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Mariposa Dairy struggles to find young adults who want to work five days a week

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Mariposa Dairy, Armada Toolworks create new jobs with Provincial grants
Bruce Vandenberg, Mariposa Dairy.

Have jobs, will train. One of the Lindsay area’s largest private employers, Mariposa Dairy, is having trouble finding committed employees who want to work a full five days a week – at least in the 18-35 age bracket.

Bruce Vandenberg, owner of Mariposa Dairy along with his wife, Sharon, estimates that 30-40 per cent of the younger people they hire as general labourers don’t work out, mainly because of “misplaced priorities,” according to Vandenberg.

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Two Kawartha Lakes’ paramedics receive exemplary service medals

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Two Kawartha Lakes paramedics receive exemplary service medals
Mike Neville, top, and Gene Pugilese, bottom.

Gene Pugliese and Mike Neville, two Kawartha Lakes paramedics, recently walked away with exemplary service medals from the Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs 2017 annual general meeting in Ottawa.

The exemplary service medal recognizes pre-hospital emergency medical service professionals who have performed their duties in an exemplary manner, with the highest standard of good conduct, industry and efficiency for more than 20 years.

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More ‘working poor’ in need of Lindsay’s homeless shelter

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More ‘working poor’ in need of Lindsay’s homeless shelter
Lorrie Polito and Dave Tilley of A Place Called Home.

At Lindsay’s homeless shelter, more people are driving themselves to get there these days.

That’s not a good sign according to Lorrie Polito, the executive director of ‘A Place Called Home,’ Lindsay’s 19-bed shelter.

Having a car suggests some level of income from having a job. It’s a sign of the desperation of the so-called ‘working poor,’ those who are employed on some level but yet not making enough to get by.

“There’s not a lot of quality jobs left in Lindsay,” says Dave Tilley, operations manager at A Place Called Home.

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Frost students out in cold as union fights precarious work

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Frost students out in cold as union fights precarious work
Audrey Healy, right, says it's time for better work for contract faculty.

It’s 8:40 am on the coldest day of fall so far this year. There should be scores of students entering Fleming College’s Frost Campus in Lindsay for classes.

Instead, a thin picket line of resolve has formed across the campus driveway and 2,000 students in Lindsay have been left out of class in a battle about job quality for college instructors. Keep Reading

Return of the hall walkers

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Return of the hall walkers
Forget the cold; head for the halls.

Just because the changing seasons means that the weather can become challenging, local residents still have opportunities to take part in fitness programs that will help keep them healthy. The popular Walk in the Halls (Get WITH It!) program returns in November for a fifth year, and will be available free of charge twice weekly in Lindsay.

Walk in the Halls is a free, supervised, indoor walking program presented by the Community Care Health & Care Network and the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team. The program is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-7 pm at Lindsay Collegiate Vocational Institute (LCVI) at 260 Kent St. W.

The program gives anyone interested in staying active during the winter months the chance to walk in a safe, warm setting. The sessions begin Nov. 7 and will run to the end of April (excluding school holidays).

The indoor walking program is an important element in giving local residents the chance for some low-impact exercise, says Jordan Prosper, health promoter with Community Care.

“Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in Canada, and walking is a beneficial way to stay active and can be done safely in the winter through the Get WITH It! program,” Jordan says.

“Our goal is to give the community a safe, warm and friendly place to walk during the winter months.”

The program has been well attended for the past four years. More than 450 different people have participated, walking more than 13,261,000 steps – the equivalent of walking from Lindsay to Calgary, Alberta and back.

No registration is required to participate. Walkers are asked to bring clean indoor walking shoes and to dress comfortably. Different routes through the school halls give people options for different distances and intensity. Supervisors are always on hand to assist or provide advice.

For further information about the Walk in the Halls program, contact Community Care Health Promoter Jordan Prosper at 705-324-7323 ext 301, or visit the Community Care website at www.ccckl.ca.

 

Free public discussion on basic income at Fleming College

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Free public discussion on basic income at Fleming College

The Ontario Basic Income Network (OBIN) is hosting a free public discussion on basic income in early November at Fleming College’s Frost Campus in Lindsay.

The Nov. 3 event is a chance to explore how basic income might benefit the town, according to Chair of OBIN’s provisional steering committee, Rob Rainer.

“The public event is an opportunity to explore the various ways basic income could really help the people of Lindsay,” he says.

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Clearing away the roadblocks at Community Living

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Clearing away the roadblocks at Community Living

Just like that, my usual short commute to one of my offices was made twice as long.

I am not necessarily complaining, I can understand the need to for sturdy, new, giant culverts for me to drive over for years to come, but what I marvel over is how this single activity now make my drive to work far more complicated with curves and turns and intersections with brand new lights.

