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How do we deal with poverty? Local MP says ‘free market’ shows the way

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How do we deal with poverty? Local MP says 'free market' shows the way
MP Jamie Schmale: "We should not focus on income inequality but on wealth creating policies."

Lindsay Advocate Publisher Roderick Benns recently interviewed local MP Jamie Schmale on how we should be dealing with poverty in Kawartha Lakes.

Benns: What’s the best way to fight poverty in our communities? And if the answer is good jobs, why have we never, ever, under any government of any political stripe been able to fight poverty effectively?

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Faster, higher, stronger: The life of Lindsay’s Kyung-Ae Lee

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Faster, higher, stronger: The life of Lindsay's Kyung-Ae Lee

Citius, Altius, Fortius ( “Faster, Higher, Stronger”)

Olympic Motto

Maybe, like me, as you watched the glorious spectacle that was the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, you had questions like these: What goes into becoming an elite athlete? Once athletes retire, how do the next chapters in their lives play out? What role does culture play in shaping athletes?

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New business owner credits her guaranteed ‘basic income’ for chance to be entrepreneur

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New Country Cupboard owner credits her guaranteed ‘basic income’ for chance to be entrepreneur
Country Cupboard owner Julia Taylor says a guaranteed income can help people have a chance to become entrepreneurs.

Julia Taylor is the proud new owner of Country Cupboard in Fenelon Falls, a health and bulk food store that has been a community staple for 35 years in the village.

Her belief is that it couldn’t have happened without a kind of ‘basic income’ that she counted on back in 2012 when her first child was born – the Canada Child Benefit.

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Books that matter (to librarians); what books matter to you?

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From L to R: Sara Walker, Colleen McGregor, Marieke Junkin, Elizabeth Beauparlant.
  1. Every reader their book.
  2. Every book its reader.

From S.R. Ranganathan’s Five Laws of Library Science (1931)

Sure, libraries have lots more than books to offer these days — everything from digital magazines to gardening workshops. But books remain the beating heart of every collection and the mission of librarians is still, as it was for Ranganathan, to be a matchmaker between books and readers.

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Lindsay’s attractions: Then and now, let us ‘count our blessings’

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Lindsay’s attractions: Then and now, let us 'count our blessings'
Downtown Lindsay in the old days.

Earlier this year, a story appeared in the pages of the local press revealing that the City of Kawartha Lakes ranked eighty-fourth on a list of “2018 millennial hotspots” compiled by a real estate think tank based in Saskatchewan.

Many residents were bemused by this story, with the municipality’s acting Director of Economic Development quoted in Kawartha Lakes This Week as asking “what on Earth are we doing on this list?”

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Lindsay Probus Club recruits new blood with historian John Boyko

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Lindsay Probus Club recruits new blood with historian John Boyko in town
Historian and author John Boyko in Lindsay on April 10.

The Lindsay Men’s Probus Club hopes to attract new members in April by bringing well-known author and historian to town, John Boyko.

The open invitation meeting will be held April 10, in the hope that they may consider joining the club on a permanent basis.

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Growing food alternatives here in Kawartha Lakes

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Keith Taylor and his son, Josh, at Nature Cures.

Ask Keith Taylor about his ideas on farming and food production and you will no doubt receive a passionate and detailed response. The former traditional farmer is a practitioner of permaculture, a method of food production that aims to be completely sustainable and attempts this by trying to mimic the way things grow in the wild.

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‘Downtown dreams’ aims to give Kawartha Lakes’ small businesses a shot in the arm

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'Downtown dreams' aims to give Kawartha Lakes' small businesses a shot in the arm
Top: Downtown Lindsay. Ashley Webster, left, Denise Williams, right.

A project that aims to fill empty retail space and improve existing businesses is being launched this week by the City of Kawartha Lakes.

Downtown Dreams, as it’s called, is a business and growth program designed to attract new or existing businesses to open, expand or move into the downtowns of Coboconk or Norland, Fenelon Falls, Omemee, and Lindsay.

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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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