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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.

           

            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.

            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.

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.

Thursday, 11 December 2014 00:00

Raven won’t let anything slow her down

            At 11 years of age, Raven Watson is already a mover and a shaker—and a young woman of great spirit. She makes things happen, because she does them herself. And she thinks a lot about other people and how she can help them.

            So when Raven, who is now in Grade 6 at Coboconk’s Ridgewood Public School, was diagnosed with lupus three years ago, she decided to learn as much about the disease as she could, and to raise money for Lupus Ontario, a provincial organization dedicated to helping people with lupus live longer and better lives.

 

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.

            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.

            The Bobcaygeon Churches are joining together to host their annual Community Christmas Dinner again—on Christmas day—and this year at Trinity United Church.

            Volunteers from the village churches will be serving dinner to all comers at noon on Christmas Day—with roast turkey and ham, and all the fixings. Everyone is welcome and there is no charge.

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.

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