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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.

            Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham has been bringing good news and bad as he barnstorms the city this month and next at a series of Town Hall Meetings to talk about the city’s Core Service Review.

            The bad news is the city

By Pat Warren

             The City of Kawartha Lakes is running into roadblocks as it tries to mitigate some of the impacts the aggregate industry has on its citizens by completing an Aggregate Secondary Plan.

             Council and staff started the secondary-plan process with some hope that

            Curbside recycling and garbage collection will move one day due to the Victoria Day holiday—Monday, May 18.

If your regular collection day is Monday, next week it will be

By Pat Warren

            After spending millions to solve the waste-water problem in Omemee, the new system is failing again. The issue is becoming quite the saga.

            Once upon a time, many years ago, City of Kawartha Lakes council decided not to

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 00:00

Rural Transit loss hits most in need

            Life-long Lindsay resident Don Jardine, will be hard pressed to afford to visit his wife of 60 years in long-term care when CKL’s Rural Transit shuts down June 27.

            Don’s wife, Barbara, has been in the Fenelon Court Long-Term Care Centre in Fenelon Falls for

By Pat Warren

            Trent Lakes Council wants Ontario to amend both its Aggregate Resources Act and its Provincial Policy Statement to make aggregate producers prove there is a need for their aggregates before the province issues them new extraction licences.

            Council voted May 4 to support a resolution to that effect that is being distributed by

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 00:00

A coach can help you live with cancer

If you or a loved one has ever been diagnosed with cancer, you know how overwhelming and frightening it can be, says Ildiko Nanai.

“Cancer is a multifocal disease,” she explains. “Many factors

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 00:00

Poverty also causes poor health

            Poverty is a major but reversible factor causing poor health, Dr. Ariella Zbar, a Medical Resident with the Peterborough County-City Health Unit told a group of 19 local doctors at a workshop earlier this month.

            “The link between poor health outcomes and poverty are well known, so helping doctors

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