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Let’s learn to share the road
We received a professional-looking flyer in our mailbox objecting to the two-year ATV (all-terrain vehicle) pilot project. The flyer was colourful and well laid out. However, the content was very misleading and one sided. We need a safe route for ATVs to travel through Lindsay to connect the trails. This appears to be a good route, with well thought-out guidelines. Having tourists and individuals going through Lindsay is always beneficial for business. I have a problem with the statements that ATVs are not designed for road use, are not built with safety equipment such as air bags or turn signals and do not require special training or licence testing. Neither is my bicycle, but I ride it. I rode my bicycle across Canada in 2017 through all kinds of terrain and traffic situations. I trusted that I knew the rules of the road and that others did also. We live in an agricultural community and we have learned to share the roadways with tractors, farm equipment and those using horses and buggies. They too are not equipped with all the safety equipment but navigate our roads successfully. Not recommended by our health unit? I am not comfortable with the medical officer of health dictating to me what I can or can’t do. I have a mind and I am quite capable of making responsible decisions. ATV users obey the rules of the road and will be only travelling at 20 km per hour. Perhaps you think we should stop doing anything and just walk. There comes a point in time when we need to make allowances and accommodate others and not continually put up barriers. Dick Helleman, Lindsay
What about the heat spike in the 1930s, reader asks
Re: Your op-ed by Ginny Colling (“Climate Emergency – A Burning Issue,” August Advocate) My overall impression is that most self-appointed climate “experts” have little or no actual knowledge in the physical sciences. This allows them to express fantasies, unrestrained by any knowledge of physical reality.
They frivolously parrot overused stale terminology like “greenhouse gases,” “green energy” and “carbon footprint,” totally out of context when considering literal meaning. In the column, the writer predicts numerous environmental disasters resulting from global warming but fails to mention the exceptionally huge spikes in the heat wave index during the 1930s, which has not happened since. The columnist recommends fuel consumption reduction (presumably meaning CO2 emissions). Since CO2 only accounts for 0.06 per cent of the insulating effect of the atmosphere (easily shown mathematically), it is relatively insignificant to global warming but is, nevertheless, absolutely essential to plant life. I believe that humanity must proactively adapt to the naturally caused ongoing cyclical climate changes rather than obediently relying on financially motivated, pretentious, ineffective symbolic actions. Natural cyclical climate change resulted in the formation of our beautiful lakes. James Lindsay, Lindsay
We need to change our ways when it comes to climate
I do not have the scientific background to dispute Carl Sweetman’s claims about climate change (letter, July Advocate). Like many, I have to rely on reports that I read and what I see around me. My sources for the stats I put in my last letter are a NASA report from October 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the government of Canada. NASA says our generation is a major greenhouse gas (GHG) contributor. The WHO says heat waves are a major public health problem. The Canadian government says transportation is responsible for 25 per cent of Canada’s GHG emissions. With melting glaciers, disappearing permafrost and the recent heat wave out West, which included a record Canadian high of 49.6 C, I accept that climate change is real and have accepted that for a long time. I also accept the scientific explanation that it is caused by GHGs. Presently there are companies developing technology to remove CO2 from the atmosphere. They will do so for a price. Fortunately for me, my generation will largely avoid that cost. The cost will fall to my children and my grandchildren. I think all too often we like to believe what works for us right now, rather than accept that we should change.
I’ve also heard it said that human beings tend not to react until there is a crisis. Well, I think that crisis is here, and we better start doing something about it. Bill Steffler, Lindsay
Burning fossil fuels has tipped the climate scales
As an avid reader of your publication, I would like to commend you on your exceptional reporting and advocacy for the city of Kawartha Lakes. The articles are timely, informative, often humorous, and I usually agree with the author. I am writing to rebut Carl Sweetman’s letter in the July issue, titled “Climate change criticism.” The letter was a rebuttal to Bill Steffler’s letter the month previous. Sweetman said that NASA is wrong. That, over the last 300 years, half of the emissions humans have contributed have occurred since 1980. It may be a little more or less but negligible in the grand scheme. This brings me to the second concern I have with Sweetman’s letter. The natural carbon cycle does emit into the atmosphere millions of gigatonnes more than we humans do. But when that cycle is in balance, it also absorbs about the same amount. As a result of burning fossil fuels, our additional input has tipped the scale in the wrong direction and put things out of balance. The additional input has nowhere to go, so it falls into the oceans acidifying them and killing the phyto- and zooplankton that absorb the carbon when it is in balance (the same phytoplankton that generates most of the oxygen we breathe). This can also be said for our wonderful boreal and temperate rain forests in Canada. So yes, our input compared to the planet’s natural systems is small, but the effect has been enormous, and we are seeing its impact today. And, for the record, we began burning fossil fuels at the start of the industrial revolution, almost 300 years ago, when James Watt invented the steam engine. Brian Smith, Lindsay
Letter of thanks after fall
While out for my usual before-breakfast walk at 7 a.m. on Aug. 3, I crashed to the sidewalk on the east side of Adelaide Street, which was busy with traffic. Two ladies parked their cars quickly and came to my side with comforting words. They phoned the first responders whose ambulance appeared like magic. I vaguely remember the CONT’D ON PAGE 6
Quantify Numbers that matter
Canada: Federal riding
Proportion of votes cast for Conservative candidate Jamie Schmale in 2019.
