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Local residents take action to improve long-term care

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Concerned local residents from Haliburton County and Kawartha Lakes have banded together to form the Haliburton-CKL Long-Term Care Coalition to campaign for changes to nursing homes and how residents are cared for in Ontario and nationally.

“So many of us have had experiences with the long-term care system,” notes Haliburton community resident, Bonnie Roe. “COVID-19 has laid bare what we have all known for a long time – there’s an urgent need for improvement.”

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Eleven unresolved community cases of COVID-19 in city

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There are 11 unresolved COVID-19 cases in Kawartha Lakes, according to the local health unit, all of whom are self-isolating in their homes.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit data shows 171 confirmed cases total for Kawartha Lakes, minus the 141 cases considered ‘resolved.’ There are also 19 COVID-19-related deaths tied to confirmed cases in the community.

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Remembering the polio epidemic of 1951

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Medical equipment for polio patients included the famous “iron lung.”

In the late summer of 1951, a young man named Harold Mitchell journeyed to the Canadian National Exhibition with some friends.

To a lad from Wilberforce, a trip to Toronto’s annual extravaganza would have been quite an outing – what with all of its colourful midway rides, mouth-watering aromas wafting from hamburger stands, and awe-inspiring entertainers offering quite the contrast to the quieter environs of rural Haliburton County.

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Home owner help on the way from City for needed repairs

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Photo: Sienna Frost.

Help is on the way for homeowners in need of repairs, energy efficient upgrades or accessibility modifications.

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City looking to landlords to help with homelessness

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City of Kawartha Lakes/Haliburton more than double homelessness housing goal

The municipality of Kawartha Lakes is looking to partner with landlords who own apartments in Kawartha Lakes and the County of Haliburton to help end homelessness during COVID-19.

During the pandemic, the most vulnerable are at an even higher risk, says a press release, and the City is looking to landlords to help house homeless community members. There is a high demand for bachelor or one bedroom units.

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A Place Called Home recipient of $5,000 grant

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United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes (UWCKL) has announced A Place Called Home (APCH) as the recipient of a $5,000 grant from the Telecare Mona Hall Fund to pilot a new Youth Emergency Fund Project.

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Affordable rural housing a challenge to find in nearby Haliburton County

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Low wages, seasonal work, inadequate social assistance rates and higher living costs are all factors.

“Apartment for rent $1,600.00 per month, no kids, no pets, no smokers.”

This ad sums up the difficulty facing many renters in Haliburton County.  Working full-time at minimum wage, one would have approximately $500 for all other expenses after paying rent.

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Time served: Those who have been incarcerated need fresh start

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Years ago on a Toronto subway, Lois Powers noticed a poster of a man leaving prison. The caption read: “Freedom. Now the punishment begins.”

Inspired by this powerful image, Powers went on to work for justice through various positions in social services, including the Toronto John Howard Society. Today she is the executive director of the John Howard Society (JHS) of Kawartha Lakes & Haliburton.

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Worker cooperatives: A path to equality

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Worker cooperatives: A path to equality

Quickly. Can you name five cooperatives? La Siembra Cooperative sells delicious Fair Trade chocolate bars, my bank is the Waterloo Education Credit Union and I buy outdoor equipment at Mountain Equipment Co-op. Over 20 organizations are part of the Haliburton County Community Co-operative and Huntsville recently launched the Muskoka North Good Food Co-op. How did you do with your list?

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Over 30 local children waiting for mentors: Big Brothers Big Sisters

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Karen and Emily. Some kids will never get matched due to a lack of volunteers.

Whether they camp out and roast marshmallows over the fire, go bowling, or simply sit and talk, Karen Szostac and her friend Emily spend time together every week. In fact, after spending just over a year getting to know each other, Szostac says that they consider each other family.

The now inseparable duo met through Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Kawartha Lakes – Haliburton, where over 30 children are currently waiting to be matched with a volunteer mentor.

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