The Lindsay Advocate - May 2024

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Kawartha Lakes’ Premier News Magazine • May 2024 The ‘greige’ colour trend overtakes decor and babies Home sweet home: Local real estate demand climbs From wood to art: Kawartha Lakes carvers’ creations

A diagnosis of osteoarthritis had Erik wondering if he would ever get back to the activities that keep him young.

Fortunately, advanced services are available at his hometown hospital. Ross Memorial was the first hospital in Ontario to use the new hip replacement implant technology that got Erik back up and moving.

Now Erik can return to hockey, golf, and hiking the trails with his wife, Denise. From the birth of their daughters to their parents’ end of life care, the Ross has always been there for them. It’s why they support the RMH Foundation and raise funds for hospital needs.


As your locally owned clinic for almost three decades, Lindsay Ear Clinic is dedicated to serving Kawartha Lakes and Bobcaygeon. Our audiologists provide personalized solutions for hearing issues, vertigo, tinnitus, and advanced earwax concerns. Being independent allows us to prioritize your well-being with cutting-edge hearing aid technologies.

Your story is our priority, we’re here for you!


Having on-site audiologists is essential for personalized hearing care. We provide regular check-ups, tailored treatment plans, and care to enhance your overall well-being. Our dedicated professionals at Lindsay Ear Clinic ensure your hearing health journey is prioritized and personalized.

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The Advocate is published monthly & distributed through diverse businesses & locations throughout Kawartha Lakes & North Durham. We are a proud member of the Lindsay & District, Fenelon Falls & Bobcaygeon Chambers of Commerce.

Fireside Publishing House family of magazines is independent and 100% local, based in the Kawartha Region.

Publisher: Roderick Benns

Editor/Business Development:

Rebekah McCracken

City + Online Editor:

Ian McKechnie

Contributing Editor:

Trevor Hutchinson


Kirk Winter

Ginny Colling

Denise Waldron

Amanda Tayles

Geoff Coleman

Evelyn Currie

Art Direction + Design:

Barton Creative Co.

Christina Dedes


Sienna Frost

Geoff Coleman

Web Developer:

Kimberly Durrant

Printed By: Maracle Inc.

Please send editorial inquiries to Roderick Benns at or by calling 705-341-1496.

Send advertising inquiries to Rebekah McCracken at or by calling 705-328-5188, or to Cara Baycroft at 905-431-4638.

Some say this boring colour trend started in the early 1980s. feature 14 cover 20

Housing market getting busy again, but not everyone can get in.

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Wood carvers say patience is a virtue when it comes to this hobby.


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In 1855, The Lindsay Advocate was the very first newspaper in town. Now, more than a century and a half later, we have been proud to carry on that tradition in our city since 2018. As your local ‘paper of record‘ in magazine format, we take this responsibility seriously. Thank you for putting your trust in us as we work with you to strengthen our community.

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carvers find their creative passion.
Photo: Geoff Coleman.


the editor

Rabgey family appreciates Advocate support

Re: Building a stronger future for Tibet (April Advocate).

On behalf of our family and everyone part of the Machik community in the Kawartha area, thank you to Ian McKechnie and The Lindsay Advocate for sharing our collective story. We are especially grateful that you featured our parents in such a beautiful way. The response of the Lindsay community to their life-long efforts has been deeply heartening for all of us.

So thank you for giving us all a chance to connect and communicate through the pages of the Advocate! Your publication has been an astonishing contribution to the community. Through every issue, you have opened new windows and created new possibilities that has made life in our community stronger and ever more vibrant.

— Dr. Losang Rabgey and Dr. Tashi Rabgey

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“A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding.”

Carbon tax and rural areas

The carbon tax disproportionately affects rural communities and farmers. That fact is no secret. Revenue Canada acknowledges rural communities are disproportionately disadvantaged by the tax.

It is doubtful taxing carbon use will have any but the most negligible impact on extreme weather and species’ extinctions so long as the entitled continue to purchase carbon expenditures, wars continue to trash the environment, and global powers disagree on a common fiction around which to organize a united effort.

There may be no getting back to the garden except through conflagration. Humankind may be approaching the end of our dominance on planet earth.  Some of us will survive but we may well lose significant numbers and almost certainly our power. What can we do then, in the face of such chaotic uncertainty? Whatever remains after earth is absorbed by the sun will remain regardless of anything we do today. Live well and be kind.

Thank you from the Fenelon Falls Grannies for Grannies

To everyone who came out to support our Musicathon Event on Saturday April 6 at St. James Anglican Church in Fenelon Falls, we appreciate your support.A special shout-out to performer Trevor Hutchinson who made our Musicathon his first stop on a three-studio, six-city tour, promoting his new vinyl EP called Fenelon Falls 4/Bobcaygeon 0. Thank you to the more than 100 local musicians who came out to play at our six-hour continuous musical event. And thank you to our sponsors, including the Rotary Club of Fenelon Falls and the Legacy C.H.E.S.T. Fund through Kawartha Lakes. More than $4,000 was raised for the Stephen Lewis Foundation, Grandmothers Campaign.

The Advocate welcomes your letters. We do not publish anonymous letters unless it’s a matter of public importance and/or someone risks harm by writing us. We publish under strict guidelines & only if we can verify the person’s identity. Simply email Keep your letters to 200 words or less.


Get rid of two years of Kindergarten and fund classrooms better says reader

As a long-retired teacher, vice-principal, and principal, I took particular interest in Kirk Winter’s article in the April Advocate, “The Teacher Crisis.” Winter identifies two major areas of concern: lack of support from parents and administrators, and lack of funding. The former can be traced to a culture in society that places the pupil above the teacher. But as for lack of funding, that can be easily overcome – eliminate Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten. Put the financial resources released from that to better use. Accept the OSSTF’s recommendations to fully fund the classroom to keep up with inflation, and to put more staffing in place to deal with student violence before it occurs.

Back when I started school in the 1940s, there was no such thing as Kindergarten, at least not in rural areas. We managed not only to survive, but to thrive in the educational system of the day. The elimination of Kindergarten would necessitate more funding for daycare, with far less cost per child, with no significant reduction in outcome. Dedicated teachers will continue to overcome the many challenges they face. Hang in there, guys, you have our full support.

We don’t want Fenelon Falls to be a ‘dying town’

Re: Making Fenelon Falls bigger is not what reader wants (March Advocate). Doing things well is the answer, not hiding from development. We need housing, so let’s build the mix of housing people need. We need a downtown that thrives on new entrepreneurs to maintain the kind of town we enjoy. We need improved and expanded infrastructure, so let’s increase tax revenue by letting people move here. All this requires local vigilance and good ideas, yes. Anything else looks to me like a dying town. Who will be here when our older existing population is gone, and those who would have liked to move here have had to go elsewhere?

ORV decision does not align with city’s own strategic plan, says reader

Despite multiple deputations from Lindsay residents showing how ORVs have violated bylaws, despite verifiable evidence that the complaints process was inadequate because of difficulty in reporting or confusion about how to report complaints, despite the medical officer of health having advised council against ORV road use because of safety concerns in a presentation prior to the pilot and despite the city solicitor advising council against approving ORVs on roads for risk management reasons, council nevertheless ignored that and voted to allow ORVs on designated Kawartha Lakes roads. Green Trails Alliance believes this is a mistake.

