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November 2019 • Vol 2 • Issue 20

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CONTENTS KAWARTHA LAKES’ FINEST MAGAZINE

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Letters to the Editor Benns’ Belief: Life and Death of Munroe UpFront Safeguarding Our Heritage Globus Theatre presents Sleeping Beauty Our Heritage of Trees Christmas in Kawartha Lakes Victoria Station: Adult Lifestyle Condominiums Adelaide Place Senior Living Friends & Neighbours with Jamie Morris Just in Time with Ian McKechnie Trevor’s Take: Don’t Get in the Way of Progress

The Story of the Advocate

Every one of us has a story. It informs who we are and it explains how we got here. The Lindsay Advocate itself is a story. It is a story that began in 1855, although we didn’t know it at the time. Months after we created the Advocate to focus on the social and economic wellness of our area, we learned that Lindsay’s first newspaper was also called The Lindsay Advocate, first published in 1855 by Edward D. Hand. Its mission? “Our chief efforts will be directed towards furthering the interests of this Town and County and advocating (for) their well-being and improvement…” We embrace this echo of history and consider it a profound trust to carry forward. Our focus will continue to be about putting human values ahead of market values for our people and small businesses, not furthering the corporate agenda. It’s great to be back in Kawartha Lakes to build this community with you. ~ Roderick and Joli

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An Advocate fan from Florida I was in Bobcaygeon the last week of August and picked up The Lindsay Advocate and had read most of it. Now that I have returned to Naples, Florida, I was finishing it up this evening and admiring not only the pictures but the stories and especially the dining review on the Olympia Restaurant in Lindsay. Kudos to the publisher and editors of this magazine, very interesting reading. Look forward to visiting your area next summer again.   Larry Staley, Naples Florida

Art Eggleton event on basic income appreciated Thanks for hosting the basic income workshop (featuring former Senator Art Eggleton). I enjoyed the event. The information was all familiar to me, but I recognize that we all feel our perceptions are gospel. It is only when we are asked, politely, to justify our thoughts — which can often be outrageous — that we can actually begin to learn what drives each of us and the person opposite. We need polite, reasoned dialogue in this and other issues if we are ever to arrive at an understanding of one another. After all, issues are only an excuse for us to learn to understand one another in an honest effort to find common ground. - Frank Smith, Woodville

More than one hanging at Lindsay jail

Re:Your article Lindsay’s last hanging: the McGaughey Case of 1924 (October edition, The Lindsay Advocate). As far as I know in stories of this case, it was the only hanging ever in Lindsay. While the article contained numerous names connected to this tragic murder/hanging, it left out one important individual — the name of the presiding judge.

An article from a few years ago was titled “Lindsay’s Hanging Judge.” His surname was Logie. And the street named Logie by the Lilac Gardens was named after him. Ted Howes, Lindsay Thank you for your keen interest in our local history. The name of the judge was indeed a Mr. Justice W.A. Logie. However, Logie Street in Lindsay is named after the Logie family who had one of the original land grants/farms through which Logie Street now passes. The McGaughey case was Lindsay’s last hanging, but it was not its only one — William H. English was hanged in 1865, and David Nesbitt was hanged in 1873. Five people were sentenced to death in Lindsay, but only three were actually hanged, Fred McGaughey being the third and last. - The Advocate, Ian McKechnie

Correctional officers: Nurses have tough jobs, too I read “Powerless Guards mired in poor working conditions at Lindsay superjail” (Oct. Advocate) shaking my head. Whose workplace isn’t bogged down with policy and poor management? I’m a nurse and we are always short-staffed and have bad direction from management, who really don’t know what goes on on the front line.  Do we go off on stress leave?  No we keep going because the public needs us. As nurses we see the worst of the worst and experience it everyday. We, too, get spit on, kicked, punched and yes the odd patient tries to kill us, or themselves. I in no way think this behaviour is appropriate. However, we cannot shun those in trouble and stop working. Are many of the systems broken? Yes. I’m sorry, COs, you have a tough job just like the rest of us but it’s the one you chose. If you don’t like the conditions you work under then find another job and stop making the public pay for your inability to deal with “policy.” Name withheld upon request Then doesn’t it make sense to advocate for healthier, better managed workplaces in general? Why try to compare who is worse off when clearly we need better labour conditions for many disciplines? - The Advocate

