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Weldon teacher gets support from students in protest

Greer Pedoe, an I.E. Weldon Secondary School teacher who headed classes in coding, Japanese, and careers, has been put on administrative leave with the potential to be fired after allegedly discussing personal mental health problems he had in the past.

Just how he discussed those problems is unclear, given that Trillium Lakelands School Board, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation, and principals of the school declined to comment.

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Fleming president says college tries to stay on top of skills employers need

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Benns’ Belief: Revamp of employment services needed
Fleming wants to address Lindsay's skills shortage.

One of the key challenges for Lindsay and Kawartha Lakes is the growing skills shortage. It’s affecting area employers who can’t find the right people, and of course it’s not good for the people who can’t find the right job.

Sir Sandford Fleming College President, Tony Tilly, is aware of the skills shortage phenomenon affecting Lindsay and other small towns that have seen their manufacturing base shrink.

“We’ve been aware of this issue for a number of years,” Tilly says, pointing out that the college system commissioned a report in 2010 entitled ‘People Without Jobs, Jobs Without People.’

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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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Every employee has mental health; how’s yours?

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Kawartha Lakes to move forward with community safety and well-being plan

The average Canadian spends roughly 40 hours per week at work. Those days are often spent filing, lifting, sweating, serving or teaching. Some may enjoy their work; others may spend their work days dreaming of how they’ll spend their downtime.

What every employee has in common though is that each and every one of them has mental health. Everyone has mental health. A spectrum that flows fluidly from being mentally healthy, to even potentially mentally ill. While we all live with that mental health spectrum, approximately one in five will experience mental distress in a given year.

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Today, more than ever, we’re stronger together

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Home of the Lindsay and District Chamber of Commerce.

“What have you done for me lately?”

Chambers of commerce across Ontario have a long-standing challenge in letting local businesses know all the benefits of being part of their local chamber.

“Of course I joined the local chamber; it’s just what businesses do.”

While the support is appreciated, this simply isn’t enough anymore. Chambers of commerce need to offer a business case – a value proposition – of what they offer and ways for business owners to showcase their work and engage in what’s going on in the local business community.

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TV crew in Lindsay to film episode of The Agenda on basic income

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TV crew in Lindsay to film episode of The Agenda on basic income
TVO special on basic income in Lindsay.

Lindsay was in the spotlight yesterday when TVO’s flagship show, The Agenda, was in town filming a special basic income episode.

The crew chose the Pie Eyed Monk on Cambridge Street to tape the show, which is still under development as a craft brewery and restaurant.

The three panelists who participated were Mike Perry, executive director of the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team, Zita Devan, founder of A Place Called Home in Lindsay, and Roderick Benns, publisher of The Lindsay Advocate.

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Basic income support from Lindsay employment agency, VCCS

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Basic income support from Lindsay employment agency, VCCS

The leader of one of Lindsay’s key employment agencies, Carol Timlin of Victoria County Career Services (VCCS), says the basic income pilot is a fantastic opportunity for Lindsay.

Basic income support from Lindsay employment agency, VCCSExecutive Director Carol Timlin says part of their role at VCCS is to show people how to leverage the skills they have, and to steer them toward picking up new skills. She says that should become easier with a basic income as a financial floor to draw upon when necessary.

“It’s a great opportunity and I’m pleased the pilot is here,” Timlin tells The Lindsay Advocate.

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Home Hardware’s GM on keeping people, and being ‘people-people’

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Home Hardware’s GM on keeping people, and being ‘people people’

Most mornings, Frank Geerlinks swings through his favourite Tim Horton’s on his way to work in Lindsay from his home in the Little Britain area.

At the drive-through he is often greeted by a young woman who just “has it” in terms of customer service skills. One day very soon, he says, he will ask this young woman if she wants a job with him, at his family of Home Hardware stores.

He contrasts this with another incident, this time at a McDonald’s drive-through where he took his family through for a quick bite to eat. The employee was a young man who took his money and gave him his change without saying a single word to him.

Geerlinks couldn’t believe it.

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MPP Scott shows her support for food security, basic income

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MPP Scott shows her support for food security, basic income

Member of Provincial Parliament Laurie Scott lent her support to the issue of food insecurity today, as well as Lindsay’s basic income pilot.

Dubbed the ‘great MPP food sort,’ Scott dropped by Kawartha Lakes Food Source to support the Ontario Association of Food Banks and Hunger Awareness Week.

“We chatted about our local need here in the City of Kawartha Lakes,” says Heather Kirby, general manager of Kawartha Lakes Food Source, as well as “the basic income guarantee and Lindsay being a pilot location.”

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Ontario basic income booth open at Lindsay fair

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Curious about basic income and whether or not you qualify?

The Ontario Basic Income Pilot group will host a booth at the Lindsay Central Exhibition to provide more information to town residents.

Postcards will be handed out to any and all visitors interested, and any visitors who would like more information regarding the pilot will be provided with an information brochure.

The team will also collect names and contact information from visitors who are interested in learning more about, or who are interested in applying, for the basic income.

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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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