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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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Frost out, Celebrations in, as basic income meeting adapts to college strike
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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Lindsay ‘working poor’ take note: Most basic income sign-ups are employed people

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The 'working poor' are embracing basic income.

About two thirds of basic income sign-ups so far have come from the so-called ‘working poor,’ a fact Lindsay residents who are struggling should take note of as it begins to unfold here.

Ontario’s Minister of Community and Social Services, Helena Jaczek, and her counterpart, Peter Milczyn, the minister responsible for the poverty reduction strategy and minister of housing, held a press conference in Hamilton earlier this morning to update the public on the basic income pilot.

The basic income pilot is being held in Hamilton/Brant County and Thunder Bay, which began during the summer, and in Lindsay, which will begin this fall.

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Police Chief John Hagarty talks fentanyl, building community, and basic income

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Police Chief John Hagarty talks fentanyl, building community, and basic income

It’s the last year for John Hagarty as Lindsay’s chief of police, given his imminent retirement next fall, and it’s not shaping up to be an easy one.

The wave of fentanyl and other opioid-related deaths that has been surging across Canada has finally hit small-town Ontario – including Lindsay, Kawartha Lakes, and nearby Peterborough.

Hagarty knew it was coming to Kawartha Lakes. It was only a matter of time. Not only is there fentanyl to worry about, there is a far deadlier version known as carfentanil – a synthetic heroin laced with elephant tranquilizers, and 100 times more potent than regular fentanyl. Just a few granules are enough to be lethal, and they can easily be hidden within other drugs.

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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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TVO’s ‘The Agenda’ to highlight Lindsay’s basic income pilot

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Steve Paikin and The Agenda highlight Lindsay’s basic income pilot

TVO’s flagship show, The Agenda, with host Steve Paikin, will roll into Lindsay on Tuesday to film a special episode built around the town’s basic income pilot.

The production crew was in town last week, filming snippets with people in various locations around town.

Mike Perry was chair last year of the Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition. He and his team are largely credited with convincing the Province to bring one of three basic income pilots to Lindsay.

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Lindsay’s forgotten artist: Rediscovering W.A. Goodwin

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Lindsay’s forgotten artist: Rediscovering W.A. Goodwin
Our Camp on Crab River, 1898, by W.A. Goodwin.

Autumn is perhaps my favourite season. The palette of hues which grace the Kawartha Lakes between September and mid-November have inspired both outdoor enthusiasts and artists for generations. One such artist was W.A. Goodwin, who, though a Lindsay resident for three quarters of a century, has largely faded into the mists of history.

Well, not entirely.

Lindsay’s forgotten artist: Rediscovering W.A. Goodwin
Columnist Ian McKechnie.

Motorists crossing at the intersection of Cambridge and Peel Streets are no doubt familiar with the badly-neglected frame building on the northwest corner. For years, this once-picturesque structure was home to “Wm. A. Goodwin Room Papers & Picture Frames” ‒ essentially, the ‘Scott’s Decorating Centre’ of its day.

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