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DriveTest in Lindsay must now forbid residents from other regions from taking road tests

In a press release just issued today, the Ontario government is cancelling all in-vehicle road tests in regions in the Grey (Lockdown) level effective now. DriveTest centres such as in Lindsay must not book any road tests from outside the area.

This currently applies to all road tests in the City of Toronto and Peel Region, including the Brampton, Downsview, Etobicoke, Metro East, Mississauga and Port Union DriveTest centres. This action is being taken to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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New library CEO says libraries must remain community hubs

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Along the B.C. coastline, Jamie Anderson was no stranger to ferries and small airplanes as they skimmed across far-flung islands and coastal villages.

In his job as director of library services of Vancouver Island Regional Library, his area of responsibility included all of Vancouver Island, except for Victoria, as well as the whole, rural length of B.C.’s stunning coastline. In all, he had 39 branches he had responsibility over.

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Community Care recognized for commitment to quality improvement

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The Community Care Health and Care Network was in the spotlight recently when it was recognized by provincial peers for commitments to making improvements when processing clients and their caregivers.

Community Care received the Commitment to Quality Improvement Award from the Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA).

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What’s new from Community Care: November update

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Autumn scene cross-stitch by Community Care volunteer Mary Gallo.

The Community Care Foundation helps build healthy communities across Kawartha Lakes by raising support for Community Care’s range of services and programs. 

AVIVA COMMUNITY FUND – WE’RE A FINALIST! 

Thanks to a big boost from many members of the public who cast online votes in support of our funding proposal last month, Community Care’s submission to the annual Aviva Community Fund has moved to the final round of competition. The $87,000 proposal for grief support services was one of more than 500 submitted to the competition from across Canada. Our #GrieveNotAlone proposal is one of five finalists in its funding category. Aviva will announce the successful recipients in early December.

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Local Poverty Reduction Roundtable wants to know ‘How’s your housing?’

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Local Poverty Reduction Roundtable wants to know ‘How’s your housing?’

The local Poverty Reduction Roundtable is asking Kawartha Lakes residents “How’s your housing?” on Nov. 22, National Housing Day.

Citizens can stop by the Coboconk Community Centre from 9:30 am to Noon, in a partnership event they are putting on with the help of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

“Housing is not an issue relegated to those who are living on the streets of Toronto or staying in the local shelter,” Marina Hodson says, co-chair of the Poverty Reduction Roundtable.

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They were called in from the glen: Remembering our Great War nursing sisters

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A stroll through Lindsay’s Riverside Cemetery is always a rewarding experience for the amateur historian, particularly when they happen upon the marker of a well-known local resident like Sir Sam Hughes (1853-1921), Canada’s controversial Minister of Militia and local Member of Parliament.

A few yards away lies the plot of the Hon. Leslie Frost (1895-1973), one-time Member of Provincial Parliament and Premier of Ontario. The Hughes monument is prominently placed on a hillock and is visible almost as soon as one enters the cemetery; Leslie Frost’s final resting place, meanwhile, is marked with a provincial heritage plaque.

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If Ontario Works, boutique tax credits go, Schmale on board with basic income

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Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock Conservative MP Jamie Schmale has clarified his position on basic income, saying he’s all for the pilot if Ontario Works is eliminated and the boutique tax credits go.

Schmale, who was not as specific in his first interview with The Lindsay Advocate, clarified his remarks on The Advocate’s active social media presence on Facebook.

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‘Lindsay Declaration’ on progressive basic income passed by delegates

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'Lindsay Declaration' on progressive basic income passed by Ontario delegates
Ontario Basic Income Network delegates.

Ontario Basic Income Network (OBIN) delegates met in Lindsay recently to assert their vision of what a basic income guarantee should look like.

The Lindsay Declaration for a Progressive Basic Income passed unanimously, a statement of nine key points to guide policy makers.

OBIN chose Lindsay as the site to hold its provincial meeting this year, given Lindsay’s distinction as the pilot site that will see the most people signed up for the Ontario basic income pilot (about 2,000.) Thunder Bay and Hamilton area are the other two sites that were chosen.

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Senator Art Eggleton: Will Lindsay be the next Dauphin, Manitoba?

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One of Canada’s most well-known inequality fighters, Senator Art Eggleton, inspired members of the Ontario Basic Income Network recently who were in Lindsay for their annual general meeting.

In his opening remarks, Eggleton wondered aloud if Lindsay would become known as “the Dauphin, Manitoba of this decade.”

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Basic income panel talks about hope, human rights, and the choice we make to allow poverty

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Basic income panel talks about hope, human rights, and the choice we make to allow poverty
L to R: Andrew Wallen, KLCFDC, Tim Ellis, Bert Lauwers, Rob Rainer, Josephine Grey, Chief John Hagarty.

While a panel discussion about basic income was happening in Lindsay last Friday, there was a three-hour line-up to sign up for basic income at the Lindsay Public Library – a line that spilled out onto the street.

The parallel events show there is great community support for the Ontario Basic Income Pilot, certainly from an growing number of ‘average citizens’ who are increasingly made up of the so-called working poor. These working poor are tired of a corporatist world that demands austerity from the people and yet retention of benefits for a privileged minority – and their numbers are rightly growing.

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