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August 2022 * Vol. 79 * Issue 52

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Community Care relies on its volunteer drivers – and it needs more.

Personal Support Workers are in demand and the local search is on to graduate more.

Globus Theatre embarks on an ambitious capital campaign so it can own the Lakeview Arts Barn.

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Letters to the Editor 4 * UpFront 6 * Benns’ Belief 9 Editorial 10 * Lunch With 29 * Cool Tips for a Hot Planet 39 Just in Time 42 * The Local Kitchen 44 * Trevor’s Take 46

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Letters TO T H E E D I TO R

Vehicle Electrification Concern was expressed in a recent letter to the editor regarding electricity consumption and electric cars. I would direct anyone who would like to become better informed about the shift to electrification of transportation to start by reading the posting on the Virta website — search for the 2021 blog post titled “Myth buster: Electric vehicles will overload the power grid” There was also a request for physical and mathematical descriptions of how CO2 produced by fossil fuels increases global temperatures. A text used in university classes titled Mathematical and Physical Fundamentals of Climate Change by J.C. Moore and Z. Zhang, is worth a look. There are many other excellent sources of information regarding our changing climate including the IPCC, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which reports the research of hundreds of scientists around the world, and Canada’s Changing Climate Report. Websites for the Canadian Climate Institute and the Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources are other good sources. For those who enjoy a good documentary, BBC Earth has produced an

“Letters have a magic all their own. I never know what angels or demons will be released as I open each envelope, but as I unfold its contents I know the plot will move on.” ~ Charlotte Gray excellent series starting with When the World Gets 1° Hotter, Climate Change: The Facts, which you can view on YouTube. Hopefully these informative and factual sources will help to develop a clearer understanding of this critical issue. We have the solutions at hand, and action must not be delayed. Electric vehicles are an important step in the right direction; ask anybody driving one these days how much they’re saving from not buying gas! ~ Deborah Pearson, Lindsay

A different definition of freedom If someone told me three years ago I would be flying my Canadian flag on an overpass in -30 C to help send a message to our government that wasn’t listening and taking away our rights, I wouldn’t have believed them. But here we are. And so it seems that some Canadians have a different definition of freedom. Many hard-working Canadians have lost their livelihoods. Physicians and nurses were forced to set aside their medical ethics or lose their livelihoods too. We all lost our right to travel freely in our own communities and

across our country and some people lost their lives. All people were affected whether they were vaccinated or not. We were all tax-paying citizens but our freedoms were gone. One thing I can agree on with Trevor’s Take (“I Want My Flag Back,” July issue) is the Canadian flag proudly sewn on a backpack is well respected around the world. But I disagree it is shameful now. What is shameful is that our country’s leader is the laughingstock of the world. The great thing about us freedom people, or as you call us, complainers, anti-vaxxers, fringe minority dumbdowns, is we don’t name call, bully or harass. We stand for all Canadians and our shared rights and freedoms and we will always proudly fly the Canadian flag. Candice Bridgman, Coboconk

Swahili is not Disney We love your magazine. However, there was an error in the July issue’s crossword puzzle. The Swahili word for lion is simba. Nala is a Walt Disney name created for use in The Lion King. ~ Celia Denov, Dunsford

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Celia, thanks for pointing that out; I really appreciate knowing if I’ve slipped up. I’ve replaced that clue with: Role for Beyoncé in The Lion King, 2019. Thanks for the keen eye and for solving my puzzles.

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Barb Olson, crossword puzzle creator

Sometimes ease of reading is sacrificed for artistic transformation. I would surmise that younger readers also might find the magazine more accessible and comfortable on the eye

Your new format is artistically pleasant but not the easiest to read. As an older reader, I would appreciate slightly larger and darker print on white, rather than off-white.

~ Cameron Finley, Lindsay

New Lindsay resident’s ideas appreciated What a great interview, and of an inspiring, interesting person — David Rapaport, a new citizen of Kawartha Lakes. (Lunch with series, June Advocate.) I’m glad he mentioned the need for us to drive almost an hour to park to pick up the bus so we can connect with metro Toronto transit. Peterborough is making strides to connect its city; surely we can get something in Lindsay. I’m sure residents of Bobcaygeon, Fenelon, Coboconk and Haliburton Highlands would appreciate it too. Any room at Highway 35 and Kent Street, near the new construction going on, to make a bus stop with parking like the one at Highways 115 and 35? Always glad to hear about and from positive, motivated people who share their good ideas and food for thought. Please keep it coming; we appreciate you, Advocate. ~ Anne Carmichael, Kawartha Lakes

They never yell democracy I couldn’t agree more with Trevor Hutchinson’s column (July issue of the Advocate re: I want my flag back.) I have had this discussion with many of my friends who feel the same way. The truck flag wavers love to yell freedom but they never yell democracy or understand the difference. They never yell civic responsibility. They cry freedom to do whatever they want without with a thought for others. I suspect they just like the attention. ~ Bob Barkwell, Lindsay Kawartha Lakes’ Premier News Magazine


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Advocate columnist Ginny Colling will be among many participants at the EV meet and greet.


The Manvers Township Historical Society has opened a research centre in the old post office in Bethany. The society was originally formed in 1983 to preserve the Old Bethany Post Office, and now there is a place for the general public to seek information of all kinds. “We have family histories, some artifacts, historical documents and a team of two volunteers to help people navigate what they want to know,” says Teresa Jordan, vice president of the historical society. The Old Bethany Post Office has a new purpose in the community.

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To learn more about electric vehicles (EVs), local residents will have the chance to talk with people who actually drive them.

Three experts from the Plug ’n’ Drive Electric Vehicle Discovery Centre, a Toronto non-profit, will also be on hand to take visitors out for test drives.

The Electric Vehicle Society of Canada, Kawartha chapter, is hosting a meet and greet for EV owners in Lindsay on Aug. 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Drop by and learn more about what owners say is a fun, economical and easy way to drive smart and help fight climate change. The EVent is being held in conjunction with the Kawartha Lakes Environmental Advisory Committee and has been funded by a grant from the Lindsay BIA.

