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September 2019 • Vol 2 • Issue 18
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CONTENTS KAWARTHA LAKES’ FINEST MAGAZINE
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Letters to the Editor UpFront Benns’ Belief: Tired of the Party Line Teachable Moments: Education Cuts Federal Election Primer Student Voters Adult Education Lindsay Transit It’s Fair Month in Lindsay Local Heirloom Recipes The Lindsay Canadian Club Friends & Neighbours with Jamie Morris Just in Time with Ian McKechnie Trevor’s Take: Urban Canopy Project
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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. It’s 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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Whose facts, Trevor?
AD O C V
The Age of Locusts? Humanity has evolved through several ages, such as the Stone Age and Iron Age. We are now in the Age of Locusts. The human species has become a swarm of locusts, devouring the planet. Lakes, streams, forests, glaciers, water, food, resources, and wildlife habitat, are all fodder for this voracious creature -- us. And what is left? Indestructible plastic that fills rivers and oceans. Air that in some countries, is toxic. Water polluted beyond redemption. Thousands of species of wonderful creatures driven to extinction. Debts, created by greed that can never be repaid. Squalour infests most of the globe. We all know the solution. But not one government, not one bureaucratic agency will put it into words. There are too many people. Reducing the population will reduce problems. This planet can only sustain about one billion people if they are to live in harmony. Neither mass migration of people, nor setting population increase quotas for Ontario cities and towns is a solution. Those actions are just palliative care. We live on a finite earth, so the grow-grow-grow philosophy is logically stupid. Yet global economics is founded on that false premise. Two things must happen if the human race is to survive. A global rule of one woman, one child, must prevail. Also, the randomness of human procreation must end. Genetic science can help us have children who are no longer cursed with debilitating illnesses of mind, and body. Will this happen? Obviously not. Greed is fed by growth, with greed being the cornerstone of society. So, the Age of Locusts will be our last. Just as real locusts die when they meet the desert, finding no more vegetation, so will we. Then a new balance will be restored, in which we play no part. Nature does that with absolute certitude. - Peter Weygang, Bobcaygeon
In ‘Let’s Just Talk (At the Beach)’, [Trevor’s Take – August Lindsay Advocate], Trevor Hutchinson expressed an admirable sentiment: “What if... we were all to start (discussing political topics) with a little gratitude and a little humility (to acknowledge that none of us has ‘all the answers’)? Perhaps we could debate, argue and even disagree with some measure of civility. Add fact-based discussion and we might be on to something.” If only this were possible. Every human being possesses a unique life lens. From birth until the present, that lens has been shaped by every circumstance, situation, idea, feeling and reaction that each of us has experienced throughout every moment of our lives at both conscious and subconscious levels. Trevor favourably imagines “fact-based discussions” between people, yet each participant will necessarily assess the ‘facts’ through a dissimilar life lens. Whose ‘facts’ will be considered more ‘valid’ when disagreements occur? For example, what if Trevor were to present the claim made by federal politicians like Catherine McKenna that “97% of scientists agree” with the climate change crisis hypothesis, and if I were to present my ‘facts’ from actual climate scientists like Dr. Robert Holmes that disprove the hypothesis, who will win the debate with the most credible ‘facts’? - Gene Balfour, Fenelon Falls Thanks for the civil debate. Perhaps we could start with a list of Nobel Laureates who agree with our respective positions? - T. Hutchinson
When Dave agreed to turn the music off Re:Your ‘Friends and Neighbours’ article in the July edition of The Lindsay Advocate (‘No matter where you are in Kawartha Lakes, there’s Dave.’). I was the midget hockey coach in Fenelon falls many years ago and had a player named Dave.We made a deal five minutes before the game he would turn the music off and we would think hockey. He (Dave Illman) was a team builder then as now. I see him once and a while but he is working, so just a quick hi but I listen to him often. He is a great small town example. - Mark Lowell, Fenelon Falls
Doug Ford: Not what the people expected
Cottages are meant mainly for family, not financial equity
