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Summer food insecurity sparks massive community response for kids

Summer food insecurity sparks massive community response for kids

The anxiety some students were feeling about not having enough to eat during the summer months, without school lunch programs, has resulted in an unprecedented community response to combat the worry of hungry children.

Just over four months ago, after hearing this news from a colleague, Aisha Malik, a public health dietitian for the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPRDHU) took action.

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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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Pedestrian killed on Kent Street West in Lindsay

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This block of Kent Street West was blocked off for hours while police studied the scene. Photo by Roderick Benns.

On Monday March 26 at 4:44 pm a pedestrian attempted to walk across Kent Street West in Lindsay.

The pedestrian was struck by a vehicle that was reversing from an angled parking spot.

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Large donation allowing for study on cultural centre for Kawartha Lakes

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A large private donation is allowing for a feasibility study on the likelihood of getting a culture centre for Kawartha Lakes.

Susan Taylor, chair of the cultural centre committee and president of the Kawartha Lakes Art Gallery, says there is “broad support” for having such a centre in the area.

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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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New chief of police says ‘social conditions’ important to consider in policing

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As Inspector Mark Mitchell gets set to become Kawartha Lakes Police Service’s newest chief, he says it’s important to consider the broad factors of community wellness when it comes to policing.

The Kawartha Lakes Police Services Board just announced that Mitchell will succeed current Chief John Hagarty in August, who is set to retire then.

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Generosity, justice and the basic income guarantee

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I was talking about the basic income guarantee to a couple of friends and one of them commented on how the fundraising done for local agencies such as the food bank, the school nutrition program, or the heat bank brings the community together. She was right; events that raise money for important causes do foster community.

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Hospice core training: A volunteer opportunity

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Hospice Core Training: A volunteer opportunity

Caring and compassion have always been trademark qualities of the many people who volunteer with the Community Care Health and Care Network’s Hospice Services.

The organization is offering the chance for new volunteers to get involved with helping to ease the journey of local residents facing serious illness, end of life, and grief and bereavement.

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