At least a dozen people will be on Kent Street in front of the library to show you their vehicles and answer your questions.

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The Bike Garage expands product lines, is fully stocked with parts


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Leslie Orr, partner, in front of her office in Fenelon Falls. Photo: Geoff Coleman.

Technician Jake Arnold, centre, with Tusia Komarnycky, product manager, and owner Al Hussey. Photo: Roderick Benns.

Leslie Orr, a financial adviser in Fenelon Falls with Izzio Financial Solutions, works with everyone from young families to business owners to help them achieve “lifetime financial security.”

With a full line of electric and premium regular bikes in stock, owner of The Bike Garage in Lindsay, Al Hussey, has never been busier.

Orr moved to Kawartha Lakes in 1993 from east Toronto and became a financial adviser in 1998. She recently marked the three-year anniversary of her full-service financial planning firm in Fenelon. “No two situations are identical” when it comes to finances, Orr says. “We have a personalized and simplified approach to what can be a very complex and overwhelming process.” Orr encourages “education and empowerment” so her clients can feel confident and comfortable making decisions about investing and money management. “The biggest compliment we get is when we are introduced to a family member or friend of a client, based on positive feedback.” Izzio Financial Solutions is a division of Sun Life Financial. Call 705-324-1055 for more information.

“The last five years for electric bikes have been awesome because of the new technology in lithium batteries,” says Hussey. The bikes themselves are also getting “lighter, smaller and stronger,” he says. This year The Bike Garage also has the BMX line for the first time, catering mainly to the younger customers. Unlike the last couple of years, Hussey says he has fully stocked parts this year — no easy feat with global supply chain issues. The Bike Garage has an expanded showroom with lots of accessories. It also has on-site mechanics – service manager Eric Freeman-Roth and technician Jake Arnold to keep customers moving.. Ebikes start at $1,600 and go up to about $10,000. Visit The Bike Garage at 66 William St. N. in Lindsay or online at

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So many left behind — now we reap what we have sown Despite all the discussion about how divided we are as a nation now, there has always been one key reason for that division — and we have yet to meaningfully address it. Inequality is the basis for virtually all the contentious issues that fester within a growing minority of the population. Name the issue – anti-vaccination sentiment, distrust of government, conspiracy theories – apathy and inequality is a leading cause, either directly or indirectly. There are concomitant causes, too, of course, such as living next to the most twisted western country in the world when it comes to social policy and paying too much attention to U.S. discourse. Working-class Canadians have now grown up worse off than their parents. Too many cannot afford to save a down payment on even a modest home. It’s the people who hold more than one job just to make ends meet or who must use food banks to survive. “From the perspective of the past three decades or more, inequality has increased substantially,” according to the Institute for Research on Public Policy. This is not the Canada of the 1970s, 60s or 50s. It is a Canada that followed the U.S. lead into corporate acquiescence. In the last 20 years, the corporate income tax rate was cut from 28 per cent to 15 per cent. The corporations grew richer, the people poorer. Did corporations use this money to reinvest in the national economy? No. They used it to

enrich their shareholders in the form of dividends, as economist David Macdonald has written about. It could have been used for the good of all, had the government so directed. So of course we have anti-vaxxers. Why would they trust a system they feel has never had their backs? (And saying you do, Mr. Trudeau, does not make it so.) We cannot in good conscience just blame today’s freedom-loving flag wavers because many are the byproduct of a less fair Canada – their life prospects continue to be truncated. They are angry — and anger in the internet age easily finds a willing ear. That’s because, as Jonathan Gauvin and Angella MacEwen write in Share the Wealth, “Feelings of injustice and abandonment make people more vulnerable to populism, misinformation and division.” This is what births a Pierre Poilievre, an apprentice of political darkness. It is easy to direct that rage toward a self-satisfied Liberal Party that has fanned the flames of division while doing mild wealth redistribution, instead of the needed fundamental economic rethink required. We can expect more of this, not less, unless future leaders dig down deep to take steps to create a fairer society.

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All the city’s a stage


In the classic Lerner and Loewe play, Brigadoon, Tommy

Albright and Jeff Douglas are two American hikers exploring the Scottish highlands. Unexpectedly, they encounter something that is not on their map — the lost, enchanted village of Brigadoon. This magical Scottish village comes to life for only one day each century. Albright falls in love with one of the women in the village, Fiona MacLaren. The problem is that if Albright stays in the town for more than a day, he can never return home to New York.

This is a play that small theatres can do effectively with a bit of ingenuity because of the simplicity of the settings. In many cases, a tiny set on the perimeter is effective for the New York scenes, and a simple spotlight allows Brigadoon to be a world away. Elaborate moving sets would just get h with in the way, whereas the clean use of spotlights and simple blocking advance its allegorical beauty. We see Brigadoon as an apt metaphor for theatre companies in Kawartha Lakes. Focused, clear and intent on providing audiences with outstanding entertainment, eads none of them do quite the same thing in quite the same way — but simplicity reigns. As we outline in one of our feature stories this month, Globus Theatre’s capital campaign is pushing this theatre benns’ company to new heights. It’s professional theatre inbelief a rural setting that typically features a small but mighty cast. And over in Fenelon Falls, the stunning outdoor Grove Theatre — which we highlighted last month — is bringing new artistic energy to the area. Lindsay Little Theatre showcases impressive amateur productions and the grand old Academy has new stability with a recent long-term funding sponsorship from Flato Developments. Unlike the lost village of Brigadoon, Kawartha Lakes communities will be front and centre as we grow larger and more diverse. There will be more demand than ever for artistic and cultural assets like these fantastic theatre companies that work so hard to offer the magic we all want to experience.

