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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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Kawartha Lakes businesses get new digital marketing workshops

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A digital marketing series for business owners in Kawartha Lakes.

Kawartha Lakes’ chambers of commerce have collaborated to put together a digital marketing series designed for ‘main street’ business owners.

It’s an opportunity for business owners to get an overview from experts on how to use different tools and tricks to start getting customers from online into one’s actual store.

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MP Schmale says low taxes, private-sector jobs the answer, not basic income

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MP Schmale says low taxes, private-sector jobs the answer, not basic income
'We need to bolster private sector job growth."

Roderick Benns recently interviewed Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock Conservative MP Jamie Schmale on the issue of basic income and the Ontario Basic Income Pilot occurring in Lindsay this fall and for the next three years.

Benns: As the federal MP, what do you think about Lindsay being chosen as one of three sites for the Ontario Basic Income Pilot? People on Ontario Works will be given more to live on, and people who are working and yet not earning enough will be topped up. Is this a good idea in your mind? Why or why not?

Schmale: I believe it’s our responsibility to determine why Canadians are being asked to get by with less of their hard earned money. The average Canadian has 43 per cent of their income going to various levels of government through taxes.

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Desire or pressure: What motivates us to get out of bed and work?

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Desire or pressure: What motivates us to get out of bed and work?
Can we have self-interest that is socially useful?

Three days ago, we ran a story called ‘Mariposa Dairy struggles to find young adults who want to work five days a week.’ At last count, more than 52,000 people had read it, a huge number for an online news magazine not even two months old.

Why did this story strike such a nerve?

Is it because the people who read it want to work there? Or did they know someone else who needed a job and so shared it with friends? Is it because they couldn’t believe it was true – that such a large percentage of younger people couldn’t handle, or didn’t want, full-time work?

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Mariposa Dairy struggles to find young adults who want to work five days a week

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Mariposa Dairy struggles to find young adults who want to work five days a week
Bruce Vandenberg, Mariposa Dairy.

Have jobs, will train. One of the Lindsay area’s largest private employers, Mariposa Dairy, is having trouble finding committed employees who want to work a full five days a week – at least in the 18-35 age bracket.

Bruce Vandenberg, owner of Mariposa Dairy along with his wife, Sharon, estimates that 30-40 per cent of the younger people they hire as general labourers don’t work out, mainly because of “misplaced priorities,” according to Vandenberg.

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Ferreri entertains full house at Small Business Week breakfast

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Social media influencer, Michelle Ferreri, entertained a packed Small Business Week breakfast for the Lindsay and District Chamber of Commerce.

A Canadian vlogger and content creator, Ferreri was a former CHEX TV personality but moved and adapted her brand to the Internet in 2014 and never looked back.

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Fleming president says college tries to stay on top of skills employers need

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Fleming president says college tries to stay on top of skills employers need
Fleming wants to address Lindsay's skills shortage.

One of the key challenges for Lindsay and Kawartha Lakes is the growing skills shortage. It’s affecting area employers who can’t find the right people, and of course it’s not good for the people who can’t find the right job.

Sir Sandford Fleming College President, Tony Tilly, is aware of the skills shortage phenomenon affecting Lindsay and other small towns that have seen their manufacturing base shrink.

“We’ve been aware of this issue for a number of years,” Tilly says, pointing out that the college system commissioned a report in 2010 entitled ‘People Without Jobs, Jobs Without People.’

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Do Millennials in Lindsay lack a good worth ethic?

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Do Millennials in Lindsay lack a good worth ethic?
Do Millennials lack a solid work ethic?

“They seem to think highly of themselves.”

“Too over-confident.”

“They have a ‘baby-on-board’ protected mentality.”

“They’re always connected to their phones.”

The above was actual employer feedback from a large area employer about the young people sent to Victoria County Career Services (VCCS). It wasn’t the only business feedback.

Millennials also:

  • “Expect to move into the same job someone else has had for years.”
  • “They question everything.”
  • “They have less patience” for repetitive tasks, if the tasks aren’t meaningful.
  • “They have an expectation to be paid well.”
  • “They don’t like authoritarian style” of employers.
  • “They’re needy.”

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Today, more than ever, we’re stronger together

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Today, more than ever, we’re stronger together
Home of the Lindsay and District Chamber of Commerce.

“What have you done for me lately?”

Chambers of commerce across Ontario have a long-standing challenge in letting local businesses know all the benefits of being part of their local chamber.

“Of course I joined the local chamber; it’s just what businesses do.”

While the support is appreciated, this simply isn’t enough anymore. Chambers of commerce need to offer a business case – a value proposition – of what they offer and ways for business owners to showcase their work and engage in what’s going on in the local business community.

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Home Hardware’s GM on keeping people, and being ‘people-people’

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Home Hardware’s GM on keeping people, and being ‘people people’

Most mornings, Frank Geerlinks swings through his favourite Tim Horton’s on his way to work in Lindsay from his home in the Little Britain area.

At the drive-through he is often greeted by a young woman who just “has it” in terms of customer service skills. One day very soon, he says, he will ask this young woman if she wants a job with him, at his family of Home Hardware stores.

He contrasts this with another incident, this time at a McDonald’s drive-through where he took his family through for a quick bite to eat. The employee was a young man who took his money and gave him his change without saying a single word to him.

Geerlinks couldn’t believe it.

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