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13 WOMEN IN BUSINESS 24 ABUSE SURVIVOR’S PROGRAM UNDER THREAT Bridges hub needs new funding.

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Lindsay water bills are too high

Since moving to Lindsay in 2016 I have been closely monitoring my water bills and usage. I discovered that fixed charges usually make up the largest portion of my bill regardless of how much water I consume each month. Cutting back on my water usage has not generated the savings I expected due to these fixed costs. Fixed charges would seem to do little to encourage water use conservation. Fixed charges not only make up a disproportionate portion of each bill, but they have been increasing at a rate well in excess of inflation, 4.9 per cent in 2018 and 5.97 per cent in 2019. In 2019, Lindsay residential consumers paid $2.7172/m3 for water and $1.4605/m3 for sewage, totaling $4.1777/m3. Then in addition we paid $180.36 quarterly in fixed costs. A cursory comparison to other Ontario municipalities indicates that Lindsay’s residential water and sewage charges are among the most expensive in the province. While there may be a variety of cogent explanations for this, what concerns me most is the apparent lack of concern shown by some municipal officials regarding high water rates in Lindsay. And, when we have caught up with all the needed expansions and repairs, another reason might just be found to maintain these high fixed charges. Blair Morris, Lindsay

Plenty of good camping in Kawartha Lakes

Having just read that “we don’t have a good camping infrastructure in Kawartha Lakes” it makes me think there may be another person in charge in Lindsay who never sees the whole city. (“Council approves massive transient camping site at Lindsay fairgrounds,” Jan. 30, lindsayadvocate.ca)

Our family has owned a campground north of Fenelon Falls for more than 53 years, offering more than 300 campsites, both seasonal and overnight, with lots of amenities. The comment (by LEX general manager Harry Stoddart) is simply wrong. Across Ontario we have been losing campgrounds, and municipalities won’t allow new ones. The move at the LEX is very surprising. Blending campers with the ever-changing events will be a challenge but the overnight sites will be an asset. It would just be nicer to work with us rather than ignoring us. If the city and the LEX manager took the time to speak with (us)…or even attend a meeting with us they would have a better idea of the market they are jumping into. Mark Lowell, Fenelon Falls

Support your downtown during reconstruction

The Lindsay Downtown BIA will be working hard over the next while to help our downtown businesses overcome the challenges that will come with the downtown reconstruction. But the most significant challenge for us to overcome is the public perception that the downtown is closed for business. We want to get the word out that we are very much open. The fear is that is that because the downtown may seem inconvenient to access or that it may be difficult to park, that it’s simply easier to go elsewhere. You may think that you can go elsewhere this time, or the next, and it won’t matter because your favourite businesses will still be there later. But there is a very real possibility that without community support, they may not be. The vast majority of our downtown businesses are not faceless corporations. They are your friends and neighbours. Their kids go to school with your kids. Some are trying to keep a business successful that your parents and grandparents also frequented years ago. They donate to local charities, sponsor local events and teams, and for the most part are just trying to support a family, just as you are. The best thing you can do is move past the idea that it seems inconvenient to frequent downtown — and do it anyway. Melissa McFarland, Lindsay Downtown BIA

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BENNS’ BELIEF

RODERICK BENNS, PUBLISHER

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Women, we need you to run

Women and men think differently. Science has proven this; it is beyond the realm of opinion. Because women think differently we have a glorious opportunity as a society — we can send more women to parliament, to our legislatures, and to our council chambers. But why not just send “the best” person, you may ask? By and large, men have a few gender-specific policy interests. Most men love to emphasize the economy. They enjoy thinking about debt and GDP, big business and natural resources. They are competitive and take more risks under pressure — all of this borne out by research. Women tend to have different policy priorities. Research shows that whether a legislator is male or female has a clear impact on what they focus on, according to research conducted by the National Democratic Institute in 100 countries. Women emphasize quality of life issues more than men. They tend to collaborate better and work across party lines. They are generally more responsive to constituent concerns. They seek peace. They encourage citizen engagement. They prioritize health and education. In other words, they are much more likely to be advocates for our social health and community wellbeing. Here in Kawartha Lakes we have two women councillors out of eight: Tracy Richardson and Katherine Seymour-Fagan. I’d like to see more women run to join them next time around. At the provincial level we have a female MPP in Laurie Scott, although one could argue that since her father served in Ottawa as an MP there may have been some inherent motivation in her case to run. We live in a riding that has yet to send its first female MP to Ottawa. But why aren’t more women running for office? It’s complicated, but part of it is that from an early age boys are much more likely to have been socialized by their parents to consider a political career, according to one study, and that includes exposure to more political information and discussion. Unfortunately, women in politics also face more abuse on social media than their male counterparts – insults that are often personally demeaning, sexualized, and threatening. As well, and often due to social influences, women still take on the primary responsibility for labour and childcare in the home, which leaves little time for a political career. The most successful workplaces have the greatest diversity -- people of various ages, genders, ethnic backgrounds and life experiences coming together with their unique perspectives. So, women of Kawartha Lakes, give some thought to the next election. For the good of society, we need more of you to run.

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UPFRONT

Kawartha Lakes woman coordinates charge to make use of food waste

JESSICA TOPFER

Vintage wedding gowns }} Soroptimist fundraiser

Soroptimist International of Kawartha Lakes is holding a special event on April 26, a one-of-a-kind fashion show, showcasing vintage wedding gowns of the 1900s. Join members at Celebrations, 35 Lindsay St. N., Lindsay, at 2 p.m. for some afternoon nostalgia. Doors open at 1 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available at Hill’s and Kent Florists in Lindsay and The Kawartha Store in Fenelon Falls, or online at Eventbrite.ca. Proceeds will be used for programs supporting women and girls in Kawartha Lakes. For more information, call Annie 705-738-4372. Tickets are available until April 17, cash only, at Hill’s Florist and Kent Florist in Lindsay, and The Kawartha Store in Fenelon Falls; or by credit card through Eventbrite.ca - search ‘Vintage Wedding Gowns.’

Across Canada, 58 per cent of all food produced is lost or wasted. Of this 58 per cent, about 32 per cent could be rescued. At the same time, 4 million Canadians, more than 10,000 of whom live within Kawartha Lakes, struggle to access sufficient, safe, and nutritious food. The gap between these issues presents an opportunity for food businesses to come together with social service agencies to divert perfectly edible food from landfills in order to meet the immediate needs of community members. To begin developing the connections between food businesses and social service agencies Kawartha Lakes Food Source has partnered with Second Harvest and Value Chain Management International to introduce FoodRescue.ca to the City of Kawartha Lakes. Leading this local FoodRescue movement is Jessica Topfer, a young Kawartha Lakes woman. Since her outreach began in June of 2019, Jessica has brought more than 40 local food businesses, and more than 20 non-profits onto FoodRescue.ca. In these first 10 months, just under 16,000 pounds of imperfect, but perfectly edible food has been rescued by these partners and been given back to our community. To learn more visit FoodRescue.ca. Businesses can register with the easy-to-use online platform.

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Business UPFRONT CATHY STEFFLER

DeNure celebrates 60th anniversary

In 1960 Fred and Dorothy DeNure launched a business that would allow them to share their love of travel with others, making sure that small town hospitality and customer service would be key ingredients. Sixty years later, the company led by their son Ray continues to operate DeNure Tours with those very same values. That was 60 years ago -- and as DeNure celebrates it’s 60th anniversary this year the local company has a number of great events planned. See their advertorial on page 31 for more information.

ASHLEY WEBSTER

Connecting Women in Business a supportive group for women entrepreneurs With 114 members at last count, Connecting Women in Business is proving to be a valuable way for women in business to connect, learn from each other and share ideas and experiences. That’s according to Ashley Webster, of AW Media Consulting, one of the co-founders of the group along with Cathy Steffler, who owns Flex Fitness. Webster says they set up the group online “hoping it would make it easier to plan events and opportunities, and to bring like-minded women together in the real world, whether to socialize, collaborate, or support each other.” So far, Webster says she and Steffler have planned two successful events and promoted them through the group. The group is open and inclusive for women who own a business, help manage a business, or are thinking of starting a business. There is no membership fee, although some events will have a fee to cover costs. There are many ways to join. On Facebook, search for “Connecting Women in Business – Kawartha Lakes” to request to join. Or e-mail awmediaconsultant@outlook.com or reach out to Steffler on Instagram @cathystefflerfitness.

