October 23, 2020 $1.25 Canadian Publications Agreement No. 40727545
Covering the East Kawarthas

Dr. Sonilla Majeed was administering free flu shots at the Morton Community Healthcare Centre last Saturday morning. Patients drove in to the parking lot to receive the shot then were asked to wait 15 minutes before leaving to  make sure all was well. Patients were invited by their doctors to attend and those looking to get a shot should contact their doctor to find out if and when they might be offering this service.

Terry McQuitty

 

 

Closure of Warsaw Swing Bridge causes difficulties for motorists

by Terry McQuitty

The closure of the Warsaw Swing Bridge has caused traffic issues as well as disappointment with the City of Peterborough. Douro-Dummer council was quite upset at the Tuesday council meeting that the City of Peterborough did not consult Douro-Dummer or the County of Peterborough before choosing the detour routes.

The Warsaw Swing Bridge closed to through traffic on October 5, 2020. The bridge crosses the Trent-Severn Waterway canal at the western edge Douro-Dummer Township. Detour routes have been put in place using township, city and county arterial roads.

As a result of the closure, council members and staff have been receiving complaints and concerns from local residents regarding the difficulties they are facing when trying to navigate the detours while they access employment, childcare, daily tasks and healthcare.

Mayor J Murray Jones stated that the township was never consulted regarding the bridge closure and now residents who have travelled these routes for years are getting $110 tickets from the Peterborough Police.

In a report presented by acting CAO Martina Chait-Hartwig it was determined that the detours that have been put in place are not currently meeting the needs of residents and businesses. The report stated that other options may be available to safely move traffic through this busy section of the Township where it meets the City of Peterborough and the Township of Otonabee-South Monaghan.

Chait-Hartwig recommended that the report regarding the Warsaw Swing Bridge Detours be received and that staff be instructed to work with colleagues at the city, county and the Township of Otonabee-South Monaghan to investigate if alternative options may be possible to alleviate concerns regarding the detour routes.

Councillor Heather Watson supported the recommendation and moved that a meeting be set up with concerned partners including Parks Canada.

Mayor Jones supported the motion but stated that if there is no willingness from the City of Peterborough to sit down we are just wasting our time.

Deputy Mayor Karl Moher said that to have police officers ticketing people is beyond insulting. He said that he has spoken to businesses in East City and they are losing business because of the detours.

Big increase at Trent Lakes transfer stations

by Marnie Clement

The number of bags collected at the four Trent Lakes transfer stations increased substantially over the summer months of July, August and September from the same months last year.

Ivan Coumbs, Director of Public Works, presented council with the information during his 2020 third quarter report at Tuesday’s regular council meeting.

In July 2019 Council removed the quarterly restrictions on the number of bags residents and cottagers could use.  The changes meant seasonal residents were not restricted to the one bag per week limit.

Council voted to suspend the waste card management system in Trent Lakes for a one year trial period.  Municipal staff were to assess the impact on landfill tonnage for this cycle and if the increase did not exceed 15 per cent the municipality was continue to operate with no quarterly restriction for another year.

However, the situation with COVID-19 brought more seasonal residents to Trent Lakes earlier that other years so it was difficult to compare the results.

But comparing totals for the summer months when seasonal residents would normally have been in the municipality provides a more accurate picture of what if any changes have taken place even though the quarterly restrictions were already removed for a few weeks in July and all of August of 2019.

For 2019 the total number of tonnes collected at the four transfer stations were 98.48 for June, 121.28 for July and 167.31 for August.  The 2020 totals were 91.47 for June, 171.83 for July and 157.12 for August.

The result is that there were 33.1 more tonnes of waste collected in the summer of 2020 than in the summer of 2019.

In terms of the numbers of bags,  a total of 9,427 more bags were collected over the three summer months in 2020 than in 2019.

New provincal mask mandate announced

by Dr. Rosana Salvaterra

As many of you are likely aware, the Province of Ontario continues to implement tighter public health measures to deal with the growing number of COVID-19 cases. On October 2, these measures included the announcement of a provincial mandatory masking approach, which is now reflected in O. Reg. 364/20: RULES FOR AREAS IN STAGE 3.

The provincial legislation includes language mandating the use of masks or face coverings in all public indoor settings across the province, such as businesses, facilities and workplaces.  The mandatory use of masks applies to all persons in the indoor space, including staff, patrons and visitors. The provincial mandate is broader in scope than our local Directive for the Peterborough region. All indoor spaces are now included, such as (but not limited to): common spaces of multi-unit dwellings, places of worship, commercial establishments, transit vehicles (private and public) and offices.

Our website has been updated to reflect these changes both with information for the public and information for owners/operators/employers for businesses and organizations. Our staff are in the process of communicating changes to local businesses and continue to respond to complaints and concerns from members of the public. PPH Public Health Inspectors will be enforcing the legislated masking requirements along with police and OPP. In addition, we have come to know that Ministry of Labour inspectors have also been in our region conducting inspections, and are enforcing the mandatory masking requirements.