This does not align with the city’s own strategic plan. ORVs negatively impact the first and second priorities of the plan -- a Healthy Environment and an Exceptional Quality of Life, with their noise, emissions, chasing away animals and speed. There is no incremental contribution to the third priority, a Vibrant & Growing Economy, in allowing ORVs on Lindsay streets.

To better align with these strategic priorities, we recommend that council promote active transportation activity on all trails in Lindsay. Council should do this by designating the Victoria Rail Trail from Victoria Avenue all the way to Ken Reid as active transportation (non-motorized) only.


Dragon Flies looking for new members

The local Dragon Flies Breast Cancer Survivor Group formed in 2002 to help breast cancer survivors through their journey. They have raised approximately $1.5 million for area hospitals, including Ross Memorial, Port Perry Hospital and Lakeridge Health Oshawa (where most members go for treatment).

Upcoming fundraisers are their Mother’s Day cupcake drive, pick up on May 10-11, as well as a gigantic yard sale on May 17-18. They will accept yard sale donations on May 16. All events are held at their clubhouse at 970 Eldon Rd., Oakwood, next to the paramedic building (old fire hall).

If you wish to attend an event, become a member or order cupcakes, contact Jo-Anne Forson at 705-341-1549. Visit for more information.

Matthew Rae, parliamentary assistant to the minister of municipal affairs and housing, announced Ontario is providing Kawartha Lakes with more than $1.5 million in funding through the Building Faster Fund. The municipality broke ground on 431 new housing units last year. Photo: Sienna Frost.


Mark Mitchell retiring as chief of police

Kawartha Lakes Police Services chief Mark Mitchell is retiring after six years in the role. A veteran police officer of more than 35 years, Mitchell began his career with the Peel Regional Police Service and joined the local force in 1990. Many local residents will remember when he was seconded by the RCMP’s International Peace Operations branch, a role that saw him travel to Kandahar, Afghanistan, in 2009 to train Afghan police officers. In a 2019 interview with the Advocate, Mitchell emphasized the importance of progressive policing that is connected with the community at every turn. Mitchell will be succeeded by Kirk Robertson, who for the last several years has served as an inspector with KLPS. A formal change-in-command ceremony will take place in August.

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McHappy Day supports sick children and their families

McHappy Day is celebrating its 30th year on Wednesday May 8. This annual event is hosted by McDonald’s restaurants across Canada to support Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) and other local children’s charities.

A portion of the proceeds from all food and beverage purchases on McHappy Day will help more than 25,000 families with sick children annually through RMHC – including families here in Kawartha Lakes. Join Neal and Tanvi Bhatt, owner/operators of both the Lindsay and Beaverton locations and supervisor Dawn Cox (far left), as well as their entire staff on May 8 to support this fundraiser.

New face at Team Advocate

Keely Ross joins Fireside Publishing House as of May 1 as a summer intern. The second year Sheridan College journalism student graduates this September. She will be writing for The Lindsay Advocate, Kawartha Social, and The Business Advocate, in addition to helping with social media.

Ross was born and raised in Oshawa but moved to Lindsay when she was 16 and finished high school at LCVI. “I’ve always had a passion for writing, whether that be creative writing or academic writing,” she says.

One day Ross hopes to work at a fashion or beauty magazine or work her way up to “assistant director of a news show.”

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Photo: Sienna Frost.

Owners Tessa Lang-Larson, Christa LeCraw, and Tanya Pounder.

New holistic health care centre in Bobcaygeon

The Well Body Group in Fenelon Falls has now expanded to Bobcaygeon. Owners Tessa Lang-Larson, Christa LeCraw, and Tanya Pounder say the new clinic was created “to meet the need in the community for collaborative holistic healthcare.”

The Well Body Group in Fenelon Falls only opened in April of 2023, with the Bobcaygeon expansion coming just one year later. The Bobcaygeon location, at 147 Main St., was named The Well Body Group Family Centre. It will offer most of the same services that are currently offered in Fenelon Falls, including massage therapy, osteopathy, acupuncture, and counselling therapy.

Additionally, this location will have more specialized care for families and children including: prenatal and postpartum care, infant and pediatric osteopathy, child and family counselling, post-partum counselling, group parenting classes, and art therapy. All services offered are eligible for direct insurance billing.

For more information about The Well Body Group or to book an appointment, you can call 705-887-1795 or visit

Matt Geraghty

Matty G Digital turns five

Matt Geraghty of Matty G Digital is celebrating its five-year anniversary. First, an episode of the new Matty G Podcast will be released on the fifth day of every month, starting May 5 with Sheila and Tim from British Empire Fuels. Second, Matty G Digital is hosting five events throughout the year including 2 Easy Ways to Get Found on Google, 3 Simple Tips for Making Money with Email, Digital Marketing Guide for Non-Profits, 5 Tips to Improve Your Social Media Marketing, and Demystifying Marketing Myths (which are all available on Eventbrite). Geraghty says he is “grateful for the support” he feels the business has had from the beginning. “I landed on my feet quickly and I do not believe that I could have gone this far in another community, as this one really embraced and supported me right away.” The marketer says his main message for potential clients is that “taking your livelihood into your own hands is as risky as relying on an employer’s success.”

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Flato Academy Theatre needs ongoing city support

The arts are fundamental to our lives. They enrich us, reflect our society, and even urge us to be better human beings.

The arts are also big business. In 2022, there were 165,000 people employed in the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector in Ontario. In Kawartha Lakes, according to the city, every dollar of municipal investment in culture generates somewhere between $3.70 and $11.70 for the community.

The city knows how important culture is to our local economy. It has done an admirable job promoting it, especially over the last few years. Why then, does it not regularly fund the most obvious cultural gem in Kawartha Lakes’ tourism crown – the Flato Academy Theatre?

Almost 90 per cent of community theatres in Ontario are supported by their municipal government, as mentioned by Academy staff at their recent annual general meeting.

Yes, the city made a $20,000 one-time grant to the Academy in 2023 (with applications open to all arts, culture and heritage organizations in the municipality.) And the latest grant announcements, whereby arts organizations can apply for money, has stringent caps. But one-off grants are different from getting an actual line item in the budget.

Other arts organizations like Globus Theatre, Grove Theatre, or the Kawartha Art Gallery, are just as worthy and need funding too – the Academy can’t have it all. And yet the Academy’s sheer size must be considered.

Back in 2019, then-Mayor Andy Letham said a good first start for the theatre to be regularly funded in the city budget would be to create “a solid business plan.”

I think that day has arrived, with the

theatre showing growth and stability. In 2022 the Academy had a surplus of $5,000 and in 2023 it was $37,000. Things are looking up.

Partly that’s due to some help from Flato Developments, but also because the theatre is investing in its programming. But Flato’s help of $75,000 a year is misunderstood by the public, in some ways. This money basically keeps the lights on. It has been important money, but it is not money to grow the theatre’s capacity to do more, or to handle all aspects of its vast physical infrastructure needs.

Almost 90 per cent of community theatres in Ontario are supported by their municipal government, as mentioned by Academy staff at their recent annual general meeting.

Academy Chair Mike Piggott points out that Showcase in Peterborough has received more than $2.2 million from the city there, over 20 years. And Market Hall in Peterborough also receives financial support from the municipality.

The city loves to show off the Academy’s image (and that of our other arts venues) on its marketing materials, and rightly so. Theatre attracts people not only to visit, but ultimately to relocate, knowing there is top-notch entertainment on our doorstep.