Combined votes for the Liberals, NDP, Greens and People’s Party of Canada votes totalled a little less than Schmale’s 32,000.
In 1960, Singapore had a per capita gross domestic product (GDP) of $2,300,roughly the same as Jamaica’s. It was then that Singapore focused on becoming a financial services and research hub, while Jamaica decided to focus on tourism to improve its economy. Now, the Asian nation’s per capita GDP is about $65,000 while Jamaica’s is about $5,700. The difference was investment in its citizens. Singapore’s education system identi-
fied and supported young students and focused on nurturing leadership qualities.Today, Singapore’s focus on being a leader in more knowledge-based industries, including biomedical sciences, has propelled its economy forward. Source: The Atlantic
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paramedics getting me on a stretcher and into the back of the ambulance for care. I woke up in the aisle of Ross Memorial Hospital, where I was born 95 years ago. The nurses told me that I could not eat or drink until the duty physician had seen me and enabled a plan of treatment. That morning seemed very long. It was mid-afternoon when I was presented to the new CT scan. Thankfully I passed examination and was sent home. I had two black eyes, scraped knees and elbows with many other abrasions. My glasses had saved my eyes but enlarged my nose. While the hurts were my fault I wish to thank the dozen or so people who knew what to do and did so. As far as I know, none of my attenders knew me. This letter is my hope for their attention again to give them sincere thanks. Kawartha Lakes will bloom with such people on hand. My family and I are grateful for the rest of my life. Alan F. Gregory, Lindsay
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With respect to the article by Kirk Winter, “Scott may earn less now, but MPP has more time in her riding” in the August edition of the Advocate, the reader can be forgiven for not knowing that this is Scott’s second demotion over the course of (Premier Doug) Ford’s administration in Ontario since no reference is made to her former role in a major cabinet position, namely, Labour. If one is to do a profile of this nature then it would appear that this second demotion — from the more important Labour portfolio to Infrastructure — needs to be articulated if one is to have a better understanding of Scott’s role in government, such as it is. R. Mason, Omemee
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The Kawartha Lakes Singers (KLS) choir is seeking new members and would love to hear from interested singers as it plans for its upcoming season. Since 2000, the mixed 30-voice chorus has performed concerts in a wide variety of genres including classical, folk, Celtic, jazz, African-American spirituals, musical theatre and more.
KLS performs three main concerts per season at Cambridge Street United Church in Lindsay. The church will also serve as its new rehearsal location. Plans are underway to perform with the Celtic group Clan Hannigan in February 2022, and with the Northumberland Orchestra and Choir in April. The group is led by choral director Arlene Gray and accompanist Gael Morrison. Members learn challenging repertoire, so sight-reading skills are a must. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. Generally the season runs from September through May. The choir plans to resume rehearsals in midOctober with COVID protocols in place. For more information visit klsingers.ca. If you are interested in learning more about singing in this choir contact Arlene Gray at 705-799-1742 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Penetanguishene boaters love two-day voyage to Lindsay
It’s probably their fifteenth time doing a boating journey from Penetanguishene to Lindsay but it never gets old for Gary and Mae Ronald. The Georgian Bay-area boaters often bring the Evening Miss up to visit their son and his family here, making the 190-km water trip worth it. It’s a two-day voyage for the Ronalds but the trip can be “as long as you like it to be,” depending on how many stops are made, says Gary. A former tool and die maker, Gary says he and Mae, a retired registered nurse, love to catch as many of their grandchildren’s baseball tournaments as possible, part of the reason for this latest trip. “Boating is a great way to meet people,” he says. Mae says she has grown “to love the open water,” even though she grew up on a farm. Gary says it might be a relaxing time, but “It’s not cheap anymore,” with fuel at $1.75 a litre. They both recall fondly a trip from Penetanguishene to Ottawa that took five weeks, timed so they could spend Canada Day in Ottawa one year.
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As for Lindsay landmarks they like to visit, they love Rivera Park where they docked but were disappointed to learn the The Grand Experience had closed. Instead, they expressed interest in trying a different downtown restaurant, such as The Olympia or Pie Eyed Monk.
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A 20-year nursing veteran, Crystal Connell, has expanded into private practice and opened her own medical cosmetic business, The Beauty Lab Medical Cosmetics. Located at 3 Kent St. W. in Lindsay, in the same building as Thairapy Beauty Bar, Connell’s business offers a variety of medical cosmetic procedures such as Botox and fillers, as well as health and wellness treatments, like IV vitamin drips and lipotropic B complex injections. “I am also an advanced skin-care specialist and treat a plethora of skin disorders,” says Connell, who has lived in the area for 21 years. Connell’s plan for the upcoming year is to expand her services and mentor other certified cosmetic nurses who will eventually be invited to work at The Beauty Lab. “Personal care services were hit hard during the lockdowns. As a female entrepreneur in the aesthetic industry, it was a huge blow to the momentum of my new business,” she says. “I had to quickly learn how to transition my brick-andmortar business to an e-commerce platform.” She partially credits Diane Steven of Kawartha Lakes Small Business & Entrepreneurship Centre for helping her navigate the lockdowns. Visit her company online at thebeautylabmedicalcosmetics.com
Local man’s business book translated into Spanish
After reaching number one best-seller status in Canada, Australia and the U.K. and number two in the U.S., a local man’s business book has now been translated into Spanish. Dennis Geelen, author of The Zero In Formula, says it was the English ebook that made best-seller status on Amazon. When a few members of a business organization in Colombia read the book, they approached Geelen, who is also a business consultant, and offered to translate it into Spanish. The Spanish version has been released on Amazon in both ebook and paperback. “It has been a humbling experience to see the global reception that the book has received,” says Geelen.
