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Year in Review – Part 9 – September

Ontario launches proof of vaccination requirement DURHAM/KAWARTHA: The Ontario government is moving forward with vaccination requirements to enter certain settings. This also involves launch-ing a vaccine certificate and a digital vaccine app. On Wednesday, Sept-ember 1st, the govern-ment of Ontario an-nounced, as of September 22nd, people will be required proof of full vaccination (meaning two dose) to enter restaurants and bars (except for on outdoor patios), this also includes nightclubs, banquet halls and conference/convention centres, “facilities used for sports and fitness act-ivities,” sporting events, casinos, theatres and cinemas, and horse racing venues.

The Standard opens at new spot SCUGOG: The Standard News has successfully relocated from their North Port Road location to downtown Port Perry. We look forward to serving you at our new office at 84 Water Street.

PJHL adopts a mandatory vaccination policy NORTH DURHAM: The Provincial Junior Hockey League (PJHL), a league which the Port Perry MoJacks and Uxbridge Bruins play in, has recently announced a mandatory vaccination policy for all their members. The policy was announced, and adopted by, the PJHL, as well as the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL) and the Ontario Junior Hockey League.

East Lindsay development plans KAWARTHA LAKES: Plans for a large development near, I.E. Weldon Secondary School in Lindsay appears to have excited some members of Kawartha Lakes council. At a Kawartha Lakes Committee of the Whole meeting, on Tuesday, September 7th, members of Flato Developments presented their proposed plans for an area in East Lindsay. “The proposed development would provide the addition of approxi-mately 150 seniors-oriented residential units and 100 rental apartment units. The development will also include approximately 1,200 new homes and a mix of housing types, such as single and semi-detached housing and various forms of townhouses. The proposed development will provide an appropriate range and mix of uses, which will result in the creation of a complete neighbourhood,” Katarzyna Sliwa told councillors.

Lindsay ATV route shifts KAWARTHA LAKES: The City of Kawartha Lakes is changing course regarding ATVs in Lindsay. At a Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday, September 7th, councillors voted not to approve the Lindsay ATV route. Instead the ‘Off-Road Vehicle Use of City Roads Task Force’ will look at bypass options for an ATV route going around Lindsay.

Another Lindsay jail outbreak KAWARTHA LAKES: For the second time this year, a COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay. The outbreak declaration was announced by Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Natalie Bocking, during a virtual press conference, on Wednesday, September 8th. “We’re starting to meet regularly, in terms of outbreak management, with the Central East Correctional Centre facility [members]. All of the cases to date are among the resident population and not among staff,” Dr. Bocking said.

Three representatives re-elected NORTH DURHAM/ KAWARTHA: After a short federal election campaign, residents of three local ridings have decided to re-elect their representatives. On Monday, September 20th, Jamie Schmale (Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock), Erin O’Toole (Durham) and Jennifer O’Connell were all declared elected.

Small plane crashes into lake SCUGOG: An investigation began after a small plane crashed into Lake Scugog in Port Perry, on Wednesday, September 15th. The incident occurred around 1 p.m. A Durham Regional Police (DRPS) spokes-person could only confirm that “two pilots survived the crash”, citing the fact Transport Canada is handling the investigation.

Lindsay route discussed again KAWARTHA LAKES: City of Kawartha Lakes council is not finished with discussions about an ATV route around or through Lindsay. When the motion came to a council meeting for ratification, on Tuesday, September 21st, Ward 5 Councillor Pat Dunn moved to send the route back to the task force, for by-pass options around Lindsay, but removed the first portion of the motion, which called for non-approval of the route through Lindsay.

Ontario Indigenous education DURHAM/KAWARTHA: The Ontario government is making changes to the elementary school curriculum to allow for more education about Indigenous peoples. “Already, the curriculum includes mandatory and detailed learning in the social studies, grade four to six courses, and in history in grade four, grades seven, and eight and ten. [This] includes mandatory learning on residential schools in grades eight and ten. Building on this, we are working on completing the full spectrum of Indigenous-focused learning across the elementary social studies curriculum. This includes mandatory Indigenous-focused learning added to the social studies curriculum for grades one to three,” Ontario education minister Stephen Lecce announced, on Wednesday, September 29th. These changes, to the grades one to three curriculum, are expected to be made by September 2023.

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