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table of contents 4 Letters to the Editor 5 Upfront 6 Benns’ Belief 7 The Failure of Corporate Canada 10 Navigating the Mental Health System 13 Dining Review / Have you Been? 14 Hidden Gems in Kawatha Lakes 15 Explore Kawartha Lakes 17 Globus Theatre / Nature Notes 19 Adelaide Place Breaks Ground on Phase Two 20 Community Comes Through for Students in Summer 23 See the Local Trans Canada Trail 24 Friends & Neighbours with Jamie Morris 26 Show the Love 28 Just in Time with Ian McKechnie 30 Kawartha Lakes Vignette

TEAM ADVOCATE Roderick Benns, Publisher Trevor Hutchinson, Contributing Editor Joli Scheidler-Benns, Research, Writer-at-Large Jamie Morris, Columnist Ian McKechnie, Columnist Connor Chase, Columnist Judith Stoltz, Advertising Coordinator Bill Walker, Advertising Coordinator Jim Albert, Advertising Coordinator Robyn Barton, Graphic Design

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Great imagination shown in 1958 Who would have imagined we had a bullfight in Lindsay in 1958! What great imagination the people had to come up with such a crazy event in the middle of nowhere. How could it have done anything but lost money? But why let that likelihood stand in the way of something that, through Hutchinson’s terrific recounting of it, we are talking and laughing about it over 50 years later. Marc Bilz Lindsay

Spiritualism, the church, and the ‘real world’ The article about “spiritualism” going mainstream is interesting, particularly this sentence: “In an age of anxiety fueled by rapid technological change the Mediums -- and others like them -- may offer the kind of open, inclusive, and more immediate connection to spirit than the more rigorous traditional churches are known for.” Are the “traditional churches” not focused enough on offering a more immediate connection to spirit? Ironically, it was the churches that, from the 1st Century onward, rejected the Platonic division between spirit and matter and concerned themselves with real world, grassroots concerns for their communities; hence, the Church’s historic emphasis on healthcare, education, other initiatives (such as the lunch program being developed jointly by the Food Security Working Group and the Salvation Army -- a fascinating read, as well!). The churches undertook this work, and have continued to do so in this community and around the world, in the belief that the resurrection and ascension of Jesus had paved the way for a new creation on earth, for a transformed world in the public sphere. Alas, as Dr. Tom Wright, erstwhile Church of England bishop and world renowned Biblical scholar, recently remarked, “we in the western Churches have since the 18th century colluded with the Enlightenment idea which says that religion is a purely private matter, and that it has has nothing to do with public life.” This, in a large part, has probably contributed to the massive drift away from the mainstream churches and into things like spiritualism (which again, somewhat ironically, seems to be very committed to the betterment of the physical world). Why bother with church, if the church can’t address real, pressing social concerns? I’ve just finished reading an excellent book called Leaving Christianity: Changing Allegiances in Canada Since 1945, co-authored by Prof. Brian Clarke, of Emmanuel College, U of T, and the Rev’d. Professor Stuart Macdonald, of Knox College, U of T. Both authors rely on detailed statistics to show how church attendance has declined significantly since the 1960s, and while both make it clear that they are not calling for a religious revival, they warn that civic engagement and volunteerism could decline as churchgoing and participation in church life also declines. I heartily commend The Advocate, therefore, for highlighting the socially transformative work being done in this community by the churches.

upfront First Annual Simcoe Day Celebration in Fenelon Falls

Ontario history comes alive over the August long weekend with a spectacular re-enactment of a War of 1812 battle in the middle of Fenelon Falls on Aug. 4, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada will create an historical encampment on the Trent Severn Waterway Island next to Lock 34.The encampment will feature interactive demonstrations introducing visitors to what life was like for soldiers in those days. Three re-enactments will occur at 11 am, 1:30 pm and 4 pm—two involving musket fire. This first annual Simcoe Day Celebration will also feature a parade led by Lord Simcoe himself, who will address the crowd at 3:30 pm just after the Peterborough Concert Band performs at 2 pm to a grandstand audience on the island. There’s no need to bring lawn chairs. Free ice cream and popcorn will be available next to the locks on Water Street and there will be interactive demonstrations of butter churning, cider pressing and other pioneer crafts. Local musicians will entertain throughout the day whenever the muskets aren’t firing. An outdoor patio featuring local beer will also be set up on Water Street. A horse-drawn wagon will take visitors to Maryboro Lodge, the Fenelon Falls Museum, where they can learn more about local history and about 225th Anniversary of Lord Simcoe’s 1793 proclamation to abolish of slavery in Upper Canada, decades before anywhere else in the British Empire. A shuttle will take visitors past the antique outboard motor display to the Lions Club’s 36th Annual Fenelon Car, Truck and Cycle Show at the Fenelon Falls fairground. All Simcoe Day Celebration activities and transportation are free. The Simcoe Day Celebration has been organized by Fenelon Falls Live!

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Ian McKechnie Lindsay (from left) Splash Pad Project Coordinator James Sackston and Wayne Hutchinson (Fenelon Falls Rotary Club), Jamie Schmale MP (Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock) and CKL Ward 6 Councillor Doug Elmslie

At the grand opening of new Fenelon Falls splash pad, the Fenelon Falls Rotary Club announced their next major community project: construction of new washrooms and change rooms at Garnet Graham Park. The club hopes to raise 4 $200,000 with a completion date of spring 2019.