Now we just need to see the monetary support from the city that backs up their faith in our key cultural assets, such as the 131-year-old Academy.

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Then say hello to your little friends...

Flato investments have helped community

Tall Poppy Syndrome. That’s what Australians and New Zealanders call the cultural phenomenon that occurs when people who attain prominence face criticism or resentment. The inclination is then to cut the poppy down to size.

If local chatter is to be believed, Shakir Rehmatullah, president of Flato Developments, is the biggest poppy of all that needs trimming.

The biggest complaint is that his name is “everywhere.” And by that people mainly mean the Flato Academy Theatre, and to a lesser extent, the ambulatory care centre at Ross Memorial Hospital and the main foyer at Fleming College’s Frost Campus.

Flato has made significant contributions to the community, especially:

• $3 million to Ross Memorial Hospital for the digital transformation of patient care and the enhancement of services.

• $1.2 million to Fleming College’s Frost Campus in Lindsay.

• $1.375 million over 15 years to the Academy Theatre in Lindsay, which is now called the Flato Academy Theatre.

Gaining naming rights is a normal business practice. Are these complainers aware of Quaker Foods Urban Park in downtown Peterborough? Are they aware of Miskin Law Community Complex on Lansdowne Street in the same city? We can pretend we don’t live in a capitalistic world, but that would be Pollyanna at best.

Does this mean one can’t be in opposition to Flato and other developers for policy-oriented reasons? Of course not. There’s ample concern for lost farmland, for instance. However, Flato can only build where they are permitted to do so, which is a municipal decision.

This builder could have just laid out his plans to build more homes here, and it would certainly have been met with favour from the council of the day. After all, we are desperate for more housing. He didn’t need to invest in this community, shoring up healthcare, education, and the arts through three of our most important institutions. The fact that he did is to our advantage – and to his credit.

Midwives article appreciated

Thank you for the great article about midwives and the work being completed in Kawartha Lakes. In Kawartha Lakes, midwives are part of a team of Family Medicine Physicians and Obstetricians who also provide primary care and positive birthing experiences to birthing parents and families. We are honoured to work collaboratively with this team in which each has a scope of practice with some differences for lowrisk pregnancies and births.

Ross Memorial Hospital (RMH) is the local hospital where midwives, registered nurses, family medicine physicians and obstetricians all work together to provide a calm birthing experience to each and every patient. As a team, we work together in a very welcoming and collegial way.

The team is well trained and makes continuous efforts to improve the patient experience while providing high quality care. RMH accommodates labour, delivery and post partum in one room with a sleep chair for the partner and private bathroom in each room. This means a patient doesn’t move between rooms or needs to share a room.

For anyone wishing to learn more about the hospital experience at RMH, visit the website and watch the video and get a sense of the hospital. If you are concerned about the decreasing number of midwives being educated in Ontario or have been declined for care due to a practice being full, please contact your local MPP and express your concern and need.

— Catha McMaster, RM, Kirsten Schmidt-Chamberlain, RM, Zoe Haslam, RM, Partners Midwives of Lindsay and the Lakes/ Monarch Midwives in Cannington

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Agree to Disagree

New houses avoid old problems

I don’t watch too many horror films but I have never seen blood dripping down the walls of a new house.

Even if a guy in a goalie mask carrying a chainsaw isn’t a concern in your old house, Hollywood tells us that ghosts might be. But ghosts are only old people in old houses –no one has ever said, “I saw her in the laundry room of my bungalow. She was a stylish young mom carrying an iPhone 14.”

Old houses, which sound too much like outhouses, can’t compete with the convenience, safety, and improved building science that comes with a new build. I’m not saying there needs to be 800 of them built in Fenelon Falls, but they are the better option.

Afterall, no one buys a lot and builds their dream home using old, cracking lumber for the framing, puts in a plumbing system that scalds shower-takers when someone runs water in the kitchen, and installs a grand total of one ungrounded electrical outlet per room with wiring connections that make it look like an improvised incendiary device.

And when buying a new house, you don’t have to decode the real estate ad. You don’t see terms like “rustic charm” (you will hear bats crawling in the uninsulated spaces between studs that may be 24 inches apart. Or 19. Or 27. But probably all three). Or, “vintage style” (the paint definitely contains lead, and that’s asbestos around all the heating ducts).

After spending much of the last year helping renovate an 1850s house, I can see their appeal, but that experience also convinced me a 2024 model is the way to go.

The owner of Vogue, GQ, the New Yorker and website Reddit probably agrees with me. That’s Donald Newhouse.

No Oldhouse ever amounted to anything.

— Geoff Coleman is a regular contributor to the Advocate.

Old homes make the best new memories

On the surface, I should be the last person on earth defending the honour of living in old houses. If there’s a household repair issue that needs attention, do not call me. I have the combined handyman skills of a legume and a lurching toddler wielding a Fisher Price hammer.

But here I am, finding myself living in a house that was erected just a few years after Sir John A. Macdonald signed the British North America Act.

My house has character, though. Way more character than those fancy cookie cutters in Jennings Creek or Sugarbush.

And yes, admittedly, realtors sometimes use the word ‘character’ to mean they’re not quite sure how it’s still standing. And yet anyone who visits my old house implies it has a certain je ne sais quoi. (Even the bilingual folks who actually know what that means.)

If your back deck is bigger than your back lawn, you know you have a new home. If you open your curtains on your upper floor bedroom window and look out onto a sea of roofs and fences, you are, unfortunately, a new-homer.

If you must walk for your mail to one of those soulless boxes at the edge of your neighbourhood, you have succumbed to the cult of New.

Know where I go for my mail? My front porch. I open my door and it’s just there, thanks to my friendly mail carrier. I sometimes wave to him as he makes his rounds. It’s so darn neighbourhoodish it’s like a Mr. Rogers-Mr. Dressup mashup.

And my yard…my yard is a real yard! There’s enough room to kick a soccer ball without it hitting your fence and smacking you back in the face, which I’m sure is a thing in New Springdale.

So choose new for your toothbrush. But for your home, choose character by finding the perfect older home.

— Roderick Benns is the owner of Fireside Publishing House.

Uncolour your world

Do you ever sense we inhabit a realm akin to a dystopian fiction novel or film where our surroundings are dominated by a palette of greys, whites, beiges, and greiges — colours so bland and inoffensive they render our living spaces monotonous and subdued?

Purchasing flooring, bedding, furniture, fashion, and vehicles in vibrant colours has become increasingly impossible. Prior to the 1990s, consumers enjoyed a wide array of colour choices for these items. However, the emergence of the “sad beige” trend has significantly subdued society’s colour preferences. This trend has even influenced the way babies are dressed, with some parents opting for gender-neutral colours in their attire, nursery designs, and toy selections.

Some say this boring colour trend started around 1984 as people were trying to survive the recession. Investors started buying inexpensive, sometimes dilapidated, or outdated homes, painting them neutral colours, providing a refresh and then “flipping” the home for profit.

Peter Witt is the broker of record at Fenelon Falls Real Estate. His first dealing with flippers was 40 years ago. He had clients that had one set of neutral furniture and would buy a house needing updating. He notes, they would live in the house, which they stripped of individuality and colour. The flip

would take about a year. He said the home was bankable as, “it looked like a show home.” Eventually, it was so profitable that the couple flipped homes for a living. He says, as a flipper, if you “got into bright colours,” you could turn away a lot of potential buyers.

