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New library CEO says libraries must remain community hubs

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New library CEO says libraries must remain community hubs

Along the B.C. coastline, Jamie Anderson was no stranger to ferries and small airplanes as they skimmed across far-flung islands and coastal villages.

In his job as director of library services of Vancouver Island Regional Library, his area of responsibility included all of Vancouver Island, except for Victoria, as well as the whole, rural length of B.C.’s stunning coastline. In all, he had 39 branches he had responsibility over.

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‘Have we created an industry called poverty?’: Councillor

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‘Have we created an industry called poverty?’: Councillor
City of Kawartha Lakes Councillor Doug Elmslie.

The Ontario basic income pilot is a critical, “watershed event” for Lindsay, says City of Kawartha Lakes Councillor Doug Elmslie.

Elmslie, who is well-known on council for his support of various anti-poverty initiatives, says he sees an opportunity with this new initiative to really make substantive changes in how we tackle poverty.

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City will invest millions in roads, parks, while holding taxes lower than expected

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City will invest millions
Better roads, parks, and buildings on way with new budget.

The 2018 City of Kawartha Lakes budget will see $20 million invested in roads and bridges, but next year’s tax increase is on track to be below the previously forecasted 4.5 per cent.

Instead, the increase will come in around a 3.5 per cent average tax-supported increase, as Council goes into operating deliberations in December.

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Lindsay’s forgotten artist: Rediscovering W.A. Goodwin

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Lindsay’s forgotten artist: Rediscovering W.A. Goodwin
Our Camp on Crab River, 1898, by W.A. Goodwin.

Autumn is perhaps my favourite season. The palette of hues which grace the Kawartha Lakes between September and mid-November have inspired both outdoor enthusiasts and artists for generations. One such artist was W.A. Goodwin, who, though a Lindsay resident for three quarters of a century, has largely faded into the mists of history.

Well, not entirely.

Lindsay’s forgotten artist: Rediscovering W.A. Goodwin
Columnist Ian McKechnie.

Motorists crossing at the intersection of Cambridge and Peel Streets are no doubt familiar with the badly-neglected frame building on the northwest corner. For years, this once-picturesque structure was home to “Wm. A. Goodwin Room Papers & Picture Frames” ‒ essentially, the ‘Scott’s Decorating Centre’ of its day.

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Proposed $7 million boost for roads, arenas, more in 2018

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Roads, other capital works projects, proposed to get $7 million boost from City

City of Kawartha Lakes’ Chief Administrative Officer Ron Taylor has proposed another $7 million investment in capital works projects for the City for 2018, such as for roads and arenas.

In outlining the general direction for the 2018 budget, Taylor and his staff described the 2018 budget as the first step in the roll-out of the 10 year financial plan that was adopted by Council this year.

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Local labour leader sees progress but says work isn’t yet done

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Local labour leader sees progress but says work isn’t yet done

James Mulhern, president of the Lindsay and District Labour Council, remembers the old Labour Day picnics they used to hold 22 years ago. About 10-15 people would show up and wave the flag for fairer wages and better working conditions.

Back then there were better jobs, though, it being just the start of the globalization and privatization wave across Canada and the U.S. that would gut massive numbers of good, full-time, middle class jobs.

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Letham welcomes basic income pilot in Lindsay

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KLH Housing on better financial footing, big projects planned
Mayor Andy Letham

Mayor of the City of Kawartha Lakes, Andy Letham, says he gives kudos to the Province of Ontario for testing a basic income here.

“I think it’s great,” says Letham. “This community will certainly benefit.”

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All my changes were there: The teacher and Canadian nationalism

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My friend, John Boyko, says Canada is a conversation. In his blog he was referring to how we tend to hash things out with words here, not guns, whether in Parliament, in a political leadership race, or at Tim Horton’s. He’s right of course – and we are a decidedly fortunate nation because of this. Not all nations can claim this civility.

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Lindsay-area John Howard Society expects basic income to have positive community effect

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The executive director of Lindsay’s John Howard Society, Laura Maw, says she expects the basic income pilot project “will have a positive effect on the community.”

Lindsay is one of three centres in Ontario that will test the Province’s new basic income guarantee pilot this year. A basic income ensures everyone an income sufficient to meet basic needs and live with dignity, regardless of work status.

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