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If you’re approached on a local street for a handout, what’s the right thing to do?

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APCH's Dave Tilley suggests what to do when someone approaches for a handout. Photo: Sienna Frost.

It’s a cold early winter day in Lindsay. The lighter grey of afternoon is darkening and the wind is picking up. The woman is probably in her early 30s. Her long brown hair is topped with a patterned tuque and her coat is unzipped over a sweater. She approaches with purpose but without aggression across the grocery store parking lot. “Excuse me, but could you spare some change for the bus?”

Running into a situation like this in Toronto is one thing, and over the past few years, it’s become increasingly common even in Peterborough. But in Lindsay? Panhandling is unusual enough here that this particular appeal — a true story, by the way — lingers in the mind long after it’s over.

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Private hotel rooms for homeless shelter clients make it difficult to ‘move people along’

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Some of the people who find themselves homeless — and at the doors of A Place Called Home in Lindsay — are not wanting to move along quite as fast these days.

Given the shortage of available affordable housing, the new place they secure with APCH’s help is often just a room at a boarding house. Now, though, with APCH working primarily out of the Knight’s Inn in Lindsay, each person is assigned their own hotel room – a level of privacy that many don’t want to give up, according to executive director David Tilley.

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A Place Called Home moves towards housing continuum model

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David Tilley, ED of APCH, gestures toward the new shelter. Photo: Sienna Frost.

A Place Called Home (APCH) is at a critical turning point.

Their 19-bed homeless shelter was already at 100 per cent capacity when the first wave of COVID-19 necessitated they move their clients into motel rooms.

Now the number of individuals in their care hovers around 50 people.

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Housing at 68 Lindsay Street deemed “a success”

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New housing complex should be for rehab, not ‘condoning drugs’: Woman’s petition
“There are fewer interactions with emergency services, people feel safer and they feel like they can move on with their lives.” Photo: Roderick Benns.

There’s simply no doubt that the geared-to-income housing at 68 Lindsay Street has been a success, according to a recent report made to council.

Hope Lee, CEO of Kawartha Lakes Haliburton Housing, reported that their newest building at the corner of Lindsay and Queen Streets has been a success by any commonly used metrics.

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Consultant recommends significant change to housing governance

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An additional senior management position will be created to lighten the workload currently faced by Hope Lee, manager of housing for the city.

There will also be more tenant representatives on the governing council and an ability for the housing corporation to carry short term debt that would allow it to continue to build more geared-to-income housing right across its service region.

Council received this much-anticipated consultant’s report from Judy Lightbound, from HCS Business Solutions, on the operations and governance of Kawartha Lakes Haliburton Housing, a report six months in the making.

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COVID-19 making the gruelling experience of dying or grieving even more painful

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Michelle Griepsma, left, and Janice Craig, right, of Hospice Services. Photo: Erin Burrell.

Of all the cruelties inflicted by the pandemic, separating people from someone they love who is about to die has to have been among the most vicious. And what of people who received a life-altering diagnosis this year, or who are trying to adjust to life after the death of a parent or spouse?

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Local health team increases equality of care

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The City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team is ensuring its family doctors and health care providers have increased knowledge and skills in providing health care for questioning, transitioning and transgender patients and their families and caregivers.

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Dismissal of basic income class action lawsuit to be appealed  

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Dismissal of basic income class action lawsuit to be appealed  
Local lawyer Mike Perry, left, with members of the Toronto law firm of Cavalluzzo LLP in Lindsay.

A decision made last week by a Superior Court of Justice judge to dismiss the Ontario basic income class action lawsuit will be appealed.

The lawsuit was initiated by four Lindsay residents — Dana Bowman, Grace Marie Doyle Hillion, Susan Lindsay, and Tracey Mechefske. They argued through their lawyers that the early termination of the Ontario Basic Income Pilot’s payments amounted to “a breach of contract, a breach of undertaking, negligence…and a breach of section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms — and that as a result they have suffered damages.

The Advocate has learned that the Toronto law firm that represents them, Cavalluzzo LLP Barristers & Solicitors, will appeal, after the firm discussed their options with the four plaintiffs.

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The home stretch; first-time home buyers have few options in Kawartha Lakes

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Kate Dorotheou, prospective fist time home owner
Kate Dorotheou, prospective home owner. Photo: Erin Burrell.

As a prospective first-time home buyer, Adam Rafton isn’t exactly asking for a lot. He and his partner would like a one-to-two-bedroom home that “hopefully has a garage,” located somewhere rural, preferably east of Lindsay toward the Omemee area.

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Local food banks report nearly 800 new individuals will have accessed their services in 2020

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10 food banks across the Kawartha Lakes have served 758 new individuals so far this year, reports the Kawartha Lakes Food Source (KLFS). These new individuals are in addition to the 1,717 existing clients of these food banks.

The key driver for this increase in new clients? Poverty.

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