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Why would anybody want to allow homeless encampments without the necessary support in place to help the people trying to survive in the encampments?
This is a complex problem. Any long-term plan must include some kind of education program to help these people. There may be a single event that causes a person to become homeless but that event likely just "pushed them over the edge."
I do not normally deal with people who are homeless but I have dealt with people heading that way. A common theme is lack of funds to pay rent. Rents are very high if you can find a place at all. Whose fault is that? With ever increasing safety standards and expectations as to the size and quality of apartments costs have gone up. Big companies lobby governments to change building codes to include the latest safety devices. This is one reason housing is more expensive. Safer for some but not for those who cannot afford it.
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As a dog owner and lover of all things canine, the term going to the dogs doesn’t make sense. It describes a situation that is ‘getting worse.’ For me, going to the dogs is a joy, especially interacting with my hunting dog, Argo, whose love and affection for me is undeniable.
Dogs and pets are fun, furry, and (in most cases) friendly, but there are certain times when they need space due to age, health, behaviour, or training issues. In my role in public health, I’ve seen situations where not giving a pet/animal enough space has had consequences.
In each of the last four years, the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge, District Health Unit (HKPR District Health Unit) investigated approximately 600 animal bite incidents in Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes. Their seriousness can vary, from minor nips to bites requiring stitches. In more serious cases, people have lost fingers or parts of their nose or ear. Facial bites are very bad, especially when they involve children. If the risk of rabies from an animal bite isn’t bad enough, there is severe, long-lasting physical and emotional trauma that could result.
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Affordable housing, does anyone know what I'm talking about? You hear about this from all politicians, but it is usually bypassed because they can't figure it out.
Now, here's an example, it was called "No Frills Housing".
Back in the early '70's, we bought our first home in the east end of Kitchener considered as No Frills, it was a combination of semi-detached and bungalow houses and when we took possession the front and back yards were only covered in topsoil, the driveway was gravel, there were no storm doors and no eavestroughs, all of the above we dealt with when we could afford it. We had some great neighborhood parties helping each other laying sod down. Would this be possible today?
By the way, our mortgage was 8.5 percent.
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The next Ontario general election is coming up and the time to advocate for better access to dental care is now.
Oral health is an important part of one’s overall health and wellness, yet every year an estimated 3 million people in Ontario do not visit a dental office because they simply cannot afford it.
We have a public dental program for eligible children aged 17 and under and a program for eligible low-income seniors aged 65 and over. There is a patchwork of inadequate programs for adults on social assistance, but no public oral health program for adults who cannot afford to pay out of pocket for dental care.
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Northumberland Festival of the Arts is a not-for-profit organization in Northumberland County. Many NFOTA volunteers live in Cobourg. RESILIENCE is the theme of their upcoming festival. This exciting event, showcasing local music, visual arts, drama and much more, will be held from September 16 to October 2, 2022.
NFOTA brings together actors, artisans, painters, photographers, singers, dancers, writers, poets and both classical and contemporary musicians. At venues around Cobourg and across the county, NOFTA will entertain, plus offer opportunities to participate, to learn and to be inspired.
To help promote the festival, three NFOTA volunteers created a video at Northumberland Music Studio / Studio 29 in Warkworth. Lynn C. Bilton, Christopher Cameron and Marie-Lynn Hammond had so much fun creating “Spread the Word” that they decided to name their group What Fun! Both Lynn and Marie-Lynn live in Cobourg.
There are many ways to get involved with NOFTA. Volunteer, collaborate, become a sponsor or donate! For more information about the festival, please visit https://festivalofthearts.ca/ and sign up for the newsletter.
Lynn C. Bilton
Resident of Cobourg