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One would wonder what would drive me to go to work at two am, five days a week. On a cold, dark morning, there is nothing better than opening the door to a cozy little bakery. You are immediately enveloped by warmth, and the heavenly smell of fresh bread rising. The day may start out sleepy, but soon the place becomes alive with the sound of the mixer and the ovens chiming. There’s never a dull moment – I couldn’t imagine ever getting bored as a baker. Mickaël’s bakery started out very small, maybe 20 bagels a day, some cookies, and a few different loaves. Over the past two years, we have added many new products – so many that sometimes we can’t find room on the shelves! Mickaël has shown me that it’s important to take what you have and make the most of it.
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I have always been encouraged to taste a little of everything before it goes out on the shelves, to make sure that it’s perfect. While this is a very important step, it is also my favourite part! One might think I would get sick of it after a while, but we are constantly experimenting with new recipes so I always get to try something new. Mickaël takes so much care in everything he does and would never sell a product that he isn’t proud of. He sets high standards for himself and others, and the quality really shows. -- Mallorie, baker for two years with Mickaël's.
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Letters to the Editor Benns’ Belief UpFront The Spirit of the Season Christmas at Ross Memorial Hospital We Need More Carpenters in CKL Meals on Wheels Fighting Inequality The Thrill of the Festive Hunt Friends & Neighbours with Jamie Morris The Christmas House Tour Protect Yourself at Holiday Events Just in Time with Ian McKechnie Technology and Women Abuse I Volunteer For... Business Beat: Adam Hayward Kawartha Lakes Vignette
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ABOUT US Even when life circumstances pulled me to other places, there was a greater part of me that always wanted to be home – in Kawartha Lakes. I’ve come back to try and make a positive difference in my community, this time with my family. My wife and I created The Lindsay Advocate to be media with a social purpose, to advocate for people over corporations, to push for a fair society where all citizens can reach their full potential. We know our institutions, non-profit sector, and small businesses are critical community partners. We thank them for their support and pledge to work together for a healthier, more prosperous Kawartha Lakes. — Roderick and Joli
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Autism not a disease Your book review of The Disordered Mind proclaiming Autism is a disease, is offensive. I saw you picked it from the publisher’s website. So should I question the value of the book or just the publisher? Given all the awareness campaigns and all the people worldwide, working hard daily to increase understanding and acceptance for those with Autism only to have your publication quote something so erroneous without bothering to do the simplest bit of research is very harmful. Autism is a spectrum of disorders. ASD, Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism means a person’s brain is wired differently than the ‘normal’ or Neurotypical brain. It is not a disease, one can not catch it. People with Autism can often grow up to lead fairly ‘normal’ and productive lives. Regardless of their level of functioning however they are still our fellow human beings who deserve as much respect and consideration as anyone else.They do not deserve to be painted with ignorance so people are afraid to be around them. My child is a well-loved member of his community. Only strangers are sometimes rude. Knowledge, understanding and a little patience for diversity can fix that.
got was an email from Scott that ignored everything I said. I freely admit that, while no threats were uttered, in later correspondences I was rude and swore. It was a minor way of protesting as my voice was not being heard. The cancellation of basic income…has made me feel utterly helpless and without representation. To make matters worse, I have been living with major depressive disorder and social anxiety disorder for years and have been distraught since it was cancelled. Saving money is not a legitimate excuse as the yearly cost of the pilot is 0.03 per cent of the $158.5 billion budget. It’s clear that it was a malicious decision. They lied, saying they’d keep it, and now any potential data is lost and I and thousands of others are left scrambling. This cut hurt me deeply, as income was promised for three years, and I fear for my future. - William Paterson Lindsay
- Nicole Corriveau Kawartha Lakes Autism Support We’re not sure why the book publisher (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) referred to autism as a disease. While we didn’t write this, we absolutely should have been more vigilant in catching this.
Loss of Basic Income has hurt deeply I live in Lindsay and I’m currently enrolled in the basic income pilot -- for now. Since the Conservatives cancelled it, I have sent several emails and made a few calls to the offices of Ministers’ Laurie Scott, Lisa MacLeod, and Premier Doug Ford, and other ministers criticizing this move and asking why. The only reply I
Ian McKechnie is a ‘lovely writer’ Just a little note to say how lovely it was to read about the late Mr. and Mrs. McQuarrie (McQuarrie Point at 25:A Tribute to My Grandparents by Ian McKechnie). I trained at Ross Memorial Hospital and was on pediatrics, often under your Grandma when scheduled. I didn’t at RMH that
long, but she was a lovely lady to work with. Coincidentally, our mother was from Glenarm, just down the road from Argyle. It is nice to hear the old stories and hear the names we grew up with. We were in school with Patty (your mom or aunt). I am just a bit removed from Lindsay area now and with Mom gone, don’t hear or see the Lindsay news the same.Thank you for this little trip down memory lane -- and you are a lovely writer! - Lois Moore
The world did not end with Mike Harris In ‘Doug Ford’s Folly,’ in last month’s Benns’ Belief, Roderick Benns takes dead aim at his ideological nemesis -- Doug Ford -- and compares him to a past premier that all socialists love to hate -- Mike Harris. I lived through the Harris years and respected Mike for doing what he was elected to do -- rectify a public debt problem that had grown to crisis levels. As I recall, the Harris cuts did not “cause irrevocable harm to society,” as Benns claims and the only people who complained vociferously were public service employees, the public sector labour unions and the sympathetic journalists, all of whom had imbibed gallons of socialist Kool-Aid. The world did not end as they claimed it would by Harris doing his elected job, and it will not end if Doug Ford also does some badly needed spring cleaning in our provincial government. I hate to break it to Benns, but not everyone likes their governments ‘big,’ their regulations too many and their taxes too high. After 15 years of steady government expansion under Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals, I approve of many of the ideas proposed and implemented under the current Conservative majority. None of them are radical and yes, Ontario will still be standing after some waist-trimming is applied to our overweight public service. - Gene Balfour, Former Chairman, Ontario Libertarian Party The central thesis of ‘Doug Ford’s Folly’ is that he was, at the time of this writing, considering selling Crown assets. We think sacrificing long-term revenue for a quick fix of cash – like Mike Harris did with Hwy 407 – is irresponsible and, quite frankly, shows a lack of business acumen.
