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Most schools re-opening in the fall: TLDSB to announce more details soon

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Where is our local voice? School board should speak out about Ford’s classroom plans
Students will be cohorted into small learning groups to reduce contacts with others.

Premier Doug Ford and Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced in Whitby today the re-opening of most Ontario schools for a five day a week, five hour a day of regular learning commencing Sept. 8.

The event, held at a Catholic secondary school, was a who’s who of the provincial Conservative Party with local MPP Laurie Scott joining in for the announcement. Durham Catholic trustees were invited and were in attendance, but no teaching staff or support staff were present for this crucial announcement.

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Dr. Victor Sun: A passion for dentistry

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“Dr. Sun’s passion in life is ‘dentistry.’” So states the bio on Dr. Victor Sun’s website. For Sun, who as of this August will have been practicing in Lindsay for 20 years, dentistry is an artistic pursuit. “It gives me the opportunity to recreate the natural anatomy of a tooth, to design and build a beautiful smile,” he says.

I’ve interviewed individuals who had passions for music, for baking, for sports, even for human-powered vertical flight and ice-resurfacing machines. I could understand every one of those passions. But dentistry?

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TLDSB has ‘no expectation’ that formal learning will happen at home during pause before April 3

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Where is our local voice? School board should speak out about Ford’s classroom plans

In a letter to all parents of the Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) catchment area, Larry Hope, director of education, says he has “no expectation that students will engage in any formal academic learning” before April 3.

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Real-world experience: Employers won’t want to miss Experiential Learning Fair

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Real-world experience: Employers won’t want to miss Experiential Learning Fair

It’s the old adage we’ve all heard before. ‘I can’t get a job without experience and I can’t get any experience without a job.’ But what if that scenario was getting less true every day? What if experience – through experiential learning – was becoming the new norm? In recognition of this, the Workforce Development Board /Local Employment Planning Council (WDB/LEPC) has come together with their community partners to create the don’t-miss Experiential Learning Fair – Information Session & Trade Show in Peterborough on Friday Nov. 8.

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Students to walk out of class on Thursday to protest Ford’s education cuts

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Students to walk out of class on Thursday to protest Ford’s education cuts
Lindsay's I.E. Weldon S.S. is registered as a 'walk-out' school. Photo: Erin Smith.

Hundreds of students in Kawartha Lakes are expected to walk out of class at 1:15 pm Thursday to protest the PC government’s cuts to education.

While Trillium Lakelands District School Board’s position is they would “prefer students didn’t,” according to Catherine Shedden, district manager of corporate communications, they are “welcome to do so peacefully.”

Shedden says they know area schools are interested in expressing their disagreement with recent announcements from the provincial government on education matters.

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Literacy in the library — it’s about more than just books

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A father and son reading.

When you consider the word ‘literacy,’ you mostly likely think about reading, but did you know that literacy encompasses so much more than that? There is digital literacy, financial literacy, community literacy…and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Schools are designed to teach students all sorts of literacy as they progress through the grades – preparing children for the ‘real world.’

Can you think of another institution that has similar goals? If you guessed the local library, then you are absolutely correct.

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One hundred days of school marked by 300 acts of kindness at Leslie Frost

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One hundred days of school marked by 300 acts of kindness at Leslie Frost
Teacher Sylvie Dugas and her Grade 1 and 2 students at Leslie Frost.

Teacher Sylvie Dugas couldn’t have known that trying out something new this year to celebrate the recent 100th day of school could yield such a cascade of positive energy.

And yet when she asked her 20 students to do five random acts of kindness in celebration of the 100th day of learning this year, two co-workers heard about the plan and ran with it, too.

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