Industry pushes for constant change to create a demand for many colours and for consumers to “keep up with the Joneses.” Despite this, people haven’t been biting, instead, choosing to embrace all things “greige.”

How many times have you lost your vehicle in a parking lot due to drab rows upon rows of grey, taupe, white and black autos? Unless you are buying a luxury vehicle, your choice of colour is usually limited to “greyscale” shades with the most popular being, white, black and grey, according to iSeeCars for 2023.

Vehicles aren’t the only product where consumers are paying more for colour. Large appliances and smaller items such as stand mixers are priced differently for special colours. They are often rotated out making them seem more valuable.

While trends in fashion, toys and home decor come and go, the beige baby aesthetic is undeniable. A quick search on TikTok shows a plethora of videos on how to paint Little Tykes or Fisher Price plastic toys in muted tones. The movement swaps

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How real estate colours affected children’s fashion

traditional primary colours and pastels with shades such as cream, bone and sand.

How did the house flipping colour trend gradually influence babies and toddlers even after four decades? Some parents say neutral coloured clothing frees children from social expectations based on sex. Others express neutral colours are a balm in the midst of chaos in our busy, overstimulated world.

For parents whose homes, decor and fashion are dictated by the neutral tones, some posit dressing their babies the same way is an extension of their good taste.

For a Lindsay mother of two, Nicole McLaughlin-Norris, regular colourful children’s clothing doesn’t align with her morals. She finds girl’s clothing sexualized.

“The shorts are tighter and shorter. And they don’t offer a ton of coverage and the fabric is not as durable.” She adds gender neutral colour and styled clothes tend to be well-made and offer generous sizing as well. “They’re kind of like a one size fits all. It just makes the playing field even.”

The flip side, she says, is the boys clothing is masculine with dinosaur and construction themes and mud-coloured and grey. She questions the absence of boys’ clothing adorned with floral patterns or girls’ attire showcasing themes like bugs, construction, or heavy equipment. “We’re kind of stuck in the past of stereotypical boy and girl roles.”

With a three-year-old daughter and a seven-month son, McLaughlin-Norris and her husband Matt, did not find out the sex of the children before birth as they felt they would be inundated with stereotypical baby clothing.

When buying clothes for her toddler daughter, the outdoor education program officer, says she does not want to be part of fast fashion culture, with an eye to purchases that can be passed onto her son —noting it’s expensive. “I don’t need to be buying brand new clothes for kids every year.”

McLaughlin-Norris says she does not want to hurt people’s feelings, noting it is often Boomers who eschew the beige trend and gift stereotypical, colourful, gendered clothing. “I’m pretty vocal about how I want my children to dress.”

She says she is shocked as, “we’re still stuck in this very narrow view of how a little boy should act and how a little girl should act. And that’s reflected in their clothing,” noting when her children are old enough, “they get to make their own choices.”

Colleen Trask is a supervisor at children’s clothing store Carter’s, in Lindsay. She has worked at the store for five years and says the inventory of neutral coloured baby and tots clothing has increased every year.

“I’ve noticed a trend.” Trask says the neutral colours makes it easier for people to buy clothing, noting more couples are choosing not to know the sex of their unborn child beforehand.

As for the rest of the sad beige trend, colour seems to be making a reappearance with Benjamin Moore choosing brighter

Benjamin Moore, a well-known paint manufacturer, is trying to buck the ‘greige’ trend by making Blue Nova its 2024 colour of the year.

colours of the year with 2022 showcasing a shade of green, in 2023 a coral-tinged pink and this year a blue-violet mix.

Regarding the 40-year-old trend of colourless home flipping, it seems to be on the decline. Evan Connolly, a realtor at Birdhouse Realty in Lindsay, notes that house flipping is currently not a popular trend. With starter homes in Kawartha Lakes and the Peterborough region priced at more than $500,000, it is generally no longer considered a viable means of making money.

Connolly explains that some investors opt to purchase prebuilt homes directly from a builder, anticipating that the property will appreciate in value during the one or two years it takes for completion, enabling them to sell it without the need for any renovations or painting.

His advice for choosing colours with an eye to resale someday, is to choose what you like, noting some buyers like colour and others prefer neutral so they can leave it, or paint it whatever colour they want.

“I don’t think there’s a negative in either case.”

The gender-neutral colours and styles for babies and tots are not likely to go away anytime soon. Trask says clothing stores, “are doing more of integrating the lines so that it’s not clear cut (about) what’s boys and what’s girls.” LA


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Vince Killen, of Launch Kawartha and Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation, was named Business Leader of the Year. He is pictured, left, with Mark Torrey, chairperson of the board.

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Spring real estate market to surge, say local realtors

Affordable homes still needed in Kawartha Lakes for first time homebuyers

After only modest residential, cottage and commercial property sales in the second half of 2023, Kawartha Lakes real estate professionals are looking forward to a more robust 2024 spring and summer market, expected to be fueled by a Bank of Canada lending rate cut in the spring.

Evan Connolly, realtor with Birdhouse Realty, John Harris, realtor with Bowes and Cocks Realty and Shannon Timbers, owner of Exit Realty Sunset Brokerage and director at large for the Central Lakes Association of Realtors (CLAR) that represents all agents across a broad swath of central Ontario and cottage country, are excited for the possibility of improved sales this year.

After 10 consecutive interest rate hikes over the last 24 months, relief may be on the horizon. Robert Hogue, the assistant chief economist at Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), told BNN Bloomberg the rate reductions are coming with one expected before summer and perhaps another at year end.

“Things have picked up a bit,” Hogue told Canadian Press in another March interview, “but the market is still slow. Affordability is a huge issue. We think until you get the Bank of Canada cutting rates, which we think will start mid-year, you are unlikely to see the market really pick up from a meaningful perspective.”

Locally, agents are already starting to see some of the increased interest by buyers and sellers detected by Hogue.

“There is a lot of inventory,” Connolly confirmed. “People are interested but they are looking for affordability. Inventory has been impacted by population growth.”

“The market is starting off looking better than 2023,” Connolly said. “There are serious buyers out and about. People are waiting for interest rates to drop and they want to get into the market when that happens.”

When asked what kind of rate drop from the Bank of Canada would be needed to return confidence to the real estate market, Connolly suggested that even a cut of 50 basis points (or ½ of a per cent) would bring the rate closer to the 4.5 per cent overnight rate commonplace in the first six months of 2023 “when sales activity and prices across Canada were still trending up.”

Harris also believes that 2024 holds the promise of being a better year. “Sales are set to increase,” Harris said, “as interest rates ease.”

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Timbers added optimistically that the spring market “is noticeably more active than usual, with an earlier onset, and appears very promising. Sales in February jumped 6.3 per cent and we haven’t seen numbers like that in ages.”

She said that “sky-high mortgage rates” are really putting a damper on things for a lot of folks wanting to buy.

“There are a bunch of potential homebuyers who are just watching from the sidelines right now,” Timbers said.

Assuming the Bank of Canada does finally start to trim its trend-setting interest rates, the Advocate wondered if there is enough inventory to meet the pent-up demand that seems to be out there.

All three agents noted there is adequate inventory available across Kawartha Lakes, spurred by more than 1,000 new home builds that will theoretically be on the market by the end of 2024, but that one particular type of home is in short supply: those that are deemed affordable to first-time homebuyers and young people still early in their homeownership journey.

“There is a lot of inventory,” Connolly confirmed. “People are interested but they are looking for affordability. Inventory has been impacted by population growth.”

