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Universal dental care and pharmacare part of NDP pledge

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Three community groups — The Access to Permanent Housing Committee, the Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition and the Haliburton County FoodNet – posed questions on poverty, housing, and food insecurity to candidates in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock running for office in this provincial election. In this installment, we hear from NDP candidate, Zac Miller. 

What will your party do to increase and maintain access to affordable, safe housing, in addition to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s Canada-Ontario Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement?

Miller: The NDP will sign onto the National Housing Strategy and over a 10 year commitment, build 65,000 new affordable housing units. We will build 30,000 supportive housing units with an immediate investment of $1.4 billion to build 12,000 within our first mandate. New Democrats will also fund the province’s one-third share of the costs of social housing repairs.

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Ontario election debate analysis: Five distinct candidates square off in Lindsay

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5 local political candidates debate before the June 7 provincial election.

Elections are always about personalities and policies. No matter how hard we try to pretend otherwise – that our choices are made only in the realm of policy – we assign and we label in order to understand.

There were five distinct ‘brands’ on display last night at Celebrations in Lindsay. From the three traditional parties, there were three brands that we might call the Veteran (Progressive Conservative candidate Laurie Scott), the Defender (Liberal candidate Brooklynne Cramp-Waldinsperger), and the Architect (New Democratic Party candidate Zac Miller.)

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Hamilton man uses basic income floor to stay active in community

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Hamilton man uses basic income floor to stay active in community
James Collura: I'm stable now - so I feel like I can give more of myself without asking for anything in return.

James Collura is receiving a basic income through the Ontario Basic Income Pilot Program, in Hamilton. The Hamilton area, along with Thunder Bay and Lindsay, are the three basic income pilot sites. He has been using it in a way that serves his community. Lindsay Advocate Publisher Roderick Benns interviews Collura on exactly how – and why – he is using his new income floor in this way. 

Benns: How did you find yourself in the position you were in so that you were able to begin receiving basic income?  

Collura: I studied economics at McMaster and graduated with a BA. Like most students in my program, I realized my education didn’t exactly qualify me to be an economist or execute any valuable job-skill. I ended up working as a teller at a bank, where I found the most valuable aspect of my job was the personal interactions I had everyday. Meeting new characters, discovering their needs, witnessing their spending habits and lifestyles, and getting to know people from all walks of life. I had a big interest in the future of technology, because at my age, I need to anticipate what’s to come – the future of jobs in an automated world. At the bank, I realized my job was quickly becoming ‘app-ified’, and my top assignment was to convert customers to ‘digital banking’.

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Health Unit: Voters should consider poverty, income, food security on June 7

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Health Unit: Voters should consider poverty, income, food security on June 7
“By addressing factors like lack of income, we can...help more people reach their full health potential.” (Aisha Malik, HKPR Health Unit, right.)

There is a prescription to improve public health, but to fill it, local voters are being urged to have all the facts before casting a ballot in the upcoming Ontario election.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit wants people to ask their provincial election candidates where they and their political parties stand on key issues affecting health.

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Scott says cheaper hydro, more jobs on her short list if re-elected

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Laurie Scott says jobs are a priority for her in this election.

Local MPP and Progressive Conservative Candidate Laurie Scott says three of the most important issues she will fight for at Queen’s Park if re-elected are jobs, better health care wait times, and cheaper hydro rates.

“Too many families are struggling to make ends meet in our communities,” Scott tells The Lindsay Advocate.

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The $38 million problem as election campaign begins

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The $38 million problem as election campaign begins

With the 2018 Ontario election campaign now underway, this month’s Community Care commentary continues to stress the need for accessible dental care for all.

In this province, at least one person goes to a hospital Emergency Room (ER) once every 9 minutes, and every 3 minutes someone goes to a doctor’s office due to dental problems. Such individuals are desperate for help, but they can only get antibiotics and painkillers that may relieve the pain, but do not treatment the problem so that it does not reoccur.

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Libertarian candidate says government at all levels has become too big

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Is Queen's Park itself the problem? Gene Balfour says yes. "Libertarians...are..."defenders" against all other political parties who continue to expand the state."

Lindsay Advocate Publisher Roderick Benns will be interviewing all provincial candidates in the Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock riding in the coming days. Today, we speak with the Libertarian candidate Gene Balfour.

Benns: As you see it, what are three of the top issues in this provincial election?

Balfour: As I see it, there is one main issue from which many other issues arise. The main issue is that Ontario voters have allowed our governments at all levels to become too big.

To substantiate this statement, I offer five metrics to consider:

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NDP candidate says hydro, health, housing are priorities as election begins

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Zac Miller says health care is one of three top priorities for the NDP.

Lindsay Advocate Publisher Roderick Benns will be interviewing all provincial candidates in the Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock riding in the coming days. Today, we speak with new NDP candidate Zac Miller.

Benns: As you see it, what are three of the top issues in this provincial election?

Miller: The first issue for the upcoming provincial election is our sky-rocketing hydro bills. Hydro isn’t a luxury and it shouldn’t be priced like one. We will return Hydro One back into public ownership and control because we should not have to pay for a company’s profits.

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How a basic income could help young families

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These young parents see the basic income as a support to pursue further education, run a small business, or to stay at home and raise their children.

A few weeks ago, I had lively discussions with two groups of young mothers. They were open, honest and articulate.  The women were participants in a weekly program that offered social connection and learning opportunities. While the children played, the women talked to me about the challenges of raising a family in the small community of Haliburton. After a brief explanation of the basic income and the current pilot project, I asked them to consider what a basic income might mean to their lives.

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Dana Bowman: ‘Everything I do centres on poverty reduction’

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Dana Bowman: 'Everything I do centres on poverty reduction'

It’s just a week before the deadline for submissions from Ontario communities that want to be chosen for the Ontario Basic Income Pilot. Mike Perry is at Queen’s Park, meeting with a senior adviser to the premier.

In his hand is a carefully researched, spiral-bound booklet pitching our community to decision-makers. At his side — as at previous meetings — is Dana Bowman.

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