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City surplus vs. City dire straits

I read with interest the November 2021 editorial titled “The mayor’s not-so-hidden agenda” and the article “City Facing Shortfall.” Both discuss the significant financial challenges facing the city. I am a newcomer to Kawartha Lakes and would appreciate some clarification regarding these articles. Specifically, comparing them to the Oct. 8, 2020, article posted on the Kawarthalakes.ca website which stated: “Mayor Letham put forward a motion that was unanimously adopted by Council whereby Staff will report on how a one-time tax rebate could be applied to 2021 taxes using the $3 million surplus from the 2019 budget.” I am confused. How did Kawartha Lakes go from discussing tax rebates to ratepayers in 2020, to taxing more/ reducing services/closing facilities in 2021? Why such a drastic change? Carolyn Stoddart, Bobcaygeon

~ In 2018 and 2020, the surplus went to capital reserves to look after City assets. However, in 2019, Mayor Letham recommended Council consider a one-time tax relief option in recognition of the financial strain that residents were feeling from the pandemic. Council provided a break to taxpayers through a reduction in the tax levy for 2021, reducing it from 3 per cent to 1.5 per cent. The 2019 surplus of $3 million was allocated to community pandemic recovery initiatives such as arts, culture and community funding, enhanced services in downtowns and the reconstruction of downtown Fenelon Falls. Jennifer Stover, Director of Corporate Services

EV problems include additional electrical generation

I read that your climate expert is enjoying the privilege of owning an electric vehicle, the purchase of such vehicles being subsidized by the obligatory benevolence of taxpayers. The article included some uncharacteristically reasonable claims which, unfortunately, require clarification exceeding your space limitation for letters. It has been estimated that EV batteries result in 150200 kilograms of life cycle CO2 per kilowatt-hour capacity. A 100-kilowatt-hour battery pack would be responsible for 15-20 tons of CO2 before it even leaves the factory. At the

current carbon tax of $40 per tonne of CO2, such an EV should be subjected to a carbon tax of $600-$800 at time of purchase. Your columnist’s figure of 3,200 kilograms annual CO2 emission reduction for her specific vehicle is realistic. I wonder if she reached that figure herself or from some commercial source. Regarding the obvious electricity cost advantages relative to gasoline, large electricity cost increases would be necessary to compensate for the elimination of current major government fuel tax revenues. Your expert conveniently overlooked the fact that additional electrical generation capacity twice that of Darlington Nuclear Generating Station would be continually needed to supply electricity for total Ontario vehicular electrification. James Lindsay, Lindsay ~ I spend several hours a day reading about climate issues and attending webinars given by experts — I do not describe myself as one. A comprehensive international study released in July backs up a previous B.C. study showing the life-cycle emissions for EVs are about 68 per cent lower than for fossil fuel-powered cars when considering material source, manufacturing, operation and disposal. The source for the 3,200 kg figure was in the column. Ginny Colling

An open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the environment

The Canadian government’s strong support to reduce greenhouse emissions by the introduction of strict deadlines and enforced compliance regarding fossil fuel subsidies, specifically for coal, is not only commendable but essential. As a rural resident residing on an organic farm, I care. I can assure you my neighbors care, too. As a teacher of environmental studies, I care and so do my colleagues. I am now a retired teacher and an executive member of the Retired Teachers of Ontario. I can state unequivocally that our membership cares. As a pastor in this region, I know how deeply my parishioners care about this issue today. There is however a “but,”’ an urgent issue which is perhaps the most vital element about which we are concerned — that the deadlines be no further extended as the climate financing agreement from 2009 has been already. While we all commend Canada’s role so far, we would all like to see even stronger language and action. We are not alone. You will know as well as we that our



students — in fact the majority of the younger population — want this as much as we do. After all, it’s their future world we must protect before it’s entirely too late. Rev. Dr. Roberta Fuller, Bethany

Without physical currency, how can we help everyone?

We are witness to a deplorable worldwide condition that is not lessening. First, begging is as prevalent as ever, but COVID has changed the way commerce is conducted. Most people do not carry money in the form of paper money or coins. How does one help a street person, not having real money? The best way would be to ask the person if you could buy a meal for the individual by using your credit card. The following idea is being used in New York City (as observed by my son on a recent trip there). Restaurants have set up critter-proof cabinets outside their premises, stocked with non-perishables for the less fortunate to take as needed. But Canada is so overburdened with regulatory processes we probably could not put that idea into place because of our health authorities, regardless of it being an idea worth considering. J.R. Baldwin, Omemee

Any talk of diversity should also include class

Diversity of ideas is far more important than diversity of gender and race. Your panel, although diverse by race and gender, essentially parroted the same talking points. Having some of the most wealthy and successful people in Lindsay speak about how life is hard will have little impact on the betterment of the community. It is a class issue, not a race issue. Sean O’Donohue, Kawartha Lakes ~ We agree that it’s critical to have people of all income levels represented in municipal government. One of the panellists at our Oct. 28 event, Jessica Topfer, specifically spoke about her experience coming from a working-class background and being a basic income recipient.

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Local author publishes anthology of local stories by local writers

Lindsay author Sara C. Walker has edited and published a third anthology of short stories, all set in Kawartha Lakes. Kawartha Lakes Stories: Autumn comprises tales that take readers on “a journey of unexpected and innovative views” of Kawartha Lakes using a mix of genres, including “literary, historical, contemporary fairy tale and edgy humour,” says a media release. Authors come from a range of backgrounds including novelists, journalists and scientists to first-time writers, including a 13-year-old. With settings from Bobcaygeon to Woodville and various locations between, these stories are at once startling and familiar, as local writers explore some of our everyday places through a variety of voices and styles. Copies are available online through Amazon and at local bookstores in Kawartha Lakes.

