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Lyndsay Bowen: New Kawartha Lakes library specialist for outreach and community engagement

New Kawartha Lakes Library specialist for outreach and community engagement

Let’s imagine the ideal candidate for the newly-created position of ‘Library Specialist, Outreach & Community Engagement’ for the Kawartha Lakes Library system.

There are library branches in 14 communities distributed around the City’s 3,059 sq. km — so lots of communities to reach out to, engage and create programs for, and each community is unique. Our ideal candidate should know the Kawartha Lakes and understand the diverse needs of its communities.

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Who knows best? The case for basic income

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Stories from real people confirm they know how best to spend their money, says columnist.

Fresh from the North American Basic Income Guarantee (NABIG) conference held in Hamilton at the end of May, I have been thinking about the stories I heard from people who benefited from a basic income.

What jumped out was how the money made a difference, and the stories confirmed for me that people know what is best for themselves and their families.

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The crime that few people see in Kawartha Lakes

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The crime that few people see in Kawartha Lakes

It’s been called the form of abuse that few see. For something that is unseen to a great degree, elder abuse certainly affects a huge number of people in our community. Experts say that elder abuse could be found in the lives of up to 10 per cent of older adults in our community. That could be close to 1,000 Kawartha Lakes residents. If that isn’t alarming enough, the Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse says that only one in 12 cases gets reported. Unseen, yet definitely not insignificant.

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Parents: Pinnguaq providing free coding classes at library all summer

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Parents: Pinnguaq providing free coding classes at library all summer
Kevin Karyak and Jasper Pootoogook work during a teach session in Baker Lake, Nunavut, March 2017.

Want to give your child knowledge of coding? Lindsay’s Pinnguaq Association is offering free coding classes at the Lindsay Public Library this summer.

Pinnguaq was created as a not-for-profit, Pangnirtung, Nunavut-based technology company with a desire to see strong programming education available in Inuktitut, the Inuit language. Their te(a)ch program is a made-in-Nunavut curriculum and learning series for Northerners. Pinnguaq has an office in Lindsay, though, and is looking to give back to the community with their work.

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Nunavut a finalist for $10 million Smart Cities Challenge prize; Lindsay’s Pinnguaq involved

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Nunavut a finalist for $10 million Smart Cities Challenge prize; Lindsay's Pinnguaq involved
Cambridge Bay, Nunavut.

A collaboration between the Nunavut Association of Municipalities (NAM), Lindsay’s Pinnguaq Association, the Embrace Life Council and Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre has resulted in a project, representing all 25 communities of Nunavut, being selected as a finalist in the Smart Cities Challenge $10 million prize.

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The Lindsay Advocate – serving the area since 1855

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The Lindsay Advocate – serving the area since 1855

Sometimes good ideas are merely a continuation of old ideas. What seems like a unique concept may actually be an echo of history, seized upon once again – perhaps at just the right moment.

While reading Looking for Old Victoria County, edited by Rae Fleming and published just last year, I came upon a chapter called The People of the 1861 Great Fire in Lindsay, by Lois Magahay. Under a section about local journalism, it was there that I found an astonishing fact:

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Woman finds 21 trunks containing historical treasures

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Woman finds 21 trunks containing historical treasures

She inherited 21 huge trunks that had been kept in a basement for 57 years.

In a series of three exhibits at the Olde Gaol Museum in Lindsay, local artist Ann Louise Smith tells the incredible story of her grandparents through her artwork and a collection of family artifacts.

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Teacher says ‘travel is the only thing that makes you richer’ as students prepare for Normandy

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From L to R: Shaun Soutar, Alison Smith, Emma Bartley, Reece Eason, Rebecca James

Several students gathered over a free lunch at Fenelon Falls Secondary School recently to enthusiastically discuss a 10-day trip to Normandy next year – and they got a chance to network with students who have already travelled internationally.

Julie Rocheleau, a teacher at the high school, has been organizing these international trips with her students for several years.

Rocheleau says, “I’ve been taking kids out-of-country pretty much every year since I started teaching, whether it be for sports or an immersive experience. Travel is the only thing that makes you richer.”

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PSW stories from the heart

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PSW stories from the heart

After being notified that the last article about Personal Support Workers had over 190,000 views, I realize that writing from the heart must be something the public likes.

Feedback about being a PSW — one of the toughest jobs in health care — was agreed upon by most comments left by engaged readers. And some said that PSWs should never be working short, but that’s a question not for management, but for our new premier of Ontario.

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Downtown Dreams Contest announces top four finalists

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Downtown Dreams Contest announces top four finalists
L to R: Vinh Mac (Fenelon Falls Brewing Co.), Jennifer Bacon (Yoga with Jenny), Marie Rayner (Soulful Expressions), Eliana Evenaar and Phil Blais (Creation Café), Leisha Newtown (Economic Development Officer – Downtown, City of Kawartha Lakes), Mayor Andy Letham and Sandy Greenberg (provided training to Downtown Dreams contestants).

From yoga to craft beer, from coffee and art, to health and wellness, four Kawartha Lakes’ entrepreneurs are making their ‘downtown dreams’ a reality.

The City of Kawartha Lakes recently hosted the Downtown Dreams Business Showcase at the Academy Theatre in Lindsay where attendees from across the City came to celebrate and congratulate the finalists of the Downtown Dreams contest.

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‘Crisis’ in Lindsay as homeless diverted elsewhere; food bank says ‘we need help’

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‘Crisis’ in Lindsay as homeless diverted elsewhere; food bank says ‘we need help’

With Kawartha Lakes’ homeless shelter, A Place Called Home, at full capacity for the better part of a week, homeless people are being diverted to Peterborough or Oshawa.

Meanwhile, one of the founding volunteers of Lindsay’s food bank, Bev Gimbel, says “we’re at a crisis.”

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