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            These days all it takes is turning on your computer, TV or radio to hear a lot about Islam, usually associated with death, terrorist violence, war or harsh punishment.

            But the followers of Islam are

            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.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 00:00

OMB favours Dewdney Mountain quarry

By Glenna Burns

            Dewdney Mountain Farms Ltd. has won round one in their quest to build a mega quarry near Nogies Creek. The Ontario Municipal Board decision was issued Feb. 5 by the hearing chairman, Colin Hefferon.

            “The board has had

By Glenna Burns

            The fight to stop the mega quarry proposal by Dewdney Mountain Farms is not over. The original appellants to the Ontario Municipal Board, who live near the proposed quarry, have decided to seek leave to appeal the Feb. 5 OMB decision.

            “We the citizens have not

            In early March, contractors will begin a four-month, $1.3-million project to install a storm sewer system and “urbanize” Front Street East and Anne Street in Bobcaygeon.

            It’s “the first phase of a

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 00:00

Candidates lining up for federal election

            The Conservatives are the first to get their local candidate in place for the upcoming federal election, which will be sometime this year. And as other names fall into place, it looks like the federal Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock riding will have a strong slate of contenders. Here’s how it’s shaping up so far:

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 00:00

Rural Transit Task Force wants your input

CKL’s newly formed task force on the future of rural transportation in Kawartha Lakes has had its first meeting and is set to solicit public input on the issue.

“Rural transit is a huge

By Pat Warren

            Council approved Ward 7 Councillor Brian Junkin's motion to seek input from Bobcaygeon residents before it decides to amend the Refreshment Vehicle Bylaw for Bobcaygeon. The amendment would allow a second chip truck, owned by Allan Latto, to operate in the village.

            Francis Ferguson of Fergie’s Fries has the current chip-truck licence for the area. She said “Fergie's was granted an exclusive

            Facing three options on development charges, Trent Lakes Council has chosen to phase in incremental increases. Council’s plan would see an increase of $272 a year over five years to bring DC costs to a peak of $3,860 by 2019.

            In order to take pressure off taxpayers, many municipalities are

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