Local tech company closes Port Perry office in favour of Lindsay Business Hub Co-owners of CMS Web Solutions, Richard and Sandi Gauder, moved to Lindsay four years ago, drawn by the small-town feel and more favourable real estate prices. However, they maintained a Port Perry office to keep one foot in the Durham market. That all changed with COVID. Thanks to infrastructure they put in place after SARS, the web accessibility specialists effortlessly shifted to a Richard Gauder. work-from-home model. Photo: Sienna Frost. After reading about the new Lindsay Business Hub in the Advocate, they realized their company would be better suited to a shared office model and decided not to reopen their Port Perry office. The Lindsay Business Hub provides them with a business mailing address, daily rental of a professional boardroom or office as needed, and more. “Everyone loves working from home now,” says Richard.“This is a great flexible solution for a small business like ours.” For more information on the Lindsay Business Hub visit lindsaybusinesshub.com For more information on CMS visit cmswebsolutions.com
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The Lindsay Advocate print magazine has been going strong for three and a half years this September. But what is it you love about your Advocate? And what would you like to see more (or less) of? Here is some of our regular content to get you thinking: Great Ideas from Abroad. Here we look at one social policy or economic idea from another country — one that Canada could perhaps learn from. Upfront/Business Upfront. Upfront typically features non-profit or community news of interest. In Business Upfront we highlight noteworthy local businesses and news they might have. Editorial pages. Here you’ll find the Advocate’s position on an important issue, our editorial cartoon by the talented Walt Radda, and a reader’s letter we’ve decided to spotlight. Opposite the editorial page (or “op-ed” in journalism jargon) is a featured guest article from someone, either within or from outside the community, providing a thought-provoking angle on an issue of local significance. Great Reads. We partner with Kawartha Lakes Library on this little spot where we feature interesting new books or other library offerings. Crossword puzzle. We added this made-in-Canada puzzle more than a year ago. Is it as popular as we think it is? The Local Kitchen. Our monthly recipe page features the ideas of culinary creative Diane Reesor, ably assembled by Sharon Walker. Thanks to Sobeys in Fenelon Falls for their continued sponsorship. The Local Gardener. Written by off-the-grid organic farmer Sylvia Keesmaat, this is a March-to-September column offering practical guidance specific to our area. Friends & Neighbours. This column introduces you to an interesting person from our community. Formerly written by veteran Jamie Morris, it is now brought to you by William McGinn. Just in Time. Local historian Ian McKechnie provides this glimpse into our community’s past. Environmental column. We heard from many people who were surprised the Advocate didn’t cover environmental and climate issues consistently. We’ve addressed that by recruiting Ginny Colling to write a monthly look at all things environmental. What do you love about the Advocate? What would you get rid of? What would you keep? Why? Email us at email@example.com and your letter might be published.
We need mandatory vaccinations for youth in school While the Ontario government has released its plan for September, it omitted an obvious step — mandatory vaccinations for kids 12 and up. The question is why? Why is the Ontario government not requiring mandatory vaccinations for kids 12 and up as part of its plan for a return to in-person learning? The reluctant among us (as opposed to the hard-liners who will never get vaccinated and wear it as a bizarre badge of honour) need just this kind of push. After all, parents have become accustomed to ensuring their kids are vaccinated against measles, mumps, rubella and many other contagious diseases that used to kill thousands of children each year. We know from a recent Nanos research poll for The Globe and Mail that an overwhelming majority of Canadians want people who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 banned from gatherings in public places. While a different issue than mandatory vaccinations, those results nonetheless show the vaccinated — more than 80 per cent of us — are growing tired of shouldering all the responsibility for the good of our communities. On the other hand, unvaccinated people are often the first to cry foul at mandatory business lockdowns while not taking the obvious step to be a part of the solution — a needle in the arm. Back to the students, though. As Dr. Natalie Bocking, our medical officer of health, wrote in a recent Advocate online column, “We know our youth are strong, resilient, and if sick with COVID-19, usually experience mild side effects. This is not the case for others whom a youth may encounter, should they be infected with COVID-19.” “If our young, able-bodied constituents aren’t protected from this even more dangerous variant, then neither are we as a community,” said Bocking. It’s not too late to make mandatory vaccinations for youth a reality.
LETTER SPOTLIGHT SARS should have been a dress rehearsal for COVID I was living and working in Beijing in 2003 when SARS struck. At the time it looked like a catastrophe. In retrospect and compared to COVID-19 it was a triviality. Worldwide less than 10,000 people were infected with SARS and less than 1,000 died, and curiously it was limited to Beijing, Hong Kong and Toronto. It could have and should have served as a dress rehearsal for COVID but the lessons that were learned were soon forgotten. The Chinese government initially handled SARS with denial and cover-up. But eventually, after World Health Organization advice, they handled the situation well. COVID is a worldwide pandemic and the steps taken — or more importantly not taken — need to be examined in a non-judgemental fashion and plans for future viruses made. COVID may be with us for years and others may follow. It is hoped that if another virus should strike, decisive steps be taken immediately to stop its course. The politicians have had an unenviable task; with so much uncertainty, so much conflicting advice, indecisiveness was inevitable. Dr. Michael Moreton, Lindsay
Study finds food banks that partner with corporations may be perpetuating food insecurity DENNIS RAPHAEL, ZSOFIA MENDLY-ZAMBO, ALAN TAMAN Dennis Raphael is a professor in the school of health policy and management at York University. Zsofia Mendly-Zambo is a PhD candidate in the school of health policy and management at York University and Alan Taman is with the School of Social Sciences, Birmingham City University.
