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Kawartha Lakes Classic raises funds for A Place Called Home

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On Saturday 273 cyclists experienced the countryside up-close. Photo: Jamie Morris.

On Saturday morning 273 cyclists experienced the countryside up-close, rolling along the quiet back roads that knit together our region. It was the 15th Annual Kawartha Lakes Classic Cycling Tour, a fundraiser for A Place Called Home.

Cyclists had come from as far away as Ottawa and Niagara; in fact, roughly half were visiting from outside Kawartha Lakes. (Days Inn was the official hotel sponsor).

When they registered, the cyclists chose a distance, each with its own route.  For the experienced and ambitious there were 100 and 160 km routes. A 50 km route wound its way to Woodville and back. And the 25 and 13 km tours made use of sections of the Kawartha TransCanada Trail. All departed from Boston Pizza (which, along with Canadian Tire, was an   official sponsor).

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A story of the Rohingya refugee crisis from a Lindsay perspective

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The numbers are staggering. Over 700,000 Rohingya refugees, many of them children and women, have taken shelter in Bangladesh to escape wholesale slaughter, rape, and burning of their villages in Myanmar — systematic violence that the United Nations has described as as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”

The descriptions of their conditions are moving. Read, for example, this, from the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHRC) website: “They have walked for days through jungles and mountains, or braved dangerous sea voyages across the Bay of Bengal . . . Monsoon and cyclone season has arrived . . . Thousands of refugees will face grave risk of landslides and floods.”

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Kawartha Lakes Cycling Classic: Annual ride for A Place Called Home

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The annual Kawartha Lakes Cycling Classic returns Aug. 25 to Lindsay, as riders from across the region ride for A Place Called Home (APCH).

This year’s event promises to be bigger than ever. With courses of varying intensities, (13, 25, 50, 100, and 160 kilometres) the event offers both veteran and novice, casual and competitive cyclists a chance to ride for a great cause in the local community.

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‘Crisis’ in Lindsay as homeless diverted elsewhere; food bank says ‘we need help’

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With Kawartha Lakes’ homeless shelter, A Place Called Home, at full capacity for the better part of a week, homeless people are being diverted to Peterborough or Oshawa.

Meanwhile, one of the founding volunteers of Lindsay’s food bank, Bev Gimbel, says “we’re at a crisis.”

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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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Local museum aims to become ‘an agency of social change’ with poverty exhibit

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Local museum aims to become 'an agency of social change' with poverty exhibit
"For generations, ordinary people have joined forces in helping their neighbours."

Lindsay Advocate Publisher Roderick Benns sat down with Ian McKechnie, local historian and assistant manager of the Olde Gaol Museum, to talk about the museum’s plans for an innovative exhibit on the history and heritage of poverty in Lindsay and in the larger Kawartha Lakes. McKechnie is also The Advocate’s local history columnist.

Benns: Tell me a little about the idea for the museum to host an exhibit that has to do with poverty. What is the general idea?

McKechnie: For years, people have understood museums to be places where one goes to see “old stuff” sitting silently in glass showcases.  You come in, a guide shows you around, and you leave thinking to yourself, “I have an old stack of newspapers the museum might be interested in,” or, “I have an old upright piano that I’m sure the museum will want to have in its collection.”

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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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More ‘working poor’ in need of Lindsay’s homeless shelter

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More ‘working poor’ in need of Lindsay’s homeless shelter
Lorrie Polito and Dave Tilley of A Place Called Home.

At Lindsay’s homeless shelter, more people are driving themselves to get there these days.

That’s not a good sign according to Lorrie Polito, the executive director of ‘A Place Called Home,’ Lindsay’s 19-bed shelter.

Having a car suggests some level of income from having a job. It’s a sign of the desperation of the so-called ‘working poor,’ those who are employed on some level but yet not making enough to get by.

“There’s not a lot of quality jobs left in Lindsay,” says Dave Tilley, operations manager at A Place Called Home.

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First sign-ups for basic income in Lindsay on Oct. 12-13

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Up to $16,989 per year for a single person.

Enrollment in Ontario’s basic income pilot gets underway in Lindsay next week.

In-person enrollment sessions will begin Oct. 12-13 where people can complete applications to be part of the pilot.

Minister of Community and Social Services, Dr. Helena Jaczek, was in Lindsay this week touring and visited A Place Called Home, a 19-bed hostel for homeless single adults, couples and families with children. Jaczek spoke with staff and individuals there, about how they could benefit from the pilot. A Place Called Home is one of the community organizations that is supporting the Ontario Basic Income Pilot.

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