Hospital Merger: ‘Don’t do it’ What a colossally bad idea! Our decades-long experience in several parts of Ontario is that it is a challenge to preserve hospitals and services at the local level. So-called “integration” is not necessary. It is not a good idea. While hospitals have been built locally and supported over years by local residents, they too often are closed or forced to reduce services offered, all in the interest of centralizing of centralizing administration and to save money. But the bigger, centralized model hasn’t saved money. It has simply meant that Ontarians are forced to travel more to get the appropriate service or to support family or friends receiving medical care. Fundraising events, from tag days to bake sales, have been held to help the local hospital and sometimes to fund new equipment. Local communities and dedicated individuals have organized voluntarily to provide this important backup, only to watch LHINs take over and supposedly ‘rationalize’ the administration of the local facility the community has helped build. We’ve watched the bureaucracy grow while local service declined. The hardship of more remote service and extended travel is added to the difficulty of coping with health problems. Ross Memorial in Lindsay and the Peterborough hospital are serving their communities well and providing a range of services to populations in large geographic areas. There’s no need to join them administratively. They already cooperate. Money won’t be saved. Services will be reduced. Don’t do it. And answer me this: where have all the nurses gone? - Bruce Rogers, Lindsay
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When Joli and I returned to Kawartha Lakes at the beginning of the summer to support the growth of the Advocate, we heard something that was difficult to believe. Sooner or later, many told us, we wouldn’t be able get everything we needed in Lindsay (or anywhere in the City of Kawartha Lakes.) Sooner or later we’d have to go to Peterborough or Oshawa. Well, it’s been five months and I can tell you we haven’t had to purchase a single item outside of this great City. Since our return we’ve needed such items as a bed for the guest bedroom and clothes for my daughter to begin life at her new school (not to mention clothes for Joli and me, given the number of events we find ourselves attending.) I can’t possibly name all the great retailers here that we have endeavoured to support -- but I can say you will find many of them advertising in these pages. Buying locally means you’re helping to improve the local economy. It’s almost like voting – you’re voting with your dollars consciously to support a local retailer over a large chain where possible.You get to know the local retailers who are also part of the community – and that builds social cohesion. If you have enough purchasing power – as I recognize this is also a factor – it helps keep our community unique when we have our own, locally-dreamt-up businesses in tandem with our chain stores. As well, many of our local businesses make a point of bringing in products that are made in Canada. The same is true for eating. Not only does Kawartha Lakes have excellent restaurants, from home-style comfort meals to fine dining, the City also has incredible farms and butchers.We know it’s healthier to buy local food and to eat at restaurants in our local communities. See you in 2019 From all of us at the Advocate, we wish you a very Happy Christmas and all the best of the season.We’ll see you in print again at the beginning of January, as we move the Advocate’s publishing schedule to the beginning of every month. Keep up with us online where we’re always busy at lindsayadvocate.ca
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THE SPIRIT OF THE SEASON What is it, and how do we make it last? N A N C Y PAY N E Maybe you’re hearing it already. Maybe you’ve said it yourself. But what do we really mean when we say things like “getting into the Christmas spirit” or “the true spirit of the season”? What exactly is this thing that we all profess to desire not just now, but all year long? Although it’s not precisely religious, it is something that transcends the ordinary, says Rev. Linda Park, lead minister at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Lindsay. “I think it’s a longing for a sense of generosity, a sense of family, a sense of community.” When people use the phrase, what they’re identifying is “a spirit of giving, a spirit of feeling at one, of reaching out beyond themselves,” often mingled with nostalgia, suggests Rev. Craig Donnelly, minister at Cambridge Street United Church. For observant Christians, Christmas is far less important than sombre Good Friday and joyful Easter Sunday. But it’s also gentler and less complicated, which may be why the wider culture embraces the warm, if indistinct, glow of “the Christmas spirit” so enthusiastically. Indeed, both ministers see their churches packed for special Christmas events, attendance not matched the rest of the year. It will be standing room only at Cambridge Street for the Living Christmas on Christmas Eve, featuring live animals and a real baby. At St. Andrew’s, the choral Living Christmas Tree, now in its 37th year, routinely sells out. (This year’s performances are Nov. 24-26 and Nov. 30-Dec.2.) Slowing down and participating in Advent could help offset the pressures the season can bring, Park suggests. Most Christian churches mark the month before Christmas by devoting one Sunday to each
of peace, joy, hope and love. Advent is a time of waiting, though, and in our culture, she says, “We want everything immediately.” Clergy like Park and Donnelly also see the painful side of the season, knowing how many in their congregations are grappling with the death of a loved one, broken relationships, loneliness, mental health concerns or family estrangement. “Not everybody looks forward to Christmas,” Donnelly says, adding that if we really mean what we say about the Christmas spirit, we should watch for and be sensitive to those hurting people in our midst. The glow of the Christmas spirit quickly starts to fade, though. “There’s this weariness that comes in January,” Park says. Just days after trilling about love and compassion, we’re back to business as usual. So, what would happen if, as a reformed Scrooge promises, we kept Christmas in our hearts, and tried to keep it all the year?