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What’s new at Community Care?

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What’s new at Community Care?
Win a 'staycation' with Community Care.

Below, you will find information about upcoming initiatives and events of Community Care, as well as a summary of recent activities. For further information about any of the organization’s events or programs, contact Community Care at 705-324-7323.

COMMUNITY HEALTH & CARE MONTH

Each October, we observe Community Health & Care Month by highlighting a few of the many important programs and services provided to local residents. Throughout the month:

Keep an eye on local media, including The Lindsay Advocate, for profiles on some of our Community Support Services;

Watch our social media (Facebook and Twitter) pages for facts and announcements about Community Care programs;

Enter our online contest to win a $75 gift certificate that can be used towards a wide variety of Community Care services (link);

Don’t forget to vote for our #GrieveNotAlone submission to the Aviva Community Fund.

STAYCATION RAFFLE TICKETS ON SALE

Community Care is once again giving local residents an opportunity to “get away from it all” by staying close to home and supporting a fundraising raffle this fall. The second annual “Staycation” Raffle offers five great prizes for packages at local businesses.

First prize is a Luxury Spa Package at Eganridge Inn & Spa, valued at $255. Second prize is a Pie for a Month for one year, courtesy of The Little Pie Shack in Fenelon Falls ($200 value). Third prize: Overnight Stay for 2 at Eganridge ($175 value). Fourth prize: Catered Dinner for 4 at Home, or Dine-In at Nolan’s Restaurant ($75). Fifth prize: Two 9-hole Rounds of Golf with Cart at Byrnell Golf Club ($70).

Last year’s Staycation raised close to $2,000 in support of Community Care programs, and organizers with the Fenelon Falls Local Volunteer Committee are hoping for a sell-out (2,000 tickets) this time! Tickets are just $2 each and will soon be on sale at Community Care offices. Draws take place Jan. 8, 2018.

SENIORS COMMUNITY KITCHEN – LET’S GET COOKING!

This fall, Community Care and the HKPR District Health Unit present opportunities for local residents to sharpen their cooking skills and enjoy culinary creativity with others. Seniors Community Kitchen sessions are being held in Bethany and Bolsover. Participants will sample new recipes and will be supervised by Community Care’s Registered Dieitian and the Health Unit’s Food Worker.

Upcoming sessions:

Bethany – Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Dec. 13 (Wednesdays), 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Bethany United Church. Cost is $5/class.

Bolsover – Oct. 31 and Nov. 28 (Tuesdays), 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. No charge, as the program is supported by the Woodville-Eldon Food Bank and St. Andrew’s.

To register for any class, contact the Community Care Community Health Centre at 705-879-4100 (press 1).

COMMUNITY CARE MEALS ON WHEELS PROGRAM COMES TO BOBCAYGEON

New healthy eating options have come to residents of Bobcaygeon, in the form of Community Care’s Meals on Wheels program.

The organization has provided Meals on Wheels service for more than 30 years in many local communities. A twice-weekly (Monday and Wednesday) pilot program was launched last month in Bobcaygeon, in response to growing need. Residents who register for the service can purchase nutritious hot meals that are delivered to their home at lunchtime.

The program is designed for seniors and adults with special needs who are experiencing difficulty with cooking or healthy eating. Meals are prepared in Community Care facilities according to the Canada Food Guide. Special dietary options are available. The program ensures that clients’ nutritional needs are met while also providing social interaction and a security check from volunteers making the deliveries.

For further information about Meals on Wheels in Bobcaygeon, contact Community Care’s Bobcaygeon office, 71-D Bolton St., 705-324-7323.

FENELON FALLS NOW OFFERING MONTHLY THURSDAY DINERS CLUB

As a result of changes in diners’ preferences and staff resources, the Congregate Dining supper traditionally held for many years on the third Thursday of each month in Fenelon Falls has been changed to a noontime Diners Club luncheon. Community Care also presents Diners Club luncheons every Tuesday at noon in Fenelon Falls.

Diners Club luncheons feature a delicious meal prepared by our excellent staff and volunteers in the Fenelon Falls kitchen, as well as entertainment or guest speakers. Attendees are asked to contact our Fenelon Falls office in advance to reserve spots.

Community Care Diners Clubs are also held weekly (Wednesdays) in Lindsay, and monthly in Bobcaygeon, Burnt River, Cambray, Kirkfield, Oakwood, Omemee and Woodville. The full schedule is on our website Here.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Community Care is always recruiting people to volunteer with the food service programs in Fenelon Falls. Volunteers interested in helping with food preparation in the kitchen, or in serving at our weekly Diners Club luncheons, are asked to contact Home Support Services Program Manager Kerri Daley at ext 231 (ac.lk1563663068ccc@y1563663068eladk1563663068).

