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Feral cats can be tamed
Well said, and I fully agree with the October Advocate article, “We need to talk about cats.”
While licensing may raise funds to assist in the control of cats, it doesn’t deal with the problem of strays. What should be adopted is a free or subsi dized spay and neuter program for qualifying households, along with an education program about responsible keeping of cats.
Two years ago, we rescued a stray feral cat that had been trying to catch birds feeding on the seeds in our garden in front of the deck. She was very wild and I don’t think that she had ever known a house environment; it took a lot of love, tolerance, patience and perseverance to tame her. But once she had been spayed, she settled in and has become a wonderful pet and companion. Once or twice, she has ventured out when a door was left open, but the trauma of the experience, compared to the safety of the house, brought her quickly back home.
Cats will adapt, as long as you provide them with a safe environment, a clean litter box, good food, love and lots of toys and activities to keep them occu pied, especially if they are young.– Judy Kennedy,
Imprisoning cats not the answer
Re: October Advocate article, ”We need to talk about cats.”
While we are thinking about the im pact of such things on animals, it would be good to think of the impact on cats and cat lovers too. Imprisoning cats inside dwellings is not a humane solution by any stretch of the imagination. Making it hard for cat lovers to adopt cats will simply mean that more cats will be euthanized, forcing cat owners to restrict erstwhile outdoor cats to an indoor environment. I’m all in favour of programs to deal with fe ral cats — spaying or neutering or even euthanasia if it is unavoidable. But please, stop trying to turn a beautiful outdoor animal into a domestic toy.
– Wendy MacKenzie, Lindsay
Just plant more trees please
With all this concern about too much carbon, it concerns us, residents at Wil liam Place seniors’ residence on the riv er, that last fall 10 trees were cut down from along our property and the river path property. Some were evergreens, and none have been replaced. Not one. The tree-planting season is over, and surely these should at least be replaced – better still, twice as many planted.
Nothing cleans our air better than good old trees, and any Canadi an should know that. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau can tell our farmers they have to halve their herds and build hydrogen plants. But meanwhile in Lindsay we can just get on with a proven remedy: plant trees.
We did it in 1999 big time. That was the UN's International Year of Older Persons. Canada was host country. I was chosen to represent Ontario's four million seniors at that time, and was acting chair. We wanted a project that would make the world a better place for our younger generation, with seniors planting trees.
Trees Canada provided the trees; the Boy Scouts helped seniors in long-term care homes to plant on windowsills. I have been told some provinces have kept it up. Why not go crazy in Lindsay planting trees, including our lost lilacs?– Lois Neely Roberts, Lindsay
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Children and climate change hopelessness
Ginny Collins devotes a long paragraph in her most recent Cool Tips column (November Advocate) to show evidence of our need to drastically cut our carbon emissions, citing such extreme weather events as Fiona, Hurricane Ian, flood ing in Pakistan, etc., and noting ”all this is happening with about 1.2 C of global heating since pre-industrial times.”
With her usual careful wording, she is saying nothing of substance, but clearly attempting to lead us to believe that we, with our CO2 emissions, are mainly responsible for these extreme events.
Here is a quote from chapter 3 of the IPCC report Manag ing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation. “Many weather and climate extremes are the result of natural climate extremes (such as El Nino) and natural decadal or multi-decadal variations in climate provide the backdrop for anthropogenic climate change. Even if there were no anthropogenic changes in climate, a wide variety of natural weather and climate ex tremes would still occur.’
And considering heat waves specifically, EPA data shows that heat wave frequency peaked in the 1930s, and the heat wave index today is similar to what it was in the 1800s.
I find it worrisome that we are generating hopelessness in our children with the constant ranting about a climate apocalypse. There is a definite rise in depression among our kids that is certainly due in part to the medias end-of-theworld stories.– Carl Sweetman, Lindsay
Piece of LCI history
Local sports fans and historians maybe interested in my scrapbook of L.C.I. ribbons and photos, as well as trophies medals, clippings and records of my seven years as a sprinter and quarter-miler who began on the cinder track at Lind say Collegiate Institute in September 1939. In subsequent years, that line of records extended through competitive ranks and tracks to 1947 with teams of the University of Toronto and West End YMCA.
All items are available in my home at Adelaide Place and most could be loaned out now to responsible citizens who may welcome later donation. My parents, older brother Don and I were happy to get through the wreckage of the Great Depression in the 1930s and return to Lindsay in 1939 to find a home. As a juvenile runner, I was fortunate to have a home on west Peel Street, adjacent to the unfenced L.C.I. cinder track, and with supportive neighbours next door, including Mr. Breese, head of gymnastics at L.C.I.
– Alan Gregory, Lindsay
Denise Waldron is a journalist with the Advocate focused on bringing local lifestyle stories to the news site and mag azine. Originally from Toronto, Denise has freelanced for various publications and formerly produced local films for government and businesses.
Occasionally she can be heard on local radio stations. She is ordained through the Community Catholic Church of Canada and provides wedding and funeral ceremonies in the Kawarthas.
A fan of “quiet” volunteering, Denise believes small actions can make someone’s day.
Fill The Fire Truck is happening Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sobey's in Fenelon Falls. This shot was from the 2021 campaign.
It’s a sight — and sound — most have experienced at this time of year. Ubiq uitous kettles for the Salvation Army, run by volunteers — a group of people absolutely “vital” to the kettle campaign, according to Kaitlyn Young, the Corps Officer (pastor) for the Fenelon Falls citadel.
She says the church’s six-week cam paign includes about 962 volunteer hours that must be filled by people ringing bells and “bringing in funds to support our communities.”
Last year there were 64 volunteers from the church and local community. Groups like the Lions Club, Civitan Club and Rotary helped by adopting a specific kettle location where they vol unteered together for a weekend.
This year’s fundraising goal for the campaign is $48,000.
Young says 100 per cent of proceeds raised stay local, for such things as the Salvation Army’s food bank in Fenelon Falls, supplying clothing, and supporting programs such as Coats for Kids or Christmas support for families with food and toys.
“This is also one of the few times in the year that we get to hear stories of what the Salvation Army has meant to individuals within our community,” says Young.
To learn more call 416-452-0566 and ask for Kim
Shoebox Project for Women
Lindsay’s Kerri Murphy and other volunteers are seeking support from the community again this year in their ef- forts to help women affected by home lessness feel less lonely and isolated this holiday season.
Murphy is the volunteer local coordi nator for the Kawartha Lakes chap ter of The Shoebox Project for Wom en, a national charitable organization that collects and distributes gift-filled shoeboxes for local women. Drive dates for 2022 have been extended until Dec. 10.
Donors are asked to decorate a standard-sized shoebox and fill it with contents having a value of about $50. It is requested that a thoughtful, encourag ing note be included in each box along with a selection of lovely gifts and es sentials.
A comprehensive list of recommend ed items to include and leave out is outlined on the organization’s web site, shoeboxproject.com, along with other important details. Drop-off loca tions for shoeboxes in Kawartha Lakes include Cathy Allan Ladieswear, Lindsay; Paradiso Boutique, Bobcaygeon; and Lock 34 Yoga in Fenelon Falls.
Local agencies receiving shoeboxes include Women’s Resources, A Place Called Home, Fourcast Addiction Services and Kawartha Lakes Food Source.
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Kettle volunteers still needed across Kawartha LakesVolunteers for The Shoebox Project.
Local business leaders honoured by LDCC
The Lindsay + District Chamber of Commerce (LDCC) welcomed more than 90 people to the Chamber’s annual awards event which honours local businesses. Held upstairs at The Pie Eyed Monk in Lindsay, the LDCC gave out 13 awards of excellence to local business leaders, including one citizen of the year award.