Those may be the most important questions of all when it comes to the intangible spirit of the season, Park says. “How do we show hope to others? How do we bring peace and joy? How do we bring light into those dark places?”
Just days after trilling about love and compassion, we’re back to business as usual. So, what would happen if, as a reformed Scrooge promises, we kept Christmas in our hearts, and tried to keep it all the year? January might not seem so bleak and cold if we continued to help those in need and nurture our relationships, suggests Donnelly. “We’d be living the spirit of love and compassion, and getting caught up in a story that takes us beyond ourselves.”
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MEANING ON SCREEN These beloved television specials and movies truly capture the spirit of Christmas: generosity, love, hope and compassion. A Christmas Carol: Whether it’s the book or one of the movies you cherish, the Dickens story gets it right, says Rev. Craig Donnelly of Cambridge Street United Church. “Scrooge is transformed—he discovers a whole new way of being.” It’s A Wonderful Life: Generosity, compassion, selflessness, integrity, love of family and community—it’s all right there in this 1946 classic. The Sound of Music: Although not strictly a Christmas movie, it’s a favourite in many households this time of year, including Rev. Linda Park’s. “There’s the sense of good as victorious over evil, and there’s hope in the end.” How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Not the pandering live-action versions of recent years, but the half-hour 1966 TV special. The mean Grinch’s heart grows three sizes as he realizes that maybe Christmas “doesn’t come from a store.” The Whos even include the repentant robber at their feast. Miracle on 34th Street: Like many people, Donnelly prefers the original from 1947, especially the climactic courtroom scene with its outpouring of support for Santa, justifying a young girl’s belief and sense of wonder. A Charlie Brown Christmas: This 1965 TV special seems timelier than ever, with its search for meaning beyond materialism. When friends work together, they make a bedraggled tree a thing of true beauty.
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Christmas at Ross Memorial Hospital Dedication of frontline staff shines through for patients and families T R E VO R H U T C H I N S O N Last year on Christmas Day, there were 152 patients in the Ross Memorial Hospital, including 35 in continuing care, 15 in rehabilitation, 12 in mental health, 88 in acute care and 2 newborns. And 17 people were admitted into the Ross on that day. As on most any other day at any hospital, there were heart-wrenching stories too: Sadly, two patients passed away that same day. To care for all of these people and their visiting families, 189 people worked at the Ross last Christmas Day. Think about that. That’s 189 families in our community whose Christmas’ have been changed or in some cases delayed so that another 152 families in our community can be cared for. And that number does not include volunteers -- who donate their time and labour to make Christmas at the Ross a little brighter. Mary Jones has been volunteering at the Ross since 2006. She helps in the Reflections Café and can often be found there on Christmas Day. “To me, if I’m here and my family is not always available – my children are scattered – then why not do it? Because nothing is open. I don’t mind. It’s not a big deal. I would rather give up my time. It’s really such a joy seeing people – patients and families.They’re so appreciative,” explains Jones. Medical staff at the Ross do everything in their power to try to get patients home for Christmas, if only for a day. According to Kim Coulter, coordinator of employee & community relations Ross Memorial Hospital and RMH Foundation, “as patients regain their strength and become medically stable, extra efforts are made to get them back home to be with
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people sick who can’t be home with their own families. We deal with a vulnerable population in the emergency department, and people tend to be very sick if they’re coming in on Christmas. It’s hard enough being here working, but it would be even worse being sick over the holidays,” says Howard. The dedication of the Ross staff, especially at Christmas does shine through every year. Explains Howard, “As difficult as it is being away from our own families at Christmas, it’s a special time of year to be at work caring for those who can’t be at home. There’s a special feeling in the air. I enjoy spending the holiday with my ‘work family’ and there’s usually lots of goodies around – added bonus!” And it’s during the holiday season when the local community gets to make a difference at the Ross -- on Christmas Day and throughout the year, by giving to the annual Holiday Appeal. According to Erin Coons, executive director of the RMH Foundation, “The RMH Foundation is fortunate to have the support of generous
