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Dana Bowman: ‘Everything I do centres on poverty reduction’

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Dana Bowman: 'Everything I do centres on poverty reduction'

It’s just a week before the deadline for submissions from Ontario communities that want to be chosen for the Ontario Basic Income Pilot. Mike Perry is at Queen’s Park, meeting with a senior adviser to the premier.

In his hand is a carefully researched, spiral-bound booklet pitching our community to decision-makers. At his side — as at previous meetings — is Dana Bowman.

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Pros and cons in accommodations for seniors in the Kawarthas

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Pros and cons in accommodations for seniors in the Kawarthas

In the first edition of Aging in the Kawarthas we briefly discussed the aging population of Ontario and options for local seniors who wish to remain in the Kawarthas as they age in place.

Some seniors, or substitute decision makers, choose to leave their home and seek alternative living arrangements such as private retirement homes or long-term care facilities. However it’s no longer as easy as “Mom is going to have to go into a home” as we hear in the community very often. Keep Reading

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Enbridge Gas expansion to Fenelon Falls a big part of Country Living Show

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Enbridge Gas expansion to Fenelon Falls a big part of Country Living Show
‘Granny’s House’ is an interactive home display taking visitors back in time.

Enbridge Gas is the title sponsor of the Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show in Fenelon Falls this year, and they have a good reason to be — Enbridge is expanding its services to include Fenelon Falls by next spring.

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Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show: Big event in Fenelon Falls

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Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show: Big event in Fenelon Falls
The show this year is being held Friday, April 27 through to Sunday, April 29 at the Fenelon Falls Community Centre.

The Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show in Fenelon Falls can be credited with providing a great time for a lot of people, but it can also apparently cure ophidiophobia – that would be a fear of snakes. Well, at least it worked out that way for Shannon Bain, manager of the Fenelon Falls and District Chamber of Commerce.

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Reflections on the economy-ecology paradox

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Reflections on the economy-ecology paradox

In the 1960s, the inescapable logic of Star Trek’s Mr. Spock left an indelible mark on some TV viewers, including myself. “There are always alternatives,” he dead-panned in one episode, despite the fact that he and the starship crew were in the midst of a crisis that looked like certain doom.

Rachel Carson had just published “Silent Spring,” and started the environmental movement. Since then, the times have been a changin’ but they don’t seem to be a changin’ fast enough to put the brakes on the slow-motion ecological train wreck we appear to be the passengers on, and hear about with daily headlines.

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An inconvenient column: Local climate change educators walk the talk

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An inconvenient column: Local climate change educators walk the talk
Deborah Pearson, left, Ginny Colling, right. Ardent environmentalists who think globally and act locally.

When I meet with Deborah Pearson and Ginny Colling it’s over herbal tea and Mickael’s day-olds, and their only pressing deadline is a sleep yoga workshop, starting in an hour-and-a-half.

So, after busy professional careers — for Deborah 30 years of elementary school teaching (mostly with the Trillium Board, but also in Canada’s sub-arctic and in Europe), and for Ginny 29 years teaching Journalism and Public Relations at Durham College  — this is the retirement lifestyle that fills their days?

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Less than quarter of City residents have library card; New CEO aims to change that

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Kawartha Lakes Public Library, Lindsay. (Photo by Erin Smith.)

Only about 22 per cent of City residents have a library card – and that’s a statistic new CEO and library director for the City of Kawartha Lakes is intent on changing.

The Kawartha Lakes Public Library system will soon be undergoing a major outreach and community engagement initiative, with one of the primary goals to increase the number of library card holders, and to increase usage of its services.

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Flood warning for Kawartha Conservation watershed

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Flood warning for Kawartha Conservation watershed

A nasty weather pattern persists over southern Ontario, including the Kawartha Conservation watershed. Precipitation gauges around the watershed have recorded up to 45 mm of rain since Friday morning. In addition, a substantial amount of ice, ice pellets and snow has accumulated on the ground. More ice pellets and freezing rain is forecast for today.

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