This is in response to the letter to the editor, ‘For the Love of Canada, Vote Responsibly’ (July edition, Lindsay Advocate.) I was involved with the PC Party, both provincially and federally, for over 25 years. I concur with the statements in the letter but want to add a personal observation. The advent of the Reform/Alliance parties changed the PC Party. It had been decimated federally in the early 1990s and its members became increasingly impatient about getting back into government, believing that as long as the vote was being split with the Alliance it would be impossible. I sat in a meeting at Queen’ Park during a discussion and became aware that, although we all held PC memberships, I was the only PC in the room. The provincial (wing) is still PC. Within caucus and members there was, for many years, a distinct variance between those who were true PCs and those who held Alliance views. This is what John Tory had to contend with as leader of the party. Like me, many loyal members left the PC party after Harper and now Ford. Unfortunately, too often voters vote expediently. Some background knowledge of the party and candidate is an advantage but research had shown that the average voter has spent less that two minutes reading anything on the candidates before going to cast their vote. In the case of the provincial election the electorate was tired of the Liberals, so they took a risk and elected Doug Ford. Now they are experiencing a government and premier who are not what they thought they had voted for. Although not officially, the provincial PC party and government are a ‘Conservative’ party and government. It will remain so until the electorate decides to vote for candidates who are progressive for the people. - Lila Mae Watson, Catchacoma Lake
As I look at the prices of cottages in the Kawartha Lakes area I wonder how high they will become. I guess as a cottage owner I should be excited about the higher prices and the equity that has been added to my personal financial portfolio. Then I remember that I did not buy our cottage to make money but rather to buy memories for family and friends that can be cherished for a life time. What adds value is being able to have our grandchildren enjoy nature; the sound of the loon on our lake on a calm summer night; watching the sunsets from our boathouse deck; absorbing the smell of the pine trees that are growing on our Point. All this without turning on a TV, an iPhone or an iPad -- actually carrying on a conversation...or spending hours playing cards, board games or reading a book. These are the memories we purchased, not the physical structure. Yes we love our cottage and everything about it but without family, friends and neighbours what do we have? I just hope we will not price most families out of buying a cottage, or the ability to pass it down to future generations of our families. Life at the cottage is not about how much it has increased in value financially but rather how many lives have been influenced by the memories we have shared together. Those are the memories that will endure. - George Baillie, Pleasant Point
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}} Cool off at new splash pad in Lindsay The City of Kawartha Lakes recently celebrated the reopening of the Elgin Park Splash Pad in Lindsay. The upgraded, wheelchair accessible splash pad features new child and tot spray features, a playground and a picnic shelter. Along with the renovated splash pad, Elgin Park features a new pavilion built by the Rotary Club of Lindsay using funding from the 2019 Lindsay C.H.E.S.T. Fund and the 50/50 Community Project Capital Fund. The pavilion houses accessible washrooms and a family change room. Along with the other splash pads in Kawartha Lakes, the Elgin Park Splash Pad is open seven days a week from 8 am to 8 pm.
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Business UPFRONT }} Mickaël’s café in Omemee opens to great local fanfare
As The Lindsay Advocate first reported online, it’s been three years since Breton baker and entrepreneur Mickaël Durand opened Mickaël’s Cafe in Lindsay – the town’s first — and still only — boulangerie, tapping into the town’s previously unsuspected appetite for croissants, brioche, sourdough breads, and baguettes. Now Mickaël has brought his vision for an authentic French bakery to Omemee, where the village now has its very own café, including seating for 20. The location was perfect, says Mickaël, as it is attached to the Omemee Library, has large main street windows, and the wall adjoining the library is exposed brick. (Not surprisingly, the library staff are pretty happy, too.) Visit Mickaël’s Cafe on Omemee’s main street from 8 am to 5 pm from Tuesday to Saturday (see ad on back page). During times when both the cafe and the library are in operation the doors between the two will be open and people will be able to move freely between them.
BTW Electronics: }} A best-kept secret in Kawartha Lakes
What do you get when you mix IT services, electronic repairs, and hard-to-find electronic products? That would be BTW Electronics, perhaps the most useful business in Kawartha Lakes that you might not yet know about. BTW has been in Lindsay for about 2.5 years but the business has been around since 1980. Owners Brian and Jackie Haire relocated it from Toronto to serve the Kawartha Lakes area. Jackie is the office manager who runs the shop, and is in charge of finance. Brian is the chief technical officer who oversees the operations side. BTW has tripled in size in two years and has gone from just the two of them to more than seven. From distribution to adding a store front, the business now runs local IT services for local and international customers. They have also added battery sales from cars and trucks to Sea Doo’s and 4X4s. (See ad on page 32.) BTW has also added a service bay giving the business over 7,000 sq ft. in total. Its IT group has expanded and they now have customers in Toronto and Atlanta Georgia, as well as locally. Located at 205 St George St., Unit 2 in Lindsay.
