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Food banks do not address issue of inadequate income

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Food banks do not address issue of inadequate income

By Elaine Power

Special to the Advocate

This year, 2021, marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of Canada’s first food bank. The Edmonton Gleaners Association borrowed the idea from the Mary’s Food Bank in Phoenix, Ariz., the first food bank in the U.S.

The idea of food banks spread quickly across the country. Founders of food banks considered the stop-gap measure an emergency response to an economic downturn, one that would end when the economy recovered. As late as 1991, food banks in the Greater Toronto Area met to discuss how they might close.

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Increase in COVID-19 cases stretches health unit capacity

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COVID-19

Dr. Natalie Bocking, medical officer of health for the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit says that the recent spike in cases has stretched the capacity of the health unit to its limits.

She says the organization has had to make some process changes to balance the work involved with new cases while continuing to offer mass immunization clinics in the communities.

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Union says Ford government needs to do five things to get schools ready to open again

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TLDSB recognizes no mandatory online training occurred for local teachers

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) says the provincial Conservative government’s decision to close schools today because of the surging pandemic is only the first step of what should happen next.

Ontario schools will stay closed indefinitely to in-person learning as the pandemic surges in Ontario to levels not seen before. Premier Doug Ford just announced this Monday afternoon along with Education Minister Stephen Lecce – just 24 hours after Lecce had said schools were safe to resume classes after the break.

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Budget wish list: Basic income, affordable housing, a green economy and more

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Budget wish list: Basic income, affordable housing, a green economy and more

All eyes are on Chrystia Freeland now as Canada’s finance minister gets set to table the nation’s first budget in two years. Here are a few things we hope to see.

Basic income: The Liberals’ own grassroots and many MPs are interested in this forward-thinking policy, as are the NDP and Green Party. This policy would be the linchpin in a plan to eliminate poverty. Time to put faith in an upstream policy – getting to the source of social policy ills, which is often income — that will prevent poverty and poor health.

Pharmacare: Universal pharmacare is the missing piece of Tommy Douglas’s Medicare legacy. We want everyone to have access to a common list of drugs and free from co-pays.

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Brittany N Bros believes shopping in person will be popular again after pandemic

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Store owner Tammy Thompson says her customers have supported her business all through the pandemic.

Nearly 23 years ago, a small shoe store in downtown Lindsay opened but soon grew to carry clothing as well. Brittany N Bros carries “comfort and fashion footwear and clothing,” and has been a vibrant part of the downtown since it launched more than two decades ago.

Its Canadian and European designs were popular enough that owner Tammy Thompson expanded to Port Perry and Cobourg in 2011, for a total of three locations.

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Public urged to be vigilant as local COVID cases spike

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COVID-19

Until everyone has been vaccinated, the new local medical officer of health, Dr. Natalie Bocking, is urging people to remain vigilant and continue to follow public health recommendations to help stop the increased spread of the COVID-19 virus in the area.

During the past seven days, staff from the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit have conducted investigations on more than 94 new confirmed COVID cases. The bulk of these new cases are in Northumberland County, but additional cases have been confirmed in Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton County.

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Rally for Bobcaygeon, says city, in Kraft Hockeyville contest

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The community is invited to rally for Bobcaygeon, as the arena has made it to the top four finalists in this year’s Kraft Hockeyville competition. Bobcaygeon is the only arena representing Ontario.

Bobcaygeon’s competitors are in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and New Brunswick.

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Globus Theatre forges ahead with a summer season in 2021

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Globus Theatre with spaced seating.

Globus Theatre has announced their 2021 summer season from May 20 to Sept. 4, with “guaranteed crowd pleasers as well as new and exciting Canadian works,” according to a media release.

The summer season has been extended from 10 weeks to 16 due to the limited audience capacity. COVID-19 measures are in place and Globus Theatre is welcoming patrons to join its safe and social live events at the Lakeview Arts Barn.

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Hop to it! Spring break activities available at Kawartha Lakes Public Library

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Kawartha Lakes Public Library is excited to offer spring break events and activities that will keep families busy and engaged all week long.

With children off school the week of April 12–16, the Kawartha Lakes Public Library is offering amazing programs for families and children of all ages, says a media release.

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Bobcaygeon in final four for Hockeyville contest

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Bobcaygeon has been shortlisted to the final four contenders for the Kraft Hockeyville contest.

Impact 32, a volunteer steering committee made up of local business owners and community organizers, reported on their Facebook page today that the village has made the Kraft Hockeyville top four.

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