SUBJECT: Missing Male From Uxbridge
Police continue to look for 84-year-old John O'HALLORAN who was last seen yesterday afternoon.
O'HALLORAN was last seen on Wednesday March 14, 2018, at approximately 12:15 p.m. at Butternut Manor Independent Living located on Norm Goodspeed Drive in Uxbridge. He was heading out for his usual walk and police were contacted when he didn't return that evening. Police searched through the night with negative results. The search continues this morning.
O'HALLORAN is described as male, white, 5' 5" tall and approximately 150 lbs. He has a thin build and short grey hair and blue eyes. He was likely wearing a blue winter jacket with a hood, dark toque, blue jeans and black shoes.
His picture is attached or can be found at www.drps.ca under Newsroom.
Anyone with any information about the missing male is asked to call North Division at 1-888-579-1520, ext. 1835.
Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.
UPDATE #1 - Missing Male from Uxbridge Located Police have located the missing 84-year-old male from Uxbridge, who was last seen March 14, 2018.
Members of the Public Safety Unit located the missing male deceased, in Uxbridge. There doesn't appear to be any evidence of foul play involved. A post mortem is scheduled to determine the cause of death.
The DRPS would like to thank the media and the public for their assistance with this investigation.
Please remove all images of the male from circulation.
KAWARTHA LAKES: The Ross Memorial Hospital has expanded visitor restrictions to include the first floor of the Continuing Care Program (CCP1), after several patients and staff members have become ill with, what is suspected to be, Norovirus. Symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, stomach cramps and headache.
On March 7th, an outbreak was declared on the Medical Unit by the RMH Outbreak Team in conjunction with the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit. Today, an outbreak was declared on CCP1.
The Hospital is taking special measures to control the spread of the illness, including heightened attention to personal protective equipment (PPE) and special cleaning procedures. Patients will not be admitted to the affected Units, nor will patients be transferred from the Units unless clinically required.
Staff has been in contact with the families of patients in the affected areas, to advise them of the visiting restrictions and to encourage them to phone their loved ones, or to email using the Hospital’s email@example.com email address.
Visiting is still permitted in other areas of the Hospital.
All who come to the Hospital are encouraged to clean their hands often, and to avoid visiting if you are feeling unwell. Norovirus has an incubation period of two to three days. People are contagious as long as their symptoms persist.
The outbreak restrictions impact the 3rd floor medical unit and 1st floor continuing care unit only. All other areas of the hospital, including outpatient clinics, are functioning normally and visiting is still permitted.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Scugog residents will be seeing a $55 increase on their combined tax bill this year.
At a meeting, on Monday, March 5th, Scugog council approved the 2018 municipal operating budget, in the amount of $12,272,100, which includes a 3.86 per cent tax increase.
Council's original target was a 3.9 per cent increase, but staff were able to bring that down to 3.86.
Treasurer Dianne Valentim described it as a "responsible budget."
As well, according to the treasurer, $416,000 in savings was found through the township's core service and efficiency review.
To put the budget in perspective, when combined with the region and education taxes, homeowners in Scugog with a residence valued at $398,200 will see a $55 increase, a 1.25 per cent increase on the total residential tax bill.
Mayor Tom Rowett said, road work is "a main priority" in the 2018 budget, and said, based on the comments he has had from residents, this budget has been "well received."
"I believe we are doing what our constituents have tasked us to do," Mayor Rowett said. "...I'm very happy to be handing it over to the next term of council with the processes that have been adopted in place, and and the staff that's in place."
Lydia Kinnear, of Cannington, Ontario, spent 13 days backcountry trekking and kayaking the Patagonia mountains as part of the International Army Cadet Expedition to Chile.
Lydia, a member of the 41 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps in Port Perry, ON, participated in two days of fitness testing and expedition preparation before heading to Chile along with 18 other top army cadets selected from across Canada.
The Expedition itself included a multi-day backcountry trekking experience, followed by sea kayaking and visiting the famous Penguin Island, before returning to Canada.
Hosted in 2018, around the Torres Del Paine area of Chile, the International Army Cadet Expedition is an annual event, designed for senior army cadets, ages 16 to 18. The expedition challenges cadets’ core skills of leadership and teamwork, in a unique outdoor setting that helps improve upon the skills introduced at their local Army Cadet Corps. Annually, 18 army cadets from across the country are selected for the opportunity which acts at the top level of the Army Cadet Expedition Program.