It is important to note that the requirements under the regulation have implications for local businesses, with the most significant being that the presence of physical barriers alone does not allow for an exception to wearing face coverings for staff. If there is a physical barrier, staff must also be in an area that is inaccessible to the public and able to maintain physical distance of at least two (2) metres from every other person while in the indoor area, including persons on the other side of the barrier. As a result, many service counter staff will now be required to wear a face covering, regardless of whether a physical barrier is present. This will also be the case in retail establishments, food premises and grocery stores.

In order to facilitate the shift to the provincial mandate for masking in indoor spaces, I am rescinding the local Mandatory Face Covering Directive, which came into effect on August 1, 2020. The provincial language is sufficient in scope and enforceability and our local Directive is no longer required. We will be issuing a news release about this shift, and it will be a topic of focus for the October 14 media scrum.

In addition to the provincial mandatory masking requirements, O. Reg. 364/20: RULES FOR AREAS IN STAGE 3 now requires active screening to be completed for all staff and essential visitors at all workplaces in Ontario. As a minimum, the COVID-19 Screening Tool for Workplaces can be used.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our local business liaison, Keith Beecroft at kbeecroft@peterboroughpublichealth.ca or 705-743-1000, ext. 238.

2020 Nobel Peace Prize winner has connection to Lakefield

Philip Ward, from Lakefield, working as the secretary of the executive board for the WFP.

Philip Ward serving WFP school meals to children in Port-au-Prince, Haiti after the earthquake in 2010

Philip Ward with his husband, Giovanni De Vita, and their two twin daughters, Anna and Atena.

by Vanessa Stark

The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded every year to a worthy person or organization since it was created back in 1901.This year, the prize was awarded to the United Nations World Food Program. (WFP)

Philip Ward, who works at the WFP headquarters in Rome, is from Lakefield.

Ward was born in India and raised in Kenya, as his parents were missionaries with the Canadian Baptist Church. Their family bought a home in Lakefield and spent a year at a time there.

“When I graduated from High School in Kenya I came back and lived in Lakefield when I went to university at Trent University. So I lived in our family home on Queen Street and of course, my dad still lives in Lakefield on Strickland Street. So I am one of these UN international citizens of the world but if I were to call a place my home, it would be Lakefield.”

The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded by a committee elected by the Norwegian Parliament to a person or organization that “have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses,” as stated in the will of Alfred Nobel.

The WFP was awarded the Peace Prize for 2020 “for its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict,” as stated in the press release.

Ward said that ever since he was in high school, he always wanted to be a part of the United Nations. He attended Trent University, studying Political Sciences and then did his masters in Ottawa for International Relations.

“Then, at that point I knew I wanted to join the UN. So, I applied to a program called the Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme with the United Nations. It works with the Government of Canada. It’s a way to enter into the United Nations system. So I applied for that program and got it and was a Canadian JPO selected for the UN World Food Programme. That was all the way back in 1995.”

Since then, Ward has dedicated 25 years of his life to the WFP.

He recalled his first assignment all those years ago, “The United Nations World Food Programme works in some of the most remote and difficult places in the world because our assistance is humanitarian for people who are facing food crisis in particular. So I started off in Sierra Leone in West Africa in 1995. There was a terrible civil war taking place in Sierra Leone at that time. And I was based there for almost four years providing assistance to people who were affected by the civil conflict there. But that was my first assignment with WFP and then I went into all different kinds of war zones after that.”

He was stationed in Iraq during the time of economic sanctions and civil war, at a Syrian Refugee camp in the Middle East, in Hattie after the 2010 earthquake and many other war and natural disaster zones around the world.

“That’s the sort of place where the World Food Programme works but now I am based in our world headquarters in Rome, Italy. It’s quite different from some of the places I have been. But it’s nice to be in our headquarters for a while as well. And it is too, a place where I can be with my family which is nice.”

Ward works as the Secretary of the Executive Board for the WFP. He is married to husband Giovanni De Vita, an Italian diplomat, and has two twin daughters, Anna and Atena.

“We come home, me and my family every two years for our summer holiday as a way to reconnect to my family as well. When I was last home in the summer of 2017, my dad had invited me to come down to the Lakefield Baptist Church and give a talk on what it is we do at the World Food Programme. So I think he had invited people, not just from the Lakefield Baptist Church, but from all of the churches in the Lakefield community and I actually showed a video and talked about what it was that we did to that group of people and it made me proud to be able to communicate with them. But also I think it’s nice for people in a community like Lakefield to know that in a way they are part of a big international effort. Because Canada is so much a part of what it is we do and there is such a strong tradition in communities like Lakefield across Canada that support this humanitarian work. So it makes me proud to be a part of that and share it whenever I come back.”

Ward said that the WFP feeds about 100 million people around the world every year. He said that Canada has been one of our most consistent donors to the WFP ever since it was founded back in 1963. Last year Canada gave $250 million, making it the seventh largest donor to the UN.