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All-female economic development department moves Kawartha Lakes forward

RODERICK BENNS, PUBLISHER

}} City pivots from ‘smokestack-chasing’ to building the right economic conditions for success

Just inside the doors of the city’s economic development department is a cluster of framed photos depicting the nine people who work there. It’s conspicuous not just because the photos are an unexpected touch for a department that some might assume would be a little rigid and dry (just how exciting could “economic development” really be?) but rather because since 2018 there hasn’t been a single man to be seen on that wall. The business of developing the economy of Kawartha Lakes is largely the job of the nine women in those photos. And as it turns out, that business is anything but dull; it’s quite clear that the economic development team has passion and clarity of purpose for what they do. As they prepare for the Advocate cover shoot, they’re asked to just pretend they’re connecting with each other on a work project. Rather than making up a situation, however, they simply get to work. Actual projects are discussed in pairs and threes; deadlines are spoken of; ideas are traded. CONT’D ON PAGE 11

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ALL-FEMALE ECONOMIC DEPARTMENT CONT’D FROM PAGE 9

But just what is this kind of work? Rebecca Mustard, manager of economic development for Kawartha Lakes for the past four years, says economic development as an industry has changed. At one time it was all about chasing large corporations to set up industry here, but the dynamics of globalization and the hollowing out of the manufacturing sector in many small towns across Canada has meant the focus is now Rebecca Mustard “more on relationship-building and Manager of Economic collaboration,” she says. Development for There is plenty of credible research Kawartha Lakes to suggest that this new focus is a good fit for a female-dominated department. Overall, women tend to collaborate and build relationships well, as many studies show. According to a 2018 article in the Harvard Business Review, researcher Pam Heim uncovered an important difference in the way men and women view collaboration. She found that women are more likely to agree with the statement “Being a good team player means helping all of my colleagues with what they need to get done.” In contrast, men are more likely to agree with the statement “Being a good team player is knowing your position and playing it well.” Regardless of what the research says, though, Mustard was keener to discuss the work her department does rather than gender differences in the work world.

The first wave of economic development that involved efforts to lure industry — smokestack-chasing — used to mean small towns and cities would try to attract one big employer to meet the municipality’s needs. Second-wave economic development saw a greater focus on efforts to retain and expand existing industry, and was also marked by small business development. The so-called third wave of economic development forms the basis for the city’s modern approach. “What we have shifted from is … the focus on attracting industrial development,” says Mustard. While there are still about 2,000 people employed in manufacturing in Kawartha Lakes, the east end of Lindsay is no longer a hotbed of employment. Many factories now sit empty and idle; others are now just whispers in empty fields where industries once stood. “New business investment continues to be an important part of economic development,” she says, but “the majority of new jobs in a community come from the expansion of existing businesses, so the focus of economic development has shifted to creating conditions for local businesses to flourish.” CONT’D ON PAGE 12

Overall, only 3-4% of skilled trades workers are women. This trend is consistent with what is being seen at a provincial level. GEOGRAPHY

FEMALE*, % OF TOTAL

Peterborough Kawartha Lakes Northumberland Haliburton WDB OCOT (All of Ontario)

4.05% 3.60% 3.09% 2.25% 3.57% 3.24%

TOTAL FEMALE*

108 74 57 8 247 6,685

MEDIAN AGE, FEMALE*

38 40 41 49 39.5 41

* All trades, excluding hairstylists

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ALL-FEMALE ECONOMIC DEPARTMENT CONT’D FROM PAGE 11

“It’s about the community working together to improve local economic conditions,” she adds. Mariposa Dairy, which has grown exponentially in recent years, is a good example, she says. According to an Ontario East Economic Development brief, Mariposa Dairy now employs more than 120 people and processes close to 20 million litres of goat’s milk each year. The company sells 70 per cent of its products in the United States and is responsible for processing about 40 per cent of the entire goat’s milk harvest in Ontario. The company, which started with a farm just outside of Lindsay, is now a massive industrial-scale facility in Lindsay that underwent a large expansion in 2017. Mustard says as communities work together to improve their economic, cultural, environmental and social sustainability, they’re looking to “improve quality of life for their people.” How they do this continues to evolve, she notes, adding that economic development “doesn’t happen in a vacuum.” Instead, it involves government at various

levels, as well as the business community and the community at large working together to improve local prosperity. “Many people contribute to that process. Our team works specifically on projects that stimulate business development, workforce development, sector development and which strengthens … tourism and business development organizations,” Mustard says.

DOWNTOWNS REVITALIZED

Kawartha Lakes City Council has focused on an economic development strategy for the past four years which focuses resources in key ways. This includes a downtown revitalization strategy in Lindsay, Fenelon Falls, Omemee, and Coboconk-Norland. The Million Dollar Makeover funding program has been gradually rolling out for small businesses, with more than $1 million dollars in financial incentives available through loan and grant programs. Successful applicants are able to use the funds to improve their commercial, mixed-use, or heritage-designated residential buildings. Funding is available to support many types of improvement projects, including: better signage, improving façades, building repairs and renovations, accessibility improvements, heritage conservation, outdoor art, and outdoor patios. CONT’D ON PAGE 21

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Emily Avery-Graves has deep local roots, growing up just outside of Valentia on Lake Scugog. It’s perhaps not much of a surprise that she found her way to working in the insurance industry – that’s because her grandfather was Stewart Morrison. As Emily pursued her post secondary education, she spent her summers working at Stewart Morrison Insurance, developing a strong foundation in insurance. She earned her first degree from Trent University before attending Mohawk College where she completed the Insurance program. Emily began her career at Royal and SunAlliance in Hamilton, as a claims adjuster and moved on to the position of Branch Manager at Crawford & Company, a national independent adjusting firm located in Peterborough. In 2009, Emily began the next chapter in her career as Business Development Manager at Stewart Morrison Insurance, back to her familial roots. “My goal was to further my career but also, have an opportunity to be more involved in my community, where I was raising my family. After working outside the Kawartha Lakes for so many years, I felt the desire to volunteer with organizations that make a difference for others,” she reflects. She is incredibly passionate in helping all children grow and thrive in the same community as she has chosen to raise her own. Emily is currently the past President of the Boys & Girls clubs of the Kawartha Lakes Foundation, and chair of the Dream Ball for the Kawartha Haliburton Children’s Foundation, just two of the many organizations she has worked with over the years. Emily says the best part about her job is working with local business owners and members of our community understand insurance coverages they need and their value. She admits that perhaps no one really “loves” insurance but she says after working on the claims side for years, she’s seen the impact that it can have in people’s lives when an unfortunate event happens. Emily’s Advice: Look for mentors in your field; they’ll make all the difference in the world.


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Shelly Hardaker and her family have made the City of Kawartha Lakes home for 17 years. A food services industry veteran, she worked for the previous Smitty’s owners before purchasing it from them four years ago. One of her favourite things about food services is that it’s a “go, go, go industry.” Known for “keeping it local” when it comes to food sourcing, Shelly says it’s important to “support those who support you.” Since the Smitty’s franchise allows her to offer alternate menus along with the core menu, she is able to use locally-sourced products for specials. “It’s a way of achieving creativity and diversity with food.” The franchise owner also takes a leading role when it comes to environmental matters at her restaurant. Smitty’s has embraced compostable take-away containers, even though they are far more expensive than Styrofoam. As well, the straws they use look like plastic but actually break down completely in 36 months with no harm done to the environment. Shelly says it’s her children that keep her motivated and inspired at work. “Truth be told, I love my business. It keeps me physically and mentally challenged each and every day. I am very fortunate to have such amazing people, both my staff and customers.” Shelly’s Advice: Keep it local, sustainable, environmentally friendly, and support those who will support you.

