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Teacher says ‘travel is the only thing that makes you richer’ as students prepare for Normandy

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From L to R: Shaun Soutar, Alison Smith, Emma Bartley, Reece Eason, Rebecca James

Several students gathered over a free lunch at Fenelon Falls Secondary School recently to enthusiastically discuss a 10-day trip to Normandy next year – and they got a chance to network with students who have already travelled internationally.

Julie Rocheleau, a teacher at the high school, has been organizing these international trips with her students for several years.

Rocheleau says, “I’ve been taking kids out-of-country pretty much every year since I started teaching, whether it be for sports or an immersive experience. Travel is the only thing that makes you richer.”

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PSW stories from the heart

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PSW stories from the heart

After being notified that the last article about Personal Support Workers had over 190,000 views, I realize that writing from the heart must be something the public likes.

Feedback about being a PSW — one of the toughest jobs in health care — was agreed upon by most comments left by engaged readers. And some said that PSWs should never be working short, but that’s a question not for management, but for our new premier of Ontario.

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Downtown Dreams Contest announces top four finalists

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Downtown Dreams Contest announces top four finalists
L to R: Vinh Mac (Fenelon Falls Brewing Co.), Jennifer Bacon (Yoga with Jenny), Marie Rayner (Soulful Expressions), Eliana Evenaar and Phil Blais (Creation Café), Leisha Newtown (Economic Development Officer – Downtown, City of Kawartha Lakes), Mayor Andy Letham and Sandy Greenberg (provided training to Downtown Dreams contestants).

From yoga to craft beer, from coffee and art, to health and wellness, four Kawartha Lakes’ entrepreneurs are making their ‘downtown dreams’ a reality.

The City of Kawartha Lakes recently hosted the Downtown Dreams Business Showcase at the Academy Theatre in Lindsay where attendees from across the City came to celebrate and congratulate the finalists of the Downtown Dreams contest.

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Being a PSW is one of the toughest jobs in the caring professions

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Being a PSW is one of the toughest jobs in the caring professions

I can still remember it like it was yesterday, I was 17 years old and knew that I wanted to help others as a vocation. I took the nursing program in Barrie and completed my first two semesters before realizing that in order to complete the program I would have to raise more funds. So I moved home to Lindsay to save up. Funny thing about being an 18 year old in college for many of us is that life skills — like budgeting — was not a strong point.

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Paramedics in the Park teaches, and reaches out to students, public

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Paramedics in the Park teaches, and reaches out to students, public
Deputy Chief Derek Brown, top left, at one of the many teaching stations.

A spring storm threatened but never delivered on preventing more than 200 students — and many more members of the public — from experiencing the tenth anniversary of Paramedics in the Park in Lindsay.

School teachers from nearby schools descended at Victoria Park with their students to experience education stations on CPR, what to expect when you call 911, severe allergies and Epi Pens, Tick Talk, and basic wound dressing.

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French Immersion enrollment swells, forces school board to use Central Senior

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French Immersion enrollment swells, forces school board to use Central Senior

Overcrowding at Leslie Frost Public School in Lindsay – the only public system school in all of Kawartha Lakes that had offered French Immersion – has forced the school board to send its Grade 7-8 French Immersion students elsewhere this fall.

The decision was made public for the first time May 22 by Trillium Lakelands District School Board. Superintendent of Education Katherine MacIver says the decision will affect about 67 students in Grades 7 and 8 who otherwise would have gone to Leslie Frost.

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Dental patients may have been exposed to Hep B, C, or HIV

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Patients of Lakeland Clinic in Lindsay who received a dental treatment between November 10, 2017 and February 21, 2018 are being urged to get tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit has notified patients of Lakeland Clinic, located at 2 Albert Street North in Lindsay, who received treatment during that time that they may be at risk for a blood-borne virus.

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New summer lunch program to feed hungry children

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New summer lunch program to feed hungry children

The Food Security Working Group, a committee of the Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition, will be running a pilot project in the Lindsay area centred on feeding children in the summer. The Salvation Army and the Kawartha Lakes Food Source, as part of the committee, are partnering on this project.

“This is a new and different way for us to reach out to the community,” says Heather Kirby, general manager of Kawartha Lakes Food Source, “and we are very excited to learn from this pilot.”

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Scott says tax rebates for child care expenses, cheaper gas if PCs elected

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Three community groups — The Access to Permanent Housing Committee, the Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition and the Haliburton County FoodNet – posed questions on poverty, housing, and food insecurity to candidates in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock running for office in this provincial election. In this installment, we hear from Progressive Conservative Candidate Laurie Scott.

What will your party do to increase and maintain access to affordable, safe housing, in addition to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s Canada-Ontario Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement?

Scott: The Ontario PCs believe that Ontarians should not have to work day and night to be able to afford to heat their homes, pay their rent or mortgage and put food on the table for their families.

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Expansion of medicare, child care, among Liberal promises

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Expansion of medicare, child care, among Liberal promises
Liberal candidate Brooklynne Camp-Waldinsperger.

Three community groups — The Access to Permanent Housing Committee, the Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition and the Haliburton County FoodNet – posed questions on poverty, housing, and food insecurity to candidates in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock running for office in this provincial election. In this installment, we hear from Liberal candidate Brooklynne Camp-Waldinsperger.

 What will your party do to increase and maintain access to affordable, safe housing, in addition to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s Canada-Ontario Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement?

Camp-Waldinsperger: Many families are finding it difficult to secure and sustain housing in Ontario. Our party recognizes this challenge facing Ontarians.

Since 2003, the City of Kawartha Lakes Service Manager has received over $29 million in funding for affordable housing, of which $12.8 million has been contributed by the province.

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