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‘Madame Assia’ enjoying small town life in Lindsay

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Assia Bah: "Everybody smiles and says ‘hi.' In that way, it’s like Guinea.”

What a difference an hour-and-a-half drive can make. Toronto is one of the most multicultural and diverse cities in the world. Over half the population was born outside of Canada and over half of Torontonians belong to a visible minority group.

Lindsay? Not quite so diverse.

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Bridging the digital divide at your library

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Kawartha Lakes Libraries have great digital resources for the whole family.

If you are reading this you’re almost certainly on the “haves” side of the digital divide.

You have at least one computer, tablet or smartphone — you may even have all three. For a monthly fee a service provider connects you to all that the internet has to offer and to a community of other users.

You may also make monthly payments for additional streaming music or videos. And for sure you have the skills to use devices and navigate the web. (You found your way to The Lindsay Advocate website, didn’t you?)

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Kawartha Lakes remembers Delores O’Riordan, proud mother and 90s rock icon

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Kawartha Lakes remembers Delores O'Riordan, proud mother and 90s rock icon
Delores O’Riordan spent much of her adult life in the Kawartha Lakes/Peterborough area.

Delores O’Riordan’s passing suddenly at the age of 46 is heartbreaking for countless reasons.

Her voice is immediately recognizable, her harmonies defining The Cranberries, one of the most important bands to emerge from the 1990s. For many of us, she defined our youth; our maturation into adults with emotional, political and spiritual awareness.

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Of passion and pastries: Mickaël’s Café Librairie in Lindsay

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Mickaël Durand: The focus is always on freshness and high standards.

Imagine a French bakery. A boulangerie.  There are racks of warm baguettes and country loaves with slightly blistered crusts. And croissants, of course. In a see-through case are the day’s cookies and tarts.  Maybe a surprise, too. One day there are chouquettes (what Timbits aspire to be in their dreams), another day there may be buttery, dense Breton kouign-amann.

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The Library: What’s in it for you?

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The Library: What’s in it for you?
New materials are constantly being added.

The experience of reading a good book, watching a memorable movie, or finding just the information you need to complete a project may be priceless, but the actual books, DVDs, and services of a reference librarian can all be assigned price tags.

Built into the website of one Ontario library is a value calculator, a nifty tool that lets you calculate the dollar value of the library resources you use.

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Hiding in plain sight: Post Envelopes a thriving 83-year-old Lindsay business

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All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. — Leo Tolstoy

Tolstoy got it all wrong about happy families. At least, that’s the lesson I take away from a morning with Roberta Allen and her Post Envelopes co-workers–very much a family, very definitely happy, and beyond question unique.

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Lindsay’s Tim Hortons not willing to talk about wages, employee incentives

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Lindsay's Tim Hortons not willing to talk about wages, employee incentives
We continue to talk about Tim Hortons as if it’s a Canadian company. It is not. In 2014, there was a $12.5-billion takeover of Tim Hortons by Brazilian-based 3G Capital.

Last week’s national headlines were dominated by the Tim Hortons brand. Not surprising.

In nearby Cobourg, the owners of the local Tim Hortons there (who just happen to be Ron Joyce Jr., son of Tim Hortons co-founder Ron Joyce, and Jeri-Lynn Horton-Joyce, daughter of Tim Horton) decided they could no longer afford to pay staff for workday breaks.

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Cold enough for you? The library can help with more chills

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Cold enough for you? The library can help with more chills

With Environment Canada issuing almost daily extreme cold warnings, you may want to put up your feet and experience the bitter temperatures vicariously, from the comfort of an armchair, warming drink at hand.

The Kawartha Lakes libraries can help you with that. Here’s a sampling from the collection: a memoir,  a short story, and a film, all of which will supply chills aplenty.  

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