donors throughout the City of Kawartha Lakes and beyond, who appreciate the ongoing equipment needs at the Hospital, and dedicate their year-end giving to support local patient care.The Foundation’s Holiday Appeal is mailed to every household in the City of Kawartha Lakes in late November/early December. This annual fundraiser is very important for the Hospital, as it raises between $175,000 and $200,000 for vital equipment needs each year. This winter, ‘The Greatest Gifts’ Holiday Appeal will support the purchase of advanced X-ray equipment that will transform the way care is provided in the Diagnostic Imaging Department. At the Ross Memorial Hospital, we count donor support among our greatest gifts.” As Coulter says, “The hospital is fortunate to have the kindest, caring staff and volunteers who go to great lengths to help patients and families make the most of their time together, even during difficult times.” LA
Need for carpenters rising in Kawartha Lakes -- just ask Madeline Carey If StatsCan and the Peterborough Workforce Development Board are correct, kids entering high school this year and hoping to live and work in the City of Kawartha Lakes after graduation would be wise to choose construction technology as an elective course. The PWDB projects that the City of Kawartha Lakes will see a 39 per cent increase in demand for carpenters between 2017 and 2024. That is the largest increase shown among surveyed occupations, surpassing elementary school teachers (5 per cent), truck drivers (18 per cent), and even sales representatives (27 per cent). This is even more impressive when one considers that general carpenters are already part of the largest industry in the City of Kawartha Lakes. More than 200 local businesses with employees fall under the Specialty Trade Contractors umbrella, and another nearly 400 Specialty Trade Contractors work independently. One person who must have had some advance intel on this trend is Madeline Carey, a 22-year-old working full time as a carpenter in the Kawartha Lakes. She developed an interest in carpentry while doing the repairs that inevitably come with living on a farm, and from watching her three step-brothers enter the trade. After taking high school co-op placements where she worked in construction, and enrolling in that specific Specialist High Skills Major at I.E. Weldon Secondary School, she had fulfilled the first year of her apprenticeship before graduation. Though now able to pay her bills through her skills, she has faced adversity throughout the journey. She was one of only two females in her high school classes, and was one of the last students to be signed up to a co-
GEOFF COLEMAN op placement. As a self-described ‘girly-girl’ who likes her nail polishes, she has found it difficult to be taken seriously at the hardware store, and on many jobsites. Carey points to one instance in an apartment building where she had built some shelving. A neighbour was impressed enough by the unit to ask the project manager who the carpenter was because they wanted some of their own, but suddenly lost interest when they learned who was actually behind the work. Despite that, Carey is not discouraged by the barriers she encounters. She favours trim and cabinetry work in the final stages of a job primarily because she likes to see the project when it is completed, and enjoys seeing a customer when they are happy with the outcome.
As a self-described ‘girly-girl’ who likes her nail polishes, she has found it difficult to be taken seriously at the hardware store, and on many jobsites. Her advice to young women who have an interest in construction -- or any occupation in which women are under represented -- is to take the chance. Currently, women account for less than 5 per cent of the carpenters, welders, and electricians in Ontario. Self-confidence is crucial, but if you “know yourself and do it as you want to do it,” there can be great satisfaction in the work. For her part, Carey does not want to be a millionaire, but seeks to achieve a balance
between her financial needs and her personal life, saying that many colleagues seem to spend too much time working. She is not surprised to hear that the projected demand for carpenters is so high. Customers tell her they are having trouble finding trades, and most of the carpenters she knows are working, with the best of them being booked up to two years ahead. Something to keep in mind when a young female shows up to provide a quote on a project for you. Percentage change in number of apprenticeships granted from 2016 to 2017:
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MIKE PUFFER Art Myers (left) and Len Skelton, right, volunteers for Meals on Wheels.
It’s the time of year when we look ahead just a few weeks to the Christmas season. For many people, it’s a ‘warm and fuzzy’ exercise as they anticipate family gatherings and meals accented with laughter, merriment and reflections of their blessings. It’s not necessarily so for everyone, however. As much as the holiday season can be heartwarming and positive for some, it also a very ‘blue’ time for others who may be without family and friends. Stress of the holidays can combine with circumstances that trigger sadness and melancholy instead of happiness and positive moods. Not everybody looks forward to the holidays, especially if it means being alone. For 52 weeks of the year, Community Care’s Meals on Wheels program brings a vital service home to many local residents. Not only does the program provide healthy, hot meals to those who are experiencing challenges with cooking for themselves, but it provides an important social interaction between recipients and the volunteers who make the deliveries. Last year, more than 24,000 meals were delivered to local residents who appreciate the nutritious and affordable option to having to cook for themselves.
