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We’ve all got something to offer to make community better

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We’ve all got something to offer to make community better
If we walked into the liquor store and French music is playing we are more likely to buy French wine.

I am often amazed at how much science and learning is involved in the daily interactions we all make with our environment.

We had the pleasure of welcoming Peter Marks to our agency to help us understand his teaching: Conscious Care and Support. He highlighted so many aspects of our environment that affect our senses and brain throughout the day.

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‘What can I give them, poor as I am?’: Lindsay’s 1931 Citizens’ Relief Association

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From the Toronto Star archives, circa 1933, showing a woodpile behind the old Lindsay Town Hall, ready to be chopped up by transients in exchange for food.

On July 12 of this year, a number of local citizens gathered in the Academy Theatre for a screening of I, Daniel Blake.

The fourth installment in this year’s TIFF Films on the Scugog series, organized under the auspices of the Kawartha Art Gallery in collaboration with the Academy Theatre, I, Daniel Blake paints a poignant picture of poverty in contemporary Britain.

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Nightly dinner program for youth a vital part of Boys and Girls Club

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Nightly dinner program for youth a vital part of Boys and Girls Club

The only thing better than eating a well-balanced, nutritious meal is eating a well-balanced, nutritious meal with friends, both new and old.

The Warehouse Centre, at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes’ Lindsay facility, has many popular programs and one of the most accessed is the nightly dinner program for youth, Grades 7-12.

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Lindsay basic income pilot: Mental health, resilience will surely improve

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Lindsay basic income pilot: Mental health, resilience will surely improve
Basic income could help create less pressure, less anxiety.

Basic income open enrollment sessions begin this week here in Lindsay. If you haven’t registered and you think you might be ‘working poor’ or on Ontario Works, you should check out the simplified process.

This Lindsay basic income pilot is an incredible opportunity for our town. It not only has the capacity to change individual lives, but to create community-level change, too.

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Basic income provides stability to finish school

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Have diploma, will work: Basic income provides stability to finish school
Will students have better outcomes with basic income?

When I asked Jake about his school experiences, he replied that he had attended more than 10 different elementary and high schools.

Jake was in his early twenties. He told me his family moved a lot when he was growing up. I didn’t ask why, but based on what I’d heard from others it was likely for work opportunities, better or more affordable housing, or as a result of family break-up.

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Journey is never complete when it comes to developmental services

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Developmental Services in Ontario is a dynamic sector that is constantly striving to learn its way into a better state of inclusive communities and responsive services.

Like so many things it is a history of rethinks and trials that have led to something better and better. At the turn of the century, institutions were new and seen as progressive, but society slowly learned that this was a disastrous way to meet people’s needs.

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Community Care recognized for commitment to quality improvement

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The Community Care Health and Care Network was in the spotlight recently when it was recognized by provincial peers for commitments to making improvements when processing clients and their caregivers.

Community Care received the Commitment to Quality Improvement Award from the Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA).

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They were called in from the glen: Remembering our Great War nursing sisters

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A stroll through Lindsay’s Riverside Cemetery is always a rewarding experience for the amateur historian, particularly when they happen upon the marker of a well-known local resident like Sir Sam Hughes (1853-1921), Canada’s controversial Minister of Militia and local Member of Parliament.

A few yards away lies the plot of the Hon. Leslie Frost (1895-1973), one-time Member of Provincial Parliament and Premier of Ontario. The Hughes monument is prominently placed on a hillock and is visible almost as soon as one enters the cemetery; Leslie Frost’s final resting place, meanwhile, is marked with a provincial heritage plaque.

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Basic income panel talks about hope, human rights, and the choice we make to allow poverty

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Basic income panel talks about hope, human rights, and the choice we make to allow poverty
L to R: Andrew Wallen, KLCFDC, Tim Ellis, Bert Lauwers, Rob Rainer, Josephine Grey, Chief John Hagarty.

While a panel discussion about basic income was happening in Lindsay last Friday, there was a three-hour line-up to sign up for basic income at the Lindsay Public Library – a line that spilled out onto the street.

The parallel events show there is great community support for the Ontario Basic Income Pilot, certainly from an growing number of ‘average citizens’ who are increasingly made up of the so-called working poor. These working poor are tired of a corporatist world that demands austerity from the people and yet retention of benefits for a privileged minority – and their numbers are rightly growing.

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Let’s remember care for the caregiver

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Let's remember care for the caregiver.

When someone struggles through a mental illness, the hard work that comes with moving towards recovery is undeniable.

Days spent with doctors, counsellors or specialists. Hours spent practicing new self-care techniques, even changes to sleep, diet and exercises regiments. All are a testament to the work that is required to maintain good mental health.

While we could never downplay the efforts of someone in recovery, sometimes we forget a big factor; a major cog in the wheel that moves us towards recovery — the caregiver.

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