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Journey is never complete when it comes to developmental services

Developmental Services in Ontario is a dynamic sector that is constantly striving to learn its way into a better state of inclusive communities and responsive services.

Like so many things it is a history of rethinks and trials that have led to something better and better. At the turn of the century, institutions were new and seen as progressive, but society slowly learned that this was a disastrous way to meet people’s needs.

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Let’s remember care for the caregiver

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Let's remember care for the caregiver.

When someone struggles through a mental illness, the hard work that comes with moving towards recovery is undeniable.

Days spent with doctors, counsellors or specialists. Hours spent practicing new self-care techniques, even changes to sleep, diet and exercises regiments. All are a testament to the work that is required to maintain good mental health.

While we could never downplay the efforts of someone in recovery, sometimes we forget a big factor; a major cog in the wheel that moves us towards recovery — the caregiver.

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Frost out, Celebrations in, as basic income meeting adapts to college strike

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Frost out, Celebrations in, as basic income meeting adapts to college strike

The Ontario Basic Income Network (OBIN) is in town this week and has organized a free public discussion on basic income this Friday, Nov. 3 — but it won’t be at Fleming College’s Frost Campus in Lindsay after all, because of the protracted strike.

Instead, it will be at Celebrations, at 35 Lindsay St. N., the former Cambridge Street United Church, from 3:30-5:30 pm. Registration opens at 3 pm.

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School board official responds to employer’s criticisms of education today

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“Look to that section. These are the aspects that develop the whole person.”

A superintendent of learning at the local school board is urging employers to reflect on the great students they have hired over the years, instead of the ones that haven’t worked out, to try and replicate those successes.

Trillium Lakelands District School Board’s Bruce Barrett spoke to the The Lindsay Advocate about student success in the workplace, after critical comments were made by one of the town’s largest private sector employers, Mariposa Dairy.

The owner of the dairy factory, Bruce Vandenberg, suggested there were a lot of issues with reliability within the 18-35 age group – and he in part blamed the school system and parents for not letting kids fail or face consequences for their actions. The story was shared more than 4,000 times on Facebook and has been read nearly 60,000 times.

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‘Welfare recipient’ asks: How will you judge him?

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'Welfare recipient' asks: How will you judge him?
There are few extras but when there are they are celebrated.

Change is what we talk about. A possible Colborne Street bridge has been argued about in coffee shops in Lindsay since before there was a Tim Horton’s.

If you’re of a certain age, you might have argued about widening Highway 35 northbound into Lindsay — as your A&W waitress delivered your Teen Burger and root beer to your car on roller skates.

I don’t know about you but I have been in a ‘Will they ever build a Walmart?’ conversation a thousand times. With the possible exception of municipal amalgamation, we and our forbearers have been used to change that is often glacial in these parts.

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Why did the Toronto politicians cross the road?

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Why did the Toronto politicians cross the road?

Laying hens will soon call Toronto home, thanks to The Most Important City on the Planet recently lifting a ban on backyard fowl in four of its wards. That any mammal — human, chicken, lawyer or otherwise — can find a way to live in a city where the average home mortgage term is only slightly shorter than the time it takes coal to become a diamond, is encouraging.

And I recognize the allure of raising hens for low-income families — especially those hoping to save money by honing their cooking skills. Eggs are very forgiving. Screw up one egg recipe and you have 11 more chances to correct it. (Mind you, screw it up a second time, and it’s probably time to crack open that box of Pop Tarts for supper).

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Desire or pressure: What motivates us to get out of bed and work?

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Desire or pressure: What motivates us to get out of bed and work?
Can we have self-interest that is socially useful?

Three days ago, we ran a story called ‘Mariposa Dairy struggles to find young adults who want to work five days a week.’ At last count, more than 52,000 people had read it, a huge number for an online news magazine not even two months old.

Why did this story strike such a nerve?

Is it because the people who read it want to work there? Or did they know someone else who needed a job and so shared it with friends? Is it because they couldn’t believe it was true – that such a large percentage of younger people couldn’t handle, or didn’t want, full-time work?

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Folk rocker Bruce Cockburn headlines Academy Theatre in May

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Bruce Cockburn headlines Academy in May
Bruce Cockburn.

Few recording artists are as creative and prolific as Canada’s Bruce Cockburn, who headlines Lindsay’s Academy Theatre on May 4.

Since his self-titled debut in 1970, the Canadian singer-songwriter has issued a steady stream of acclaimed albums, including Dart to the Heart and The Charity of Night. This fall he released his 33rd album, Bone on Bone.

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Mariposa Dairy struggles to find young adults who want to work five days a week

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Mariposa Dairy struggles to find young adults who want to work five days a week
Bruce Vandenberg, Mariposa Dairy.

Have jobs, will train. One of the Lindsay area’s largest private employers, Mariposa Dairy, is having trouble finding committed employees who want to work a full five days a week – at least in the 18-35 age bracket.

Bruce Vandenberg, owner of Mariposa Dairy along with his wife, Sharon, estimates that 30-40 per cent of the younger people they hire as general labourers don’t work out, mainly because of “misplaced priorities,” according to Vandenberg.

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Two Kawartha Lakes’ paramedics receive exemplary service medals

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Two Kawartha Lakes paramedics receive exemplary service medals
Mike Neville, top, and Gene Pugilese, bottom.

Gene Pugliese and Mike Neville, two Kawartha Lakes paramedics, recently walked away with exemplary service medals from the Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs 2017 annual general meeting in Ottawa.

The exemplary service medal recognizes pre-hospital emergency medical service professionals who have performed their duties in an exemplary manner, with the highest standard of good conduct, industry and efficiency for more than 20 years.

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Hank, the starfish, and the poverty in front of us

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Hank, the starfish, and the poverty in front of us

One day, a man was walking along a beach that was littered with thousands of starfish that had been washed ashore by the high tide. As he walked he came upon a young boy who was eagerly throwing the starfish back into the ocean, one by one.

Puzzled, the man looked at the boy and asked what he was doing. Without looking up from his task, the boy simply replied, “I’m saving these starfish, sir.”

The man chuckled. “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.”

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