August 2017 Archive

Canadian Blood Services called, you should donate

“Hi Sarah, it’s Phil calling with Canadian Blood Services,” came a smooth, almost southern but more Canadian accent. “Sarah, we’re calling because with the upcoming long weekend we do have an increased need for donors. We’re going to be at the Bancroft Pentecostal Tabernacle on Monday, Sept. 4. We were wondering if you could help out with a donation that day?”

Abortion pill available in Bancroft

Ontario’s free abortion pill has landed in Bancroft. While two pharmacies in Bancroft are unsure if they’ll stock Mifegymiso — a medical alternative to surgical abortion — another had it the day it became free.

Surrounding area health units confirm West Nile

Human cases for West Nile virus have been confirmed by both the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit and Peterborough Public Health.

Low-income renters suffering housing crisis

There is a lack of affordable housing in the area. The Hastings Housing Resource Centre and Housing First Working Group of the Poverty Roundtable Hastings Prince Edward are reaching out to landlords and property owners to fix that.

Chamber responds to jobs act

The province’s 2017 workplace legislation could cost the average household up to $1,300 per year, according to a new study.

Council offered suggestions to change procedures

Wollaston Township council heard a brief delegation by a local citizen at their Aug. 8 regular meeting offering suggestions for changes to their procedural bylaw governing the conduct of their meetings. Roxanne Lambert asked council to consider several changes which would improve transparency, accountability, and increase public input. She suggested not limiting delegations to three per meeting and reducing their speaking time to five minutes plus council’s questions.

I’ll miss the Heritage Shoppe

Bancroft lost a major landmark on Aug. 4 when the Heritage Shoppe closed forever. It had served our community for many years funding programs like Meals on Wheels, Foot Fix and the TROUT.

Fix my pothole

How does one go about getting a pothole fixed in the road?

Assessing the risk of doing nothing

What grabbed my attention while reading over the agenda the night before was a so-called “emergency motion” put forward by the Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA).

Keep your dogs away from mushrooms

Apsley Veterinary Services is warning that all this rain has created the perfect conditions for mushroom growth — that could mean bad news for your pet. The clinic announced it recently had a dog battling liver failure because it was poisoned after eating a mushroom.

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