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Does policy trump logic in city’s refusal to clear Kent Street sidewalks?

Take a walk in downtown Lindsay after a snowfall, especially early in the morning, and you might have problems negotiating the sidewalks and especially the intersections.

Many people might well wonder why Kawartha Lakes wouldn’t prioritize the snow removal in the busiest commercial downtown area in the entire municipality. However, because of bylaw (95-04) passed by the town of Lindsay in 1995 — predating amalgamation — property owners or “the person who rents, leases or otherwise occupies property” in this area (from Sussex to Lindsay Street, Peel to Russell St.) are responsible for clearing sidewalks in the downtown area.

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CBC Marketplace names Victoria Manor as sixth worst in Ontario for abuse between residents

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City says Victoria Manor has more residents with a higher degree of cognitive impairments.

A CBC Marketplace investigation has named Victoria Manor in Lindsay as the sixth worst in the Province for abuse between residents in looking at statistics from 2016 – but the City of Kawartha Lakes says that’s not the whole story.

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Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus advocates for cellular network, economic development

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The Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (EOWC) was recently held in Toronto, during the 2018 Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) conference.

The EOWC emphasized the importance of the Province’s partnership in helping achieve and implement the two most important projects for rural Eastern Ontario – building a major cellular and public safety broadband network and implementing the Eastern Ontario Economic Development Strategy.

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Governments should give money without conditions to create a better society

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As an experiment, a group of 13 chronically homeless men in London, England were given cash with no strings attached.

I live a good life and I try not to take it for granted. Because I have a certain income, I can choose what to buy and where to shop. I can generate options and choose what is best for my family and me. I am fascinated about what makes up a good life and the following passage got me thinking about the link between choice and income:

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Kawartha Lakes nets just under $100,000 in downtown revitalization money

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Kawartha Lakes is getting more than $92,000 to enhance their downtown cores with landscaping, signage and lights, crosswalks for pedestrian safety, and even for local businesses to  spruce up storefronts.

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‘Madame Assia’ enjoying small town life in Lindsay

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Assia Bah: "Everybody smiles and says ‘hi.' In that way, it’s like Guinea.”

What a difference an hour-and-a-half drive can make. Toronto is one of the most multicultural and diverse cities in the world. Over half the population was born outside of Canada and over half of Torontonians belong to a visible minority group.

Lindsay? Not quite so diverse.

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Local museum aims to become ‘an agency of social change’ with poverty exhibit

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Local museum aims to become 'an agency of social change' with poverty exhibit
"For generations, ordinary people have joined forces in helping their neighbours."

Lindsay Advocate Publisher Roderick Benns sat down with Ian McKechnie, local historian and assistant manager of the Olde Gaol Museum, to talk about the museum’s plans for an innovative exhibit on the history and heritage of poverty in Lindsay and in the larger Kawartha Lakes. McKechnie is also The Advocate’s local history columnist.

Benns: Tell me a little about the idea for the museum to host an exhibit that has to do with poverty. What is the general idea?

McKechnie: For years, people have understood museums to be places where one goes to see “old stuff” sitting silently in glass showcases.  You come in, a guide shows you around, and you leave thinking to yourself, “I have an old stack of newspapers the museum might be interested in,” or, “I have an old upright piano that I’m sure the museum will want to have in its collection.”

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Lindsay tech start-up awarded $1.7 million for coding programs across Nunavut, northern Ontario

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Lindsay’s Pinnguaq wins Smart Cities Challenge $10 million prize
Kevin Karyak and Jasper Pootoogook work during a teach session in Baker Lake, Nunavut, March 2017.

Pinnguaq, the Arctic-inspired, Lindsay tech start-up, is being awarded $1.7 Million to develop and deliver coding programs across Nunavut and Muskegowuk Aski in Northern Ontario.

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Basic income changing Lindsay woman’s life for better, despite glitches

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Basic income changing Lindsay woman’s life for better, despite glitches
There's still time to sign up for basic income, whether you're a low income worker, or on Ontario Works or ODSP.

While a Lindsay’s woman’s life is being changed for the better with basic income, she wishes the Province would also assign case workers for those who are used to having a human face in their corner.

Jennifer Brooke, a young woman who previously received income from the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), made the jump to Lindsay’s basic income pilot last October, getting her first cheque on Nov. 25 – and it’s really making a positive impact in her life.

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Bridging the digital divide at your library

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Kawartha Lakes Libraries have great digital resources for the whole family.

If you are reading this you’re almost certainly on the “haves” side of the digital divide.

You have at least one computer, tablet or smartphone — you may even have all three. For a monthly fee a service provider connects you to all that the internet has to offer and to a community of other users.

You may also make monthly payments for additional streaming music or videos. And for sure you have the skills to use devices and navigate the web. (You found your way to The Lindsay Advocate website, didn’t you?)

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