Organizations that partner with large corporations in an effort to reduce hunger in Canada are at risk of perpetuating household food insecurity in Canada. Perhaps these findings could be considered a cautionary tale for Kawartha Lakes Food Source and others fighting poverty and food insecurity in this area, should Walmart establish a store in Lindsay. The study we authored was recently published in the journal Critical Public Health and was led by York University. It’s called “Take the Money and Run: How food banks became complicit with Walmart Canada’s hunger producing employment practices.” It looks at how Food Banks Canada’s partnership with Walmart Canada’s “Fight Hunger. Spark Change” project serves to essentially endorse Walmart Canada’s employment practices, which are themselves characterized as contributing to food insecurity. The study analyzes why Walmart Canada’s corporate branding as an ally in reducing food insecurity is a problem. Historically, critics have highlighted Walmart Canada as a driving factor in household food insecurity through its lower wages, few benefits and opposition to unionization. However, the company has successfully branded itself as an ally in reducing food insecurity by partnering with Food Banks Canada. In the study we evaluate this partnership and examine the contradictions between Walmart’s employment practices and Food Banks Canada’s goal to reduce hunger. We found that by entering into a partnership with Walmart Canada, Food Banks Canada has “become complicit in maintaining the structures and the processes
that create and perpetuate” food insecurity, which impacts Canadians’ health. Rather than partnering with corporations with employment practices that perpetuate problems, Food Banks Canada and its affiliated food banks should highlight how unjust employment creates household food insecurity and call for major reform of the employment market as a way of improving living conditions for people. Food banks and food diversion (where food is saved from being thrown out) does not address the fundamental drivers of food insecurity and instead obscures the role Walmart Canada and other corporations play in creating food insecurity.
Rather than partnering with corporations with employment practices that perpetuate problems, Food Banks Canada and its affiliated food banks should highlight how unjust employment creates household food insecurity and call for major reform of the employment market as a way of improving living conditions for people. Corporate social responsibility should be a way for companies to broaden their perspectives and act for the common good, not just the benefit of a select group of stakeholders. Unfortunately, it seems to be increasingly the case that companies use this an extension of image creation and reputation enhancement. Food banks should resist the role that corporate lobbying plays in maintaining low wages and povertyinducing social assistance levels. Embracing corporations and polishing their images through partnerships is not a solution to food insecurity in Canada. You are welcome to request a copy of the full study by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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Liberal candidate Judi Forbes and Conservative candidate Jamie Schmale in Victoria Park, just as the election got underway. Photo: Sienna Frost. CONT’D ON PAGE 16
FEDERAL ELECTION 2021 CONT’D FROM PAGE 15
HaliburtonKawartha LakesBrock at a glance Population: 113,955
Median household income: $67,217
Languages: 94.5% English 1.3% German 1.2% French
Members of Parliament*
1968-1993 – Bill Scott (Progressive Conservative) 1993-2004 – John O’Reilly (Liberal) 2004-2015 – Barry Devolin (Conservative) 2015-present – Jamie Schmale (Conservative) * The riding has had different names and boundaries over this time.
It’s a crisp Friday morning in mid-August as Conservative candidate Jamie Schmale and Liberal candidate Judi Forbes converge at Victoria Park in Lindsay. They’re here for an Advocate photo shoot and are attracting a lot of curious stares from onlookers. The photographer snaps dozens of shots as the candidates walk along the terra cotta path in Lindsay’s signature downtown park. While the NDP and Green candidates would have been invited, they had not yet selected their candidates by the deadline for the cover shoot. Forbes and Schmale talk easily to one another, belying the oppositional nature of Canada’s political system. On Sept. 20, residents of Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock will help decide the future of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal minority government – and the fate of local candidates. The Liberals say they have handled the COVID-19 pandemic well and that they have a plan that will lead Canada to economic recovery from the biggest public health crisis in a century. Polls suggest the Liberals have an opportunity to win a majority government, but campaigns often matter a great deal. Locally, Conservative incumbent Jamie Schmale will work to hold on to his seat — a seat he won with roughly the same number of votes as all the other parties combined. Judi Forbes, the Liberal candidate, will take a second run at unseating Schmale, while the NDP and Green Party have yet chosen candidates at press time.