Choosing the Canadian way RODERICK BENNS, PUBLISHER

Our family didn’t need U.S. President Donald Trump’s latest antics to entice us to stay north of the border this summer. As the kind of Canadian nationalist who is not anti-American, but rather pro-Canadian, I have long held the view that travelling in Canada, or even staying close to home for a ‘staycation,’ isn’t a sacrifice, but a privilege. A few summers ago we had the privilege of taking an all-Canadian, 31-day driving trip to the Yukon. As we drove (we miss so much when we fly) we were conscious that the ‘end game’ wasn’t the Yukon itself but rather every community and breathtaking scene along the way. There was the grand drive between Sault Ste. Marie and Wawa along Lake Superior; through Manitoba and the surprising richness of Saskatchewan; onward through the epic Badlands of Alberta and the majesty of Banff and Jasper National Parks; northeast through British Columbia where bison gathered on the lip of roadsides and grizzlies lumbered along the treeline. The Yukon itself, wild and storied, was worth every mile spent to get there – but so was everything in between. After an unforgettable week in the Yukon we drove back home along the Yellowhead Highway and saw new communities and other ways of being Canadian. Last summer, we decided to do a 33-day driving trip of Quebec’s Gaspe Region and every province in Eastern Canada. Navigating the small French communities of Quebec was enlightening for our daughter, who is in French Immersion, to see her second language thriving in real people’s lives.The Atlantic Ocean was omnipresent on this journey, from the eastern coast of New Brunswick, to driving Confederation Bridge to Prince Edward Island. Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island is worth a journey just to do the Cabot Trail – one of the greatest scenic drives of North America. To get to Newfoundland, we were glad to have taken the ferry, for one really gets a sense of arriving on ‘The Rock’ by ship. Newfoundland’s northern tip, of Vikings and whales, was inspiring. What I most appreciated about these journeys wasn’t necessarily the things that were furthest from home rather all the communities, scenery, and people along the way. This summer is going to be a Kawartha Lakes summer – and we can’t wait. We plan on seeing most everywhere the highways and hardtop roads take us, and maybe a few roads less travelled by. I urge you, whether you are tourist or local, to seek out our small museums. Find our amazing restaurants. Sit by one of our stunning lakes or rivers, be it at dawn or dusk. Every place in this magnificent country speaks to being Canadian in different ways. Here in Kawartha Lakes, this is our way. Welcome!

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Small ‘c’ conservatism runs deeply in Kawartha Lakes. Government is largely seen as something to be wary of, and not overly beneficial for people’s lives. There is an abiding faith that it is the economic system – not the political system – that will straighten everything out, if people could just get out of the way and let the ‘free market’ do its thing. Centre-right politicians – both Liberals and Conservatives – talk like that about the economy, about the market, as if our economic system just happened naturally – as if the rules of the game weren’t written by human beings. Parties that want to move us ever closer to tying our fortunes to our economic system, rather than seeing our political system as ascendant, are part of the problem. That means we have to know who we’re supporting at the political level, and where policy gets made. Here in Kawartha Lakes area, one has to go back to 1940 to see this federal riding’s voting preference be anything but Conservative – with one exception. Liberal John O’Reilly’s time as MP between 1993 and 2004 occurred during the ‘lost years’ of Canada’s right wing parties, after the decimation of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada in 1993. This allowed Liberal Prime Minister Jean Chretien to run Canada from the centre-right, keeping at bay the forces of the right wing Reform Party of Canada and all its iterations. Last month, at the provincial level, Laurie Scott coasted to her fifth riding-level victory, under Conservative leader Doug Ford. Her own father, Bill Scott, was the federal PC Member of Parliament for 28 consecutive years.

The Conservatives have ruled provincially in this riding for 62 out of 82 years, since the time of Leslie Frost. (It should also be noted that the conservatism of leaders Leslie Frost, Bill Davis, or Joe Clark is hardly the same conservatism of today, but familial voting patterns remain.) So what makes this riding – and many others like it across Canada – so deeply conservative and mistrustful of government? And is there no room for another narrative beyond the dominant, well-worn notion that the economy will fix everything? The Lie About Big Business I spoke at length with Professor Dennis Raphael of York University, a prolific author with over 250 publications to his credit on the health effects of income inequality and poverty, and the impact of decisions made by government on the health and well-being of Canadians everywhere. He reminded me that historically, Canada draws upon the Anglo Saxon tradition of England, which works on the assumption that the economic system is the means by which people gain economic and social security. Raphael says that has always been the approach in Canada, except for a handful of “deviations.” “We have Medicare only because of the legacy of Tommy Douglas,” says Raphael. Douglas went very much against the grain in 1950s Saskatchewan. This was a time period when the private sector or church was expected to meet every need, not government. Yet within 10 years of Medicare’s introduction in the prairie province it had become a full Canadian social program, such was its


perceived value.

That’s a clear example of government creating policy for the common good, not because it was dictated by the economic system, but because it was the right thing to do for people.

In another example, Raphael points out that occasionally,“because of market failure,” a liberal- capitalist state like Canada sometimes has no alternative but to do something outside its usual comfort zone – such as public education. Egerton Ryerson, the founder of the public education system in early 19th century Ontario, recognized that an uneducated workforce wouldn’t meet the needs of the private sector, and so our education system was born. It was the same reason we have public transportation, says the professor, to ensure everyone could get to work to keep the economic engines turning. Other than a handful of historical aberrations, then, it seems Canada is stuck in the mindset of big business taking care of everything. If this were the 1950s, even up to the 1970s, we could all live pretty comfortably with that idea. I remember my own late father’s stories of him being able to quit one job and get another the same day in the 1950s and early 1960s, when he came of age as an adult. I don’t think he was exaggerating.The Canada of this era actually had enough fair and widespread growth to meet the needs of the people. “It was an era of prosperity,” says Raphael. But then came the 1970s and 1980s, leading to where we find ourselves today. We saw the limitations in this country of relying on corporate Canada and the economic system, Raphael says. Corporate Canada grew stronger – and greedier – as it competed in a new global reality. Jobs no longer paid a living wage. The work that was largely available became precarious – part-time, contract, often without benefits. Thousands of manufacturing jobs left Canada for cheaper labour elsewhere, and the labour opportunity that remained was a shell of its former self when it came to providing for families. In other words, the economic system abdicated its former role as a system that could take care of us. “But we never made the mental shift,” after that,

Raphael says, meaning people didn’t make the connection that it was time to stop supporting parties that believe the economic system would fix everything, when that clearly was no longer the case. It was obviously time for the political system to change public policy for the common good, but this has yet to happen. “The people who are voting Conservative this time around (in the recent provincial election) do not believe government can meet their needs,” says Raphael. He points out that the Ontario Liberals tried to kick-start a needed paradigm shift toward the latter part of their mandate, with limited Pharmacare, working to re-balance the Employment Standards Act, and adding childcare. The NDP tried to make a similar case. “Most people weren’t able to accept that…and do not believe, or have faith, that their lives could be improved by government action,” he says. And yet the evidence suggests governments can improve the lives of people. For instance, every developed nation except Canada has a Pharmacare program tied to their Medicare. Just about every developed nation provides comprehensive job retraining, says the professor. “We don’t.” The professor points out that in the last 20 years, the top 20 per cent in Canada have done well at the expense of everyone else. But this reality “runs smack against the public view that this top 20 per cent deserve the money, and that their success is essential for everyone else,” he points out.