Grove Theatre launches giving campaign After a successful first season despite pandemic pressures, The Grove Theatre in Fenelon Falls is already looking ahead to a “bigger and grander season” for 2022, according to artistic director Nicole Mitchell. However, the theatre needs help during these winter months to prepare for the work ahead. From award-winning artists and local favourites to a full-scale theatre production and more evenings of music, comedy and cabaret, Mitchell says The Grove needs the continued support of the community to make it happen. The outdoor amphitheatre is a significant addition to Fenelon Falls and the surrounding area, says Mitchell, and it’s a space “that encourages learning and community connection and will provide apprenticeships, internships and training programs for youth and young adults today and in the years to come.” The theatre’s mission is to grow into a destination that champions the arts. “Donations at this time will contribute towards the costs of developing a signature theatre production, providing permanent stage equipment, increasing community engagement initiatives and expanding programming,” she says.

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Fenelon Falls is Still Standing as popular CBC show films in village

Jonny Harris, star of Still Standing, checks out Maryboro Lodge in Fenelon Falls. Photo courtesy of CBC.

Fenelon Falls ticked all the right boxes for CBC’s long-running Still Standing television show to film an episode in the village in midDecember. Entering its seventh season, the show is part human interest, part travelogue, part stand-up routine. Comedian Jonny Harris visits small-town Canada to shine a light on the attractions and characters he encounters. Still Standing tries to highlight towns that are undergoing a struggle or a change. Executive producer Anne Francis, who calls the show a “love letter to Canada,” says Fenelon Falls was chosen for several reasons. “Fenelon Falls had been on our radar for a long time. This year, with various restrictions that arose from the pandemic, we did more Ontario-based shows than usual.” The emergence of the village as a tourism destination was part of their decision to choose the village. “We want to be able to air a show that residents, when they watch it, actually recognize by name the people we profile,” said Francis, who herself has a cottage in Sturgeon Point. Filming occurs typically over five days, three of which are spent interviewing local residents. That leaves three nights and part of a fourth day for Harris and writer-comedians Fraser Young, Steve Dylan and Graham Chittenden to create, refine and then memorize the material for a live comedy show that is filmed locally for inclusion in the TV show, a task Francis describes as “Herculean.” The Fenelon Falls episode is scheduled to be aired in the spring of 2022.


Fridays for Future Fenelon Falls

Greta Thunberg’s movement to strike for climate action on Fridays has found a group of passionate young supporters in Fenelon Falls. Sophie Kaloudas heads the group, working with Zoe McIntosh and Sophia Entzin-Telford. “They have been coordinating environmental initiatives in Fenelon and at their schools for at least five years,” says Julia Taylor, owner of the village’s Country Cupboard health and bulk food store. Taylor’s business has been helping the teens with their movement sincethe beginning, including providing much-needed contacts for their initiatives. The students have created the group FFFFenelon (Fridays for Future Fenelon Falls) in their high school and organized regular climate strikes at the Fenelon marquee sign near the locks. “A few years ago, they approached Fenelon businesses and asked them to use paper instead of Young people protesting for action on plastic for bags, climate change in Fenelon Falls. straws and takePhoto submitted. out containers,” says Taylor. “Most businesses happily obliged and a big impact was made.” Taylor says the students are passionate and have the creative energy for great ideas. “We can merge them with my procedural experience, contacts and access to capital to come up with some really exciting things.” The student group says more climaterelated initiatives and ideas will be happening in the new year.


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My grandmother never wanted me to grow up. She told me so every time I would visit her rural Apsley-area home. She would stare outside her window that framed magenta lilacs each spring. She wanted to wave some magic wand and preserve the small me she saw before her, the young boy interested in her card games and her stories, and all the advice her Grade 6 education and a PhD in life could impart. Growing up, she explained, would mean worrying about money, relationships, one’s health and so many other adult concerns. She certainly made her case that becoming an adult didn’t sound fun; on the other hand, I wasn’t sure what the alternative was. As someone who experienced a significant life change in 2021 (a marriage separation), I guess I have been thinking about the psychology of change more often of late, especially the capacity for openness. The openness trait is one of five core personality dimensions that psychologists consider in understanding personality. Openness is just how it sounds — a receptivity to new ideas and new experiences. (The other four are conscientiousness, extroversion/introversion, agreeableness and neuroticism.) Like any of the five traits, openness falls along a spectrum. There are wishful thinkers, like my well-meaning grandmother, who didn’t like change in her own life and didn’t want it for her loved ones. And there is a small cadre of others who intensely seek change and in so doing perhaps repudiate the value of planting roots. Probably the healthiest way to live, as with most things, is to choose the middle ground. In my early 20s I remember riding shotgun in my roommate Cliff’s jeep in Guelph, listening to him gratefully rhyme off all the positive things going on in his life at that time. Good marks in his university classes. Check. Had a good vehicle. Check. Had a girlfriend. Check. Had money in the bank. Check. “Now I’m just waiting for it to all go to hell,” I remember him declaring. While that may come across as pessimism, at least he was becoming internally ready to recognize that such a winning combination of events was likely impossible to maintain. After all, we’re not always in control. Change happens. (You may substitute the word change there for something more colourful.) I think my grandmother, as wise as she was in some areas, missed the lessons unfolding outside her favourite window. While spring framed magenta lilacs, summer brought intense greens and tiger lilies. In the autumn, her window showcased fiery tints and animal mischief; winter gave her bayonet icicles and black-capped chickadees. Change is a process of becoming. As French philosopher Henri Bergson wrote, “To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.”