New dental hygiene business in Lindsay
Kara Parcells of Evolve Dental Hygiene is a new registered dental hygienist operating out of Adelaide Clinic.
The Lindsay hygienist says that as an independent operator she has the flexibility and autonomy to personalize services “in a calm, relaxed, prevention-focused setting.
“I aim to help my clients achieve, maintain and elevate their oral and overall health with my client-centred approach,” says Parcells, who opened her business in October.
Originally from Peterborough, Parcells has been living in Lindsay for the past 16 years with her husband and young family.
She says clients can count on “adequate appointment time” to ensure specific needs and concerns are addressed.
For the month of December, all new clients will receive a free in-office whitening “boost,” says Parcells.
Call 705-701-8664 or visit evolvedentalhygiene.caMatt Geraghty accepted the Business Leader of the Year award from sponsor Cogeco. Geraghty is a marketing specialist and also works with his partner, Meg Geraghty, to run Thrive Coworking Community in downtown Lindsay. Photo: Josie Hendry.
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Basic income still alive as a policy optionBy Roderick Benns Publisher
Turkey or Ham
When he was staying at the Hyatt in New York City in the last few years, the manager happened to mention how he needed 2,500 people to run his hotel in the 1980s. Thanks to automation, he now runs the hotel with 1,500 people.
That’s one of the many reasons to sup port a basic income: Automation is ravaging the work we do.
Marinescu is one of about 130 Cana dian CEOs and business leaders who want to see a basic income policy for Canadians. And it’s not just because of automation.
These business leaders see $85 billion a year already being spent on cash trans fers to Canadians to alleviate poverty, and yet all we’ve done is maintain it.
We already know poverty kills people, so a basic income would literally save millions of dollars in health care costs alone. We also know it is cheaper to keep someone out of poverty than it is to increase services and create more reg ulation by maintaining too many social programs.
In fact, we’re very good at regulating poverty. My first interview here locally with then-councillor Doug Elmslie, in the Advocate’s first year of existence in 2017, touched on the subject.
“I just get the sense that we’ve created an industry called poverty,” Elmslie said at the time. He also acknowledged that basic income may be a big part of the solution.
At the time, the Ontario Basic Income Pilot was running here and in two other regions before Premier Doug Ford engineered its premature demise, without the benefit of full data from the pilot, in one of his first acts upon taking power.
So Ford, and others like him, obviously prefer the continued regulation of pov erty, rather than the elegant solution of deregulating it through a simple basic income. Not a very business-friendly mindset.
Most of us know what has happened to manufacturing jobs once globalization and automation took hold. It devasted western economies while developing nations reaped the rewards. But all those western-based CEOs did just fine, thank you very much, as this extreme form of capitalism left a small cadre at the top richer than ever.
Marinescu points out that a basic income would help share those gains so it’s not just the owners at the top reap ing the rewards.
This CEO is still a businessman. He knows the bottom 60 per cent of Cana dians spend about 42 to 48 per cent of what they earn, circulating it back into the economy, whereas the richest 20 per cent tend to invest their income and only spend about five per cent of what they earn.
Basic income isn’t dead as a policy choice, despite what happened here lo cally. Other more enlightened leaders around the world continue to exper iment and innovate to create a fairer, more prosperous society for all.
Get behind local
The people who bring you the Advocate each month couldn’t be more local. Each of our regulars, from writers to editors, graphic designers, photographers and the publisher, all live in Kawartha Lakes. We think that’s import ant.
While some businesses or institutions may be okay with people driving in to do their work here, then driving home somewhere else, we don’t believe that’s good enough. We think it’s a detriment to smaller communities, like ours, which absolutely depend on the full participation of its citizens.
Even larger centres, like those in Durham Region, certainly lose out when folks there head to Toronto every day to work. There are divided loyalties. There is less sense of place to encourage people to be engaged, such as joining a local committee or board doing important work.
Similarly, within our communities, there are advantages to getting behind truly local shopping. That means more Kindred and Fresh Fuell and less Tim Horton’s. That means more Nisbett’s Clothiers or Cathy Allan and less Tip Top in Peterborough or Ricki’s-Bootlegger at Lindsay Square Mall.
The BIA in Lindsay has a wonderful annual program involving its “Holiday Passport” to encourage downtown shopping. From Nov. 18 to Dec. 18, customers can visit eight different businesses in the downtown and with any purchase, they will receive a stamp. Once they have collect ed eight stamps from different businesses, customers can drop their “passport” in a ballot box at marked locations. Doing so enters them to potentially win a weekly prize draw of downtown gift certificates ranging from $250 all the way up to $1,500.
As well, local chambers of commerce from Lindsay and area, Fenelon Falls, Bobcaygeon and Coboconk-Norland all proudly promote their communities, some with similar passport programs to get people thinking downtown.
That’s because most downtown businesses are run by your neighbours. When you support them, you’re supporting a dream — not a corporate bottom line. Let’s all be more mindful of where our dollars go, not only this month, but in the new year, too.
Fenelon church teams up with Digital Museums Canada
St. James Anglican Church, Fenelon Falls and Digital Museums Canada have completed a joint project to tell the story of local resident Anne Langton and her part in the history of St. James the Apostle Anglican Church. The exhibition is now streaming on the Digital Museums Canada website.
The information is available for teachers and the public to access. Archival material was used from the Ontario Archives, the City of Kawartha Lakes, The Fenelon Museum, journals and letters from Anne and John Langton, community members and artifacts and archives that are housed in St. James, Fenelon Falls. The exhibition contains 23 videos, stories, gallery pages and 104 photos. The content is available in English, French and Described Video as well as closed captioning for hearing impaired.
Much work went into the completion of this project and many local people were involved in some way including Faith Engelstad, Marion Boase and Barbara Dunn-Prosser. – Dana Bachman, Fenelon Falls
To view this exhibit visit www.tinyurl.com/annelangton
Where's the bus?By David Rapaport David Rapaport is a Lindsay resident and instructor at Trent University.
The map of the GO bus service in our region is a surreal portrait of public transit dysfunction for Kawartha Lakes. The 88 GO bus departs Peterborough to the Oshawa GO train station 12 times daily. The 81 GO bus has two return trips every day between Beaverton and the Whitby GO train station. The five most northern towns on that bus route: Port Perry, Greenbank, Sunderland, Cannington and Beaverton have a combined population of about 18,000. Poor old Lindsay, with a population of just over 20,000, has no regular regional public transit to connect it to other centres.
We should not be forced to jump into our cars to access the GO and Via Rail systems that hug Lake Ontario be tween Kingston and Toronto. It is possible to make the 35-kilometre trip (one-way) to the 35/115 GO bus dropoff station to pick up the 88 GO bus. But how prudent or efficient is that?
There are three persuasive reasons why our area should have better access to the GO bus system. First, driving is becoming more expensive. This is evident to any driver who recently filled up. Nonetheless, here’s one relevant example. Assuming (generously) that your car gets 100 kilometers per six litres and that the price of petrol is $1.50 a litre; a round trip to the 35/115 GO bus drop-off from Lindsay is about $9. Making matters worse, the maximum park time is two days.
Lindsay is getting older. Not just the city, but the popula tion. Our beautiful town and its surrounding areas are a popular retirement destination for seniors fleeing Toronto (including yours truly). According to census data from Sta tistics Canada, 36.5 per cent of Lindsay residents are over 60 as opposed to 25 per cent for all of Ontario. That dis crepancy is heightened for the 80-plus demographic; 10 per cent for Lindsay, 4.5 per cent for Ontario. Once we reach 80, driving becomes more difficult.
Does that add to the immobility of our 80-plus neigh bours? Do they become more dependent on the goodwill of others or on an expensive taxi ride to Peterborough or elsewhere? Yes, yes and yes.
