Julia, Drew and Michelle Munkman,along with kids Raffa, Anouk and Juni Derghazarian spent the holiday Monday exploring the Warsaw Conservation area trails and enjoying some family time
Schools prepare for a safe reopening this September
Douro-Dummer community centres to get makeovers
In this week's print edition
Provincial status on COVID-19
Construction work scheduled on swing bridges
Curve Lake gets funding for water treatment
Bondar Challenge Summer Camp goes virtual
Local community agencies to distribute thousands of face Coverings
5th Annual Stoney Lake Combo Fishing Tournament Postponed
Camp Kawartha offers educational garden programs
United Way Peterborough & District announces disbursement of
Summer & Fall Workshop Series at Lang Pioneer Village Museum
Curb-side pick up expanded at TL Library
First lyme disease-positive tick of the season in region
PKT launches augmented reality powered dream book
Province encouraging residents to participate in 30x30 challenge
Fall Harvest for Double-Crested Cormorants Introduced to
Protect Local Ecosystems
Cooking “from scratch” with Lenore Kuch
Editorial by Terry McQuitty
Accidental Columnist by Marnie Clement
Bird Column by Rachel Lancashire
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
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by Vanessa Stark
On July 30, 2020, the Province of Ontario announced schools will be reopening in September.
The government unveiled a plan, developed in partnership with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the COVID-19 Command Table and pediatric experts, that prioritizes the health and safety of students and staff.
According to a press release, Elementary schools (Kindergarten to Grade 8) will reopen province wide, with in-class instruction five days a week. Secondary schools with lower risk will reopen with a normal daily schedule, five days a week. Most secondary schools will start the school year in an adapted model of part-time attendance with class cohorts of up to 15 students alternating between attending in-person and online. Parents will continue to have the option to enroll their children in remote delivery, which respects their fundamental role in making the final determination of whether they feel safe with their children returning to school.
Both Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board and the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Boards are considered low risk school boards. This means their local schools will be opening back up for full time classes in September.
“In our area students will go back to school full time, children will have to be educated so we will do our best to put safety measure in place and make the best of it.” Diane Lloyd Chairperson for KPRDSB said. “The big thing is to make it as safe as we possibly can for the students. So when the students come back to school, we will have custodians come in to deep clean everything at the end of the day, keeping each class to itself so that the students are only interacting with the same people. We will probably be placing arrows in the hallway and of course facemasks are important, frequent hand washing, social distancing. And at the same time provide education to the students.”
The press release from the Province also started that, based on the best medical advice available, they are implementing additional public health protocols to keep students and staff safe when they return to school in September. To support the implementation of these protocols, the government is providing over $300 million in targeted, immediate, and evidence-informed investments.
“We are waiting to see the funding from the Ministry that will allow us to enhance our cleaning staff for example.” Michael Nasello Director of Education PVNCCDS said. “We are waiting to see if there will be any further supports around classroom staffing, we are looking to see what the health a safety protocols are specifically, what we need to do in the event of an outbreak, we are going to continue to work with our Public Health partners locally to develop some very specific parameters about the daily routine such as daily cleaning, and then we will be working with our Public Health partners to see what the newly announced public health nurse is going to look like in schools.”
The Ministry of Education will continue working closely with public health and school boards to monitor and report on the health status of school communities, which is part of the government’s outbreak management plan. This plan, which was developed with the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of the Solicitor General and the Ministry of Health, outlines clear protocols and authorities of the multiple agencies and organizations involved in the public health landscape. In the event of positive cases of COVID-19 among students, parents, teachers, or other staff, these protocols will enable immediate action by health and education sector officials to identify, track, and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the education system. Every school board will have communication protocols in place to keep families informed.
The biggest change, Nesello said will be inside the classroom. “Well I think the fact that they are all wearing masks will be a big one. Not the youngest students of course, though they are encouraged to. I think they will notice that there will be a little less flexibility in a classroom because things like desks in groupings and things like that won’t be possible. It will be more traditional in terms of the structure of the classroom I predict.”