Timbers agreed that there are not enough lower priced homes on the market and “that most folks are on the hunt for something a bit more on the affordable side.”

Harris adds that “inventory still continues to be a problem, especially affordable housing.”

When asked more specifically what kind of homes the bulk of buyers are looking for, all three agents focused on cost.

Harris said there are still buyers looking to scale up or scale down and some looking for a more rural setting, but the bulk of his buyers “are looking for something they can afford, particularly first-time buyers.”

Timbers said the local market is currently quite varied, “so pretty much anyone can find something that will fit their budgets and how they want to live. People are looking for places where they can feel part of the community and where there is natural beauty just outside their door.”

Timbers also made clear that she has many clients “who are looking for houses that don’t break the bank.”

Connolly added that his buyers are looking for homes under $500,000 that can be turned into income/rental properties or bungalows under $600,000 that are attractive for both seniors to downsize and young families just looking to start.

When asked if the Kawartha Lakes real estate market is still driven by the exodus of people leaving the GTA that kicked into overdrive during the pandemic, all three responded affirmatively.

“Absolutely, it is a clear and growing trend,” Timbers said. “Families are making decisions to relocate to the Kawartha Lakes region. They are drawn by the allure of a quieter more serene lifestyle, yet they remain tethered to their urban work

commitments, willing to navigate the daily commute back to the city.”

Connolly agreed, noting the GTA has a “huge impact locally with many people working remotely. The extension of the 407 and improvements to the 35/115 have many people considering retirement in Kawartha Lakes.”

Harris said he has “a strong number of customers coming from the GTA who are buying newly constructed homes ‘on spec.’ The re-sale on these properties has not been strong so a lot of them are getting rented out.”

The Cottage Market

When asked about what the future holds for the all-important Kawartha Lakes cottage market, there was a difference of opinion between the agents.

“Families are making decisions to relocate to the Kawartha Lakes region. They are drawn by the allure of a quieter more serene lifestyle, yet they remain tethered to their urban work commitments, willing to navigate the daily commute back to the city.”

“Cottage country sales have slowed partially because of the ridiculous prices that the waterfront market reached,” Harris said. “Generally, waterfront is a second property and is financed with discretionary income. With the wild nature of the market, financing has become more difficult on these properties.”

Connolly said that even though a year-round property on the Trent/Severn system with clean waterfront can command a million dollars today, one of the real problems facing agents is high demand and low supply of cottage properties for sale. Despite high interest rates and generally a requirement by financiers for a 30 per cent down payment on resort properties, Connolly said buyers are finding a way to get into the market by renting their cottages during the summer months. “Buyers are using their cottages six to eight weeks per season as income producing properties,” Connolly said, “and this has made it easier for some buyers to get into the market.”

Timbers is looking forward to another busy cottage sales season noting that Kawartha Lakes “is a favourite for families seeking a summer get away. It is an area renowned for its cottage life, pristine lakes and boating adventures.”


Commercial Real Estate

The all-important commercial real estate market is also showing signs of picking up in anticipation of the Bank of Canada making the cost of borrowing less expensive. Harris said there is currently enough serviced property for his commercial and industrial clients “but that there has been a steady turnover in units recently due to current economic conditions.”

Connolly predicts a bright future for commercial availability and sales as newly approved spaces like at the corner of Highway 35 and Colborne Street and on Thunderbridge Road come to fruition.

With regard to available commercial property, Connolly said that a shortage of parking in the “historical downtown is a huge issue” that needs to be addressed. Connolly also encourages his investors to do their due diligence before entering the residential rental market as a landlord.

Timbers said the availability of commercial property “may vary based on current listings and market conditions.”

Harris and Connolly both believe that the municipality and school board need to get infrastructure built where and when it is needed.

“The 6,500 homes that Kawartha Lakes has agreed to build will really help,” Connolly said. “Its great. But having parks, schools and the rollout of services available will be important.”

Top 5 largest neighbourhoods in Kawartha Lakes for expected new builds

Subdivisions (all Lindsay)

Kingsmen/Sugarwood (near Wilson Fields): 165 single detached units and 164 townhouse units

Tribute: An estimated 200 units in 2024

Bromont (Gateway): Lindsay St. S/Hwy 7 –

Estimated 100-150 units in late 2024

Hygge (Fernbrook): Lindsay St N – Estimated 30-60 units in 2024

Regis: Alcorn Drive – Estimated 30-60 units in 2024

Flato: Hwy 36 – 113 townhouse units draft approved

*excluding recent applications still under review, though this adds several hundred more units across Lindsay, Fenelon Falls and Bobcaygeon.

– Leah Barrie, Director of Development Services, Kawartha Lakes

Timbers would like to see the reduction and loosening up of “some of the building rules so more houses could be built and (with more supply) prices might cool down.”

Connolly added that there needs to be “big creative ideas” to solve the problems preventing people from getting into homes that include lowering closing costs and increasing the supply of skilled labour to power the construction industry right across the province.

“I want to see messaging change at the high schools regarding the trades,” Connolly said. “We need to give employers incentives to take apprentices on and make trades training more affordable.”

He also believes it is time to rethink the provincial land transfer tax, which “despite its best intensions has contributed to skyrocketing closing costs.” The tax, payable by the buyer at the time of sale, amounts to $6,400 in additional costs on the sale of a property worth $500,000, and only grows exponentially with the increase of the sale price.

Connolly praises the federal First Home Savings Account program that assists people in putting money away for a home purchase calling it a “good program.”

Timbers would like to see more programs in place “for younger folk and first-time homebuyers to help with downpayments.”

One thing the three realtors agree on is that all levels of government could be doing more to help get people into homes.




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Buying a waterfront property is a dream for many, offering a unique lifestyle that combines tranquility with breathtaking views. However, purchasing such real estate requires careful consideration due to the specific challenges and opportunities inherent to waterfront living. Whether you’re eyeing a serene lakefront retreat or a riverfront oasis, here’s what to look for when buying waterfront property.

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Location, Location, Location: As with any real estate investment, location reigns supreme. Consider the proximity to amenities, accessibility, and the overall appeal of the area. Evaluate factors such as the quality of the water, nearby recreational opportunities, and the potential for natural disasters like flooding. Additionally, research the local zoning laws and regulations to ensure compliance with any restrictions or development plans that could impact your property.

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and that they meet your requirements for modern living.

Environmental Considerations: Protecting the environment is crucial when purchasing waterfront property. Research the local ecosystem and any protected areas or wildlife habitats nearby. Be aware of potential environmental hazards such as erosion, pollution, or invasive species. Working with environmental consultants or local conservation organizations can help you understand the impact of your property on the surrounding ecosystem.

Insurance and Maintenance Costs: Owning waterfront property often entails higher insurance premiums and maintenance costs compared to inland properties. Factor these expenses into your budget to ensure you can afford the ongoing upkeep. Additionally, consider the cost of any repairs or improvements to the property, such as retaining wall maintenance or shoreline stabilization.

Views and Privacy: One of the primary attractions of waterfront property is the panoramic views it offers. Consider the orientation of the property to maximize exposure to sunrise or sunset views. Additionally, assess the level of privacy provided by neighboring properties and any obstructions that could impede your view. A secluded waterfront retreat offers a tranquil escape from the hustle of daily life.

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Use a local Bank or Mortgage Broker for your financing?

