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Kawartha Lakes will see about $390,000 for long-term care, education, more

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There's up to $100 million for long-term care projects to be identified and administered by the Ministry of Long-Term Care.

Kawartha Lakes is being allocated more than $390,000 through combined federal-provincial funding through the new COVID-19 resilience infrastructure stream. This stream seeks to build or renovate health and safety related projects in long-term care, education and for municipalities.

The funding is part of the federal government’s Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program and reinforces the commitment of both the federal and provincial governments to protect the health and well-being of individuals and families during the pandemic.

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City to receive $1.75 million in ‘social services relief fund’ from province

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L to R: Deputy Mayor Patrick O'Reilly, Hope Lee Manager Human Services (Housing), Mayor Andy Letham, MP Jamie Schmale, Karen Round – President APCH, MPP Laurie Scott, APCH Executive Director Dave Tilley.

MPP Laurie Scott has announced that Kawartha Lakes will receive $1,750,249 as part of Phase 2 of the social services relief fund to expand and renovate A Place Called Home in Lindsay. The renovation includes building a new 19-bed shelter along with five new affordable housing units, one four-bedroom house and four one-bedroom apartments.

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LifeLabs says they’ve reduced wait times in Lindsay ‘by half’

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LifeLabs says they’ve reduced wait times at Lindsay location ‘by half’

After an Advocate investigation into the long wait times faced by local residents at LifeLabs, the city’s only community bloodwork location, the private company says they have now reduced wait times by half.

A media spokesperson for the company who would only identify himself as “Roy” said in an emailed response that LifeLabs regularly reviews how it’s doing to “ensure residents have access to high-quality services within their community.”

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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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More than $4.8 million announced by Scott for Kawartha Lakes’ pandemic support

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Today, MPP Laurie Scott announced more than $4.8 million dollars in provincial assistance for Kawartha Lakes in response to the COVID 19 pandemic.

“This is new money for our communities that will provide municipalities with the support they need to protect the health and well-being of Ontario residents,” said Scott in a media release.

“This assistance will continue to deliver needed public services as the province continues down the path of renewal, growth and economic recovery.”

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Kawartha Lakes receives over $1.4 million to support tourism recovery

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Kawartha Settlers Village is one of many draws in the city. Photo: Madelaine MacDonald.

On July 9, Lisa MacLeod, minister of heritage, sport, tourism and culture industries joined Laurie Scott, minister of infrastructure and MPP for Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock, in Bobcaygeon to announce over $1.4 million in tourism recovery supports across the Kawartha Lakes region.

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RMH to receive 5 per cent increase in funding from province

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Ross Memorial gets new CFO

Ross Memorial Hospital will higher annualized funding, according to a press release from the province.

“This investment provides a five per cent increase of over $3.7 million in funding for Ross Memorial Hospital and a two per cent increase of more than $199,000 for Haliburton Highlands Health Services Corporation,” says MPP Laurie Scott in the release.

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Task force prioritizes broadband as greatest need; expanded patios may open

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Sisters Kim Wagg, left, and Nicole Rochette, far right, own Coach and Horses in Lindsay, buying it from Wim Beeekhuis, centre, last fall.

Mayor Andy Letham says the local economic recovery task force has pinpointed better broadband as the key need in the city.

The task force, created by council at their May meeting and now boasting such local business luminaries as Bjorn Alfredsson, formerly of Holsag Furniture, Jill Quast of Happy Days Houseboats and Mark Wilson from Mark Wilson Contracting, focused on broadband being a key to economic recovery for all of eastern Ontario.

Letham says the pandemic “has exposed the weakness of local broadband.”

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Lindsay’s David LaMantia to serve on Ontario’s Small Business Advisory Council

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David LaMantia, owner of Lamantia’s Country Market in Lindsay, was selected to join Ontario’s Small Business Advisory Council, says a press release from MPP Laurie Scott’s office.

Prabmeet Sarkaria, Minister responsible for Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, held the inaugural meeting of the province’s Small Business Economic Advisory Council.

The Ministerial Advisory Council consists of 12 small business owners from across the province who have been tasked with advising the Minister and in turn the government on tackling the challenges of small businesses in the wake of COVID-19.

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Letham speculates how Kawartha Lakes may re-open

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Kawartha Lakes mayor, Andy Letham, says the discussion about the COVID-19 pandemic is “no longer what we are shutting down, but instead how things can be opened responsibly.”

Businesses like drive-ins and golf courses could perhaps re-open soon, says the mayor, once the weather improves and the state of emergency has been lifted.

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