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Is Lindsay going to ial lose its small-town feel? We’ve all heard the line that towns need more growth, but I’ve never known why. The retailers will benefit, the service industry will benefit, the tax collection will benefit but how does the common community dweller benefit? For a number of years the provincial government seems hell-bent on marketing small-town living with the intent to get people out of Toronto. This is all well and good but it is an oxymoron in motion. Small towns with a huge influx of people will not be small towns anymore. Lindsay is about to lose this designation. When you look at the infrastructure it is not hard to see the complete gridlock of traffic that will occur when the proposed mega subdivisions are built. What municipal planning department sanctions these expansions? Maybe there are no answers and development is inevitable, but the people who have lived here and who have been the tax base for this town deserve an explanation. ~ B. McLean, Lindsay


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It happens here too: Sex trafficking often spotlight h with looks like romantic relationships gone wrong Bella Alderton, Women’s Resources program director and Mike Perry, a local lawyer and social worker, ialTrafficking Program. work on the Women’s Resources Anti-Human eads

“Maybe I wasn’t good enough to be loved. He told me if I did it once, I would never have to do it again,” says a woman who survived being trafficked for sex here in Kawartha Lakes. Women’s Resources of Kawartha Lakes and Kawartha benns’ belief Haliburton Victim Services have seen some 60 cases of human trafficking here locally over the past few years with several survivors receiving supports through Women’s Resources in recent months. It happens here too. This is the key message from the public awareness campaign to prevent sex trafficking currently underway by Women’s Resources, funded by the Ontario government. In the past year, the Women’s Resources Anti-Human Trafficking Team has presented information about trafficking to some 1,000 students, parents, teachers and service providers locally. But what is human trafficking and what does it look like? Human trafficking happens when someone sells another person for sex against their will. People of any age and gender can be trafficked. In Ontario, police reports indicate that most often, young women are trafficked by males who are typically under 25 years of age. Hollywood movies and headline newscasts often dramatically portray the “girl next door” being kidnapped by organized crime and being forced into sex for money. And while this does happen, human trafficking in Ontario is usually more subtle. Human trafficking occurred when two men were caught selling teen women for sex out of a motel outside Peterborough last summer. But most often, human trafficking

can look like a romantic relationship gone wrong: “I want d sex with Bill so I can make the rent. I do so you to have much for you. If you love me, you’ll do it. If you don’t, I’ll break up with you.” Often, being sold for sex underage and/or against one’s will is normalized by the person saying it isn’t a big deal and that everyone does it. Not true. Trafficking also occurs through relationships that are fake from the start: when the trafficker lures the potential victim with “love” and then turns the tables suddenly through threats and violence. Human trafficking is the young Kawartha Lakes woman pimped by her “boyfriend” on weekends and some evenings while living at home with her parents. Some signs that may indicate that a person is being trafficked include being in a toxic, controlling, manipulative relationship; losing contact with friends and family; being secretive or lying about whereabouts and activities; easily irritable or overly accommodating; falling grades; new, expensive gifts; a new cell phone or changing phones often. Of course, these things can happen for a variety of reasons, but it could be a sex trafficking situation. There is never a wrong question and there is help. For immediate help or more information on human trafficking call 705-878-2662, 24/7. It is free and confidential.

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More drivers needed to keep up with demand at Community Care

“When my feet hit the ground each morning, I know I have a purpose for the day, and it just brings me pure joy,” says Maureen Jarvis. That purpose is her work as a volunteer driver for Community Care — and the local organization needs more people like her. According to Jordan Prosper, Community Care’s director of support services, volunteer drivers for Community Care of Kawartha Lakes provided about 27,000 rides last year. That leaves them fulfilling an average of 500 or more requests each week for the individualized, door-to-door service they provide for older adults and some of the most vulnerable members of the community. “Our clients have a variety of barriers in accessing services, and we want to make sure affordable transpor-

tation is not one of those barriers,” explains Prosper. “There are so many people who either have no family, or none nearby, who don’t want to rely on friends,” Jarvis adds. “This service gives them a sense of independence.” Community Care is accepting applications for volunteers willing to provide transportation service in their own vehicles. “We have clients from all demographics,” says Renee Fitzgerald, the organization’s manager of transportation services. “We like to think there’s a good match for everyone.” A current class G driver’s licence is the essential requirement for this volunteer position, but Community Care also values qualities like good communication skills, sound judgement and flexibility. There is no special car insurance or first aid training required. Jarvis, who has received compliments from clients about her good driving, highlights the need for considerate volunteer drivers who are cautious when they have clients in the vehicle.

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While the service is offered seven days a week, volunteers can specify their availability. Schedules are customized based on driver preference. Volunteers can choose to take only in-town calls or be open to accepting longer distance trips to places such as Toronto and Oshawa. Drivers receive compensation for their mileage. Jarvis believes not everything has to be about money and feels that the heartfelt appreciation she receives from clients and sometimes a client’s family is “worth more than a pot of gold.” She explains that she finds it hard not to form a bond with her clients. She enjoys talking with the people she drives, learning what is happening throughout the area from them and hearing stories of local history from the seniors. Prosper says the volunteer drivers are compassionate, caring people who want to help those in need — and that’s what Community Care is looking for in a volunteer driver, he says. Jarvis says she has loved to drive ever since she first got her licence at the age of 16. She was the principal driver

in her family as well as being a popular choice as a driver of choice for friends, kids and grandkids. She looks for any excuse to get behind the wheel. A volunteer with Community Care for 13 years, Jarvis became a driver nine years ago — something she always wanted to do — and says she will continue in the position for as long as she can be of help. The emotion is unmistakable as she explains that her volunteer work is her way of caring for her own loved ones who are no longer here. Volunteer driver training begins with Fitzgerald and one of Community Care’s transportation coordinators. Staff take volunteers through the provided handbook, which outlines the duties of a driver, and discuss different scenarios. They also review what to expect on a drive with a client so new volunteers feel prepared. “Volunteers are given a light schedule to start,” says Fitzgerald. “And staff are on hand to assist.”

Maureen Jarvis, driver for Community Care. Photo: Sienna Frost.



Community Care has continued to provide its transport service throughout the ups and downs of the pandemic. As always, the drivers had a choice about volunteering, depending on their comfort level with the ever-evolving situation. For Jarvis, a self-proclaimed people person, the choice was easy — she was willing to follow whatever protocols were necessary to keep going. She never lost sight of the fact that not everyone had a choice during the pandemic; people still needed to get to medical appointments, some for life-saving cancer treatments or dialysis. Clients tell Jarvis they don’t know what they would do without the service. Jarvis says for her, volunteering to drive is the best way to help the citizens of Kawartha Lakes, even if it is only intown trips to take clients to do their shopping. She hopes that someday if she needs help, there will be someone there to give it to her. Anyone interested in volunteering with Community Care of Kawartha Lakes can visit or call 705-324-7323 to learn how to apply as a driver or explore other opportunities with the organization.