If readers take away any key points from this article, let it be these: Local banks and credit unions remain viable options for obtaining a mortgage, provided it aligns with your specific needs. Merely sticking with a bank out of brand loyalty, whether it’s been your institution for 15 years or a family tradition, isn’t reason enough to secure a mortgage there. What truly matters is receiving dependable service and competitive rates that match the market. In the Kawartha region, it’s prudent to seek guidance from both your bank and Kawartha Mortgage Group (KMG) when considering financing options. By evaluating service quality and tangible outcomes, you can make an informed decision about your mortgage provider.

What is a mortgage broker?

At their core, a mortgage broker is an individual with a vast network of lenders. In our case at KMG, we have relationships spanning over 140 banks, credit unions, trust companies, and other mortgage lenders. Mortgage brokers have the flexibility to source the most suitable mortgage solutions tailored to each client’s unique circumstances.

In the history of Canadian mortgages, mortgage brokers are a relatively recent

addition to the scene, having emerged over the past two decades as a great option for all homeowners. Contrary to common misconceptions, brokers aren’t exclusively for individuals with poor credit or the self employed. It’s time to dispel that myth surrounding this sector of the industry.

Is there a cost working with a mortgage broker?

In 2023 at KMG, a fee was charged 9 per cent of the time. Meaning that 91 per cent of our clients qualified for an institutional mortgage and therefore, fees were not required. Fees may be charged in certain situations; they are always disclosed upfront and only in the most challenging of circumstances. Modern communication channels further enhance the client experience with brokers. Gone are the days of bulky appointment booking processes and endless branch visits. Instead, clients can expect seamless interactions via text, social media, email, phone, and video meetings like Zoom, ensuring convenient and efficient communication every step of the way.

Why Kawartha Mortgage Group?

Our friends at local banks often face the challenge of juggling numerous responsibilities and sales targets, unlike our specialized team at KMG. Focused

solely on residential financing, we bring a wealth of expertise that guarantees a streamlined and personalized experience for each client with unbiased, professional guidance.

Transaction management is another area where our brokers excel. From realtors to appraisers, lawyers, and beyond, KMG ensures that all key stakeholders involved in the mortgage process are kept informed and engaged at every stage.

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Planning for the Future - Buying & Selling Real Estate

Here are a few points to plan more effectively for your next home purchase or sale.

Planning for Buyers First Home Savings Account

The First Home Savings Account (FHSA) is a great tool for younger, potential buyers to grow their savings.

A FHSA combines the benefits of a Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA) and a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP).

Potential buyers can contribute a maximum of $8,000 per year up to a maximum of $40,000 which is tax deductible from your income, similar to an RRSP.

When the funds are withdrawn towards the purchase of your first home, any gains made on the funds are also tax free like a TFSA.

Having your appliances and fixtures, such as your furnace, air conditioner, water treatment and septic systems inspected regularly shows buyers they are getting a quality home.

Mortgage Pre-Approval

No matter the state of the economy or interest rates, having your mortgage pre-approval will put you closer to getting your dream home.

The benefits of a mortgage pre-approval:

• Once a bank has verified your income, down payment and credit score the bank can sometimes offer a better interest rate than what the posted rates are

• The interest rate you’re approved for is locked in for 60 - 130 days depending on the lender

• If you are submitting an offer on a property where you are competing amongst other buyers you know your maximum purchase amount.

Planning for Sellers

Maintaining your Home

Many assume that to increase the value of your property one has to invest large sums of money in home improvements.

While upgrades to your home, such as new appliances, windows, roof and flooring are a highlight for many prospecting buyers there are cost effective alternatives.

Having your appliances and fixtures, such as your furnace, air conditioner, water treatment and septic systems inspected regularly shows buyers they are getting a quality home.

Keeping up to date on government rebates, incentives as well as financial products offered through banks for home improvements can help towards renovating your home.

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The Playbook: A Lawyer’s Role in a Fast-Paced Real Estate Market

Lawyers and specialized law clerks are an important part of the process when buying or selling real estate, and when getting a mortgage. The law firm will ensure that the property you purchase is not saddled with any debts that are not your responsibility. They will coordinate receiving money from you and your lender to pay for the home and transactional costs. We deal with any contractual disputes that arise with the other side of the transaction.

New realities in our market are increasing the proportion of transactions that involve multiple-owners (think parents and their adult children). Many real estate transactions are taking place in the context of relationship breakdown. These situations increase risk and complexity. It increases the need for the lawyer to be proactive and engaged with you and your file.

In addition, rising interest rates, rising property values and increased costs of living mean that consumers need to be more careful about expenses that are invested into legal processes. People can save themselves time, money, and stress

by involving a lawyer early in these processes, to work with you on strategic planning around these decisions.

Your lawyer can quarterback your engagement with other professionals. Having a strong network with real estate agents, mortgage brokers, financial professionals, appraisers, contractors and others that may become involved in your transaction helps clients. Decisions that are made, and the timing and

sequencing of these decisions, are important.

Our firm is seeing an increase in transactions involving friends, unmarried spouses, or multi-family situations purchasing property together because that is the only way they can get into (or stay in) the market. Too often, big decisions are being made under avoidable time crunches without clear expectations or long-term plans. Frequently the clients rely on goodwill alone (bad idea!) when there are unequal contributions to the purchase price, or unequal division of expenses after closing.

Lawyers can help clarify and communicate about these situations so that when it comes time to sell, or in the event of unforeseen changes, parties involved know the rules of engagement and expectations. This makes unravelling these situations easier and less costly.

If there is any chance you’re separating from a spouse, obtain advice from a family lawyer. The earlier you are getting educated on legal expectations, the better you can plan and often times the better the outcome. The way these situations are managed can determine whether the client is able to retain an ownership position in the market or forced to rent. While best avoided unless absolutely needed, there are unfortunately circumstances where court involvement is a necessary component of an effective legal strategy. As the late great David Gemmill would say, “You can solve any problem with the right Court Order.”

At Gemmill, Johnston and Jeffries PC, we are proactive lawyers. Our law clerks are experts in their area of law. We work hard for our clients to get things done. We know how to handle these situations to save clients money.

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Myth #1: Realtors Only Care About Closing Deals

Sure, closing deals is part of the job, but we pour our hearts into every transaction, listening to your needs, answering your questions, and guiding you every step of the way before, during, AND after the sale.

Myth #2: All Realtors Are the Same

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Myth #3: Realtors Make Easy Money

Being a Realtor is anything but easy money. We work hard (nearly 24-7), hustle harder, and sometimes our efforts go unnoticed because we are too busy to post the “messy” on the internet. Sometimes working full time (++) for days, weeks, and months with zero income. But seeing those smiles on our client’s faces? Priceless!

Myth #4: Realtors Only Work 9-5

Real estate doesn’t punch out at 5 pm; it’s a non-stop rollercoaster ride! We’re here for you round the clock, ready to tackle any curveball the real estate gods throw our way (ps- it is currently 11 pm).

Myth #5: You Don’t Need a Realtor to Buy or Sell a Home

Legally, you don’t need a realtor to buy or sell a home but having a realtor to walk you through the process has its fair share of benefits that make your process a breeze and help you avoid huge and potentially very expensive problems.

