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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.lk1566388188ccc@y1566388188eladk1566388188).

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.lk1566388188ccc@t1566388188rekcu1566388188rbw1566388188). 

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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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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Police Chief John Hagarty talks fentanyl, building community, and basic income

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Police Chief John Hagarty talks fentanyl, building community, and basic income

It’s the last year for John Hagarty as Lindsay’s chief of police, given his imminent retirement next fall, and it’s not shaping up to be an easy one.

The wave of fentanyl and other opioid-related deaths that has been surging across Canada has finally hit small-town Ontario – including Lindsay, Kawartha Lakes, and nearby Peterborough.

Hagarty knew it was coming to Kawartha Lakes. It was only a matter of time. Not only is there fentanyl to worry about, there is a far deadlier version known as carfentanil – a synthetic heroin laced with elephant tranquilizers, and 100 times more potent than regular fentanyl. Just a few granules are enough to be lethal, and they can easily be hidden within other drugs.

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Do Millennials in Lindsay lack a good worth ethic?

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Do Millennials in Lindsay lack a good worth ethic?
Do Millennials lack a solid work ethic?

“They seem to think highly of themselves.”

“Too over-confident.”

“They have a ‘baby-on-board’ protected mentality.”

“They’re always connected to their phones.”

The above was actual employer feedback from a large area employer about the young people sent to Victoria County Career Services (VCCS). It wasn’t the only business feedback.

Millennials also:

  • “Expect to move into the same job someone else has had for years.”
  • “They question everything.”
  • “They have less patience” for repetitive tasks, if the tasks aren’t meaningful.
  • “They have an expectation to be paid well.”
  • “They don’t like authoritarian style” of employers.
  • “They’re needy.”

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TVO’s ‘The Agenda’ to highlight Lindsay’s basic income pilot

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Steve Paikin and The Agenda highlight Lindsay’s basic income pilot

TVO’s flagship show, The Agenda, with host Steve Paikin, will roll into Lindsay on Tuesday to film a special episode built around the town’s basic income pilot.

The production crew was in town last week, filming snippets with people in various locations around town.

Mike Perry was chair last year of the Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition. He and his team are largely credited with convincing the Province to bring one of three basic income pilots to Lindsay.

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Lindsay’s forgotten artist: Rediscovering W.A. Goodwin

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Lindsay’s forgotten artist: Rediscovering W.A. Goodwin
Our Camp on Crab River, 1898, by W.A. Goodwin.

Autumn is perhaps my favourite season. The palette of hues which grace the Kawartha Lakes between September and mid-November have inspired both outdoor enthusiasts and artists for generations. One such artist was W.A. Goodwin, who, though a Lindsay resident for three quarters of a century, has largely faded into the mists of history.

Well, not entirely.

Lindsay’s forgotten artist: Rediscovering W.A. Goodwin
Columnist Ian McKechnie.

Motorists crossing at the intersection of Cambridge and Peel Streets are no doubt familiar with the badly-neglected frame building on the northwest corner. For years, this once-picturesque structure was home to “Wm. A. Goodwin Room Papers & Picture Frames” ‒ essentially, the ‘Scott’s Decorating Centre’ of its day.

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Proposed $7 million boost for roads, arenas, more in 2018

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City of Kawartha Lakes’ Chief Administrative Officer Ron Taylor has proposed another $7 million investment in capital works projects for the City for 2018, such as for roads and arenas.

In outlining the general direction for the 2018 budget, Taylor and his staff described the 2018 budget as the first step in the roll-out of the 10 year financial plan that was adopted by Council this year.

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