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Teachers matter: Educators help create resilience

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A challenging home life can be eased through strong teacher and school support.

When we thought about our daughter going to Grade 7 this fall — at a new school in a new town — we had many concerns and hopes, but none were about the curriculum. The PC government’s attack on teachers and the threat to add a snitch line seems so petty. Teachers aren’t employed by the Province in the first place and the Ontario College of Teachers requires accountability and a professional level of standard — and boards are in place to monitor necessary levels of conduct.

Our concerns were typical parental concerns. Will she make friends? How will she adapt to having more than one teacher each day?

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Dollars and sense: Three questions for the mayoral candidates

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Dollars and sense: Three questions for the mayoral candidates

We will not know before the upcoming municipal election, what, if anything, the provincial government plans to do with the levels of provincial funding it currently gives to municipalities.

There have been hints, one of the most telling, perhaps, found in comments made by a former Mike Harris cabinet minister, when he commented on current Finance Minister Vic Fedeli’s speech to the Toronto Economic Club on Sept. 11. Snobelen, in an article he wrote for The Sudbury Star described the speech as such: “It was left to the new finance minister, my old friend Vic Fedeli, to serve a bitter stew of fiscal realty.”

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New book on basic income should be required reading: Review

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Once in a while a mainstream public policy book comes along that has the potential to be a game changer of information, analysis, and sound reasoning. Even rarer is when that same book can strike a warm and inviting tone, beckoning the reader into what feels like a private discussion.

Basic Income for Canadians: The Key to a Healthier, Happier, More Secure Life for All (published by Lorimer) should not be private, though – it should be required reading for every federal and provincial bureaucrat, every municipal politician, and every business owner. It should be on the must-read list for every Canadian who has even the slightest interest in where our nation is headed, and where it could be.

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Community Support Month at Community Care

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Meals on Wheels program – more than a meal
Community Support Services like Meals on Wheels is integral.

October is “Community Support Month” as designated by the Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA). As a community support agency, the Community Care Health & Care Network has been a member of OCSA since the provincial organization was founded in the early 1990s.

Community Support Month provides an opportunity to shine the spotlight on the Community Support Services (CSS) area within Community Care. These are the programs and services designed to help seniors and adults with special needs lead more active, socially engaged, independent lives, and give caregivers much-needed respite and support.

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When local politics gets ugly — and most likely illegal

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Andy Letham, Gord James, Brian Junkin, Peter Weygang.

A rather thick document — that purports to be a ‘report’ on Mayor Andy Letham — is now circulating amongst some members of the public. The document is clearly professionally produced and is ring-bound, containing approximately 300 pages. It is also accompanied by a 19-page summary ‘report’, which is basically a repeat of any original material in the larger document.

The Lindsay Advocate became aware of this document on Saturday, September 22 from mayoral candidate Peter Weygang. On Sunday, September 23, Advocate Publisher Roderick Benns met with Weygang, who in turn had invited mayoral candidates’ Gord James and Brian Junkin to discuss this for about 30 minutes.

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Challenge and change in Kawartha Lakes

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From hospital merger talk, to the municipal election, to the cancellation of basic income, it's a time of challenge and change.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions, Won’t be nothing, Nothing you can measure anymore…

— Leonard Cohen, The Future

It has been a challenging time, filled with community outrage, political deception, and collective anxiety, here in Kawartha Lakes.

Basic Income

The cancellation of the Ontario Basic Income Pilot was not only a broken promise, it was colossally stupid. As a society we had a chance to try something new to deal with poverty and the changing employment landscape.

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Andrew Veale believes in giving back to Woodville, Kawartha Lakes

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Andrew Veale knows he’s a fortunate man. Born and raised in Woodville, he has lived there all his life without ever needing to leave Kawartha Lakes for career opportunities, as many of his young contemporaries felt they had to do.

Veale, who manages and oversees both Lindsay Kia and Lindsay Buick GMC, is a fourth generation automotive man. He starting out washing cars and pumping gas at his family’s used vehicle dealership.

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Health Unit’s drug strategy captures public concerns and suggests way forward

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With a new roadmap providing direction, local residents can join the journey to help tackle and reduce harm associated with drug and alcohol use in the area. The newly-renamed Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland (HKLN) Drug Strategy has released results of a community survey involving more than 600 residents and service providers in the City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton County and Northumberland County. The roadmap – entitled HKLN Community Priorities Report 2018 – captures public concerns in the three counties about substance use-related harm and lists priorities on how to better address these concerns.

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Fighting inequality makes all of society stronger

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Fighting inequality makes all of society stronger
The Nordic countries (like Norway, above) are among the most equal societies.

Like many people concerned about social justice, I read books and online resources about eliminating poverty and inequality.  About five or six years ago I read The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone and I began thinking differently about how we might address poverty.

What was so compelling about the ideas presented in The Spirit Level was that there were countries in which social and health outcomes were positive and these countries happened to be highly equal (as measured by the Gini coefficient). The authors, both epidemiologists, studied a number of health and social outcomes affected by social status. Income, education, or profession defines social status.

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Five reasons to support Tibetan dinner at the Armoury in Lindsay

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All is set for Lindsay’s 15th annual Machik Dinner, an event that has introduced many to Tibetan food and culture and over the years raised $300,000 to support the educational work of an organization founded and led by a remarkable local family, the Rabgeys.

The dinner will be held at the Victoria Park Armoury on Saturday, October 13, with a bazaar and silent auction starting at 5 pm and the dinner itself at 6 pm.

In recent years roughly 200 have purchased the tickets. If you haven’t been among them, here are five reasons you might want to join in this year:

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