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BENNS’ BELIEF

Life and Death of Munroe RODERICK BENNS, PUBLISHER When he was in his late 60s, Leonard Cohen said “I don’t think much about death, but in a certain stage in your life it becomes very clear that your time is not unlimited.” I thought about this when I heard that Munroe Scott had recently died at Adelaide Place in Lindsay at 92, “peacefully in his sleep” as his obituary read. He had been battling cancer prior to the end of his third act. As one of Canada’s most prolific authors and playwrights — he spent 62 years as a freelance writer — Scott was a keen observer of the political scene and a great writer of documentary films. His most famous written work is probably a biography of Dr. Robert McClure, a surgeon and lay moderator of the United Church of Canada. Scott also wrote and directed episodes for several CBC series. Just five years ago, at 87, Scott presented a new, full-length play at Showplace Performance Centre in Peterborough called The Orator: The Involuntary Resurrection of Col. Ingersoll. I grew up reading Scott’s weekly column in Lindsay This Week called “Down Paradox Lane.” Sometimes acerbic, often witty, Scott was never parochial or regional in his thinking. He was a pan-Canadian nationalist in the most positive sense of that word. His Canada was progressive, welcoming, and inclusive; it was a nation that charted its own destiny. It was not beholden to the United States for direction, and certainly not as a role model. Scott railed against corporatism and welcomed initiatives for the public good. Aside from his writing, I got to know Scott after I participated in the public hearings known as the Spicer Commission — the Citizens’ Forum on Canada’s Future — when I was 19. After staying in touch intermittently over the years, Scott reached out to me after the creation of the Advocate about two years ago. He told us how much he enjoyed the magazine and insisted we come by his Adelaide Place home for a glass of wine. After talking politics, culture, and mortality, he gave us a copy of his book, The Carving of Canada, which paid tribute to artists who have interpreted Canada in stone and glass in the heart of the Centre Block on Parliament Hill. We would bump into him several times again at local events, this nonagenarian who was still participating in community life. Scott was still blogging, too — his site was aptly named “Return to Paradox” — up until mid-September of this year, including his final words on Sept. 11. He knew he wouldn’t see the results of the federal election, but he did have some words of wisdom. “I have no words of encouragement in the midst of the shambles our species is creating for itself … all I can propose is to harken back to a phrase from World War Two and put our faith in it.” “Carry on Canada!”

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DECISION DAY 2019 Schmale wins, keeps riding blue Jamie Schmale easily kept Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock Conservative blue in the recent federal election won by the Liberals. The riding has been Conservative since the 1940s, other than 3 consecutive wins by the Liberals from 1993 to 2004. (That period of time was when the right wing vote was split between Conservatives and Reform/Canadian Alliance.) Schmale had 31,986 votes -- nearly 50 per cent of the vote, with Liberal candidate Judi Forbes a distant second at 16,839, or 26 per cent. NDP candidate Barbara Doyle came in third with 9,532 votes, Green candidate Elizabeth Fraser captured 5,413, and PPC candidate Gene Balfour grabbed 1,245 votes.

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Safeguarding our heritage }} It’s time to stop

tearing down our history SARA WALKER-HOWE

Heritage buildings are more than just old bricks and mortar. The Empire State Building, Big Ben, and Casa Loma all bring tourists to their cities, and yet form more than just backdrops on selfies or fill check-boxes on bucket lists. Heritage buildings are community assets. They represent the physical portion of a city’s identity — what would Paris be without the Eiffel Tower? In this rapidly changing world, heritage buildings provide a sense of continuity by serving up memorable experiences for generation after generation. CONT’D ON PAGE 10

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SAFEGUARDING OUR HERITAGE CONT’D FROM PAGE 9

BUT WHERE IS OUR BIG BEN?