Adrienne has called Lindsay home since she was a child. One of her favourite parts of living here is how people of all ages are always getting behind a great cause to help those in need. “The people here truly care about the well-being of others.” For her, the opportunity to contribute to the community that she lives in is simply amazing. With more than 200 people calling Adelaide Place home, between residents and team members, Adrienne sees themselves as “one big family.” “The warmth of home is felt by all the second they walk through the door. We continuously hear this sentiment and I love this about us. Adelaide Place really is my second home, and I am honoured to be part of it.” Adrienne says the residents are amazing and they each bring a unique, beautiful element – not to mention their history – to the home. She says the Adelaide Place team is the best she has ever worked alongside. “They make the lives of our residents brighter and make me proud every day. I am a lucky lady to spend my days with this group of people.” Adrienne’s Advice: Your team is the most important part of any business, so treat them well always and you will see success together.

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One of only 200 women in the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) of Canada, and the only one in Kawartha Lakes, Shana Kelly has become the go-to teacher in the City for all things golf. Shana prides herself on staying current with the latest education and training techniques, helping the golfers she works with reach their goals. Her business – Kelly’s Glen – was previously based in Bobcaygeon. But when Lindsay Golf & Country Club began looking for a new teaching professional in 2015, they found Shana to be the perfect fit. Under Kelly’s leadership, Lindsay G&CC is recognized by Golf Canada as a Junior Golf Development Centre, one of 35 in the country meeting national standards for programming. Geared to golfers age 4-18, the program is comprised of a combination of lessons, clinics and supervised play on the course. Shana enjoys sharing the game with young people and has a special interest in sparking an interest in young girls in particular. “I do what I do for everyone, but I certainly place an emphasis on trying to get more girls and women interested in the sport,” she says, recalling when she was young being the only female player most of the time. Lindsay Golf & CC

hosts a Wednesday evening ladies league, for fun, noncompetitive games, including a social after the game. Varying skill levels are welcome. Shana recently attended training on a new initiative in Canada - love.golf - designed for teaching women on the golf course as opposed to the driving range. She is excited to roll it out at Lindsay this season. She was also a panellist for Golf Ontario to discuss and create a pathway for junior golfers in the province and is a big supporter of the national Golf In Schools program, delivering it to 2,000 students in the community this past year alone. She now splits her time between the golf course and her own studio, just minutes from the club. Her indoor training lab features a Foresight GC Quad launch monitor, complete with digital graphics and projection. Golfers can practice on the range, play rounds of golf, challenge their short game and even play carnival-style games for fun. The studio is great for the long winters and inclement weather days Canadian golfers face. Shana’s Advice: Trust your gut and go for it when you feel the time is right.


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Heather has lived nearly her entire life in Bobcaygeon. From a young age she knew this is where she, too, would plant family roots. Heather has worked in the not-for-profit sector for over 15 years, getting her start with environmental organizations. Now, she is Executive Director of Kawartha Lakes Food Source (KLFS) and has been for three-and-a-half years. KLFS pushes food security efforts and collaborates with other social service groups. She knows KLFS can make life just a little less challenging for people who have been historically and systematically disadvantaged. Heather’s Advice: Know when, and who, to ask for help – and then ask.

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Laura and Taryn are two of four owners of Boiling Over, along with Jamie Bergin and James Myette. Laura manages the day-to-day operations. She values bringing in Canadian products, local art and, free live music and events. “As we enter our fifth year, we can’t thank our amazing community enough for making us the place to meet!” Taryn now lives and works in Toronto but knows the Lindsay café is the perfect spot to be. She compares Boiling Over to coffee shops in Toronto. “Laura has done a great job cultivating products that create a high end coffee shop vibe while staying true to Lindsay’s roots!” Laura and Taryn’s Advice: Surround yourself with people who share your passions and goals.

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Cindy Ray grew up in Whitby but moved to Kawartha Lakes 41 years ago. She loves the lifestyle and opportunities this area has to offer, from our amazing snowmobile trails in the winter and campgrounds and lakes in summer. Cindy has been part of the real estate community here for 14 years, eight of those with Affinity Group. There’s nothing she loves more than seeing the joy in her clients, whether it’s first-time buyers realizing their dreams or empty nesters moving to the next chapter of their lives. Cindy’s Advice: Stay positive, and be true to yourself and your beliefs.

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Chantel Lawton grew up in Brock Township, on the edge of Kawartha Lakes. She knew she wanted to become a lawyer at a young age. “I studied music much of my life and my first degree is in music, but always had the plan to carry on to law school.” She saw it as a way to give a voice to people who otherwise may not have one. While she didn’t plan on making her focus on family law, this branch of law eventually sparked her interest. Chantel believes the best part of her job is connecting with people and hearing their stories and holding space for those stories, especially considering it’s often a time of great personal stress for them. “I do my best to provide that support and guidance with respect and dignity.” Collaborative law and mediation are a large part of Chantel’s practice.  She spent many years in litigation and now knows that it is not the best place for families to solve their problems.  “A family is not the same as a business or someone with whom you have no emotional connection.  Settlement focused processes such as collaborative law and

mediation allows families to separate the way they want to and to focus on the things that matter the most to them,” she explains. These processes recognize that families and their dynamics are complex and that often parties who are separating are going to have to maintain a relationship of some kind for the rest of their lives. It allows space for real conversations which lead to real solutions that actually work for the family.   Chantel has been involved in the community throughout her career, volunteering with various boards and community organizations.  “Most recently, I have been involved with the Kawartha Lakes Concert Band and have truly enjoyed reconnecting with my musical roots and passions.”  In the past she has volunteered with the Children’s Services Council, the Ethics Committee at the Ross Memorial Hospital, Victim Services, and the Lindsay Concert Foundation.   Chantel’s Advice: Be true to yourself and your values and don’t change who you are to fit into the “mold” of whatever business you are entering.


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Tammy Adams has a great talent being put to use in Kawartha Region - helping seniors maintain their independence and live their lives to the fullest. Her company, Silver Lights, provides companionship and “accompanying services” to help seniors in Kawartha and Durham Regions. That could be banking, medical appointments, and other errands. “Being able to do this for people and see them enjoy life and make things a little easier makes me feel really good inside,” says Adams. “Seniors should be able to feel like they’re still part of society,” says Adams. Tammy’s Advice: Stay open-minded for new ideas, be patient, and network. Cory grew up on a farm south of Lindsay. She has three younger sisters and both parents were hard working and self-employed. Her mom, Janet, opened Galaxy Picture Framing in 1979 and her dad has farmed his entire life. “I’m thankful to have had both my parents as strong business role models.” Even her grandparents were both artists and entrepreneurs so the ability to be creative runs in her blood. Cory loves Lindsay’s small-town vibe where there is a feeling of support among the downtown businesses. “I love working in a community where my husband, Matt, and I both grew up.” Framing came naturally to Cory, as she spent a good part of her childhood in the frame shop along with her three younger sisters.  Cory started as an employee and made the switch to business owner when she purchased the business from her mother in 2016. “My mom is now semi-retired and my sister, Sarah, has worked for me full time for 3 years now.” As a custom  picture framer, Cory loves having the ability to create something special for people. “My favourite part is the reactions we get from our customers when they pick up their work!” Cory’s advice: Be passionate about what you do.

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Trish Todd has called Kawartha Lakes home since childhood and can’t picture herself anywhere else, given the more relaxed lifestyle and rural living offered here – a place where being a part of a small-town community is still possible. Trish has been in real estate for more than a decade and switched to Re/Max In 2017, a move she calls a “great success.” There’s nothing she likes better than helping clients find the right house and seeing their excitement when they do. “Knowing you helped in the next chapter of their lives is amazing.” Trish’s Advice: Work and striving for success can take over; take time for yourself, family and friends.

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Michele has lived in the country, south of Woodville for more than 20 years. As someone who mostly grew up in the city she now appreciates rural life. For many years in Toronto Michele was overseeing restorative justice programs. But due to funding cuts, her agency closed down and she found herself looking for a new opportunity closer to home. For soap lovers, that was a good thing. Over the years she had developed a love of growing herbs and learned to make soap. She struck out as an entrepreneur and opened Gridley’s in 2011. Michele now creates a wide range of natural products, including home and garden products. Michele’s Advice: Dream big, work hard, shower, repeat.