“When Ford says ‘we’re open for business’ the average person still sees that as something that might help him or her,” says Raphael, even though that has not been the case in decades.

That’s how pervasive the narrative is that the economy fixes all. It shows how entrenched the idea of trickle-down economics is, where even after decades of evidence it can still be the dominant discourse. It’s not like there aren’t other alternatives, such as the Scandinavian nations or Germany and France. In Europe, the business sector is very sensitive to these issues and regards people as the way forward for their long-term success. These countries operate in a way that ensures people are provided with good jobs, good benefits

and job security because they have maintained a better balance between workers’ needs versus the power of big business. If it were a fairer playing field, closer to some of the European models, says Raphael, then indeed you would want an “open for business” focus because the pie would be shared more equitably. Since that’s not the case in North America, “the evidence says when things get out of balance, people don’t do well.” The Way Forward It’s clear that we want people to live better, healthier lives, which means ensuring we have adequate incomes for all, that there are good jobs available and excellent education opportunities, among other imperatives. Then isn’t it incumbent on us, as voters, to demand that we ask our politicians to put people first? Isn’t it time to stop listening to the narrative that big business will fix everything, if only we could give corporate Canada the ideal conditions to flourish? Corporate Canada has been flourishing for years – now it’s time for people to be able to meet their needs with dignity. When Laurie Scott campaigned under Doug Ford, she did so supporting the paradigm that our economic system is the answer to what ails our society. When local Federal MP Jamie Schmale campaigns next year and asks for four more years, he will do the same. They have both drunk the Kool-Aid about the economic system, and in all fairness it must be acknowledged that they are in the majority viewpoint in North America. That doesn’t mean it’s the right one. According to a new paper recently published in Science, roughly 25 per cent of people need to take a stand before large-scale social change can occur. This idea of a social tipping point applies to any type of movement or initiative. According to the study, when a committed minority reached 25 per cent, there is an abrupt change in the group dynamic, and very quickly the majority of the population adopts the new norm.

So there is reason to believe we can change the dynamic we find ourselves in. It’s time for more inspiring social policy goals that will enrich the lives of all of us, not just the top 20 per cent.

A government has the power to leverage the economic system to work for us -- and for its workers -- not play junior partner to corporate Canada.

Let’s get our politicians talking about what needs to be done for people and then have them articulate a vision of how to get there. We need policy for the common good, in common purpose, to create a better Canada for all. LA

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TREVOR HUTCHINSON A mom and dad wait to talk to the crisis nurse in Lindsay’s Ross Memorial Hospital about their child, who has been brought to the emergency room several times for mental health situations in the last few months. The parents have been up all night and it shows: their eyes are clearly red and swollen from another night of crying and worrying, their brows wrinkled from another night of explaining -- again -- the situation to first responders. Acronyms, diagnoses and waiting lists are duly recited with exhausted clarity -- they sound and look like flood victims who have protected their home with a three-foot wall of sandbags (built exactly to recommended specifications) to stop a swollen river that’s six feet high and rising. In our system we carefully balance individual and collective rights, in theory, to prevent abuses by the state. In this case, the child is over 14 so he can refuse the crisis nurse or doctor’s permission to even talk about the case with the parents. And, provided that the child is not a clear and immediate threat to themselves (usually the next morning), the child cannot be legally held for further help, regardless of what happened the night before and the week before and the six months before that. If the parents can feel anything at all at this point it’s a giant invisible thumb on that scale of rights. So when the nurse can’t talk about the child in question she mentions a ‘Families Journeying Together’ program run by Canadian Mental

Association (CMHA) to address the mental health issues arising from having a child with a mental health issue. It’s probably needed in this case but it feels like a mechanic telling you need some body work done as the seized engine of your car has burst into flames. Fortunately for our parents in this story, there are a lot of programs for youth mental health in the City of Kawartha Lakes.As reported in the first story on this issue (Are the Kids Alright?: Youth Mental Health in Kawartha Lakes), these parents are far from statistically alone in the City of Kawartha Lakes. And, when they manage to navigate the confusing list of organizations and survive the waiting times that seem like an eternity, they will find an array of programs. It is a system stretched to capacity but the programs are there. Chimo Youth and Family Services offers counselling and therapy, day treatment, in-school and court services and residential treatment. The Boys and Girls Club runs targeted prevention programs in conjunction with local school boards (Reach Youth Support Program, Take it EASY, Flex Your Head) and a specialized youth mental health program (run in conjunction with Chimo) called Adventure Quest that has been delivered at the Club for the last eight years.The John Howard Society offers several programs -- a free service open to all youth -- that helps and encourages mental wellness under their umbrella of


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S.O.S. (strategies, options, solutions.) Unless mandated by a court order all these programs are voluntary but are staffed by caring professionals who specialize in engaging youth to participate in their mental well-being. All parents worry about their child’s future. It’s part of the job description. For the parents of a child dealing with a mental health issue, those worries will intensify as the family works their way through the non-linear process of addressing and improving mental health, which may be complicated by issues of addiction, behaviour and legal issues, to name just a few.There may well be a pill for it, but that will only be one element of an action plan with many moving parts. So many moving parts, in fact, that parents might have to go to Children’s Services Council to get a case manager to deal with the other agencies involved in their child’s care. At some point though, perhaps even after some small success on the roller-coaster ride of therapy and programs, the fear of ‘what happens when they are older?’ strikes. And according to local experts, that fear is not entirely unfounded. One historical problem has been systemic: some organizations deal with children and when that child becomes a (young) adult, a different service provider must now take over. In the social services this is called ‘transitioning.’ As Lynda Nydham of Children’s Service Council tells the Advocate, “transitions for youth in any service sector present many challenges, and families would not likely consider them to be seamless. Other examples would include youth with dual diagnoses, and youth with neurodevelopmental disorders that are not eligible for developmental services.There are a number of local, regional, and provincial initiatives

that are currently in place to support better transitions for youth with any kind of special need to the adult sector; all of these are works in progress.” As Teresa Rye, program manager at Chimo explains, local youth mental health organizations are using ‘The 4Step Process’ which was “developed in our committees with the support of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health as per the implementation of the Open Minds, Healthy Minds comprehensive mental health and addictions strategy in the province. “The continual oversight of this local process is through the TAG (Team Approach to Growth) Committee comprised of children and adult service partners from CKL and Haliburton.” Jonathan Hewitt, a program manager at the Canadian Mental Health Association (the lead local agency for adult mental health) explains those four steps as connection between agencies, connecting with youth to start the transitioning process early, agency collaboration and specific approaches while the youth is in ‘transition’ between agencies.

