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April 25, 2019 Latest News

If you requested a book from a library elsewhere in Ontario and were expecting it to arrive soon, you’re out of luck.

Interlibrary loan services have been suspended at least until May 31 at all libraries across Ontario due to provincial government budget cuts.

It means the service won’t be offered at the 15 small rural library branches across Peterborough County and two branches in the city.

Interlibrary loans allow library patrons to request books not available in their local branch from another library elsewhere in the province. The book arrives at your local branch thanks to a government-funded courier service. But now the courier has been cancelled.

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April 25, 2019 Latest News

If a public health emergency like an H1N1 outbreak, or swine flu as it’s also known, broke out in Peterborough like it did in 2009, would an amalgamated Peterborough health unit be able to respond quickly?

That’s the question being posed by Peterborough Public Health as it and 34 other agencies face amalgamation into 10 organizations.

Local public health officials say they’re worried responsiveness to health emergencies and issues could be impacted, while Peterborough-Kawartha MPP Dave Smith says the same services will still be offered while cutting down on administrative costs.

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April 18, 2019 Latest News

A local agency that provides legal services to low-income residents says a $133-million cut to Legal Aid Ontario will “disproportionately impact” people in Peterborough because of low incomes and high housing costs here compared to elsewhere in Ontario.

Peterborough Community Legal Centre on King Street, which is funded by Legal Aid Ontario, released a statement on Wednesday saying it is bracing for “deep cuts” that will jeopardize access to legal help for many of the city’s most vulnerable.

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April 17, 2019 Latest News

Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government is looking at merging ambulance services, but local Chief of Paramedics Randy Mellow said on Tuesday there’s no evidence it will mean any decrease of ambulances on the road or fewer paramedics working.

Peterborough County-City Paramedics has 140 “incredibly talented” paramedics, Mellow said, and when local people call 911 they will respond.

“That won’t change,” he said.

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April 17, 2019 Latest News

Peterborough Public Health representatives are upset by the Ontario government’s plans to consolidate 35 public health units into 10 regional boards of health with one common governance model by the end of 2021.

The plan was announced in Ontario’s 2019 budget last Thursday as part of its plan to modernize Ontario’s public health units, resulting in an annual savings of $200 million for the province.

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April 11, 2019 Latest News

Victims from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean were reminded Monday they are not alone in the battle against occupational hazards as Peterborough hosted a delegation from a small Italian city rocked by asbestos.

The group of six from Casale Monferrato shared their knowledge about asbestos exposure, including medical innovations, educational programs, environmental programs and community efforts at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 52 hall.

Thousands of Casale residents have died from mesothelioma — a fatal disease caused by breathing asbestos — caused by the Eternit cement factory that closed in 1988. The city banned the substance 27 years before Canada, in 1992.

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April 11, 2019 Latest News

A new poll has found that 88 per cent of long-term-care staff across Ontario — including some polled in Peterborough — experience violence in the workplace at the hands of elderly residents.

“It’s obviously a degrading work environment,” said Michael Hurley, president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU). “It should be very concerning to everyone.”

A total of 1,223 long-term care workers were consulted for a recent telephone poll, which was commissioned by both OCHU and the Ontario division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

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April 8, 2019 Latest News

Community and Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod gave a speech at a private event at the Best Western hotel in Peterborough on Saturday morning while a dozen parents of children with autism protested outside.

The speech was barred to all but ticket-holding Conservatives; reporters weren’t allowed inside, and although MPP Dave Smith was there, he had no comment for the Examiner.

On the sidewalk outside the hotel, Christiana Ripley protested with her son Alex, 5, who has autism and needs intensive therapy.

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