EDITORIAL Don’t split the progressive vote come November We are less than a year away from choosing a new mayor of Kawartha Lakes. Only one serious contender has clearly declared his candidacy as of press time — lawyer Jason Ward. Ward’s exact stances on key issues in the city are not known yet. In his campaign launch interview with the Advocate on Oct. 29, he said he wanted to take the time to meet people and hear their concerns. However, he did say in the same interview that “the priority of municipal government should be to do no harm.” We think it is safe to say he is on the progressive side. A former Liberal candidate in the 2003 provincial election, Ward and his wife and partner Karissa Ward have built Wards Lawyers into one of the major law firms of central Ontario. Other progressives thinking about running for mayor — some just as qualified as Ward — should think hard before declaring their intent, at least for the 2022 election. The obvious risk of other progressives throwing in their hats would be to split the vote, allowing a more conservative fiscal hawk to come up the middle and win. This is not the time for some major swing of the pendulum back to the bad old days of Conservative Premier Mike Harris with draconian cuts to services. We need a steady, caring hand in the mayor’s seat. Progressives at the municipal level are not — and cannot — be cut from the same cloth as their federal counterparts. They can’t run massive deficits or print money to see their policy priorities happen. They must be far more pragmatic — and it is tapping into that pragmatism that will see them succeed. We would encourage these other progressive voices to consider running for council. After all, even a mayor only has one vote. A progressive mayor surrounded by conservative councillors will accomplish few priorities. A thoughtful, progressive slate of councillors could help offer steady leadership in the coming four years.

LETTER SPOTLIGHT Sidewalks matter

I would like to know why a sidewalk has not been slated for the north side of Colborne Street West between Angeline Street and Charles Street in Lindsay, opposite Heritage Christian School. Work seems to have been done on Colborne Street West, east of Angeline Street, and will probably continue in the spring of 2022 with the road being torn up and curbs repaired. But why not a north-side sidewalk while all this is being done? Please don’t tell me, “It’s not in the budget,” because it is obviously silly to try to complete a project of this magnitude without including everything that is necessary. Colborne Street West has sidewalks on both sides of the street, west from William Street to Angeline Street, then continuing west with a single sidewalk on the south side only, past St. Joseph Road to a driveway into Wilson Fields. I bought my house on the north side of Colborne Street West in 1989 when it was only two years old and still reside there today. Sidewalks and street rejuvenation have been promised through the years, and as one can see, the street is being redone and probably fixed where it doesn’t even need fixing, but still no sidewalk. For safety’s sake, we need a sidewalk on the north side of Colborne Street West. Donald Brown, Lindsay




Canadian health system may have its flaws, but its structure is sound DR. MICHAEL MORETON Dr. Michael Moreton is a retired physician living in Lindsay After years of practicing medicine in Canada and the United States I left for China to work for 10 years there, and then another seven years in Thailand and Cambodia. Just four years ago I returned to Canada. There are significant differences in the structure of how health care is provided in different countries, and I am now more appreciative of the Canadian system. The structure of medicine, as pioneered in Britain and adopted in other countries of the Commonwealth (Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, the Caribbean countries) and much of Europe, is the pattern that I have experienced, and for me seems ideal. It is pyramidal, with three elements. First is primary care, a network of family doctors living in the community and delivering everyday advice and treatment of everyday complaints. If the problem needs more expert advice, they refer the patient to their specialist colleague who is able to provide secondary care. This specialist may refer the patient on to a super-specialist — neurosurgeon, cardiac surgeon or cancer specialist, for example, for tertiary care. The primary care doctor, family doctor or pediatrician has an essential role in this system. In ideal situations they have known the patient for years and have guided them through various misfortunes. They know the family and understand the patient’s attitudes to treatment and compliance with recommended treatment. The primary care doctor is also the quarterback, coordinating care by more than one specialist that might conflict. The specialist doctors communicate with the primary care doctor and inform them of any investigations or procedures performed. The primary care doctors are the foundation on which the specialists stand. They are ably assisted by well-trained nurse practitioners who provide a similar service. When the system works well it is


excellent for both doctor and patient. Each doctor is providing the level of service they are best capable of offering. The striking thing when I went to China in the 1990s was that there were essentially no primary care professionals outside the hospitals. Everybody went to the hospital for everything. Patients chose which kind of doctor they wished to see, thus self-diagnosing their condition, which can lead to unfortunate results. It was enormously inefficient; a visit for a minor complaint such as a sore throat or urinary tract infection could take all day.

The striking thing when I went to China in the 1990s was that there were essentially no primary care professionals outside the hospitals. Everybody went to the hospital for everything. In my area of medicine, obstetrics, cultural traditions established over centuries were present and compromises had to be made for me to fit in and not offend. I also helped arrange visits for Chinese health professionals to Canada, the U.S. and Australia. They were not exposed to family doctors and could not see how useful a system this could be in their own country. In recent years efforts have been made to provide primary care in community clinics, but in a country with a population 38 times that of Canada this is a formidable task and historical and cultural barriers must be overcome. The Canadian health care system is not perfect but by comparison, it is excellent. Waiting times are sometimes longer than they should be. Overworked staff can be brusque and apparently uncaring but in the main it is a system that we have many reasons to be proud of. I cringe when I hear Canadians criticize the system. It is also natural to dread illness, but to feel it may be a financial — in addition to a medical — disaster is unconscionable. Canadians are luckily free from this concern unlike some nearby neighbours we know.


