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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.

Friday, 10 April 2015 00:00

Trent Lakes council adopts conduct code

            Trent Lakes council now has a code of conduct displayed on the wall of the council chambers—for council members, and

            The City of Kawartha Lakes narrowly missed a place in history by becoming the first municipality in Ontario to adopt the "Blue Dot" resolution supporting clean water, air and safe food.

            But at least we’re second, after

Friday, 10 April 2015 00:00

Bobcaygeon to get its second chip truck

By Pat Warren

            The great French fry debate has come to an end.

            City of Kawartha Lakes Council supported Councillor Kathleen Seymour-Fagan's resolution directing staff to amend the current bylaw to allow a second chip truck in Bobcaygeon—even though

By Pat Warren

            Kawartha Lakes council has asked staff to conduct an "in-house" review of ward boundaries, which could potentially lead to a reduction in, or realignment of, the city’s current roster of 16 wards.

            Among issues the review will

By Glenna Burns

            The committee members for Trent Lakes’ new Mining and Aggregate Advisory committee have now been selected. They are: Adri Eastman, Bernie Fuhrmann, Janet Klein, Don Young and Marie Windover, plus Councillors Dick Persson and Peter Raymond.

            One of the big issues at the table as soon as the committee meets will almost certainly be

            One of Lifeline Telecare Lindsay’s last acts this month at its final annual general meeting was to designate

Friday, 10 April 2015 00:00

Oh yeah, Storm is a-comin’

            Caygeonites should brace themselves for a storm this fall—a Junior A, ice-hockey storm.

            Stephane and Sandi Laveault are bringing a Junior

By Bob Hughes

            It’s almost that time again—Friday, May 22 to Sunday, May 24—when 270 anglers in 135 boats will hit the water in Bobcaygeon’s widely-regarded and downright-entertaining

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