Despite their public statements that they don’t look at polls, or that the only poll that counts is the one on Election Day, Canadian politicians at the provincial and federal level are avid consumers of pollsters’ data. Most mainstream parties poll at least once a week, and after an election is called they often poll daily. One of Canada’s most respected and accurate polling firms is 338.com, which can poll not only nationally but also by province and territory, by regions within those province provinces and territories, and in all the 338 federal ridings. Early national data from 338.com suggested the Liberals had the support of almost 36 per cent of Canadians going into the election period, with the Conservatives polling at 29 per cent, the NDP 20 per cent, the Greens 5 per cent, the Quebec-only Bloc at 7 per cent and the People’s Party of Canada (PPC) at 2.5 per cent. With Canada’s first-past-the-post system, those numbers translate into 168 seats for the Liberals, 107 for the Conservatives, 35 for the NDP, 2 for the Green, 26 for the Bloc and none for the PPC. That result would leave Trudeau one seat short of a majority, but with a strengthened minority that would only require the support of one party or even one MP from another party to pass legislation. It’s a different story in the eight federal seats in so-called central Ontario,
where 338.com showed the Conservatives leading with 39 per cent support over the Liberals with 32 per cent, the NDP 18, the Greens 7 and the PPC 4. The polling organization predicts the Conservatives will win six of these seats, with Liberal Maryam Monsef in the swing riding of Peterborough-Kawartha likely being one of the few Liberal standard-bearers to win in this very blue section of Ontario. Conservative fortunes in Haliburton-Kawartha LakesBrock look good according to 338.com. As the campaign was about to start, Schmale was polling at 45 per cent, with the Liberals a distant second at 25 per cent, the NDP at 20, the Greens at 6 and the PPC at 3.
A PANDEMIC ELECTION
Elections are by nature very public. Candidates organize rallies, hold barbeques, attend candidate open houses and debates and knock on doors hoping to promote the message about their candidacy and what their party stands for. Many of these activities will be severely limited and perhaps even made impossible, depending on public health restrictions to control the spread of COVID-19. On election day itself, millions of Canadians will be expected to leave their homes to go to busy polling stations to exercise their democratic right, which will likely also involve masks, hand sanitizer and public distancing. Polling stations are expected to limit the number of people allowed in at any time, likely lengthening the time it takes to vote.
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Two-term incumbent Jamie Schmale says the Liberals’ election call is “the last thing Canadians want right now” and that Trudeau is “ignoring the will and wishes of the Canadian people” by triggering the vote. Schmale’s campaign will focus on four key issues: economic recovery including job growth and a reduction of the national debt; a plan to ensure that Canada is prepared for the possibility of a future pandemic by creating a stockpile of essential products and building the capacity to manufacture vaccines; what he describes as Liberal scandals and government accountability; and treatment of mental health like any other health condition, including measures such as greater funding to the provinces for mental health care, incentives for employers to provide employees with mental health coverage, and the creation of a national three-digit suicide prevention hotline.
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The Liberals have not only “had Canadians’ backs” during this pandemic says Forbes, but Trudeau also has the best plan to move Canada out of this public health crisis. During the campaign, she will be highlighting five issues: a comprehensive plan for economic recovery that includes green technology and job creation; reconciliation with Indigenous communities; a comprehensive plan for dealing with environmental change while minimizing harm to the economy; a serious discussion on basic income and other tools to alleviate income inequality — Forbes herself supports basic income for specifically targeted groups like racialized single parents and people with disabilities; and support for seniors including an increase in Old Age Security payments.
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Local NDP president Barbara Doyle calls this election “an unnecessary risk” when so many Canadians are still not fully vaccinated. She says Canada doesn’t need or want an election and would rather see the parties in Ottawa working together to deal with the fallout of the pandemic and the very serious issues being faced by Canada’s Indigenous communities. The party named Zac Miller as the NDP candidate for HaliburtonKawartha Lakes-Brock just as this edition went to press. The community activist and volunteer has spent the last several years advocating for improved healthcare and long-term care for the region through the Kawartha Lakes Health Coalition. Miller ran previously for the provincial NDP in 2018.
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If Canadians do not soon warm to Conservative leader Erin O’Toole, the election could be disastrous for the party. Many Conservatives thought O’Toole’s smiling but serious visage would play well across Canada. Polling indicates it has not, with O’Toole trailing both the Liberal and New Democratic Party leaders when respondents were asked who they would trust to be prime minister. Another campaign wrinkle to watch for is the level of local support for the People’s Party of Canada. Schmale told the Advocate that Conservative pollsters informed the party that votes that went to the PPC in 2019 cost the Conservatives five to seven seats. If PPC leader Maxime Bernier can further bleed support from the Conservatives on issues such as climate change, abortion and LGBTQ+ rights, attracting libertarians and social conservatives to his cause, the PPC could actually elect a member or two from western Canada, all at the expense of O’Toole’s Conservatives, although support for the PPC is unlikely to make a difference to results here in Kawartha Lakes. Here as elsewhere, there are voters who are unhappy the election is being held at all, given that we are just a few years into the government’s mandate and are still in the midst of a public health emergency. If Trudeau cannot persuade Canadians there was a compelling reason to call this election — besides favourable polling — the Liberals could be in trouble. NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, on the other hand, will need to persuade many democratic socialists in Quebec to cast their votes for his party rather than the Bloc Quebecois. Although there is consistent support for both the NDP and the Liberals locally, and a steady, if small, backing for the Greens, a victory by anyone other than the Conservatives in our riding would be an enormous upset. -- The Advocate did not hear from the People’s Party of Canada or any other smaller parties by press time to find out if they were fielding candidates.
