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Paramedics in the Park marks tenth anniversary, honours citizens

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Paramedics in the Park marks tenth anniversary, honours citizens
From L to R: Dave Kilner, Don Farrow, John Morrow and Christine Buchanan, John Spooner.

May 31 marks the tenth anniversary of “Paramedics in the Park,” which began as a way to educate the public about City of Kawartha Lakes Paramedics and their partners at the police and fire departments.

According to Deputy Chief of Paramedics, Derek Brown, “It was an opportunity to let the public see our equipment and meet some paramedics when they weren’t in an emergency.”

“For years we had been meeting students in their classrooms but we felt it was a great opportunity to invite the children to come to Victoria Park, experience some fun in the outdoors towards the end of the school year, and really get to interact with us.”

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Universal dental care and pharmacare part of NDP pledge

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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 NDP candidate, Zac Miller. 

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?

Miller: The NDP will sign onto the National Housing Strategy and over a 10 year commitment, build 65,000 new affordable housing units. We will build 30,000 supportive housing units with an immediate investment of $1.4 billion to build 12,000 within our first mandate. New Democrats will also fund the province’s one-third share of the costs of social housing repairs.

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Ontario election debate analysis: Five distinct candidates square off in Lindsay

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5 local political candidates debate before the June 7 provincial election.

Elections are always about personalities and policies. No matter how hard we try to pretend otherwise – that our choices are made only in the realm of policy – we assign and we label in order to understand.

There were five distinct ‘brands’ on display last night at Celebrations in Lindsay. From the three traditional parties, there were three brands that we might call the Veteran (Progressive Conservative candidate Laurie Scott), the Defender (Liberal candidate Brooklynne Cramp-Waldinsperger), and the Architect (New Democratic Party candidate Zac Miller.)

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New publication aims to help persons with disabilities achieve more

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New publication aims to help persons with disabilities achieve more
Being an inclusive employer means far more than including a mandatory statement in a job posting or installing an entry ramp.

A new publication aims to help persons with disabilities achieve their full employment potential and serves as a resource for business owners interested in making their operation more inclusive.

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Health Unit: Voters should consider poverty, income, food security on June 7

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Health Unit: Voters should consider poverty, income, food security on June 7
“By addressing factors like lack of income, we can...help more people reach their full health potential.” (Aisha Malik, HKPR Health Unit, right.)

There is a prescription to improve public health, but to fill it, local voters are being urged to have all the facts before casting a ballot in the upcoming Ontario election.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit wants people to ask their provincial election candidates where they and their political parties stand on key issues affecting health.

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The $38 million problem as election campaign begins

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The $38 million problem as election campaign begins

With the 2018 Ontario election campaign now underway, this month’s Community Care commentary continues to stress the need for accessible dental care for all.

In this province, at least one person goes to a hospital Emergency Room (ER) once every 9 minutes, and every 3 minutes someone goes to a doctor’s office due to dental problems. Such individuals are desperate for help, but they can only get antibiotics and painkillers that may relieve the pain, but do not treatment the problem so that it does not reoccur.

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What’s in a name? Kawartha Lakes vs. Kawarthas

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What's in a name? Kawartha Lakes vs. Kawarthas
Balsam Lake, in Kawartha Lakes. (Photo: Roderick Benns.)

Many weeks ago, I attended a meeting about the promotion of cultural heritage in this municipality.  Towards the end of the meeting, one of the participants pointed out that too many call this area “the Kawarthas,” when in fact it is called “Kawartha Lakes.”

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Forests and ships: Planning for the future with flexibility

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Forests and ships: Planning for the future with flexibility

Maximilien de Béthune, duc de Sully (1560-1641) was first minister and right-hand man of Henry IV of France.

He was also passionate about trees and was responsible for halting and outlawing the devastation of the forests of France that had preceded his appointment. In 1599 he planned a forest that would, in 200 years, provide France with all the excellent ship masts it would need for an excellent fleet.  Keep Reading

Are the kids alright? Youth mental health in Kawartha Lakes

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Are the kids alright? Youth mental health in Kawartha Lakes

You are driving past a school play yard and you see thirty kids playing on the school field at recess. According to widely-accepted figures, at least six of those kids you see – all sons, daughters, grandkids, cousins, neighbours, members of our community – will suffer or are suffering from some sort of mental health issue, be it anxiety, trauma, a mood disorder, or an emotional, social and behavioural issue.

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Kawartha Lakes’ affordable housing hurdle: Can City reverse the trend?

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Kawartha Lakes’ affordable housing hurdle: Can City reverse the trend?

Tyler Jones and his wife have been looking for a place to live in the Fenelon Falls or Bobcaygeon area for five months now. He’s got three daughters and another baby on the way, but has had no luck in finding an affordable place to live.

With a family this size he needs a four-bedroom home – but he can’t go over the $1,100-$1,700 range, even with both of them working.

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