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Two Bobcaygeon long-term care homes and one Lindsay retirement home are a few of the local connections involved in a province-wide quest to boost numbers of personal support workers. The Ontario government is funding a one-year private college program for PSWs, allowing people to take the course for free, from paid tuition to textbooks. The 27-week course is through Medix College, in Scarborough, but most of the program will be online and will benefit Kawartha Lakes residents who are looking to become PSWs. Mike Parker, business development manager at Medix, said the fund was created last year. But one of the problems that arose was the program was not online but in-person. “We saw there was greater need in rural areas outside the GTA and the program was not being implemented there,” said Parker. The long commute to Scarborough for in-person classes was a barrier to people in rural areas. The updated program now has 17 of its 27 weeks online. Weeks 18 and 19 still require some in-person learning, including a Sunday – Wednesday “boot camp” but overall the bulk of the school year is online. Graham Bashford, a local PSW, is working with the college to find more local people interested in applying. From 2012 to 2020 he was the founder and owner of Castle Keep Retirement, a home-care business in Lindsay that provided PSW and other services. He also consulted with local seniors and their families about navigating through the aging process. Bashford said another flaw in the program last year was a requirement that students do an unpaid externship of 40 hours a week for eight weeks at a long-term care home. He said potential PSWs were deterred because they could not afford eight weeks off work, so this year those eight weeks are instead to be paid placements. The hourly wage a student receives, said Parker, will depend on where their placement is.

Graham Bashford is looking for more local people who want to become PSWs. Photo: Roderick Benns.

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Top left: Graham Bashford says students should easily find work after school. Photo: Roderick Benns. Bottom left: Adrienne West, executive director of Adelaide Place. File photo. Bottom right: Shauntel Wilson, PSW, at Adelaide Place, Lindsay. Photo: Roderick Benns.



The program has partnered with three local homes for the student placements: Adelaide Place in Lindsay, and Pinecrest and Case Manor, both in Bobcaygeon. Bashford said it is not a guarantee but is very likely that most students of the program will be able to find a job post-graduation right out of the gate, “as there is a high demand right now.” Adrienne West, executive director of Adelaide Place, said the pandemic has seen unprecedented challenges related to staffing in all areas, and the need for PSWs across the province is an urgent challenge. “Providing the placement for the program, not only do we get a chance to help increase the number of needed PSWs in this area,” said West, “but in the process, they get to experience what it’s like to be part of Team Adelaide too.” Shabana Saiyed is a former student of the program from the GTA and said that while anyone who is serious about a career as a PSW can do the program, it is not a breeze. “Since it is an accelerated program,” said Saiyed, “there is a lot of material to be covered and one would need to be serious about the course. You will use everything you learned, so it’s important one is dedicated to learning and serving the elderly and sick.” Parker agreed with Saiyed about the need for students to be devoted to helping people. He said last year the program succeeded in attracting a lot of people who jumped into the program because it was free, but when they got to their placement, “they went ‘whoa’ and backed out.” They were not ready for the commitment it involved.

The high demand for PSWs is a result of several challenges in the role, Bashford said: low pay, shift work schedules, a lot of responsibility placed on PSWs, and the emotions involved in bonding with people who may pass away. However, the average hourly wage for PSWs has increased in the last five years, according to Bashford, from $15 to $23. The hope, says Bashford, is that the number of PSWs will increase when all of these bonuses are factored in, from better wages, to free tuition, and lots of flexibility. Parker agreed with Saiyed about the need for students to be devoted to helping people. He said last year the program succeeded in attracting a lot of people who jumped into the program because it was free, but when they got to their placement, “they went ‘whoa’ and backed out.” They were not ready for the commitment it involved. The high demand for PSWs is a result of several challenges in the role, Bashford said: low pay, shift work schedules, a lot of responsibility placed on PSWs, and the emotions involved in bonding with people who may pass away. However, the average hourly wage for PSWs has increased in the last five years, according to Bashford, from $15 to $23. The hope, says Bashford, is that the number of PSWs will increase when all of these bonuses are factored in, from better wages, to free tuition, and lots of flexibility.

The new diploma program through Medix has the potential to lead to further opportunities in medical fields. There are 14 spots open for Kawartha Lakes residents in the program. Lindsay’s Graham Bashford is working with Medix’s Mike Parker to persuade the college to add more. Prospective students must be enrolled in the program by September to qualify for the funding. In other parts of Ontario, the program has already begun. Some of the start dates locally are still being finalized. Parker said applicants wanting to work in Lindsay will be starting either on Aug. 8 or 22, while those looking to work in Bobcaygeon will start on Sept. 26. Requirements are an Ontario high school diploma or passing an online test administered by the college, proof of triple COVID-19 vaccination, a Vulnerable Sector Screening Criminal Reference Check and a a short essay on why the candidate wants to do the program. To get the funding, prospective students apply through the OSAP portal with the same kind of documentation as for OSAP. There are no restrictions, Parker said, even if someone has debt or outstanding loans.

Visit or contact Mike Parker at or 647-558-1058.

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Kawartha Lakes Classic cycling tour takes off in August Following two years of successful digital events, the Kawartha Lakes Classic Cycling Tour Presented by Boston Pizza Lindsay is returning to a live event on August 27. The event features a variety of distances that will appeal to different skill levels. Starting and finishing at I.E Weldon Secondary School in Lindsay, the scenic routes have been chosen keeping riders’ different capabilities in mind, but always with an emphasis on fun. The 18, 33 and 48 km routes are ideal for families and include an out-and-back-ride on quiet streets and the Trans Canada Trail (suitable for all bikes). The 60/100/160km rides all have their own full route on quiet paved roads. Proceeds from the event will benefit A Place Called Home and support their 19 bed emergency homeless shelter. Over the past five years the event has generated over $200,000 supporting the shelter’s food budget and the vulnerable men, women and families of the City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton County. Start time for the 100/160 km. routes is 8 a.m. The 60 km starts at 9:30 am and the 18/33/48 km routes start at 10:30 a.m. Early registration is $80 for adults with discounted rates for families and those who wish to fundraise to ride.


