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City’s 10-year homeless plan aims for nearly 1,300 housing units

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City’s 10-year homeless plan aims for nearly 1,300 housing units

The City’s new 10-year homelessness plan, set to be complete by 2029, seeks to build as many as 1,280 new housing units for those with below-average income in Kawartha Lakes and 750 for the County of Haliburton.

It’s a goal that Michelle Corley, program supervisor at Housing Help for Kawartha Lakes and one of the 14 committee members who formed the plan, said was slowed down from the pandemic but still underway.

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Mass immunization clinics: What it will look like in Kawartha Lakes

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Mass immunization clinics: What it will look like in Kawartha Lakes
Dr. Ian Gemmill, acting medical officer of health.

As more vaccines get shipped to Kawartha Lakes in the coming weeks and an increasing number of citizens become eligible to get one, what do plans look like here for mass immunization?

According to the plan as it’s written now, the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit is not planning an around-the-clock effort where vaccines are administered 24/7.

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Province to move local health unit to ‘yellow’ as local cases decline

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Province to move local health unit to 'yellow' as local cases decline

Declining new coronavirus cases in recent weeks means COVID-19 restrictions will be eased somewhat starting Monday in Haliburton County, Northumberland County and Kawartha Lakes.

As of 12:01 am on Monday (March 8), the Ontario government will move the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPRDHU) region to its Yellow COVID-19 colour category. This is the second lowest level in Ontario’s five-colour COVID-19 Response Framework, and one step below the current Orange category that the area has been in for the past three weeks since the provincial Stay-at-Home order was lifted in mid-February.

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Local health unit envisions role for pharmacies in vaccine roll-out

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Three Ontario health units are preparing to see mass vaccinations in a pilot program by the province, but there’s no word on when Kawartha Lakes will see its turn. 

The Ontario government and the Ontario Pharmacists Association have reached a deal that will see vaccines being given in 4,600 pharmacies across the province. Those pharmacies are all in Toronto, Kingston, and Windsor.

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RMH begins COVID-19 vaccine roll-out for staff, physicians

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RMH begins COVID-19 vaccine roll-out for staff, physicians
It is anticipated that all highest priority staff and physicians will receive their first dose by the end of the week.

On March 3, the first doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine were administered to 78 Ross Memorial Hospital (RMH) staff and physicians.

Following the provincial ethical framework, the vaccine roll-out at RMH will prioritize staff and physicians who are considered front line, in high risk clinical areas. It is anticipated that all highest priority staff and physicians will receive their first dose by the end of the week.

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No direction given to local health units on use of AstraZeneca, about to expire in April

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As the country scrambles to coordinate and prioritize vaccinations against COVID-19, thousands of doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine will expire by the end of April.

And while that would conceivably mean a rush for local health units to get them into arms as quickly as possible, the acting local medical officer of health, Dr. Ian Gemmill, says there is not yet any definitive direction on the use of AstraZeneca – not even any indication it is coming to public health units.

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Kawartha Lakes Food Source launches Community Kitchen program with grant money

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Leslie Creeden, a Kawartha Lakes Food Source volunteer.

Thanks to an Ontario Trillium Fund Seed Grant, Kawartha Lakes Food Source (KLFS) has started a Community Kitchen program.

This new program is an opportunity for clients of the Lindsay Community Food Market (a non-traditional food bank owned and operated by KLFS) to grow more engaged in their community and strengthen their food literacy.

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Weldon’s International Baccalaureate program benefits from structural changes

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Weldon's International Baccalaureate program benefits from structural changes
Erin Matthew, IB coordinator at I.E. Weldon. Photo: Erin Burrell.

Superintendent of Schools for Trillium Lakelands District School Board, Katherine MacIver, told trustees that structural changes made to the International Baccalaureate (IB) program offered at I.E. Weldon have helped to make the respected enrichment program financially viable.

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Destreaming Grade 9 one class at a time, starting with math

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Destreaming Grade 9 one class at a time, starting with math

Superintendent of Schools Katherine MacIver told trustees that the preparations continue for the destreaming of Grade 9 mathematics students beginning September 2021.

Destreaming will see almost all students continue to attend and learn together as they did in Grade 8, with a choice of academic streams shifted to Grade 10.

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Asymptomatic testing coming to area schools

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Asymptomatic testing coming to area schools

Kawartha Lakes area parents will soon get the chance to have their asymptomatic children tested for COVID-19 if they wish.

At the recent Trillium Lakelands District School Board meeting, Director of Education Wes Hahn shared details regarding the changes in testing and screening mandated by the province, soon to be rolled out by the HKPR District Health Unit, private labs, and TLDSB.

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