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What is a political party? I’ve always thought of it as a political framework for shared values. Candidates running for office figure out what party most closely matches their own values and then they run for office accordingly. What I’m increasingly seeing though is that it is an excuse for a lack of independent thinking; party affiliation has become a proxy for meaningful action – especially at the local representative level. You will notice that in this issue we’ve created a two-page election primer to help voters make an informed decision on who to vote for. This month we are tackling social policy; next month we’ll focus on the economy. The local federal Liberal candidate’s campaign manager suggested some of the answers in our chart couldn’t be completed at the time we sent them out because the party had not yet released its platform. I’ve met the Liberal candidate (Judi Forbes) and she seemed bright and personable. Surely she could be entrusted to have her own opinion on these issues? As for the Conservative Party, they declined to participate at all in the chart we constructed because they didn’t want to be restricted to Yes, No, or Too Complicated for their answers. (Yet the Green Party, NDP, Liberals, and People’s Party of Canada all managed to participate.) The power that political parties exercise in Canada was never meant to be this imbalanced. Canada is a constitutional monarchy.The prime minister is just that – the ‘prime’ minister, but one of many ministers in cabinet. The government’s direction, in the end, is beholden to elected representatives we know as MPs. (If only they would exercise that power!) My historian friend, Christopher Moore, sums it up nicely on his blog: “In a constitutional monarchy, prime ministers are merely servants of the crown. In a parliamentary democracy, they exercise powers temporarily delegated to them by the people’s representatives. It is important that we citizens remember their status as members of the ‘Commons.’” Writing in the National Post, Moore adds: “It is the parliamentary norm that MPs are accountable to the voters who select them, and that leaders are accountable to the MPs who select them.” Not to mention a new study has found that Canadians who hold strong partisan beliefs are more likely to be misinformed about issues than more politically neutral voters. When the party line is the only thing that matters, electoral cynicism follows. When individual MPs or MPPs merely recite party lines and cheap slogans wherever they go, they not only lose a little bit of their souls, they assume voters are idiots.When these same politicians clap their hands and nod their heads like trained seals in adherence to the party whip, I know I’m not the only one wondering where the idiocy really lies.
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Teachable Moment: }} Back to school under the
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September always brings back the excitement and locally, the largest public high school class could have 33 promise of a new school year. For some kids and parstudents. Special education classes can have as few as ents it can be a bit of a nervous time. And this year, three students and often rural school populations we all have a reason to be more than a little nervous. can lead to smaller class sizes. Technical classes had Along with new teachers and classmates, students and always been traditionally capped at 22 students for safety their parents will be experiencing reasons and the amount of equipanother thing this year: the first ment available. effects of the cuts to education The TLDSB says that this announced by the Ontario PC year these cuts have resulted in government in March earlier this a loss of 14.2 teachers in elementary year. schools and 24.33 teachers in secAs Sinead Fagan, commuondary schools. Joe De Vuono, elenications officer at the Trillium mentary vice-president of the PeterLakelands District School Board borough, Victoria, Northumberland (TLDSB) explains, “The cuts will and Clarington (PVNC) unit of the be felt system-wide. The 2019Ontario English Catholic Teachers 2020 budget has been reduced in Association reports that there will many areas.” Instructional budgets be 30 less teachers across the six (including staffing) are down $10.7 Catholic high schools in the PVNC million dollars this year alone. area. While there have been a numAnd fewer teachers means less ber of cuts to various programs courses. “At St Thomas Aquinas in Colin Matthew, announced by PremierDoug Ford’s Lindsay we are looking at a loss of OSSTF government, it was the changes in 12 sections that cannot be offered class sizes that will lead to the biggest as a result of the cuts,” explains De changes that students and parents Vuono. will notice first. Despite overwhelmBut it’s not only teachers that are ing peer-reviewed evidence that smaller classes lead to being cut. The TLDSB reports that 5.54 full time equivabetter learning outcomes -- especially for vulnerable lent (FTE) secretaries were laid off, 8.563 FTE custodians students -- the Conservatives increased the average classwere laid off, and 39.5 FTE educational assistants (EAs) size threshold for high school students from 21 to 28 and -- or 14 per cent of all EAs laid off as a result of these from 23.84 to 24.5 for Grades 4-8. cuts. It should be remembered that in March 2019, “It’s not about class sizes. It’s about cutting the former Minister of Education Lisa Thompson (since budget,” explains Colin Matthew, District 15 president of demoted to Government and Consumer Services) the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation. “It is announced that the class size changes would not result a cut of 25 per cent that gets labelled a class size change.” in any job losses. Class size is a rather complicated issue. Averages Many believe that the cuts to educational assistants are set by the province but actual numbers are also will affect the most vulnerable learners -- students who dealt with in the collective agreements (CA) between will already be negatively affected by the increased class school boards and their unions. Under the previous CA sizes.
“It is a cut of 25 percent that gets labelled a class size change.”
