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            New City of Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham repeated the word “respect” nine times in his first speech at city hall Dec. 2 on the occasion of his—and the new council’s—inauguration.

            “You will hear me use the word respect a lot because it means a lot to me,” he said. “There have been far too many times where it has been missing in this room. It will not be missing over the next four years.

           

Thursday, 11 December 2014 00:00

Trent Lakes councillor promises doors open

By Glenna Burns

            “My door will always be open” to the community, new Trent Lakes councillor-at-large Dick Persson promised at the swearing in for the new mayor and council on a snowy Tuesday, Dec. 2. He said he would be well informed on the issues and to listen with an open mind to the citizens.

 

            Bugs in implementation of a new provincial Social Assistance Management System (SAMS) has delayed December benefit payments for approximately 170 families in the City of Kawartha Lakes. This includes basic needs and shelter allowances.

Thursday, 11 December 2014 00:00

If you bring ‘em—they will take ‘em

            Residents of the City of Kawartha Lakes can bring their “naturally grown” Christmas trees to any city landfill site to be composted, after the holidays.

            However, you have to bring them to the landfill yourselves. Christmas trees will NOT be collected with waste and recycling in at-the-curb pick-up.

            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.

            Students atFleming College’s School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences (SENRS) can further their learning at the Gamiing Nature Centre, thanks to a new agreement between the college and the centre, on the shores of Pigeon Lake between Bobcaygeon and Lindsay.

            The agreement formalizes field-based environmental restoration and rehabilitation activities at the Gamiing Nature Centre, to engage SENRS students and staff in projects that will also contribute to the centre.

Thursday, 11 December 2014 00:00

Invasive species go home, says government

           The federal Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans is proposing new regulations to help stop more aquatic invasive species coming into Canada—whether intentionally or unintentionally.

            The Aquatic Invasive Species Regulations aim to stop invasive species moving in from other countries, across provincial and territorial borders, and between ecosystems within a region. They will also give Canadian Border Service officers the ability to enforce prohibitions against import at the Canadian border.

            The stable scene is a familiar one at this time of year: the feeding trough filled with hay, a few barn animals providing a little heat, awestruck shepherd spectators compelled by a vision of angels, and a new mother with a Holy Child in her arms.

            St. James Anglican Church in Fenelon Falls will bring the scene to life on Christmas Eve for the second year by bringing live stable animals into the church.

By John Bird, editor

            A young Ismaili Muslim man who grew up in Bobcaygeon, who still lives here, and who says his heart will always be in Bobcaygeon, sympathizes with some of the concerns of a reader who wrote us objecting to Halal New Zealand lamb in an area grocery store.

            Everyone should have choice in these matters, says Shahzil Mohamed, who now works in Peterborough as a pharmacist. “I wish I could find all-beef sausages locally that are not in pork casings,” he adds with a smile.

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