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Hospice core training: A volunteer opportunity

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Hospice Core Training: A volunteer opportunity

Caring and compassion have always been trademark qualities of the many people who volunteer with the Community Care Health and Care Network’s Hospice Services.

The organization is offering the chance for new volunteers to get involved with helping to ease the journey of local residents facing serious illness, end of life, and grief and bereavement.

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Visitor restrictions expanded at Ross Memorial in wake of outbreak

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Walk of Life focuses on women and heart disease

The Ross Memorial Hospital has expanded visitor restrictions to include the first floor of the Continuing Care Program after several patients and staff members have become ill with what is suspected to be Norovirus.

Symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, stomach cramps and headache.

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The flu shot: Let’s work together in herd-like fashion

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The flu shot: Let's work together in herd-like fashion
Columnist Denis Grignon (definitely not pictured above) is as loyal to the flu shot as he is with mayo and certain kinds of sandwiches.

I get the flu shot every year. Without fail. I’m loyal to it, the way I’m loyal administering only mayonnaise – never mustard – on any sandwich that includes lettuce.

Yes, administering. It’s a precise process, that. Too much and it seeps off the edges. Too little and I may as well get a fake sandwich at Tim’s.

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Lindsay woman finds her mental health improving with basic income

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Lindsay woman finds her mental health improving with basic income
Basic income has had 'tremendous impact' on Lindsay woman's life. (Photo by Erin Smith.)

A Lindsay woman who has been receiving a basic income for the past three months says her life has taken a turn for the better – including her mental health.

Barb Munro was on the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) for depression and mental illness, before deciding to apply for basic income a few months ago under the new pilot set up by the Province.

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Canadian Armed Forces takes mental health approach we could all use

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Four techniques have improved the mental health of athletes, soldiers and first-responders. Photo credit: National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces.

To become an elite level athlete it’s a conventional belief that you need to train.

Professional athletes, for instance, dedicate hours of their day to weight training, cardio work and flexibility. When we think about athletes that have reached the pinnacle of their profession, we often don’t realize that a large part of their journey has been a mental one.

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Like air traffic control: Meeting patients’ needs when bed space is limited

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Like air traffic control: Accommodating patients’ needs when bed space is limited
Ross Memorial asks that people whose illnesses or injuries are minor consider alternatives to the emergency department.

Every morning at the Ross Memorial Hospital, representatives from each patient care area gather for a ‘bed meeting.’ The best way to describe this meeting is with an air traffic control analogy, according to Kim Coulter, coordinator of employee & community relations at Ross Memorial Hospital and RMH Foundation.

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King Albert: Lindsay school works with community to overcome income barriers

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King Albert Public School Principal, Dean Burke, with some of the items received for Christmas donations.

Part Two. This year, Statistics Canada has released new data on the social and economic well-being of cities and towns across Canada. This is part two in a series about Lindsay’s 12 lowest income neighbourhood zones and how they are coping in a challenging economic environment. To read Part One go here.

This is a story about a community coming together to fight an all-too-common scourge – the fact that incomes are too low to meet people’s needs.

Call it poverty. Call it scarcity. It doesn’t much matter.

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Health unit says people should lobby for free dental care

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The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is calling for an expansion of  publicly-funded dental programs for low-income adults and seniors – and they say the Province could deliver on this if enough people lobby for the change.

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Boys and Girls Club a beacon for many Lindsay families in low-income areas

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Boys and Girls Club a beacon for many Lindsay families in low-income areas
Heather McCullough, left, and Christine Borrowman, right, of Boys and Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes.

Part One.  This year, Statistics Canada has released new data on the social and economic well-being of cities and towns across Canada. This is part one in a series about Lindsay’s 12 lowest income neighbourhood zones and how they are coping in a challenging economic environment.

This is a series about the challenge and burden of living on a low income in Lindsay, but it’s also a series about hope and action. In each of these designated areas, there is a community anchor of some kind – be it a school, a business, or an institution that helps in some way.

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We’ve all got something to offer to make community better

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We’ve all got something to offer to make community better
If we walked into the liquor store and French music is playing we are more likely to buy French wine.

I am often amazed at how much science and learning is involved in the daily interactions we all make with our environment.

We had the pleasure of welcoming Peter Marks to our agency to help us understand his teaching: Conscious Care and Support. He highlighted so many aspects of our environment that affect our senses and brain throughout the day.

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