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Aaron Young on his Icelandic roots, Lindsay’s bittersweet growth and becoming a different human being If you happened to be in Hafnarfjordur, Iceland, in the 1970s (and really, who wasn’t?), you might have caught glimpse of a tall boy playing with other kids among the lava fields. That’s where Aaron Young spent many summers as a kid, an effort on his family’s part to ensure he got time in his ancestral homeland. Young, 55, was born in Toronto but moved to Iceland when he was a young child for the first few years of his life, up until about age six. His mother was Icelandic and so was his father, so the 20th century Viking blood is for real. But his dad was born to an American father during the Second World War. “My granddad was over there, my grandmother got pregnant and then my grandfather came back to the U.S. while my father stayed in Iceland. When the time was right, they immigrated to Canada,” says Young. As we settle down at Lindsay’s Boston Pizza for this interview, I can easily see the Viking persona within the large-framed 6’ 2’’ Lindsay resident, as he talks about his heritage. Is this also the persona, I wonder, that some in the community seem to take issue with? Young opts for a Thai wrap and is good with water. I choose a chicken breast sandwich on a baguette with a salad and green tea.

Aaron Young. Photo: Sienna Frost

“I used to go back almost every summer,” he recalls. “My parents would send me back to stay with my grandparents,” who lived in Hafnarfjordur, just south of the capital, Reykjavik. Young carries an Icelandic passport as well as a Canadian one. He doesn’t read or write Icelandic, but he does speak it “phonetical and old school,” as he puts it.“It’s a really tough language to learn.” (As someone who visited the Nordic nation a few years ago and attempted to speak some phrases, I think this might be an understatement.) However, when Young visits the northern island everyone seems to want to show off their English, since it’s their second language but he tries to keep it Icelandic as much as possible. “My grandparents have passed away, but I keep in contact with my mom’s sisters’ children.” In fact, he had just sent a cousin six packages of good old Canadian ketchup chips since they can’t get that flavour there. They live in Akureyri, the fourth- largest city, which is a bit smaller than Lindsay with about 17,000 people. It’s located in the northern reaches of Iceland, a country famed for its pristine landscapes and commitment to equality.

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Aaron Young says he’s a different human since the pandemic. Photo: Sienna Frost.

When Young spent his childhood summers in the Nordic nation, what he remembers most is playing outside. “They had these little parks where you could build forts. The wood was all supplied (by the local government) and we’d just play and build things.” Ubiquitous gulls would lay their eggs among the lava rocks in the fields, says Young. “But if you’re playing in those fields,” as he did with his friends then, “they’ll dive-bomb you because they assume you’re after their young.” He also remembers going down to the pier and watching the big fishing boats come in. The fishers would take the catch-of-the-day cod fillets and hang them from wooden racks to dry in the sun and wind. “When I was a kid they only had a couple channels on TV there,” says Young. “There was no internet of course. There was just a belief that fresh air was best.” Back then, and even today, Icelandic babies are put outside in their prams to take in as much outside time as possible. As the Icelandic chatter fades, I ask him how he thinks he is perceived by others here. He gives a Viking laugh, but not in a village-plundering way. More like a laugh you’d share with your mates while sprucing up your longboat. “I know lots of people who think they know me, or what makes me tick,” says Young. “I think the people who see me in a negative light don’t know me and don’t realize that a lot of what I do is for the benefit of the community.” He brings up The Pie Eyed Monk. “Jen (Boksman, his wife) and I worked really hard there. That was three years of my life getting the Monk up.” 30

He says the C.L. Baker building was borderline decrepit and their concern was that it was going to get knocked down. “That’s why we initially took it on. Regardless of what people might think, we really wanted to do that for the community — not just to save the building but to provide a destination like the Monk for everyone. The community needed it.” The Monk is owned by five investors, including Young. He also points to Ribfest, something they took on for 11 consecutive years at one point. “We didn’t make money at that — we did it for the community. We ponied up our own money and a lot of great local people supported it too.” To this day people ask about Ribfest and whether it is still running, a question that persists on local social media message boards. When he left the Monk just before COVID hit, Young admits it wasn’t easy. “Thinking back to those early days I would have liked to stick it out there long term. But having partners can be trying. Being a Type A personality, it’s hard to be micromanaged. Would I have liked to have worked out the rest of my days working there? Sure. But it wasn’t realistic.” Feeling the pressure to do so, Young stepped away from the dayto-day management of the restaurant and brewery in late 2019. “You go from 150 emails a day . . . to nothing overnight, and then COVID. For my personality, that was really humbling.” Young says he’s a “different human being” since the pandemic. He gave up drinking, cold turkey, just before going in for a knee replacement. “I quit the day before I went in. Lost a much needed 55 pounds in a month and a half. I cut out all sugars. I’m a blackand-white guy. It’s one of my strengths and my weaknesses.”

About four months ago he got his real estate licence. “That would have shocked my high school teachers, that I stuck with it, because my marks were horrible in school,” says Young, who is a self-made businessman.

Young thinks the town needs to do a better job in seeing development that will hold people here when they come down the river by boat, or even when they’re considering making this area a destination. “Why don’t we have a draw along the river? Why isn’t there a place to rent kayaks or canoes in Lindsay?” I ask him how he sees Lindsay’s development over the next five years. “Bittersweet,” he says after a long pause. “I think we’re going to grow and I fear we’re going to lose a sense of who we are. It’s inevitable and yet it’s long overdue,” he says, pointing to the proximity of the area to the GTA.

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Young thinks of the “great mom-and-pop shops downtown,” that have already been hit hard by the pandemic and hopes they will be okay with all the expected growth. “I hope we don’t lose that.”


