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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.

            In the last six weeks,Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham has visited 10 communities during the city’s Core Service Review. He addressed 600 people, and says he heard lots of great ideas and feedback before the town hall meetings wrapped up in

Wednesday, 24 June 2015 00:00

Cathy Bell is new CKL OPP commander

            Acting Inspector Cathy Bell has been promoted to the rank of Inspector and will become the new Detachment Commander of City of Kawartha Lakes OPP.

            Involved in policing for more than 25 years, Inspector Bell has worked in a number of communities including

By Pat Warren

            Most of the 80 or so folks who showed up to voice their concerns about the future of the trailer park at Bobcaygeon Beach Park were adamant they don't want the land to be sold.

            Craig Shanks, Director of Community Services, who ran an orderly and informative meeting, presented the options the city is considering. They are:

By Glenna Burns

            On Tuesday June 16, Trent Lakes council gave the go-ahead to a quarry expansion on Bass Lane Road.

            The Silver Lake Quarry owned by Mervin Johnston had been looking to expand a few years ago, but met a number of

Wednesday, 24 June 2015 00:00

Celebrate diversity with Pride Picnic

            Inspired by pride events in Muskoka and Peterborough, a group of City of Kawartha Lakes folks are busy organizing CKL’s inaugural “Pride Picnic” in Victoria Park, downtown Lindsay, on July 11.

            Beginning at 11 am, the picnic will

            What are you passionate about that you need your lungs for? Leaders posed this question to a group of Peterborough County youth who participated in the Love My Life (LML) Tobacco Free workshops that ran for six weeks at the Art School of Peterborough.

            Local youth explored tobacco prevention through positive

Wednesday, 24 June 2015 00:00

Bobcaygeon Storm on the horizon

            “Community comes first, hockey comes second,” says Darryl Porter, general manager for the new Bobcaygeon Storm, which is set to begin playing in Bobcaygeon come September as part of the Jr. A Greater Metro Hockey League.

            “Without the community, there is no hockey,” he says. “For us to make this a success, we have to be

Wednesday, 24 June 2015 00:00

Lawn bowling across the ages

            “People think it’s only an old person’s game,” says Bobcaygeon Lawnbowling Club member Larry Brown. “We want to show them it’s not.”

            Brown and his fellow club members have been busy this month introducing 26

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