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An international journey and an incredible recovery for local man

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Photo, left to right: Lorna Bogar, Occupational Therapist; Dawn McNeil, Rehab Assistant; Neil Pearson; Ange Allard, Rehab Assistant; Alison Rees, Physiotherapist.
Photo, left to right: Lorna Bogar, occupational therapist; Dawn McNeil, rehab assistant; Neil Pearson; Ange Allard, rehab assistant; Alison Rees, physiotherapist.

In February 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic had not yet hit close to home, and Neil Pearson and his wife, Ellen, took their annual trip to France to visit their daughter.

As they were enjoying their holiday, Neil developed what he felt was a sinus infection, but was able to manage with rest and medication. As their return date approached, Neil noticed weakness and an inability to grip objects with his hands.

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Benns’ Belief: Time for change at Lindsay’s LifeLabs fiasco

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Since we launched the Advocate three years ago, we’ve never had so many people call or email to suggest we do the same story. The obscenely long wait times at LifeLabs in Lindsay — the only community bloodwork lab in Kawartha Lakes — has left far too many people frustrated and troubled.

They are frustrated because people — mostly seniors — are literally waiting hours to get bloodwork, or even to do something as simple as dropping off a completed home testing kit. They are troubled because they’re wondering what winter will bring and how they can possibly cope under such conditions.

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Reader not impressed that he can’t bring food to his mother at Ross Memorial Hospital

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During these times of turmoil, most of us are already on edge having little control over the outcome.

More than a week ago, my 76-year-old mother was admitted to the hospital with a broken pelvis. She is now bedridden, lonely and in significant pain.

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Personal Support Workers on the front lines of caring for your loved ones

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Local PSWs in Lindsay at Caressant Care, top, and at Lindsay's Frost Manor, bottom. Photo: Sienna Frost.

When it comes to senior care, it takes a village to ensure our family members are well looked after. While some positions may be more glamourous, personal support workers (PSWs) are a critical part of health care, but there’s a growing shortage of PSWs. In an area like Kawartha Lakes, where we have a higher-than-average senior population, that’s a significant concern.

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The public good means more public enterprises

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In the early 1900s, a Conservative MPP named Adam Beck campaigned diligently for a public power utility in Ontario.

The campaign was a success, thanks to the hard work of Beck and others. Beck and other allies knew there would be no benefit in creating a private corporation with the vast majority of profits going to shareholders, versus creating a public enterprise where the money is returned to our province.

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Chiropractor sees past experience in ballet world as natural fit for her work today

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Dr. Jacquelyn Nicholls was just three years old when she began formal dance training, mainly studying Highland Dancing and ballet. What began as a weekly beginner class, though, soon turned into several times a week – including competitive classes with competitions in Canada, the U.S. and Scotland.

What she couldn’t have known at age 3 is that dance — and the science of human movement – would come to define her professional life.

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Family health teams a positive change, say majority, although health care cuts a worry

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Vast majority say family health teams a positive change to health care
Dr. Eric Ready, rt, Mike Perry, centre, Julia Skinner, left. Photo: Jean Walsh.

The results are in from the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team’s most recent survey of patients across the local area. The data revealed some interesting findings on how local residents feel about their local care, the family health team approach, the health care system in general and the main challenges to be addressed.

While the vast majority of respondents indicated they found their health care provider to be caring, friendly and easy-to-talk-to and reported overwhelmingly that their providers are caring, good listeners and thorough, the broader answers were also encouraging.

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Mulhern, Doyle run for federal NDP nomination

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Barbara Doyle and James Mulhern are running for the local NDP nomination.

Well-known labour activist James Mulhern and community activist Barbara Doyle are throwing their hat in the ring to win the Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock nomination. NDP members will have the chance to vote for their candidate for the 2019 federal election during a nomination meeting on Feb. 23 at Community Care Village Housing in Lindsay, at 1 pm. The event is open to the public but only registered party members are eligible to vote.

Mulhern, who is president of the Lindsay and District Labour Council, has lived in Lindsay for most of his life. He has worked in a number of fields from general labourer, painter, security, food service, health care, and presently, as a custodian.

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Community rallies in support of Ross Memorial; Merger not wanted

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"We don’t want it to just be a home for the elderly.” Photo: Trevor Hutchinson.

Under a damp and insistent rain, more than 70 people braved the elements to fight for the local hospital they have come to believe in and depend upon.

While they did so, multiple cars streamed by, their drivers honking and waving in a show of support for the Ross to remain as is, and improved, not merged with Peterborough Regional Health Centre.

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Health Coalition organizes meetings to talk about proposed merger’s impact

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"We believe that the proposed integration will be devastating, with centralized surgeries, rehabilitation and palliative care moved.”

Citizens concerned about the impact of the proposed ‘integration’ of the Ross Memorial Hospital and the Peterborough Regional Health Centre will have the opportunity to attend local meetings and discuss their thoughts on the merger – but these events were not organized by the hospitals.

The two events, organized by the Peterborough Health Coalition and the Ontario Health Coalition, will be held in Lindsay on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 7-9 p.m. at the Christian Fellowship Centre (59 Mary St W.) and in Peterborough on Thursday Sept. 13, 7-9 p.m. at the Peterborough Lions Center (347 Burnham St).

Charlene Avon, local organizer and a board member of the Ontario Health Coalition, says the events will provide residents with an opportunity to “voice their concerns and tell their stories.” OHC Executive Director Natalie Mehra and local activists will be speaking at both events.

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