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Michelle Shanahan and has called Kawartha Lakes home all her life. Named after her daughter, River, she built River Rose Cleaning Service 3 years ago with nothing but a dream and a cleaning kit. Now, she dreams of taking River Rose to new heights by expanding the service area. She continues to take courses on new cleaning techniques and takes pride in getting new certificates. With clients across Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough, and now Durham region, River Rose offers commercial and residential cleaning for busy professionals, seniors, and families. To work with River Rose and their award-winning team, or if you need their services, contact them through their website. Michelle’s Advice: Don’t give up on your dreams, learn from your mistakes, and be kind along the way.

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Manju grew up in Mississauga. That’s where she and her husband were living when he came across an amazing work opportunity in a town they hadn’t heard of (Bobcaygeon). They checked it out and fell in love with the area. Six weeks later they moved to the Kawarthas. While earlier Manju had considered traditional health care positions, like becoming a doctor or dentist, “chiropractic really stood out to me from the rest.” “I always heard how hard it was for a woman to pursue this field, or that I was too small to be a chiropractor, or that I didn’t know how much would be involved in building a successful clinic.” But she wanted to prove everyone wrong. She also wanted to be in a profession where she could laugh with her patients, build a rapport, and provide them with great care. When the family moved north she knew she wanted space for collaborative care where a variety of healthcare professionals could work together under one roof. She felt lucky to find space next to RMH and build a cozy boutique style clinic where patients feel like they’re at home. Manju’s Advice: Treat your career like a marathon, not a sprint. Take risks, speed up sometimes but also take breaks and balance.


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Lori’s journey with Women’s Resources began in 1989 as a volunteer board member and in 1995 she was hired as Executive Director, 25 years ago. Knowing that Women’s Resources saves the lives of women and their children every day lends a deeper meaning to her career. Women’s Resources’ ongoing work on gender violence — men’s violence toward women — has been a motivator to constantly implement new strategies and to collaborate with other local agencies. Lori’s Advice: Bring your best self to work and find work that has meaning and fills your soul. Diana Kelly is no stranger to Kawartha Lakes, given her family had always cottaged here. But in 2017 she became a permanent resident when she and her partner decided to come north from the city and start her own family here. “It’s nice getting out of the traffic and I love the small hometown businesses.” It didn’t take Diana long to contribute to the local business climate herself – in fact, she did it in a way that helps other businesses, too, when she created Curious Bear, just south of Coboconk. It officially opened its doors last May. Curious Bear is a large multi-vendor marketplace filled with makers and entrepreneurs of all backgrounds who rent small sections of the store to sell their own goods, often homemade or locally sourced. There’s also a large selection of Kawartha Dairy ice cream in the summer in the attached restaurant. “It’s beautiful space for classes and workshops with a large play area for children.” It’s also a welcoming environment for four-legged family members. “This is my first business so every milestone is rewarding. Every time I am able to get sales for my amazing vendors I get to share in the excitement.” Diana’s Advice: Don’t work towards proving yourself to others. Work towards proving it to yourself.

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Jenny was born in Lindsay and loves living in a small town where she can get to know people on a personal level. Now the owner of Unwrapped, Jenny is also a Registered Practical Nurse and has been at Ross Memorial Hospital since 2011. She’s still an RPN on staff, working on a casual basis, while maintaining her unique, environmentally-conscious shop. As much as she loves nursing, she is realizing a long-time dream to own her own business. Jenny loves educating people about how they can reduce their environmental footprint. She believes that, in a small way, she is making a difference. Jenny’s Advice: Go for it and do what makes you happy!

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In Omemee, Councillor Ron Ashmore says there is a “new positive feeling” in the village over the past year, something he has heard from many people. “The Million Dollar Makeover has revitalized the library. Several stores and businesses have modernized and improved their signage and a new hardware store is now in the village,” he tells the Advocate. Ashmore says the village will be “improving the appearance of many buildings starting this spring,” partly helped by council dropping its development charges on commercial development, which is in effect for up to five years. At that time it will be reviewed again. He says he believes the move has spurred new growth and interest from the development community. He cites Green Eden in Omemee, a new residential development that will see construction begin in late 2020 or early 2021. The development is 18 semi-detached houses and 12 apartment units, “all with views and decks facing onto the protected Pigeon River wetland,” according to the company’s website. Ashmore also says there may be a new gas station coming to the village and that the beach area will be cleaned up. The councillor says he is also asking the various service groups in Omemee “to partner with the city to help build a splash park,” he adds. Ashmore says work is underway to secure a multimillion “connecting links” grant from the Ontario government for Omemee, a program that “helps municipalities repair designated municipal roadways and bridges that connect two ends of a provincial highway through a community or to a border crossing,” according to the Ministry of Transportation’s website. Lindsay, too, is seeing its share of changes aimed at creating an economic boost for the city. All-new infrastructure under the streets is being installed over the next two years. Lindsay’s storm sewers, sanitary sewers, and watermain systems are a century old and are well overdue for replacement. New sidewalks and resurfaced streets, complete with traffic-calming features and improved intersections are also being built. There will be more greenery, including more trees and planters. The city’s focus on redoing its downtowns is backed up by research from urban economists – that the importance

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This is a new three-year program soon to be offered through the Kawartha Lakes Small Business and Entrepreneurship Centre. The program is funded by the federal government through Ontario East Economic Development.

of cityscapes is both economic and cultural. Downtowns are vital. When we travel to new towns and cities the first thing we want to see is what their downtowns look like – not the far-flung edges of ubiquitous plazas and corporate stores. Downtowns most often contain the local landmarks and the distinctive features that have shaped a place. They offer insights about where a town has been and where it might be going. Mustard would agree, noting downtowns play a key role in defining Kawartha Lakes’ communities, representing us both to ourselves and to outsiders. “They are critical to communities because it’s part of how we see our identity.”

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The economic development team takes a “cluster” approach to its planning, which basically means an ecosystem of interconnected businesses. For instance, culture would be considered a cluster. “The evolution of the arts and heritage trail is a great example,” Mustard points out.

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The arts and heritage trail is a tourism initiative that showcases the numerous art studios, galleries, museums and historic and culinary culture sites throughout Kawartha Lakes. There are 48 destinations on the trail. Seventeen of these are new or expanded enterprises that now provide a livelihood for 38 local entrepreneurs, as well as creating 19 full-time and 21 part-time jobs and one seasonal position.These destinations participated in six business development and tourism development workshops through the year in order to enhance their operations and offer new experiences for visitors. The growth of the cultural industry has been significant. For instance, in 2017 the cultural sector contributed $43 million to the Kawartha Lakes economy. This includes visitors spending their money on cultural activities in the city, as well as the value of all goods and services produced. This was led by visual and applied arts with $8.2 million worth of that share. The culture sector is responsible for 527 jobs in Kawartha Lakes. Visual According to the and applied arts led the way in providLindsay BIA, and ing jobs in the areas of original visual art, art reproductions, photography, the Fenelon Falls crafts, advertising, and architecture and Bobcaygeon design. As well, data collected in the Chambers of spring of 2019 show the city is home Commerce, in all to more than 189 cultural businesses, including 39 artist and art studios, three communities galleries and artisan gift stores. about 45 per cent In a brief provided to the Advocate of businesses are on this topic, the economic developeither owned or ment department also points out the significant sector development that partially owned, has occurred through the creation of or operated, the Kawartha Lakes Arts Council and by a woman. the Kawartha Lakes Arts & Heritage Network. “These initiatives are laying the ground work for a strong economic cluster in the region,” according to the brief.

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The number of women-owned enterprises continues to grow — and that includes our farms.The most recent Kawartha Lakes statistics provided by the city show 530 female farm operators here. Even though there is a significant decline in the number of farmers, the number of women operating farms has dropped by only five since the last census, compared to a loss of 130 male farm operators.