Myth #6: Realtors Aren’t Necessary in a Hot Market

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Myth #8: Realtors Only Care About Their Commission

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Myth #9: Realtors Will Pressure You to Buy or Sell

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Carving out some time

Local woodworkers bring nature to life

Aside from a pencil and paper drawing, it is hard to think of a more accessible art form than wood carving. With any knife and any piece of wood, the artistic process can begin. And, while some might argue carving is just a craft, a look at the work coming out of shops and studios around Kawartha Lakes says otherwise.

An impressive collection of works is in progress Tuesday mornings upstairs at the Lindsay Armoury when the Lindsay Seniors Carving Club meets. Started in 2008, the club operates under the umbrella of the Lindsay Seniors Club and has had as many as 45 participants.

President Roger McNutt points out that members enjoy many benefits. “There is a social side with dinners and barbecues, but the real advantage is being around other carvers who can show you a different approach to a problem, or loan you a tool to try out before buying.”

The club also maintains a library of resources ranging from books that distinguish between a cedar waxwing and a bohemian waxwing, to specific, technical, how-to articles.

And, the group periodically holds workshops with guest instructors who lead members through a specific carving project.

There are as many carving styles on display at meetings as

there are members, but Roy Madden favours a stylistic approach. He prefers working with knives only, and doesn’t paint his carvings, letting the natural wood colours and grain under a simple finish speak for itself.

Madden believes if “you don’t come to club, you don’t carve.” He started at a night class at a community college where he met good instructors and great carvers who’s ornate work could be found in local houses of worship. The biggest reward for him is the work itself. The end result is only part of the process.

“If you are making something as a gift, you are thinking of that person the entire time,” and heading to the carving area in the basement for “an hour” easily turns into three focused hours of undistracted thought. People pay good money to go to “mindfulness” retreats to achieve the same thing.

At the other end of the spectrum, Larry Jones – not one to join clubs of any kind – produces life-like representations of fish, birds and small animals in the privacy of his Bobcaygeon-adjacent studio. Local anglers and hunters may know him as a long-time professional taxidermist who formerly had a thriving shop near Dunsford.

He enjoyed the process of carving bodies and heads for traditional mounts and had carved his own working decoys for

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Above: Roger McNutt, above, says there’s a social side to carving.

Below: Larry Jones makes life-like representations of fish, birds and small animals in his Bobcaygeonarea studio, such as the squirrels on the left.


duck hunting, but never had the time to explore it as a pastime while working. When he retired from full-time taxidermy, he turned his hands to wood carving. He was 78 years old then and seven years later, he applies what he learned from his vocation in terms of painting, balance, anatomical correctness, and composition to carving. He happily goes the extra mile to ensure the tiny scales found on a brook trout are present, for example. His tool kit includes knives and powered rotary tools, and home-made implements, but he estimates that a beginning carver could be well-outfitted for $300.

The nearly 70 years Jones spent in the taxidermy business certainly shows in the painting of his carvings. “It is hard to get just right because the paint sits on top of the wood, while colour in nature comes from within.”

However, that might just be the observation of a perfectionist who is never satisfied with the quality of the work, who enjoys the pursuit of excellence as much as the final product. It is almost unfathomable, but everything – with the exception of the eyes – in his carvings is made of wood, including whiskers that are fine splinters of bamboo. Even the rocks (which could easily have been actual rocks) are carved and painted.

When asked what personal qualities are needed to become a carver, he said, “patience but also desire. You have to really want to do this. Especially when you come across a worm hole or a section of rot deep within a piece of wood that was undetectable when you began.” He also suggests that you “carry on with what you start, even if it develops a flaw. If you throw it away and start over, it is easier to throw away the next one.”

While his carvings are not for sale, it’s only because he doesn’t want to sell them, not because there isn’t a market. Lucky family and friends receive them as gifts, but there are avid buyers for wildlife carvings worldwide. One has to look no further than south of the border in Maryland where the Guyette and Deeter auction house has surpassed $200 million in sales of fish decoys and plaques, duck and crow calls, and decorative carvings in its 50-year history. Duck decoys command a small fortune, with one bringing $856,000 U.S. dollars. Not a bad return on $300. LA

Local carving clubs are always looking for new members.

The Lindsay Seniors Carving Club meets Wednesday mornings at the Armoury from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The Cajun Carvers meet downstairs at Hudson House in the Kawartha Settler’s Village Tuesdays from Noon to 3 p.m.

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Larry of The Sahara

‘This could have all been solved by just speaking to each other’

Larry Rafferty, or better known as “Larry of the Sahara,” is a 92-year-old war veteran living at Caressant Care in Lindsay who served as a combat medic in the Korean War, from 1951-53.

The Korean War was a conflict that the Cold War directly influenced, between North Korea and South Korea. Canada was part of the allied forces of South Korea and had sent more than 26,000 soldiers to war. After the first year, about 170 of those soldiers had died.

During the 1950s, North Korea was a strong supporter of the Arabic Republic of Egypt’s future president, Gamal Abdel Nasser. That fact would impact the career of Rafferty, who would soon find himself fighting in the Sahara Desert, yet still involved in the Korean War.

Rafferty had only just graduated high school a week earlier when he first started his medic training in North England. He trained hard for six months before being shipped to the Sahara Desert. After training, they sent six medics, including Rafferty, out on a boat between Dec. 28, 1950 and Jan. 5, 1951, to meet his commanding officer, Colonel J.A. Miller, who was well known for being a Second World War hero.

Living in the Sahara Desert during a war meant there were many threats around Rafferty’s unit. And not just human threats.

“At night we’d sleep in foxholes with blankets not just so enemies couldn’t see us, but also so scorpions wouldn’t get us in the night. We’d also have to shove our spats in our boots to make sure none crawled in,” Rafferty said, referring to material that covered the instep and the ankle.

During the war, Rafferty saw a lot of action as a medic and most of the time the enemies were supposed to put their weapons down so medics could do their jobs – but sometimes they didn’t. “We were in a battle against Arabic soldiers when I was called to retrieve an injured soldier and help him. But I guess the enemies didn’t care about the big red cross on my arm that was telling them not to shoot and one of them shot me in the chest,” an ordeal he obviously survived.

“At night we’d sleep in foxholes with blankets not just so enemies couldn’t see us, but also so scorpions wouldn’t get us.”

More than three million lives were lost in only three years, one of the bloodiest wars in history. Rafferty has since shared his unique stories on the radio, spoken at schools, and has done interviews on TV.

“You know, looking back on it all now, I realize this wasn’t all worth it. I spent two years in war where I was bombed, shelled, shot at, and survived sandstorms.”

“And after all that” he says, “people across the world are still at war, when this could have all been solved by just speaking to each other.”

— Evelyn Currie is a Grade 10 student. She works part-time at Caressant Care in Lindsay.

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New police chief ready to hit the ground running


Effective May 18, Kirk Robertson will become the new Kawartha Lakes Police Service (KLPS) chief. The 27-year law enforcement veteran, 22 of that locally, will replace well-respected Chief Mark Mitchell.

As future chief, Robertson realizes there will be many challenges ahead that will need to be dealt with and has already begun to prioritize what he and the department will want to take on in the first few years of his initial five-year contract.

Robertson told the Advocate that he has been thinking about challenging for the chief’s position since he was named inspector in 2019.

“As an inspector, there was more decision-making responsibility (involved in the job), and that was something I enjoyed.”

“I have been lucky enough to have worked in or supervised every police activity the KLPS does,” Robertson added. “I have been able to gain a 360-degree view of policing. I am confident I can hit the ground running. I know the people in the building (the police station) and I know the community.”

