February 17, 2021

Even the extreme cold weather did not deter this hearty group of volunteers to erect the Clarington Hospice sign on Saturday, February 13. The site is on the east side of Cobbledick Road in Newcastle. From left to right: Marian Timmermans, Jane Black, Jim Norwood, Jill Richardson, Jackie Nixon, Rod McArthur and Willie Woo.

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2.04% tax levy increase

Clarington Council has approved the 2021 Municipal Budget, which includes a 2.04 per cent increase on the Clarington portion of the tax levy. That’s an increase of $31.01 per year for the average property. “This year, Council focused on minimizing spending and trying to make every dollar count,” said Mayor Adrian Foster. “We know that COVID-19 has financially impacted many businesses and residents. That’s why this year’s increase is tied to inflation and the rising cost of providing services. There are no new surprises, no new services added. We are simply trying to maintain our service levels and our investment in infrastructure,” added Mayor Foster.

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Clarke High School honours Black History Month

Métis teacher Marilyn Robitaille is dedicated to helping her students become in-formed citizens equipped to be active and contributing participants of a democratic society. Over the past 12 years, she has taught in all of the Clarington High Schools in the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board. This is her second year at Clarke High School.

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Looking for certainty

Last year the joke was January, February, March, March, March, March…Then things started to look up in August restarting the calendar until December then full stop – again. Do you feel like a wanderer? Feel like our lives aren’t moving in one particular direction. Sometimes I feel like we are in transition, while sometimes it feels like every-thing is up in the air.

Are you a ‘RAKtivist”?

‘RAKtivist’ is short for ‘Random Acts of Kindness activ-ist’. Think of RAKtivists like kindness ambassadors and, like all ambassadors, they’re a part of an active, global community.

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Mobile COVID-19 testing clinic

Durham Region Transit (DRT) and Region of Durham Paramedic Services (RDPS) are working together, doing their part in the fight against COVID-19. The team has launched an innovative mobile COVID-19 testing clinic.

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Captain Ross A. Tilley OBE, OC – local medical pioneer

One of the earliest pioneers of modern plastic and reconstructive surgery, and an early advocate for patient mental support, was a local man. Dr A. Ross Tilley was born in Bowmanville in 1904. Son of the local practitioner, Dr Ross Tilley, he often accompanied his father on his rounds, early on gaining an interest in medicine. He attended the University of Toronto to study, graduating in 1929. In the years immediately follow-ing graduation, he expanded his knowledge of surgery at the Toronto Western Hospital, followed by stints at Roosevelt and Bellevue Hospital in New York, the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh, and a brief phase of study in pathology with an eminent pathologist in Vienna.

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The Guinea Pig Club

In 1941, a social club like no other was founded in a hospital ward in southeast England. Entry to the club was limited to members who were recovering airmen who had suffered disfiguring injuries during World War II.

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Fundraising initiatives to support inclusive local program

Graphic Milestones in Orono stands true to their mandate of being an innovative center for adults and youth with special needs. “Right now, we’re launching our Don’t Throw Stones initiative,” said Ricky Persaud, Program Director. “The initiative came about because many of our special needs community members have explained that their high school years were not the easiest. A lot of it came down to bullying.”

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