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Ford government moving to privatize health care, reader says

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I am beyond disgusted at the Ford government. Premier Doug Ford is moving ahead with Bill 175, which seeks to privatize home health care — even as he cries crocodile tears over the horrible conditions at long-term care homes.

As citizens of this country, we have worked, paid taxes (through which politicians get paid) and contributed to the economy by buying foods, electronics and all of the  commercial products from corporations that maintain their success — and profits — from our money.

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Coboconk Wellness Centre: Village area could see doctors, other health professionals

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Coboconk Wellness Centre report proposes multi-million dollar facility  
"This is a small investment in the future of Kawartha Lakes." Photo: Roderick Benns.

If ward one residents Jennifer Wilson and Ian Forster have their way, Coboconk and area will soon have its own wellness centre, complete with family doctors.

The two presented a feasibility study that was commissioned almost a year ago by council regarding the construction of a Coboconk Wellness Centre.

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Green leader says avoid more property taxes; cities need help from feds

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Green leader says avoid more property taxes; cities need help from feds

Mike Schreiner, leader of the Ontario Green Party, says municipalities will need significant financial help moving forward – and increasing property taxes is not the answer.

In a wide-ranging interview with the Advocate, Schreiner talked about how the COVID-19 virus is influencing municipalities, long term care homes, public schools and universities, and small businesses as Ontario tries to re-open carefully and cautiously.

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Castle Keep a casualty of COVID-19’s ‘perfect storm’

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Castle Keep a casualty of COVID-19 ‘perfect storm’
Graham Bashford at his office in the Cambridge Mall.

On March 17, the Ontario government declared a state of emergency from COVID-19 – and that’s when Graham Bashford’s reality was turned upside down. Overnight, Bashford’s Castle Keep Retirement lost 40 per cent of its business. It then started to bleed 10 per cent per day after that, the “perfect storm,” as he calls it, that would take down his eight-year-old Lindsay company which had relied on a steady need for mobile senior care.

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Q & A with health unit: Pinecrest Nursing Home challenged by small size in COVID-19 outbreak

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On March 20, the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit announced that three residents of the Pinecrest Nursing Home in Bobcaygeon had tested positive for COVID-19.

The tests came after the Health Unit declared a respiratory outbreak at the facility on March 18 and tests were done on three symptomatic residents. As of the information available on March 26, there have been 14 staff members confirmed as COVID-19 positive, and four who have had negative results. Test results are still expected for 16 staff.

While no additional residents were tested, 35 others did develop symptoms and two of those residents have
died – one on Tuesday night and the other on Wednesday.

Q. How many staff have been tested? How many confirmed?

Beginning March 20, the day we were advised that COVID-19 was confirmed in three residents in the Pinecrest Nursing Home, symptomatic staff were already off work and were advised to be tested and to self-isolate. To date, we have received test results for 18 symptomatic staff. All other results are pending.

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Three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bobcaygeon nursing home

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The local Medical Officer of Health today announced three residents of a long-term care home in the City of Kawartha Lakes have been confirmed as having COVID-19.

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