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Frost out, Celebrations in, as basic income meeting adapts to college strike

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Frost out, Celebrations in, as basic income meeting adapts to college strike

The Ontario Basic Income Network (OBIN) is in town this week and has organized a free public discussion on basic income this Friday, Nov. 3 — but it won’t be at Fleming College’s Frost Campus in Lindsay after all, because of the protracted strike.

Instead, it will be at Celebrations, at 35 Lindsay St. N., the former Cambridge Street United Church, from 3:30-5:30 pm. Registration opens at 3 pm.

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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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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

Fleming president says college tries to stay on top of skills employers need

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Fleming president says college tries to stay on top of skills employers need
Fleming wants to address Lindsay's skills shortage.

One of the key challenges for Lindsay and Kawartha Lakes is the growing skills shortage. It’s affecting area employers who can’t find the right people, and of course it’s not good for the people who can’t find the right job.

Sir Sandford Fleming College President, Tony Tilly, is aware of the skills shortage phenomenon affecting Lindsay and other small towns that have seen their manufacturing base shrink.

“We’ve been aware of this issue for a number of years,” Tilly says, pointing out that the college system commissioned a report in 2010 entitled ‘People Without Jobs, Jobs Without People.’

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Local EQAO results: Grade 3 math, reading, writing improves; Grade 6 math drops again

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Local EQAO results: Grade 3 math, reading, writing improves; Grade 6 math drops again
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Trillium Lakelands District School Board is seeing advancement in Grade 3 reading, writing, and math, while still being challenged by Grade 6 math scores, according to just-released numbers.

The Education Quality and Assessment Office (EQAO) shows improvements in Grade 3 reading, writing, and math in comparison to 2016 data. Results across Grade 6 show progress in reading and writing, with an ongoing decline in Grade 6 math performance, as first reported by The Lindsay Advocate last month.

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Hope says Lindsay residents will ‘rise up and contribute’ with basic income

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Hope says Lindsay residents will ‘rise up and contribute’ with basic income

The leader of Trillium Lakelands District School Board has positioned himself squarely in favour of Lindsay’s basic income pilot, saying there are “so many possibilities” for it to do community good.

Director of Education Larry Hope says his “personal belief is that we have to look at the big picture for our citizens and for society,” he says, referencing the basic income pilot that begins this fall in Lindsay.

“If we can step back and take a look at this, we cannot deny that this will be good for our community,” Hope tells The Lindsay Advocate.

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Fleming College president wonders if Frost enrollment will grow during basic income trial

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Frost Campus to celebrate Fleming College’s 50th anniversary

Sir Sandford Fleming College President Tony Tilly says the upcoming basic income pilot in Lindsay is “exciting” – and he will be keeping an eye on Frost Campus’ enrollment numbers to see if they increase during the trial.

Tilly says a research-based pilot project is something he supports for the town, because what we’re doing as a society right now to address poverty “is clearly not working.”

“I find the idea of the pilot exciting because we need to move beyond our current means of trying to address poverty.”

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Teaching math: ‘We have lost sight of the need for balance,’ says director of education

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Teaching math: ‘We have lost sight of the need for balance’ says director of education

The director of education for Trillium Lakelands District School Board, Larry Hope, is calling for more balance in the curriculum with the return of traditional math teaching.

Results from Ontario’s Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) released this week show that for the second year running only half of Grade 6 students are meeting the provincial math standard.

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School board would like more students to stay in Kawartha Lakes after graduation

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School board would like more students to stay in Kawartha Lakes after graduation

Larry Hope hears the increasing cry from employers in Kawartha Lakes who say they need more skilled people for the positions they have to fill, whether in agriculture, trades, or other areas of the local economy.

As director of education for Trillium Lakelands District School Board, Hope says he’d love to play a bigger role in delivering young people with these sought-after skills to local employers. Trillium Lakelands has a close relationship with Sir Sandford Fleming College’s Frost Campus in Lindsay and Fleming instructors can often be found in the board’s schools, particularly with students in skilled trades and co-op programs.

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