Unfortunately many of the area’s oldest, most interesting and historically significant buildings have been lost, many to the great fire of 1861, but many more to a lack of interest in their preservation. The post office built in 1888 on Kent Street West was commonly known as Lindsay’s Big Ben. It was torn down in 1962 to build the Dominion grocery store, which is now a dollar store. Let’s not forget the Old Mill (1863-1978), the grist mill built by Walker Needler and located on Kent Street East. Once forecast to be repurposed into a shopping mall, restaurant, library or cultural centre, it sat waiting for its fate to be determined when it was lost to fire. The beautiful St. Joseph’s Convent was built in 1874 for the Sisters of Loretto and destroyed by fire in 1884 only to be immediately rebuilt. Ultimately, the Sisters moved to Peterborough, and the building was used by Fleming College until 1977 when it was demolished. All that remains is the cupola, which can be seen on a private residence along Highway 7 towards Omemee. The octagonal house that once stood at the corner of Cambridge Street North and Peel Street was thought to have been built in 1854. If this is correct, then the octagon house survived the great fire, and would have been one of Lindsay’s oldest buildings. Unfortunately, the building needed maintenance and the owner decided to demolish it in 1977. It is now a municipal parking lot. Though built only in 1906 and not as old or architecturally interesting as some buildings, 2 Glenelg Street West, the former home of Sir Sam Hughes, would surely have drawn tourists. The house was destroyed in February 2000, after the permit to do so was filed in September 1999. The 86-year old owner, who had been renting the building out, said he couldn’t compete with rental rates on newer buildings, so he opted to demolish it. He stated to Lindsay This Week, “I’ve had the building for many years and nobody made any concrete offers to me, it was just talk and I’m not interested in that nonsense.” Lindsay’s town council knew about the demolition and opted to take no action; Mayor Art Truax said the house was private property and the owner had the right to do what he wished. But the swiftness with which the owner was able to acquire a demolition permit was not

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unnoticed. As one citizen proclaimed to the Lindsay Daily Post, “If you had a team of Fleet Street lawyers and £2 million, you couldn’t get done in 10 years in England what was done in 90 days in Lindsay.” A commercial building now stands on the property. Lindsay’s Academy Theatre is often cited as a tourist attraction but even this fabled building was once slated for demolition. It was only because of the efforts of a group of citizens and singer Tommy Hunter that the building was spared the wrecking ball in 1963. Other lovely historic buildings have been converted from single-family homes into apartment buildings and office space. The Horn Bros. Woollen Mill still retains most of its bones, now as an apartment building on William Street North. In Omemee, the municipal services office has been cleverly incorporated into Coronation Hall, a building that was a gift from Lady Eaton. Clearly it’s possible for a municipality to see growth and progress while maintaining heritage.

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Our Heritage of Trees

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Consider this an introduction to a collection of remarkable local residents. Some were here long before any of us were born and will be here long after we die; some are, comparatively, youngsters; one is dead. All of them — even the one that’s dead — contribute immeasurably to our town and ask little in return. Your guide is Tom Mikel, coordinator of Fleming’s urban forestry programs. Each year he takes his students on a field walk to check out these residents, our Lindsay trees. Described here are the ones that always impress those students, that impressed me when he took me on a tour, and that might just impress you, too.  All but one are within a 10-minute stroll of Lindsay’s former town hall (the green municipal building by the library) and all reward a visit at any time of year — whether for leaf colour, fruit, bark, or structure. 

American Sycamores

Victoria Avenue North of Peel Street

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Hard to miss these: Sycamores are Eastern North America’s largest deciduous trees, and these five are well over 100 years old. Look up the street from the farmers’ market and they fill the sky, their canopies stretching out over the street to the boulevard. Up close you’ll be struck by the mottled appearance of the trunk (the tree is “exfoliating” and regularly sloughs off bark). You’ll also notice several are hollowed out, with cavities a couple of feet across. One cavity has been filled with concrete, the old way for foresters to treat the tree; another has been left for the tree to “compartmentalize,” or bury the injury in new wood, which is the more recent approach.  Heritage Tree designations are awarded by Forests Ontario on the basis of association with important local figures, and if any of our trees deserve that designation, these are they. The sycamores were planted by the Sylvesters, brothers who operated a factory that made agricultural and farm implements — it stood where Tim Horton’s, Home Hardware and Lindsay Dry Cleaners are now. The brothers also owned and donated to the town property that became Victoria Park.  