Karen Bratina is president of the Trillium Lakeland’s Elementary Teacher’s Local. She says on September 3 that “Trillium Lakelands Elementary Teachers will welcome their students back to school.” But it won’t be like recent years. “The beginning of the school year is always filled with anticipation and excitement,” she notes. “Unfortunately, this year there is an added stress for parents and teachers who are worried about our most vulnerable students.Those who have special needs will not receive the supports required to be successful.” William Campbell is president of CUPE997, which represents all non-teacher positions within the TLDSB. He says the loss of 39.5 educational assistants will be “a devastating blow to the most vulnerable students in the system.” “The cuts to Education Worker support staff will affect the entire school community.” As he explains, the students that receive support from our EAs are students that need extra support to succeed. Without this assistance these students will struggle to succeed. Campbell also warns that the loss of EAs could mean more violence in our schools explaining that “violent student behaviour often causes injuries to staff and students and disrupts the learning of all students in the classroom.” “With 39.5 FTE fewer EAs in the classrooms student learning for all students will suffer.” We are reminded how well the Royal Commission on Learning, established by the Province about 24 years ago, already warned about this. The commission’s final report ‘For the Love of Learning’ still rings as true today as it did a couple of decades ago on this matter. “…if, as we stress, the primary responsibilities of teachers are the academic and intellectual growth of their students, schools themselves must be able to deal constructively with the many difficult non-academic needs and problems that our kids seem to be facing more and more. This issue will not disappear, and there’s no point in pretending we can simply continue to add new responsibilities to already overburdened teachers. Not only can these kids not learn properly without serious assistance, but unless assisted we can count on them making learning more difficult for all other students.” CONT’D ON PAGE 12
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CUSTODIAL AND SECRETARIAL CUTS
The cut to custodial and secretarial staff will be felt as well, warns William Campbell: “Less supports in the classroom, in the office and cleaning the schools will affect every student and community member that enters the school. In total there will be custodians working in 26 schools cleaning the schools with less hours to do so. This means that there are 26 schools that will not be as clean or as well cared for and safe going forward.” It is true that at least for this year at the TLDSB no teacher lost their job (yet) under these cuts. The losses were absorbed by not replacing retiring teachers and teachers on leave. When a teacher returns from their leave they will have to take a position from a less senior teacher (under the terms of their CA) resulting in job losses. But by not replacing a retiring teacher, we are also not replacing the many other things that they did outside the classroom. Explains Matthew, “It is true for this year Ford’s ‘no one is going to lose their job’ survived the test. But it’s monkey math -- these 24 teachers did extra curricular clubs, coached, did drama.We have one school where both the male and female head of phys ed are retiring. They coached three sports each.” Matthew says that the loss in teachers will lead to less course selection and more combined classes. He cites a combined class of Grade 11 and Grade 12 physics class as an example of combined classes that could lead to lower learning outcomes. Despite the best efforts of teachers,“the quality of instruction will suffer,” adds Matthew. Matthew also laments the loss of the GoldStar program -- a program where students earned credits doing construction. This program was created to transition high need students to employment. That program has now been cancelled. What worries local many local people concerned about education is that this is just the beginning of the cuts. September 2020 will see the launch of Ford’s e-learning program, whereby students will be required to take four credits (out of the 30 needed to graduate) online. The policies and details of that program have yet to be announced and it is not known at this time if this will be public or assigned to some for-profit entity. That program will be detrimental to lower income students whose families can’t afford electronics or the internet. Students with slow internet in our area may also be disadvantaged by this program. Not to mention students who require more one-onone attention to learn. And for those of us who might be tempted to accept all these cuts as some necessary fiscal reality, the cuts we have seen locally don’t even get us locally to the provincial standards. As Matthew explains, the loss of 24.3 teachers brings the current high school ratio at the TLDSB to 24-1 from 22-1.To get to the mandated 28, there would have to be 40 more teacher cuts. E-learning will lead to the loss of another 35 teachers. We may be looking at a 25 per cent cut in secondary teachers over the coming four years. CONT’D ON PAGE 18
The Elementary Teachers of Trillium Lakelands share your concerns about cuts to education. Like you, we promise to continue to advocate for our students and their families who deserve:
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We asked 20 Social Policy Questions to our local federal candidates. The Conservative Party declined to participate. Candidates were instructed to only give ‘yes, no, or too complicated’ as responses. Answers are marked ‘ignored’ where this instruction wasn’t followed.
Judi Forbes LIBERAL
Elizabeth Fraser GREEN PARTY
Jamie Schmale CONSERVATIVE
TC: Too Complicated Barbara Doyle NDP
Gene Balfour PEOPLES PARTY OF CANADA
I believe that the abortion debate should be re-opened in the House of Commons.
The riding of KHB should seek to settle more immigrants and refugees to increase economic growth and lower our median age.
As an MP I would vote against my party if I thought that position was best for my constituents.
Some form of guaranteed basic income should be introduced in Canada.
I believe human activity is the major factor in climate change.
The climate crisis is the biggest challenge (economically and environmentally) facing Canadians today.
Alternative fuel sources should be prioritized and if necessary subsidized by the federal government.
Reconciliation with First Nations and Inuit should be a priority of the Canadian government.
Gene Balfour PEOPLES PARTY OF CANADA
Barbara Doyle NDP
Judi Forbes LIBERAL
Elizabeth Fraser GREEN PARTY
Jamie Schmale CONSERVATIVE
Federal Election Primer: Social Policy
We should be settling land claims with First Nations and Inuit people.
Canada should double the size of its protected regions, as a national study suggests.
Political parties should be more transparent in revealing who funds them.
Third party political advertisers should face more oversight and restrictions.
Electoral reform and a system of preferential balloting should be instituted at the federal level.
Public sector researchers should be free to speak about their findings.
Canada, like many other OECD countries, should have free post-secondary education.
Canadaâ€™s gun laws should be loosened.