However Lloyd feels the biggest difference for kids entering the new school year will happen when they arrive off the school bus. “If you think about how students came to school last fall, they just came to school. They got off the bus, met with their friends and started talking or playing. Now it has to be very structured. Even the whole idea of sitting in a classroom with a mask, it’s a lot for students to learn. But kids learn fast and I think they will adjust quickly.”
Lloyd said that KPRDSB is currently working on programming and ideas on how to help kids adapt to the new norm as a priority but don’t have any solid plans at the moment due to the short notice of the Province’s announcement.
Nasello said that PVNCCDS has been actively trying to help kids adapt to the new norm.
“We are working on that, we have very strong mental health support department through our social workers and they have been working all summer and continue to work at that. Some of our highest needs students will be taking part in a transition program in August which is actually oversubscribed, we’ve had an incredible response to that. And then we will be doing training with our Principles and Vice Principals in August around reentry and the kinds of supports and specific things we can do to help students and staff with those realities.”
Whether parents choose to send their children back to school or continue with remote learning, there is no doubt that there will be a serious learning curve for both elementary and high school students this coming fall.
by Terry McQuitty
Douro-Dummer council received a report at the only regular scheduled council meeting of the Summer on Tuesday evening which included a proposal for renovations at the township community centres.
Vicki Hallam, Manager of Recreation Facilities prepared the report which explained that during COVID-19 the Township must maintain clean and sanitary facilities to ensure the health and well-being of the public and employees. Reducing frequently touched surfaces can help protect from COVID-19.
The report was presented by temopary CAO Martina Chait–Hartwig. Chait–Hartwig told council that restrooms pose a problem due to constant touching of faucets and toilet handles etc. and the virus can stay active on surfaces, so avoiding touch points is important.
The report proposed that the township consider renovations in the community centre washrooms to help stop the spread of the virus. The retrofit proposed would include changing conventional toilets to automatic flush toilets and faucets to include motion sensors.
The retrofit would include a total 34 toilets, seven urinals, and 26 faucets that would need replacing in the Douro Community Centre and the Warsaw Community Centre at a cost of approximately $40,000.
It was noted that the expenditure was not budgeted, but suggested that deferals from other projects could cover the costs.
It was suggested that the rubber flooring planned for installation at the Douro Community centre could be postponed and that money used for the washroom retrofit. The flooring job was estimated at $38,000 and the retrofit is expected to cost $40,000.
Councillor Tom Watt said “It is nasty”, but something has to be done. He also said that the township could realize some financial benifits with the new plumbing in the form of water savings.
Counicllor Heather Watson questioned the deferal of the rubberized floors. The budget presently calls for the replacement of the ruberized floors in both community centres and questioned if the township would lose economy of scale if they canceleed one of the orders.
Chait–Hartwig responed by agreeing that they would lose economy of scale if they cancelled the Douro order.
Councillor Watts moved the motion to defer the flooring and invest in the retrofit. The motion passed with all in favour with the exception of Watson who said she could not support the motion stating that if we make cuts we have to be sure they don’t cost us more in the long run.
Unheralded the documentary
Do not open or plant unsolicited seeds
by Vanessa Stark
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is advising local residents not to open or plant any seeds they have not ordered that may be delivered to their door.
According to Patrick Girard, CFIA Media Relations, the CFIA continues to receive reported cases of unsolicited seed packages from Canadians.
As of July 31st, 2020, the CFIA has received at least 350 reported cases at our local offices across Canada and 100 reported cases in Ontario.
However he also said that these numbers are not static and do not fully reflect the extent of distribution of these unsolicited seeds in Canada.