Often, volunteers find that the clients appreciate the opportunity to have a quick visit just as much as the food itself. For some, the interaction at the door may be the only social exchange that a client has in his/ her day. And that day could be Dec. 25. For many years, Community Care has ensured that a good meal gets delivered to local people who are otherwise alone on Christmas Day. In incredible displays of generosity and kindness, some staff and their family members take time during the big day to deliver meals to clients, and to bring them a helping of warm wishes and friendship. To the clients, the gesture is priceless. To the staff members who volunteer their time, the rewards must be just as immeasurable. Community Care strives to improve the health and well being of everyone in our municipality at all times of the year. Ensuring that clients who are alone on Dec. 25 get at least one visitor that day, who just happens to be bearing a hot meal and a warm greeting, is truly displaying the spirit of the season. -- Mike Puffer is the communications officer for Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes
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FIGHTING INEQUALITY MAKES ALL OF SOCIETY STRONGER J U DY PA U L If we truly are serious about eliminating poverty and inequality then we would do well to look at some of the evidence contained in the book, The Spirit Level. The authors, both epidemiologists, studied a number of health and social outcomes affected by social status. (Income, education, or profession defines one’s social status.) For example: In more equal countries, the following outcomes were strongly positive: • • • • •
physical and mental health high school completion social mobility trust and community life child well-being
In more equal countries, these outcomes were lower: • • • • •
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and discussing inequality. Unfortunately inequality in Canada is rising and we must be careful as to what nations we look toward for policy direction. Also of interest is the levels of trust and community life were stronger in more equal societies. There is more mixing of people from various socio-economic groups in more equal countries and this would lead to a greater sense of solidarity. When there are vast differences in income levels I think it would be hard for people to feel that “we’re all in this together.” What is it about inequality that erodes this important dimension often referred to as “social cohesion?” Among other fascinating findings, this question is explored in a new book by Wilkinson and Pickett entitled The Inner Level: How More Equal Societies Reduce Stress, Restore Sanity and Improve Everyone’s Wellbeing. The authors wanted to: “get to the core of the way inequality affects us most intimately, how it gets into our heads to affect our thoughts and feelings, our ideas of success and failure, our relationships with each other, and the stress and mental illness suffered by so many of us. There is a deep psychology of inequality that we need to understand if humanity is to flourish.”
Where inequality is higher, people with lower social The Nordic countries and Japan are among the status tend to withdraw from society. When people most equal.* Perhaps not surprisingly the U.S. is the compete for status, anxiety increases and struggling to most unequal of the wealthy, industrialized countries. keep up seems to make us less compassionate towards Canada is consistently in the middle. In the area of others. Inequality damages social cohesion, which child well-being, Canada has a particularly low standing. includes trust, solidarity, civic and cultural participation A UNICEF report says that Canada ranked 37th on a and agreeableness (being helpful, considerate and list of 41 rich countries for children having access to trusting). enough nutritious food, and higher-than-average rates Civic participation was defined as belonging to of child homicide and teen suicide. We can do better. groups, clubs or organizations including recreational, Inequality studies have proliferated since The Spirit political, charitable, religious or professional groups. Level was published in 2009. In Canada, the Broadbent A study of 24 European countries showed that Institute, the Conference Board of Canada, and the civic participation was significantly lower in more Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives are researching unequal countries. Since human connection and social
relationships are key components of a good life, how many fellow Canadians are missing out on these experiences due to a feeling of inadequacy? Wilkinson and Pickett argue that the single most important reason why participation in community life declines with increased inequality is likely to be that people withdraw from social life as they find it more stressful. If we think that only poor people suffer from inequality, Wilkinson and Pickett clearly demonstrate that all levels of society are affected. Poorer health, higher rates of violence, imprisonment and drug use and higher teenage pregnancies increase the burden on our health, social and justice systems. Greater solidarity is the only way we are going to be able to tackle the urgent challenges of climate change and environmental sustainability, says Wilkinson and Pickett.We cannot afford to have people anxiously struggling to make their way in an individualistic society that tells us we need to buy to belong.
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How do we create a more equal society? An unconditional basic income would certainly help. Progressive taxation and a stronger social security system could also help. Wilkinson and Pickett argue that the development of more democratic workplaces is key in this era of excessive CEO compensation and the weakening of trade unions. It is important that we turn our attention to rising inequality in Canada. When we understand the significant cost of inequality and are open to learning from more equal countries, we will be better able to imagine and forge a better future for everyone. LA *Countries in this comparison included Canada, Western Europe, the British Isles, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
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The Thrill of the Festive Hunt Your guide to bazaar season NANCY PAYNE Starting in early November, every weekend offers you the chance to pick up unique finds that are locally made, reasonably priced and usually support a great cause. That’s the beauty of Christmas bazaar season. Watch for signs outside churches, charities and nursing homes starting in mid-November. Pro tip: Bring several of your own reusable containers for cookies and other baking, and cloth bags for larger purchases. And remember, like any other shopping expedition, it’s easy to get carried away—there are definitely better and worse choices. BEST BETS You’re looking for things you can’t get anywhere else, or that you can’t or won’t make yourself. Keep an eye out for: • microwaveable rice or bean-filled neck bags. These are often available at bazaars in much cheaper and more attractive versions than you’ll find in stores. • homemade preserves. • shortbread and other baked goods with a long shelf life, or items such as pies or apple dumplings that freeze well. • quilted items such as placemats and table runners in Christmas fabrics. They’ll make you happy every year when you open your box of seasonal decorations. • Christmas cake. If you must. • gently used seasonal décor items. Many bazaars have a section where a dollar or two lets you pick up unnecessarybut-fun things like a mitten-shaped candy dish or a wreath made of jingle bells. • handcrafted children’s toys, especially those cuddly animals crocheted in brightly coloured yarns.
