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Journey is never complete when it comes to developmental services

Developmental Services in Ontario is a dynamic sector that is constantly striving to learn its way into a better state of inclusive communities and responsive services.

Like so many things it is a history of rethinks and trials that have led to something better and better. At the turn of the century, institutions were new and seen as progressive, but society slowly learned that this was a disastrous way to meet people’s needs.

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Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition passes the ‘fork’ to new leader

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Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition passes the ‘fork’ to new leader
Heather Kirby, new chair of the Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition.

Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition has passed the ‘fork’ to a new leader, electing Heather Kirby as their new chair. Kirby is the general manager of Kawartha Lakes Food Source.

Elected at their recent annual general meeting, Kirby says she is excited to carry on the great work of the food coalition and its partners.

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Kawartha Credit Union helps local patients tell Tales of Hope

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From left to right: Veronica Nelson, Michelle Finley, Jenn Bianco, and Erin Coons.

The team at Kawartha Credit Union’s Lindsay branch is helping to turn breast cancer stories into Tales of Hope.

Michelle Finley, Kawartha Credit Union’s Lindsay branch manager, and Jenn Bianco, a member service representative, visited Ross Memorial Hospital to present a cheque for $1,003.45 to Erin Coons, executive director of the Ross Memorial Hospital Foundation.

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Lindsay’s Arctic-inspired tech entrepreneur aims to triple size in coming months

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Lindsay’s Arctic-inspired tech entrepreneur aims to triple size in coming months
The village of Pangnirtung, Nunavut.

It has been three years since Ryan Oliver left Pangnirtung on the east side of Baffin Island, where summer temperatures range from five to 15 degrees Celsius and winter can be -50 Celsius with wind chill.

Oliver had lived in this Nunavut village of 1,400 people for nine years. But given the costs of doing business in the north he thought it was time to bring his family — and his entrepreneurial idea — home to Lindsay.

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Local Kinsmen toy drive has been helping kids, families for 70 years

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Local Kinsmen toy drive has been helping kids, families for 70 years

It was back in 1947 when the local Kinsmen Club of Lindsay first realized there were children who may not experience the joy of receiving a toy for Christmas.

Their response 70 years ago was the first Lindsay Kinsmen Toy Drive, which saw the collection of gently used and broken toys that were repaired by Kinsmen members and distributed to children in need.

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Need a basic income guarantee? Province continues to take applicants

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Need a basic income guarantee? Province continues to take applicants

The Province is encouraging people in Lindsay who may be in need of a basic income guarantee for the next three years to call or email so they can enroll.

Kristen Tedesco, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Community and Social Services, says throughout October the government has been holding “in-person enrollment sessions in Lindsay.”

This has been mainly for people who had identified an interest when the Province had a booth set up at the Lindsay Exhibition in late September.

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New library CEO says libraries must remain community hubs

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New library CEO says libraries must remain community hubs

Along the B.C. coastline, Jamie Anderson was no stranger to ferries and small airplanes as they skimmed across far-flung islands and coastal villages.

In his job as director of library services of Vancouver Island Regional Library, his area of responsibility included all of Vancouver Island, except for Victoria, as well as the whole, rural length of B.C.’s stunning coastline. In all, he had 39 branches he had responsibility over.

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Local Poverty Reduction Roundtable wants to know ‘How’s your housing?’

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Local Poverty Reduction Roundtable wants to know ‘How’s your housing?’

The local Poverty Reduction Roundtable is asking Kawartha Lakes residents “How’s your housing?” on Nov. 22, National Housing Day.

Citizens can stop by the Coboconk Community Centre from 9:30 am to Noon, in a partnership event they are putting on with the help of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

“Housing is not an issue relegated to those who are living on the streets of Toronto or staying in the local shelter,” Marina Hodson says, co-chair of the Poverty Reduction Roundtable.

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They were called in from the glen: Remembering our Great War nursing sisters

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They were called in from the glen: Remembering our Great War nursing sisters

A stroll through Lindsay’s Riverside Cemetery is always a rewarding experience for the amateur historian, particularly when they happen upon the marker of a well-known local resident like Sir Sam Hughes (1853-1921), Canada’s controversial Minister of Militia and local Member of Parliament.

A few yards away lies the plot of the Hon. Leslie Frost (1895-1973), one-time Member of Provincial Parliament and Premier of Ontario. The Hughes monument is prominently placed on a hillock and is visible almost as soon as one enters the cemetery; Leslie Frost’s final resting place, meanwhile, is marked with a provincial heritage plaque.

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If Ontario Works, boutique tax credits go, Schmale on board with basic income

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Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock Conservative MP Jamie Schmale has clarified his position on basic income, saying he’s all for the pilot if Ontario Works is eliminated and the boutique tax credits go.

Schmale, who was not as specific in his first interview with The Lindsay Advocate, clarified his remarks on The Advocate’s active social media presence on Facebook.

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