And third, there’s the environment. The absence of regu lar regional public transit forces us to use automobiles to go anywhere. As I pointed out in a previous Advocate oped, climate change is a real existential threat to our lives, particularly to our children and their children. All of our economic and transportation strategies must include the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Studies show that public transit is far greener than the private use of cars.
This area is not an island. Many of us work, study, access health care, and visit family and friends elsewhere. For our less fortunate neighbours, those with lower incomes and fewer resources (i.e., no car) they are stuck. Lack of mobili ty is a major deterrent to exiting the poverty trap.
Fortunately, Kawartha Lakes is currently developing an Active Transportation Master Plan, scheduled to be com plete by March 2023. Let us hope that it breathes new life into developing regional transit options. Let us hope that the new council and the new mayor finally bring those bus es to Lindsay. That would be a significant legacy.
Crafted in Kawartha LakesBy Lisa Hart
Even those who don’t know a knitting needle from a darn ing needle can still give the gift of something handmade, thanks to the artisans and crafters of Kawartha Lakes, who are well stocked for the season. Charlie Brown said it best: “It’s not what’s under the Christmas tree that matters. It’s who’s around it.”
But the wisdom in those words seldom stops us from searching for the perfect present. The stress can be enough to drive the most diehard enthusiast to cry out that infa mous Christmas phrase, “Bah humbug!”
The path to rediscovering the joy of giving is sometimes paved with simple items to work with: paint, yarn and can dle wax. The sentiment carried by handmade gifts can pro vide a booster shot of old-fashioned Christmas spirit for the one who gives as well as the one who receives.
The search for handmade items is an easy one, now that weekend craft shows and markets have exploded into event spaces throughout Kawartha Lakes. Many of these markets expand on community spirit and the joy of giving by act ing as fundraisers for local charities and nonprofits. For the shopper, Christmas craft shows provide a ready source of creations carefully packaged in an atmosphere of holiday cheer.
“It’s an outdoor holiday market wonderland, with great vibes and amazing people,” says owner Brandy Watson, as she describes the Barn and Bunkie’s annual Holiday Market. No doubt the white canopies and strings of lights help to reinforce that wonderland atmosphere. The market takes place in Fenelon Falls every Friday night and Saturday in December up until Christmas.
Customers can expect a lineup of outstanding vendors ready to help knock down their Christmas list, according
to Watson. Fire pits and patio heaters will chase away the chill, while the neighbouring White Cottage Café provides an opportunity for shoppers to rest and refuel. Highlights from previous markets such as live music and the ever-pop ular photo booth will return this year. “I have the best staff, the best customers and the best community,” says Watson. “Come get your Christmas tree, decorations, gifts, treats, and make some memories.”
For those who want to support local makers but crave a more traditional in-store shopping experience, The Makers Collective Company in Lindsay may be the perfect Christ mas stop. This business has evolved since it first opened as Rustically Signed. Its new location on Kent Street has lots of built-in warmth and festive sparkle, from the chande liers to the glass shelves full of colorful products.
“We have many new vendors this year,” says Martina Foun tain. Among the store’s other seasonal delights, Fountain is enthusiastic about the decorations filling the shoppable Christmas tree, where customers can buy ornaments right off the tree. “All our makers are so creative and we work closely with each of them to bring in new items to keep the selection fresh.”
The selection includes items from jewelry to home decor as well as products for personal care, babies and pets. The store represents more than 50 local vendors and is still ex panding. For those who find the choices overwhelming, Fountain suggests purchasing a themed gift basket and let ting staff do the shopping for you.
The Makers Collective Company is prepared to do more than just help with your shopping this year. The store has plans to complete the cycle of caring by giving back to the community this Christmas in a charitable way.
Handmade gifts aplenty from makers across the city
Unlike most weekend craft shows, The Makers Collective Company provides an option for customers who prefer to do their Christmas shopping from the comfort of their own home on the store’s website. That’s where you can also check out the schedule of workshops the store hosts. These sessions provide an opportunity to make your own gifts as an option for this year or in planning for next year.
With a few quick taps on a computer keyboard, shoppers wishing to avoid the Christmas crowds can also explore the unique, limited-edition or one-of-a-kind items at the Kawartha Lakes Arts Council (KLAC) Marketplace.
According to KLAC, the online store now better replicates an in-person gallery experience, bringing the public many different products all year long. Promotion for the revital ized marketplace began with an in-person Winter Makers’ Market at Celebrations in Lindsay on the evening of No vember 29.
Shoppers can search the KLAC marketplace by material from canvas to gemstone, by type of artwork from pho tography to sculpture or by their favorite artist. When shopping the marketplace, be sure to allow enough time to receive your purchase. “Shipping is arranged between our vendors and buyers,” explains Tim Crouch, marketplace manager. “Of course, picking up from studios is always an option and a great way to explore more items in person.”
The website also contains a listing of members to help facilitate a connection between local creators and their customers. It’s an adventure just to discover all the talent Kawartha Lakes has to offer.
For someone looking for budget-friendly shopping or a wide range of choice, the Artisans Marketplace in the low er level of the Kinmount community centre is well worth a visit. This friendly gallery at a charming historical site is where artists and crafters come together to share space.
Shoppers who take the time to explore this little gem will find a curated selection of artwork, crafts, quilts, furniture, antiques and more. The Artisans Marketplace is open Fri day to Sunday in December and every day in the week be fore Christmas. Find them on Facebook for store hours and a preview of the types of treasures you might find.
Should anyone find, despite all their best efforts, that the search for presents still brings out more of the Grinch than of Santa, perhaps the words of fiction writer Donald E. Westlake will offer some perspective. “It is good to be reminded that there are people in our lives who are worth this aggravation, and people to whom we are worth the same.”Martina Fountain is ready to help customers with Christmas shopping at The Makers Collective Company in Lindsay. Photo: Lisa Hart.
ROSES + THORNS for 2022
* Dr. Natalie Bocking of our local health unit for her calm, wise leadership during trying times.
* St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church and other faith communities sponsoring families displaced by the war in Ukraine.
* Volunteers who took it upon themselves to weed the lilac gardens in Lindsay’s Logie Street Park when the city was apparently unable to do so itself. Indeed, all horticulture groups, city staff and individual gardeners throughout Kawartha Lakes who make community spaces blossom.
* Bobcaygeon residents and merchants for enduring yet another summer without the swing bridge in operation.
* Candidates who stood for office in the municipal election. Local government matters, and your will ingness to participate in democracy is appreciated.
* Local businesses that adhered to public health rules to keep their staff and customers safe, even when it meant taking a hit to the bottom line.
* The Kawartha Lakes Classic cycling event that returned to an in-person event for the first time since 2019 in support of A Place Called Home.
* The first Kawartha Lakes Writers Festival — a creative new event showcasing and celebrating the work of local authors.
* Kindred and Needful Things for opening in Linday's downtown. Kindred is an amazing coffee bar and gathering space reminiscent of the late Boiling Over. Needful Things is an eclectic wine and espresso shop. Both bring coolness to our downtown. Both led by entrepreneurial women.
* The stellar first full season of The Grove Theatre, including a professional-quality production of “The 39 Steps” that wouldn't have been out of place at the Shaw Festival.
* Workers of all kinds at the Ross Memorial Hospital who had to put up with protesters outside while they spent long, gruelling hours caring for patients.
* Truth and Reconciliation Community Bobcaygeon for organizing meaningful learning activities throughout the year, especially on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
* Staff at Lindsay's Century Cinemas 3. Along with the amazing Highlands Cinemas, they make the movie-going experience a pleasure, regardless of whether the film itself is.
* Everyone who got vaccinated to protect themselves and those they met.