“So it’s a big financial contributor but it also contributes in the form of people and staff who work here and I’m one of those. So it makes me proud to be from Canada and to contribute to a UN operation that’s been recognized by this. And it also makes me very proud to come from Lakefield, Ontario and to be able to communicate this to people in Lakefield.”

However, due to COVID-19, Ward said that the WFP is expecting the number of people and communities in need of support from the WFP to rise drastically.

“Now we find ourselves in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic and that has just made our work even more challenging because I know that it has touched every part of the world, including Canada. With so many job losses and financial uncertainty for people, it has also effected our work with the World Food Programme because what we are finding is that it’s the poorest and the most vulnerable that are suffering the most and a lot of them in countries that don’t have the benefit of developed countries where governments can come in and provide some support to people. So in countries that we work in, places like Yemen or South Sudan and so on, we are anticipating that this year we could see a doubling of the number of people facing severe food crisis and potentially starvation and famine. And that’s hugely concerning for us. As I was saying earlier, we support about a 100 million people a year but we are anticipating that because of the combined effect of the COVID crisis with conflict and climate change, that number could increase to 270 million people. So we are calling out for additional funding. We are actually asking for $5 billon from the international community to be able to help us. Because if we are able to get food to people in time we will be able to stop that famine and starvation and in the end it will make to world a safer and more stable place for everybody.”

This is exactly the kind of work that lead the organization to winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

Ward said that with 690 million people going hungry in the world every day, by winning the Nobel Peace Prize, it gives the WFP the platform to be able to make sure their needs can be heard and that they are able to mobilize support to assist them.

Ward said that the news of their big win swept through their entire office in Rome.

“I tell you, that was just the most exciting news I had received. I literally got goose bumps right away when we heard it and a whole wave of absolute joy and enthusiasm swept through the whole organizations. We’re not very many people in our actual building right now, because of the COVID-19 situation. But those of us who were here, went out straight away into the garden and socially distanced from each other but just gathered together to celebrate this news. We believe that it’s just such a huge recognition of what WFP does in some of the most difficult situations around the world but it is also a huge recognition that ending hunger is really a critical first step to achieving peace and so important to us to communicate that out to the world.”

The news quickly spread throughout their sub offices around the world and all members of the UN WFP joined in the celebrations.

“I think the wonderful thing is, it’s also recognition of the 18,000 staff that work for WFP, many of them on the front lines of hunger and conflict, to kind of give a real moral boost for the work that we do in those locations and to continue doing. And then the celebration spread all around the world too, we have remote sub offices in Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen. It’s been over a week now, we are all just really enjoying the enthusiasm. I mean it’s quite a thing to win the Nobel Peace Prize and we are considering ourselves all Nobel Laureates because it was given to people who work for The World Food Programme. So it’s all of us from our executive director, David Beasley right down to the driver who drives the most remote place in some of our most difficult situations in the world. So we are all very very excited about it.”

Ward also said that for him personally, being with the organization for 25 years, this award has been such a big affirmation that he has been working on something that is so meaningful.

“(Being) recognized, probably by the top award internationally, for providing peace and that the work has not just been about making sure that communities in these conflict situations and natural disasters have been assisted but, that by providing that assistance, we also contribute in a small way to achieving peace. So for me personally it’s been affirmation that I have done things that have made the world a better place.”

He also said that anyone can contribute to the WFP from anywhere around the world. Specifically for people here in Lakefield, Ward said that there are two main options for people to help show their support.

One way is by donating any amount through their donations page at www.donatenow.wfp.org/ or downloading their app called ShareTheMeal.

The other options, he said, was by contacting their local Member of Parliament.

“I think another important way too, is also just to be able to call your local Member of Parliament and let them know that you support the work of the World Food Programme because it is the Government of Canada that give the contributions and it always makes it easier for a Member of Parliament to be able to support it when they know that the local constituents do too. So I think that’s often a nice way of being able to communicate. They really appreciate it because so often Canada will support United Nations agencies but it helps for them to know that people themselves, in their constituencies, support it and it provides them sort of a good basis on which to keep providing that support out.”

To find out more about the United Nations World Food Program, visit their website at www.wfp.org/.

More information on other Nobel Prize winners can be found at www.nobelprize.org/.

In this week's print edition

More flowers stolen in Buckhorn

Thefts in the Village of Bridgenorth

Permits for low level decks on the table in Douro-Dummer

Trent Lakes gets OPP bill

Kawartha Chamber Launches Digital Service Squad

A World Without Polio: Making the Dream Come True

Warsaw Santa Claus Parade Cancelled

Boat accident on Chemong Lake

Province provides more choice for electricity customers

Stay Safe and Follow Public Health Advice This Halloween

 

Special Features:

 

Cooking “from scratch” with Lenore Kuch

Fall Car Care

Kawartha Wild

 

Regular Content:

 

Editorial by Terry McQuitty

Accidental Columnist by Marnie Clement

Mature Living by Terri Williams Kinghorn

Book Review by Barry Mutter

@yourlibrary by Kacie Gardiner

Story Time at the Buckhorn Library

Golden Years Club Update

Horoscopes

Sudoku

 

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