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Wanted: 2,000 people from Lindsay who need a better income

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Wanted: 2,000 people from Lindsay who need a better income
Minister of Poverty Reduction and Housing, Peter Milczyn, with Lindsay Advocate Publisher, Roderick Benns.

If you live in Lindsay and you’re finding it difficult to make ends meet, you owe it to yourself to sign up for basic income.

There’s still time.

It doesn’t matter if you’re on Ontario Works, ODSP, or you have a job and you’re just not making enough. You might even be a start-up business owner. But for whatever reason, you’re not making enough to get by — and you need a better income.

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Boys and Girls Club a beacon for many Lindsay families in low-income areas

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Boys and Girls Club a beacon for many Lindsay families in low-income areas
Heather McCullough, left, and Christine Borrowman, right, of Boys and Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes.

Part One.  This year, Statistics Canada has released new data on the social and economic well-being of cities and towns across Canada. This is part one in a series about Lindsay’s 12 lowest income neighbourhood zones and how they are coping in a challenging economic environment.

This is a series about the challenge and burden of living on a low income in Lindsay, but it’s also a series about hope and action. In each of these designated areas, there is a community anchor of some kind – be it a school, a business, or an institution that helps in some way.

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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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Trolley car a symbol of Kawartha Lakes community spirit: Bryant

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Trolley car a symbol of Kawartha Lakes community spirit: Bryant

Michael Bryant has a bit of the dreamer in him. What better person, then, to notice an old, rusting trolley car sitting in a field and see it as an opportunity for community building.

The San Francisco-style trolley car was once owned by the City of Kawartha Lakes, but it fell into disrepair after the City stopped using it. When Bryant saw it rusting away in a field he contacted the Economic Development department to see if he could buy it.

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Soup kitchen and Sunday supper: St. Andrew’s Church works to build community

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Soup kitchen and Sunday supper: St. Andrew's Church works to build community
One of three Sunday supper teams from St. Andrews Presbyterian Church.

For 16 years Reverend Linda Park has ministered at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Lindsay, and she vividly remembers the vandalism and break and enters in the early days. They happened at the downtown church all too often.

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‘We’re hoping it will transform lives’: Poverty reduction minister in Lindsay

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‘We're hoping it will transform lives’: Poverty reduction minister in Lindsay
Minister of Poverty Reduction Peter Milczyn. Celebrations, top right, Kawartha Lakes Public Library, bottom right, sites of open basic income sign-ups.

Jasmine Bellwood is a young Lindsay mother with a part-time job and full-time worries. Her worries are mainly about providing for her 15-month-old son.

She’s also anxious about doing this brief interview but then relents when The Lindsay Advocate offers to change her name.

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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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Need a better income? Open enrollment sessions here for Lindsay’s Basic Income pilot

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Need more money? Open enrollment sessions here for Lindsay’s Basic Income pilot
Open enrollment sessions for the basic income pilot will be held at Celebrations or Kawartha Lakes Library (pictured).

The Ontario government is now holding the first ever open enrollment sessions in Lindsay for its basic income pilot, with the first one scheduled in Lindsay for Nov. 30 at Celebrations (the old Queen Street United Church).

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Kawartha Lakes Food Source key part of Lindsay Farmer’s ‘Christmas Market’

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Kawartha Lakes Food Source key part of Lindsay Farmer’s ‘Christmas Market’
Lindsay Farmers’ Market’s 25th annual Christmas market.

Kawartha Lakes Food Source will play a key role at the Lindsay Farmers’ Market’s 25th annual Christmas market to be held Saturday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 16 at the Lindsay Armouries.

As part of the festivities, from 9 am to 3 pm on each day, Kawartha Lakes Food Source will have a vendor’s booth to fundraise and to create awareness of the issue of hunger in the local community, especially at Christmas time.

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