• cookies that will go stale quickly or don’t freeze well. Of course, you could just solve the problem by eating them all right away. • any battery-operated or motion-sensitive tchotchke that plays tinkly Christmas music. You’ll end up throwing it into a snowdrift or making a lifelong enemy of the person you gave it to. • second-hand fake greenery; it will shed all over your house with no nice pine scent as compensation. The word “bazaar” conjures up images of dusty Moroccan streets, intoxicating Lebanese spices, elaborate Turkish rugs and enthusiastic bargaining. The term comes from ancient Persian, and in much of the world, it refers to a gathering of stalls in an outdoor marketplace. In Great Britain and North America, however, a bazaar has come to mean a Christmas charity sale offering a range of items, mostly homemade. You’d end up in a mad dash every Saturday if you tried to visit every bazaar around Kawartha Lakes, so it’s probably wise to just pick a few and really enjoy them. And remember—it’s always worth missing out on the last hand-carved ornament if it means having a long-overdue catch-up conversation with that friend you’re sure to encounter.
BEST LEFT ON THE TABLE Even if they’re really appealing in the moment, there are some purchases you may regret. • mittens knitted from synthetic yarns. At the risk of betraying our childhoods, when most of us wore two pairs of these multi-coloured mitts at a time, the reality is that they just don’t keep your hands very warm. Touques and scarves, though? Go for it!
HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT:
Post Envelopes a thriving 84-year-old Lindsay business FRIENDS & NEIGHBOURS WITH JAMIE MORRIS All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. --Leo Tolstoy Tolstoy got it all wrong about happy families. At least, that’s the lesson I took away from a morning with Roberta Allen and her Post Envelopes co-workers -very much a family, very definitely happy, and beyond question unique. Though it’s been in Lindsay for 84 years now, you may not be aware of Post Envelopes. It sits at the corner of Peel and Victoria, a nondescript beige structure with “Post Church Envelopes” and “Post School Envelopes” discreetly stamped onto the vinyl siding. When I dropped in, Roberta -- owner, general manager, and part of the operation for the past 34 years -- invited me into her small office for a briefing on the company, its history and the staff, who were on a break. The company fills an important niche. Since 1936 they have created customized envelopes for church collections, and since 2001 envelopes to help schools keep track of money and other information sent between home and school. From this plant, tens of millions of church offertory envelopes are sent out across Canada and as far afield as the United States, Bermuda and Canadian Forces bases in Europe. (Later in the morning Roberta pointed out a carton bound for Aklavik in the Canadian Arctic). It was all started by Leroy Wilson (“Mr. Wilson” to Roberta and everyone else there) as a division of Wilson and Wilson, which also included the Lindsay Daily Post. “Mr.Wilson loved machinery,” Roberta told me, “and he was always inventing ways of making the printing presses more productive.” Laughter and commotion nearby. “The girls have finished their morning break and are starting their exercises,” I was told. Exercises? Girls? More about the exercises later,
but “girls” needs explanation. It’s Roberta’s term of affection for the team whose commitment and hard work she sees as responsible for the firm’s success. Women, really; in fact, the “baby” of the group -Roberta’s daughter, Jane --is entering middle age. The staff have lots in common. No fewer than 12 of the 13 are women. (The exception is Mark Costco, the machinist who acts as plant mechanic). All but two have been at Post Envelopes for 25 years or more and one, Office Manager Cathy Algar, has been part of the company for 36 years. A number of them started right out of high school and this is the only job they have known. All are full-time. No short-term contracts or precarious employment here. As they exercised, Roberta introduced me around. JoAnne Davies, the plant manager (“forelady” is Roberta’s term) agreed to take me on a tour. The basement first. A Harris Press, guillotine, polymer plates -- equipment from the labour-intensive era of mechanical letterpress and hot lead -- all sit at rest, retired and sharing space with a staff lunchroom. It’s a kind of industrial museum and reminder of an evolution that has seen replacement with safer and more efficient digital and inkjet technologies. Upstairs it’s choreographed motion. Everyone has a role -- press operator, feeder, collator operator
feeder, collator operator -- though all could also fill in elsewhere if needed. Envelopes are a blur as they are whipped along a conveyor belt. JoAnne wanted to tell me more about the technology, especially the delivery tables for envelopes, fabricated by Mark, who also set the timing for the many envelope feeders. (Mr. Wilson would be pleased.) And she wanted me to see how everything contributes to a better product: higher quality graphics, with no pen lines or blurring, the ability to print in everything from Inuktitut to Chinese. But what I want to know from Joanne is this: What made this such a harmonious, productive operation? “Number One is the atmosphere,” she said. “Roberta treats us all like family.”