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Public transportation out of Kawartha Lakes is difficult to find


‘Health care services and transit services should be working together’

A newcomer to Kawartha Lakes who does not have a car will soon realize how isolated they are. There is no effective transit system, other than within, and for, the town of Lindsay. There is no transit system among places in Kawartha Lakes, nor is there one between Kawartha Lakes and nearby Peterborough. There is no GO bus nor GO train access between Lindsay and Peterborough, or Lindsay and Durham Region, to the consternation of many without a vehicle. Yet many must leave Kawartha Lakes for medical appointments, job interviews and to attend classes. CONT’D ON PAGE 14


Transit scenes from outside Kawartha Lakes. Photos: Molly MacTaggart.

TOK Coachlines (formerly known as CANAR) provides a bus from Toronto to Lindsay that only runs four times per week in the pandemic, with no guarantees. The now defunct Greyhound bus offered hourly services that easily got one from Peterborough to Toronto, but it has been a casualty of the pandemic’s economic drain. The closest GO bus stop to Lindsay is at Highway 35 and 115, in Clarington. A cab ride between that stop and Lindsay would cost between $80 to $120 according to various travel advisory websites. To compare, a Toronto transit pass is $156 per month to get one almost anywhere in the city. Kailie Oortwyn, media spokesperson for local MPP Laurie Scott, says there are plans to improve rural transit. The first step will be releasing a draft plan in early 2022 for improving transit throughout eastern Ontario. Oortwyn told the Advocate that roughly $3 million from all three levels of government went to improving bus services. This $2 million was previously committed by Ontario and the federal government through the Safe Restart Agreement, which was additional COVID-related funding. Brenna Pegg moved from Toronto to Lindsay after being “renovicted” in Toronto — her landlord made changes that increased the rent. Stable, long-term prospects for the 28year-old have been dramatically affected by a lack of transit options here. The young woman recently utilized crowd funding to pay for dental work required to reduce chronic and



persistent pain when she eats, given that she can’t afford a car because of her low income as demonstrated by the need to crowdfund for dental work — it’s a vicious cycle. As for many who have returned to the region, there is no prospect of long-term work in her desired career area (historical and cultural studies, in her case.) “I don’t think that there’s any care in planning when it comes to people in the community who don’t have vehicles,” Pegg says. “I think especially Lindsay has planned more for the wealthier residents so there’s no consideration for people who don’t have cars to travel between (communities within the region.) “It would definitely improve the quality of (health) care. If you live in Lindsay, Omemee or any other small town” in Kawartha Lakes, “having any option to travel to larger parts of the community would be great.” Pegg says being able to leave Kawartha Lakes to access mental health care and other forms of health care “would be priceless.” Even something as pervasive as driver’s education should be seen through a lens of transportation privilege, she says. If it was free, “or at the very least subsidized, I probably would have considered it.” She remembers that it cost more than $600, “and that was just absolutely impossible,” even though it would have reduced insurance rates and opened up new opportunities. “It probably would have changed many people’s lives,” she says. Pegg says governments at all levels have been “uncaring about the residents’ lives. “There really are a lot of Ontarians and Canadians who don’t have the support networks to pay for a driver’s ed class, or a car.” Free or low-cost driver’s education to allow more secondary school students to obtain their licence and fulfill their volunteer hour graduation requirement would change things for the better, she says.

Via and GO

The municipality has been actively lobbying the federal government for a Via rail stop in Kawartha Lakes, with an emphasis on Pontypool, according to Cheri Davidson, manager of communications for the city of Kawartha Lakes, says the project is in the early stages. “The 2021 announcement of the search for a vendor to design the new route was the first step. This would help solve challenges for those who need to connect to larger cities,” says Davidson acknowledging there is


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“a gap for residents who do not drive” in being able to leave the city. Davidson says Mayor Andy Letham attended meetings last year with senior staff from the city and the provincial government (Ministry of Transportation), alongside Laurie Scott, local MPP, who served as minister of infrastructure at the time. “The urgency for residents to have a link to other communities through the GO Transit system was brought forward. The mayor noted that this would help address our labour force requirements,” Davidson says. She said there are ongoing discussions about a possible on-demand pilot with the ministry that could involve linking Peterborough, Lindsay, Pontypool, and Toronto in the GO system. “Metrolinx was clear that Kawartha Lakes’ current ridership potential doesn’t support a GO train. With new growth and new development on the way, there is potential for future years,” she said. CONT’D ON PAGE 16




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Jordan Prosper, manager of transportation and fleet for Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes services says he’s confident that the non-profit’s team of workers and volunteers can meet the new challenges being presented for rural communities in a post-COVID context. “We have two distinct programs,” he says. One is the volunteer transportation stream where drivers use their personal vehicles to provide more than 1,000 rides per month. Another program is for more specialized transportation “which is what you see around our community in our (Community Care-branded) Nissan Cargo vans,” he says. These vehicles have equipment for people who use wheelchairs and other mobility devices. “We have taken several clients to Sunnybrook, St. Mike’s and Peterborough,” says Prosper adding that service is “according to volunteer availability and client demand.” Prosper says that trips to Orillia, Oshawa, Peterborough and Toronto are needed regularly by Community Care clients, thus volunteers are filling an important gap to ensure fewer people fall through the cracks. This is a plan that relies, though, on the graciousness of volunteers — not a government-led or supported transportation system. The median age of Kawartha Lakes residents, according to the 2016 census, is 51 years, which is a whole decade older than the national average. Prosper says Community Care staff are well aware there will be “an increased demand” with the population aging. “We’re confident we can provide an ongoing service that’s safe, affordable and reliable,” but will need more drivers to meet the demand.