Silver Maples

Victoria Avenue North of Peel Street

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It’s the silvery leaf undersides that give this tree its name. There’s a particularly large specimen southwest of the fountain, towering over the Armoury, but you’ll see many in the park. Because they’re fast-growing and adaptable to urban conditions they were planted too often in the past.   Sadly, because of the tree’s structure, high winds and ice can bring down large limbs, particularly when there are hidden cavities (April’s ice-storm brought down a number). In the wild, silver maples can live to 400 years, but ours won’t be living that long.

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Their taproots make black walnuts hard to transplant. But, as Tom notes, “squirrels do an amazing job of propagating them.” He tells of once collecting nuts in a five-gallon pail and having a squirrel jump out of the nearly-emptied container when he went back. “I’m still having to uproot seedlings,” from all the extra plantings the squirrel did.  The walnuts are tall (up to 30 metres) and have well-formed trunks, but are sometimes unpopular with gardeners (the roots release juglone, a substance that inhibits growth of some other plants). Woodworkers appreciate them — the heartwood of black walnut trees can have a second life as fine furniture or veneer. 

Wildlife Tree Frost Campus near Kawartha TransCanada Trail

A dead tree with lopped limbs, bored holes, and chain-sawed cavities? Tom’s colleague, arboriculture program coordinator Katrina van-Osch Saxon, explains what’s going on. “Trees provide such a valuable suite of other services to wildlife including habitat, food sources, shelter and wildlife corridors. In some cases, when a tree does not pose a risk, it can be retained and turned into a “wildlife tree,” mimicking the natural process of decay where we leave parts of the tree and sometimes create nesting cavities and structures that would appeal to different species. In urban areas, these trees are then monitored annually for signs of wildlife and also

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safety. We lost several ash trees to the emerald ash borer on campus so instead of just removing them we have turned a few into wildlife trees.” Want to check out more? At Riverside Cemetery you’ll find mature Austrian pines, some with their bark rubbed smooth by arboriculture students learning tree-climbing techniques. In Victoria Park, northwest of the inukshuk, is a hackberry, an elm relative with black edible fall fruit that attracts birds, and leaves that feed butterfly larvae. And for sure you should be aware of the modestly-sized ornamental trees planted in 1997 through the Green Streets Canada program. No fewer than 110 run up the spine of the Victoria Avenue boulevard. There are six species, including Schubert cherry, Chanticleer pear, and ivory silk lilac. Any of them would be a pleasing choice for a backyard.  

MAINTAINING OUR URBAN FOREST For Tom the keys are ensuring that when any tree is removed another replaces it, and avoiding the past practice of planting monocultures — all ash or all silver maple, for example. Wander around Victoria Park and you’ll see personnel from the city’s parks department practicing what Tom is preaching: Several dozen different species have been planted over the past couple of decades. On Frost campus you’ll find a Kentucky coffee tree and other examples of “assisted migration” — trees from more southerly areas that because of global warming can now survive here. Their presence may be the only good news coming out of the climate emergency.  Katrina encourages all of us to plant more trees and to take care of the ones we have. Take the time to do a little watering during droughts, and to mulch around the base, preferably with chopped fallen leaves, to control weeds, retain moisture and return nutrients to the soil. Not much to ask when trees give us so much. - All photos by Jamie Morris