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NOTES FROM CITY HALL Olde Gaol courtyard walls coming down By an overwhelming vote, council approved the demolition of the courtyard walls behind the Olde Gaol Museum in Lindsay. Despite the opposition of the Kawartha Lakes Municipal Heritage Board, the city says the walls, which were erected in 1990, must come down as they are unsafe. Grove Theatre Councillor Doug Elmslie described to council the great success of the opening of the outdoor Grove Theatre, located on the Fenelon Fairgrounds, noting its first two shows were complete sellouts. Coboconk Wellness Centre Councillor Emmett Yeo reported that the fundraising campaign for the Coboconk Wellness Centre has raised $600,000 of its $1.5 million goal as of early August. Bridge update Councillor Ron Ashmore provided council with an update on the Millpond Bridge reconstruction in Omemee. “Construction is coming along very nicely,” he said. “Small pieces of the old bridge will be saved and preserved for a future historical display commemorating the bridge’s importance to the community.”
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After experiencing more than a year of pandemic disruptions, Ontario is about to see the largest number of university applications in its history. Students who sat out last year are now returning to school, according to Brian Kellow of the Council of Ontario Universities. The most recent figures available from the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre indicate that about 709,000 students applied for a place in fall 2021, compared to 680,000 in 2020. Locally, both Fleming College and Trent University are seeing similarly strong uptake in student interest.
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Trent University, with campuses in Peterborough and Durham Region, and Fleming College, with campuses in Peterborough, Lindsay and Haliburton, are expecting a return to normal enrolment levels. Fleming president Maureen Adamson said enrolment at the Lindsay campus will be back to prepandemic levels, although there are no guarantees. “There are still many variables at play as circumstances are evolving rapidly,” said Adamson. “We expect many students will be making last-minute decisions. We have had between 1,400 and 1,700 students at the Frost campus over the past few years and
Most students want the full on-campus experience, says Fleming College president Maureen Adamson.
we expect that range this school year.” Adamson said that while online programs work for many students, “most want the full on-campus experience and we look forward to a gradual return to that.” There’s also good news when it comes to the allimportant cohort of international students all Ontario post-secondary institutions are working hard to attract. “International enrolment has increased compared to the last two years at Frost. Demand remains strong. Applications from international students are up significantly over 2020,”Adamson said. Those numbers are important to the college because post-secondary institutions typically charge foreign students many times the cost of tuition a domestic student pays. There is still some uncertainty about when international travel restrictions will be loosened, Adamson said. “We have many protocols in place for the safe arrival for all students.” While Trent will not have a definite count of students until November, Cara Walsh of the university’s communications department told the Advocate it is projecting an increase in enrolment for both domestic and international students for fall 2021. As for online learning, Walsh said the university is planning “for full in-person learning at both of our campuses in Peterborough and Durham GTA,” this fall. “We
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Canadian Folk Music Awards Solo Artist of the Year Julian Taylor released his Juno-nominated album The Ridge in June 2020, in the early days of the pandemic. But the lockdown locked him up creatively, too, leaving him with a feeling of being stuck in Toronto. “I wasn’t writing a thing.” Always drawn to writing about his life and his family, Taylor wanted to find a place that reminded him of his grandparents’ farm near Maple Ridge, B.C., where he spent much of his childhood. Taylor, 43, is separated and coparenting his daughter. They found a place on Sturgeon Lake and not long after, inspiration returned. “Our place on Sturgeon reminds me of Maple Ridge because in the early 80s when I was there it was mostly farmland and forest. The home we have now even resembles the look and shape of my grandparents’ old place.”
It was mornings like these when the breeze whistled through the trees. The fog would hover and the grass would still be wet. I’d put on my rain boots, and I’d get dressed, and head down to the barn beside the chicken coop. I’d follow her out of the front door, down the path through the brushes and past the pond. My sister and I used to catch frogs there until the house sold and we had to move on.
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Kale with Olives and Pasta • 1 large bunch kale, stem removed (reserve) • 6 slices bacon • ¾ cup purchased olive salad (muffuletta mix) • ½ cup chopped fresh basil • 1 large onion cut into slivers • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided • 1/3 cup raisins, soaked in water to plump • ¼ tsp. salt or to taste
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Method Cut kale stems into thin, diagonal slices. Cut kale leaves ½” thick ribbons. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add bacon. Fry until crisp. Remove from pan, cool, then cut into ribbons. Set aside. Add 1 tbsp olive oil to pan drippings. Heat oil, add kale stems and onions. Cook, stirring often, until softened, add garlic. Add olive salad, hot pepper flakes and raisins. Toss. Add chopped kale leaves. Sprinkle with salt. Toss the kale leaves in with the rest of the mixture, so that the kale gets coated with olive oil. Cover the pan and reduce the heat to low until kale has wilted. Stir mixture a few times. Once kale is wilted add the fresh basil, reserved bacon ribbons, toss, then remove from heat. Serve over pasta, Sprinkle with grated Parmesan. Serve with roasted carrots or beets. Story and photos by Sharon Walker
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Creating A Biodiverse Forest Garden When insect populations began to collapse around the world three years ago, many of us realized that the fabric of life on earth was unravelling. Then, last fall, thousands of birds fell out of the sky as they migrated through the United States. Because of plummeting insect numbers, the birds had died of starvation.