* Conspiracy-touting school board and provincial election candidates who campaigned on misinfor mation and the rolling back of hard-won inclusivity. That voters rejected them is a testament to the electorate’s compassion and common sense.
* Critics who opposed the demolition of the walls around the courtyard beside the Kawartha Lakes Museum and Archives. The walls had deteriorated to the point of being dangerous, and had no his toric significance.
* Anyone who impugns the validity of election results. Our elections, at all levels, are free, fair and run with integrity.
* The jarring voice that snaps "Wait!" when you press the button to cross the street in downtown Lind say. Why so alarmist?
* Vehicles gunning up and down main streets flying obscenity-laced flags in pointless protest while living in one of the freest countries the world has ever known.
* Eligible residents who didn't bother to vote in the municipal election. As Advocate writer Kirk Win ter noted, you've lost your right to complain.
* Noisy vehicles period. Drivers, you know who you are and no, you’re not cool.
It’s a summer Monday at the post office on Cambridge Street in Lindsay. The lineup stretches to the outside doors, and it’s not moving. Those close enough to the front can hear muttered conversation at the desk. Seems a newly in stalled printer is churning out blank pages instead of the money order the customer needs. One staff member is flip ping through the machine’s manual while speaking to Can ada Post tech support. Another apologizes to the customer for keeping her waiting. A sign notes that there might be delays as a result of new programs and equipment.
People in the lineup shift their weight and look at their phones. Frustration hangs in the air. A middle-aged man walks up to the front of the line, stops, heaves a theatrically disgusted sigh, glares at the staff and returns to his spot. Minutes pass. The line grows longer.
The same man does the same thing, only this time he has a message. “Everybody knows you never put new equipment in place until you make sure it’s working properly. That’s basic business. This is ridiculous.” He storms out without hearing or acknowledging the obvious: employees had no choice about equipment Canada Post had provided and were doing their best while, unlike the man, staying profes sional and outwardly calm.
Almost everyone has a similar story (or several of them) about how much ruder people seem to be lately — about how much faster, more easily and more publicly they hurl their anger and frustration at others. Maybe you’ve felt your blood boil when someone nipped into a parking space you had your eye on, or cringed while watching a customer berating a cashier over something negligible. If you feel like public interactions in our community and elsewhere have become a lot less polite over the past few years, you’re not alone.
The signs posted in businesses and government offices all over Kawartha Lakes bear out that impression. Such signs were unknown until recently, but now, almost any where there are customers, there are signs with some variationon “Disrespectful attitudes and aggressive be haviour will not be tolerated,” or, taking another tack,By Nancy Payne
“Thank you for being kind.” It’s easy to read between the lines; after all, nobody feels the need to post such notices if all is sweetness and light.
Shelly Hardaker, who owns Smitty's restaurant in Lind say, had never felt the need to put up such a sign before, but a prominent one is now displayed near the entrance. “We posted it for a few reasons. My staff were feeling very vulnerable and anxious because of the way some custom ers were treating them — arguing about absolutely everything, demanding and entitled, just plain rude. After going through the pandemic and surviving, and then to be faced with massive cost increases, I was not about to let someone
We like to think of Kawartha Lakes a friendly place, but lately it’s felt a lot less polite. The good news? We can fix that.
The surge in rudeness isn’t surprising after all we’ve been through since March 2020, says Jack Veitch, manager of community engagement and education with the local Ca nadian Mental Health Association. As the initial “heroic” phase of the pandemic — remember “We’re all in this to gether”? — gave way to the realization that we didn’t know when it would end, and trust in public figures was battered by misinformation, the pressure changed us.
We’ve all been living with an extraordinary amount of stress for much longer than we expected, Veitch notes, whether that’s related to work, our families’ health, or our kids’ schooling. “Some of that is still playing out,” he says, pointing to rising prices and a looming recession. “And that distress doesn’t always present itself as sadness. Sometimes it’s confrontational.”
When we’re feeling worried, fearful and helpless, the ten sion builds up. Eventually it has to go somewhere, and the tiniest of frustrations pushes us over the edge into rude ness. “Our society is acting as children act who have experienced chronic stress,” says Wendy Kelly, a private practitioner who operates a local clinic in child and adolescent psychology.
She points to a model known as the window of tolerance. When things are going well and we’re within that window, we’re able to be open, curious and flexible. We’re think ing clearly and calmly. But when we’re stressed, Kelly says, that window starts to narrow, and we edge into either hy per-arousal — hello fight or flight — or hypo-arousal, in which we freeze.
Feeling overwhelmed, as many of us have been for what feels like forever, can push us into behaviour we didn’t think we were capable of. “Fight leads to antisocial and aggressive tendencies; flight, to anxiety and avoidance or escapism, including addictions; and freeze to inaction, passivity and depression,” Kelly says.
Noticing when we’re reaching the limits of our window of tolerance is a big first step, says Veitch. If you feel your heart starting to pound, your neck or jaw stiffens or your stom ach tenses, or you’re inadvertently clenching your fists, that tells you you’re on the brink.
“If you slow your breathing, you’ll think more clearly,” he says, suggesting that when we realize we’re about to snap, to try what’s known as box breathing: breathe in for four seconds, hold it for four seconds, breathe out for four sec onds and hold that for four seconds.
Those few moments will help ease some of the physical ten sion and clear the mind. “I always remind people that if you can regulate your breathing, you can regulate your heart.”
Another technique is to shift your attention away from the thing that’s making you tense. “Ask yourself, what are five things I can hear right now, five things I can smell, five things I can see,” Veitch says. He also recommends making sure we look after the things we can control: eating well, exercising and getting enough sleep.
When it comes to situations outside our control, like the belligerent man in the post office, our options are different. It’s not helpful to tell an angry person to calm down, Veitch says, which can feel to them like they’re being dismissed or patronized. Yelling at someone who’s already yelling will only escalate the situation.
If you feel comfortable intervening, you can start by affirm ing what the person is feeling — perhaps something like, “I understand. I’m frustrated with the delay too,” offers Ve itch, while stressing, “I’d hate for people to feel they have to respond in a situation if they felt uncomfortable or unsafe.”
Hard as it is, says Kelly, trying to empathize with the person being rude is critical. “We don’t have to like the behaviour, but we need to consider its underlying roots. To rebuild community, we must care for the perpetrator as much as the victim.”
To restore civility, both experts say, we have to recognize the things that get under our skin, and work on controlling how we react. We also need to remind ourselves that even someone spewing rudeness is a human being — a metaphorical neighbour and perhaps a literal one. It’s an idea that’s too often lost in the age of hot takes on social media, where we’re comfortable sneering at someone we’ve never met and whose circumstances we don’t know. “We need to be able to disagree in a way that’s respectful,” says Veitch. “Disrespectful communication can be consequential.”
And even if we can’t quite bring ourselves to be nice to someone who’s making life miserable for a server or cashier, we can still offer them something kind and supportive when it’s our turn, he says. That way the worker bearing the brunt of other people’s stress also has positive interactions to remember at the end of the day.
Back in the post office, the wisdom of that approach is borne out almost immediately. When the next customer finally gets to the wicket, the first words out of her mouth are, “I’m so sorry you had to deal with that guy.” Civility, it turns out, is alive and well after all.
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Alan Gregory * Barb Evans * Mike Perry
Lauren Drew * Barb Taylor * William Steffler
Zita Devan * Nanci Byer * Cordula Winkelaar
Peter + Kathy Anderson * Joe + Joyce McGuire
Glenda Morris * Ivory Conover * Jamie Swift Eileen MacDonald * Ross Smyth
Christine Wilson * Nora Steffler * Linda Friend
Jim Buchanan + Donna Gushue * Neil Campbell
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Leslie King * Deborah Smith * Cam Finley
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The staff and students of Fenelon Falls Secondary School are no strangers to charitable causes. Like many schools, the FFSS community supports numerous international fundraising campaigns and, at one point, supported more foster children through the Foster Parents Plan than any other school in Canada. Amnesty International also benefitted from Fenelon Falls and area student generosity, as did Operation Christmas Child, the Terry Fox Run, the 30-hour Famine and the United Way.