We say we have universal health care in Canada but that’s not 100 per cent accurate. It has to do with where you’re located, how much you can access transit services. “We’re no different than a number of other non-for-profit agencies. Our volunteers and our staff have decreased,” he says. “We’re averaging about 200 rides per month (during the pandemic) … the team has been pretty resilient offering services with limited resources,” says Prosper when describing how things are going after the COVID lockdowns. He says it’s older adults who make up most of the volunteer base, as is the case with most charitable and non-profit groups. Amy Jane Vosper is a course instructor at Trent University who recently earned her PhD by being a voracious scholar of thriller, horror and paranormal themed films — a traditionally male-dominated oeuvre. She often discusses with her students the real-life horror of those left behind during the pandemic with fewer travel and health care options.



“We say we have universal health care in Canada but that’s not 100 per cent accurate,” Vosper says. “It has to do with where you’re located, how much you can access transit services. If you’re a senior living in an isolated or remote commuAMY JANE VOSPER nity, the chance of you Course Instructor, Trent University being able to get to a doctor, to get to medical help when you need it, is significantly less” compared to seniors living in urban areas. “When it gets to the point that you can’t be driving around yourself, what happens then?” Vosper, whose thesis title was Women in Horror: On the screen, in the scene, behind the screams, says her memories of commuting during her undergrad and master’s studies were equally frightening.

“It was a long, long trip (commuting from Ottawa to Kawartha Lakes) and it was kind of difficult.” When she first moved to Ottawa, she didn’t know anyone, so most weekends she made the four-hour trip back home. Like a lot of residents in rural Ontario, Vosper is without a family doctor. “I did have medical options in Fenelon where my doctor was when I was growing up,” but that option isn’t there any longer and she has been using clinics when needed. Vosper says those in marginalized communities, those suffering with mental illness or people fleeing domestic violence are all negatively affected by poor transportation options, making this a gender equity issue, too. And it’s clear that as transit options get reduced, there is a cascade effect on accessing health care, as well as education and job opportunities. With Kawartha Lakes growing at a swifter pace than ever as people start looking for a new life outside the Greater Toronto Area, demand for public transportation may well grow, bringing this critical issue to the forefront.”

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WILLIAM McGINN Writer-at-large

ABOVE: Hanna Brouwer, owner of Brouwer’s Bake Shop in Downeyville. LEFT: Leaha Denney, owner of A Dash of Denney in Lindsay. Photos submitted.

Isolation has given us more time for our thoughts, and apparently there were more than a few locals who pondered their dreams of owning their own bakery, and decided to take the leap. With the help of social media skills, family support and various specialties, they’re ensuring that 2022 shapes up to be a year with an explosion of new local businesses geared to those with a sweet tooth. Some of these bakers have opened storefront operations, while others base their business from home. Each has a different style that means they’re not necessarily in competition with the other bakers of Kawartha Lakes. What they do share is growth that comes primarily from their own advertising on social media, especially Instagram.


One of these is Leaha Denney, owner of A Dash of Denney, which she has operated from her house in Lindsay since April 2021. She specializes in cookies, from oatmeal with a twist of honey to chocolate



Danielle Williamson, owner of Oh So Sourdough in Lindsay. Photo: William McGinn.

chip, peanut butter hot chocolate and sprinkle surprise, plus sugar cookies, her go-to for decoration. A specialty is a thank-you box of cookies “primarily ordered by businesses to have us send out to their customers.” Hanna Brouwer runs Brouwer’s Bake Shop from her home in Downeyville. She started the business in June 2021, and focuses on cakes and cupcakes, “but that will change in the future.” Every cake she shares online is decorated and iced in its own unique way. Natalie Thai owns Mochi’s Bakery in Bobcaygeon, specializing in cakes and cupcakes but also offering Japanese-style milk breads and cute little meringue cookies. Those who catch Brouwer’s and Thai’s creations online will be dumbfounded at their creativity with icing. Danielle Williamson is another local baker, now with a Lindsay store she opened in November 2021. When interviewed, though she’d been selling her creations online and in markets for over a year, it was the two-week anniversary of Oh So Sourdough, her store on Cambridge Street North in Lindsay. Everything she bakes is from sourdough and does not include any commercial yeast. Andrea and Robert Majkut are the team behind Porch Light Bakery in Fenelon Falls. They moved from Markham in December 2020 and started Happy Earth Farm on Cedar Tree Road; the Francis Street bakery is their next big family project. Their menu includes cakes, but also souffle cheesecakes, focaccia, pies, jelly roll cakes, maple bacon cheddar biscuits and more. There’s a special emphasis on butter tarts — Andrea said there’s no doubt this area lives for them. CONT’D ON PAGE 20


Natalie Thai, owner of Mochi’s Bakery in Bobcaygeon. Photo submitted.


Andrea and Robert Majkut, owners of Porch Light Bakery in Fenelon Falls. Photo submitted.



All five bakers have a side job except Williamson, who has made Oh So Sourdough her full-time work. The Majkut family have their farm, Thai also works at a different bakery and Denney is a full-time nurse. Brouwer started a teaching career with the Trillium Lakelands board in 2014; she has been on and off maternity leave since her family has grown so she’s not sure exactly what the future holds. Every baker has had help from their families to do some of the work when needed. Brouwer’s mother sometimes picks up ingredients. The Majkuts’ daughter and son both contribute to the bakery and farm. Denney’s husband Brandon is her primary delivery person. Thai’s husband helps with taking and editing pictures and answering phone calls. Williamson’s husband also did deliveries (now they do pickup.) Some of these entrepreneurs got into the bakery business by accident, but have loved it enough to build it further. Denney became entranced with decorating

Christmas cookies. When her mother-in-law Caroline Denney died, she was left with a large set of Christmas cookie cutters; when the pandemic hit, she began to bake more seriously to fill the time while on maternity leave. At Happy Earth Farm, the Majkuts originally wanted to grow vegetables and sell them at the Fenelon Falls Farmers’ Market. They couldn’t get going in time for the season, but they contacted manager, Kathy Martin, who said the market needed a baker. “I said, ‘Oh my goodness,’ explained Andrea. “I know my son’s class baked cinnamon buns on a weekly basis for fundraising when he was in elementary school. That was the only baking experience I had. I said to Kathy, ‘That’s a real challenge, but you know what? We’ll dive into the deep end and we’ll try it.’ So we go in. And everything was received with great success.” One week the family made sweet potato dinner rolls for the market, and the only one who bought them was an elderly gentleman. He then came back “nearly every week after and kept asking for those rolls,” Andrea said.




