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Legal Action on Basic Income ongoing, says lawyer Mike Perry

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Tracey Mechefske, Dana Bowman, Lawyer Mike Perry, Lindsay Advocate Publisher Roderick Benns, when the lawsuit was first announced. Photo: Trevor Hutchinson.

The legal action against the Ontario government for cancelling the basic income pilot project is continuing on track, according to Lindsay lawyer Mike Perry.

The legal action is proceeding on two fronts. The first is a request to the court to overturn the Minister’s decision to cancel the pilot project. Originally scheduled to be heard in October, the matter will now be heard in Ontario Superior Court (Divisional Court) in late January, 2019.

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Community rallies in support of Ross Memorial; Merger not wanted

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"We don’t want it to just be a home for the elderly.” Photo: Trevor Hutchinson.

Under a damp and insistent rain, more than 70 people braved the elements to fight for the local hospital they have come to believe in and depend upon.

While they did so, multiple cars streamed by, their drivers honking and waving in a show of support for the Ross to remain as is, and improved, not merged with Peterborough Regional Health Centre.

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Councillor Gord Miller passes away suddenly; City extends condolences

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It is with deep sadness the City of Kawartha Lakes announces the death of Councillor Gord Miller. He passed away suddenly on the weekend.

“I was devastated to hear of the passing of Councillor Miller over the weekend. He was a great man and Councillor who was dedicated to serving his community, and he was also my friend. Gord will be greatly missed and I offer my heartfelt condolences to his family and friends,” said Mayor Andy Letham.

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Hospital merger? Fighting the LHIN spin

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Experts like Natalie Mehra of the Ontario Health Coalition have warned us that our local hospital is at risk. And as concerned residents continue to await more information on the proposed integration of the Ross Memorial Hospital (RMH) and the Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC), the clock is ticking on the the directional plan that the two hospitals submitted to the Central- East Local Health Integration Network (CE-LHIN) in June 2018.

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City provides clarification on election night events; James says process still troubles him

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City provides clarification on election night events; James says process still troubles him

The City of Kawartha Lakes has provided a written response to members of the media — and at least one candidate — over what some thought were potential irregularities about the voting process on election night. But Candidate Gord James, who was present that evening, is not satisfied with the response — especially about the role played by scrutineers.

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Breaking: Gord James says handling of election process ‘doesn’t pass the smell test’

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Mayoral Candidate Gord James.

The campaign team of mayoral candidate Gord James has written a letter to the City Clerk requesting to see the original election data from Dominion Voting for the City of Kawartha Lakes municipal election results.

The team has also asked for an official response as to why the results were tabulated/received by City election staff without the candidates’ scrutineers present.

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Rally for the Ross Monday to stop merger; Toronto rally attracts thousands

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About 8,000 people rallied in Toronto to halt hospital mergers. Photo: Ron Sutch.

“Hands Off Our Health Care” chanted a capacity crowd of about 8,000 people — including people from Kawartha Lakes — who joined hands and encircled Queen’s Park earlier in the week at the largest rally at the Ontario Legislature since Doug Ford became premier earlier this year.

On Monday Oct. 29, from 11 am to 1 pm, under the umbrella of the Ontario Health Coalition, the newly formed Kawartha Lakes Health Coalition chapter will rally at the corner of Kent and Angeline Streets outside. The goal is to stop the expected Ross Memorial Hospital merger with the Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC).

The coalition is hoping for a good turn-out from the public to join in and peacefully protest against the proposed merger.

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Letham wins: City votes to stay the course

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Mayor Andy Letham wins again. Photo: Erin Smith.

In the end, the City of Kawartha Lakes voted for stability, as embodied in the leader they already knew. Andy Letham pulled out a victory with 11, 435 votes. Gord James, the former councillor who was always assumed to be Letham’s greatest challenger to overcome, came in second with 9,878 votes.

Brian Junkin was a distant third with 2,724 and Peter Weygang captured 1,007 votes in unofficial results.

James ran a highly visible campaign. He clearly won the ‘sign war’ across the City, dominating early in that regard. He was visible, amiable, and congenial, always.

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Imagining a plastic-free life

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We don’t focus too much on where plastic comes from. It is all made from oil.

Imagine that you are standing on the water tower in Fenelon Falls, looking as far as the eye can see. To the north lies Coboconk, to the east Bobcaygeon. To the south is Lindsay and to the west Beaverton. Except that you can’t see any of these places. Instead all you see is bare earth, roads and trucks driving deeper and deeper into excavated dirt. In fact, as far south as Pontypool there is no vegetation, just dirt piled higher and higher as the trucks go deeper.

This is what I saw when I went to the oil sands four years ago. An entire ecosystem destroyed, with the result that even those who live far outside of the tar sands can’t find animals to hunt anymore, berries to eat anymore, water that doesn’t give them cancer.

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Summer lunch program fed hundreds of kids across Lindsay

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If it takes a village to raise a child, a town can also come together to help feed kids through the summer month as sometimes kids just need a little bit more.

This is what’s happened in Lindsay this year, where an innovative Summer Outreach Lunch Program pilot, providing healthy bagged lunches to children, was launched.

It was brought to the attention of the Food Security Working Group of Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition that some students in Lindsay get anxious and sad during the summer months about not having enough to eat, especially without school lunch and snack programs in place.

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