If that sounds complicated it’s probably because it is. It’s also a reflection of how we as a society treat mental illness.

There’s an excellent awareness campaign by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health that reminds us: “mental health is health.” But that’s not how we treat it. If (God forbid) a child had cancer, their treatment would not be different when they turned 18. Some health care providers might change over time but they would still be basically in the same system. For mental health, transitioning into adulthood means going to an entirely new system. And that system is chronically underfunded with less programming options. Explains Hewitt, once children transition to adult services “much of the funding for supports is reduced or is non-existent for

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the adult sector. Furthermore, supports are also more dependent on the input of the individual and their willingness to engage with service providers. This can become a barrier for youth and their families when challenges in engagement lead to problems with maintaining services as they are voluntary in nature.” For the parents of kids dealing with a youth mental health issue, they have to tackle challenges one day at a time, hoping that the local coordination going on between agencies continues to bear fruit and probably praying that any services for their soon-to-be-adult child will be there at all. LA

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Dining Review That Place on Cameron Pam and Dwayne Hopkins’ goal is to have That Place on Cameron (16 Oriole Road, behind the marina in Fenelon Falls) to be a place for casual lakeside dining -- and by any measure they have succeeded. The view from the patio is simply stunning and watching great blue herons and the comings and goings of boats is beyond relaxing.The interior is warm and ‘all windows’ for amazing views on those days when the weather doesn’t permit patio dining. The tasty deep-fried cauliflower bites and the battered pickle slices were quickly inhaled but the Canadian bacon and Swiss chicken bites were the big appetizer hit at our table. The entrees arrived as if mountains of food. The three-piece perch (accompanied by fresh-cut French fries and homemade coleslaw) was a light choice and even a nonfish eater at our table remarked on its delicate taste. The roast beef dip earned strong praise and the generous serving sizes of all the meals sampled were noted. The vegetarians at our table enjoined the delicious veggie burger (one of several available options) that had just the right texture. Some of us needed takeout containers in order to attempt desert and we were glad that we did. The chocolate brownie sundae was really, really good but the funnel cake ‘fries’ tasted even better than they looked and smelled -- a hard feat, because the aroma was to die for. Delicious food, happy people and friendly service made for a great night out. That Place on Cameron is open seven days a week throughout the year for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Reservations are a must for their popular Thursday wing night and are highly recommended Friday and Saturday nights, and during the day on Sunday.

- Trevor Hutchinson

Have you Been? Balsam Lake and Emily Provincial Parks The two most popular parks in Kawartha Lakes have plenty to see and do.

Balsam Lake Provincial Park Highlights: - Boating on the Trent-Severn Waterway - Large sandy beach - Good fishing for Walleye, Muskellunge, Large and Small Mouth Bass - Canoe, kayak and paddleboat rentals - Easy day-trip hiking trails - Gift shop - Fully-furnished 4-bedroom rental cottage near the water Balsam Lake Provincial Park is found at 2238 Hwy 48 R.R #1, Kirkfield

Emily Provincial Park Highlights: - Great family camping experience - Located in the heart of the Kawarthas - Excellent fishing opportunities - Boating and paddling on the Trent Severn Waterway - Fantastic fall camping and colours Emily Provincial Park is found at 797 Emily Park Rd, Omemee. - with files from Ontario Parks.

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Part of the Kawarthas Northumberland Butter Tart Tour and located on the edge of Kawartha Lakes in Seabright, this is a popular stop for cyclists. Doube’s Trestle Bridge on Kawartha Trans Canada Trail An incredible trestle bridge that provides amazing sightseeing opportunities. Over 200 metres in length, Doube’s Bridge is suspended 29 metres high above Buttermilk Valley, where there is an area of dense vegetation, streams, and forests. oTENTiks at Rosedale Lock 35 A cross between a tent and a rustic cabin, the oTENTiks at Lock 35, Rosedale offer a very quiet setting, yet it is not far by boat or car to either Fenelon Falls or Coboconk. Three oTENTiks and one cabin are located across from the Lock Station on Dewey’s Island Nature Reserve. The reserve is amazing if you love nature, with a 3 km walking trail to explore the remains of the old dam and log shoot from the 1800s. Elliot Falls This is a peaceful, small waterfall near Norland on Gull River. The falls were larger at one time but now a hydroelectric dam has diverted some of its power. Swimming is allowed at the base of the falls. The Museum of Temporary Art Founded in 1987, this is an eclectic fusion of museum, contemporary art institution and conceptual art pieces, according to its website. Its collections include collage, painting, specimen jars and ever-evolving installations and found art assemblages. It is a work in progress by Canadian artist Michael Poulton. “Like a modern day cabinet of curiosities, the museum’s shelves and counter tops are crammed with artfully arranged antiquities, natural specimens and every day objects. Unexpected meaning and beauty arises from these unlikely combinations and juxtapositions.” The museum is located in Kirkfield at 1821 Victoria Rd. Highlands Cinemas In a highly unlikely building tucked away in the forest in Kinmount, Highlands Cinemas is not your typical movie theatre. It is also home to an incredible movie museum. Each year from May to October, in a village with a population of about 300 people, Highlands Cinemas plays first-run movies and boasts annual attendance in excess of 55,000 people. It has five theatres with an excellent selection of current movies. With files from City of Kawartha Lakes

When was the last time you explored the forest? The smell of fresh rain gently falling on the forest floor; the magical rays of sunlight peeking through the canopy; the sight of a rabbit hopping across the trail right in front of you; the sounds of the early morning bird calls awaken your senses. On one trail you might experience the rich pine scent that lingers in the air as the Blue Jay calls from somewhere inside an old white pine’s boughs. On another, you will be treated to the sight of a snapping turtle laying her eggs at the side of a trail while the open wind blows through the cattails. Sometimes, if you’re quiet enough, you may be treated to a glimpse of the many deer that amble through the forests nibbling on flowers as they go. My absolute favourite thing to do is to sit at the marsh lookout and close my eyes. After a few minutes, the birds start singing, the squirrels start nattering, and the whole forest sounds like a symphony. It doesn’t matter how you enjoy the forest, there is no right or wrong way to do it. Study after study talks about the health benefits we experience from spending time in nature.

