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St. Dave’s Diner finds a way to thrive under new, higher minimum wage

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St. Dave’s Diner finds a way to thrive under new, higher minimum wage
Dave and Mariska Tomlinson.

Like most business owners, Dave Tomlinson of St. Dave’s Diner, was not a fan of the hefty minimum wage increase from $11.60 to $14 an hour – at least not that rapidly.

By his calculations, and taking into account the other changes brought forward by the Province like more holiday pay for his 20 employees, two sick days with pay, and more expensive employee contributions because of the higher wages, it was going to cost him about $100,000 a year.

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Days Inn aims to source needs locally, makes choice to pay above minimum wage

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Days Inn & Suites Lindsay General Manager, Candace Buckley.

It has been less than three years since the Days Inn and Suites in Lindsay opened its doors, but it’s already become a community fixture – and not just for those visiting from out of town.

Candace Buckley, general manager of Lindsay’s largest hotel, says the local hotel has made it their priority to source the things they need locally as much as possible.

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Boiling Over takes a month to decide how to fully react to minimum wage increase

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Laura Lemiere, right, with employee, Angel, left, at Boiling Over's Coffee Vault.

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.

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Lindsay’s Tim Hortons not willing to talk about wages, employee incentives

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Lindsay's Tim Hortons not willing to talk about wages, employee incentives
We continue to talk about Tim Hortons as if it’s a Canadian company. It is not. In 2014, there was a $12.5-billion takeover of Tim Hortons by Brazilian-based 3G Capital.

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.

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Health unit urges citizens to press their MP, MPP to support basic income

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Money talks when it comes to food security.

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.

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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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Home Hardware’s GM on keeping people, and being ‘people-people’

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Home Hardware’s GM on keeping people, and being ‘people people’

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.

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Retired businessman says basic income frees people up for opportunities

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Retired businessman says basic income frees people up for opportunities

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.

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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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