A personal note from the publisher about The Lindsay Advocate

By Roderick Benns

Roderick Benns is the publisher of The Advocate. An award-winning author and journalist who grew up in Lindsay, he has written several books including Basic Income: How a Canadian Movement Could Change the World.

A personal note from the publisher about The Lindsay Advocate
Photo by Jerry Holder.

It has been four short months since The Lindsay Advocate launched and it feels like we already belong here. For that, we owe thanks to all our readers.

Our focus has been – and will continue to be – on the social and economic wellness of Lindsay. With growth, we are open to extending that vision to all of Kawartha Lakes.

Readers have responded to this vision in droves and that tells us we are responding to genuine community need.

The inspiration for The Advocate comes from two places.

First, this is my hometown and I care deeply about it. I grew up in what was then called the east ward, very close to Queen Victoria Public School, with a hard-working mother and a hard-spending, alcoholic father.

I had incredible teachers though, like Nancy Graham, Paul Steffler, Frank Ingram, and Dan Miller – and too many others to name.

A personal note from the publisher about The Lindsay Advocate
Roderick Benns. (Photo by Erin Smith.)

Life was precarious, in retrospect, but it was normal to me at the time. I fished down at the locks. I spent a lot of time at the library. I delivered the paper. I dreamed about one day becoming the prime minister or a writer.

(Hey, one out of two’s not bad!)

My mother could have used a basic income to help out at some points during our upbringing. And as I said, it wasn’t because she didn’t work hard.

In fact about 70 percent of the people living in poverty in this country are working – they’re just not earning enough to keep above the poverty line.

We need to change that. We can do better in this most fortunate of nations.

Basic Income

Inspiration for The Advocate also came when I heard the Province had selected Lindsay as one of three sites to test a basic income pilot over the next three years.

For years I have been writing about basic income, pushing policy makers from mayors to prime ministers to adopt this social policy for all Canadians so that we can finally halt the scourge of poverty in Canada.

I would rather have seen the policy simply adopted, rather than being tested in a pilot, and yet I think it’s important to get behind the initiative.

If you are on Ontario Works, ODSP, or just ‘working poor,’ don’t hesitate to apply for basic income – there’s still time and it’s meant for everyone who needs it – not like the stigma that exists with welfare. You might even own a business that’s struggling, or perhaps you’re a farmer – it doesn’t matter your circumstances.

You can easily register by visiting here.

The Lindsay Advocate in Print

So far, everything about The Lindsay Advocate has been done for free, because we care about the community. That’s not a recipe for long-term success though.

That’s why I’m excited to tell you that we are launching a monthly print magazine of the Advocate, slated for March, 2018.

Our team of advertising sales representatives will be out, looking for support from the business community.

And you know what? Our sales reps are just as excited about the vision for The Advocate as the writers are, and that tells me everyone working here sees this as far more than a job – it’s our way of making a meaningful contribution.

We are confident that Lindsay-area businesses and our institutions will get behind us to reach our growing readership, and to lend support to this vision of Lindsay and area.

To our dedicated columnists and writers, to our researcher, web developer, and advertising sales reps, thank you for your dedication.

Thanks most of all to you, the readers, who share our stories and who show an interest in the kind of journalism we’re focused on that makes a difference in people’s lives.

Wishing all of you a very happy New Year — and let’s keep building our community in 2018!

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