Latest Issue: August 4, 2020

Drugs: Increased Prices, Lower Quality

Overdoses on rise as supply shortens for drug users

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Health Unit is reporting that eight people have died in the past two months in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark, likely from a Fentanyl overdose. This is more deaths than the health unit would usually have over an entire year. During May, the hospitals have also seen an increase of people presenting to the emergency department with an overdose. Download the latest issue.

Infrastructure Funding Request

The Town of Renfrew is circulating a resolution of council to ask for the fast-tracking of road dollars

The Town of Renfrew is circulating a resolution in hopes of seeing more infrastructure funding land in rural areas. A motion moved by Reeve Peter Emon and seconded by Councillor Arlene Jamieson notes that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a catastrophic effect on employment and small business survival rates. The jobless rate was over 11.3 per cent in Ontario in April 2020 with limited signs of a change over the next fiscal periods. Download the latest issue.

Ontario Government News In Brief

Updates on the commercial rent assistance funding, the opening of DriveTest centres, the COVID-19 app and the opening of schools. Download the latest issue.

Marketing | Jennifer Layman

Government: Time To Try Harder – The brave opportunity to invest in communities

On July 10, 2020, the Government of Ontario’s regular press briefing included the launch of the “Ontario Made” program. The province invested half a million dollars into the program which promotes Ontario manufacturers who develop medical supplies, PPE and other essential equipment. SRB Technologies of Pembroke and Dairy Distillery of Almonte are among the companies listed in the database at www.supportontariomade.ca. “Ontario Made will help raise awareness of what is manufactured right here by our neighbours, friends, and families and support local manufacturing,” said Dennis Darby, President and CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters. Download the latest issue.


Book Club | Malcolm Gladwell

Talking To Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know

Malcolm Gladwell, host of the podcast Revisionist History and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Outliers, offers a powerful examination of our interactions with strangers and why they often go wrong. How did Fidel Castro fool the CIA for a generation? Why did Neville Chamberlain think he could trust Adolf Hitler? Why are campus sexual assaults on the rise? Do television sitcoms teach us something about the way we relate to each other that isn’t true? Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don’t know. And because we don’t know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world. Download the latest issue.

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  • Biz Quiz: A quick 10-question quiz on recent news headlines
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