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around windows, gingerbread bargeboard on gables and porches, and hand-carved balustrades on staircases. These artists are harder to find these days and the cost of their work is more than simply installing something off the shelves of Rona. So for a builder like Murphy, whether a building is preserved or demolished comes down to costs. The Pie Eyed Monk, for example, he says was preserved because it has a larger footprint and thick walls, so demolition would have cost more, and since the new construction would have to fit into the same space, the result would have been a smaller building. The bylaws for currently designated homes seem to suggest that only locations that have been deemed architecturally significant have been designated. So does a building have to be beautiful to be historically designated? Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site in Dresden, Ontario is a plain, two-storey house of frame construction, but it’s significant for the connection to the Underground Railroad and the anti-slavery movement — not because it has fancy architecture. When asked about the process for designation, Emily Turner, economic development officer with the City’s Heritage Planning department, says there are nine criteria for designation, of which only three pertain to architecture and another three to historical context. A property only needs to meet one of the nine criteria to be eligible for designation. Beautiful, significant architecture is clearly not the only requirement and Turner says the bylaws for previously designated sites may have been written that way because that was what the writer was focused on. As an example, Turner says, the city approved a bylaw earlier this year to designate a log cabin in the former Somerville township because the log construction was in good condition and it had a historical context tied to the Graham family, early settlers in that area. So why aren’t more homeowners seeking heritage designationfor their homes? Fear of costs is one reason. But contrary to popular belief, heritage designation bears no additional cost to the building owner — not even in increased property taxes. If a property Beall Street sees increased taxes it’s

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only because that building has been assessed at a higher rate because it’s had improvements, not for its heritage designation. The heritage designation process takes time. After the building owner submits an application, background research about the property is done and the application is checked to make sure at least one of the criteria is met, and then the building is photographed. This information is passed on to the municipal Heritage Committee, which assesses the application and decides if it will recommend designation to council. If council approves, the City issues a notice of intent to designate, and gives the public a 30day objection period. If there are no objections, the bylaw passes and the city has a new designated heritage building. By contrast, demolition permits are issued very quickly — sometimes for the next day.

SO WHAT CAN A COMMUNITY DO TO PRESERVE BUILDINGS THAT SHOULD BE SAVED?

Listing is a process that exists under the Ontario Heritage Act. When a property is listed and the owner files for a permit for demolition, a process is triggered that allows a two-month window for council and municipal staff to do the necessary background research before making a decision to designate or demolish. Anyone can identify a property for listing, whether or not they own the property. Simply contact Turner and the Heritage Committee, who will then present the list to council for approval. Adding a heritage designation for buildings that are community assets can contribute to the area’s economic growth. Such buildings are physical representations of an area’s history and culture. They attract people from cities and other countries, who might like to take a scenic walk or drive to see these old buildings. Turner says, “Designated properties make people want to live here and are attractive to businesses.”

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Greenwood Retirement Communities, an Ontario based owner/operator in the senior housing sector, is currently expanding with a second phase development at Adelaide Place Retirement Community in Lindsay. Construction is well under way for the new Senior Living Community and is scheduled to open in mid-2020. The new phase represents a $32 million dollar investment in our community. The new Senior Living Community is adjacent to the existing building, with its main entrance to be located at 81 Albert Street South. The two buildings will be connected by an enclosed walkway. Mirroring the exterior styling of the existing Retirement Community, this new development will rise 5 storeys, adding an additional 90 independent senior living rental suites to the community’s existing 125 retirement suites. Adelaide Place’s new independent Senior Living Community will offer both oneand two-bedroom suites on a rental basis, which will range in size from 710 square feet to 1160 square feet. Bright and spacious suites will include full kitchens and in-suite laundry. Some suites will feature a balcony or walk-out patio. Greenwood is committed to environmental sustainability and will ensure that the building’s design incorporates energy efficient lighting and use of innovative components including light-gauge steel framing and building automation systems. Tish Black, Marketing Manager says deposits are now being accepted to put a hold on a specific suite and 50% of suites have now been spoken for. She notes that all the two-bedroom suites have been deposited on and management is taking names for a wait list for the highly sought after twobedroom suites. There is still a good selection of one-bedroom suites to choose from and with a deposit of only $500 that is fully refundable for any reason, suites are being grabbed up quickly. Greenwood believes that you have the choice to define life in your own way, while having access to professional services should you need them. Amenities at Adelaide Place Senior Living Community will include a large outdoor terrace, dining room, billiards room, party room, general store, lounge area, resident storage lockers and garage parking. Residents in the new Senior Living Community will have access to a full range of amenities at the existing Retirement Community including, pool, fitness centre, hair salon, as well as a host of fitness and recreation activities. Start living the retirement you deserve at Adelaide Place Senior Living Community. Free up your equity and discover worry-free rental living in a community with like-minded individuals. As your lifestyle changes, you can customize your stay at Adelaide Place with a host of optional services. Live completely independently in your beautiful suite or include additional services based on your personal needs. Don’t feel like cooking? No problem — purchase a meal package. Tired of cleaning? We have you covered — include a weekly or monthly housekeeping service. The choice is yours. Your carefree lifestyle at Adelaide Place is enhanced by a dedicated team of compassionate professionals who ensure you are part of the family. Their goal is to treat the residents with respect and dignity and provide a friendly, caring and secure environment that everyone is proud to call home!

