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Advocates for health care anxious about timing of Ross Memorial’s ‘special legislation’

Advocates for health care anxious about timing of Ross Memorial’s ‘special legislation’

With recent ‘merger memories’ still top of mind, Kawartha Lakes Health Coalition (KLHC) members are alarmed over the future of Ross Memorial Hospital after reading the public notice about new special legislation initiated by Ross near the same time as the passing of the PC’s omnibus Bill 74.

KLHC formed soon after the Lindsay Advocate released a feature analysis last year that showed mergers rarely work out well for the smaller hospital, usually leading to less services offered, and nor do they work well as a cost-saving exercise. A huge community outcry followed and KLHC and its supporters were able to blunt the momentum toward any merger.

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Kawartha Credit Union again supports Food For Kids program

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Kawartha Credit Union again supports Food For Kids program
Food For Kids Coordinator Jennifer Armitage, far left, accepts a $3,000 cheque from staff at Kawartha Credit Union in Lindsay.

While this gift isn’t from the North Pole, it is still being received with holiday cheer by supporters of local programs that support student nutrition at school. Kawartha Credit Union in Lindsay is being recognized for its recent $3,000 donation to support the work of Food For Kids City of Kawartha Lakes.

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The week before Christmas at A Place Called Home

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Christmas at A Place Called Home
A Place Called Home staff members, Christina Alden (left) and Jennifer Lopinski (right).

As families settle into holiday mode its worth reflecting on the fact that not everyone has a place to live – even in a small town like Lindsay.

Just four days before Christmas, there are 17 people in town – three of them children under 12 – who are homeless. Fortunately, they’ve got A Place Called Home to get them through what is hopefully a temporary situation.

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Five economic development goals for Kawartha Lakes – and the fifth one’s the hardest

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West McDonnell Park in Lindsay. (Photo by Jerry Holder.)

It might still be difficult to think of Kawartha Lakes as a city, given that so much of it is largely made up of pastoral farms and placid lakes.

And yet it has been over 16 years since Victoria Country and its townships were transformed into the sixth biggest city in Canada, in terms of area.

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Basic income and the future of work: Potential for social disruption

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Basic income and the future of work: Potential for social disruption

I have always loved school.  After high school I attended university and several years after graduation I completed a graduate degree. Wanting to dive into peace and justice issues, I returned to university at age 50.

Formal education has enriched my life and opened doors to new types of work. One of the things I learned, as a literacy practitioner is that not everyone was as keen about the value of school.

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Community Care: December update

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Meals on Wheels program – more than a meal
Meals on Wheels in Bobcaygeon and other news from Community Care.

Aviva community fund awards Community Care $87,000 for grief support

Support for local residents who have experienced the loss of a loved one has received a significant financial boost through the Aviva Canada Community Fund. The Community Care Health & Care Network is one of 14 successful applicants to the 2017 Aviva Community Fund charitable initiative.

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Mayor says ‘tangible improvements’ coming to roads, parks, libraries, environment

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Nayoro Park, Lindsay. Parks are expected to get a boost under new budget.

The City of Kawartha Lakes council has adopted the 2018 operating budget which sets the base for the next 10 years – and Mayor Andy Letham says citizens can expect to see noticeable improvements in many local services.

“Residents can rest assured that the City will see tangible improvements to what they value most,” says Letham, including “good roads, community safety, arenas, parks, libraries (and) a healthy environment.”

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School board says coding a part of learning culture for three years

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School board says coding a part of learning culture for three years
Coding school areas in Kawartha Lakes, top. Tina Franzen, technology services coordinator, left.

The mounting interest and need for students to learn code has been recognized in Kawartha Lakes for three years now — and school board officials expect that interest to grow.

“Very quickly we realized the powerful and deep connections to thinking, creativity and curriculum,” says Laura Blaker, communications officer for Trillium Lakelands District School Board.

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New director says Kawartha Lakes a great place to live, work, play

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Kawartha Lakes has attracted some more top-notch talent in Jennifer Stover, the new director of corporate services for the City of Kawartha Lakes.

She says she knows the whole municipality wants to make Kawartha Lakes a “great place to live, work and play.”

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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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Prepare Kawartha Lakes students as they do in Tokyo, Riyadh and London

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The Canadian economy exists on two key tenants — resource extraction and manufacturing.  But both are in trouble.

Given most resource extraction in the country is unsustainable, particularly in the face of climate change, and manufacturing continues to be exported to other countries through globalization, where does the future of a sustainable Canadian economy live?  

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