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Abuse survivors’ program under threat

}} Women’s Resources Bridges hub especially important for isolated rural women

Violence against women is terrible wherever it happens, but in rural areas like Kawartha Lakes, women experiencing abuse face extra hurdles to getting help. The weekly Bridges hub run by Women’s Resources in Lindsay, which brings services for those women together in one place, aims to help women in our area get the help they need. But without an extension of government funding, Bridges is facing closure on April 1. “That would be a terrible loss to some of the most vulnerable people in our community,” Women’s Resources executive director Lori Watson says. Available every Monday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Bridges hub provides free walk-in support from local services, including police, family law, court support, housing, sexual assault services, Children’s Aid, counsellors and drug and addictions workers. The hub ensures that women living with violence only have to tell their story once and have access to multiple services in one place, thereby reducing or eliminating the barriers of social isolation, lack of information and transportation that rural women experience. Woodville’s Paola Di Paolo, a Master’s student at Athabasca University, researches what’s often called intimate partner violence, specifically in rural settings and on farms. She says the greatest cause of intimate partner violence is patriarchy “which is pervasive and endemic in our society.” Patriarchy is the set of social attitudes and structures that enable male dominance, such as when the male spouse is the head of the household who makes major decisions for the family. Di Paolo’s findings show that women in rural areas and on farms are more likely to adhere to traditional roles. While many farm couples are equal partners, in other cases the man might assert himself forcefully. Spouses aren’t the only men who behave abusively, says Watson. “What we are seeing more often now is that

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sons, stepsons, [and] grandsons are being violent. It is not just partner violence … it is men’s violence to women.” Watson adds that in an area like Kawartha Lakes where 72 per cent of the population is rural, isolation is a big issue. “In an urban centre, housing may be closer together, making it more noticeable when violence is occurring in the home. In rural spaces where there is greater distance between homes, the abuse can often not be heard by neighbours,” she says. Lack of transportation makes it hard for rural and farm women to get to work, let alone to Women’s Resources or to a police station or lawyer’s office. With no regular reliable rural transportation system, women may rely on one vehicle to get into town or may depend on their abuser to drive them. “This lack of access to transportation keeps women trapped at home in unsafe situations."

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A Place Called Home }} 25 years of fighting for justice

for people who are homeless ZITA DEVAN

It was a chance meeting on a Monday in 1985 that would alter my life path for good. The meeting was with a young man with curly blond hair who, in many ways, looked very much like one of my own teenage sons. I was working at Fleming College at the time, coordinating a government program to help youth who had left high school and lacked job experience. Candidates for the program filled out an application form followed by a series of interviews to determine a suitable local employer who could provide much-needed work experience. Looking over his application I noticed that the young man had reported his address as 76 Pinto Street. Lindsay is a small town, and it was smaller in 1985. The street name was unfamiliar to me. When I asked him where Pinto Street was he confessed that he had slept in an unlocked car last night — a 1976 Ford Pinto.

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Simply put, he needed a place to stay — a physical address — before he could ever start meaningful employment or training. Without this, he simply could not move forward. After a few calls I soon learned that there were no services available to people like the young man I’d met. However, some social service agencies did express that they also, from time to time, had clients who needed shelter. We agreed that a meeting was in order.  For several years we met around kitchen tables, our small band of six people comprised of concerned citizens and folks from social service agencies. We soon found out just how big this issue was. Without a place to live, one is unable to find work, access services, or to feel empowered to contribute as a member of the community. 

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In the late fall of 1990, a family with no place to go for shelter appealed to Reverend John McMurray of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church for assistance. The nowlate minister knew of our group’s efforts and called for help. This event quickly became the catalyst for meaningful action. Through the efforts of the Lindsay and District Ministerial Association, a call went out to all churches for volunteers to deal with this community need. In February of 1991, 32 individuals showed up at our first meeting, breaking up into groups to begin the research and planning on how the faith community could help the town’s homeless. We soon realized there was no funding available, along with many zoning restrictions. Our persistence included the task of formally incorporating ourselves into a non-profit charitable organization. Fortunately, a member of our group had a brother who was a lawyer and agreed to do this task at no cost. Then it came time to choosea name, and it needed to be something that would clearly express what we were. I still feel the name we chose was perfect because it is a universal need: A Place Called Home.

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It took until May of 1993 to develop a working plan. With a plan in hand, we appealed to the church community for prayers and financial help. In an age before social media, the members of our small team spoke at functions and spread the word through their bulletins in order to gather support. Bob Mark, owner of a farm machinery dealership and the local Post Church Envelope factory, and an active member of Queen Street United Church was a committee member, and he generously printed a special donation envelope for our use. This appeal raised $15,000 — a clear indicator that proved that once our community was aware that we had people who were homeless, it cared enough to help. Our plan included finding partners within the current social service agencies and applying to lease a five-bedroom house on Maryknoll Street through the Ontario Housing Authority, working with the staff members at the local office. We applied for funds from the federal government to hire someone to run the operation through a job creation program, along with volunteers.  On Jan. 5, 1995 — 25 years ago — we opened our doors to the first resident. Lorrie Polito was our project coordinator, operating the house more as a rooming house than a shelter. Services were provided out of a small closet-like office rented from the John Howard Society. I would be remiss in acknowledging A Place Called Home’s 25th anniversary without a heartfelt thank you to Lorrie, who has guided our agency from the beginning, keeping us true to our first mission that “Everyone deserves a safe place to return to at the end of their day.”  Our shelter, which now serves all of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton, has grown to meet increased community needs. That’s not something to celebrate in and of itself. But A Place Called Home is a unique shelter in that those who are staying there are not required to leave during the day, as is the case with most shelters. And while most shelters offer a few meals, those staying there are expected to be gone otherwise until evening. A Place Called Home provides three meals a day, including snacks, and people who find themselves there are free to call it home — day and night — while staff work diligently to find other, longer-term options for people who find themselves homeless. I remember at some point our focus changed from a group representing various faith communities to simply a group of like-minded individuals. We came to understand that while it was our sense of charity that compelled us to take that first step of service, we had arrived at the realization that homelessness was actually more about justice — or the lack of it. The difference is that charity is most often a spontaneous response to an accident or an event, and usually non-controversial. Justice responds to acts of people or, often, the inaction of systems. It demands that root causes be identified and removed. It typically requires persistence and a concerted effort. Life goes on and we file away many encounters in our memories, both our successes and failures. They are touchstones for what motivates us and how we develop our core values.  I don’t know what happened to the curly-haired blond boy from long ago, who must be about 53 now. I hope he found his footing in life and is doing well. More than anything though, I hope he found a place to call home.

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Women at the Helm of Local Non-Profits Twenty-five years ago, leadership in all kinds of organizations was less diverse than it is now, and charitable groups were no exception. In 2020, however, women head the majority of the area’s largest and best-respected non-profits and charities; here’s just a partial list. The Boys & Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes is led by executive director Amy Terrill, Janice Balfour is executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kawartha LakesHaliburton, and Penny Barton Dyke is executive director of the United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes.  Barbara Mildon is chief executive officer of Community Care Kawartha Lakes, and  Lois Powers is the executive director of the John Howard Society of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton. Teresa Jordan is executive director of Community Living Trent Highlands, and Kawartha Lakes Food Source’s general manager is Heather Kirby. Two other charities have benefited from the talents of their current executive directors since day one:  Lori Watson at Women’s Resources and Lorrie Polito  at A Place Called Home. ~Nancy Payne


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In some areas, poor internet and cell phone service can contribute to women’s isolation and limit their access to help. “We have had clients living outside of Lindsay where the abusive partner has disconnected phones and taken them with them when they leave the property so women cannot make calls,” says Watson. She describes a situation where the man disabled vehicles so his partner couldn’t leave the property. Di Paolo says that making connections in the community with other women often helps. To be separated from other women — not to be able to form caring relationships with them as a result of being isolated by an abusive partner — is “unnatural,” she says. “Conversation, art, caring circles, yoga, and other experiences allow women to find support and connectedness,” says Di Paolo, who has started a Facebook group called End Rural Silence to raise awareness of this issue. Di Paolo notes the farm itself requires a commitment to the land and often women don’t want to leave their land and animals, even if there is abuse. If women are worried about their financial survival or how to support children, they often stay in the abusive situation, says Watson. Her organization helps women facing abuse, even if they don't want to leave. “There is a high percentage of women, particularly older women, who choose not to leave,” Watson says. “We work with them to develop safety plans to keep themselves safe and offer supportive counselling and guidance for living with an abuser.” Nature Day Camps Ages 4-8 Mul�ple dates June through September

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My favourite book is The Afterlife of Billy Fingers. After his tragic passing, Billy begins to communicate to his sister the wonderful and often profound journey through the afterlife. His wonderfully vibrant descriptions and heartfelt explanations allow us to ponder our own lives and what is to come.