BROKERED HELPERS NEEDED

Help with heavier work around the home can be important to maintaining independence. Community Care maintains a list of brokered helpers – individuals and companies who can help with lawn and garden work, snow shovelling and other household maintenance. We recruit, screen and register these “brokered helpers” and match them to clients, depending upon needs. Service arrangements are made between the client and the brokered helpers, who are paid directly by the client for the service.

Additional brokered helpers are currently needed in the Omemee, Pontypool, Janetville and Bethany areas. If you are interested in becoming a brokered helper, contact Volunteer Services Co-ordinator Wendy Bruckert at ext 160 (e-mail: ac.lk1563663068ccc@t1563663068rekcu1563663068rbw1563663068). 

COMING UP

GET THE MOST FROM YOUR HEALTHCARE APPOINTMENT

Community Care and the Central East LHIN Self-Management Program are collaborating to present an opportunity for local residents to maximize their healthcare appointments. “Getting the Most From Your Healthcare Appointment” is a free workshop on Monday, Oct. 16 at Kawartha Lakes Retirement Residence, Bobcaygeon (2 to 3:30 p.m.).

The workshop will focus on what to do before, during and after an appointment with a health professional. The interactive workshop will use a variety of learning resources including information sharing, videos, tools and a resource manual supporting the individual with integrating the skills into their next appointment.

Pre-registration required, call Community Care at 705-324-7323 ext 232.

HOSPICE WEBINAR INFORMATION SERIES

The free webinar information series presented by Community Care Hospice Services continues this month. Twice each month, we present a 90-minute webinar offered by the Hospice Foundation of America. This month’s topic is “When Death and Loss are Part of the Job”. It will be on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at noon, and Thursday, Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. Sessions take place at Hospice Services, 2 Kent St. W., Lindsay. Free to attend, call 705-324-7323 ext 500 to register.

Upcoming sessions: Nov. 14 & 16 (Living With Grief 2017: When Grief is Complicated).

HOSPICE SERVICES MEMORIAL SERVICE

The annual memorial service to provide an opportunity for local residents to honour and remember loved ones takes place Wednesday, Nov. 7 in Lindsay. Presented by Community Care Hospice Services, the event is free to attend and takes place at 7 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 40 William St. N.. Please RSVP to ext 500.

REMINDERS

LOOKING FOR A SPEAKER?

Local service clubs, church groups and organizations of any kind are reminded that representatives from CCCKL would be pleased to make a presentation at an upcoming meeting. If your group is looking for a guest speaker or would like to learn more about the agency’s services, contact Communications Officer Mike Puffer at 705-324-7323 ext 162 (e-mail mpuffer@ccckl.ca).

WE’RE ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER

Remember, you can follow Community Care on Facebook & Twitter. For those who enjoy social media, please look up “Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes”, as well as the “Community Care Foundation – Kawartha” and encourage others to “like” us and become Facebook friends, and follow us on Twitter (@CommunityCareKL) to join our ongoing conversation about health.

VISIT OUR WEBSITE

Information about programs and dates of upcoming events is available on the agency’s Website. Or, call Community Care at 705-324-7323 for more information.

First sign-ups for basic income in Lindsay on Oct. 12-13

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Frost out, Celebrations in, as basic income meeting adapts to college strike
Up to $16,989 per year for a single person.

Enrollment in Ontario’s basic income pilot gets underway in Lindsay next week.

In-person enrollment sessions will begin Oct. 12-13 where people can complete applications to be part of the pilot.

Minister of Community and Social Services, Dr. Helena Jaczek, was in Lindsay this week touring and visited A Place Called Home, a 19-bed hostel for homeless single adults, couples and families with children. Jaczek spoke with staff and individuals there, about how they could benefit from the pilot. A Place Called Home is one of the community organizations that is supporting the Ontario Basic Income Pilot.

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Lindsay ‘working poor’ take note: Most basic income sign-ups are employed people

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The 'working poor' are embracing basic income.

About two thirds of basic income sign-ups so far have come from the so-called ‘working poor,’ a fact Lindsay residents who are struggling should take note of as it begins to unfold here.

Ontario’s Minister of Community and Social Services, Helena Jaczek, and her counterpart, Peter Milczyn, the minister responsible for the poverty reduction strategy and minister of housing, held a press conference in Hamilton earlier this morning to update the public on the basic income pilot.

The basic income pilot is being held in Hamilton/Brant County and Thunder Bay, which began during the summer, and in Lindsay, which will begin this fall.

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