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studies say that a 20 minute walk in the forest will boost our immune system by over 50 percent. We could all benefit from spending more time in nature.

At Kawartha Conservation we are fortunate to offer unique opportunities to explore our Conservation Areas throughout our watershed. We want you to come out and connect with these special places. You can jog along a woodland trail, take a gentle hike and watch the dragonflies, picnic at one of our shelters, or go bird watching on the boardwalk. No matter how you prefer to explore nature, we’ve got something for you. If you’re looking for something different, we have some wonderful programs designed to help deepen your relationship with nature. Join us for a ‘Seniors Walking in Nature’ interpretive walk and learn from one of our education technicians. Try our ‘Forest Bathing’ walks and learn to explore the forest through your senses. Our Parent and Tot program provides a fun morning of outdoor play and socializing in a supportive environment. All of our programs are focused on providing unique and fun experiences that will make you want to explore even more. Visit us online at for more information. We hope you’ll come explore one of our conservation areas this summer.

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Preying Possums love to eat ticks

A newish visitor to our area is the Virginia or North American Opossum. Due to climate change, their range now extends north into Canada. They are not overly attractive, but very beneficial. Possums will eat just about anything, from dead animals to rotting fruit, rodents to ticks and other back yard pests. In fact, they are tick-eating machines. The most conservative estimate is 5,000 ticks per possum in one season. This non-aggressive marsupial prefers being left alone, quietly being your back yard garburator.

Lindsay’s prestigious Adelaide Place recently broke ground on its second phase In a well-attended ceremony earlier this week, Lindsay’s prestigious Adelaide Place broke ground on its second phase. To be ready within a year and a half to two years, the new development represents a $32 million dollar investment in the community which has been operating its first phase since January 2011.The project is also expected to create more than 150 short-term construction and skilled labour positions and employ a total of 75 full and part-time employees when it is fully operational. The next phase will lie adjacent to the existing building, with its main entrance located at 81 Albert St. S. Mirroring the existing exterior styling, this new development will rise five storeys, adding an additional 90 independent senior living rental suites to the community’s existing 125 retirement suites. The event’s Master of Ceremonies, Tish Black, who also serves as marketing manager, kicked things off announcing a number of guest speakers, including Mayor Andy Letham. Letham, who helped break ground on the new project, says Adelaide Place “raises the bar” when it comes



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to retirement living for seniors. “Their expansion is an incredible win for everybody,” Letham adds. Executive Director Adrienne West told the audience it’s time to imagine what the next eight years will look like and that this new phase represented the continuation of their motto: “Your Home. Your Life. Your Way.” Koler Construction Inc., a sister company to Greenwood, will act as the construction manager for the development. Adelaide Place’s independent senior living community will offer both one and two bedroom suites on a rental basis, which will range in size from 710 square feet to 1,160 square feet. Bright and spacious suites will feature a balcony or walk-out patio. Residents will have access to a full range of amenities at the existing retirement community including, cafe, pool, fitness centre, hair salon, as well as fitness and social activities. The new senior living community will be connected to the existing retirement community by an enclosed walkway for easy access.

Students’ anxiety about summer food insecurity

The timing for the three-week, community hub program made sense, as Trillium Lakelands District School Board has offered a summer learning program at King Albert for the past five years through the Summer Learning Program and EarlyON’s ‘Ready for Kindergarten’ program. Dean Burke, Principal at King Albert, says “if we can enhance and expand what already exists, then it’s an added bonus.” “We have well-known demographic needs and we kept asking ‘how do we get to those neighbourhoods?’” says Burke. He adds that he is “so thankful for all the community partners.” The King Albert Hub, currently consisting of 13 agencies, plus support from the local churches, from across Kawartha Lakes, will offer several workshops include SAIL (Supportive Approaches through Innovative Learning) (City of Kawartha Lakes); Personality Dimensions and FEAR (VCCS Employment Services); Job Readiness and Smart Serve Certification (JobQuest); Safe Food Handlers Certification (HKPR); Cooking with Tweens (John Howard Society); and Financial Literacy and Budgeting (JobQuest). “Each partner is bringing programming, some are certified courses at a minimal cost or free to help pilot this approach of having all services under one roof,” says Dyke. Anyone interested in more information and a complete schedule of all the programs at the King Albert Hub should contact United Way at (705) JOLI SCHEIDLER-BENNS 878-5081 or by email at Financial donations are also being requested. By early June, the idea of feeding hungry children The anxiety some students were feeling about not Kawartha Lakes Food Source, the Salvation Army, the health unit, during the summer break had expanded. Penny Barton having enough to eat during the summer months, without and Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition are now focused on the nine-week Dyke, executive director of United Way City of Kawartha school lunch programs, has resulted in an unprecedented summer “brown-bag lunch program” at Queen Victoria and St. Mary Catholic Lakes, says “we wanted to offer more than lunch” and “the community response. Elementary on Wednesdays and Fridays, funded by the United Way, business exciting piece is that agencies are listening and working Just over four months ago, after hearing this news donations, and community donations. together.” from a colleague, Aisha Malik, a public health dietitian for Heather Kirby, general manager of Kawartha Lakes Food Source, says Dyke says that the “conversation developed” and the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit these are now “two initiatives growing out of a need” and this initial agenda the result was the unprecedented creation of two summer (HKPDHU) took action. item began to “take on a life of its own.” pilot programs which will play out in the coming weeks. Malik, who also serves as the chair of Kawartha Kirby notes that they have been fighting food insecurity for 15 years One is the Summer Outreach Lunch Program at Queen Lakes Food Coalition’s Food Security Working Group now. She wishes there wasn’t such a demand for food bank services in the Victoria Public School and St. Mary Catholic Elementary says in February she made it a “standing agenda item for area, so instead she wants to “celebrate community support for the past 15 School and the King Albert Community Hub which will discussion at our Food Security Working Group and we years.” On June 19, Food Source was the recipient of ‘100 Women Who Care take place at King Albert Public School July 23-August 14. decided to develop a plan of action to address this issue.” Award.’ The idea of a community hub is that it offers Others quickly joined forces and a $5,000 donation These agencies have also teamed up to provide training to much needed services for all family members. For families, this means from United Way kick started what soon became the and valued volunteers. Those who wish to volunteer must be registered with one trip to one location with the ability of each member summer lunch pilot program in May. Several organizations the Kawartha Lakes Food Source or the Salvation Army. Kirby notes that to attend a class, learn a skill, and take part in fun activities. had been meeting regularly to plan the original nineKawartha Lakes Food Source will require a police check, but they will issue a Childcare for younger children is also an option. This type week, nutritious, summer-outreach lunch program on letter so the cost will be covered. of model has worked in large urban centres and offers Wednesdays and Fridays with pick up sights at three local For more information contact Janet Rodin, the community ministries several programs and services in one location. schools. coordinator for the Salvation Army at 705-878-5331 ext. 2 or familyservices@ Dyke says this is “not just for King Albert, it’s for “I created a menu with a healthy main meal, a or Michelle Romanuk, volunteer coordinator the whole community” and any who want to come are serving of yogurt or cheese, fruit/vegetable and a healthy for the Kawartha Lakes Food Source at 705-324-0707 or volunteer@ welcome. “This is a chance for neighbors to get together baked treat,” Malik says. The next step was to ask for and it keeps people connected over the summer.” additional community support and the response was The expansion of these two pilot programs in such a short time enormous. demonstrates the commitment of the City of Kawartha Lakes’ community 20 agencies, members, and the public. From those that worked with large teams