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appeal to every taste, activity level and interest. The company prides itself on offering fascinating sights to explore, with tours designed to immerse you in the local culture and landscape, and expose you to the authentic experiences the destination has to offer.

Over the years, the business grew from day trips to Toronto and escorted tours to Atlantic Canada, to now include cruises, sightseeing tours in North America, Britain and Europe, active tours and of course, their popular sunshine vacations escorting folks to Florida and other sunny destinations.

“Escorted tours that DeNureTours debuted in the ’60s to destinations like the East Coast and Florida, are still extremely popular today,” says Julia Bryan, general manager of DeNureTours. “But for a company to stay in business for 60 years, you need to make sure you are continually evolving to offer something new and different that will appeal to the next generation.”

The DeNure family knew that taking people away from the harsh Canadian winter was a must back in 1985 when the programs began, and these programs continue today. Starting in fall and right through the cold Canadian winter, DeNure takes guests to Myrtle Beach, Daytona Beach and St Pete Beach. Each property, unique in its offerings, has destination representatives who provide assistance and organize onsite social activities and special outings. There are regular complimentary excursions using exclusive DeNure shuttle buses and local drivers to take guests to local attractions, shopping, and to local dinner venues.

When it comes to authentic experiences, DeNure’s trips to Newfoundland and Labrador remain their most popular, and they recently added a hiking tour of the province to their offerings. “We are finding that there is an increased demand for active tours and with the success of Hike the Rock, we decided to add additional hiking tours in Quebec and Whistler,” says Bryan. “We developed our first hiking tour after a request from a hiking club. Many people don’t realize that we also develop unique tours for groups, but it is definitely a growing segment of our business.”

“There is a familiarity and feeling of security when you travel with like minded people to known destinations,” explains Ray DeNure. “But what we offer is even more than that, guests come back year after year and say that it is like travelling with family.”

2020 will be a year of celebration for DeNureTours and the party begins with their anniversary trip to Branson, Missouri in April – a trip that has generated so much interest, over 120 people will be there to celebrate!

DeNureTours’ long-stay programs in Florida and South Carolina are so popular for those looking to escape the Canadian chill, that additional areas in the sunny south will be offered for winter 2020-2021.

But the celebration doesn’t stop there. DeNureTours believes that travel itself inspires celebration – in the beauty of the world, the understanding of other cultures, and the hospitality that can be found in the most interesting places.

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NATURE NOTES with Suzanne Alden

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White-tailed deer are the smallest of North American deer. They have built-in night vision, seeing better in the dark than daytime but are somewhat colour-blind. Orange, red and green appear grey to deer. Unlike dogs, they only wag their tail when startled. Deer are like cows with a four-compartment stomach, and can regurgitate. Newborn fawns can stand within 20 minutes, walk in an hour and run in 24 hours. In mid to late winter deer will gather together in one area (called yarding) with dense stands of conifers which allows them to conserve energy and body heat, and escape predators more easily during extreme cold and deep snow.

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There are 100 farms in Kawartha Lakes where a woman is the sole operator, an increase of 42 per cent since the last census. (That compares to a 20 per cent increase at the provincial level.) In this city, almost eight per cent of farms are run by a female sole operator.

WOMEN’S PARTICIPATION

The Canadian government “is advancing women’s economic empowerment” with the first-ever Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES), a $2-billion investment that seeks to double the number of women-owned businesses by 2025, according to the WES website. This focus suggests the federal government recognizes that rectifying women’s historic under-representation in business is one way to boost Canada’s GDP. As the government notes, studies show that by advancing women’s economic participation in the economy Canada could add up to $150 billion in GDP. There’s no doubt women in Kawartha Lakes want a piece of that. Women are participating in the local and national economy in greater numbers than ever. Our all-female economic development team may be novel in many ways, and yet it is simply emblematic of what is happening across our city and across our country — women, more often than ever, are leading the charge as entrepreneurs and small business owners. Perhaps even better will be the day when all of this becomes unremarkable.

Want to start a business? Anyone looking to start a business is welcome to contact the Kawartha Lakes Small Business and Entrepreneurship Centre (KLSMEC) for free resources. It helps entrepreneurs create a firm foundation as they establish their business. Getting connected with the right tools and training is a great way to do that.

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BOOK REVIEW

The Sport and Prey of Capitalists: How the Rich Are Stealing Canada’s Public Wealth

}} Book shows two forces at play — the public vs. a narrow set of financial interests HERB WISEMAN Last fall, I attended an unusual book launch at the Eton House Tavern on the Danforth in Toronto. The audience drank beer and listened to Linda McQuaig describe her latest book, The Sport and Prey of Capitalists: How the Rich are Stealing Canada’s Public Wealth. While admittedly it was an unusual place for a book launch, after McQuaig spoke and while she was signing books, the audience listened and danced to the music of Don Smith and his band, Released from Captivity. The irony of the band’s name and the theme of the book was not lost on me. I had wondered about the title, the meaning of which became clear in the book’s introduction. The Conservative premier of Ontario in 1905, James P. Whitney, is quoted as saying, “… the water power all over the country should not in the future be made the sport and prey of capitalists and shall not be treated as anything else but a valuable asset of the people of Ontario.” We all know how that has turned out under recent Conservative and Liberal governments of Ontario. McQuaig also examines the purchase of the Trans Mountain Pipeline by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, seemingly to contradict her thesis about the value of public enterprises. However, she notes that the pipeline purchase was not like other public enterprises serving the national interest.

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This purchase, she writes, “… would compromise the ability to survive on this planet.” Along with other policies, it makes Canada subservient to the interests of big oil. She contrasts Alberta with Norway, with the latter making a more wise choice when it “channelled its inner Viking,” putting more than $1 trillion in a reserve fund, whereas Alberta has less than $20 billion. She describes the central conflict of political beliefs in our time, namely individualism versus collectivism. “Canadians collectively created significant public enterprises and national programmes that helped transform this vast stretch of land into a functioning and successful nation: power plants, a national railway, a public broadcaster, a nation-wide postal service, coast to coast transportation infrastructure, strong public health care and educational systems, a publicly owned pharmaceutical company that pioneered medical breakthroughs…” and many more. She describes the historical “hard-fought battles that pitted the public against a narrow set of financial interests.” An important chapter is entitled “Driving out the Loan Sharks: The Case for Public Banking,” which shows how the huge amount of interest and fees paid to the banks could be drastically reduced with postal banking.

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Other chapters describe how, “After fighting to put these public enterprises and programs in place, Canadians have spent the last few decades downsizing them or selling them off to private investors.” The many examples include: Highway 407, Connaught Labs,Victory Aircraft, the POSO (Province of Ontario Savings Office) and 28 Crown corporations that enabled Canada to fight the First World War. These examples successfully challenge the myth that private enterprise is better than public enterprise. In the chapter entitled “Justin Trudeau Meets the Smartest Guy on Wall Street,” she describes why the sell-off is taking place. The world is awash in huge sums of money looking for places to invest, with governments taking the risk. One of the biggest firms on Wall Street is BlackRock, an investment management company run by billionaire Larry Fink. (For more in this vein, see Joyce Nelson’s book Beyond Banksters: Resisting the New Feudalism.)

After fighting to put these public enterprises and programs in place, Canadians have spent the last few decades downsizing them or selling them off to private investors.

