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.
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.
As basic income enrollments continue in Lindsay and two other Ontario cities, one key trend seems to be emerging – the so-called ‘working poor’ are the majority of applicants who are flocking to the Province’s new Ontario pilot.
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.
Another calendar year has dawned and with it has come the inevitable litany of resolutions about doing things differently in 2018. Old habits, as the saying goes, die hard.
We are partial to “the way things were,” and are slow to fill old wineskins with new wine, lest the old wineskins break and leave a mess in our comfortable world of old habits and supposedly unassailable practices. History, said Henry Ford (1863-1947), is bunk.
It has been four short months since The Lindsay Advocate launched and it feels like we already belong here. For that, we owe thanks to all our readers.
Our focus has been – and will continue to be – on the social and economic wellness of Lindsay. With growth, we are open to extending that vision to all of Kawartha Lakes.
Readers have responded to this vision in droves and that tells us we are responding to genuine community need.
The inspiration for The Advocate comes from two places.
Part Two. This year, Statistics Canada has released new data on the social and economic well-being of cities and towns across Canada. This is part two in a series about Lindsay’s 12 lowest income neighbourhood zones and how they are coping in a challenging economic environment. To read Part One go here.
This is a story about a community coming together to fight an all-too-common scourge – the fact that incomes are too low to meet people’s needs.
Call it poverty. Call it scarcity. It doesn’t much matter.
While this gift isn’t from the North Pole, it is still being received with holiday cheer by supporters of local programs that support student nutrition at school. Kawartha Credit Union in Lindsay is being recognized for its recent $3,000 donation to support the work of Food For Kids City of Kawartha Lakes.
As families settle into holiday mode its worth reflecting on the fact that not everyone has a place to live – even in a small town like Lindsay.
Just four days before Christmas, there are 17 people in town – three of them children under 12 – who are homeless. Fortunately, they’ve got A Place Called Home to get them through what is hopefully a temporary situation.