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sustainable solution to address food insecurity, but until efficient, income-based solutions such as Basic Income for all, a living wage, increases to the social assistance rate, as well as affordable housing are in place, as a community we have a responsibility to develop solutions that fill the gap and help those who don’t have enough.”

-The first of three free photography workshops for seniors sponsored by the Kawartha TransCanada Trail Association. Photo: Ruth Tait.

The TransCanada Trail (now officially the ‘Great Trail’) stretches some 24,000 km, winding through all 13 provinces and territories and stitching our country together, ocean to ocean to ocean. But sometimes it pays to think small; within any few metres of our own Kawartha section you’ll find photo Imagine a French bakery. opportunities.You just have to slow down and look with fresh eyes.That was the Imagine warm pastries and lesson of the first of three free photography workshops for seniors sponsored by the Kawartha TransCanada Trail Association. elegant bread loaves. All three are being led by professional photographers; each has a particular Imagine, now, that it’s theme and explores a particular section of the Trail. right in Lindsay. For the June 26 session, Ruth Tait was the instructor. ‘Creativity in Your Imagine no more! Photography was the theme, and the easily accessible portion of the Trail that Until then, “we are and we will continue winds through the Fleming campus was the site. Mickaël’s Café Librairie our efforts to promote and advocate to all levels of Kawartha Lakes’ best, well-known secret! Fourteen seniors, armed with an assortment of smartphones, point-andgovernment for income-based solutions to address shoots, and a scattering of serious looking DSLRs with special lenses and lens food insecurity.” LA 230 Kent Street West, Unit 2, Lindsay • (705) 341-4143 hoods, assembled at Fleming’s Log Cabin for Tait’s workshop. (Hard to imagine Facebook: @mickaelscafe what time-travelling pioneers arriving on the scene would have thought.) Given the variety of equipment and the range of experience — from almost none to lifelong pursuit –Tait had wisely decided to focus on a few Antiques - Collectibles basic principles of composition such as the ‘rule of thirds’ and on encouraging participants to take time and explore up close. 954 Hwy #7 She took the group through a series of exercises. Nothing complicated Oakwood, ON K0M 2M0 about any of them – and all could be tried by anyone of any age, anytime, anywhere 7.3 km West of Lindsay along the trail. For the first, cameras were dispensed with altogether. Each senior was Open Daily 10 to 5 Jan Davie • 705-953-9855 • c given two L-shaped cardboard pieces. These ‘cropping arms’ could be fitted Buy and Sell together to make smaller or larger squares or rectangles. The task was to take a small section of trail and use these arms to frame what came into view and so CONT’D ON PAGE 27 22 begin to see possibilities for photographs.


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LINDSAY FAMILY GIVES BACK TO COMMUNITY FRIENDS & NEIGHBOURS WITH JAMIE MORRIS “Is this what a regular family does on the Family Day holiday?” That was 13-year-old Siya Patel’s question as she replenished coffee supplies in a unit of the Kent Inn. (I’m imagining a slightly plaintive tone.) Her brother, Shivam, was vacuuming nearby as their mother, Priti, made the beds, and father, Chetan (Chris), cleaned in the bathroom. What was the response? They all -- Siya included -- laughed good-naturedly and stored away the anecdote to reminisce about from time to time. This is the story of a successful family-owned-andoperated business and a hard-working, close-knit family that in a variety of ways is contributing to our community. Chris and Priti grew up in a small town in a western province of India. After a diploma in electronics engineering, Chris ran a telecommunications business. The couple’s move to Canada was prompted by frustration with government corruption -- the constant demand for bribes. In 2000 they joined Priti’s uncle and aunt in Etobicoke. Shivam (now 20), was two, and Siya was born a few years after their arrival. The Patels knew only that Canada was open to immigrants from all over the world; they didn’t know much about the climate. Priti bundled up in sweaters in the evening. (“Priti,” her uncle told her, “it’s August! What are you going to do in winter?”) She adjusted, and by 2004 they’d become Canadian citizens. Looking to open a business, they saw the advantages of running a motel or inn. Priti’s training was in early childhood education and her young family was the priority. “I love my kids and wanted to stay with them,” she says. A motel made that possible. They managed a motel in Whitby to gain some experience. It worked out well and Chris began scouting for something to buy. One day, Chris returned with news. He’d found an inn on the main street of a town an hour or so north of Whitby. His assessment, “It will be a lot of work. But if you’re ready. . .”