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“It broke my heart every week to tell him it was impossble to bake for one person only.” That experience spurred them to start taking orders so they could properly prepare. In 2019, when she lived in Toronto, Thai started working in the bakery at a Whole Foods Market She enjoyed selling beautiful cakes and pastries to her customers. In October 2020, she and her husband moved to Bobcaygeon, working at Bobcaygeon Bakery for three months before it was put up for sale. Her husband came up with the idea after hearing about Ontario supporting home-based food businesses during COVID, so in February 2021, Mochi’s Bakery was born. COVID played a major part in Williamson’s story as well. She worked for Mickaël Durand for about two years and sourdough stood out from the many different products she baked. “Sourdough is such an interesting concept,” she explained. “It’s a living thing and you have to take care of it almost like a pet. You feed it and it inflates and grows. It’s natural fermentation, flour and water and giving it time.” Williamson continued working until the last week of her pregnancy, and when it was time to return to work, COVID hit and Durand suggested it was safer if she stayed home with her children. She never lost her passion for baking, however. She started growing her own sourdough at home, began baking breads and then started selling her works at the Rusty Spur Farmer’s Market in Woodville in October 2020. In the summer of 2021 Williamson put up a tent in her yard to sell her products, and a woman who was impressed with the cookie she bought encouraged her to set up in the property on Cambridge Street. Williamson did so.

Brouwer is planning to open her own storefront. She’s bought a property in Downeyville where she hopes to sell “coffee, other baked goods, some convenience items and some unique finds.” When the pandemic started, she said, “My children were out of school, connections with their friends were lost and they were missing a sense of normalcy. It really had them feeling like nothing good could ever come from all of this and nothing could ever be the same. I wanted to show my children that you should never give up on your dreams and aspirations.”



Brouwer didn’t dream of becoming a baker, but in 2016, after having her first child, she found herself spending more time in the kitchen where baking eventually became “a bit of an obsession. I do a lot of procrasti-baking, which is basically when there’s lots to do but I ignore it and bake instead. When my daughter Uma turned two in May of 2021 my cake-making obsession had reached an all-time high. One evening in early June, I asked my husband if he thought I could sell my cakes. He quickly said yes, and I haven’t looked back since.” Brouwer is planning to open her own storefront; she’s bought a property in Downeyville where she hopes to sell “coffee, other baked goods, some convenience items and some unique finds. We hope to open mid summer.”

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Starting a sweet new business is one thing, but spreading the message effectively is another. For these entrepreneurs, social media has been the key to success. “I think that having consistency on your page is key to drawing people in,” said Brouwer, whose Instagram posts are as artful as her cakes. “I try to use a solid background for all of my cake pictures, which I think helps create a more eye-catching feed.” Williamson has more than 1,000 followers on Facebook where she promotes her business, something that amazes her. “I’ve been getting a lot of positive feedback and people are consistently saying the town really needed this and it’s really good I’m here.” The Majkuts are just beginning, and as a family project, their daughter is in charge of social media advertising. Thai and Denney have each brought a fun twist to their social media promotion. “I introduced Mochi’s Bakery to people in town by posting a giveaway event, in which I gave away free cupcakes for people to try,” said Thai. “I got a lot of welcome from people in town and started taking some orders. The first custom cake I made for a customer in town was a Finding Nemo cake. The customer was so happy that she shared the cake online and I got more orders.” Denney went out to businesses, doing a fundraiser for the Kawartha Lakes Food Source. She created a game called The Lindsay Logo Challenge for the businesses for the fundraiser, where she would ice a cookie with the logo of the business on it, then bring them the same materials she used to see if they could imitate her and ice a cookie the same way. Over 70 businesses came on board and she was able to raise almost $200 for Kawartha Lakes Food Source. “I got the community engaged in a different way, and that’s how I made a lot of my initial connections.”




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WILLIAM McGINN Writer-at-large

The injured sparrow could not walk properly and didn’t seem to be able to fly, either. Photos: Anne Patterson.

It’s a bit of a drive to get to Minden from Lindsay. In fact, it can take a good hour (less as the crow flies, of course). But for Anne Patterson and her husband Dave McNair, the trip to the Woodlands Wildlife Sanctuary in Minden was worth it to try and save the life of a feathered friend from their backyard. Late in 2021 they each saw a sparrow in their backyard at separate times during the day, once, while taking their compost out and again when John was on a tractor. It didn’t seem to move away from them either time. Taking a closer look, they found the bird’s claws were injured, seemingly burnt black, and curled, making it flop around and leaving it unable to stand properly. It didn’t seem to be able to fly, either. Patterson looked up local agencies that might be able to help, and found the Woodlands Wildlife Sanctuary.



Taken in by the sanctuary for three weeks, the sparrow was given calendula cream for its claws, which were bandaged. It was kept in an incubator to keep warm. “Once I got the news the sparrow had been on antibiotics and was bandaged,” Patterson said she immediately felt the need to donate something to the sanctuary for all its work.

Melichar said when an animal comes in and it’s severely compromised in some way, “they’re actually grateful to be in rehab.