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Imagine you are Tara or Sean Sorensen and that thanks to Habitat for Humanity — after years in a series of cramped apartments — you and your two children have just moved into a home of your own. How do you celebrate? Here’s what the Sorensens did: The same week in April they moved in to their new Lindsay home they bought a barbecue on sale; the following week they bought Charlie, a black lab pup. Two gestures that say a lot about the kind of freedom and lifestyle that home ownership affords. Both Tara and Sean are employed as DSWs (Disability Support Workers) at Christian Horizons, a Lindsay group home, so we arrange a weekday meeting when they’re both off.  When I drop in to hear about their Habitat experience and how it’s changed their lives I’m greeted by Tara, two Seans (dad and 18-month-old son), and Charlie the dog, who gently noses me then flops onto a doggy bed in a corner. Throughout my visit Sean Jr. babbles goodnaturedly and from time to time offers me his bottle or Charlie’s rubber bone. What I see when I climb the steps to the main floor of their semi-detached home is  a light-filled, pleasant living space.  Through the Sorensens’ eyes it must look very different. When they began working alongside Habitat volunteers a year ago the interior framing had yet to be completed and the basement had a dirt floor. The stairway railing I grasp was sanded and stained by the Sorensens; they helped with the interior framing, the laying of the laminate flooring, the painting (Tara’s least favourite task). The back deck the new barbecue sits on? Tara remembers being on her hands and knees nailing it together on a January day . . . and that her knees were swollen for three days. 

THEIR STORY Tara grew up in her family’s home in Prince Edward Island. Sean was born in Ireland, but grew up in the GTA, moving frequently. “Bowmanville, Oshawa, Courtice, Pickering . . . so many places, so many schools,” he tells me.  Their lives intersected in Alberta in 2011. A week after meeting they were engaged. Their honeymoon was driving  cross-country before they fetched up here in Lindsay where they settled, moving from renting a room to a tiny one-bedroom apartment, to a larger apartment with uncongenial neighbours, then to another onebedroom, by which time they were raising their firstborn, Jahmes. 

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They dreamed of moving into their own home, but it seemed beyond their grasp. “Even with both of us working we could never hope to set aside enough money for a down payment, or qualify for a mortgage,” says Sean. Habitat for Humanity, which works in partnership with the city, offered a path to fulfilling their dream: an affordable house, a down-payment loan from the city (forgivable after 20 years in the home), and a 15-year mortgage geared to income. Tara and Sean certainly checked a number of boxes for selection: Their housing was overcrowded; they had a stable source of income but didn’t qualify for a conventional mortgage; they were more than willing to contribute the required 500 “sweat equity” hours by helping to construct their own home. In 2014 they applied but their combined income was $1,000 over the allowable limit. Eligibility is based in part on number of children and last September after their second son was born they applied again. Their application was re-evaluated and quickly approved. They remember the phone call vividly. Sean’s response: “Seriously?” Tara’s was tears. “It felt surreal,” she says.  They began the “sweat equity” contributions. Much of it was work on the house, but some was volunteer hours at Habitat’s ReStore, and family and friends helping could count, too.  It can’t have been easy. Both had to fit in the work on the house around their jobs and child care. But there was the reward of seeing their own home take shape. And both came away with new skills. “When I started I didn’t know how to hold a hammer properly,” Tara admits. By the end she’d even learned to use a circular saw. Sean remembers the special attention they gave the railing, sanding every surface and carefully applying a runny stain. The volunteers who worked with them were impressed by their work ethic. Dan Plancke had this to say, after working with them over a number of months: “They were both keen to help build their home and neither were afraid to do the ‘heavy lifting’ required.” Plancke was also impressed by their aptitude. “It was apparent early on that both of them were quick to learn how to nail, cut, place, level, and square the various ‘build aspects’ of their home.” Both showed signs of being able to pursue a career in carpentry should life present the opportunity or the need.” LIVES TRANSFORMED  So, how has having their own home changed the Sorensens’ lives? In the past they had to have permission from a landlord to make any changes in their accommodation; now they’re free to decorate and make whatever changes they want. In the past, for fear of angry bangs on the wall from other apartments, Tara had to hold in check an active child. Now Tara can encourage Jahmes to run and play. The last time Tara’s dad visited from P.E.I. he stayed in a motel; the next time he comes they will have room in their home for him.   It has also allowed them to grow their family further. In December Tara is expecting their third child.  For Sean, one of the great pleasures is knowing his children will have stability, the kind of home base their mother had. For Jahmes’s and SeanJr.’s sibling, this might be home from birth to the moment they leave the nest. 

