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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.

TODAY’S QUESTION: What is your position on the expansion of the Canadian military mission into Syria?

The second in The Kawartha Promoter’s ongoing Q-and-A series with the federal election candidates for the riding of Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock. You may wish to save these stories for reference as we get closer to election day.

William MacCallum, Green Party

            The Green Party believes that

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 00:00

Let it WRAIN says Kawartha Lakes council

By Pat Warren

            The City of Kawartha Lakes will continue to support the Water Research and Innovation Network (WRAIN) in partnership with the provincial government, as a focus to move water innovation forward in the city.

            The previous council supported

By Pat Warren

            Some wanted to keep the roof and floor of the old Fenelon Falls arena, as a kind of downtown arts and community space, and home for the farmers market.

            Another suggested social housing.

            But in the end, after hearing three deputations on the future of the arena, Kawartha Lakes council 

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 00:00

Notice of water main flushing

            The City of Kawartha Lakes Water and Wastewater Division will be flushing water-main dead ends in Lindsay and Oakwood over four weeks, starting June 1.

            The city needs to flush water mains to remove

By Glenna Burns

The threat of possible lawsuits and/or jail time for volunteers found legally responsible for water-system failures that result in deaths has scared Trent Lakes council members off forming a municipal Water Advisory Committee.

Council made the decision in a closed meeting April 7, echoing similar decisions by many municipalities across the province.

Alpine Village resident Ted Oakes raised concerns to the council about

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 00:00

Meet Lindsay’s newest family doctor

KLHCI President Robyn McNabb welcomes Dr. Jacquelyn Choi

            Jacquelyn Choi is the newest family doctor in the City of Kawartha Lakes. She opened her practice in Lindsay last month.

            She is now accepting

            Kawartha Lakes Waste Management Division is offering four Environment Round-Up Days where residents can drop off their hazardous household waste, electronics, and—new this year, bulky plastics—all free of charge.

            Twenty-two-gallon green, plastic recycling bins for fibre and paper will be available at each round-up for $5 (while supplies last); cash only.

            Environment Round-Up Days will be held from 9 am to 1 pm:

  • Saturday, June 6: Fleming College, 200 Albert St. S., Lindsay
  • Saturday, June 20: Roads Depot, 2863 CKL Road #48, Coboconk
  • Saturday, July 11: Community Centre, 27 Veterans Way, Fenelon Falls
  • Saturday, July 25: Roads Depot, 62 Duke Street, Bobcaygeon

 Accepted items include:

Household Hazardous Waste

  • Automotive products (antifreeze, batteries, brake fluid, etc.)
  • Household products (aerosols, cleaning products, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, etc.)
  • Batteries (single-use and rechargeable)
  • Hobby supplies (glue, photography chemicals, etc.)
  • Items containing mercury
  • Paints and solvents
  • Gardening and pest control products
  • Personal care products (nail polish remover, hairspray etc.)

Electronics

  • Computers and peripherals (keyboards, drives and modems)
  • Printers, copiers, scanners, label makers
  • Pagers, fax machines
  • Computer monitors and televisions
  • Digital and non-digital cameras, PDAs, digital picture frames
  • Audio/video players, video gaming devices, stereo systems, car stereos
  • Telephones, answering machines, cell phones, calculators
  • Small appliances (microwaves, toaster ovens, etc.)
  • Diskettes, CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes
  • Electronic cash registers
  • Power tools

Bulky Plastics(Remove all non-plastic parts (metal, batteries, etc.; less than one square meter)

  • lawn furniture
  • children’s toys
  • broken recycling boxes
  • toys (no batteries, wood, metal or wires)
  • large buckets (larger than 5-gallon, remove metal handle)
  • milk crates
  • landscape items (edging, trays, etc.)
  • laundry baskets
  • closet organizers
  • dish drainers
  • tote boxes and lids
  • drums (food grade only; no chemical containers)
  • pet carriers
  • flower pots and trays (clean, no soil or plant material)
  • large water bottles (5-gallon or larger)
  • garbage cans/waste baskets
  • shelving
  • trays
  • small automotive parts (bumpers, grills and hubcaps)
  • clothes hangers

            More than 100 students from 20 schools gathered at Fleming College in Lindsay in May to compete for the 2015 Ontario Envirothon Championship, the province’s largest environmental competition.

            The championship was the provincial culmination of a unique program that helps teams of students in 17 regions across the province learn more about the natural world by participating in

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