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Mayor fears substantial tourism losses but says not the time to give up

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Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham fears “substantial losses” depending on how long the city’s tourism-related businesses remain closed because of the pandemic.

The mayor, talking with local reporters at a weekly press scrum, says he has concerns about tourism and the upcoming long weekend but that it’s not time to give up on the season yet.

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Fleming College moves online; landlord worries about vacant rentals

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Beginning Sept. 8, Fleming College in Lindsay and Peterborough will start its fall semester using online and alternative delivery methods.

The college hopes that through the implementation of its Fleming Safe plan the school will be able to ensure that students can complete their programs while maintaining the highest possible safety standards in compliance with all government and public health directives.

A Lindsay landlord who rents regularly to Fleming students and who didn’t want to be identified was contacted for background on the story. He is concerned since he is normally fully rented for the fall by now.

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Why are politicians uninterested in animal grooming as essential service?

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Pet grooming business broken into

Pawz and Company is a dog boarding facility, offering boarding, doggy daycare and grooming services. We have been deemed an essential service and have remained open and kept our employees on our payroll. With isolation and no travel, there isn’t a need for boarding of animals.

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Outbreak at Ross declared over

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Asymptomatic testing coming to area schools

The COVID-19 outbreak on Ross Memorial Hospital’s Continuing Care Program (CCP1) unit has been declared ‘over’ as of May 7.

The hospital worked with Public Health to complete contact tracing and testing, and the outbreak remains limited to 1 patient and 1 staff member. “Our team quickly identified and contained the spread of COVID-19 on the unit, maintaining the safety of our patients and staff,” says Kelly Isfan, president and CEO.  

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Acu Total Health closes from pandemic economic pressures

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The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed another small business in Kawartha Lakes, with Acu Total Health in Lindsay closing just a year-and-a-half after opening.

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CUPE had no say on city layoffs since ‘entire divisions’ affected: HR manager  

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Farm country, Canadian Shield…anything but “cottage country”

When Kawartha Lakes announced the layoff of 213 part-time, seasonal and temporary workers due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the city did not consult with their union, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), on who would be laid off.

According to Liana Patterson, manager of human resources, she says that’s because CUPE “did not have any input on the layoffs because entire divisions of workers were unable to work and as a result, the entire group was laid off.”

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How to support RMH during the pandemic

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RMH in danger of losing hospital status, says OHC: ‘We have to stop this legislation’

Ross Memorial Hospital continues to receive exceptional support from our community, according to a media release from the hospital.

“The most important thing that everyone can do in the fight against COVID-19 is to follow the advice of our public health officials by staying home,” says Kelly Isfan, President and CEO. “If you must leave your home for essential reasons, practice physical distancing and good hand hygiene.”

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Local doctor comes out of retirement to help patients with no family doctor

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Lindsay’s Dr. Alan Konyer has come out of retirement to help local patients who do not have a family doctor during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Konyer says he has such “tremendous respect and concern for my colleagues who are working hard to save lives.”

“I am too far removed from critical care medicine to do hospital work, but I wanted to volunteer to reduce the workload on my younger colleagues and offer care for people in my home community who do not yet have a local primary care provider,” he tells the Advocate.

Konyer, who was raised in Lindsay and practiced medicine here since 1982, retired on Jan. 1 this year.

Patients in need who do not already have a family doctor can call 705-340-2677 between 8.30 am – 4.30 pm to get an appointment.

All appointments will be by telephone. Patients who already have a family doctor should call their doctor’s office with any health concerns or dial 9-1-1 in the event of a health emergency.

This service is being supported by the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team.

Essential workers: Sorry, but memes are not enough

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As Ontario enters its second month of COVID-19 protocols, you don’t have to look too far on social media to find the lionization of many of the essential workers who are on the frontline of combating this deadly respiratory virus.

While doctors, nurses and paramedics have earned well-deserved kudos, it has been especially satisfying to many to see people publicly posting about the very important roles being played by cashiers, personal support workers and truck drivers whose services to society before this pandemic were often marginalized and ridiculed. For the first time in a very long time we are taking a hard look at these kinds of jobs and who works them, and some are developing a whole new appreciation for the risks these individuals are currently taking for little remuneration in return.

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