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Basic income and the future of work: Potential for social disruption

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Basic income and the future of work: Potential for social disruption

I have always loved school.  After high school I attended university and several years after graduation I completed a graduate degree. Wanting to dive into peace and justice issues, I returned to university at age 50.

Formal education has enriched my life and opened doors to new types of work. One of the things I learned, as a literacy practitioner is that not everyone was as keen about the value of school.

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Wanted: 2,000 people from Lindsay who need a better income

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Wanted: 2,000 people from Lindsay who need a better income
Minister of Poverty Reduction and Housing, Peter Milczyn, with Lindsay Advocate Publisher, Roderick Benns.

If you live in Lindsay and you’re finding it difficult to make ends meet, you owe it to yourself to sign up for basic income.

There’s still time.

It doesn’t matter if you’re on Ontario Works, ODSP, or you have a job and you’re just not making enough. You might even be a start-up business owner. But for whatever reason, you’re not making enough to get by — and you need a better income.

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Prepare Kawartha Lakes students as they do in Tokyo, Riyadh and London

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The Canadian economy exists on two key tenants — resource extraction and manufacturing.  But both are in trouble.

Given most resource extraction in the country is unsustainable, particularly in the face of climate change, and manufacturing continues to be exported to other countries through globalization, where does the future of a sustainable Canadian economy live?  

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We’ve all got something to offer to make community better

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We’ve all got something to offer to make community better
If we walked into the liquor store and French music is playing we are more likely to buy French wine.

I am often amazed at how much science and learning is involved in the daily interactions we all make with our environment.

We had the pleasure of welcoming Peter Marks to our agency to help us understand his teaching: Conscious Care and Support. He highlighted so many aspects of our environment that affect our senses and brain throughout the day.

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‘What can I give them, poor as I am?’: Lindsay’s 1931 Citizens’ Relief Association

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From the Toronto Star archives, circa 1933, showing a woodpile behind the old Lindsay Town Hall, ready to be chopped up by transients in exchange for food.

On July 12 of this year, a number of local citizens gathered in the Academy Theatre for a screening of I, Daniel Blake.

The fourth installment in this year’s TIFF Films on the Scugog series, organized under the auspices of the Kawartha Art Gallery in collaboration with the Academy Theatre, I, Daniel Blake paints a poignant picture of poverty in contemporary Britain.

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Nightly dinner program for youth a vital part of Boys and Girls Club

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Nightly dinner program for youth a vital part of Boys and Girls Club

The only thing better than eating a well-balanced, nutritious meal is eating a well-balanced, nutritious meal with friends, both new and old.

The Warehouse Centre, at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes’ Lindsay facility, has many popular programs and one of the most accessed is the nightly dinner program for youth, Grades 7-12.

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Lindsay basic income pilot: Mental health, resilience will surely improve

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Lindsay basic income pilot: Mental health, resilience will surely improve
Basic income could help create less pressure, less anxiety.

Basic income open enrollment sessions begin this week here in Lindsay. If you haven’t registered and you think you might be ‘working poor’ or on Ontario Works, you should check out the simplified process.

This Lindsay basic income pilot is an incredible opportunity for our town. It not only has the capacity to change individual lives, but to create community-level change, too.

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Basic income provides stability to finish school

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Have diploma, will work: Basic income provides stability to finish school
Will students have better outcomes with basic income?

When I asked Jake about his school experiences, he replied that he had attended more than 10 different elementary and high schools.

Jake was in his early twenties. He told me his family moved a lot when he was growing up. I didn’t ask why, but based on what I’d heard from others it was likely for work opportunities, better or more affordable housing, or as a result of family break-up.

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Journey is never complete when it comes to developmental services

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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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Community Care recognized for commitment to quality improvement

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The Community Care Health and Care Network was in the spotlight recently when it was recognized by provincial peers for commitments to making improvements when processing clients and their caregivers.

Community Care received the Commitment to Quality Improvement Award from the Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA).

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