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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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Wanted: 2,000 people from Lindsay who need a better income

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Wanted: 2,000 people from Lindsay who need a better income
Minister of Poverty Reduction and Housing, Peter Milczyn, with Lindsay Advocate Publisher, Roderick Benns.

If you live in Lindsay and you’re finding it difficult to make ends meet, you owe it to yourself to sign up for basic income.

There’s still time.

It doesn’t matter if you’re on Ontario Works, ODSP, or you have a job and you’re just not making enough. You might even be a start-up business owner. But for whatever reason, you’re not making enough to get by — and you need a better income.

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Prepare Kawartha Lakes students as they do in Tokyo, Riyadh and London

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The Canadian economy exists on two key tenants — resource extraction and manufacturing.  But both are in trouble.

Given most resource extraction in the country is unsustainable, particularly in the face of climate change, and manufacturing continues to be exported to other countries through globalization, where does the future of a sustainable Canadian economy live?  

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Health unit says people should lobby for free dental care

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The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is calling for an expansion of  publicly-funded dental programs for low-income adults and seniors – and they say the Province could deliver on this if enough people lobby for the change.

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Boys and Girls Club a beacon for many Lindsay families in low-income areas

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Boys and Girls Club a beacon for many Lindsay families in low-income areas
Heather McCullough, left, and Christine Borrowman, right, of Boys and Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes.

Part One.  This year, Statistics Canada has released new data on the social and economic well-being of cities and towns across Canada. This is part one in a series about Lindsay’s 12 lowest income neighbourhood zones and how they are coping in a challenging economic environment.

This is a series about the challenge and burden of living on a low income in Lindsay, but it’s also a series about hope and action. In each of these designated areas, there is a community anchor of some kind – be it a school, a business, or an institution that helps in some way.

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We’ve all got something to offer to make community better

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We’ve all got something to offer to make community better
If we walked into the liquor store and French music is playing we are more likely to buy French wine.

I am often amazed at how much science and learning is involved in the daily interactions we all make with our environment.

We had the pleasure of welcoming Peter Marks to our agency to help us understand his teaching: Conscious Care and Support. He highlighted so many aspects of our environment that affect our senses and brain throughout the day.

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A glimpse of Lindsay’s prosperous past

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This undated picture of the Scugog River offers one a glimpse into Lindsay’s prosperous past.

On the right, straddling the embankment between King Street and the Grand Trunk Railway’s river spur, is the large and active Allen & Hanburys Co. Ltd., a British-based manufacturer of pharmaceutical products, whose Canadian plant was built in Lindsay a century ago.

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‘What can I give them, poor as I am?’: Lindsay’s 1931 Citizens’ Relief Association

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From the Toronto Star archives, circa 1933, showing a woodpile behind the old Lindsay Town Hall, ready to be chopped up by transients in exchange for food.

On July 12 of this year, a number of local citizens gathered in the Academy Theatre for a screening of I, Daniel Blake.

The fourth installment in this year’s TIFF Films on the Scugog series, organized under the auspices of the Kawartha Art Gallery in collaboration with the Academy Theatre, I, Daniel Blake paints a poignant picture of poverty in contemporary Britain.

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More rural transportation options coming in Kawartha Lakes

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More rural transportation options coming in Kawartha Lakes
Amanda Drake (left), vice-president of Fleming College Students’ Association and Mike Perry (right), co-chair of the Transportation Working Group, hold the new three-point plan. With Marina Hodson, (left), chair of the local Poverty Reduction Roundtable, Jessica Knot (left), coordinator of the Roundtable, and local residents.

Kawartha Lakes has come a big step closer to having accessible, reliable and affordable transportation.

Gathered at the Omemee Legion, the Transportation Working Group of the Kawartha Lakes-Haliburton Poverty Reduction Roundtable unveiled a plan to bring expanded transportation throughout local communities.

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Trolley car a symbol of Kawartha Lakes community spirit: Bryant

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Trolley car a symbol of Kawartha Lakes community spirit: Bryant

Michael Bryant has a bit of the dreamer in him. What better person, then, to notice an old, rusting trolley car sitting in a field and see it as an opportunity for community building.

The San Francisco-style trolley car was once owned by the City of Kawartha Lakes, but it fell into disrepair after the City stopped using it. When Bryant saw it rusting away in a field he contacted the Economic Development department to see if he could buy it.

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Choose at least one book for your child for Christmas: Health Unit

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Call them ‘presents’ of mind, and an opportunity to start a new holiday gift-giving tradition at your home.

Local families are encouraged to include a gift-wrapped book among the presents that children will open this holiday season.

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