Grass-roots student groups like SAVE advocated for vio lence-free lives for women, and individual classes collected and donated school supplies to classes in Costa Rica, and baseball hats to shade students in relentlessly-sunny Kenya.
At the local level, horticulture classes donated vegetables from their gardens to the Fenelon Falls Food Bank, and the school at large had a hand in raising money to buy an ac cessible van for the family of a special needs student in the school.
In the last two decades, one fund-raising initiative in par ticular —known as The Spirit of Christmas — has become a rallying point for students, staff and local businesses. Ed ucational assistant Susan Sainsbury is the self-effacing but tireless force behind the effort. “My inspiration to start The Spirit of Christmas was the students. I would notice students coming to school with the same clothing on, or not having a lunch.”
She then surmised that some students likely didn’t have much of a Christmas, and from that simple observation, a tradition entering its 19th year was born. Sainsbury esti mates that over this time, 475 families have benefited from The Spirit of Christmas, which provides food and gifts to families in the school community.
Obviously, a program of this scale doesn’t just pop up in December — it is in motion throughout the school year. Sainsbury points out, “We raise money with car washes, dances, a Santa day BBQ, and donations from businesses.
“Birch Point Marina, Butterfly Boutique, Barn & Bunkie, Armstrong Construction and Fehr Basement have provided assistance from the very beginning,” adds Sainsbury. When Canadian Tire still used Canadian Tire “money,” the Fenelon store would match any collected in classes and donated to the cause.
The Spirit of Christmas does not give out cash. Instead, after a family that might benefit from the program comes to the attention of Sainsbury and her team, the volunteers make contact with the family to gauge their interest in becoming involved.
While the offer is occasionally turned down, a conversation usually follows where they provide Sainsbury and the other volunteers with a wish list, and the team does its best to accommodate it. “We cross-reference with other charities so there is no double dipping,” Sainsbury notes.
While some families elect to come and pick up the gift hamper at school, usually Sainsbury and a few others de liver the packages right before Christmas. Kelli Chiasson, a now-retired FFSS teacher, assisted with deliveries one year, and was struck by the need some families exhibited.
“There were so many families involved, it made me wonder how many more out there were not fortunate enough to have access to something like The Spirit of Christmas. I’ll never forget the faces of the recipients, filled with relief and gratitude that they had something — gifts and dinner — to give to their children.”
The Spirit of Christmas is Alive and Well in Fenelon Falls
Those who receive gifts will often later volunteer
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150 Years of Freemasonry in BobcaygeonBy Ian McKechnie
Some 120 members and guests of the Verulam Lodge No. 268 gathered at the Lakeview Arts Barn this fall to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Free Masonry in Bobcaygeon.
While many Masonic traditions are said to date back to King Solomon’s Temple in the Old Testament, Freemason ry in Canada traces its origins to the first Grand Lodge, es tablished in London, England, in 1717. The first Provincial Grand Master of the Ancient Order of Free and Accepted Masons was William Jarvis, who was appointed to the role in the 1790s.
His legacy is sullied by his being an incompetent admin istrator, a slaveholder and the patriarch of a clan whose members numbered among the infamous Family Compact of Upper Canada. (The Family Compact was a group of businessmen, clerics and politicians who dominated pro vincial politics, commerce and religion in what became Ontario).
The questionable background of Jarvis notwithstanding, Freemasonry spread throughout Upper Canada. By the time of Canadian Confederation, the movement was in grained in the lives of people from a variety of professional callings and walks of life.
Until 1871, the only Masonic lodges in this region were in Peterborough and Lindsay. On Sept. 23 of that year, a pe tition was made to the Grand Lodge — the central govern ing body — to launch a new lodge in Bobcaygeon. Under the leadership of John Kennedy, designated as Worshipful Brother, the Verulam Lodge had its first meeting in 1872. Within a year, membership had grown to almost 40 peo ple — more than could be accommodated in the room at a local hotel where it is said that the first meeting transpired.
A new meeting space was subsequently identified on Mansfield Street, where the lodge congregated for the next two decades. In 1893, members moved yet again, settling on the second floor of Cain’s General Store at the corner of Bolton and Canal streets. (With no electricity or gas lamps, the Masons met once a month on the full moon.)
Another 20 years passed before the lodge was forced to relocate yet again. A fire on Sept. 14, 1913, destroyed much of Bobcaygeon’s downtown core, including Cain’s. Papers, records, furnishings and even the lodge’s original charter all went up in flames. Until a new Masonic Hall could be furnished, members gathered in the True Blue Hall at 75 Bolton Street.
Many of Bobcaygeon’s prominent citizens have been members
The lodge’s new quarters, on the second floor of the Bank of British North America (today home to Bigley Shoes & Clothing), were formally opened on July 2, 1915.
The lodge met here until moving in the summer of 1941 to the former Kenosha Inn at the northeast corner of King and Bolton Streets, where it gathers on the third floor to this day. With its purchase having been funded by money from the estate of Sidney H. Cluxton, a long-time member, the Masons rechristened the site as the Cluxton Memorial Masonic Building.
Over the course of its existence, Verulam Lodge has seen many of Bobcaygeon’s prominent citizens pass through its portals. These have included shoe magnate Charles Bigley; merchant and reeve, A.E. Bottum; and the lumber baron Mossom Boyd.
Despite their reputation for secrecy, Masonic Lodges have made efforts over the last couple of decades to “come out from the dark and into the light,” a phrase that seems to be a part of an unofficial saying in Masonic circles these days. The new millennium saw signage for the Verulam Lodge added to the roadsides leading into Bobcaygeon, and Ma sons can be seen in the Bobcaygeon Fall Fair parade. They maintain a web presence and are involved in charitable ini tiatives.
For Colin Croxon, Verulam Lodge’s Worshipful Brother and historian, being part of Freemasonry offers the “com
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Best show or movie: Welcome to Wrexham
Best book: The Destroyermen by Taylor Anderson
Favourite Kawartha Lakes experience: Driving by playing fields this summer and seeing them filled with happy kids of all ages playing soccer
Best show or movie: Borgen
Best book: Us Against You by Fredrik Backman
Favourite Kawartha Lakes experience: Performing on The Grove Theatre stage on Canada Day
Best show or movie: Walker: Independence
Best book: Gabriel's Angel by Nora Roberts
Favourite Kawartha Lakes experience: Stolen moments with family. They’ve never been more important
Best show or movie: Star Trek: Picard
Best book: Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story a memoir by Bono
Favourite Kawartha Lakes experience: Watching international students from Fleming Col lege take photos of the stunning autumn leaves in October, and seeing the beauty of our area through their eyes
Best show or movie: Shoresy
Best book: The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk
Favourite Kawartha Lakes experience: Watching an octogenarian flip the bird to some Free dumb protesters at Lindsay’s Victoria Park
Best of 2022
Best show or movie: The Queen and Canada (2022)
Best book: The Heart of The Country: From the Great Lakes to the Atlantic coast – Rediscover ing the towns and countryside of Canada by Frederic A. Dahms
Favourite Kawartha Lakes experience: Motoring out to Argyle with my father and brother in our 1930 Ford Model A
Best show or movie: Alone
Best book old or new: Unless by Carol Shields
Favourite Kawartha Lakes experience: Teas at Maryboro Lodge in Fenelon Falls this summer. Each tea featured a heritage treat along with tea, lemonade, scones and chocolate milkshakes made with Kawartha Dairy’s Moose Tracks ice cream
Best show or movie: Anxious People
Best book: Matrix by Lauren Groff
Favourite Kawartha Lakes experience: Being at Highlands Cinema’s final screening of the sea son before it closed for the winter
Best show or movie: Fleabag
Best book: The Rise of Wolf 8 by Rick McIntyre
Favourite Kawartha Lakes experience: Rain-shortened but awesome show by Neil Osborne from 54-40 at The Grove Theatre, specifically the story and performance of the song “One Gun”
Best show or movie: The Sopranos
Best book, old or new: Atomic Habits by James Clear
Favourite Kawartha Lakes experience: Taking the roads less travelled through the Bethany hills and admiring the sunrises, sunsets and changing seasons — with the perfect playlist cap turing the moment
New mayor and council ,s favourites
Mayor - Doug Elmslie
Favourite book: Battle Cry by Leon Uris, followed closely by Herman Wouk’s Winds of War. These novels about the Second World War in the Pacific and in Europe speak of people coming together and overcoming great odds, ignoring personal well-being and safety.