There should be a national single-payer pharmacare program.
Preventative dental care should be covered under our national healthcare program.
The Canada Child Benefit should be increased for lower-income Canadians.
The federal government should be investing in a national housing strategy.
}} Environment reigns supreme for these young voters and party loyalty is a thing of the past MALLORY CRAMP-WALDINSPERGER
After spending his summer making phone calls, knocking on doors, and coordinating with volunteers for the local Green Party, Ryan Goldie will be casting his first federal vote. Goldie is one of many young people who are finding new ways to become engaged in politics while reflecting on his personal concerns when it comes to voting as a student. “Our elections right now are dominated by a certain population… if we don’t get invested in politics it’s going to leave young people very underrepresented,” explains Goldie, who majors in political studies at Trent University. When it comes to young people taking part in politics, Goldie is not alone. According to a study published by Elections Canada, the national average of first-time voters who participated in the 2015 Federal Election fell higher than voters who had been previously eligible. Meanwhile, 64 per cent of eligible voters in Ontario cast their ballots in the same election, falling below the national average by two per cent. Choosing who to vote for in any election can be challenging, according to 18-year-old Alanna Maclean, who says that “it’s going to be really difficult.” Victoria Hynes, president of the Fleming Frost Students Association says that she shares the same concerns. “I think that a lot of people vote…and don’t really think about what they want to see,” says Hynes.
Despite their differing perspectives, Goldie, Maclean and Hynes all named one major issue as their focus for the upcoming election: the environment. “Environmental justice is something that’s really close to my heart and it’s gaining a lot of traction,” explains Goldie, who says that this movement motivated him to withdraw his support from the NDP and join the Green Party earlier this summer. While Hynes is not tied to a single party, she also says that she has recognized a new trend in young people participating in advocating for the environment through politics. “I think it speaks wonders to where the interests of young people lie,” she says. As a representative for her school’s student body, the 23-year-old urban forestry student says that she feels very connected to the concerns of her fellow students. “A lot of people who come to our school are cognisant of environmental issues and more aware of other things going on in the world as well,” explains Hynes. While they share similar values when it comes to the environment, three students have different ideas on how to tackle the issue. “Banning single-use
plastics is a really good idea,” says Maclean, a firstyear mechanical engineering student at Ontario Tech University. She explains that this is a change that could be made quickly across all of Canada. “I would like to see the carbon tax remain implemented,” says 19-year-old Goldie, specifying that it should be applied in a way that is fair for people with lower income levels. In addition, taking on a more educational approach and “allowing citizens to know why these policies were put in place,” while also implementing them consistently is what Hynes says she would like to see. Hynes’ position has also driven her to become more concerned for other issues affecting students. “I know one friend who was planning on returning to school in September and can’t now,” she says, in reference to the recent changes to the Ontario Student Assistance Plan. Although Goldie is currently involved with the Green Party, he has not committed to supporting them forever. “I don’t like party loyalty… I think that’s a super outdated concept,” he explains. When voters remain loyal to one party, “you get politicians who never have to fulfill a promise and never have to rethink a policy,” he adds. Maclean also sees herself voting for different parties in the future, adding that she places more value on the individual candidate and their platform than the party that they are aligned with. “Even on a personal level, my priorities have changed over the past four years,” explains Hynes, who says that she is now more aware of student issues than ever before. “My biggest concern moving forward is how I as a student leader can empower people to vote mindfully and with intention,” explains Hynes. “Right now, I don’t really know the answer.”
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It should be self-evident that these cuts will lead to larger classes, lower learning outcomes, fewer classes to choose from and reduced extra-curricular activities like sports, drama and clubs for students. But these cuts will also affect our economy and affect everyone, whether they have a child in the school system or not. The right-leaning Conference Board of Canada produced a report, the Economic Case for Investing in Education (for the OSSTF) that demonstrated that each dollar invested in public education spending generates $1.30 in total economic impacts. Furthermore, investing in education generates social benefits of a healthier population, a higher standard of living and a reduction in crime. Sadly, the report demonstrated that each dollar cut from public education results in $1.30 of negative economic impacts. The bottom line is that investing in education saves us money in the long run. Each high school graduate saves the province on average $2,767 each year on health, social assistance and criminal justice. Conversely each high school non-completer costs the province $3,128 per year. So these cuts, which have only started under Ford, are bad for students and are ultimately bad for our economy. The social costs down the road could be staggering, too: should high school graduation rates fall to 82.6 per cent, there would be additional costs of $3.8 billion. So why proceed with them? Some critics suggest that this is an ideological attack on public education itself. Weakening the public system will make a private system more enticing. Also announced in March was the change in the sexual education syllabus, a move that most commentators say was to appease the fundamental social conservatives in Ford’s voter base. So clearly some ideological forces are at play in these decisions.