“When you care about people you bring out the best and when they care for you, you don’t want to disappoint them.” Family. It goes beyond benefits, holidays and Christmas bonuses. Roberta herself identifies the values that define this family: mutual respect and caring. Maybe especially caring: “When you care about people you bring out the best and when they care for you, you don’t want to disappoint them.” Which takes us back to the exercises, which show that it’s all more than just words. Work on the floor is physical. The women are on their feet much of the day, and there are repetitive actions and bending and lifting. Roberta brought in a Workplace Health consultant who created a stretching and strengthening routine. For the past 25 years two 10-15 minute exercise sessions have been built into the workday. It’s all voluntary, but all participate. Since the program began there have been no repetitive strain injuries. By now the routine was so familiar that when I first met the staff they could chat and banter as they worked on flexibility and strength. The last time I saw the group assembled was just before I left. Everyone available came back for a few photos. It was like taking any family portrait. Tell ‘em to line up and look at a camera lens and they stiffen up. As I tuck away the camera and turn to leave, everyone relaxes, more natural smiles reappear, and they all settle back into their familiar routines.
A Festive Tradition:
The Christmas House Tour Ian McKechnie David and Kathryn Barkey out front of their home on Victoria Ave. N., in Lindsay.
Have you ever cycled, driven, or walked past some of Lindsay’s most aesthetically and architecturally-unique homes and wondered what delights in décor might grace their interiors? Are you awestruck at the creative capabilities of your friends and neighbours during this festive season, a time of wreaths and wonder; magic and mistletoe; hearth and homecoming? O come, all ye faithful readers of the Lindsay Advocate, then, to the 2018 Christmas House Tour! Six houses of varying vintage and three additional sites of social and historical interest await your discerning eye between 1-6 pm on Dec. 1. Organized by St. Paul’s Anglican Church and the Victoria County Historical Society, the Christmas House Tour has become an annual tradition. For over a quarter of a century now, hospitable homeowners have been inviting the public to admire their clever handiwork in making comfortable and attractive living spaces out of homes ancient and modern. Take a stroll through 218 Victoria Avenue North, a contemporary Cape Cod-style house exuding with the flavour of a rural Ontario farmhouse, reflecting as it does the rural roots of its owners. Admire the soaring Queen Anne Revival house at 51 Cambridge Street North, once home to local newspaperman George Wilson. Explore the Olde Gaol Museum, complete with its exhibit halls decked out for the holiday season. A full roster of participating sites can be found in the Christmas House Tour ticket – a beautiful brochure in full
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Let There Be Light
By the time you read this edition of the Lindsay Advocate, the sights, smells, and sounds of a special season will be fast approaching. The knickknacks and lawn ornaments of Hallowe’en will have been put away, and – with the patience and waiting associated with Advent all but unheeded in our consumerist culture – the holiday season will be upon us. Throughout the municipality, electrical current will work its magic as ovens roast turkeys; radios sound forth Last Christmas, Jingle Bell Rock, and O Holy Night; and televisions glow with such festive favourites as National Lampoons’ Christmas Vacation; Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer; the Prime Minister’s reflections; and, of course, the Queen’s Christmas Message. But it is when strings of colourful lights are plugged in and illuminate homes across our neighbourhoods that the wonders of electricity are most apparent. As a child, I recall going on drives or walks with my family to admire the creative arrangements of Christmas lights homeowners had hung from trees and eaves troughs. But lights aren’t merely a novelty for outdoor décor. Strung at various intervals across our yule tree, bubble lights manufactured by NOMA (remember them?) delight the eye with their unique candle-like bulbs that bubble when warm. Those of us of a certain age will no doubt remember the snow-covered dioramas once gracing the back of Garry’s Garden Gallery on Kent Street West, where vast villages of illuminated porcelain buildings cast a
magical glow over the surrounding merchandise. For over 35 years, thousands of incandescent light-bulbs have been wowing people from near and far at the annual Living Christmas Tree cantatas organized by St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church down on William Street. Electric lights. They are crucial components to some of our most cherished holiday traditions – but we take them for granted, sometimes forgetting that our ancestors had to make do with little more than the glow of an open flame for lighting and for warmth. In a fitting twist of irony, one of Lindsay’s first commerciallyoperated electrical plants was situated at the foot of a street that is, each and every Christmas Eve, lined with candles – that’s right, Bond Street. The plant itself was developed around 1890 by Samuel G. Parkin, who ran a successful sawmill on the shores of the Scugog River. Parkin was not, however, the first person to harness electricity for the purposes of lighting. A visiting circus had capitalized on this new technological marvel some years before, when it set up its midway on Lindsay Street South. Competing with Parkin and his Victoria Electric Light Co., Ltd. was a Mr. Reesor, who oversaw the Lindsay Electric Light Company. Thomas Sadler and William Needler, whose claim to fame lies in their association with Lindsay’s “Old Mill,” eventually absorbed both enterprises and established the Light, Heat, and Power Co. Of Lindsay. A state-of-the-art generating system was ready for operation by May 31, 1900. Consisting of dual Samson turbines and a 400 kilowatt generator, the system could
Fall & Winter Needs? We have you covered. transmit electricity to Lindsay homes and businesses at 1100 volts. Electrical lighting was not only a fascinating phenomenon, it was a vast improvement over the coal-oil and gas lamps that had hitherto illuminated only a select number of Lindsay’s streets. From early on, there were citizens who advocated for municipal ownership of their community’s lighting system. W.A. Goodwin, a local artist with socialistic sympathies, wrote in support of this about seven months after the turbines at the Light, Heat, and Power Company’s generating plant had begun to turn. “At the recent light-meeting in the town hall,” Goodwin wrote in a letter to editor on Dec. 5, 1900, “it appeared to be the unanimous opinion of those who spoke on the question, that municipal ownership of the light plant is desirable and the proper thing to attain, not a single businessman objecting. Would it not be a wise act to take a vote on this important question?”
