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

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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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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Ford’s folly a return to form

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Ford’s folly a return to form
Ford has returned to his original form: a deliberate lack of transparency, cherry-picking data and pandering to corporate interests.

Like a lot of people, I was pleasantly surprised at Doug Ford’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis early in the pandemic.

Despite a couple of early missteps, he was fairly consistent in his messaging and worked well with the federal government — as it supplied the province billions of dollars in COVID support — avoiding the hyper-partisanship of other conservative premiers.

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Province gives $1 million more to city to help it avoid deficit

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New funding to help local governments avoid operating deficits in 2021 was announced today by MPP Laurie Scott’s office, including about $1 million for Kawartha Lakes.

The money was announced as part of Phase 2 of the Safe Restart Agreement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This new funding will help municipalities in HKLB develop a 2021 budget that reflects the challenges of COVID-19,” said Scott.

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Long-term care needs action now, not in 2025

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Just last month, many unions and health advocates for long-term care were initially ecstatic to learn that the Ontario government was finally taking the necessary steps to improve quality of care for seniors in Ontario.

The government announced it would establish a new standard that would ensure that residents in nursing homes receive an “average of four hours of direct care, every day,” up from the 2.75 hours of care they receive now on average.

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Podcast teaser: The play’s the thing – and then some.

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Jess Topfer, the Advocate's digital content manager, figures into the most recent episode of The Advocate Podcast – as a comic performer.

Sure, bringing interesting, important stories and introducing fascinating people from our community to The Advocate Podcast’s listeners has been rewarding since we launched last February.

Heck, I’m not sure I would have otherwise had the opportunity to speak with an artist who used gingerbread to miniaturize Bobcaygeon’s downtown or the couple that transforms its home into a Christmas light show that rivals Parliament Hill’s. (Spoiler alert. Listen for those interviews in upcoming episode 21).

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Christmas wish: Now, more than ever, your community needs you to shop local

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Now, more than ever, your community needs you to shop local

As the holiday season approaches, there’s no doubt that the usual festivities in every facet of our lives will look somewhat different this year.

For Downtown Lindsay, community events have two benefits – fostering community spirit, and supporting our downtown businesses by encouraging holiday shopping and dining. The fear is that without the gathering events, that the traffic into our small businesses will suffer.

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Christmas trees are all-year business for local family  

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If you’re not already in the camp that regards artificial Christmas trees as an abomination, just spend a little time with Dan Vanderzwet.

Dan is an ardent advocate for the real thing. With his wife, Heidi, their daughter Bella and sons Dominic and Joshua, he operates Potash Creek Farms, the only cut-your-own Christmas tree farm in Kawartha Lakes.

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Health unit expecting to help 1,700 local seniors with dental care 

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Health unit expecting to help 1,700 local seniors with dental care 

Are you a senior of modest means living in Kawartha Lakes in need of dental care? The Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge Health Unit may have a program for you.

The recently launched program will give seniors without health insurance access to anything from preventative dental care to full dental services right here in Kawartha Lakes.

Pam Stuckless, director of health promotions for the HKPR Health Unit, shared background on the program with the board during a virtual meeting on Dec. 3.

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