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Tuition-free PSW program available at Fleming College in Lindsay, Peterborough

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Tuition-free PSW program available at Fleming College in Lindsay, Peterborough

Fleming College has started accepting applications for Ontario’s new accelerated training program for Personal Support Workers (PSWs) at Lindsay’s Frost Campus of Fleming College.

The program is part of the Ontario government’s $115 million investment to train up to 8,200 new PSWs as part of the governments’ overall strategy to hire 27,000 new nurses, PSWs, and other health professionals within the next few years, according to a media release.

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Fleming College attracts man escaping oppressive Cameroon government

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Robinson Orume has embraced Canadian winters
Robinson Orume has embraced Canadian winters

Robinson Orume is the only fellow I know who can distinguish among species of pangolins or tell you how to use chili peppers to deter elephants.

Robinson grew up in a village in the rainforest region of Cameroon. He worked as a national park ranger and saw first-hand the poaching and agricultural expansion that threatened the richly diverse tropical ecosystem. He soon founded the Korup Rainforest Conservation Society to support educational opportunities through scholarships, and training in environmentally-friendly business ideas like seed-collection and bee-keeping.

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Benns’ Belief: Revamp of employment services needed

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Benns’ Belief: Revamp of employment services needed

If there’s one consistent message I’ve heard from employers — both as a journalist, and as president of the Lindsay + District Chamber of Commerce — it’s that they’re having trouble finding the right people to work.

I don’t think Kawartha Lakes is unique. There are all kinds of barriers to employment everywhere, whether daycare needs, mental health, transportation lack of skills, disabilities and more.

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Fleming College scrambles for fall students, given nearly one in three were international

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Fleming College scrambles for fall students, given nearly one in three were international

Nearly a third of Fleming College’s student body is made up of international students – a large student segment now in jeopardy due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Typically, about 6,800 students are international learners who are willing to pay hefty tuition costs to study at a Canadian post-secondary institution.

For instance, for Fleming’s well-known Fish and Wildlife Technician program, a domestic student would pay $2,085 per semester. An international student must pay $8,147 per semester.

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Fleming College moves online; landlord worries about vacant rentals

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Beginning Sept. 8, Fleming College in Lindsay and Peterborough will start its fall semester using online and alternative delivery methods.

The college hopes that through the implementation of its Fleming Safe plan the school will be able to ensure that students can complete their programs while maintaining the highest possible safety standards in compliance with all government and public health directives.

A Lindsay landlord who rents regularly to Fleming students and who didn’t want to be identified was contacted for background on the story. He is concerned since he is normally fully rented for the fall by now.

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Podcast teaser: Bugged in the winter by mosquitos

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It’s an ideal title for a kid’s book – especially if those kids live in a climate similar to ours in Kawartha Lakes: There’s a Mosquito in My Bathroom and it’s Winter.

So, if you’ve gotten out of the shower on a minus-20, blizzard-like and blustery morning, only to see a mosquito – (or two, or three) – sluggishly buzzing about your window, you’re not alone, says Katrina Van Osch-Saxon, a professor of urban forestry and coordinator of the arboriculture program at Fleming College’s Frost campus.

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A Taste of India in Lindsay

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A Taste of India in Lindsay
Lindsay has a growing Indian community. Photo: Jamie Morris.

Resisting the allure of Lindsay Ex candy floss and corn dogs, no fewer than 120 gathered in the St. Paul’s Anglican Church hall for “A Taste of India,” an opportunity for East and West to come together and break bread — well, chapati (a flatbread).

For many of those attending, it was a taste of the homes they’d left behind less than a month earlier for studies at Fleming College’s Frost Campus.

The event was organized by the church’s Youth Leader, Dan Farmer, and his mother, Pam and the purpose, as Farmer explained, was to welcome newcomers to their new community.

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New pharmaceutical plant in Lindsay will provide local jobs where possible

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New pharmaceutical plant in Lindsay will provide local jobs where possible
Fleetwood Pharmaceutical Inc. will be up and running in two planned phases. Photo: Roderick Benns.

The owner of a new pharmaceutical plant in Lindsay that will open in six to eight months, Dr. Ghulam Khan, says he will be focusing on providing local jobs as much as possible which he calls “very good for the community.”

Fleetwood Pharmaceutical Inc., producing medicinal marijuana, will be up and running in two planned phases. In phase one, there will be a retrofit of the old 78,000 square foot Fleetwood plant. In the second phase, a half million square foot greenhouse will also be built. He says when both phases are fully operational it could mean between 550-600 jobs.

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United Way unveils large scale community garden project

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United Way unveils large scale community garden project
The garden is built on 30,000 sq. ft. of land on Crayola’s property. Photo: Mallory Cramp-Waldinsperger.

United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes had the chance to celebrate the grand unveiling of Edwin Binney’s Community Garden alongside a group of approximately 65 supporters, Saturday. Oftentimes, an unveiling signifies the completion of a project, and the end of a period of growth. For our community, however, this event represents a new future.

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Grading the health of our waterways with local experts

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Grading the health of our waterways with local experts

Why are the City of Kawartha Lakes waterways important? The City’s “Integrated Community Sustainability Plan” asks and answers the question. Our municipality is “renowned for its 250 lakes” and is known for its “headwater streams and river systems originating on the Oak Ridges Moraine and the Canadian Shield.” Furthermore, “the Trent-Severn waterway is central to the Kawartha Lakes . . . linking the vibrant communities that rely on these unique water resources for tourism and commerce, recreation [and] drinking water.”

“Naturally beautiful,” are the first words of the City’s Vision Statement for its Strategic Plan, which sets as one of its three major strategic goals “a healthy environment.” So, clearly, the current and future health of our lakes and the waters that feed them matter.

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