Although much of the habitat for these insects and the birds that eat them has been destroyed by industrial farming, home gardeners have played their part in this destruction by valuing only certain kinds of plants and by destroying habitat during fall “cleanup.” The first step in creating an insect-friendly garden is to allow dead flower stems and fallen leaves, where pollinators overwinter, to remain on the ground until the spring.
Second, assess what is growing in your garden to see if you can create a habitat for insects and the birds that eat them. In the natural world plants grow at different levels, each providing food and habitat for different insects and birds. Even a small garden planted around one low-level tree can create a diverse habitat. Think of these layers as you contemplate your garden: Tall-tree layer: nut trees, birch, poplar and willow are home to caterpillars, the main food of baby birds. Low-tree layer: dwarf fruit trees and hazelnuts provide food for humans, birds and insects. Shrub layer: serviceberry, shrub rose, currants and raspberries provide food and sheltering thickets for birds and insects. Herb layer: oregano, bergamot, milkweed, black-eyed Susan and vegetables entice many pollinators. Ground cover layer: thyme and clover attract bumblebees and hoverflies. Vine layer: clematis, cucumber, nasturtium and grape plants create habitat on the sides of buildings and fences. Creating such a biodiverse habitat proclaims that your garden is a place of hospitality and welcome for all creatures great and small.
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FRIENDS & NEIGHBOURS
Renaissance man Eric Smeaton
WILLIAM McGINN Writer-at-large
and Brown. As a young teacher nearly 25 years ago, Eric Smeaton Shortly after graduating, Eric became a drummer and had mistakenly worn two different socks to work. He bandleader on cruise ships. His contracts have taken him made up a joke about it on the spot. After he greeted his to the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, South America, new class, he showed them his fashion choice and said, Central America, the United States, across Canada and “Always remember: You want to be really cool? Make into Europe and Northern Africa. Between contracts sure you’re wearing light on right,” simply because the he worked in a pub in Montreal. He plays not only the lightest sock happened to be on his right foot. drums, but piano as well. Afterwards, some seventh graders began greeting Eric also has compositions under his belt. There’s him by saying, “Mr. Smeaton! I wore light on right!” He one he wrote back in the mid-90s has kept up the joke ever since. for percussion ensemble and tromThis summer, Eric was invited to bone called “The Miracle of Pity,” the baby shower of a student he and he recently learned a trombone taught 20 years ago. To his astonplayer who has performed with ishment and delight, she showed the Toronto Symphony Orchestra him she’d put light on right on the wants to play it publicly. Another, baby. called “The Clown,” based on the It’s coming up on a quarter book by Heinrich Böll, he wrote for century since Eric began his edmusician Paul Vaillancourt, who’s ucation odyssey, teaching every now a professor at Columbus State required subject some years and University and has a student who others just music, drama and wants to play it this year. dance. He has taught students Eric’s musical background has from Grades 5 to 8 at Leslie Frost, allowed him to open for and play King Albert, Central Senior and alongside legendary Canadian musiRolling Hills public schools, and cians like Maynard Ferguson, Peter he spent a year as an instructional Appleyard, Mark Mazur and Peter leader at the board office. Sullivan, while also keeping it going “I’ve had kids come back to locally. He played nights at Lindsay’s me 15 years later to say, ‘I’m very Eric Smeaton. Pane Vino restaurant once a month grateful because you raised my Photo: William McGinn for five years. bar,’ and the best parts of being Aside from music and teaching, Eric loves to play a teacher are when you’re part of somebody’s growth,” baseball with his son, Harrison, who has been playing the he told the Advocate. sport for years. Then there’s fishing, curling and archery, Eric is not just a teacher but also a musician who has and most recently he has tried turkey hunting. been the drummer for many bands — more than he can Alongside Harrison, his wife Sue, their dog, cat, and remember. He started in bands and grew up around jazz bird, Eric lives in Lindsay where people still say, “Mr. music even before he got his degree in classical percusSmeaton, light on right!” when they bump into him. sion at McGill University. While at McGill he got to travel and perform at American universities such as Harvard
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What’s in a name?
