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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.

            The final phase of the Northwest Trunk sanitary project is scheduled to begin at the end of April and finish by the end of May.

            The $850,000 project includes replacing the

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 00:00

Just one shot at yard collection

            Kawartha Lakes will only offerLeaf and Yard curbside collection once this spring, so residents should take careful note of changes to their pick-up schedule. Here it is:

  • If your regular garbage collection day is Monday or Wednesday, your Leaf and Yard curbside collection date will be:

By Pat Warren

            After receiving over 900 comments regarding its rural transit pilot project, mostly in favour of keeping it, City of Kawartha Lakes Council voted April 14 to

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 00:00

Do the Walk of Life—for your heart

            Gord Zimmerman was alone on his sailboat when his heart attack hit six years ago. “I was coughing and sweating,” he says. “Later, someone told me a lot of people had the flu, so I figured that’s what I had.”

            Six months later, during a check-up, Gord’s family physician asked him when

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 00:00

My Mother … or Mother Earth … or both?

By John Bird

            Every year on recent Mother’s Days, I have faced a dilemma.

            Do I visit my mother, a widow now in her 90s, and a wonderful woman who has managed to

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 00:00

Blue Canoes coming to your shore

            If you see a blue canoe coming down your shoreline some sunny day this June, July or August, be sure to go out and welcome the paddlers. Chances are it’s the

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 00:00

Anishinaabe culture alive and thriving

            Brandon Petahtegoose showed the students at Bobcaygeon Public School on Friday, April 24, that the Anishinaabe (Ojibwa) culture is alive and thriving. Brandon, who hails from the community of

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 00:00

Come one, come all, to Coby foodbank AGM

            The Coboconk and Area Food Bank (CAFB) will hold its 2015 Annual General Meeting on May 7 at 3 pm at the Kawartha Lakes Civitan Club, Highway 35 and Concession 7.

            All interested people are invited

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