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‘Lindsay Declaration’ on progressive basic income passed by delegates

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'Lindsay Declaration' on progressive basic income passed by Ontario delegates
Ontario Basic Income Network delegates.

Ontario Basic Income Network (OBIN) delegates met in Lindsay recently to assert their vision of what a basic income guarantee should look like.

The Lindsay Declaration for a Progressive Basic Income passed unanimously, a statement of nine key points to guide policy makers.

OBIN chose Lindsay as the site to hold its provincial meeting this year, given Lindsay’s distinction as the pilot site that will see the most people signed up for the Ontario basic income pilot (about 2,000.) Thunder Bay and Hamilton area are the other two sites that were chosen.

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Senator Art Eggleton: Will Lindsay be the next Dauphin, Manitoba?

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One of Canada’s most well-known inequality fighters, Senator Art Eggleton, inspired members of the Ontario Basic Income Network recently who were in Lindsay for their annual general meeting.

In his opening remarks, Eggleton wondered aloud if Lindsay would become known as “the Dauphin, Manitoba of this decade.”

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School board official responds to employer’s criticisms of education today

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“Look to that section. These are the aspects that develop the whole person.”

A superintendent of learning at the local school board is urging employers to reflect on the great students they have hired over the years, instead of the ones that haven’t worked out, to try and replicate those successes.

Trillium Lakelands District School Board’s Bruce Barrett spoke to the The Lindsay Advocate about student success in the workplace, after critical comments were made by one of the town’s largest private sector employers, Mariposa Dairy.

The owner of the dairy factory, Bruce Vandenberg, suggested there were a lot of issues with reliability within the 18-35 age group – and he in part blamed the school system and parents for not letting kids fail or face consequences for their actions. The story was shared more than 4,000 times on Facebook and has been read nearly 60,000 times.

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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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Two Kawartha Lakes’ paramedics receive exemplary service medals

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Two Kawartha Lakes paramedics receive exemplary service medals
Mike Neville, top, and Gene Pugilese, bottom.

Gene Pugliese and Mike Neville, two Kawartha Lakes paramedics, recently walked away with exemplary service medals from the Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs 2017 annual general meeting in Ottawa.

The exemplary service medal recognizes pre-hospital emergency medical service professionals who have performed their duties in an exemplary manner, with the highest standard of good conduct, industry and efficiency for more than 20 years.

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More ‘working poor’ in need of Lindsay’s homeless shelter

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More ‘working poor’ in need of Lindsay’s homeless shelter
Lorrie Polito and Dave Tilley of A Place Called Home.

At Lindsay’s homeless shelter, more people are driving themselves to get there these days.

That’s not a good sign according to Lorrie Polito, the executive director of ‘A Place Called Home,’ Lindsay’s 19-bed shelter.

Having a car suggests some level of income from having a job. It’s a sign of the desperation of the so-called ‘working poor,’ those who are employed on some level but yet not making enough to get by.

“There’s not a lot of quality jobs left in Lindsay,” says Dave Tilley, operations manager at A Place Called Home.

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Frost students out in cold as union fights precarious work

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Frost students out in cold as union fights precarious work
Audrey Healy, right, says it's time for better work for contract faculty.

It’s 8:40 am on the coldest day of fall so far this year. There should be scores of students entering Fleming College’s Frost Campus in Lindsay for classes.

Instead, a thin picket line of resolve has formed across the campus driveway and 2,000 students in Lindsay have been left out of class in a battle about job quality for college instructors. Keep Reading

Free public discussion on basic income at Fleming College

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Free public discussion on basic income at Fleming College

The Ontario Basic Income Network (OBIN) is hosting a free public discussion on basic income in early November at Fleming College’s Frost Campus in Lindsay.

The Nov. 3 event is a chance to explore how basic income might benefit the town, according to Chair of OBIN’s provisional steering committee, Rob Rainer.

“The public event is an opportunity to explore the various ways basic income could really help the people of Lindsay,” he says.

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Clearing away the roadblocks at Community Living

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Clearing away the roadblocks at Community Living

Just like that, my usual short commute to one of my offices was made twice as long.

I am not necessarily complaining, I can understand the need to for sturdy, new, giant culverts for me to drive over for years to come, but what I marvel over is how this single activity now make my drive to work far more complicated with curves and turns and intersections with brand new lights.

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First sign-ups for basic income in Lindsay on Oct. 12-13

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Up to $16,989 per year for a single person.

Enrollment in Ontario’s basic income pilot gets underway in Lindsay next week.

In-person enrollment sessions will begin Oct. 12-13 where people can complete applications to be part of the pilot.

Minister of Community and Social Services, Dr. Helena Jaczek, was in Lindsay this week touring and visited A Place Called Home, a 19-bed hostel for homeless single adults, couples and families with children. Jaczek spoke with staff and individuals there, about how they could benefit from the pilot. A Place Called Home is one of the community organizations that is supporting the Ontario Basic Income Pilot.

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