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IAN McKECHNIE Writer-at-large
names were often more ingenious — particularly If all goes according to plan, Ontario’s students will be after Canada’s centennial year in 1967, when renewed returning to their classrooms this month after a long periappreciation of Canadian history pushed many deciod of remote learning. As they make their way off school sion-makers to name schools after titled citizens with buses or cross the threshold of school foyers, few may local connections: Omemee’s Lady Eaton E. S., named pause to consider how their school got its name. for the philanthropically minded wife of a prominent Of the 23 schools overseen by Trillium Lakelands retail magnate. The school opened June 8, 1967, half a District School Board within Kawartha Lakes, eight are century after titular honours ceased to be bestowed named for the communities they serve (e.g. Bobcaygeon on Canadians. Public School, Woodville Elementary School); four evoke the surrounding geography (e.g. Parkview P.S., Rolling Hills P.S.); another eight honour prominent local citizens (e.g. Kirkfield’s Lady MacKenzie P.S. and Little Britain’s Dr. George Hall P.S.); and three are named after royalty (Queen Victoria P.S., Alexandra P.S. and King Albert P.S., all in Lindsay). So how did our schools come to be named as they are? The earliest designations were not especially creative. For the better part of a century, one-roomed schoolhouses were denoted by a number indicating their school section within the county, followed by the name of the township in which they were situated. Thus Central Senior School. Photo: Ian McKechnie. S.S. No. 5 Eldon served school section number 5 in Eldon Township (Bolsover and area); A few years prior, the school board formally S.S. No. 8 Somerville served school section number 8 in restored the name Queen Victoria P. S. to what had Somerville Township (Burnt River and area) and so forth. for decades been known as the East Ward School As the one-roomed schools closed during the 1960s, or the Victoria School. Why this focus on royalty? the consolidated schools that replaced them often carAs monarchs ceded political power to parliaments in ried on the tradition of naming the school after the host the 18th and 19th centuries, they came to be identitownship: Fenelon Township P. S. and Mariposa E. S. are fied with civic leadership: granting patronage to the two such examples. Within town or village limits, school arts and other worthy causes, visiting hospitals and
impartially imparting wisdom to elected officials. Naming a school after a sovereign or a member of their immediate family was thought to encourage good citizenship and loyalty to the Canadian state and its institutions — especially its public education system — while also avoiding the divisiveness inherent in naming a school after a politician. Alexandra P. S., named in 1910 for the queen consort of King Edward VII, continues to take inspiration from its namesake: “Our school,” says Alexandra P.S.’s website, “was named after this gifted and generous soul. She is an inspiration to us and we trust our school motto would meet with her approval: ‘Of whom much is given, much is expected.’” King Albert P. S., formerly called the South Ward School, was not named after a member of the House of Windsor or any of its preceding dynasties, but after Belgium’s King Albert I, in honour of his leadership during the First World War. When politicians entered the picture, the naming (or renaming) process could prove contentious. “Let us leave him in the history books on the shelves, and not put him on the front door,” exclaimed P.R. Hill of Sir Sam Hughes, the controversial Member of Parliament for this area between 1892 and 1921. Hill’s comments Naming a school after a were directed at George Inrig, sovereign or a member who was chairing a heated meeting of the Lindsay Public School of their immediate family Board on June 15, 1967, where was thought to encourage discussion about renaming Central good citizenship and Senior School dominated the agenda. loyalty to the Canadian “Sir Sam was a member of the fedstate and its institutions eral cabinet at a very critical time, and he was knighted,” Inrig insisted. — especially its public “I feel this warrants the naming of education system. a school after him.” Inrig’s idea was ultimately voted down, and Central Senior remains affixed to that Edwardian-era building. (Few, by contrast, appear to have questioned the decision 12 years earlier to name a school after a sitting MPP, Leslie Frost, who was also an Ontario premier. Only one school has been formally renamed in recent times. Ops E. S., opened in 1966, was renamed in 1994 to honour the late Jack Callaghan, a dedicated trustee who had committed years of hard work and energy to ensure the school met the educational needs of local children and youth. “The request of the local board for the name change readily received the approval of the Ministry of Education,” remembers Ivan Goodhand, who served as principal from 1991 through 1998. “At the school level, the students eagerly welcomed an opportunity to get involved in the fun and the challenge to consider a new mascot befitting the name change, and new school colours tagged along with the initiative,” Goodhand recalls. “Discussions and creative ideas emerged among both staff and students,” he continues, with ‘Callaghan Cougars’ ultimately settled on as the mascot of choice. New schools may well emerge as our community grows. What names might Advocate readers have in mind for them?
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Leslie Frostwood: His election to lose
I had a weird dream the other night. I painted a cord of wood blue, and ran it as the Conservative candidate in our riding. The pile of wood handily won the election, beating the next closest candidate by a 20 per cent margin. I mean no disrespect to our current MP Jamie Schmale, or anyone seeking public office for that matter. I believe in government and I think that anyone who runs for public office should be commended for their public service. But let’s face it — the race in our riding hasn’t usually been a nail-biter since the days of the Reform Party. Our riding saw a virtual tie between votes cast by conservative voters and all of the votes for other parties combined. Nationally, the country leans more to progressive parties (67 per cent according to one recent poll) but in our riding we are more divided, factoring in all parties and the popular vote. Which is one of many reasons why I despise divisive campaigns: messages that seek to blame another group, pit one group against another or are based on not liking an individual. All the leaders have strengths and weaknesses but hating Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s socks, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh’s Tik Tok videos or Erin O’Toole’s photoshopped jogging pics is just banal in my opinion. And as sure as day follows night, some parties (who may not want an election now for their own strategic reasons) will go on about having an election when most experts believe we will be well into a fourth wave of COVID. As someone who continues to advocate for stronger responses to the pandemic (including mandatory vaccinations and vaccine passports for non-essential indoor gatherings, I might add) I find these positions to be spurious at best. By the time of the federal election, there will have been four provincial elections during the pandemic. During the first one, held in B.C. — before the successful vaccination rollout — Singh campaigned and urged people to go to the polls. Federal Conservatives (and their provincial counterparts) have been the loudest voices for opening the economy up and reducing COVID restrictions, so their concern rings a little hollow to me. We also have Elections Canada, a world-class, independent organization to ensure that our election, no matter what the use of mail-in ballots is, will be accurate and beyond repute. I do look forward to discussing and debating policy with my neighbours, though. And given our split, there is a 50 per cent chance I might disagree with them, at least on some major issues. But that’s what civil discourse and elections are for. And as for my blue cord of wood? I named him Leslie Frostwood, being clearly nostalgic for a time when elections were about ideas.
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