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Free lunches for kids for nine weeks as summer pilot begins

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Free lunches for kids for nine weeks as summer pilot begins
Queen Victoria Public School is one of four locations where families can access a free, nutritious lunch for their kids two days a week. Photo: Erin Smith.

It was a great start to the Summer Outreach Lunch Program yesterday, although even higher numbers are expected once the word gets out about available free lunches for kids.

Nearly 20 elementary age school kids showed up at one of the four locations involved in the pilot. Free lunches are served between 11:30 am – 1:00 pm at St. Mary Catholic Elementary School, Queen Victoria School, Housing Help (Lindsay and Glenelg streets), and Kawartha Lakes Food Source on Wednesdays and Fridays during the summer break.

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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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10,000 of our neighbours in Kawartha Lakes don’t have enough to eat

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10,000 of our neighbours don’t have enough to eat
Food banks were supposed to be a temporary measure.

Some of our neighbours are hungry. Others are constantly deciding between utilities or food. That this should happen in Canada — a major food producer for the world — should be reprehensible to us.

Food insecurity is usually defined as “the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.” And we are – officially, at least – collectively against it. We have agreed at the United Nations that food is a basic human right and that right protects every human from hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity.

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Expansion of medicare, child care, among Liberal promises

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Expansion of medicare, child care, among Liberal promises
Liberal candidate Brooklynne Camp-Waldinsperger.

Three community groups — The Access to Permanent Housing Committee, the Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition and the Haliburton County FoodNet – posed questions on poverty, housing, and food insecurity to candidates in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock running for office in this provincial election. In this installment, we hear from Liberal candidate Brooklynne Camp-Waldinsperger.

 What will your party do to increase and maintain access to affordable, safe housing, in addition to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s Canada-Ontario Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement?

Camp-Waldinsperger: Many families are finding it difficult to secure and sustain housing in Ontario. Our party recognizes this challenge facing Ontarians.

Since 2003, the City of Kawartha Lakes Service Manager has received over $29 million in funding for affordable housing, of which $12.8 million has been contributed by the province.

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Health Unit: Voters should consider poverty, income, food security on June 7

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Health Unit: Voters should consider poverty, income, food security on June 7
“By addressing factors like lack of income, we can...help more people reach their full health potential.” (Aisha Malik, HKPR Health Unit, right.)

There is a prescription to improve public health, but to fill it, local voters are being urged to have all the facts before casting a ballot in the upcoming Ontario election.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit wants people to ask their provincial election candidates where they and their political parties stand on key issues affecting health.

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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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In the homestretch: About ten per cent of town soon to collect a Basic Income

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In the homestretch: About ten per cent of town soon to collect a Basic Income
It's hoped that Basic Income will increase food security, relieve stress and anxiety, and improve mental health, among other things. (Photo, R, Mike LaRiviere.)

By April 16, about 2,000 Lindsay residents will be on the Ontario Basic Income Pilot – will you be one of them?

That’s the cut-off date the Province is imposing on any new basic income sign-ups. Those sign-ups have been happening every week for months now, held alternately at Celebrations and the Lindsay branch of Kawartha Lakes Public Library.

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Generosity, justice and the basic income guarantee

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I was talking about the basic income guarantee to a couple of friends and one of them commented on how the fundraising done for local agencies such as the food bank, the school nutrition program, or the heat bank brings the community together. She was right; events that raise money for important causes do foster community.

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Lindsay woman finds her mental health improving with basic income

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Lindsay woman finds her mental health improving with basic income
Basic income has had 'tremendous impact' on Lindsay woman's life. (Photo by Erin Smith.)

A Lindsay woman who has been receiving a basic income for the past three months says her life has taken a turn for the better – including her mental health.

Barb Munro was on the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) for depression and mental illness, before deciding to apply for basic income a few months ago under the new pilot set up by the Province.

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