“There’s a lot of good people downtown who work really hard.” While he fears an increasing amount of online shopping more than he does Walmart, if everybody commits to doing as much of their business as they can downtown, “our town would be epic,” Young says. “I wish Kent Street was full-on pedestrian — like downtown Munich. But that ship has sailed,” he says, referring to the downtown development choice the city made. I ask him what the sweet part is of his bittersweet statement. “It will be awesome to watch us grow. Jennifer and I live on the river,” in Lindsay. “We go out in a boat almost every morning and she does photo shoots. Blue herons, turtles and ospreys. I don’t want to lose that — but I know others want to share in that, too.”

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Q. What are FLATO’s plans for purpose-built rentals in Lindsay?

Q. How would you describe FLATO’s work in the Lindsay area? Shakir: You have probably heard me call FLATO a community builder – and that is the core of who I am. We don’t come into a community, do our work and then leave – we are in it for the long haul. I have personally been inspired by the City of Kawartha Lakes and this entire region – the beauty, the friendly people and the deep-rooted sense of community that has come through every interaction we’ve had. At FLATO, we believe in investing in the communities we work in, and we hope to be part of this community for many years to come.

Shakir: FLATO Developments is committed to building affordable housing and purpose-built rentals designed specifically for seniors in East Lindsay, that provide accessibility, comfort, and convenience. Our vision is to create an environment that allows families to live work and play in one complete community.

Q. How many affordable housing units is Flato building? Shakir: In Lindsay we will include approximately 200 affordable housing units as well as purposebuilt rentals for seniors. FLATO is committed to working with municipal officials, community members, local businesses, and various stakeholders as we bring

our vision to life in a vibrant area with a rich history. This includes a commitment to the environment and to working with Indigenous communities. We are community builders who believe in serving the needs of everyone and we are proud to be a part of the Kawartha Lakes community.

Q. What does the process look like to ensure community needs are met? Shakir: FLATO has a long history of serving the communities we are in and are committed to meeting the needs of all individuals and families. A large part of our work is gathering input from the community around design, amenities, and location so that we can better understand what is important to those who live here. We have gathered your feedback at four public engagement sessions in Kawartha Lakes so far and we look forward to seeing you at upcoming sessions later this year.

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Globus Theatre’s capital campaign sets the stage for long-term success

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James Barrett and Sarah Quick, the driving force behind Globus Theatre. Photo: Geoff Coleman.

After what may have been the most challenging time of Globus’s existence, its owners are taking on the second most challenging thing they’ve ever done. As the driving forces behind Globus Theatre at the Lakeview Arts Barn near Bobcaygeon, Sarah Quick and James Barrett likely would be happier if the last two years of COVID-mandated shutdowns had never happened, but there have been new opportunities. The 2019 season was among their busiest ever – the culmination of 17 years of gradual growth. But the enforced pause brought them to a crossroads. “Creative people under pressure get very creative,” says Quick. Theatre companies across Canada folded, thrived and merged depending on how their organizations reacted. Quick and Barrett were determined to come through the shutdown and build on the successes of the previous year, just as they had since the inception of Globus. It couldn’t have been scripted any better, but the start of the 2022 season has been one of their strongest. Quick credits that to several fac-

tors. There is no perfect formula when it comes to attracting an audience. The Lakeview Arts Barn has a lot of different things going for it. It was a gathering place long before it became a theatre, functioning as a dance hall, so it has a folksy, familiar feel. Theatre-goers know they are going to see friends and neighbours at the shows, so there is strong social aspect to the experience, as well. If the building atmosphere enchants them upon arrival, it is the productions themselves that draw ticket buyers in the first place. Carefully curated to foster new Canadian playwrights and veterans, while remaining relevant and relatable to local audiences, Globus offerings range from murder mysteries to layered, interpersonal dramas to screwball comedies from Norm Foster, Canada’s most-produced writer. Professional performers whom patrons may recognize from Canadian television or theatre work bring the words to life and get to spend a month working in the Kawarthas, creating a high-quality experience for all in attendance, and for those behind the fourth wall. By the end of their 20th anniversary season in 2023, the pair hope that Globus will own the building, securing the company’s ability to produce theatre there for decades to come because they won’t have any rents to pay.

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After gathering professional advice from industry colleagues, directors of development, other theatres and supporters of Globus Theatre and holding a town hall discussion in April 2022, it became clear to Quick and Barrett that taking ownership of the venue is the next step to securing the company’s future. The initiative will transition Globus Theatre from being the theatre in residence of the LAB to Globus owning its own venue including 22 acres and the 7,000 square foot facility.

Shannon Bain, past president of the Lindsay Little Theatre, says building ownership is a game-changer.

With an ambitious goal of $2 million, the fund currently sits at $1.3 million with anonymous donors accounting for the first million.

“Long-standing members of LLT often speak about how difficult it was to find performance and rehearsal space that suited our purposes. Now LLT has complete control over our space so we can schedule rehearsals and show dates as we wish. We also have room to store LLT’s museum of props, costumes, and set building materials.”

Quick also attributes the part of the strong response this season to a new demographic amongst subscribers. Many in the recent influx of people from the GTA were accustomed to attending live theatre frequently. Many were subscribers to companies where they previously lived and are happy to find theatre on their doorstep.

LLT secretary, Christine Macauley, adds, “Since the building was the Lindsay Cable TV site it was great for us because it already had some features we could make use of such as a stage and seating area, overhead rods for hanging lighting and a booth for lights and sound. Any capital upgrades add value to our theatre home, and mortgage payments, although sometimes difficult, financially also add value versus rental payments.”

As subscriber and donor Jim Daly says, “We were subscribers to Mirvish, and we’ve gone to Chicago for theatre, and that’s a weekend . . . that’s a holiday to us. But to have the Globus right behind us, it’s just a real treat, that’s for sure.”


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Patron and donor, Jelle Visser of Bobcaygeon, chose to donate to its capital campaign.

Quick and Barrett hope to tap another market this year with the establishment of a bus service from Bobcaygeon to the theatre. Created with transient Trent-Severn boaters in mind, it is also proving popular with ticket holders who don’t want to drive to the theatre.

