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There has been a lot of hand-wringing in some quarters over the release of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) report, specifically with the report’s use of the word genocide. Here’s my take on it: my opinion isn’t really needed right now.

See, I’m a white dude. A white dude that’s lucky enough to get to share my opinion sometimes. But now is not the time for me to speak. It’s the time for me, and people like me, to listen. And hopefully learn.

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Tall order: A Place Called Home’s Dave Tilley always on lookout for shelter funding

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Dave Tilley. Photo: Jamie Morris.

“Stay where you’re to ‘till I comes to where you’re at.” That’s what I told Dave Tilley, A Place Called Home’s manager of fund development and operations when I dropped in to meet with him. It’s a Maritime expression he’s familiar with: after all, he grew up in Conception Bay South, met his wife when both were students at Memorial University, and each summer delivers their two kids to Newfoundland to spend summer vacation with the grandparents. He’s been steeped in Newfoundlandese.

Dave has a diverse set of responsibilities. When I dropped in, he could have been in any of a number of locations. That morning’s checklist included everything from a health and safety meeting and looking into a used truck purchase to installation of some paper towel dispensers.

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Schmale continues to push for VIA Rail stop in Pontypool area

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Local MPP Jamie Schmale.

The federal government announced that the Canada Infrastructure Bank will contribute $66.1 million in new funding to further study the Quebec-Ottawa-Peterborough-Toronto VIA Rail relief line. 

Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock current Member of Parliament and re-running Candidate Jamie Schmale said “while I have been advocating for this project for a number of years, today’s announcement shouldn’t be confused as a done deal. Nothing in today’s announcement demonstrates that this government is serious about getting shovels in the ground.”

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Newfoundland cod, community gardens, and our fading social memory

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The fisheries is still a genuine way of life, socially and economically. Photo: Roderick Benns.

A stinging, light rain is in the air in Petty Harbour, Newfoundland. The fishing trawler edges to the dock and there is a bustle of activity. One man is below deck organizing the day’s catch while another man, above, eases a basket of cod from the belly of the boat. Two other men are on the dock, swapping stories. I’m there, too, out of place and taking some photos at their invitation.

Here in one of the oldest communities in all of North America, just four miles away from Cape Spear, I am in awe of this traditional way of life.

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New Nurse Practitioner begins practice in Fenelon Falls

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Dr. Bruce Allin (left) and Mike Perry (far right), Executive Director of the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team, welcome new Nurse Practitioner, Cherisse Young (centre). Photo: Jean Walsh

The City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team has welcomed a new Nurse Practitioner to its team in Fenelon Falls.

Cherisse Young, RN(EC), will begin collaborating with Dr. Bruce Allin, Dr. Kesang Pema, and the team’s family health nurse, Kylie Pankhurst, RN, at the Fenelon Medical Centre on Francis Street East as of July 2nd. A long-time resident of Fenelon Falls, Young comes to the team with almost a decade of experience as a registered nurse in the emergency department at the Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay. She holds a Masters of Nursing in Primary Care degree from Athabasca University, having completed her training placements here locally.

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Claus Reuter: Citizen of the Year gives his time to local museum

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Claus Reuter: Citizen of the Year gives his time to local museum
As we continue to lose our older veterans, the legion needs to find new ways of connecting with the public. Photo: Lisa Hart.

A visit to the Lindsay and District Chamber of Commerce website will easily provide you with all the official criteria for Citizen of the Year nominees. In short, this award acknowledges volunteers who give of themselves to make our community a special place to live. The simple fact that many of these individuals do not see what they do as notable or expect anything in return makes them deserving of our recognition.

This June, Claus Reuter was presented with the Citizen of the Year award for his years of volunteer work with the Victoria County Historical Society and The Royal Canadian Legion.

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Four citizen heroes honoured by City in ceremony

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Some directed traffic, some communicated with the 911 operator, some notified family, and one started CPR. Photo: Geoff Coleman.

At the June 21 City of Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Recruitment Ceremony, the focus shifted briefly from 11 new recruits to a group of citizens present at an emergency in Cambray. When Ronald Goodhand collapsed from a heart attack at the four corners, citizens took action until the paramedics arrived.

Some directed traffic, some communicated with the 911 operator, some notified family, and one started CPR. Goodhand was revived and transported by ambulance to Ross Memorial Hospital. 

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Forbes to square off for Liberals in upcoming federal election

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The Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock Liberal Association has announced that Judi Forbes has successfully completed the nomination application process. At the nomination meeting on June 26 Forbes will be acclaimed as the Liberal candidate in the riding for the federal election in October.

As the owner of Moorlands Bed and Breakfast in Beaverton, and a former bank senior manager, Judi has a deep understanding of the daily challenges faced by families into our region, according to a press release.

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Food Source: Province should change course on social assistance reforms

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Within Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, and Northumberland County 13.5% of households are food insecure.

Kawartha Lakes Food Source is calling for several changes to the Province’s social assistance reforms — including retaining the current definition of ‘disability’ in Ontario.

In April 2019, Feed Ontario released a report forecasting the impact of the Government of Ontario’s proposed reforms to social assistance and put forth three key recommendations for change — recommendations Food Source is in full agreement with, as outlined in a recent press release.

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Kawartha Lakes Pride Week next month — here’s the what, when, and where

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Some images from last year's Pride event in Victoria Park, Lindsay.

Kawartha Lakes Pride Week Events run from July 8-14.

8 – Jul – 19  Mayoral Flag Raising – 9 am – City Hall -6 Francis St, Lindsay.

Join Mayor Letham, Kawartha Lakes Pride, and Lindsay and District Chamber of Commerce to raise the Pride and Trans flags.

9 – July – 19  Kids Corner – 10:30 am – 3 pm – Between the Bread – 17 William St S., Lindsay.

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Accessibility Awareness Recognition awards handed out by City

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Kawartha Conservation was one of the winners of an accessibility award.

Accessibility for all. This simple statement has inspired many to work towards a barrier-free Kawartha Lakes. From rethinking the design of a building to hosting programs for the elderly, accessibility can be celebrated and encouraged in many ways throughout Kawartha Lakes.

Each year, to honour the efforts of those working towards a more accessible municipality, Kawartha Lakes recognizes residents, organizations and employees at the Accessibility Awareness Recognition Awards.

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