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Benns’ Belief: Politicians are human — and so is learning from our mistakes

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Playgrounds, public health now knows, are not hotspots for COVID transmissions. (File photo from first lockdown.)

As we navigate Lockdown Number Whatever due to the pandemic it’s clear the politicians are determined to simply do what they want. It’s governance by political calculus, not public health needs.

Yes, Premier Doug Ford and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are human. They’re bound to make mistakes during an unparalleled crisis in our history. Other than the most partisan among us, they have been cut a lot of slack by most people I’ve heard from.

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Increase in COVID-19 cases stretches health unit capacity

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COVID-19

Dr. Natalie Bocking, medical officer of health for the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit says that the recent spike in cases has stretched the capacity of the health unit to its limits.

She says the organization has had to make some process changes to balance the work involved with new cases while continuing to offer mass immunization clinics in the communities.

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Union says Ford government needs to do five things to get schools ready to open again

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TLDSB recognizes no mandatory online training occurred for local teachers

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) says the provincial Conservative government’s decision to close schools today because of the surging pandemic is only the first step of what should happen next.

Ontario schools will stay closed indefinitely to in-person learning as the pandemic surges in Ontario to levels not seen before. Premier Doug Ford just announced this Monday afternoon along with Education Minister Stephen Lecce – just 24 hours after Lecce had said schools were safe to resume classes after the break.

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Brittany N Bros believes shopping in person will be popular again after pandemic

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Store owner Tammy Thompson says her customers have supported her business all through the pandemic.

Nearly 23 years ago, a small shoe store in downtown Lindsay opened but soon grew to carry clothing as well. Brittany N Bros carries “comfort and fashion footwear and clothing,” and has been a vibrant part of the downtown since it launched more than two decades ago.

Its Canadian and European designs were popular enough that owner Tammy Thompson expanded to Port Perry and Cobourg in 2011, for a total of three locations.

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Education director says PD has helped staff weather breakneck changes during COVID

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Education director says PD has helped staff whether breakneck changes during COVID
Wes Hahn, director of education.

After more than a year of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, Director of Education for the Trillium Lakelands District School Board, Wes Hahn, focused on how change has been constant for the staff and students attending the local board in his March director’s update.

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Catching a cold still possible, even with exceptional hygiene: Health unit

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While most of us are being extra cautious these days when it comes to personal hygiene, some readers have been asking how they’re getting sick at all if they’re barely leaving the house.

As many people observe strict COVID protocols of only leaving home for essential reasons, coupled with strict handwashing regiments, how is the common cold or other ailments even possible?

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Kawartha Lakes students back to school Monday

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Many parents in Kawartha Lakes are overjoyed to hear that their school-aged children who were attending in-person learning before the Christmas holiday will be returning to school on Jan. 25.

The Ontario government, in consultation with the chief medical officer of health, announced that schools under jurisdiction of the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit will be returning to in-person learning Jan. 25 while schools under jurisdiction of the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit will continue remote learning until at least Feb. 10.

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School board reports show education stressors are piling up

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Reports made by multiple Trillium Lakelands District School Board officials indicate a system that, while working hard to provide the best available education, is straining under the almost constant change being thrown at it by pandemic-related developments.

These stressors are impacting administrators, front-line staff, parents, and students.

Director of Education Wes Hahn spent the better part of a half hour detailing how the board was coping with the changes that have occurred just since Jan. 1.

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Police Chief Mark Mitchell reminds people of obligations under stay-at-home order

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KLPS Chief Mark Mitchell. Photo: Erin Burrell.

Kawartha Lakes Police Chief Mark Mitchell is asking that people comply with the Province’s stay-at-home order as much as possible due to the ongoing pandemic — but police will not randomly ask people for personal details.

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Unwrapped celebrates first anniversary

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Unwrapped celebrates first anniversary

It may not be the ideal time for a business to celebrate its first-year anniversary, mid-pandemic and in the middle of downtown reconstruction, but that’s where Lindsay’s Unwrapped store finds itself – and they’re making the most out of it.

The business bills itself as “Lindsay’s first zero waste and sustainable living store,” offering plastic free replacements for everyday items in homes and bulk refills of natural and Canadian-made personal care and household cleaning products.

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