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Friday, 27 February 2015 00:00

Rest in Peace, Robert Devitt

By John Bird, editor

            We were dismayed this week to hear of the passing of long-time Bobcaygeon resident, Robert Henry Devitt. He died on Feb. 21, at 70 years of age.

            I remember meeting Bob about two decades ago on the streets of Bobcaygeon—and then bumping into him several more times, either

            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, 04 March 2015 00:00

Act fast to get input to rural transit group

            The City of Kawartha Lakes’ newly-created Rural Transit Task Force has already launched an online survey to get feedback from city residents and business owners on rural transit and whether they would pay for the it on their municipal tax bills.

            In fact, they want your responses by

Wednesday, 04 March 2015 00:00

Expect load restrictions

            Truckers take note. Load weights will be restricted to five-tonnes-per-axle on most secondary roads throughout

Wednesday, 04 March 2015 00:00

Kawartha Lakes council briefs

By Pat Warren

  • Amersco Canada presented council with the findings from its Energy Management Conservation and Infrastructure Renewal Study. Council contracted the company last year to look at ways for the city to save money by conserving energy, thereby freeing funds that could be applied to improve

By Glenna Burns

            City of Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough County and Trent Lakes joined into one voice to protest low aggregate royalties and high road-repair costs due to aggregate haulage at a Feb. 24 roads conference in Toronto.

            They were looking for 50

Wednesday, 04 March 2015 00:00

Sherk steps down

            The City of Kawartha Lakes’ Director of Economic Development, Lance Sherk, has resigned his position to focus on politics. Sherk, who served ad director from 2012, is vying with David Marquis for the Liberal nomination in the Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock riding.

Wednesday, 04 March 2015 00:00

Quarries lower property values: Study

By Glenna Burns

            When quarries go in, property values go down, according to a January 2014 study by Lansink Appraisals and Consulting.

            The study, which focused on regions of south-central Ontario where large quarries have been operating, found that properties decreased in value from

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