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“Aging tsunami” drives paramedic plans for the future

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Province keeps municipalities guessing: Is paramedic funding down or up?
Photo courtesy of Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Service.

Consultants Todd MacDonald and John Prno gave council a first look at their 10-year master plan for the Kawartha Lakes paramedic service. Their proposed solutions are driven by demographics, and if adopted will see a considerable re-shaping of how and where the service does business from 2022-2031.

MacDonald and Prno suggested that over the next 10 years there will be “steady long-term population growth in Kawartha Lakes” and that the bulk of the growth is going to be in the population cohort above the age of 65.

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City plans for a winter with up to quarter more people than usual

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With snowbirds potentially unable to travel to winter homes and cottagers looking to remain in Kawartha Lakes rather than return to their primary urban residences, CAO Ron Taylor and other senior city staff are trying to plan pro-actively for what could be a very unpredictable winter season.

“We are planning ahead to be proactive,” Taylor said, “in the event that seasonal residents who usually head down south decide to stay in Kawartha Lakes.”

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Community steps up with emergency supplies; N95 masks still needed

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Why does the City now have two deputy paramedic chiefs? City explains

Kawartha Lakes Paramedics would like to thank all who have responded to the emergency procurement request on March 23 for personal protective equipment. The overwhelming response has resulted in a wave of supplies that are being used to protect Paramedics and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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Hospitals, paramedics, primary care, public health units working together in wake of COVID-19

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As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, health partners in Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland and
Peterborough City and County are working together proactively to encourage safe practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

If you have fever and/or cough, have travelled to one of the affected countries in the past 14 days or have had close or confirmed contact with a probable case, self-isolate at home, do not go to the Emergency Department. Contact your local Public Health Unit or Telehealth Ontario for additional direction:

• HKPR District Health Unit – 1-866-888-4577 ext. 5020
• Peterborough Public Health – 705-743-1000 ext. 401
• Telehealth Ontario – 1-866-797-0000

All residents of the region are asked to:

• Avoid going to hospital or other healthcare settings for nonessential reasons. This includes visitors as well as patients with elective (non-urgent) appointments or procedures. Some hospitals have started screening visitors for illness and travel history at all public entrances; others have plans to begin this practice soon. If you need to go to a healthcare environment for investigation of respiratory symptoms, wear a disposable face mask as prompted.

• Follow the recommended rules of social distancing to avoid close contact with others who may be sick. Avoid crowds, gatherings and events and maintain a two-metre distance between people in public environments. Today, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health recommended an immediate suspension of gatherings of more than 250 people. The Canadian government has also advised Canadians to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada.
• Clean your hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Hands should be cleaned for at least 15-20 seconds. Cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow, and throw used tissues in the garbage.

• Clean frequently-touched areas in your home environment, including toilets, bedside tables, light switches, door handles and personal devices such as phones and tablets.

• Contact your local public health unit or Telehealth Ontario if you have concerns about COVID-19. As cases of COVID-19 are confirmed in the region, this information will be shared with the public in partnership with local public health and the provincial government’s daily reporting updates.

Andrew Rafton named as paramedic chief; other committee highlights

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Andrew Rafton was appointed to paramedics chief, after serving as acting chief for the last several months.

Rafton has served Kawartha Lakes Paramedics for over 18 years and will serve as chief for the remainder of 2020, after which he plans to retire and a new chief will be appointed.

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Why does the City now have two deputy paramedic chiefs? City explains

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Why does the City now have two deputy paramedic chiefs? City explains

Late last week the City of Kawartha Lakes welcomed two new deputy paramedic chiefs to the Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Services team. Sara Johnston and Patricia Bromfield will begin their new roles for the municipality effective January 13.

However, why has the City hired two deputy chiefs for this position when it only had one before?

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Council to prioritize capital projects, remain ‘nimble’ in wake of provincial changes

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Council met on September 17 and 18 to hear from staff across all departments about the driving forces shaping the 2020 budget. The main themes will be prioritizing the timing of capital projects and remaining resilient in the wake of known and potential funding cuts and reorganization of service delivery by the province.

Ron Taylor, CAO, summed up the discussions by noting, “We have a 2020 capital budget that is very ambitious at almost $50 million. It includes a number of new and significant projects that invest in our roads, downtowns and parks. Council has acknowledged the need to prioritize projects in light of many unknowns at the provincial level. The timing of capital projects will be critical to ensure we stay on course with our financial plan in order to keep services affordable for residents.”

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Province keeps municipalities guessing: Is paramedic funding down or up?

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Province keeps municipalities guessing: Is paramedic funding down or up?
Photo courtesy of City of Kawartha Lakes.

It hasn’t been easy for municipalities to get a handle on this current provincial government when it comes to funding, whether for paramedic services, childcare, Ontario Works, and more.

Communication has been unclear and sometimes contradictory. The Province has sent mixed signals on cuts, promising to slay a deficit that grew under two previous Liberal governments, solely by cutting “red tape.” At the same time they’ve promised to avoid the kinds of egregious cuts made by Ontario Conservatives in the Mike Harris years.

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Four citizen heroes honoured by City in ceremony

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Some directed traffic, some communicated with the 911 operator, some notified family, and one started CPR. Photo: Geoff Coleman.

At the June 21 City of Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Recruitment Ceremony, the focus shifted briefly from 11 new recruits to a group of citizens present at an emergency in Cambray. When Ronald Goodhand collapsed from a heart attack at the four corners, citizens took action until the paramedics arrived.

Some directed traffic, some communicated with the 911 operator, some notified family, and one started CPR. Goodhand was revived and transported by ambulance to Ross Memorial Hospital. 

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Help City find and thank these good Samaritans  

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Why does the City now have two deputy paramedic chiefs? City explains

When Kawartha Lakes Paramedics Bruce Mackay and Francine Scott responded to a 9-1-1 call last week, they were not expecting to experience a small miracle. However, they did – and Kawartha Lakes wants to find and thank the good Samaritans who made this miracle happen.

Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Services responded to a call regarding an elderly man who had collapsed at the intersection of Cambray and Elm Tree Street in Cambray. When the Paramedics arrived, they were welcomed by a crowd of residents who had started CPR on the senior. Upon the Paramedics arrival the residents continued CPR while being instructed by the Paramedics, who were setting up the defibrillator.

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