Spokesperson for the CFIA, Wendy Asbil said “The CFIA is continuing to gather information from individuals who have indicated that they are in receipt of unsolicited seed packages. Canadians are being cautioned to not plant these seeds from unknown origins. As the CFIA looks into the matter we want to reiterate that the most important action for Canadians to take is to avoid planting seeds that they did not order. Canadians are also being asked to not put the seeds in the trash or compost them where they could sprout. These unauthorized seeds could be from invasive plants, or they could even carry plant pests which can be harmful when introduced into Canada. They could invade agricultural and natural areas, causing serious damage to our plant resources and the environment.”
The CFIA is asking that if anyone has planted the seeds, to remove them and put them in a bag with the original package if it is available and contact the CFIA.
Anyone who has revived seed packages they did not order should contact the local CFIA office with information related to the sender, location of origin and how the package was identified for boarder control.
This information, Asbil said, will help the CFIA identify companies or countries from which the seeds where shipped. So far, there have been reports from most Canadian Provinces of people receiving seeds of different types.
She also said that the CFIA is working in collaboration with our United States counterpart on this issue.
For more information visit the CFIA website at https://www.inspection.gc.ca.
"Unheralded" chronicles a week in the life of "The Lakefield Herald", a local newspaper published in Lakefield, Ontario. Whether writing about dog shows and 100th birthdays, or telling stories of citizen opposition and community loss - local news reporters have a difficult job, especially when the readers are their neighbours. "Unheralded" is an NFB-TVO Calling Card production.
Camp Kawartha hosting virtual camp this Summer
by Vanessa Stark
With the Province ordering the closures of camps all across Ontario, Camp Kawartha has taken to hosting a virtual camp.
Camp Kawartha launched CK at Home on June 28 with a virtual campfire to coincide with what would have been their first day of camp.
Adam Strasberg, Summer Camp Director at Camp Kawartha said, “With the government order closing camps and our decision to halt all in-person camp programming, including Day Camps, The CK at Home project is our way of maintaining some semblance of the summer experience and the optimism, compassion and sense of belonging that camp brings.”
Stransberg said that the program will follow the regular course of the summer which is an 8-week season running from June 28 –August 21.
Each week CK at Home will launch a video on their website, www.ckathome.ca , related to activities they would be doing during a normal camp season.
The first video was a campfire, as their tradition is to have a fire on the first night of camp to introduce themselves and really get into the camp spirit.
“CK at Home will feature activities, crafts and traditions the campers have come to expect from their camp experience. Our theme throughout the summer will be to bring the spirit of Camp Kawartha into the homes of our campers and their families and beyond to all those wanting to share in the camp vibe. We’ll be posting fun activities, crafts, and challenges weekly. We also look forward to incorporating our camp values that have always been hallmarks of the Camp Kawartha experience.”
Once the videos are posted, they will remain online for participants to view and take part in.
Stansberg said that there are two ways for people to get involved with CK at Home:
1. Follow them throughout the summer at www.ckathome.ca to keep up with the fun where you can find resources, activities and events for a summer of camp fun.
2. Join them for the next virtual campfire (called Community Campfires) on Sun. July 19th at 7 p.m., and even contribute with a submission following the instructions at https://www.ckathome.ca/campfire-submissions.html.
“During a regular summer, the camp offers a wide-range of activities. It’s the website’s goal to bring many of those activities into the homes of our families. These include arts & crafts that can be done both indoors and outside in nature, camp games for small spaces, in the backyard and beyond. Recipes from the CK Kitchen, environmental activities and challenges and age appropriate activities tailored to our youngest and oldest campers. For our leadership campers, working toward being staff, we are offering synchronous group meetings and check-ins to support their growth and well-being. “
Stansberg also said that while participating, it is important to remember that social distancing and COVID-19 guidelines must be followed.
“We take care to model our virtual presence just as we would our regular camps. Acting consistently with government guidelines during COVID-19 and modelling that behaviour within our content ensures we uphold our value of putting our campers’ safety as our top priority.”
Though camps are cancelled for the season, the spirit of camp is living on through Camp Kawartha’s CK at home.
For more information visit www.ckathome.ca or www.campkawartha.ca/.