Boiling Over’s Coffee Vault, the popular independent coffee shop at Kent and Cambridge Streets in Lindsay, is taking a month to decide how it will fully react to a huge increase in the minimum wage.
Last week’s national headlines were dominated by the Tim Hortons brand. Not surprising.
In nearby Cobourg, the owners of the local Tim Hortons there (who just happen to be Ron Joyce Jr., son of Tim Hortons co-founder Ron Joyce, and Jeri-Lynn Horton-Joyce, daughter of Tim Horton) decided they could no longer afford to pay staff for workday breaks.
In the fight against food insecurity the local health unit says boosting income is the only real solution to helping people gain access to healthy food.
To raise awareness of food insecurity, the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is launching a new campaign called Rethink Poverty: Change Minds, Change Lives – and they’re urging citizens to press their MP and MPP for a basic income policy.
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.
Most mornings, Frank Geerlinks swings through his favourite Tim Horton’s on his way to work in Lindsay from his home in the Little Britain area.
At the drive-through he is often greeted by a young woman who just “has it” in terms of customer service skills. One day very soon, he says, he will ask this young woman if she wants a job with him, at his family of Home Hardware stores.
He contrasts this with another incident, this time at a McDonald’s drive-through where he took his family through for a quick bite to eat. The employee was a young man who took his money and gave him his change without saying a single word to him.
Geerlinks couldn’t believe it.
There is a great community need to address poverty in the Lindsay area, according to retired local businessman Doug Dent, and that’s why he is welcoming the Province’s basic income pilot this fall.
Dent, formerly of Dent Industrial Sales, says basic income “frees people up to live their lives” and pursue other opportunities, from more education to better work.
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.