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Basic income changing Lindsay woman’s life for better, despite glitches

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Basic income changing Lindsay woman’s life for better, despite glitches
There's still time to sign up for basic income, whether you're a low income worker, or on Ontario Works or ODSP.

While a Lindsay’s woman’s life is being changed for the better with basic income, she wishes the Province would also assign case workers for those who are used to having a human face in their corner.

Jennifer Brooke, a young woman who previously received income from the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), made the jump to Lindsay’s basic income pilot last October, getting her first cheque on Nov. 25 – and it’s really making a positive impact in her life.

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Majority of basic income applicants continue to be low income workers

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The government is looking for 2,000 people from Lindsay to become basic income applicants and start receiving more income. (Photo: Jerry Holder.)

As basic income enrollments continue in Lindsay and two other Ontario cities, one key trend seems to be emerging – the so-called ‘working poor’ are the majority of applicants who are flocking to the Province’s new Ontario pilot.

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A personal note from the publisher about The Lindsay Advocate

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A personal note from the publisher about The Lindsay Advocate
Photo by Jerry Holder.

It has been four short months since The Lindsay Advocate launched and it feels like we already belong here. For that, we owe thanks to all our readers.

Our focus has been – and will continue to be – on the social and economic wellness of Lindsay. With growth, we are open to extending that vision to all of Kawartha Lakes.

Readers have responded to this vision in droves and that tells us we are responding to genuine community need.

The inspiration for The Advocate comes from two places.

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King Albert: Lindsay school works with community to overcome income barriers

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King Albert Public School Principal, Dean Burke, with some of the items received for Christmas donations.

Part Two. This year, Statistics Canada has released new data on the social and economic well-being of cities and towns across Canada. This is part two in a series about Lindsay’s 12 lowest income neighbourhood zones and how they are coping in a challenging economic environment. To read Part One go here.

This is a story about a community coming together to fight an all-too-common scourge – the fact that incomes are too low to meet people’s needs.

Call it poverty. Call it scarcity. It doesn’t much matter.

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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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Soup kitchen and Sunday supper: St. Andrew’s Church works to build community

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Soup kitchen and Sunday supper: St. Andrew's Church works to build community
One of three Sunday supper teams from St. Andrews Presbyterian Church.

For 16 years Reverend Linda Park has ministered at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Lindsay, and she vividly remembers the vandalism and break and enters in the early days. They happened at the downtown church all too often.

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Lindsay basic income pilot: Mental health, resilience will surely improve

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Lindsay basic income pilot: Mental health, resilience will surely improve
Basic income could help create less pressure, less anxiety.

Basic income open enrollment sessions begin this week here in Lindsay. If you haven’t registered and you think you might be ‘working poor’ or on Ontario Works, you should check out the simplified process.

This Lindsay basic income pilot is an incredible opportunity for our town. It not only has the capacity to change individual lives, but to create community-level change, too.

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Need a better income? Open enrollment sessions here for Lindsay’s Basic Income pilot

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Need more money? Open enrollment sessions here for Lindsay’s Basic Income pilot
Open enrollment sessions for the basic income pilot will be held at Celebrations or Kawartha Lakes Library (pictured).

The Ontario government is now holding the first ever open enrollment sessions in Lindsay for its basic income pilot, with the first one scheduled in Lindsay for Nov. 30 at Celebrations (the old Queen Street United Church).

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Basic income provides stability to finish school

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Have diploma, will work: Basic income provides stability to finish school
Will students have better outcomes with basic income?

When I asked Jake about his school experiences, he replied that he had attended more than 10 different elementary and high schools.

Jake was in his early twenties. He told me his family moved a lot when he was growing up. I didn’t ask why, but based on what I’d heard from others it was likely for work opportunities, better or more affordable housing, or as a result of family break-up.

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Need a basic income guarantee? Province continues to take applicants

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Need a basic income guarantee? Province continues to take applicants

The Province is encouraging people in Lindsay who may be in need of a basic income guarantee for the next three years to call or email so they can enroll.

Kristen Tedesco, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Community and Social Services, says throughout October the government has been holding “in-person enrollment sessions in Lindsay.”

This has been mainly for people who had identified an interest when the Province had a booth set up at the Lindsay Exhibition in late September.

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