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“How They So Softly Rest”

IAN McKECHNIE

}} Burial customs, past and present In 1991, the remains of an Indigenous man which had been unearthed in a Peterborough parking lot some three decades earlier were re-interred in the Curve Lake Cemetery. The actual interment was preceded by a Feast of the Living, with a sweet grass and sage smudge performed by four pipe carriers, and food prepared to accompany the deceased to the land of spirits. The following day, more smudging, honour songs, and offerings of tobacco accompanied the reburial of these 2,000 year-old remains. For the First Peoples, this Indigenous man was now on his way to meet his ancestors. For members of the Islamic faith, burial takes place within 24 hours. Equality is a hallmark of Islamic burial customs says Abdul Sangrar, of Masjid Lindsay, also known as the Islamic Center Lindsay. Regardless of the deceased person’s station in life, whether rich or poor, they are covered in a white cloth and buried in a plain box, the body facing Mecca. Islamic theology surrounding burial thus dictates how plots are purchased; buried remains must — in this part of the world — face northeast. For Christians, the faithful departed repose in Paradise, a place of rest and refreshment. Building on Jewish thought, however, many Christians also believe in the resurrection of the body. One day, according to Christian theology, the whole world will be remade and (as Handel’s Messiah puts it) “the dead will be raised incorruptible.” James McQuarrie, who farmed in Eldon Township and died in 1886, had his remains “interred in McEachern’s burying ground, east of Argyle, to await the glorious resurrection of the dead,” as noted in his obituary. Katherine McKinnon — who saw a great deal of death in her work as a nursing sister during the First World War — was interred in Riverside

Cemetery in Lindsay in 1977 beneath a stone which reads, “Resting Till The Resurrection Morn.” (This traditional emphasis on the resurrection of the body also explains why many burials at cemeteries across the municipality customarily face east: According to early Christian belief, the dead will be raised to face the new Jerusalem at the second coming of Christ.) How we bury our dead, where we bury them, what rites or customs accompany burial, and what we say in obituaries and on grave markers, are all products of many thousands of years of human history. While ancient practices are still commonplace, the people entrusted with bearing the deceased to their final resting place have also had to adapt to changing worldviews and contemporary cultural norms.

