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DriveTest in Lindsay must now forbid residents from other regions from taking road tests

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DriveTest centre in Lindsay faces community scrutiny in shadow of pandemic

In a press release just issued today, the Ontario government is cancelling all in-vehicle road tests in regions in the Grey (Lockdown) level effective now. DriveTest centres such as in Lindsay must not book any road tests from outside the area.

This currently applies to all road tests in the City of Toronto and Peel Region, including the Brampton, Downsview, Etobicoke, Metro East, Mississauga and Port Union DriveTest centres. This action is being taken to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Province tells GTA DriveTest customers to ‘avoid’ going to areas like Lindsay for tests

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DriveTest is now stating to customers in the Greater Toronto Area – where COVID infection rates are high – to avoid going to places like Lindsay, where infection rates are low. As well, City of Kawartha Lakes messaging is also asking non-local people to stay away for now.

The DriveTest notice is now on the DriveTest home page where it reads:

“Customers affected by the Grey (Lockdown) level cancellations are strongly encouraged to avoid non-essential travel and wait to reschedule their road test. Customers should avoid rescheduling their road test at DriveTest locations in Red, Orange, Yellow or Green levels.”

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School board notes: A $3 million deficit, students’ resilience, and a 100 day report from director

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Trustees opt for ‘fresh face and new ideas’ with incoming director of education
Director of Education for TLDSB, Wes Hahn.

The Trillium Lakelands District School Board recently met, covering their recent audit, staff reporting on some of the upsides seen during the pandemic, and the director of education’s 100-day report.

2019-2020 board financial audit reports $3 million deficit 

Superintendent of Finance Tim Ellis presented the auditors report to trustees.

Ellis pointed out that some numbers will look different this year because of pandemic affected accounting. For example, with property taxes deferred until later in 2020 by Kawartha Lakes, the province had to step in with TLDSB and front the board the money that would have normally been transferred by the municipality.

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Schmale announces referendum: Medical assistance in dying bill

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Local MP Jamie Schmale announced that he will hold a constituency referendum – his third – to give every eligible voter in his riding the opportunity to cast a vote on whether Schmale should vote in favour of, or against, Bill C-7, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (Medical Assistance in Dying), when it comes to its final vote in the House of Commons.

“I believe the people of Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock deserve to have their opinions heard directly. As such, I am asking the people of our riding how I should vote on this bill through a constituency referendum,” said Schmale.

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Kawartha Lakes closer to connected care with designated Ontario Health Team

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Residents of Kawartha Lakes are one step closer to experiencing more connected care in our community, as several health and service providers have been working together to form the Kawartha Lakes Ontario Health Team (KL-OHT).

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Advocate team member to emcee federal government webinar on financial literacy for students

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Advocate team member to emcee federal government webinar on financial literacy for students

A Dunsford-area resident and Advocate team member has been recruited by The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) to host a free national webinar on financial literacy November 19.

“It’s your money: Make it Count” is a one-hour, interactive event geared to high school and post-secondary students, presented by the federal agency as part of Financial Literacy Month.

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Worries about octoblocks grow as students, teachers deal with relentless pace

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Despite the mostly positive reports coming from senior Trillium Lakelands District School Board staff regarding octoblocks, a different narrative is emerging powered by student and teacher experiences.

Octoblocks, according to a school trustee, a union representative, and three teachers are affecting students and staff in a number of negative ways.

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Parents push for school photos; more money coming for tech, infrastructure

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Bobcaygeon area trustee John Byrne told fellow trustees at the recent Trillium Lakelands District School Board meeting that parents are pushing schools to carry on with school photos this year.

Outsiders, like photographers, have been restricted from school property to help contain the COVID virus.

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Remember good old snow days? Say hello to online learning instead

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Remember good old snow days? Say hello to online learning instead

On snow days bused students generally stay home when the harshest winter days mean bus cancellations, something that seems to be a common, positive memory for rural kids.

Town kids are often expected to trudge on into class or get dropped off to school by parents.

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Pinnguaq celebrates one year anniversary of Lindsay Makerspace

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With a complete year since its grand opening, Pinnguaq is celebrating the Lindsay Makerspace.

On Oct. 3, 2019, Pinnguaq’s Lindsay Makerspace opened its doors for the first time, welcoming young innovators and creators to explore the endless possibilities in the world of science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM).

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