“We phoned them,” said Patterson, “and they said a lot of young birds are starving because they get a virus where they don’t want to eat.” They were asked to bring the bird there to be checked over. “My husband made a ventilated cardboard box, I donned my work gloves, and I approached it from behind, which was difficult in a basement window well, but I got the guy in the box, and away we drove,” said Patterson. The owner of the sanctuary, Monika Melichar, told the Advocate the sparrow was indeed starved, and its claws were in such bad shape they could even fall off if they weren’t treated. Operating for 13 years with no government funding, the sanctuary relies on donations and volunteer workers, but finds itself growing each year. It specializes in rescuing and nursing injured wild animals while also preventing them from being habituated to human care so they will be ready again for the wild if and when discharged. The sanctuary nurses not only birds but owls, opossums, coyotes and various other animals. While it might sound difficult to gain a wild animal’s trust, Melichar said when an animal comes in and it’s severely compromised in some way, “they’re actually grateful to be in rehab.” In fact, she described the wildlife centre as a spa, because, she said, the animals know they are safe and are being looked after.


“When you think about the different kinds of creatures they have and running with volunteers and being non-profit, I’m sure every dollar is a treasure to what they’re up against,” said Patterson. Melichar described Patterson as very generous both for her donation and willingness to drive to Minden. The sanctuary releases wildlife no more than a kilometre away from where the animals were originally found. Patterson eventually brought the sparrow back to her yard. Even before the box was fully open, “He flew to the top of the cedar hedge and stayed there for several moments, regarding us, and then he just disappeared.” Since opening in 2008, the Woodlands Wildlife Sanctuary has saved more than 700 wild animals, and Melichar estimated that number will be 800 by the end of 2021.

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I have always been a curious cook so have accumulated masses of information about the subject of food,” says Reesor. “I want to continue sharing my enthusiasm for looking at ingredients in new ways — and to help people learn to enjoy their kitchens instead of being overwhelmed by them.

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}} Young Lindsay woman’s career is blooming

Rebecca Anne Bloom is what we call a “creative” these days. She spent her childhood in Ajax, and she moved to Lindsay during her high school years. Today, she lives in Lindsay and commutes the short drive to Bobcaygeon for her day job as the event and social media and digital marketing coordinator at the Lakeview Arts Barn. As well, she is the general manager of Globus Theatre. (Globus Theatre is located in the LAB.)

Rebecca Anne Bloom. Photo submitted.

“In 2012 I was looking for a job while going to university and I happened to have my resumé sent to the barn,” Rebecca explained. “I started alongside the kitchen staff, which was delightful, then I was eventually the bartender there and then was in the box office.” In January 2021, she became the barn’s “event liaison” and started the managerial position last October. An average day for her can mean many things. If a show is happening, she usually takes orders over the phone, updates the LAB’s website and social media, makes sure contracts are being fulfilled for actors, and ensures things are working for anyone renting the event space. “We’ve had a couple of Christmas parties, and those need to go off without


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a hitch.” Aside from her work at Globus and the LAB, she is also a freelance photographer and artist. Her company is called R. A. Bloom Creations. Her mother used to have coffee table books featuring nature scenes from across Ontario, which may be why Bloom’s primary love is nature photography. She remembers her family all equipped with their own cameras when they went out on trips. Bloom does photography across Kawartha Lakes, having taken photos for real estate agent Beth Gilroy and for the Lindsay + District Chamber of Commerce Awards of Excellence. Photography isn’t this creative’s only artistic outlet. Describing herself as “an abstract watercolour artist” who does requests, she paints daisies and bouquets or the popular pink video game character Kirby. The only thing she does not professionally paint is portraits. And if that wasn’t enough creative work, Rebecca is also an actor, mainly in theatre. She got her first big role at the Stirling Festival Theatre right before the pandemic, as Miss Muffet in a Mother Goose pantomime. Additionally, filming has wrapped up for her first role on the big screen, shot in Sudbury in June 2021. She had a small role as a cashier, in a movie starring Sarah Gadon and Robert Carlyle called North of Normal, based on an autobiography by Cea Sunrise Person about her childhood living off the grid and in the Canadian wilderness. The movie is expected to premiere this year. One of Rebecca’s favourite places to visit is Lindsay’s new North Ward Coffee Co. She also has a special relationship with Wilson’s Fresh Blueberries, a farm on Settlement Road south of Bobcaygeon. She did advertising photos for the Wilsons once, and because “they’re amazing, gracious humans,” she has been allowed to use their 90 acres for other photo shoots. Her boyfriend, Jeff McMullen, is studying in a veterinary technician program in Orillia, but is home with her and their two cats, Munchkin and Plum, whenever possible. Not only is Rebecca’s career taking off — she is also planning to get married to Jeff this year.



Down at the rink

}} Skating through the decades

The old arena on Russell Street, taken from the 1948 Lindsay & Victoria County Old Home Week souvenir book.

It’s mid-January, and you are cutting through the parking lot between the Shell station on Lindsay Street South and The Comfort Zone Sleep Shop. Maybe you are on your way to karaoke at The Coach & Horses Pub a short distance away. Whatever the reason, you quicken your pace as you make your way through this shortcut — blissfully unaware of the glare ice lurking beneath the light dusting of snow covering the pavement. Before you can collect your senses, you wipe out and have landed on the hard surface. Aside from a sore wrist, you are unhurt. It isn’t the first time someone has wiped out on this very spot. For nearly half a century, this site was home to Lindsay’s skating rink. Built in 1889 and officially opened in January of 1890, this frame facility covered in corrugated iron was a skater’s paradise. “The magnificent building is greatly admired by all who have seen it” wrote the Canadian Post on Jan. 17, 1890, “and it is needless to say that the skaters are very cordial in their praises of the company in putting up such a spacious structure.”