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Riverside Cemetery, Lindsay

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“Cremation has become more of a tradition,” says Linden Mackey, whose grandfather arrived in Lindsay in 1916, got off the train with a desk and bed, and transformed an existing furniture and funeral supply company into Mackey’s Funeral Home. “We’re constantly searching for more ways to be innovative in memorializing a person’s life,” says Mackey. The undertaker’s craft has also evolved over time. Cabinetmakers created not only furniture and fittings for homes, but also coffins and caskets. (Coffins are often simpler in design and are usually tapered at each end, whereas a casket is rectangular.) “My Grandfather Tangney was in the furniture business, but also in the funeral business,” recalls Marg Wansbrough, who remembers going with her father to check graves in preparation for burial. John McNeely McCrea of Omemee, himself the son of a furniture maker, spent two decades crafting miniatures out of wood — one of which depicts a 19th-century cabinetmaker’s workshop, complete with a miniature coffin. As the county grew, the undertaking business moved from cabinetmaker’s shop to factory floor. In 1925, a group of local businessmen including James Mackey, Charles Ferguson, Jimmy Arnold and William Varcoe laid the groundwork of what became Northern Casket. A combination of access to reasonably-priced lumber coming in from the north and access to Lindsay’s extensive rail connections ensured that the company would grow. The firm was formally founded in October of 1926, and its first casket was produced on February 2, 1927. Initially, the company used space in Horn Bros. Woollen Mill on William Street; later, it expanded to a facility on King Street, and is today based at 165 St. Peter Street. Northern Casket is no stranger to the forces of change, with coffins giving way to caskets in the early years, and urns now being produced under the North Urn brand to satisfy demand for cremation over traditional burial. Cremation, says Northern Casket’s Gord Ferguson, really came into vogue around the early 1990s and demand hasn’t let up. It’s a point not lost on Tim Godfrey, the general manager of Riverside Cemetery. He started working in the grounds department and today oversees not only traditional burials but also the only crematorium in the City of Kawartha Lakes. He estimates that Riverside handles about 600 cremations a year, but conducts only about 60 traditional burials in the same time period. Riverside, which in 2020 will be marking its 150th anniversary, still has another 300 or more years before it will be at capacity, says Godfrey. According to the City’s website, there are 15 active cemeteries in Kawartha Lakes, as well as many inactive historic cemeteries. These beautiful sites are sometimes located on farms or other private property, and many have geocaches on them to promote exploration of local history. A stroll through Riverside Cemetery today reveals not only the names of people who made their mark in the history of our community; it also reveals, however subtly, shifts in belief and practice which define burial customs in Kawartha Lakes. “How they so softly rest, all in their silent graves,” wrote Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in 1839. The dead may rest, in graves known and unknown, but the funeral industry marches on, always changing to meet the needs of the consumer.

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TREVOR’S TAKE

TREVOR HUTCHINSON, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

Don’t get in the way of progress

Kawartha Lakes City Council recently voted to reject a motion by the municipal Heritage Committee to designate the properties at St. David Street and Riverview Road in Lindsay as a site of “cultural heritage value and interest.” The motion also barred staff from continuing the process to designate the site officially. I don’t think that motion went far enough. Who cares if the land itself was part of the original Purdy tract? People don’t need to know that the first European settlers called Lindsay Purdy’s Mills before it was Lindsay. So what if more than 350 citizens took time to sign a petition or attend a rally? Why should government listen to its own experts? Heritage should be brought up only when it’s convenient. I mean, really. We are talking about progress here — and things like culture and heritage can muck up the churning wheels of developers making money hand over fist. You see, the province or the rest of the country may not think too much or too often about Kawartha Lakes but there is money to be made here if you are an out-of-town developer. You just have to out-lawyer and out-wait any under-gunned opposition from concerned citizens or, God forbid, elected official. Thankfully for developers, the newly neutered provincial Local Planning Appeal Tribunal could make such democratic expression a thing of the past.    That’s why Council might be onto something. But why go for half measures? Let’s have a bylaw that bans protest! No, I’ve got it: Let’s have a bylaw that bans even thinking negatively about what the developers want! I mean, Kawartha Lakes has a history of following, so let’s be leaders for once — in the race to corporate hegemony!  And don’t get me started about schools. They are teaching climate change! Climate change? Don’t people know that NASA states that only 97% percent of climate scientists believe in climate change? Not to mention all those lessons on non-violence and co-operative problem-solving. That sounds like communism to me. I know education is a provincial matter but is there nothing the City can do to stop this subversion?  What did our democratic traditions ever do for us (if you don’t count better health, education, working conditions, happiness, culture, freedom)? We are talking about money here. And money is now more important than any irksome traditions that previous generations fought and died for. But what if I’m wrong? What if concerned citizens should expect help from their public servants, even when what they are interested in goes against the wishes of their overlords — I mean, elected officials? Maybe democracy, as messy, imperfect and even inconvenient as it is, is the only hedge against the powerful? Thankfully such thoughts aren’t against the law. Yet. 

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