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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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Armchair sports in Kawartha Lakes

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Columnist Jamie Morris staying safe while reading a sports classic.

With round-the -clock coverage of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang and a recent visit from the Stanley Cup (courtesy of the Kawartha Museum and Art Gallery) sports are on our minds.

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Kawartha Lakes/Haliburton more than double homelessness housing goal

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City of Kawartha Lakes/Haliburton more than double homelessness housing goal

The City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton County Council made a commitment as part of the 20,000 Homes Campaign to house 24 of the most vulnerable homeless in our area by July 1, 2018.

To date, 52 individuals (of the 136 individuals identified as homeless) have been housed in the community and are no longer experiencing homelessness.

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Innovative Pie Eyed Monk Brewery aims for health of entire downtown

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Innovative Pie Eyed Monk Brewery aims for health of entire downtown
Pie Eyed Monk Brewery owner wants to be part of a healthy business eco-system. Photo: Jennifer Boksman Photography.

It’s evident that Aaron Young, serial entrepreneur and business leader, has a clear-eyed vision for his much-anticipated new business, the Pie Eyed Monk Brewery.

Located near the corner of Kent and Cambridge Streets in Lindsay, it’s a vision that’s not really about just one business, but something bigger – something like a destination point.

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The Academy at 125: A personal reflection

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Drama students from I.E. Weldon Secondary School bring 150 years of Canadian history to life on the Academy stage, May 20th 2017.

The Academy of Music. The Academy Theatre. The Academy Theatre for Performing Arts. The Grand Old Dame. The stately red-brick performance venue anchoring the southeast corner of Kent Street East and Lindsay Street has gone by a few names, both formal and informal, in the 125 years it has been gracing our community.

For most of us, though, it is simply “The Academy.”

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Fleming president talks skills training, better connections with employers

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Fleming president talks skills training, better connections with employers
From left to right: Scott Robertson, Mike Perry, Tony Tilly, Marlene Morrison Nicholls, Peter Thomas.

Tony Tilly, president of Fleming College, was recently the guest speaker at a round table discussion hosted by the Lindsay and District Chamber of Commerce.

Tilly made a short presentation on how Fleming – and Frost Campus in particular – has been playing a key role in specialized education the Lindsay area, before taking questions from community members.

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Make a pledge to local labour groups for Big Brothers Big Sisters

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Local labour groups needs your help so they in turn can help Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kawartha Lakes – Haliburton.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kawartha Lakes–Haliburton ‘Bowl for Kids’ Sake’ event takes place Feb. 24 in Lindsay.

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Need money? Still time to apply as Ontario Basic Income Pilot picks up steam

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The new and innovative social program that Ontario is testing in Lindsay and two other Ontario centres – a ‘basic income guarantee’ — is surging in participant numbers.

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Families jump to defence of Victoria Manor

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Families jump to defence of Victoria Manor

In the wake of a CBC Marketplace report that named Victoria Manor as sixth worst in Ontario for abuse between residents, families are jumping to the defense of the municipally-run long term care home.

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What will Mary think? Academy doesn’t believe improvements will upset their ghost

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What will Mary think? Academy Theatre doesn’t believe improvements will upset their ghost

Lindsay’s storied Academy Theatre is almost unrecognizable on Monday. Almost.

As I step into the construction zone, every seat in the orchestra section has been ripped from the floor to make way for new ones. There’s a fresh base of concrete to support the memories of a new generation of theatre and event goers.

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