Building a Business The Kent Inn had fallen on hard times and its reputation had suffered. When Chris first saw it, 11 years ago, the parking lot was unshovelled and the rooms a little shabby. When the family arrived in April the snow had melted to reveal leaves and litter. No landscaping had been done and nobody had painted for 30 years. Among the town’s motels and inns it was typically last to fill up. Prospective clients would take a look and turn around. Most of the Patels’ money had gone into the purchase, so they focused first on extensive clean-up.They landscaped and tidied up the entrance areas; inside the 16 rooms, they scrubbed and purchased fresh linens. Once this was taken care of they overhauled all the rooms, one by one -- carpets, painting, and furniture. “Everything but the walls changed,” says Chris. An important step was replacing the old wooden sign with a new one that set the tone: Kent Inn: Clean Comfortable Rooms. The other selling point for the Inn was affordability. Largely through word-of-mouth, business steadily increased until at times there was a waiting list. Those who stayed told others and returned themselves when they needed accommodation.

All the hard work has paid off, not only in the increased business, but in Certificates of Excellence from Trip Advisor for the past five consecutive years. Who are the clients? Business people and parents of Fleming students or relatives of those in the hospital (the Inn is just two blocks from Ross Memorial Hospital, and just a little further from the college). There are also wedding bookings and theatre-goers. Tourists as well, here for curling tournaments, golfing or cycling. During Classics on Kent their entire parking lot has been full of classic cars. Running a Business Lots to be done in running an inn. Asked who does what, Priti has this to say: “Chris and I grew up in India with a different perspective. It’s never this is your role, this is mine; we work together, often side-by-side.” Some customers have asked them “How can you spend so much time together and be so happy?” (More laughter, when Priti shares this anecdote). If there’s a preference, for Priti it’s working the front desk and meeting guests. Some of them come from as far away as France, Germany and the Netherlands. A few have had connections to their house, including one whose greatgrandmother had lived there. Chris, with his background, looks after the technology and online booking system. They have one week-day and one week-end employee (though making the beds is always one of the tasks Priti takes on.) The kids have helped out from the outset. By the time he was in high school Shivam worked at the inn after school and on the weekends; Siya started taking a more active role in Grade 7. Both particularly enjoyed handling online reservations and booking guests in. Occasionally, Siya has been able to use her fluency in French (she’s in the immersion program). If part of the reason for running an inn for Priti was being close to her kids, that’s worked out well. Siya says that something she has particularly appreciated is having her parents at home whenever she finishes the school day. The Patels and their Community All of the Patels believe in giving back to their community.The business offers one night free stay to Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and the Patels regularly donate to Women’s Resources and the Boys and Girls Club, and have sponsored seats at the Academy Theatre. Both Patel kids volunteer at the hospital. Shivam started when he was completing the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at Weldon. Now, back in Lindsay after completing his second year at Queens and working for the summer at Stewart Morrison Insurance, he continues to help out in the dialysis unit a few hours a week. He prepares the packs the nurses use, brings ice to patients and helps maintain a calming environment. Of late, the Patel kids have encouraged their parents to get out more. For Priti that means some gym time, and both enjoy taking summer walks by the locks when Siya arrives home to spell them off for a bit. What’s Next for the Patels

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Chris and Priti aren’t going anywhere. They may do some renovating of the inn, and Chris is always on the lookout for business opportunities. (Priti: “Stop opening businesses!” Chris: “Stop spending!”) He runs the William Street Coin Laundry and Carwash in Bobcaygeon. (Campers using the coin laundry on a rainy day will see posted notices about the Kent Inn in case they want to bail on the camping.) Shivam is going into the third year of a high-powered program that combines life sciences and business. He sees himself going into the healthcare field in an advisory capacity but wants to stay connected to Lindsay, whether that means commuting from here or maybe summer cottaging. His sister plans to complete the IB program then follow her brother to Queens to take a combination of business and law. But after that, the Patel who was born in Canada dreams of starting her own legal practice. . . in the Caribbean. LA


What do you love about Kawartha Lakes?

My husband, formerly from the area, and I moved to the Coboconk area about a year ago. We are very happy with the decision. My yoga business has grown, and I find the Kawartha Lakes area to be at a gentler and friendlier pace of life. - Jennifer Bacon, Certified Yoga Instructor, Yoga with Jenny, Coboconck

What I love about the area is the sense of history. I love that I can walk around, and sometimes even work in, buildings that are over a 100 years old, and many were built in the 19th century. Coming from out west, I just didn’t have that opportunity before. - Jamie Anderson Library Director/CEO Kawartha Lakes Public Library

This is where my heart is. I came back home to the Bobcaygeon area about five years ago after living in larger cities for several years. I enjoy the laid-back, friendly and helpful environment in which people still make eye contact. People here are more accepting, and it really is my lifestyle of choice. - Tamara Ridsdale RMT & Owner The Green Owl

What I like best about Kawartha Lakes is that it is a clean community that has all of the attributes of a small city with the welcoming warmth of an affordable, country town. It’s a place where you can find a good career, but still everyone seems to know your name. I am an avid fisherman, golfer, tennis player, hockey player, camper and ATV rider, and I can do all of those things within minutes of home. As a new parent, my wife Ashley and I feel that Kawartha Lakes is a great place to raise a family. - Patrick Lynch Service Manager, CINTAS Corporation Canada

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The second assignment, cameras now in hand, was to pick a spot and take 10 to 15 shots from that single vantage point. For one photographer the album might include a riot of wild roses, an overhanging honey locust, a cedar rail fence; for another, the purplish umbels and thick-ribbed oval green leaves of milkweed, vining purple vetch, and feathery horsetails. Insects or other critters might find their way into a shot, too. (Milkweed alone is host to over 450 different insect species).