Favourite movie: Lawrence of Arabia, which shows a troubled misfit, an intellectual in the military, suc ceeding against all odds to achieve something no one thought could be done.
Favourite place to visit in Kawartha Lakes: City hall. It has history, drama in its past, and its architecture is wonderful with the high ceilings, mouldings and graceful arches. Otherwise there are many beautiful places in our city that are so lovely they take your breath away.
Ward One - Emmett Yeo
Favourite book: The Last Canadian by William C. Heine. A 70s Cold War apocalyptic story, it’s been many years since I read this one, but it’s one of my favourites.
Favourite movie: Kingdom of Heaven. I’ve watched this several times and still love it! Dynamite cast and great story loosely based on true events.
Favourite place to visit in KL: There are many, but one of my faves is the Altberg Wildlife Sanctuary Na ture Reserve, located at 4164 Monck Road. The largest nature reserve in Ontario Nature’s reserve system, it’s a great place for a walk and a few geocaches on the way.
Ward Two - Pat Warren
Favourite book: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. It is a lovely book that weaves together ecology, scientific knowledge and Indigenous wisdom so you learn to cherish nature even more.
Favourite movie: O Lucky Man, starring Malcolm McDowell, Helen Mirren and Alan Price from The Animals, who added all the great music.
Favourite place to visit in KL: I love to visit Kawartha Settlers’ Village and am amazed to see all the great changes and exhibits come to life since its beginnings. It shows how volunteerism can make wonderful things happen in a community.
Ward Three - Mike Perry
Favourite book: Really cheesy spy novels are my guilty pleasure. And if they involve the American presidency and the CIA, even better. Tom Clancy or worse. I mean, if you can’t buy it at the drugstore or the airport, is it really even a book?
Favourite movie: The Matrix is a favourite for sure. To me it’s all about what’s real, what might not be, and is a deep comment on society and existence.
Favourite place to visit in KL: Anywhere with my kids Gabe and Abigail. No matter where we go, the beach or museum in Fenelon, hiking at Ken Reid Conservation Area or swimming at Crane Bay, it’s al ways the “funnest” place in Kawartha Lakes when they are with me.
Ward Four - Dan Joyce
Favourite book: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carré and other international espionage works of his are my favourite. It helps he was both an M15 and M16 agent in real life, giving his works an authentic feel.
Favourite movie: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Apocalypse Now and Das Boot come to mind. I rarely watch a movie twice but these I have enjoyed a few times over the years so they must be favourites!
Favourite place to visit in KL: Ken Reid Conservation Area. Growing up rural surrounded by forest, it's my nearby go-to to immerse myself in quiet solitude and bond with trees.
Ward Five - Eric Smeaton
Favourite book: Shoeless Joe — a must-read for a host of reasons, including that at the end, you ponder “Someone actually wrote this?” (Kind of like Catch 22 or A Prayer for Owen Meanie. Oops — plugged two more?!) An incredible classic even if you’re not a baseball fan (which I am!).
Favourite movie: Field of Dreams. Perfect casting, beautiful script. To have the courage to even touch Shoeless Joe and consider a creative adaptation for the screen is extremely daring.
Favourite place to visit in KL: Woodville sale barn. The drive out is beautiful, the memories I share with my family of all those Saturday mornings, great grilled cheese! A true Kawartha experience, with wonderful, genuine, hard-working families.
Ward Six - Ron Ashmore
Favourite book: 1984 by George Orwell. I remember reading it when I was young and never thought it would come to fruition. Some aspects of the book are becoming reality. Required reading for everyone.
Favourite movie: 2001: A Space Odyssey. I always thought it was ahead of its time. A movie with excellent imagery and effects.
Favourite place to visit in KL: I really find Victoria Falls in northern Kawartha Lakes an incredible place to visit. One of a kind natural treasure.
Ward Seven - Charlie McDonald
Favourite book: Biographies of my favourite sport celebrities from soccer players such as Pelé to hockey legends like Wayne Gretzky. These books show how they endured all of the challenges of becoming the best in their sport.
Favourite movie: The Sound Of Music. It’s a classic that we used to watch as a family. I think the reason this movie is so special to me is that it became a memorable time that my mom and I would share. I really miss those moments together.
Favourite place to visit in KL: The Trent-Severn Waterway, from taking my kids tubing, wakeboarding or just driving my Sea-Doo or boat admiring how lucky we are to have such so many beautiful lakes and rivers in our backyard no matter where you are located.
Ward Eight - Tracy Richardson
Favourite book: I read a book a week, but one I still feel the impacts from is Still Alice by Lisa Genova. Favourite movie: The Notebook
Favourite place to visit in KL: All our conservation areas and trails, as I’m an avid walker and hiker.
It’s December and you know what that means — holiday books galore! If you enjoy wholesome fiction mixed with historical romance, An Ivy Hill Christmas by Julie Klassen might be for you. Richard must attend his family Christmas party so his mother does not stop funding his lavish lifestyle in the city, but instead of heading back to the city as fast as possible, he finds the charm of Ivy Hill working some Christmas magic on him. This book was selected from the Kawartha Lakes Public Library’s NextReads Newsletters. Register to receive monthly or bi-monthly e-newsletters with enticing book suggestions.
AROUND THE WORLD
Lindsay resident speaks on Canadian supply chain problems in Australia
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) International Convention in 2022 was held in Perth, Aus tralia recently, hosting more than 300 delegates from around the world and featuring more than 15 high profile speakers.
One of those speakers included Lindsay resident Bob Armstrong, who is also president of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (North America).
Armstrong could not help but pull in the audience when he began his presentation by claiming that the Canadian logistics industry "was in a mess."
Addressing delegates at the CILT conference, he drew many parallels between his country’s problems and those experienced in Australia.
Emphasizing the need for greater resilience in the network, he says Canada’s transportation supply chain was nearing its breaking point.
"The major disruptions seen over the last two years have brought to light longstanding and newly emerging issues that must be addressed now — before our country’s reputation as a reliable trading partner is further tarnished," he said.
"Wild swings in supply and demand due to the COVID pandemic, as well as climate shocks (such as wildfires, floods) and growing geopolitical uncertainty, have put trade norms and flows at risk.
"These challenges come at a time when Canada’s natural re sources, such as critical minerals, potash, energy and grains, are in high demand globally. But the only way to capitalize on that opportunity is to act now to ensure we can trans port them to market competitively, efficiently and reliably.
"The impacts of the last two years have also exposed the sys tem’s limited redundancy and resiliency, making it essen tial to take action immediately. Investment and planning at a national level are required to ensure Canada’s trans portation supply chain can withstand shocks and adjust to fluctuating demands and global trade dynamics."