To be selected to attend, cadets must have achieved one of the highest levels of training at their Army Cadet Corps, participated in zone and regional expeditions, and have achieved a minimum of gold level in the Army Cadet Fitness Test.
“I learned a lot in Chile. Everyday presented many new challenges, and you really find out what you are made of. I was so happy to be with so many great cadets and leaders that helped push me, and Chile is an incredible country!”
Lydia Kinnear, Cadet Master Warrant Officer, 41 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps, Port Perry, ON
DAN CEARNS The Standard
UXBRIDGE: The Uxbridge and District Lions Club is inviting the public to come out to the Uxbridge Arena Hall, on Saturday, March 24th, to have some pancakes, and sausage or bacon.
The club will be holding their annual pancake breakfast from 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The event coincides with a hockey tournament, being held at Uxbridge arena.
Admission to the event is by donation. In the past, the club has sold tickets to the event, but, the club’s Secretary Cathy Boone said, they decided to change the admission this year, to by donation.
“That was sort of my idea. We present ourselves as a service club, and I wanted to try to open up this event to the community, so people could come without having to worry about the financial aspect of it,” she said.
She also spoke about the success of last year’s pancake breakfast.
“I think last year’s event was successful. I think we had about 325 adults, plus there were children, I’m not sure how many there were. But we had a good turnout, [and] we didn’t run out of food, which is great,” Ms. Boone said.
As well as pancakes, sausage and bacon, the menu includes real maple syrup and your choice of coffee, tea or juice.
Ms. Boone said the club has supported many community initiatives over the years, and they are open to hearing from residents how else they can help the community in the future.
For more information about the event, contact Cathy Boone, at 905-852-4403, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(NC) Today's seniors can expect to keep most, if not all, of their teeth as they age thanks to healthier lifestyles and advances in oral and medical care. But keeping those natural teeth healthy can be a challenge.
Restricted mobility, cognitive impairments and medications that cause dry mouth can all contribute to oral problems and complicate treatment. Even more worrisome is the fact that bacteria from the mouth can travel through the body, resulting in serious infections and inflammation that can lead to cardiovascular and respiratory diseases and stroke.
Dental hygienists encourage all older adults to brush their teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and clean in between their teeth at least once a day. They also advise anyone with dentures (full or partial) and their caregivers to clean dentures and any remaining teeth daily, and brush and massage the gums either with a soft toothbrush or a warm damp cloth.
Whether you're at home or in a long-term care residence, daily mouth and denture care coupled with professional oral care from a dental hygienist can help prevent more serious health problems and keep you smiling.
CHRISTOPHER GREEN The Standard
UXBRIDGE: MP Jenniffer O'Connel for the Pickering-Uxbridge riding, made a presentation to Uxbridge council on March 5th. During her presentation she touched on an issue close to home for many rural Uxbridge residents: better internet access.
“Broadband is a very local issue,” said MP O'Connel. Pointing towards an issue with a document she hoped to present to council, about the Col. Sam Sharpe statue, she said, “One of the reasons I couldn't print out that Sam Sharpe letter today was, I went to my office to print it and we have no internet working right now.” Her admission that rural internet problems affect her too, was met with empathetic laughter from council, who could relate to the issue.
“In Budget 2018 there's an investment of $100 million over five years for Low Earth Orbit satellites.” she said. “That was specifically added for rural communities. The idea is that, perhaps, the Low Earth Orbit satellites might be a more cost effective, faster, way to get some internet to rural areas where laying high speed lines might be a little bit more tricky, [or] costly depending on the location.”
The federal budget states, Low Earth Orbit (LEO) “satellites, situated closer to the surface of the Earth than traditional high orbit satellites, can receive and transmit data with significantly improved response times, speeding up data services, while maintaining the benefits of satellite technology, including the ability to provide internet across challenging landscapes at much lower costs than fibre-optic technology. Canada is also uniquely placed with space satellite industry leaders to build and operate LEO satellite technologies, creating jobs and market opportunities around the world.”
MP O'Connel assured Uxbridge council she's been eager to see investment in rural internet, “I went right up to [Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Navdeep Singh Bains] right after the budget was announced and asked, 'What's there for broadband?' and he quickly started listing off [what was in the budget for that].” She also added that she would keep council informed about updates. “On broadband I'll provide you with more information as I receive it, because I know that's a major issue.”