“I’ve always appreciated local theatres wherever I have gone... maybe it’s because I’m not the type of person who would ever get on a stage myself. I think a community gets richer as a result of having a theatre, so I think it is important to provide the funding. I see people in the community involved in the process, which is also exciting. I see them walking on the street and so forth. It’s just natural to me.”

Encouraged by steady progress made up until the shutdown, and strong community and subscriber support during the pandemic, Quick and Barrett have taken a significant step toward making locally produced live theatre a permanent fixture in Kawartha Lakes with their Raising the Barn capital campaign.

LLT has also been creative with its fundraising. “We do have to pay the mortgage and operating costs (so) LLT has been working with Bingo Bingo Lindsay, which supplies LLT with a share of lottery winnings in exchange for volunteering to sell bingo cards,” said Bain, adding she is “pulling for Globus to achieve their ownership goals.”

Says Quick, “We find that people are proud of the theatre and want to show it to visitors to the area, and with this campaign so strongly underway, we think we will be able to continue to be that point of pride for years to come.”

With a community playhouse like LLT, a storied institution in Lindsay’s Academy Theatre, the impressive new Grove Theatre in Fenelon Falls and the established Globus Theatre, there is no shortage of venues for live theatre in Kawartha Lakes.

Basic income class action lawsuit can proceed: Ontario Court of Appeal by Roderick Benns In a turn-of-events basic income supporters were hoping for, the Ontario Court of Appeal has determined that the class action lawsuit launched by four Lindsay residents who were enrolled in the Ontario Basic Income Pilot can proceed against the province.

told the Advocate that they “are very pleased with the result of the appeal.” “The Ontario Court of Appeal agreed with us that our claim in contract disclosed a reasonable cause of action,” said Duff in an email exchange. “The next step will be to return to the Superior Court, where we will argue the remaining issues on certification. If we are successful, then the action will be certified as a class action.” The lawsuit was initiated by four Lindsay residents — Dana Bowman, Grace Marie Doyle Hillion, Susan Lindsay, and Tracey Mechefske.

A lower court judge had earlier refused to certify the class in his ruling. However, in a recent appeal ruling this decision was overturned.

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If a lawsuit is certified, the plaintiffs still must win on the merits by having the key questions (like, was there a contract?) answered in favour of the class. When a court does not certify a class action, then that means the class action cannot proceed at all. Kaley Duff, one of the lawyers with the Toronto law firm Cavalluzzo LLP Barristers & Solicitors that is arguing the case,

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Time to Walk and Roll During the pandemic a neighbour who found himself working from home walked off 80 pounds. We’d see him lapping the block multiple times a day. He’s still walking, sometimes with his son. Many of us upped our activity with more time on our hands. Demand for bikes went through the roof. All of that has got to help the almost two-thirds of Canadians with health risks due to excess weight, as well as the 27 per cent of kids who are overweight or obese. All those folks have increased risks of diabetes and hypertension. A report released in June by the World Health Organization says 20 minutes of biking or 30 minutes of walking on most days can reduce the chance of premature death by at least 10 per cent. The same report says foot- or pedal-powered commuting lowers heart disease risk by a similar amount, and Type 2 diabetes by 30 per cent. Bike commuters also showed a significantly lower rate of cancer-related death. Then there are the environmental benefits. The same report said short car trips (16 km or less) are responsible for about 40 per cent of carbon emissions from vehicles. The more we can ditch the car for the bike or sidewalk, the more we can reduce pollution and help tackle the climate crisis. On one lovely spring day no fewer than 48 cars pulled up to an area public school to drop off kids. For those in towns or villages, could some of them be hoofing it to class? October is International Walk to School Month IWalk, including Walk to School Day on Oct. 5. Kudos to Parkview Public School in Lindsay for planning to take part this year. Ontario Active School Travel offers resources for IWalk. It aims to help communities boost walking and wheeling to school. For OAST the benefits are healthier kids, less traffic and pollution, safer school zones and better marks. What’s not to like?

What part can we play? Walk or bike to that store, appointment or lunch date. Think of it as part of your exercise routine. Farther away? Put an electric bike on your wish list. You can use pedal power or not, your choice. With more paved shoulders on Kawartha Lakes roads, country walking or biking is getting a little safer.

If you have kids in school: * encourage them to walk or bike to school. Too young? Consider walking or biking with them. * talk to the parent council or school principal about taking part in IWalk this October.

This summer, if you find yourself in a community with a bike share program, park the car and wheel around town.

And finally, remember that our municipalities play an important planning role when it comes to street safety. They could do more. Lindsay missed a big opportunity to add bike lanes when downtown Kent Street was revamped recently. Consequently the town still has the same .3 km of bikes lanes it had four years ago. Before October’s municipal election, ask the candidates in your area what they’re prepared to do to promote safe, healthy, people-powered transportation. Will all new subdivisions and road expansions be required to include multi-use pathways with bike lanes and sidewalks? With all the obvious benefits, isn’t it time to walk and roll?

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Summer Photo Contest This is the second and last instalment highlighting entries in our 2022 Summer Photo Contest. Check out our favourite six this month in the categories of people and places of Kawartha Lakes, or nature in Kawartha Lakes. As our rules stated, the photographer had to be living in within the city at the time they took the photo, or their work must have been taken in Kawartha Lakes, or both.







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by Michelle Neumayer, Bobcaygeon.


by Michele Raison, Lindsay.


by Jennifer Boksman, Lindsay.


by John O’Brien, Bobcaygeon.


by Pam Simmons, Lindsay.


by Haley Milan, Peterborough.

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Ninety-five years ago the world was introduced to The Hardy Boys, a series of juvenile detective stories ghostwritten by prolific Canadian journalist Leslie McFarlane (1902-1977) under the pen name Franklin W. Dixon. The Secret of the Old Mill, published in 1927, saw the protagonists take ownership of a sleek new motorboat they christened The Sleuth, and many of the Hardy Boys’ subsequent adventures were launched from their boathouse on the fictitious Barmet Bay.