Armstrong said the transformation required unprecedent ed collaboration and enhanced cooperation between the public and private sectors, as well as within the private sector itself.
"All players must mobilize, innovate and address gaps, and prioritize the building of efficiencies into the national transportation supply chain so it operates successfully for everyone. Canada’s transportation supply chain is a key cornerstone of our economy that directly and indirectly impacts our prosperity and quality of life."
Armstrong said that like many sectors, transportation had undergone many changes since the beginning of the 21st century, with the digital revolution transforming the traditional drivers of growth in the global economy.
The sector has also faced several unique challenges relat ed to congestion, traffic growth and shifts resulting from changing global trade patterns, and investment and financial pressures.
"With the acceleration of these shifts in the last two years, our transportation supply chain has been operating in an increasingly uncertain and volatile environment," he said. "While the burden has eased since the height of the pandemic-induced congestion, bottlenecks remain prevalent and continue to affect our reputation as a preferred and trusted trading partner."
Armstrong was part of Canada’s National Supply Chain Task Force, formed to make suggestions to address the supply chain crisis.
"It goes beyond the practicalities of establishing critical gateways and corridors, identifying pinch points, and planning for and financing physical infrastructure for surge capacity or redundancy. It requires all stakeholders to work collectively and singularly toward the goal of organizing and adapting a transportation supply chain that functions in the national public interest: one that is operated for the common good of the country to ensure the general welfare, safety and security of the industry."
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Dress for climate success
When I was born my grandma and her sister made me a yellow cotton quilt in a pattern known as Dutch girl. All those little quilt figures were fashioned from scraps of clothing worn by family members long ago.
Clothes were often made at home, repaired and handed down, then used for rags or quilts.
Times changed. More women entered the paid workforce. And schools eliminated home economics, where students learned to sew, so fewer people are making their own clothes. But Canada had a thriving apparel industry until the 1990s, when 70 per cent of those jeans, Ts and dresses in our closets were made here. By 2020, that number was down to five per cent, according to Canadian government apparel industry statistics.
Fabrics like nylon, polyester and acrylic made possible the production of cheaper and often less durable clothing. Fre er trade increased competition. In 2001 China joined the World Trade Organization. And in 2005 the federal government made it free to import apparel. The stage was set for cheap, fast-fashion imports to take over, and our gar ment industry shrivelled while our wardrobes ballooned. North Americans are buying three to five times more clothing than we did in 1980. And those jeans and Ts often cost less than they did 30 years ago, even after being shipped halfway across the world.
What’s the problem with that?
Poor-quality, cheaper clothing encourages a throwaway culture. No quilts are being made with these disposable items. The stuff is choking our landfills to the tune of 500,000 tonnes a year, emitting methane and carbon dioxide as it breaks down, and adding microplastics to the environment — polyester, nylon and acrylic are essentially plastics made from fossil fuels.
Every year the global clothing industry emits the equivalent of 1.2 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide, according to the journal Nature Climate Change.
And we’re getting those cheaper clothes on the backs of sweatshop workers earning lousy wages, toiling in sometimes-unsafe working conditions.
What can we do about it?
1. Buy less and choose quality items that last, can be repaired and are worthy of passing on. While all textile production affects the environment, natural fabrics like wool, linen, bamboo, hemp or organic cotton are generally considered more durable and sustainable.
2. Repair. We’re in an environmental crisis. During the crisis of the Second World War people pitched in to help by joining the Make Do and Mend movement. We can do the same. My sister demonstrated that recently. Instead of buying new, she took fabric from an unused teal satin bed skirt to add length and a sash to a dress in her closet, which she was then able to wear to her niece’s wedding.
3. Shop the thrift stores. Donating is great too, but be aware that only about 50 per cent of items donated actually make it into the store, and only half of those are sold, says Kelly Drennan, executive director of Canadian non-profit Fashion Takes Action. The rest go to textile recyclers, the landfill or are shipped to Africa, where several countries are balking at taking our discards.
We can all help–and we don’t have to take up quilting to do it.
it an Electrical Christmas”; Remembering appliances from
It’s a snowy Christmas Day in Lindsay some 65 years ago. Parcels have long since been opened, and supper prepara tions are well underway. From the kitchen of a brick bunga low somewhere in one of the town’s suburban neighbour hoods wafts the aroma of turkey, stuffing, potatoes and apple pie. A new ivory-coloured General Electric oven purchased the previous holiday season has cooked this festive repast, while in the adjacent canary yellow (or turquoise) Kelvinator fridge, cabbage and jellied salads are chilling, waiting to be served. Sitting in the orange-carpeted living room is a brand-new RCA Victor television set — a technological marvel that will surely give the old tube radio on the opposite side of the room a run for its money. Tuned to Channel 12, CHEX, the TV will, after some twiddling of the dial, be aglow with such programs as Howdy Doody, Disneyland and The Other Wise Man. Four years ago in these pages, I wrote about how electric lighting enhanced the holiday season in this area during the early 20th century. By the 1950s, electrical appliances such as those described above were working their magic in many households across the community. Utilitarian though they were, these refrigerators, stoves, televisions and radios were cultural touchstones for those who grew up during the age of postwar prosperity and the rise of the newly named “middle class.”
Among the earliest appliance shops to appear in Lindsay was J. Morley Greaves, established in October 1927. With in two decades, his business had relocated 130 Kent St. W. and by the late 1940s had become the town’s only autho rized dealer in General Electric home appliances.
“It has been the objective of this firm to progress with the times, and as electrical appliances of proven merit came on the market, they were usually to be found in this store,” its proprietors wrote in ad copy in 1948.
Five years after Greaves opened his doors, a young entrepre neur named Earl Kennedy began repairing radios and even tually expanded into other appliances. “In 1948, the Gov ernment of Ontario instructed Ontario Hydro to change the electrical supply from 25 cycles to 60 cycles to increase efficiencies,” noted Earl’s sons, Dale and Garry Kennedy in an interview. “Old 25 cycle appliances were upgraded at the expense of the government and the demand for new appli ances exploded.” A slew of stores and repairmen specializ ing in small appliances helped meet the demand over the course of the next decade.
While Morley Greaves and Earl Kennedy expanded their respective product lines, Court’s Music and Appli ance Centre at 169 Kent St. W. dealt in Admiral refrigerators, and George Williamson Radio-Electric at 47 Kent urged customers to take a closer look at “the new Auto matic Westinghouse Roaster Oven,” among other gadgets. Meanwhile, tinkerers such as George L. Nokes, Fred Smith and Lawrence Windrem got in on the act and fixed many a radio and oven.
During the 1950s, advertising campaigns for appliances — especially those associated with meal preparation — tended to capitalize on traditional gender roles. “Make it An Electrical Christmas — Plug into years of new leisure for Mom with a Super ‘High Voltage’ gift that will ‘charge’ her Yule tide with pleasure!” exclaimed one of George Williamson’s ads in 1952. Among the “super gifts to make her burdens lighter” were turnover toasters (which heated bread more evenly) and automatic sandwich grills finished in chrome. Also wooing homemakers ahead of the 1952 Christmas season was a lavishly illustrated advertisement from Kennedy’s in which a woman added yet another pie to an oven almost filled to capacity. “Bake for your biggest holi day crowd in the giant oven of this ‘small-kitchen’ model!” trumpeted the copywriter. (While many sales campaigns were developed in-house, the major manufacturers occa sionally supplied dealers with unusual promotional mate rials: the Kennedy brothers remember handing out cardboard crowns provided by Frigidaire at the Lindsay fair.)
Despite the proliferation of electrical appliances promising a better life for consumers across Victoria County seven de cades ago, not every household had the option of purchas ing them. Some families might have had an icebox stocked by an iceman in the days prior to electrical refrigeration, but this was not a given everywhere.