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This rink played host to a variety of events over its 40-year existence, including a skating carnival on Jan. 21, 1896, that saw nearly a thousand people crowd into the bleachers to watch masqueraders race around the rink in costume. More frequent, of course, were the hockey matches. Jan. 21, 1909, saw the Lindsay Midgets face off against their counterparts from Peterborough in a game that ended with a 7-3 win for Lindsay. “The game throughout was fast and exciting,” reported the Lindsay Weekly Free Press a week later, “although the ice was in bad shape, being soft, sticky, and covered with slush, which made the puck feel like a twenty-pound weight.” Unfortunately for skating and hockey enthusiasts, the old arena succumbed to fire in the early 1930s, and a few years would pass before a new facility opened on Russell Street West under the auspices of the Lindsay Kiwanis Club. Built in 1934, this arena sported not only an ice rink, but also a bowling alley and dance floor. Following another fire in 1945, the complex was rebuilt with a third floor. This latter rink generated many special memories for local residents. “Shortly after I moved here from

Kiwanis Arena, ca. 1970s. Photo courtesy of Roy McCallum.



Peterborough I joined a very fledgling figure skating group,” says Barbara Truax. “We couldn’t get much practice time as it was all taken up with hockey and public skating and we weren’t considered ‘a very necessary addition,’ but after some persistence we were allocated some time at 6 to 7 a.m. twice a week.” Sometimes, Truax remembers, the rink manager would be late in showing up. Undeterred, the young skaters gained access to the building by prying open one of the windows and crawling through. “Eventually Mr. Johnson, the rink manager, would arrive and we would be reprimanded,” says Truax. “We did develop some skating skills and were part of the annual skating show that eventually developed. We finally had our regular practice times, usually at the same morning hours and then some time at supper. As the program developed we didn’t have to crawl through windows anymore.” Roy McCallum had a front-row seat to the goings-on at the Russell Street rink. Starting on a part-time basis in 1966, he worked in various capacities at both this rink and its successor in the Lindsay Recreation Complex. When McCallum began, ice-resurfacing was done with a 45-gallon drum mounted on a two-wheeled, hand-operated machine. Later, he piloted a Ford tractor with a Schomberg ice resurfacer in tow. The ubiquitous Zamboni was used for many years thereafter, and when McCallum retired in 2020, he was operating an Olympia ice resurfacer. While the downtown rink closed in the late 1980s, skating rinks have a storied history in Kawartha Lakes well beyond Lindsay. Until local municipalities began to construct their own arenas, a frozen lake usually had to suffice. January 1937 saw more than 100 people take to a marsh near Bobcaygeon. “Those that did not want to play hockey skated for miles up and down the lake,” observed the Bobcaygeon Independent, “and what a pretty picture, young couples, arm-in-arm youthfully striding over this frozen mass of ice.” In other communities, volunteers flooded a rink at a convenient location much to the delight of the young and young-at-heart. Sometimes the quality of the ice surface was inconsistent, which invited occasional criticism — as at Kirkfield in 1910, when one observer remarked “Were we all practised skaters we would not mind the unseen places, but being mostly beginners, we need the smooth ice.” (By contrast, the ice at Janetville’s rink was, according to the Jan. 28, 1897, edition of the Warder “ kept in the very pink of condition and every attention is paid to the comfort of skaters.”) Volunteers remain at the heart of recreational skating in Kawartha Lakes. Whether flooding the outdoor rinks in local parks, coaching hockey or even running entire arenas (such as that in Dunsford), they make it possible for us to enjoy sailing along the ice — even if we wipe out.


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Here we go again

The ominous spectre of the Omicron variant is just starting to affect our case counts. By the time you are reading this, the situation will be much worse than it is as I write this. I don’t know about you, but this one feels like a gut-punch. The optimism that came from being double-vaccinated has basically evaporated overnight. Until I am triple-vaxxed, my protection against symptomatic COVID is somewhere south of 40 per cent, possibly lower from pre-existing conditions. A couple of days ago I thought I was statistically at a 90 per cent chance of not getting COVID symptoms. It’s bad and it sucks and it’s going to get worse before it gets better (for lack of a more eloquent assessment.) But while things may look dire, we have the tools to mitigate what could be another strain on our health-care system and our overall mental health. Switching to, at minimum, a K-95 mask will help in the fight of an airborne virus. The COVID theatre of deep cleaning won’t help us. Don’t get me wrong — cleaning and regular handwashing is good for a lot of reasons. But going crazy with the Lysol is basically performative at this stage of the game. Free rapid testing will do a lot of good as well. Sadly, our provincial government prioritized businesses (largely used to test people who choose not to vaccinate) instead of offering easy-to-access tests to the general public as they do in places like Nova Scotia. So the majority of us who have followed all the rules throughout this ordeal have had to pay $40 at Shoppers Drug Mart if we want a test so that the people who aren’t interested in protecting their neighbour can avoid vaccines and test for free. There is no choosing between health and the economy. You have both or you have neither. And one of the best things we can do is improve our air quality indoors. This can be done fairly easily by monitoring CO2 levels, opening windows and even making relatively inexpensive DIY HEPA filters. The government should be thinking of ways of helping both economically disadvantaged Ontarians and businesses improve indoor air quality. It goes without saying that increasing vaccination and following the science on the timing of boosters (and any shots that might come after those) will be huge if we are to avoid a complete catastrophe. What Omicron has shown us is the urgent need to get the entire world vaccinated and quickly. In addition to all the above measures our greatest asset might be each other. Not counting the white noise from an increasingly irrelevant but loud minority, we have come together throughout the pandemic to help each other either financially or otherwise. Things might get dark again, but we can do this. We have the science and we know what works.


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