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

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

With only one business day left to sign up for basic income in Lindsay, many families don’t realize that young adults living at home can apply for basic income – even if parental income is high.

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After basic income, ‘rapid reinstatement’ back to previous program: Province

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After basic income, ‘rapid reinstatement’ back to previous program: Province

With only four days to go to sign up for the Ontario Basic Income Pilot, a Provincial spokesperson says recipients of basic income shouldn’t feel there will be a hassle in returning to their previous program, such as Ontario Works or disability.

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Sign up for basic income until April 16: ED of Mincome recalls success of 1970s project

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Sign up for basic income until April 16: ED of Mincome recalls success of 1970s project

Groceries, a winter coat, a truck for the family business. These might not seem like luxuries to those of us who can afford them, but they are for the people who live on a low income in our communities.

What would otherwise be a necessity becomes a luxury when you have a hard time making ends meet every month. And the difference between a luxury and a necessity for people living on low income is as simple as having a little extra cushion each month – the kind that a basic income can provide.

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Lindsay’s ‘Temp’orary Secret: How temp agencies affect our social wellness

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Lindsay’s ‘Temp’orary Secret: How temp agencies affect our social wellness
Today in Lindsay, as in the rest of Canada, there is a good chance that the company you are working for is paying an employment agency a premium per hour to not be your legal employer.

“I was always worried.  Am I going to have a job tomorrow?”

You can physically see the frustration and anger as Joe recalls to me his combined seven years of working between two of Lindsay’s largest manufacturing employers, Armada Toolworks and Holsag Canada, three of them as a temp worker.

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Lindsay’s opioid challenge: Coordinated effort working to help those affected

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Lindsay’s opioid challenge: Coordinated effort working to help those affected
Emergency services in Lindsay and all of Kawartha Lakes are on the front line of this challenge.

Ask anyone involved in front-line health care in Lindsay, and they will tell you the same thing: opioid overdoses in our area are rising at an alarming rate. There aren’t necessarily more people using drugs, authorities say, but those who do are endangered by a drug supply poisoned with fentanyl and its derivatives.

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Four new programs to increase availability of affordable housing

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In keeping with the goal to improve community access to safe, affordable housing, the City of Kawartha Lakes and the County of Haliburton are pleased to open registration for four programs on April 1.

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In the homestretch: About ten per cent of town soon to collect a Basic Income

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In the homestretch: About ten per cent of town soon to collect a Basic Income
It's hoped that Basic Income will increase food security, relieve stress and anxiety, and improve mental health, among other things. (Photo, R, Mike LaRiviere.)

By April 16, about 2,000 Lindsay residents will be on the Ontario Basic Income Pilot – will you be one of them?

That’s the cut-off date the Province is imposing on any new basic income sign-ups. Those sign-ups have been happening every week for months now, held alternately at Celebrations and the Lindsay branch of Kawartha Lakes Public Library.

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