That may sound paranoid, but a provincial education budget of $28 billion would be quite enticing to private companies. And it is well demonstrated that the Googles and Apples of the world covet a greater role in private education. We have already seen our American neighbours pursue this approach. As Matthew notes, “The Americans are 20 years down this road (with their charter school movement). Extreme poverty happens when you give up on public education. Public education is the great equalizer. The loss of public education is the loss of hope.” For its part, the TLDSB maintains some cautious optimism. As Larry Hope, director of education explains: “There have been a number of challenges that we have worked through in balancing the budget. The effects to the reduction of function will be felt in all aspects of what we do. However, we have confidence in our staff, as well as the programming and supports we provide to TLDSB students.” De Vuono, expressing the sentiment of most people contacted for this story, seems less optimistic. “Looking at recent history like the cuts to education, autism, etc., cuts seem to be the way we are headed.” What is certain is that we will hear more about the slashes to education and what the stakes are in the wake of such cuts. All of the contracts with the teacher unions expired on August 31, 2019. As these battles play out for public attention, it will be time for supporters of public education to express their support and opinions. Will teachers be able to galvanize public opinion on these cuts? If they can capture the spirit shared long ago in the aforementioned ‘For the Love of Learning’ report they should be able to remind parents and community members of the job the vast majority of teachers do: “Most teachers say they enter the profession out of their concern for kids, and we believe it’s true. From what we’ve observed and learned, we’re confident that most Ontario teachers are competent, caring, and committed; that they work conscientiously and hard; and that day in and day out, they do a good job. In fact, given the constant pressure they operate under, the seriousness of their responsibilities, the never-ending new obligations society foists on them and the never-ending new changes that boards or the Ministry impose on them, the anxiety about keeping up with their subject and with good practices that result from the explosion of knowledge both in their disciplines and in teaching methods - given all this, even the ordinary teacher seems heroic to us.” - with files from Roderick Benns
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Imagine a community-based organization that invites people from all walks of life – millennials, seniors, students, retirees, people working full-time – to gather in an inclusive setting and hear dynamic voices from across Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, and Canada speak about some of the most important topics and issues affecting our community, province, country, and planet. Imagine spending an evening over drinks and eats with like-minded individuals who have gathered to hear guest speakers, chat with these change-makers, and engage with panellists. You needn’t imagine it, because it already exists! Welcome to the Lindsay Canadian Club, which embarks on its 83rd season on October 9.
IAN McKECHNIE 1900s, more than a dozen Canadian Clubs had sprung up across the country. That Lindsay’s Club emerged in 1936, with Col. G.A. Weeks serving as its first president. For Angie Ursel, who joined in 2018, the Lindsay Canadian Club offers an opportunity to hear from people who are passionate about their subject in a lively and engaging setting. “We need more of this real person-to-person sharing of information in this time of increasingly online delivery,” she says. No longer a supper club, it has taken on a café-style character, with coffee, tea, and snacks included in membership. A cash bar is also available in the Vimy Room at the Royal Canadian Legion (12 York Street), where the club meets on the second Wednesday of the month between October and April. Doors open at 6:45 pm. The 20192020 season offerings are as follows: October 9th 2019: Senator Kim Pate on marginalized populations in Canadian prisons November 13th 2019: former Mayor of Ottawa Jackie Holzman on Compassionate Ottawa January 8th 2020: Financial Literacy in 2020 February 12th 2020: Film Screening of Angry Inuk, with live Q&A with director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril March 11th 2020: Panellists will be sharing their insights into entrepreneurship in a small town
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April 8th 2020: Panellists will discuss conservation and sustainability of the Scugog Yearly membership in the Lindsay Canadian Club is $60, or choose any three events for $30. Attend a single event for $15. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Check www.facebook.com/CanadianClubLindsay for more information or write to canadianclublindsay@ gmail.com.
FRIENDS & NEIGHBOURS The media is the message for two young people with journalism projects It’s September, and Mallory Cramp-Waldinsperger is back at Carleton University for her third year in Journalism. Adam Folland is back at school too, starting second year in Fleming College’s Fish & Wildlife program and carving out time for duties as Frost Student Association Vice President. It might seem odd to tie them together in the same column. One grew up here and is studying elsewhere; the other grew up in Guelph and is studying here. One grew up listening to CBC radio and exploring ideas with classmates in IB English and Theory of Knowledge courses at I.E. Weldon; the other became obsessed with wolves at age five and grew up camping and exploring the outdoors. What connects Mallory and Adam is that over the summer each engaged in an ambitious journalism project. Mallory joined our Advocate team. (There’s a sample of her writing in this issue.) Adam spearheaded a revival of a Frost campus student publication that had quietly expired six years ago.
It was back in April that Mallory approached Advocate publisher Roderick Benns. She’d already lined up a summer job as Community Event Promoter for United Way but wanted to contribute to the Advocate in the time she had available. Roderick was quick to take her up on the offer and an informal apprenticeship was arranged. She was given press releases to shape and tighten up, but mostly she wrote articles. Some topics came out of discussions with Roderick, a few were assigned, but most were proposed by Mallory herself. “She always came to the table with her own ideas,” says Roderick.
