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Remember your rural neighbours

When summer brings day after day of rain, do you think of your fields, your construction contract, your weekend plans or your lawn? The answer to that question probably depends to a large extent on whether you live in town or in the country.

While we tend to think of all of Kawartha Lakes as rural, if you live in Lindsay, Bobcaygeon, Fenelon Falls, or even some of the smaller villages, you might be surprised to know that many things you can take for granted just aren’t the same for those of us who live in the country. And if you came here from the GTA, no doubt you’re in for an even bigger surprise.

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How a basic income could help young families

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These young parents see the basic income as a support to pursue further education, run a small business, or to stay at home and raise their children.

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.

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The royal wedding: Fenelon Falls church has you covered

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The cost is $15 – considerably less than a flight to London.

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?

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Are the kids alright? Youth mental health in Kawartha Lakes

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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.

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Kawartha Lakes’ affordable housing hurdle: Can City reverse the trend?

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Kawartha Lakes’ affordable housing hurdle: Can City reverse the trend?

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.

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Apple Blossom Festival in Kawartha Lakes promises magical outdoor experience

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Apple Blossom Festival in Kawartha Lakes promises magical outdoor experience
Pauline Kiely with Monty. (Photo by Fred Thornhill Photography.)

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.

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Hobart’s says it has secret ingredient for all Kawartha Lakes’ restaurants’ well-being: data

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Hobart’s says it has secret ingredient for all Kawartha Lakes’ restaurants’ well-being: data
Wesley Found, left, Frank Peters, right, at Hobart's Steakhouse in Lindsay.

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.

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‘Many people didn’t know we existed’ until Country Living Show

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‘Many people didn’t know we existed’ until Country Living Show
Record turn-out at Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show.

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.

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Dana Bowman: ‘Everything I do centres on poverty reduction’

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Dana Bowman: 'Everything I do centres on poverty reduction'

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.

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