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RMH removing barriers to addiction treatment with RAAM clinic  

Stigma, rapid access, and transportation from rural areas – these are some of the barriers to accessing treatment for people in Kawartha Lakes who are addicted to alcohol or opioids, according to the mental health team at Ross Memorial Hospital.

To help address these barriers, RMH started operating its Rapid Access Addiction Medicine (RAAM) clinic in May 2021. The RAAM clinic provides immediate access to lifesaving treatment by offering same-day counselling, addiction medication, and prescription therapies for people who are addicted to alcohol or opioids.

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Summer learning programs offered to students by TLDSB to fill in learning gaps

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Summer learning programs offered to students by TLDSB to fill in learning gaps

On the heels of a second straight school year disrupted by COVID-19, the Trillium Lakelands District School Board will be offering many summer learning opportunities to assist students who may have fallen behind during the pandemic.

Superintendent of learning Jay MacJanet shared with the board the multiple learning opportunities available, and where the funding is coming from to support some of these unique course offerings.

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James family launches petition to ask council to delay ORV decision

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ORVs could be allowed on any street in Lindsay or Bobcaygeon depending on how council votes this week. File photo.

A Lindsay couple has launched a petition to ask council to put the brakes on any final off-road vehicle (ORV) decision that would see ORVs be able to be travel on Lindsay and Bobcaygeon streets.

Council meets Tuesday and will make a final decision for this issue that was originally discussed at committee of the whole.

Darryl and Robin James, who have launched the petition, say the final vote should be stalled.

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Parents urged to get youth vaccinated against COVID-19

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The time is right for area youth to get vaccinated against COVID-19, says a media release from the local health unit.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is encouraging youth aged 12 to 17 years to get vaccinated against COVID-19 during the month of June. Based on the province’s schedule for second doses, youth vaccinated this month will be eligible to receive their second dose in August, ensuring they are fully vaccinated when school resumes in September.

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Board rejects Ford’s call for in-person graduations

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Board rejects Ford’s call for in-person graduations
Grads like this will not be possible this year.

The Trillium Lakelands Board of Education has decided to stand their ground on their decision to host virtual graduations for their Grade 8 and Grade 12 students.

Director of education Wes Hahn told trustees that the planning for these events has been going on for months, the provincial recommendation for in-person outdoor graduations came too late and that after discussions with the two local health units, the board was told in-person outdoor graduations would be unsafe.

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About 4,000 Bobcaygeon homes, businesses to get natural gas expansion option

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Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock announced that nearly 4,000 homes and businesses in Bobcaygeon will be able to connect to natural gas for the first time through the province’s Natural Gas Expansion Program.

Under Phase 2 of the program, Ontario will allocate $68 million to support new connections to the natural gas distribution system and help make life more affordable in Bobcaygeon.

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TLDSB opts for quadmesters; two classes per day

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TLDSB opts for quadmesters; two classes per day

Secondary students in Kawartha Lakes will still not be back to pre-pandemic normal come September, but a traditional-looking school year is getting a bit closer. The Trillium Lakelands District School Board has opted to move from octomesters, where students take one class a day all day for 22 days, to quadmesters, where they will take one class in the morning and one class in the afternoon every day for 44 days.

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Health unit encourages caution with move to reopening

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As the province lifts a number of COVID-19 restrictions for some stores, services and activities in coming days, the local health unit asks people to continue staying safe every step of the way. 

As of 12:01 am on Friday (June 11), Ontario will enter Step 1 of its Roadmap to Reopen. In this first step, non-essential retailers will be able to reopen for limited in-person shopping, limited outdoor dining on restaurant patios will be allowed, more outdoor activities like camping, fitness classes and religious services can resume, and outdoor gathering sizes will double to up to 10 people.

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Board decides tonight if unpopular ‘octomesters’ will continue in fall

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Board decides tonight if unpopular 'octomesters' will continue

Staff and students are concerned that the Trillium Lakelands District School Board may be once again considering the highly unpopular octomesters come September.

While these structures have worked effectively to combat the spread of COVID-19, educationally they have been unsatisfactory for many having to teach or learn in them.

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Children’s summer outreach lunch program is back at King Albert, Queen Victoria

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A previous year's summer outreach lunch program. This year, organizers hope to give even more free lunches away in the community.

Last year, 328 free lunches were given out to elementary kids in Lindsay through Kawartha Lakes Food Source and its partners’ summer lunch program – but they’re hoping to reach even more children this year.

From June 16 to Aug. 20, the school lunch program will be distributing lunches at King Albert Public School from (11 a.m. to Noon) and at Queen Victoria Public School (12:30-1:30 p.m.) on Wednesdays and Fridays, two of Lindsay’s more economically challenged catchment areas.

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King Albert principal sad to leave, says school is in good hands

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Outgoing principal Dean Burke.

For the last four years, Dean Burke has enjoyed every minute he has been the principal of King Albert Public School in Lindsay. With the help of staff, students, parents and community partners Burke has worked very hard to make King Albert a place his students want to be.

Burke, a King Albert graduate himself, began teaching in 2009, and made the transition into administration as the “teacher in charge” at Our Lady of Fatima in Longlac, Ontario in 2014.

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