News. Community. Wellness.

Community/Education

Ford axes efficient library book sharing system

It’s a government that is apparently obsessed with finding efficiencies. Yet Premier Doug Ford’s PC government just axed one of the most effective and efficient services in the Ontario library system – a broad-based sharing program between the province’s libraries.

Funding for two key library services – the Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS) and the Northern Ontario Library Service (NOLS) has been cut in half. SOLS – of which Kawartha Lakes library system is a member of — supplies courier service that moves material between different library systems. Given the deep cuts, it has now been suspended until May 31 while they clear the backlog of books and items in transit.

Keep Reading

The value of a travel agent; travel presentations starting May 1

in Business by
The value of a travel agent; travel presentations open starting May 1
Learn more about your bucket list destinations.

Your vacation is an investment of precious time and money. With so many travel options out there, it can be overwhelming. Why not consult an expert and make sure you get it right?

Travel Presentations

Join us for our next set of travel presentations from a few of our preferred partners to learn more about your bucket list destinations:  Royal Irish Tours featuring Ireland & Scotland (May 1 at 3 pm & 6:30 pm); Holland America featuring South America & Antarctica (May 14 at 3 pm only); AMA Waterways river cruising (May 28 at 3 pm & 6:30 pm) and GOWAY Travel featuring Africa (June 11 at 3 pm for South Africa & 6:30 pm for East Africa). Contact us at 705-324-3110 to reserve your seats.

Keep Reading

For the birds — and for people who want birds

in Environment by

Two approaches to birding: 1. Go to where the birds are. 2. Get the birds to come to you.

A few weeks ago Rob Stavinga, whose day-job is watershed resources technician with Kawartha Conservation but whose full-time passion is birds, demonstrated the first. He led two groups on “owl prowls” at Ken Reid Conservation Area, where, as of January, 2019, a total of 176 bird species have been reported.

Last week he addressed that second approach. After a nudge from his wife, he reluctantly put down his binoculars (he’d been checking out redpolls at his feeders) and made his way to Ops Community Centre to present a “Backyard Birding” workshop, one of a number of educational events being sponsored by the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust.

Keep Reading

Dr. Jill Caines joins Bobcaygeon clinic

in Health by

The Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative (KLHCI) and Kawartha North Family Health Team (KNFHT) have announced that Dr. Jill Caines will be joining the KNFHT team, in their Bobcaygeon clinic, as of May 15.

Caines attended Mount Saint Vincent University for her Bachelor of Business Administration Degree and Carleton University for her Masters of International Affairs. She completed her Medical Degree at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine in 2014 and Family Medicine Residency at Queen’s University in 2017.

Keep Reading

Collaborative Law: A cost effective alternative to court

in Opinion by

Collaborative Law is an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process used to resolve Family Law Matters without going to court. Couples who are separating or divorcing can resolve issues such as parenting, income sharing, and property division, by using the techniques of collaborative law. Matters are resolved without the use of a decision maker, such as a judge or an arbitrator. It is a voluntary process in which the separating spouses reach an agreement which is then documented in a binding Separation Agreement.

Keep Reading

Developer says he’d like to create more livable spaces above downtown Lindsay stores

in Community by
“We’d like to do more in Lindsay -- it’s near and dear to my heart." Photo: Erin Smith.

One of Lindsay’s leading commercial building owners, Steve Podolsky, says he’d love to create more housing opportunities above downtown businesses but says there are a lot of obstacles in the way.

Those obstacles include the fact that so many of the spaces on the second and third floors have languished so long that there is no water, heat, or electricity that are even close to being ready to be activated – not to mention that the thin walls no longer meet more advanced fire codes.

Between those exorbitant costs to make the second and third floors livable, and the fact that it would be a huge disruption to businesses, these issues are inevitably delaying development in the downtown.

Keep Reading

Compounding: An art and science that sets RemedysRx apart

in Business by
Art and science of compounding at Remedy’sRx sets pharmacy apart
Compounding gets back to the "roots of pharmacy." Photo: Sienna Frost.

Cathy Puffer is passionate about compounding. Chances are most of us don’t really know what that means from a pharmaceutical standpoint – it’s just not one of those everyday words.

Yet compounding — the art and science of creating personalized medicine — solves many problems that patients have. And Remedy’sRx is the only pharmacy she knows of in Kawartha Lakes that offers this service.

“We can compound dosages that aren’t commercially available for patients,” Puffer says. “This is helpful in many instances. Patients trying to stop medications often find it easier to wean off rather than stopping suddenly.” She uses anti-depressants as a good example of this.

Keep Reading

Author shares memories, mementos of the CNE in Fenelon

in Just in Time by

With spring in full swing and April’s showers heralding May’s flowers, the end of summer is probably the farthest thing from most of our minds. For those who can’t wait, one of Ontario’s longtime end-of-summer traditions will be the focus of an upcoming presentation at Fenelon Falls United Church on Tuesday May 14 when author Lee Shimano shares with the Fenelon Falls United Church Women and friends her memories and mementos of the Canadian National Exhibition.

Keep Reading

Silence from MPP Laurie Scott deafening for those losing their basic income

in Opinion by

On March 25, nearly 2,000 people in Lindsay lost their basic income cheques due to a broken promise of the PC government. On April 25, some will be back on the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), or Ontario Works. Still others will receive no money top-up to stay out of abject poverty and will rely on precarious work, hoping to avoid homelessness.

Single people on ODSP get a maximum of $1,151 – $662 is for basic needs and $489 for shelter. Their total annual income with other benefits is only about $15,000 per year, which is more than $7,000 below the poverty line. Because of an ineffective changeover from basic income back to ODSP – the opposite of the smooth transition that was promised – some people were left in the lurch when it came to their important medications. Thankfully pharmacists stepped in to help.

Keep Reading

More than 1,000 suspension notices to go out over incomplete vaccination records

in Education/Health by

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is issuing suspensions orders to more than 1,000 students whose immunization records are not up-to-date in Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes. 

While suspension orders must be issued, the Health Unit says it is continuing to work with parents to ensure their children’s records are updated and students can remain in school. 

Keep Reading

Two Lindsay families receive keys to new Habitat homes

in Community/Poverty Reduction by
The Sorensen family get their keys.

Two very excited families are moving into their new homes in Lindsay thanks to Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region, local volunteers, and community partners. A Home Dedication Ceremony took place at 39 & 41 Hamilton Street in Lindsay, where supporters gathered to celebrate the 35th and 36th families that Habitat has helped into safe, decent and affordable housing.

“We prayed and dreamed for years about owning our own home – a place that is ours,” said Tara Sorensen. “It didn’t seem like it would ever happen!” Owning a home has been a lifelong goal for the Sorensen family: Tara, Sean, and their two children, Jahmes (4), and Sean Jr. (8 months). Despite working hard and earning a steady income, this goal felt far out of reach.

Keep Reading

1 2 3 59
Go to Top