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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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Choose at least one book for your child for Christmas: Health Unit

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Choose at least one book for your child for Christmas: Health Unit

Call them ‘presents’ of mind, and an opportunity to start a new holiday gift-giving tradition at your home.

Local families are encouraged to include a gift-wrapped book among the presents that children will open this holiday season.

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“There is a town in north Ontario…”

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Coronation Hall, where Neil Young plays tonight. Photo by Michael LaRiviere.

“There is a town in north Ontario” where Neil Young will be tonight, one of Canada’s most legendary singer/songwriters — and it’s Omemee in Kawartha Lakes.

Young will play here at Coronation Hall, a venue which seats at most 225 people.

The acoustic concert will be livestreamed by CTV at 8 p.m. ET on various platforms, including, and on Facebook internationally.

On Friday, CTV said proceeds from the show would go to Scott Young Public School, named after Neil’s father who was a novelist, journalist and early host of Hockey Night in Canada.

Council moves from 16 to 8 councillors in retooling of City’s political structure

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The new boundaries kick in for the next election in October 2018.

The City of Kawartha Lakes will shrink the number of councillors from 16 to eight in time for the next election, locking in savings of about $109,000 annually.

That’s despite an $11,000 increase to councillors’ salaries which will rise from about $30,500 a year right now to $41,000 in the new term.

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Calling all amateur artists for card art competition

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Kawartha Lakes Food Source (KLFS) is calling on all amateur artists within Kawartha Lakes to enter its first-ever art competition for their special occasion fundraising cards.

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Ross recognizes employees, including 40-year-service recipient

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Ross recognizes employees, including 40-year-service recipient
40 years long service: Anne Overhoff (VP Patient Care), Wendy Kane RN, Jennifer Burns-West (Emergency Department Manager)

When Wendy Kane began her career at Ross Memorial Hospital, Pierre Trudeau was prime minister – not his son, Justin – and Bill Davis was premier of Ontario. As well, all Canadian road signs turned metric this same year and the Toronto Eaton Centre opened its doors for the first time.

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Local students’ top choices in universities and colleges

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What school is right for you, or your son or daughter?

Data from Trillium Lakelands District School Board shows where area students most want to go to college and university – and what they’re interested in studying.

Laura Blaker, communications officer with Trillium Lakelands District School Board, says the data was based on survey work with students. The sampling is not 100 per cent accurate, she says, “because we aren’t able to make 100 per cent contact with all of our graduates.”

However, Blaker notes that “we believe this data paints a relatively clear picture.”

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