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Mayor says Community Care could not have been used for transportation grant money

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Mayor says Community Care could not have been used for transportation grant money
A Community Care specialized van. Photo courtesy of Community Care.

City of Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham says he absolutely wants Community Care to be a part of any future rural transportation plan – but they were not viable partners for a grant opportunity recently turned down by the City.

Some eyebrows were raised recently when City of Kawartha Lakes council turned down the chance to apply for up to $2 million in provincial grant funding for rural transit.

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MPP Laurie Scott hosts public forum on human sex trafficking in Toronto

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MPP Laurie Scott hosts public forum on human sex trafficking in Toronto

Local MPP Laurie Scott hosted almost 200 members of the public yesterday at an open forum to mark the inaugural Human Trafficking Awareness Day in Ontario on Thursday, February 22.

“Human Sex Trafficking is one of the fastest-growing crimes in Canada and raising public awareness is an urgent priority,” says Scott.

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Lindsay woman finds her mental health improving with basic income

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Lindsay woman finds her mental health improving with basic income
Basic income has had 'tremendous impact' on Lindsay woman's life. (Photo by Erin Smith.)

A Lindsay woman who has been receiving a basic income for the past three months says her life has taken a turn for the better – including her mental health.

Barb Munro was on the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) for depression and mental illness, before deciding to apply for basic income a few months ago under the new pilot set up by the Province.

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Lindsay Advocate launches monthly print magazine

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Lindsay Advocate launches monthly print magazine

After just five short months of bringing community news to Lindsay and Kawartha Lakes online, The Lindsay Advocate is adding a monthly print edition to its media plans next month.

The response to the Lindsay Advocate’s approach to community news – choosing to see most everything through a social and economic wellness lens – has proven popular with readers.

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Kawartha Lakes/Haliburton more than double homelessness housing goal

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City of Kawartha Lakes/Haliburton more than double homelessness housing goal

The City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton County Council made a commitment as part of the 20,000 Homes Campaign to house 24 of the most vulnerable homeless in our area by July 1, 2018.

To date, 52 individuals (of the 136 individuals identified as homeless) have been housed in the community and are no longer experiencing homelessness.

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Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy: Canada’s prosperity should mean “a level of decency” for people’s lives

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Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy: Canada’s prosperity should mean “a level of decency” for people’s lives

The co-front man for one of Canada’s greatest bands, Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo, says people are born into economic and social circumstances that either shows a wide horizon before them, or a small horizon – and when it’s small, it’s “suffocating.”

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Need money? Still time to apply as Ontario Basic Income Pilot picks up steam

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Young people living at home eligible for basic income, no matter parental income

The new and innovative social program that Ontario is testing in Lindsay and two other Ontario centres – a ‘basic income guarantee’ — is surging in participant numbers.

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Governments should give money without conditions to create a better society

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Governments should give money without conditions to create a better society
As an experiment, a group of 13 chronically homeless men in London, England were given cash with no strings attached.

I live a good life and I try not to take it for granted. Because I have a certain income, I can choose what to buy and where to shop. I can generate options and choose what is best for my family and me. I am fascinated about what makes up a good life and the following passage got me thinking about the link between choice and income:

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Local museum aims to become ‘an agency of social change’ with poverty exhibit

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Local museum aims to become 'an agency of social change' with poverty exhibit
"For generations, ordinary people have joined forces in helping their neighbours."

Lindsay Advocate Publisher Roderick Benns sat down with Ian McKechnie, local historian and assistant manager of the Olde Gaol Museum, to talk about the museum’s plans for an innovative exhibit on the history and heritage of poverty in Lindsay and in the larger Kawartha Lakes. McKechnie is also The Advocate’s local history columnist.

Benns: Tell me a little about the idea for the museum to host an exhibit that has to do with poverty. What is the general idea?

McKechnie: For years, people have understood museums to be places where one goes to see “old stuff” sitting silently in glass showcases.  You come in, a guide shows you around, and you leave thinking to yourself, “I have an old stack of newspapers the museum might be interested in,” or, “I have an old upright piano that I’m sure the museum will want to have in its collection.”

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Basic income changing Lindsay woman’s life for better, despite glitches

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Basic income changing Lindsay woman’s life for better, despite glitches
There's still time to sign up for basic income, whether you're a low income worker, or on Ontario Works or ODSP.

While a Lindsay’s woman’s life is being changed for the better with basic income, she wishes the Province would also assign case workers for those who are used to having a human face in their corner.

Jennifer Brooke, a young woman who previously received income from the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), made the jump to Lindsay’s basic income pilot last October, getting her first cheque on Nov. 25 – and it’s really making a positive impact in her life.

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