy eating, physical activity, a supportive school climate, and mental health investment in our schools,” according to a media release.

By Glenna Burns

            Property taxes in Trent Lakes are expected to rise by about 3.5 percent, according to developing budget projections.

            That will mean a $40 hike on a

            Stuck in a financial situation that is “not debatable,” with a business model that is “not viable,” according to Mayor Andy Letham, the City of Kawartha Lakes council and senior staff are beginning an “immediate

            Kawartha Lakes Council has approved a $2.24 million reconstruction project for Adelaide Street South in Lindsay.

            The project, from Durham Street to Kent, will replace 545 meters of

Wednesday, 18 March 2015 00:00

Trent Lakes should reverse quarry support

By Glenna Burns

            Trent Lakes Municipal Council not only can—but should—support citizens appealing the Ontario Municipal Board ruling on a previous council’s approval of the large Dewdney Mountain Farms quarry, the appellants’ lawyer said March 17.

            Graham Andrews, of the Eric Gillespie law office, told council

            February’s extreme cold weather and increased frost depth may leave some water services prone to freezing.

            To prevent that happening, residents on the streets listed below are asked to leave a cold-water tap (basement, if possible) running at a flow of

Wednesday, 18 March 2015 00:00

Help United Way score its Touchdown

            The United Way for CKL is asking supporters to help the organization celebrate its “2014-2015 United Way Campaign Touchdown.”

            Cake and coffee will be served at the event at

Wednesday, 18 March 2015 00:00

Ontario back docs honour Crystal Longo

            The Ontario Chiropractic Association has awarded a Bobcaygeon member for her community work with Bobcaygeon Helps Food Bank.

            In choosing to award Chiropractor Crystal Longo in its Community Relations category, the association cited

            The President of the Canadian Medical Assocation (CMA) told a packed Seniors' Centre in Bobcaygeon that Canada needs a national plan for seniors' care “so that care is one stop and seniors are getting the care they need at home whenever possible."

             “Seniors stuck living in hospitals is not

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