Electrical lighting was not only a fascinating phenomenon, it was a vast improvement over the coal-oil and gas lamps that had hitherto illuminated only a select number of Lindsay’s streets. Goodwin and like-minded citizens would have to wait some years before public ownership of the lighting system became a reality. “In October, 1911,” writes Dr. Watson Kirkconnell in his 1967 County of Victoria Centennial History,“the question of municipal ownership was brought to a head by local Socialists but was decisively rejected when put to a popular vote.” It was a moot point, however, for after some years under the stewardship of the Seymour Power Company, Lindsay’s hydro-electric assets were absorbed into the Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario. By 1928, the town had purchased the distribution system within Lindsay proper, while the Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario supplied electricity under a contract with the town through the Lindsay Hydro Commission. Today, the faithful employees of Hydro One bring us electrical current 365 days a year – but it’s during this holiday season that the magic of electricity warms our homes, beautifies our festivities, and charms us once again, as it did Lindsay’s citizens over 125 years ago.
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“It is every woman’s fundamental right to live in safety and security in her home and community – free from the threat of violence.” --Ministry of Community and Social Services website. We couldn’t agree more with this statement at Women’s Resources and it’s our job to help make this happen in our community. It’s not an easy task given the challenges faced by women leaving abusive situations, but our continuing work through skilled counsellors and community partners provides the tools for us to reach for this goal every single day. Abuse can take many forms – physical, emotional, financial – and with technology influencing society at every level, it is not a huge stretch to consider how this can become a form of abuse and control as well. In fact, it is now a part of safety planning for the women who come to us for help. Did you know that if an abusive partner has access to a woman’s phone, he can load an app that allows him to view and hear all texting and phone calls, plus location tracking? Of course, this is illegal but it happens. The original app site providing this service was shut down -- yet another app became available offering the same thing. How can this be? Recently a woman came in for counselling with a tiny electronic piece that she found while cleaning. She found it on a shelf and thought it may be from one of her children’s remote toys. Her counsellor checked the serial number on-line and confirmed it was a listening device. The woman had wondered for the longest time how her abusive partner knew
about certain things that were never divulged to him. She was extremely upset and scared at the realization that her privacy had been violated in such a manner. Can charges be laid? He would deny it and proof would be difficult, given that this is a common, readily available ‘bug.’ With advancing technology this affects the safety and emotions of real women and their children trying to live a life free of violence and chaos.The technology that can make life so much easier can also become the enemy. Women need to be aware of the dangers of social media and have the know-how to make any technological changes necessary to ensure their safety. Teaching women how to safeguard their information through privacy settings; what not to post on social media; clearing cookies; and regularly changing passwords; are just some of things that can help women be safe on-line. Each year we need to fundraise approximately $500,000 to provide the range of services we offer. For this, we come to the community for support and hope you will consider making a donation that supplements the cost of our much-needed programs. You can help women and their children rebuild their lives after emerging from the nightmare of abuse many of us can’t even imagine. Contact Carolyn Fox 705-324-7649 Ext 223 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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JAMIE MORRIS The sign reads “Nesbitt’s Meat Market,” but though Jim Nesbitt still drops in for a chat, for the past 19 years it’s Adam Hayward who has owned and operated the business. And it was over 30 years ago that Hayward, at 13, began working parttime there as a ‘clean-up lad.’ Through high-school and as he completed a butchery program at George Brown College and business management at Humber, Hayward took on additional responsibilities and gained skills in cutting Adam Hayward. Photo: Jamie Morris. and grinding and running a business. “Jim Nesbitt was a great mentor and friend who still helps me to this day,” says Hayward. Beyond the technical skills, the lessons that stayed with Hayward were to work hard, treat customers and employees with respect, and offer a quality product at a fair price. The products he sells are raised and processed in Ontario, some sourced from local suppliers when possible. Occasionally, he’ll do wildgame cutting (venison, bear, moose). During the Christmas season there will be close to 600 turkey, lamb, steaks, and pork roast orders. Over the years he’s been building the business, such as buying the rest of the Cambridge Mall. He brought in new display units. Young entrepreneurs are now suppliers for sauces and condiments, and recently he hired a red seal chef who does spicing and marinades and brings new ideas. She joins a staff of nine: cutters, front-of-house staff, bookkeeper -- and of course, a clean-up lad. “I couldn’t do this without them,” Hayward says. When Nesbitt first came to him about buying the business Adam had $500 and a used car as collateral. Banks weren’t prepared to come through with loans, but Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation (KLCFDC) did. The loans have long been repaid, but Hayward hasn’t forgotten the leg up he received. He’s been on the Community Futures Board for a decade and is a past president. He’s been a Rotarian for 10 years and on the LEX board for almost as long. The burgers for the annual Rotary Club Burger Day are donated by Nesbitt’s and the business regularly offers gifts or discounted products for local events. Those are ways of giving back to the town where he was born and where he and his wife, Nancy, are raising their two children, Hilary and Grant.
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