The third exercise pushed the seniors to move outside their comfort zones. Tait took around a “bag of foolishness” — small Dollar Store props to be incorporated into photos. Participant Marian Sweetnam managed to capture her glitter-covered plastic butterfly in a natural setting before it took flight with a gust of wind; for another, a three-inch model of a cow made for a playful exploration of scale. For the culminating exercise the seniors had a choice. They could move along the Kawartha TransCanada trail and return with a collection that was all about different textures or a collection that was all about different colours. The alternative was to pretend they were back in the photographic Dark Ages, those pre-digital days before you could take hundreds of shots, get instant results and delete all but the best. Those who took this challenge had to return with just 12 shots. After a Q & A, a draw for prizes provided by Down to Earth, and a group photo, the workshop participants were sent off with one more challenge — to send their three favourite images for a chance at fame (well, publication on the Kawartha TransCanada Trail website) and fortune (okay, a modest prize). There’s still space in the remaining two workshops: ‘Bring Light to Your Photography’ with Fred Thornhill on August 21 and ‘Make Your Photography Meaningful’ with Mark Ridout on October 2. Funding comes from the provincial New Horizons for Seniors program, so you must be 65 or older. To register, or for more information, call 705-879-2719 or go online. LA

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Memories and motor trips: ‘What’s here today may be gone tomorrow’ For the past two decades, an annual summertime tradition in the McKechnie household has been the Model ‘A’ Owners of Canada annual “Get-Away In A Model ‘A’” tour, usually taking place during the third weekend of August. Suitcases, lawnchairs, coolers, and umbrellas are packed into the back of our 1930 Model ‘A’ Ford town sedan, which has been our family since my father purchased it from the late Doug Windrem, of Omemee, almost 30 years ago. An hour or two of driving will bring us to some prearranged rendezvous spot, where we’ll meet other Model ‘A’ enthusiasts; their cabriolets, coupes, hucksters, phaetons, roadsters, sedans, and the occasional truck all fuelled up and ready to go. From here, we’ll motor along rural secondary roads, over quaint bridges, past ancient dairy farms, and through picturesque towns and villages en route to our destination, which in the last twenty years has included Bala; Belleville; Cambridge; Collingwood; Gananoque; Gravenhurst; Huntsville; Kingston; Orillia; Oshawa; Owen Sound; Penetanguishene; Peterborough; Picton; Port Dover; Port Hope; Port McNicoll; and St. Jacobs. And those were only weekend jaunts. Our Bonnie-andClyde era car has also taken us on longer trips to Ottawa, Niagara Falls, and fifteen years ago, crossed the border into Michigan, where we spent a week in Henry Ford’s hometown of Dearborn. While the cynic might label them “staycations,” these tours have afforded us the opportunity to see much of Ontario; to explore the many galleries, historic sites, ice cream parlours, wineries, and places of natural beauty across this great province. History comes to life when one is travelling in a convoy of vehicles built between 1928 and 1931. The sound and smell

of the cars, the routes they take, and even the period clothing donned by some drivers and their families all combine to make ‘time travel’ possible. The closing years of the Roaring Twenties and the opening years of the Dirty Thirties are brought into the present when travelling through old Ontario in a car known then and now as “Henry’s Lady.” Eight decades later, cars are faster, roads are busier, and August is hotter. Fortunately for the local tourism industry, though, the desire to “get away from it all” persists. This month, many local citizens will be packing up their SUVs, vans, and compact cars and making their way along congested highways en route to cottages, resorts, or airports for the August Civic Holiday weekend, sometimes called “Simcoe Day” in honour of Upper Canada’s first Lieutenant Governor, John Graves Simcoe. How residents in Kawartha Lakes observed the Civic Holiday nearly 90 years ago, when our Model ‘A’ was new and R.B. Bennett was settling into the Prime Minister’s Office, offers a glimpse into a past when people were not glued to their cell phones, oblivious to the joy of community spirit that such holidays facilitated. In 1931, the Lindsay Rotary Club organized a townwide trip to Haliburton on the first Monday in August. “Choosing excellent weather,” intoned a Lindsay Daily Post staff reporter on August 4, “residents of Lindsay, and Victoria County – to the number of 235 by train and an estimated couple of hundred by car – invaded the village of Haliburton yesterday and enjoyed the justly-famous scenic beauty of the Highlands of Haliburton, the bountiful hospitality of the residents of that district and an enjoyable day of sports including everything from log-rolling contests to mountain climbing.”


This wasn’t merely an outing – it was an event. Picnickers making their way to the railway station in Lindsay were serenaded by the town’s senior band, and we can imagine the sight of men in their straw ‘boater’ hats and women with children in tow boarding the train, while those who prefer to travel by car tie their large picnic boxes to the running boards of their Buicks, Fords, Franklins, and Pontiacs.We can imagine the sounds of Klaxon horns and shrieking steam whistles competing for sensory attention with the smell of cinders and automotive exhaust. Upon reaching Haliburton, the strains of the latter’s brass band, a refreshingly cool swim in the river, and the taste of a newly-opened bottle of Coca Cola ready to wash down potato salad, all combine to delight the senses; the line-up of athletic contests challenges one’s endurance; and the fellowship of local citizens young and young-at-heart is renewed over food, song, and sport.

In so many ways, the scene we have just experienced through the remarkably descriptive account of the anonymous Post reporter, is reminiscent of something out of Stephen Leacock’s Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town, published almost 20 years earlier. As anyone who has read Leacock knows, he was a master at describing the sort of communal atmosphere that pervaded small towns across Ontario for a generation, a generation that is fading from public memory. Of the teenagers present for the Rotary Club’s 1931 Civic Holiday excursion was one Hazel Mackey, with whom I used to visit at Victoria Manor prior to her death six and half years ago, aged 95. Hazel was always ready to share a story about her days at Lindsay Collegiate Institute, and her remembrances of that beautiful August day in Haliburton 87 years back would have made for a fascinating tale, had I thought to ask her about it. As time marches on, first-hand accounts of summer holidays from days gone by will recede into obscurity. Century-old cottages will change hands, and the traditions which grew up and were sustained in them will survive only in diaries and photographs. The spirit of Depression-era summer road trips, which once saw picnickers flock to places like Haliburton in cars sporting rumble seats and standard transmission, is kept alive in the sort of outings taken by organizations like the Model ‘A’ Owners of Canada -- re-creating a piece of our past that has otherwise vanished. This Civic Holiday, take the time to document your summer vacation, whether it is experienced by car, boat, train, or plane. Share memories on social media. What’s here today may be gone tomorrow. LA

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