“She’s story-wise beyond her years.” The example that comes to his mind is a “Passion Projects” series that introduced Advocate readers to local makers-turnedentrepreneurs. At Carleton she’d learned about journalism that sheds light on issues (“Advocacy journalism”). A number of her articles did just that: a report on a climate march, another on the Pride Picnic, a much-viewed piece on waiting lists for Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and several on youth and the coming federal election. A highlight of Mallory’s summer was being assigned the August cover story (‘Did Mother Nature turn her back on area farmers’). “The stakes were high,” she says. “I knew it would be in print and wanted it to be good.” Her summer with the Advocate has given her confidence and she has become more comfortable sharing her work. It’s been valuable to the Advocate as well. She brought curiosity, energy, and a fresh perspective, and her social media savvy equipped her to strengthen the Advocate’s Instagram presence.
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It was an offhand remark from Fleming prof Tom Mikel back in May that set Adam’s project in motion. Apparently there’d been a student paper; in fact, there’d been a series of them going back to 1977. As Frost Student Association Vice President, Adam immediately grasped the potential: a student publication could create community awareness of what was going on, and instill pride in the college’s cutting edge work. But he recognized the onus would be on him to come up with a structure, find content, and act as “production manager.” He took the idea to administration and faculty (who loved the idea), and set himself a goal: a 40-page first issue, ready for bundling with September orientation packages. The first step was research. Frost archivist Barb Duff pulled back-issues of the earlier incarnations. That gave him some content and a name for his paper: The Woodland Times. Next was an email blast to all students inviting contributions. Six responded, including a former Carleton student on summer placement in the Yukon, who delivered a music column. He also invited faculty to contribute and contacted College departments for more content and support. International Services, Diversity and Inclusion, International Services, and the Office of Sustainability took-on pages; IT absorbed printing costs. Adam assembled an eclectic mix: an inspiring welcoming letter from Professor Thom Luloff (shown cradling a porcupine), archival news items (“Lone female graduate tops forestry course” from 1972), practical information (businesses offering student discounts, Lyme disease symptoms), humour, poetry, a bio of Fleming, invitations to contribute, and unclassifiable tidbits such as a short essay on pitcher plants as predators of juvenile salamanders. Adam’s big lesson from the summer? “The key is making connections -just going and talking to people. If it was just me I’d be lost.” One of the connections Adam made was with Mallory. He’s smart, organized and enterprising, but had no background in journalism and writing for publication. Over coffee they talked ideas and directions and Mallory answered questions about interviewing and writing. A set of handwritten notes Mallory left behind includes some of the advice. “SIN(W) -- Significant, Interesting, New, (Weird)” sets out criteria for choosing stories (“Weird” she added approvingly after skimming Adam’s draft). “Tell your mother!” is a way to identify the “news lead” (ask yourself what the first thing you’d tell your mom or friend about a story would be). “Slugs -- alt title”? You’d have to have been there. Adam’s comment: “It went amazingly.” Mallory’s comment: “Great meeting.” We haven’t seen the last of either. Malllory hopes to return to the Advocate next summer. (Which pleases Roderick, who says “Mallory has been an incredible addition.”) After his year as vice president Adam plans to run for president and continue with the Woodland Times. Perhaps they haven’t seen the last of each other, either. Mallory’s offered to lead a workshop for Adam’s Woodland Times recruits during her reading week.
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}} The rural church and rural schoolhouse A quarter of a century ago, in 1994, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, South Eldon celebrated its 150th anniversary as a congregation, only to close shortly thereafter. This massive Gothic-revival place of worship – vast in scale compared with other rural churches in the area – is now privately owned. The sounds of congregational singing have long since died off, the smells and tastes of those delightful dinners so common to the rural church experience are no more, and the furnishings found homes elsewhere, having been sold off at auction. Located at the northwest corner of Prospect and Lorneville Roads, [the former] St. Andrew’s Church still rises from the surrounding landscape, its soaring facade partially hidden by the surrounding foliage. The rural church and the rural schoolhouse. They went hand-in-hand for generations of Ontarians, who looked to them as cultural hubs -- as places where fellowship was enjoyed, principles were passed down, and a spirit of community was fostered. It was in these places of salvation and education that children learned how to read, write, speak, and sing. From school concerts to church picnics, the little red schoolhouse and “the little brown church in the vale” were the places to be at a time when communication technology was very limited, and engaging with one’s neighbour could not be accomplished merely by sending off a text message, or even dialing a phone number. Drastic changes in both public education and in church attendance have rendered a great many of these historic spaces obsolete. The Hall-Dennis Report of 1968 recommended that the old schools be replaced with “more imaginative, flexible, beautiful learning centres [that] should rise as testimonials to the greatness of man.” A dozen oneroom schoolhouses could be replaced with a large consolidated school – Jack Callaghan Public School
(opened 1966) and Mariposa Elementary School (opened 1972) being examples of this phenomenon. A series of cultural shifts coupled with a decline in rural populations caused the decline of rural churches. For many, they have become quaint subjects for day-tripping photographers, having shed their original function years before.