Boathouses have a long history here in Kawartha Lakes. For many, they hold special memories associated with life on the lake. Many people learned to swim in the shadows of a boathouse, while for others the sound of waves lapping against a moored motorboat brings to mind good times spent at the cottage. But boathouses could also court controversy. Within Lindsay, at least, they were often viewed as eyesores and opposition to them was a recurring theme in local politics.

The earliest boathouses were constructed to house

canoes and other human-powered watercraft. One such facility was constructed in 1884 for the Lindsay Canoe Club, and was situated on the water at the end of Kent Street East. It was two storeys high with the second floor devoted to recreational pursuits. By the early 1900s, gasoline-powered vessels appeared and these would ultimately transform recreational boating throughout North America.

New boathouses soon sprang up along the lakes and rivers throughout the region. Sir Albert Edward Kemp (1858-1929), Canada’s erstwhile Minister of Militia and Defence, built a large cottage on Pigeon Lake, not far from Bobcaygeon, in 1914. Of course, the 8,400 square foot cottage was only part of the plan. “[The] Hon. Mr. Kemp will also build a huge boathouse in which to keep a fleet of canoes, skiffs, sail boats and launches,” reported the Lindsay Post on April 3, 1914, “and the usual equipment of a large up-to-date building of this kind will be included. The piers, slips, and docks for the boats will be built on a scale equal to the demands of the owner.”

Sturgeon Point wasn’t the only place where boathouse docks became places of fun and frivolity — occasionally with disastrous conseque nces. A Victoria Day celebration in front of a Dr. McAlpine’s Lindsay-area boathouse in 1898 literally went off with a bang when a firecracker found its way into a pile of gunpowder being used to set a charge in a small cannon. Some participants sustained serious injuries, and the celebration was postponed. Less of a cause for celebration were the ongoing boathouse controversies that flared up in Lindsay at various points throughout the 20th century. Thomas McConnell’s boathouse aroused complaints from one Thomas Killaby in the latter part of 1904 when McConnell decided to extend it right up to the street. “Mr. Killaby claimed that Mr. McConnell was at least six feet on the street line, and had expressed his intention to put up another extension next year,” the Lindsay Weekly Post reported on Dec. 9, 1904. Town council had had its eye on contentious boathouse construction for a while, with Herb Hartley being compelled to remove a boathouse from the same site the previous winter.

Seven years earlier, in 1907, a boathouse-building boom was taking place at Sturgeon Point. W.A. Goodwin, who often depicted boathouses in his remarkable drawings, was constructing a modest structure to house his canoes. Meanwhile, his neighbours Joseph Flavelle and G.H. Hopkins were having new boathouses built to serve their respective cottages. Swannanoah, as the Flavelle boathouse was called, reflected the opulent architecture typical of the Edwardian era and featured a railing running around the perimeter of its second storey.

It would not be the last time riverside boathouses caused a stir. In the 1940s, the town removed ramshackle-looking structures that had been housing boats for decades and the landscape around them was gradually redeveloped into today’s McDonnell Park. Farther north, on the east bank of the Scugog at Rivera Park, several boathouses remained into the 1970s. After much debate, these boathouses came down in the fall of 1978. Today, only a tiny handful of old wooden boathouses dot the shores of the Scugog River near Lindsay.

“One of the features of the boathouses back then is that guests would come to swim and you had to provide change houses,” explains Flavelle Barrett, a great-grandson of Sir Joseph Flavelle. Having changed into their swimsuits, young Flavelle and his contemporaries would run along the second storey of the family boathouse and plunge into Sturgeon Lake from the railing. (The Sturgeon Point boathouses have long been popular gathering spots. “Picnics were packed at the cottage and brought down to the dock,” Barrett says of a tradition common to his grandparents’ generation.)

For generations, though, boathouses — like cottages themselves — were places to get away from it all. Doreen McKerracher remembers climbing to the tar-topped roof of a boathouse belonging to her sister-in-law’s family on Cameron Lake in the 1950s and 1960s. “Once up there we would unwind with a book and a drink,” she recalls. That boathouse is long gone, but the dozens of boathouses that survive throughout Kawartha Lakes still invite vacationers and local residents alike to escape the monotony of everyday life on their roofs, their docks — and yes, in the boats themselves.

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Satanic raisins and a lament for a fading summer Is anyone else having trouble believing that we are already in August? Seriously, where did summer go? Sticklers will remind us that summer actually goes until September 22 this year, but let’s face it: for most of us, summer ends after Labour Day.

provincial government (whose members definitely seem to be getting a sweet, sweet summer break) seem to be sticking to a one per cent raise for nurses (which is a decrease in wages It’s also hard to believe that this is our due to inflation). This does not bode third COVID summer. And yes, the well for the near future of the staffing virus is still a thing. We are nowhere situation in health care. near post-COVID. What we are is post-pretending to care about I guess August is seeming a little our vulnerable neighbours. We are heavier to me this year. And we still post-giving a crap for anything else have teacher contracts looming and but our convenience. Our ability to an upcoming municipal election. All come together to support each other while we are in a climate crisis with has been replaced by selfishness of the worldwide inflation and supply chain tallest order. Learning to live with the issues. (None of which are Trudeau’s virus is really just learning to allow fault by the way, unless he is secretly other people to die with it. in charge of the entire world.)

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And we are playing a deadly, delusional game. Sadly, the Omicron BA.5 could be one of the worst iterations of the virus to date. Vaccines for this variant won’t be ready until the late fall at the earliest, by which time another variant will have taken over. And we are only beginning to see how long COVID will be a drain on our economy and healthcare system. It’s just all so exhausting.

I hope most of us will get to take a beat this month to relax and recharge. I’m not sure I can fit in a holiday this summer, but I have no excuse for not taking advantage of all the beauty that surrounds us in Kawartha Lakes. I’m thinking even day trips for butter tarts might help my mood. (And at the risk of sowing more societal division, let’s be clear in stating that raisins are from Satan and have no business being in the same room as a butter tart.)

But my exhaustion pales in comparison to any health-care workers I know. Our health-care system is collapsing in real time. So far the

Whatever your month looks like, I hope it is safe, fun and relaxing, with as few raisins as possible. Happy last real month of summer!












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