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Perry departs Kawartha Family Health Team for role with Métis Nation of Ontario

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Mike Perry, long-time executive director of the Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team, will leave the organization in the coming weeks to take on a new opportunity with the Métis Nation of Ontario.

The new position is as “Lead – Government Law and Constitution with the Métis Nation of Ontario,” says Perry.

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Declaration to fix long-term care made by local group

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“We, residents from across Haliburton County and the City of Kawartha Lakes, and friends, gathered together virtually, declare that we are of consensus that to fix long-term care, we need to…” so begins the Haliburton-City of Kawartha Lakes Declaration to Fix Long-Term Care, passed unanimously by some 50 residents from communities across the area at a virtual town hall meeting last week.

Hosted by the recently formed Haliburton-City of Kawartha Lakes Long-Term Coalition, the meeting included a presentation by Cathy Parkes of Canadians 4 National Standards.

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Schmale under fire for seeking guidance from constituents on outlawing conversion therapy

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A growing outcry is developing after local MP Jamie Schmale decided to hold a constituency-level referendum on Bill C-6, which would outlaw conversion therapy.

Conversion therapy is a range of dangerous and discredited practices that could attempt to change someone’s sexual orientation, such as from lesbian, gay, or bisexual to straight. These practices have been rejected by every mainstream medical and mental health organization for many years.

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Basic income class action lawsuit dismissed, appeal still possible

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Tracey Mechefske, Dana Bowman (plaintiffs), with Mike Perry (lawyer), and Roderick Benns (Advocate publisher.)

A Superior Court of Justice judge has dismissed the Ontario Basic Income Pilot class action lawsuit that was initiated by four Lindsay residents.

The current Conservative government cancelled the Ontario Basic Income Pilot in one of the first policy decisions the government made when it came to office in 2018 — despite a campaign promise to let the three-year pilot play out.

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‘Peoples’ Economy’ summit plans new economic normal in Kawartha Lakes

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“We want this to inspire other communities."

Some residents of Kawartha Lakes are seizing the moment of economic upheaval to chart a path forward for a new “economic normal” in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The initial group – which has started out as half a dozen local leaders including Mike Perry, Laraine Hale, Dennis Geelan, Helen Scott and Ameila Valenti – is working to build a peoples’ movement to implement economic measures that serve people and the environment better than the free market, according to a press release.

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Class action: Court to decide if there’s ‘legitimate claim’ for basic income suit

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Dismissal of basic income class action lawsuit to be appealed  
Mike Perry, left, with members of the Toronto law firm of Cavalluzzo LLP.

A class action lawsuit initiated by four people from Lindsay who were once on the Ontario Basic Income Pilot moves one step further along this week. The court will decide over June 24-25 in Lindsay if there is “legitimate claim” for such a lawsuit to proceed.

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A people’s new economic normal

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"Cashiers and cooks and drivers are being acknowledged like we’ve never seen."

“All of my sweat, blood and tears were in my business.” In Fenelon Falls, Sandy’s well-known bakery has closed for good.

My dear friend Graham has also shuttered his senior care family business, too overwhelmed to consider what might be next for him.

We’re hearing these stories more and more. The free market is now producing 15 per cent unemployment and possible defaults on consumer debts of 50 to 70 per cent. A lot more bankruptcies and unemployment are forecast.

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More than $70,000 in less than one week: Bobcaygeon relief fund

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The Bobcaygeon and Area COVID-19 Relief Fund, created to support the urgent needs of the area patients, families and health care workers affected by the Coronavirus, has received more than $70,000 since announced just last week.

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Councillor, concerned citizens, set up Bobcaygeon community relief fund

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Kawartha Lakes looking at new alternatives to reduce environmental footprint
Councillor Kathleen Seymour-Fagan and concerned citizens are setting up a relief fund.

City of Kawartha Lakes Councillor Kathleen Seymour-Fagan and some other concerned citizens are setting up a relief fund for the hard-hit community of Bobcaygeon due to COVID-19.

Nine Pinecrest Nursing Home residents had died as of Sunday evening. All are presumed to have died of COVID-19. It’s the worst known outbreak of the virus in Ontario.

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New community foundation launches in Kawartha Lakes to address local needs

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Photo: Jean Walsh.

Residents of Kawartha Lakes and local communities and organizations received a new tool Monday night to help build our “community of communities.” More than 60 people were on hand Monday evening in the Kent Place Mall atrium to attend and celebrate the launch of the Community Foundation of Kawartha Lakes.

Enjoying local food and beverages, live music, and a slide show video presentation, guests from across Kawartha Lakes including representatives of several local charities were on hand to welcome the new community foundation.

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