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Kawartha Lakes students back to school Monday

Many parents in Kawartha Lakes are overjoyed to hear that their school-aged children who were attending in-person learning before the Christmas holiday will be returning to school on Jan. 25.

The Ontario government, in consultation with the chief medical officer of health, announced that schools under jurisdiction of the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit will be returning to in-person learning Jan. 25 while schools under jurisdiction of the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit will continue remote learning until at least Feb. 10.

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Province gives $1 million more to city to help it avoid deficit

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New funding to help local governments avoid operating deficits in 2021 was announced today by MPP Laurie Scott’s office, including about $1 million for Kawartha Lakes.

The money was announced as part of Phase 2 of the Safe Restart Agreement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This new funding will help municipalities in HKLB develop a 2021 budget that reflects the challenges of COVID-19,” said Scott.

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Long-term care needs action now, not in 2025

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Just last month, many unions and health advocates for long-term care were initially ecstatic to learn that the Ontario government was finally taking the necessary steps to improve quality of care for seniors in Ontario.

The government announced it would establish a new standard that would ensure that residents in nursing homes receive an “average of four hours of direct care, every day,” up from the 2.75 hours of care they receive now on average.

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Podcast teaser: The play’s the thing – and then some.

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Jess Topfer, the Advocate's digital content manager, figures into the most recent episode of The Advocate Podcast – as a comic performer.

Sure, bringing interesting, important stories and introducing fascinating people from our community to The Advocate Podcast’s listeners has been rewarding since we launched last February.

Heck, I’m not sure I would have otherwise had the opportunity to speak with an artist who used gingerbread to miniaturize Bobcaygeon’s downtown or the couple that transforms its home into a Christmas light show that rivals Parliament Hill’s. (Spoiler alert. Listen for those interviews in upcoming episode 21).

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Christmas wish: Now, more than ever, your community needs you to shop local

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Now, more than ever, your community needs you to shop local

As the holiday season approaches, there’s no doubt that the usual festivities in every facet of our lives will look somewhat different this year.

For Downtown Lindsay, community events have two benefits – fostering community spirit, and supporting our downtown businesses by encouraging holiday shopping and dining. The fear is that without the gathering events, that the traffic into our small businesses will suffer.

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Christmas trees are all-year business for local family  

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If you’re not already in the camp that regards artificial Christmas trees as an abomination, just spend a little time with Dan Vanderzwet.

Dan is an ardent advocate for the real thing. With his wife, Heidi, their daughter Bella and sons Dominic and Joshua, he operates Potash Creek Farms, the only cut-your-own Christmas tree farm in Kawartha Lakes.

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Health unit expecting to help 1,700 local seniors with dental care 

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Health unit expecting to help 1,700 local seniors with dental care 

Are you a senior of modest means living in Kawartha Lakes in need of dental care? The Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge Health Unit may have a program for you.

The recently launched program will give seniors without health insurance access to anything from preventative dental care to full dental services right here in Kawartha Lakes.

Pam Stuckless, director of health promotions for the HKPR Health Unit, shared background on the program with the board during a virtual meeting on Dec. 3.

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Dismissal of basic income class action lawsuit to be appealed  

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Dismissal of basic income class action lawsuit to be appealed  
Local lawyer Mike Perry, left, with members of the Toronto law firm of Cavalluzzo LLP in Lindsay.

A decision made last week by a Superior Court of Justice judge to dismiss the Ontario basic income class action lawsuit will be appealed.

The lawsuit was initiated by four Lindsay residents — Dana Bowman, Grace Marie Doyle Hillion, Susan Lindsay, and Tracey Mechefske. They argued through their lawyers that the early termination of the Ontario Basic Income Pilot’s payments amounted to “a breach of contract, a breach of undertaking, negligence…and a breach of section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms — and that as a result they have suffered damages.

The Advocate has learned that the Toronto law firm that represents them, Cavalluzzo LLP Barristers & Solicitors, will appeal, after the firm discussed their options with the four plaintiffs.

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Local entrepreneur gets his COVID smell tester product approved by Health Canada

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Local entrepreneur gets his COVID smell tester product approved by Health Canada
“Helping people and business survive – that’s the part that I think is so rewarding.”

Michael Bryant’s success has always been about adaptability. It’s seen in his agri-tourism destination known as Dromoland Farms. It’s obvious with his purchase of the town trolley car to meet local tourism needs. Now, Bryant has turned his attention to developing an easy-to-use COVID-19 test — and yesterday he got authorization from Health Canada to sell it. The product is called Anosmic COVID-19 Smell Tester. It’s the first (and only, according to Bryant) authorized product that can screen people in their own homes to control the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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First learn-at-home snow day discussed by board

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First learn-at-home snow day discussed by board

Trillium Lakelands District School Board dissected their first snow day at the recent board meeting, given that snow days are now learn-from-home days.

Haliburton trustee Gary Brohman wanted insights into how the board’s first snow day went, and whether the new protocols for instruction on snow days were successful.

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Homeowners need to clear their snow, lawyer advises, to avoid lawsuits

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With more snow in the forecast for Kawartha Lakes, shovelling driveways might not be the most fun activity that the season brings. However, failure to do so, and making sure your property is reasonably safe, can cause legal headaches for homeowners.

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