A few weeks ago, I had lively discussions with two groups of young mothers. They were open, honest and articulate. The women were participants in a weekly program that offered social connection and learning opportunities. While the children played, the women talked to me about the challenges of raising a family in the small community of Haliburton. After a brief explanation of the basic income and the current pilot project, I asked them to consider what a basic income might mean to their lives.
Did your invitation to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle get lost in the mail? Or perhaps your name got caught up in the international politics of the Trumps, Obamas and Trudeaus not being invited? Or maybe you just want to do something a little less excessive than flying to London now that Harry is only sixth in line to the throne — since the birth of Prince Louis?
You are driving past a school play yard and you see thirty kids playing on the school field at recess. According to widely-accepted figures, at least six of those kids you see – all sons, daughters, grandkids, cousins, neighbours, members of our community – will suffer or are suffering from some sort of mental health issue, be it anxiety, trauma, a mood disorder, or an emotional, social and behavioural issue.
Tyler Jones and his wife have been looking for a place to live in the Fenelon Falls or Bobcaygeon area for five months now. He’s got three daughters and another baby on the way, but has had no luck in finding an affordable place to live.
With a family this size he needs a four-bedroom home – but he can’t go over the $1,100-$1,700 range, even with both of them working.
There’s no reason to venture outside of Kawartha Lakes this May long weekend with an incredible new Apple Blossom Festival in full swing for the whole family.
Set on a beautiful old Irish farm called Dromoland (named after a castle in Ireland) in the Valentia-Little Britain area, Dromoland is “our own little castle,” according to owners Pauline Kiely and Michael Bryant.
Wesley Found, of Hobart’s Steakhouse in Lindsay and Peterborough, says he has a new, data-driven approach to his family’s business that he thinks will help all local restaurants succeed.
He also believes this new approach will help create a healthier, more vibrant community.
Jo-Anne Smith’s business is For the Birds – and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Her business of everything bird-related is just outside of Cameron in Kawartha Lakes, but too many people didn’t know where to find her – until four years ago.
That was when she decided to get some space at the Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show in Fenelon Falls.
Tired of circling the downtown corridor to find a parking place? Council has approved the commissioning of a downtown parking strategy that will prepare the City to meet future parking demands.
The lilac gardens just off of Logie Street in Lindsay are little more than stumps right now, and local residents and tourists will have to wait another year to enjoy the space once again.
It’s just a week before the deadline for submissions from Ontario communities that want to be chosen for the Ontario Basic Income Pilot. Mike Perry is at Queen’s Park, meeting with a senior adviser to the premier.
In his hand is a carefully researched, spiral-bound booklet pitching our community to decision-makers. At his side — as at previous meetings — is Dana Bowman.