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“Hypocritical” UCDSB prioritizing management jobs over services for students, says union

“Hypocritical” UCDSB prioritizing management jobs over services for students, says union
BROCKVILLE – The union that represents education workers at Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) is demanding to know why the board is advertising a new, high-paying management job just weeks after it slashed services for students by eliminating the equivalent of 140 full-time frontline jobs. UCDSB claims the cuts – which affect 177 people in total – were needed to... Read More

Spectrum Therapeutics announces strategic patient support and education partnership with Medical Pharmacies

Spectrum Therapeutics announces strategic patient support and education partnership with Medical Pharmacies
TORONTO & SMITHS FALLS – Spectrum Therapeutics, the medical division of Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth”) (TSX: WEED; NYSE: CGC) today announced that it has entered into a five year service agreement with Medical Pharmacies Group Limited (“Medical Pharmacies”), Canada’s largest specialty pharmacy that services residents in long-term care, retirement homes and other settings. Under the agreement, Spectrum Therapeutics will be the preferred... Read More

Health Unit Raises Awareness about Bats and Rabies

Health Unit Raises Awareness about Bats and Rabies
Bats are nocturnal animals and feed most actively two or three hours following sunset. Bats are efficient insect controllers eating about three times their body weight. Bats typically have their babies in June and come August many of the young bats are looking for their own roosting sites. Many bats will roost and hibernate in attics. Although bats are beneficial,... Read More

Monday Morning Local Weather Update: Cooler Temps for Today & Rest of Week!

Monday Morning Local Weather Update: Cooler Temps for Today & Rest of Week!
Good Monday morning! Much cooler today and for the rest of the week so far! Today’s Forecast Mainly cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. High 23. Humidex 26. UV index 7 or high. Tonight: Mainly cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers early this evening. Clearing near midnight. Low 14. Tuesday: Sunny. High 26. Humidex 27. UV index 7 or... Read More

Is Your Child Ready to Start JK This September? 

Is Your Child Ready to Start JK This September? 
The Language Express Preschool Speech and Language Program Can Help! Brockville – Your role as your child’s most important teacher doesn’t end when he or she starts Kindergarten. In fact, your job gets bigger!  Language Express can help. Your 3-year-old should: Understand same/different, one/all, heavy/light, night/day Enjoy pretend play and playing with other children Be able to talk about something that... Read More

Good Tuesday morning! Morning local weather update:

Good Tuesday morning! Morning local weather update:
Good Tuesday morning! Here is your morning local weather update:   Today’s Forecast   Today: A mix of sun and cloud. High 31. Humidex 33. UV index 8 or very high   Tonight: A few clouds. Low 16.   Tuesday: Mainly sunny. High 32. Humidex 35. UV index 8 or very high.   Currently around our region as of 8:00am... Read More

Health Unit warns to take precautions during high heat and humidity

Health Unit warns to take precautions during high heat and humidity
Brockville – Due to high temperatures and humidex levels Environment Canada has issued a heat warning levels for this week.  A combination of heat and high humidity can be hazardous to your health. Conditions during high heat and humidity have the potential to cause dehydration, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and in some cases death. Dr. Paula Stewart, Medical Officer of... Read More

OPP CONDUCT AGGRESSIVE DRIVING CAMPAIGN AS SPEEDERS CONTINUE TO MAKE ROADS UNSAFE

OPP CONDUCT AGGRESSIVE DRIVING CAMPAIGN AS SPEEDERS CONTINUE TO MAKE ROADS UNSAFE
ORILLIA – With Ontario highways and roads about to see some of the highest traffic volumes of the year, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will be targeting aggressive drivers over the Canada Day Long Weekend.   The OPP responded to 64 speed-related collisions during last year’s Canada Day Long Weekend, three of which resulted in the loss of life. Officers laid 7,393 speeding charges over the... Read More

OSSTF for UCDSB to Hold Rally Wednesday afternoon to Protest Elimination of Front-Line Student Support Staff

OSSTF for UCDSB to Hold Rally Wednesday afternoon to Protest Elimination of Front-Line Student Support Staff
Brockville – On Wednesday, June 26th from 4 pm until 5 pm, members of the Ontario Secondary School Teacher’s Federation (OSSTF) for the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) will host a rally outside of the Board Office and Steve Clark’s office to protest the school board’s new budget that cuts 100% of Child and Youth Worker and Behaviorists (Student... Read More

Upper Canada District School Board issues layoffs to 25 Para-Professionals

Upper Canada District School Board issues layoffs to 25 Para-Professionals
Brockville – The Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) has issued layoff notices to 25 para-professional employees.  At the June 20th, 2019 board meeting, the Upper Canada District School Board approved a 1.3 million dollar decrease in funding for Para-Professionals.  These professionals include child and youth workers and behaviourists (Student Support Partners).  This position was eliminated.  These front-line workers provided... Read More