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Valentia-based miniature horses bring joy to local seniors

GEOFF COLEMAN

Nearby, and soon, a horse named Red, Mia, or Max will enter a seniors’ home or a homeless shelter wearing a diaper and booties. I am not making this up. The horse — actually a miniature — will be under the care of Valentia’s Patti Sheppard, and is part of a unique form of equine therapy where the animal is brought right into a facility giving residents the chance to interact with it. Sheppard had St. John Ambulance training with therapy dogs, and in 2017 thought the same philosophy behind canine therapy could be applied to horses. She set out to buy one miniature, came home with three, and started taking them to public events. Response to the animals was so positive after the first year that she saw the opportunity to offer a different kind of experience for seniors, or students, or people with anxiety issues and other forms of mental illness, and expanded her programming to institutions in February of 2018. As of December 2019, she has gone full-time, with near-daily visits to facilities from Scarborough to Peterborough. A typical visit would occur in a common room, where residents with sufficient mobility can approach the horse. For less mobile participants, Sheppard will guide the horse to the person, or take it on room-toroom visits. The horses’ height puts them at a nearperfect level for interaction with a person who is not able to leave their bed or wheelchair. Feeding is not permitted, but participants are encouraged to pet the animals. Reaction to the horses has been extraordinary. She singles out a patient who would barely move her arms in physiotherapy reaching out to hug the horses, and an ESL class made up largely of Syrian refugee children that found in the horses a bridge between the culture of their homeland and Canada. Not every interaction has been positive. In a scene out of Blazing Saddles, a patient in a ward for

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people with dementia actually punched one horse in the face. With no warning, Sheppard could not move the horse out of harm’s way, but the animal, which has a calm temperament in the first place, did not respond in kind. To work in these environments, the horse must be able to ignore sudden and loud noises, be comfortable around wheelchairs and walkers, and — most importantly — move when, and as directed, by Sheppard. The animals often get crowded by enthusiastic participants and for everyone’s safety, the horse must respond to the trainer’s commands. Sheppard’s horses are known as Class B animals, meaning they were bred to be work animals, commonly used in mines to pull carts. Measuring under 36 inches (90 cm) high at the last hair on their mane, they can pull four times, and carry 20 per cent of, their body weight. A miniature differs from a pony in that the ponies have stockier bodies and short legs, and measure no more than 14 hands, 2 inches about 4½ feet or 1.5 metres). The prize-winning incarnation of a miniature would really look like a standard horse that has been scaled down in every dimension. Interest in the horses from inspired Sheppard to host Sensory Saturdays at her farm southwest of Lindsay. Visitors to the grounds interacted with the horses, but also with other standard horses, goats, sheep, and a pig named Arnold. Geared to individuals with autism, the event also gave attendees the chance to participate in activities that would occur at a competitive horse show. Dates for the coming year have yet to be finalized, but interest from the Saturdays was so high in 2019 that Sheppard formed a team from participants to compete at horse shows. Competitions range from an obstacle course, to hunter-jumper events, to the fun costume class. While equine therapy has been written about since Hippocrates’ time, therapeutic riding became a thing in the 1950s after an Olympic dressage silver medallist claimed riding helped her recover from polio. Proponents believe the physical cadence of a horse can stimulate one’s muscles and spine, improving motor skills, balance, coordination and physical rehabilitation, but most major studies disagree. They claim there’s insufficient scientific evidence that equine-assisted therapy effectively reduces pain associated with physical disabilities. On the other hand, evidence does suggest equine therapy can contribute to improved mental health. A study of 60 clients at four addiction and mental health treatment sites in Saskatchewan determined that “participants all commented on or reported a sense of happiness following sessions with therapy horses.” The psychological benefits of regularly working with a horse seem undeniable. Even miniature horses are still powerful animals that aren’t going to tell us what they are going to do next, so it is logical that people could initially be intimidated by them. But horse-lovers will tell you that most horses want to be your friend, and if you can work through that initial fear, the confidence built is bound to help in other situations in life that create anxiety.

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Members of the Canadian Postmasters and Assistants Association (CPAA) have ratified an agreement that its negotiators call “historic,” resulting in significant improvements for thousands of members, mainly women, who operate post offices in the small communities of rural Canada. One of the key gains, according to a CPAA press release, is the elimination of a wage formula that forced “group” postmasters (those whose post office counters are in their businesses or homes) to be on call while getting paid only one-third of the hourly rate. The contract finally establishes job security for these members. “Group postmasters will now be treated like fullfledged employees,” said Daniel Maheux, chief negotiator for the CPAA. “Canada Post has also agreed to do a joint study with us on increasing financial services with the goal of setting up a program to pilot additional financial services in some rural communities that do not have banks,” said Brenda McAuley, CPAA national president. The CPAA and other groups have been campaigning for post offices to provide basic financial services for some time. In the past, Canada Post has experimented with successful banking partnerships in rural communities such as Nain, Newfoundland. The just-ratified contract contains no concessions and allows for annual wage increases of 2 per cent over a period of five years. The Feb. 2020 edition of the Advocate highlighted the potential benefits of postal banking services, especially in rural communities like Kawartha Lakes.

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Flower power:

}} A dark and early drive with Sarah Hill It’s 3:30 a.m. when the Hill’s Florist & Greenhouses van pulls up. Eleven years ago I climbed into the same Ford Econoline to accompany Roger Hill on his weekly trek to “The Clock” — the Mississauga flower auctions.  There’s a different Hill at the wheel this time: Sarah, Roger’s daughter, who for the past few years has been the one occupying the Hill’s seat in the auction gallery. Sarah greets her bleary-eyed passenger. She’s alert and cheerful, as befits a resilient 26-year-old.  It will be 90 minutes to Mississauga. Lots of time to hear Sarah’s story. I crack open my laptop and there’s just the glowing screen, and Sarah’s voice coming to me out of the van’s darkness.  I already know that Hill’s is not just a family business but a multi-generational family business, started by Sarah’s grandparents, Percy and Madeline, who in 1946 opened a flower shop in the Academy Theatre foyer. A few years later they bought the property on Lindsay Street South, moving into its white frame house and installing greenhouses.  So, what was it like for Sarah growing up around Hill’s Florist & Greenhouses? “Honestly, it was a great play space,” she tells me. Like her father before her, from early on she was involved in the business. As her mother, Deborah, arranged bouquets, Sarah would sit on a stool, watching and adding “filler flowers.” Her first trip to The Clock with her father came the summer she turned eight.   After high school she stepped away from the business and from Lindsay. She tried city living (Ottawa), and took a degree in ancient history and languages. More recently she’s explored far-flung destinations, making solo expeditions to China, the U.K. and Europe.  But by the end of her second  year she knew her place was here and in the family business. Her parents welcomed her, though her dad’s rueful comment was, “There are two ways you can work — hard or smart. You’ve chosen hard.”

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So now Sarah works alongside her parents all day but maintains a separate life away from work.Well, somewhat separate: she shares a house with her Australian shepherd, Zeus. The house, though, is her grandparents’ white frame home. Her social life takes her to Toronto, but her best friend, Brian, is also in the florist’s trade. The division of responsibilities at Hill’s is evolving. Her father looks after the garden centre and greenhouses. Sarah and her mother share the work at the florist shop, with Sarah taking on more and more responsibility. She looks after weddings and does designs alongside her mom, and makes some deliveries.  And of course, she’s taken over buying flower-buying. Which is why we’re in the van now.  I look up and am surprised to see we’ve exited Hwy 401 and are pulling in through automated bay doors to park alongside other florists’ vans and trucks.    

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We unload and return the empty florists’ buckets (which are always green) and head to customer service. Florists have the option of buying some flowers in advance. Sarah’s done this and picks up for the transaction report on those pre-purchases. Sarah inspects her pre-purchases, looking for  bruising, spotting and broken stems, and checking blossom colour (which darkens with age). We go through the cooler space to inspect the hundreds of thousands of cut flowers about to be auctioned. She’s come with a list, but if something catches her eye she can add to it.   As we go she greets by name not just other florists, but almost everyone she meets — even the “bucket boys” who load, unload, and move containers.     It’s 5:45 a.m. and Sarah settles into seat number 171 in the gallery. Embedded in her table is a digital pad for bidding.  Facing the gallery are four large countdown clocks.They’re newish (bought used from the Netherlands a few years ago), and allow up to seven buyers, bidding within milliseconds of one another, to make purchases simultaneously.  There is no auctioneer. Carts of flowers are moved along a track and positioned under clocks. Starting prices are displayed. The clock hand drops from the 12:00 position and as it does the price drops. First to press the buzzer gets the flowers. As bids are registered there’s a beep. Once sales are completed the next cart is moved into place.  Bidding is a fine art. Buzz in too early and you’re paying more than you might need to; wait too long and someone else has the flowers. The aim is to get close as possible to the “buy-back price” (minimum bid). The average transaction takes two seconds. It’s all very low-key. Sarah’s completely at ease, arranging a side purchase of daisies, schmoozing with neighbours. Eight minutes in I’m surprised to learn she’s already made three purchases.  By 7:30 am the auction is over. She pays the women in the office.We wheel the purchases out and load up the van.  Happily, there’s still room for me. (If this were near Valentine’s Day, the single passenger seat would be occupied by buckets of roses). 