Ms. O'Connel also reminded council the “Connect to Innovate” initiative from the previous budget, directed at improving internet conditions, is still in place as well.
Regarding this initiative, Ward 3 Councillor Dave Barton asked, “About how much [funding] has been announced? I know there's high speed for some indigenous communities with the Connect to Innovate and then some in Quebec as well, but I haven't heard much in Ontario yet.”
MP O'Connel responded, “I don't think I've heard anything in Ontario, I could double check. I believe I heard Newfoundland [got some funding]. I don't know the answer in terms of percentage, I'll take that back and see if we can get that detail.”
Council was quick to thank MP O'Connel for her efforts for Uxbridge and area. “I want to thank you on behalf of council for the work you do for Uxbridge, because it's very much appreciated.” said Mayor
Special to The Standard
Throughout history, medicine has advanced and slowly prolonged the life expectancy of each generation. Now, more than ever, senior citizens are living longer lives.
901 million people are over the age of 60 around the world according to the U.N World Population Ageing Report. It is estimated in the report, the number will increase to 1.4 billion by 2030 and close to 2.1 billion in 2050.
According to the World Health Organization, the world-wide life expectancy is an average of 71.5 years old, and an life expectancy in Canada of 82 years of age. With an aging population, countries across the world are going to have to start addressing the needs of seniors.
Canada may not be as ahead of the curve as some people might think in regard to this issue. There are almost 6 million seniors across Canada’s ten provinces and three territories, so ensuring there are adequate health care services for the elderly is important.
Hospitals across Canada are currently overcrowded, under staffed, and lacking adequate care for their patients.
Those in Windsor are operating at 100-103 per cent over capacity.
Overcrowded hospitals in Ontario contributed to the recent death of Stuart Cline. The 71-year old suffered a fall which led to bleeding in his brain. The incident happened in Mexico and he waited nearly a week for one of Ontario’s overcrowded hospital beds before passing away in St. Catharines.
Another issue the aging population is facing more and more is affordable housing and housing care needs. With the rapid rise in the senior population, the demand is outdoing supply.
The “Future Care for Canadian Seniors: A Status Quo Forecast Report” from the Conference Board of Canada said the private and public sectors need to make substantial investments in housing for seniors, to combat this issue. Ontario is taking steps towards providing more age friendly communities, with their $7-million investment into the grant program, but needs to beginning diverting more funds to senior housing and health care.
Seniors are living longer and need more care than ever before. The elderly population paid taxes and contributed a lifetime of work to our society, and deserve to be cared for adequately if an illness develops.
Everybody will become a senior one day, so it is important to look after the aging population and provide them with quality care, not only for their health but to ensure the systems are in place when future generations are in need of them as well.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
KAWARTHA LAKES: To celebrate International Women’s Day, MPP Laurie Scott recognized several female community members for their contributions to the local community, at an event on Friday, March 9th.
At the event, four women were named the recipients of the 2018 Leading Women, Leading Girls, Building Communities awards.
“The Leading Women, Leading Girls, Building Communities Recognition Program acknowledges women and girls, who demonstrate exceptional leadership, inspire others through their devotion to community service, and are strong role models who encourage future generations to become involved in making their community a better place for everyone,” a press release from Ms. Scott’s office read.
The first person recognized was Evelyn Chambers, the President of the Lindsay Agricultural Society.
“She’s been instrumental in the agriculture industry and with 4-H Ontario, and certainly breaking down lots of barriers in positions in agriculture that were mainly male dominated,” Ms. Scott said to those in attendance.
Ms. Chambers said she was “humbled” to receive this honour from MPP Scott.
Penny Chatson and Bella Alderton, from Women’s Resources in Lindsay, were also two of the recipients of the awards.
“Collectively, you have helped hundreds of women and girls, and you can’t be thanked enough for that dedication,” Ms. Scott told the duo.
4-H ambassador Sadie-Jane Hickson was also recognized with an award.
“She’s an award winning athlete, she was an ambassador for 4-H Ontario, a cornerstone of youth involvement in the Oakwood community, and she’s broken down many barriers on her own,” Ms. Scott said.
Ms. Chambers also spoke highly of Ms. Hickson.
“We are only seeing the beginning of Sadie-Jane and the rest of the Hickson family,” she said.
A poster, below, has recently been posted on the campus of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. It's been met with both praise and criticism from students and alumni of the university. What are your thoughts?