Some continue to carry on the role for which they were built, with Knox Presbyterian Church in Glenarm and St. Luke’s Roman Catholic Church in Downeyville being two notable examples. So what are we doing with the defunct one-room schoolhouses and little country churches that dot the landscape of Kawartha Lakes? For answers, I turned to Sarah Horton, Susan Obertreis, and Denny and Dee Maher. They have taken these unique properties and re-purposed them as businesses and private homes, whilst retaining much of their historic character. Sarah runs the Manilla Church Bed & Breakfast, located in a one-time Bible Christian-turned-Methodist-turned-United Church built about 150 years ago and renovated by a previous owner. “We purchased the space to be our family home with the dream of one day running retreats and B&B but it wasn’t until mat leave with our first child that we took on the task of establishing the space as a business,” she says. “The renovation had been done, we hit the auction houses and antique stores to dress the space in a blend of modern and elegant decor with traditional elements. The challenge was in blending functional areas with the unique architecture and keeping decorating simple so as not to detract from the clean lines and beauty of the space.” Susan oversees the North Valentia Schoolhouse. Built in 1897, it is now a vacation rental complete with a stunning frame addition. “We wanted to maintain the character and charm of the schoolhouse by working with the original building rather than alter it,” Susan remarks. “Some people choose to lower ceilings and partition rooms off but it was important to us to showcase the original detail of the building.” Thanks to the vision and foresight of people like Sarah and Susan, travellers can experience the hospitality and atmosphere of buildings that were once stopping-off points on countless journeys of faith and education. The current custodians of these erstwhile churches and schools are keenly aware of their responsibility to conserve these artefacts, so replete with stories of human experience. “We enjoy when previous students stop by and tell us how things used to be as well as what their memories of the place are,” Susan comments. The Mahers relate a similar story. “One of many visitors to our home told us she saw her first horseless carriage here,” Denny writes. “Knowing some of our neighbours went to school here, seeing their initials carved into the bricks and hearing stories about their school days in our home makes us very glad we are preserving this school house which was built in 1892.” Sarah Horton agrees. “We felt that with purchase of the Manilla church as our home came the responsibility of stewardship and of sharing what was a pivotal community space with the others,” she states. “It still gives me goosebumps to stop, look around and admire the workmanship of the space, and on a sunny day with the light streaming through the stain glass windows it makes you feel truly blessed.” Both the Manilla Church and the North Valentia Schoolhouse are featured on Doors Open Kawartha Lakes, taking place Sunday September 8.
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It’s time for an urban canopy policy
In 2016 German forester Peter Wohlleben published The Hidden Life of Trees, a highly entertaining -- albeit anthropomorphic -- book that postulated that trees communicate with each other about drought and pests through their root systems. Wohlleben argues that using electrical signals, trees behave more like a colony of ants than solitary organic items, using a system that he coined “the wood-wide web.” In 1997, UBC Professor, Suzanne Simard’s team of researchers found that these “electrical signals” were an underground web or network called mycorrhizal fungi. Large, older trees are considered “Mother Trees” who even support the growth of younger trees. We are blessed in the City of Kawartha Lakes to have some amazing biodiversity, and despite years of development, much of our settlement areas have a fairly decent amount of trees -- or what urban planners and botanists call ‘an urban canopy.’ Often expressed as a ratio, it refers to how much of an urban area is covered by trees. It turns out that there are a number of benefits of a healthy urban canopy. Trees create microclimates, offer sanctuary to birds, increase biodiversity and reduce the “heat-island” effect of a hot sun on largely paved areas. They serve as a protective force during extreme weather events like extreme heat or flooding. Many experts also extoll the mental health benefits of trees. One of the strategies listed in the Kawartha Lakes Healthy Environment Plan was to “develop and implement a community wide tree management and resilience program to increase [the] tree canopy.” An “education action” under that strategy called for the City to “educate residents and community stakeholders on the health and environmental benefits of the urban canopy.” Well folks, it’s time to get that started. As The Lindsay Advocate has been extensively writing about, there is a lot of growth and development anticipated for the city. We just can’t build everything up and out and then afterwards say “okay -- let’s talk about the trees that are left.” And we might be poised locally to really do this well. Why not get a working group going? We have the benefit of world-leading knowledge at Fleming College. We have local activists like John Ireland and many others like him. Add some development and planning expertise from the City, some representatives from the construction industry and other interested stakeholders. It needn’t cost a lot of money -- and let’s face it, we are going to have to talk about it sometime. Why wait until it’s too late? I’m not saying we should all run out and hug a tree (despite the overwhelming clinical evidence that this would be really good for our collective mental health). I am saying we should copy what Wohlleben says trees do -simply communicate about conditions, threats and opportunities.
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