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Two stops before we head home. Breakfast, then CanMex Wholesale Flowers to pick up yellow roses, which were unavailable at the auction. The owner, John, welcomes Sarah warmly and offers more breakfast.  Sarah accepts a slice of banana bread; John insists I down a slug of Croatian whiskey. (Did I mention it’s 8:30 a.m.?).  As we return Sarah reflects on the challenges and satisfactions of the trade. Challenges include razor-thin profit margins and competition from grocery stores that can offer lower prices, but not necessarily the same quality.  She’s eloquent about what keeps her in the business:  “The cut-flower industry has nothing to do with flowers and everything to do with people and relationships. Flowers are about showing people you care. They add colour to life.” We’re back at Hill’s by 11 a.m. Sarah will unload, and then prepare flowers for the 42-degree centigrade cooler. There’ll be customers and orders to fill. She’s looking at a 15-hour day. Me?  I’m ready for a long nap. Clearly only one of us has what it takes to be a florist.

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‘Like a mother’

}} Remembering the Olympia Tea Room’s Eudoxia “Ma” Tozios

The late autumn of 1945 has ushered in the usual changes in scenery and weather, with scarlet maple leaves and blustery days once more becoming the norm throughout Ontario. Since the return of peace in Europe and other parts of the world a month or two previous, the citizens of Lindsay have happily gone about their business on Kent Street; the burden of wartime anxieties are lifted. Shopkeepers and restaurateurs alike are looking forward to what this new age of postwar prosperity will bring. Halfway between Cambridge and William Streets, on the north side of Lindsay’s main drag, is the Olympia Tea Room — a favourite haunt of Jim Mackey and his chums from Lindsay Collegiate Institute, as the town’s high school is known. They have gathered around a table and are awaiting one of the famous David Harum sundaes, so named after a popular American novel. Jim has happily parted with two dimes in exchange for the chocolate David Harum; one of the other chaps has settled on the fruit David Harum, also 20 cents. A third has selected the ostentatious club house sundae, a delectable-looking affair which costs a whopping 40 cents! Yet another friend of Jim’s can’t seem to make up his mind, weighing the merits of a bottle of Coke and a cherry-flavoured ice cream soda. From the kitchen wafts the sizzling smell of grilled lamb chops (65 cents) and other entrees. A colourful Wurlitzer jukebox fills the restaurant with the strains of Till the End of Time, Eleven Sixty P.M., and other

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popular hits. Through the large picture windows, patrons watch a 1928 Ford navigate its way into one of the angled parking spaces in front of the Olympia. Stepping out of its rumble seat is yet another couple of Jim Mackey’s friends from L.C.I. They are bound for an adjacent table. A few more orders for David Harums and ice cream sodas will be written up. A real party is taking shape. Presiding over this scene from her place behind the white counter is a dark-haired woman in her late thirties. Clad in black and white, she is taking orders, ringing cash through a register, answering a persistently-clanging telephone, and glaring disapprovingly at two waitresses busily chattering to

“Ma” Tozios and son, Tom Tozios

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each other in whispered tones — such behaviour is discouraged under “Ma” Tozios’ watch. Eudoxia Tozios has attained almost legendary status among a certain generation of Lindsay residents — people like Jim Mackey Sr. who were regulars at the Olympia Tea Room three quarters of a century ago. To this day, she stands out as one of Lindsay’s most successful businesswomen. Ma Tozios was born on April 20, 1907 in Konitsa, a town in northern Greece not far from the Albanian border. She arrived in North America around 1932; her husband, Chris Tozios, had purchased the Olympia Candy Works a decade earlier from its founding proprietor, Tony Bakogeorge. (The confectionery business launched a year before Ma Tozios’ birth was still carried on years later, with candy canes and hand-dipped chocolates being produced in-house into the 1940s.) Mr. Tozios died in 1945, and his wife assumed the role of manager. She was joined by her sons,Tom and Stanley, cook Matt Frudel, and a host of other staff in making the Olympia a culinary fixture in downtown Lindsay for another three decades. Early in 1956, the restaurant received a thorough remodelling and was formally reopened in mid-May. Mayor A.E. Hick and Chamber of Commerce President L.G. Found, reported the Lindsay Daily Post, “...pointed out that the new, modern premises were a credit to Lindsay and was indicative of the way Kent St. was progressing and becoming most attractive.” But interior decorating alone does not a successful business make, and Mrs. Tozios insisted on maintaining the highest standards of customer service. “If any customer came into the [restaurant], they were to be greeted and made sure they had water and a menu,” remembers Barbara Tozios, who worked as a waitress at the Olympia in the 1950s and was married to Tom Tozios. “The restaurant was her life,” Barbara continues. “She was like a mother to all of us. When we worked the late shift, she always made sure we got home.” It was this maternal character, Barbara states, which earned her mother-in-law the name Ma — and this attribute extended well beyond her relations with staff. “When Sir Sandford Fleming College first started, she loved the kids to be there [at the Olympia]; she sort of mothered them all and made sure they were fed.” Mrs.Tozios might well have been a strict boss, Barbara says, “but she never let a kid go hungry. She was a wonderful, caring person.” Although the Olympia Tea Room consumed most of Ma Tozios’ attention, she still found time for other activities. Her only surviving son, Stanley, who worked as a short-order cook at the Olympia during Lindsay Fair weekends, remembers that his mother was a member of the Imperial Order of Daughters of the Empire, a women’s charitable society. (Tom had died in 2008.) Her first name, which translates in the Greek to “highly regarded,” or “of good reputation” fittingly describes both her character and the restaurant she ran. Ma Tozios’ legacy continues to be carried on. Chris and Cathe Karkabasis bought the Olympia 40 years ago, when their children Nicki and brother Louis were just 16 and 15, respectively. Nicki remembers that the deal closed with the understanding that their parents would keep the Olympia name going. Her father wholeheartedly agreed. The new owners opened their doors on March 1, 1980 as the Olympia Restaurant and Tavern. Now, in the hands of Nicki and Costas Dedes, the Olympia continues to thrive.

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TREVOR’S TAKE

TREVOR HUTCHINSON, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

Men can learn by listening

I was lucky enough to grow up surrounded by strong women, many of whom — for the time — had non-traditional roles. I remember it being a point of pride that my mother was the first woman hired to perform what was then defined as a “man’s job” (pot-washer) at our local hospital back in the late 1970s. As for many Gen-Xers, the 1989 massacre at École Polytechnique was a pivotal moment for my understanding of the links between systemic sexism and violence. I was a university student council president at the time and was privileged to learn and grow from the strong women of all ages who were leading the demonstrations and helping me and all men make the links between that terrible tragedy and men’s violence against women. I attended protests when Dr. Henry Morgentaler’s abortion clinic was bombed and tried, to the best of my ability, to learn from women leaders about misogyny and power structures. But the fact is I’m a white, straight dude and some things just aren’t immediately obvious to me because they aren’t part of my lived experience. I try to understand sexism or racism, but I haven’t lived it. Take for example the ongoing attack by the Ford government on our educational system. As a fierce supporter of public education I understand the importance of smaller classroom sizes and adequate support for students with special needs. As a numbers guy, I can see that the teachers’ demands have almost nothing to do with salaries. What I didn’t immediately grasp was the intrinsic sexism in the Ford government’s approach to the teacher unions. A mediated settlement with the OPP — historically and still statistically a male-dominated employer — saw a 2.15 per cent increase for every year of the four-year contract. While the government did cut funding to the force, you did not hear Ford or his ministers suggesting that the cops are only in it for the money. Like Conservative governments before them, the Ford government is going after teachers — historically and statistically a female-dominated profession. History suggests that the nurses will be next on Ford’s agenda. Thankfully several smart woman commentators helped me see what I was missing: While I could immediately grasp the union-bashing, I was missing the hidden sexism of the government’s strategy. This is just one small example where I, like most men so desperately need to listen to the knowledge and lived experience of women. And there is so much we have to do. And so many problems that we have to fix in regards to gender equality, violence against women and the gender pay gap, to name just a few. We men are called to be feminist allies. Here’s hoping by honest introspection and most importantly by listening to and learning from the strong women around us, we can get there.

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