“My family never had an icebox, because there was a back porch on the house that wasn’t heated that we could use for storage during the winter,” recalls Lila Hart, who grew up on a farm near Bobcaygeon. “We didn’t get a modern refrigerator at home until around 1959, because the house had no electricity before that.” This lack of electricity meant as well that the radio Hart and her family listened to after the war had to operate on battery power. “It was about the size of a bread box, maybe a little deeper because the battery sat in the back,” Hart remembers.
It is easy for us to take appliances for granted today when the pace of technological change has been so rapid. Ninety years after 16-year-old Earl Kennedy began puttering on radios, the business now owned and operated by his grand son Zack has embraced the latest and greatest in refrigera tors, ranges, and electronics. Despite the passage of history, our relationship with appliances still reaches its apotheosis during the festive season when we take Christmas dinner out of the oven and gather around the TV to watch that time-honoured holiday special.
STUFFED BUTTERNUT SQUASH
This stuffed squash recipe is a warm, hearty delight on cold wintry days. The leftovers can be turned into mashed butternut squash to enjoy later with some butter or margarine, while any leftover topping goes great with rice for an easy lunch.
1 butternut squash
1/2 lb sausage
1/2 onion, diced 3 garlic cloves, minced 2 cups greens of choice
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
1 apple, diced 1 tsp dried sage
1/2 tsp dried rosemary 1/3 cup dried cranberries or raisins 1/4 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped
2. Cut butternut squash in half. Scoop out the seeds with a spoon, then lightly oil inside of squash and season with salt and pepper. Place squash cut side down on a baking sheet and roast for 40 minutes, or until tender.
3. Wash greens and remove stems, and place in bowl with garlic and onion.
4. Slice sausage, then cook in a pan on medium heat until browned.
5. Add onions, garlic and greens to the pan, and cook for 2-3 minutes until the greens are wilted. Add the apple, sage and rosemary, and cook for another 2-3 minutes until the apple has softened slightly.
6. Turn off the heat and stir in the cranberries and nuts.
7. Remove butternut squash when cooked. When cool enough to touch, scoop out some of the flesh, leaving an inch around the edges. Fill the squash with the apple sausage filling.
8. To finish, place squash into oven on broil for around 5 minutes until lightly browned.
British Columbia's northern neighbour
Pah pah preceder
Take orders from diners
Extra tight friendship between two dudes
Visibly awed Motown singer Stevie?
"___ I" ("Me too")
Dangles a carrot, so to speak
"Up and ___ !" (wakeup call)
Perry Mason portrayer Raymond
Something that smells 26 Folk singer Neil who's been cryogenically preserved?
Words after bend or lend
Prefix meaning "self"
Rapper with the album "Illmatic"
One eyed giant of myth
Teapot contents, idiomatically
Bit of body art, for short
Where music was burnt, once 43 Line from the heart 44 British punk rocker Billy on becoming a U.S. citizen?
Get an effort 50 59 Down, to Ovid 51 It means "since," in a New Year's song 52 "Little green man" 55 Via, to Burns
Impersonator of Canadian country legend Hank?
Burton's band, with "the"
Game using sevens to aces
"Atlas Shrugged" author Rand
WWI Belgian battle town
Down 1 "Ouch!" 2 Verse opener? 3 Menu choice that might come with a toy 4 ___'clock ( 1300 hours) 5 As required, with "if" 6 U.K. award bestowed by the queen 7 Have dinner delivered 8 Clipped by a Toro 9 Losing intensity 10 Catchall ending for a bus. name 11 Slurpee rivals
Wasting no words
Word for word, in French?
Part of BYOB 20 "Is that ___?" ("You don't say!") 21 Ousted Olympic figure skater Harding
Handwoven Scandinavian rug
Souped up engine sound 28 Middle of SUV: Abbr.
"___ is an island": John Donne
Like Sheldon of "The Big Bang Theory"
Martin (James Bond car) 34 Like air in a windowless room
Summer fair in Vancouver
Cloth covered hair elastic 39 Aunt in "Arsenic and Old Lace," e.g. 42 Big racket 44 "Starving" career choice 45 rug (dance)
Cape Breton fiddler MacIsaac 47 Paperless 'zines
Egyptian king until 1952 49 "Which do you prefer, coffee ___?"
Electronics co. bought by Sony 56 SASE insert in an invitation
Particle with a plus or minus 59 Vowel's value in Scrabble 60 Newborns' stats: Abbr.
Christmas conspiracyBy Trevor Hutchinson Contributing Editor
Yeah. It’s Christmas time again. Even saying it pains me. Christmas is just not my thing, and not because my vegetarian tofurkey is almost as bad as it sounds.
But there are kids in my house and huge swaths of the last three years have sucked beyond measure. So I am starting to wrap my head around ac cepting, no, embracing hideous decorations and overblown consumerism. You know, for the children (who call me the Grinch at home).
But then I started talking to some of the Freedumb conspiracy folks online. And boy, I thought the New World Order was scary, with all the track ing chips in the mandatory vaccines. It turns out that Christmas is pretty messed up.
It’s not like I wasn’t already skeptical. If there’s one thing I learned during my B.A. in religious studies and later theology school it’s that Jesus was most likely born in July (according to most biblical scholars). I’d always passed this fact off as part of my religion taking over and Christianizing celebrations in the pagan calendar, because that’s my religion's thing, historically.
Turns out that factoid is just the tip of the Christmas conspiracy iceberg!
Take Santa for example. The dude has a naughty list, which is basically a list of little future freedom fighters who refuse to comply with tyranny.
But the sheeple kids, after succumbing to all the mainstream media brainwash ing, will be given stuff magically for free. This teaches socialism and therefore satanism.
And the socialist puppet masters don’t even try to hide it. Santa is literally an anagram of Satan. Satan goes down to the fiery pit, Santa goes down the chim ney to the fireplace. They both wear red. I mean come on people, open your eyes!
And that star on the top of the tree? It’s a freaking aiming mechanism for the Illuminati’s space lasers. And “ho ho ho”? Clearly a celebration of hedonism! Santa goes around the world? Impossi ble! The earth is flat.
Wait, what? Okay, that was close. And exactly how disinformation campaigns work. They take someone with griev ances (in my case the monetization of affection, the people being nice one day a year, fruitcake) and take them down a rabbit hole of nonsense. Next thing you know, there’s no tinfoil for the tofurkey because you used it all making your hat.
So I’ll just go back to trying to like Christmas. I’ll give thanks that my family is not relying on toy drives and food banks like it was just six short years ago. I’ll celebrate that people from all walks of life — if only at one time of year — try to help others less fortunate. I’ll say a prayer for the lonely and all the others who find this time of year difficult. I’ll welcome the good wishes of strangers.
So whatever it means or doesn’t mean to you, from my family to yours, Merry Christmas.
Q & A
with Shakir Rehmatullah
Q: What are FLATO’s plans for purpose built rentals in Lindsay?
Shakir: FLATO Developments is committed to building affordable housing and purpose-built rentals for seniors in East Lindsay. 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 purpose-built rentals for seniors. FLATO is committed to working with munic ipal officials, the community, and various stakeholders as we bring our vision to life in a vibrant area with a rich history. We are community builders who believe in creat ing master planned communities that serve the needs of everyone, and we are proud to be a part of the Kawartha Lakes community.
Shakir: FLATO has a long history of serving the communi ties we are in and is committed to working with members to ensure the location of buildings and amenities pro posed are what the community needs. FLATO has been active in the Lindsay community recently, seeking input from its members which will be taken into consideration throughout the planning process. For any comments and questions about FLATO’s vision in Lindsay please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
REHMATULLAH PRESIDENT Flato Developments
Q: What will the process look like to ensure community needs are met?