When asked what challenges he faces as a new chief, Robertson mentioned managing the growth of the force as Lindsay expands, and finding quality candidates to fill the additional policing positions KLPS will need.

“Kawartha Lakes is experiencing unprecedented growth,” Robertson said. “There will also be growth within the KLPS. Despite the fact that policing is a fantastic job and I still love coming to work every day, recruiting new officers is becoming challenging and ensuring that new officers receive the training they require is going to also be a challenge.”

Robertson pointed out that Lindsay is changing rapidly, “and the KLPS will want to have the staffing in place to meet the challenge of a larger community.”

The incoming chief said the police will continue to work hard with supportive partners like Kawartha Lakes Housing, Ross Memorial Hospital and FourCAST Addiction Services to ensure that individuals in the community who are struggling with mental health and addiction problems get the help they need.

When asked how large the force might grow beyond its current complement of 45 officers, Robertson said the department will “monitor growth as we go because increased population doesn’t necessarily translate to calls for service.”

Robertson said his priorities as new chief will be presenting his first operating budget to council, putting together a growth plan for the department that will deal with staffing to the end of 2026, writing a new strategic plan for the force and ensuring the roll-out of the body camera initiative so that every frontline officer is wearing a camera by the end of this year.

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The new location offers customers a more convenient location with lots of free parking and great street visibility.

The family business has deep roots in Lindsay. Forty-eight years ago, founder Jo Anne Fallaise, started Jo Anne’s Place from her home in Lindsay when she saw a need for natural products among her family. As demand grew, she moved the business to retail spaces in Lindsay and Peterborough.

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Local curlers bring home silver from world championships

Last month, the Canadian wheelchair curling team competed in the World Curling Championships in Gangneung, South Korea. Team Canada included two local residents –Jon Thurston of Dunsford as fourth and Chrissy Molnar of Bobcaygeon an alternate – who proudly donned the red and white. After winning five straight games, including a semi-final win against Sweden to put them in the championship match, it came down to Norway in the final where they

Team Canada’s curlers included Jon Thurston of Dunsford (centre, front) as fourth and Chrissy Molnar of Bobcaygeon (far left, front) as an alternate.

were defeated 6-2. Thurston reflects the team has had a good showing as a country, as this is his second medal at the Worlds, but his competitive spirit shines through. “We will learn, bounce back and come back stronger; it was a good showing as a country, but we want to win it.”

Neither Thurston nor Molnar curled prior to their accidents, and it was in 2012 that they were first exposed to the sport when their coach, Carl Rennick, reached out and enticed them to give it a try. They found success quickly, winning provincials their first year out. Thurston was hooked from there and hasn’t stopped (this was his fifth World Championship) while Molnar took a break to have her third child but was drawn back into competition after COVID.

With eight ends, and a mixed team, the rules for wheelchair curing vary only slightly in that it allows for rocks to be thrown by hand or with the use of a delivery stick. It also does not include any sweeping of the rocks, which means the delivery must be incredibly accurate. Both Thurston and Molnar use the term “chess on ice” to refer to the strategic nature of the sport which keeps them engaged, as Molnar reflects “you’re always learning.” But it’s also the friendships that keep her at the rink, depicting the camaraderie of a team to be similar to “one big

family to experience new things with,” such as travelling the world.

Many athletes must move to be close to training facilities, and accessibility at the rinks add another layer to the challenge for wheelchair athletes. Thurston shared many of his fellow curling athletes around the world spend hours travelling to rinks that can accommodate their wheelchairs. Fortunately, Kawartha region has three fully accessible rinks within 30 minutes of his home – Peterborough, Bobcaygeon and Lindsay. Thurston notes the updates are “a testament of the community support in the area that made it possible.”

Next year’s Worlds is expected to be held at the Olympic facilities currently under construction for the 2026 Winter games in Milano Cortina. For Molnar and Thurston, they get back to the rink to start the training process in August. Thurston won’t be idle long though as he spends his summers training in water skiing, another sport he also represents Canada on the world stage.

“Luckily, it’s two different seasons, so I don’t have to pick between the two sports,” he remarked. Both curlers are looking beyond Worlds though as the Paralympic Winter Games, which includes wheelchair curling as one of it’s six events, is just on the horizon in March 2026.

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Congratulations to the I.E. Weldon S.S. girls curling team for bringing home the gold at the 2024 OFSAA Curling Championship in Kingston this past March.

The True North Ladies team recently won a bronze medal at the Worlds Slopitch Championship in Barcelona. The team is comprised of players from across Canada including Kawartha Lake’s Leslie Hood (bottom fourth from left) and coach Chris Mullen (far right).

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A Tale of Two Heat Pumps

When we built our house in the late ‘80s, we installed an air-source heat pump. I loved it for its gentle heat. But 37 years ago, that heat pump only warmed our cockles when outside temps were above -5 or so. Below that, a back-up electric furnace took over.

Fast forward some 20 years: gas lines had come to our neighbourhood. There were federal and provincial rebates for adding insulation, new windows and doors – and for switching to a high-efficiency gas furnace – so we did all of the above. Sadly, we didn’t even think about the environmental impact of fossil gas at the time. It’s largely methane – a much more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. In October we switched back to a heat pump. They’ve come a long way baby. This one is good for cold climates and requires no separate back-up furnace. A built-in electric coil supplements the heat pump when temperatures dip below -20 C and takes over fully at around -30 C. And, unlike our first heat pump, it does not occasionally blow cold air in winter.

Another advantage: While our original heat pump system cost more to operate than the gas furnace that replaced it, the opposite is now true. This winter, in total, our utility costs dropped 30 per cent. In summer the heat pump will efficiently cool the house – so no need to buy an air conditioner.

We don’t live in an area slated for new gas line installations from Enbridge, like Bobcaygeon. Those who do would pay extra charges for the new pipeline on their gas bill. On the other hand, they could save up to $10,000 over the lifetime of a cold climate heat pump if they chose that instead, according to new analysis by the Ontario Clean Air Alliance. Unfortunately, Enbridge doesn’t provide that information

in enticing potential customers to install fossil gas. Because of such omissions, the Competition Bureau has launched an investigation into that company’s alleged deceptive marketing.

Beyond the dollars and cents, I was delighted that by removing fossil gas from our home heating equation we will reduce our annual carbon footprint by more than three metric tonnes. Not quite the equivalent of taking a typical gas-powered car off the road for a year, but it’s close.

Despite heat pumps selling like hot cakes over the last couple of years some people remain lukewarm to the idea. They question the upfront costs, the need to upgrade electrical panels, or to install ductwork. For their consideration:

1. The panel upgrade varies with the type of heat pump installed, and the house. I’m reading that sometimes circuit sharers, pausers or breaker consolidation can help, but your installer or electrician can tell you about that.

2. There are ductless heat pumps available.

3. Our upfront costs were greatly reduced by a federal grant and interest-free, 10-year loan. While the grant was recently discontinued, the federal interest-free loan (up to $40,000) is still available through the Canada Greener Homes program. Low to moderate income families now heating with oil can apply for a grant of up to $10,000 for a heat pump through Natural Resource Canada’s Oil to Heat Pump Affordability Program. And qualifying households using electric heat can apply for a free cold climate heat pump through Ontario’s Save on Energy Program.


Playing a round at the old Lindsay golf links

The words “tee,” “par,” and “fore” are likely the farthest thing from the minds of dog-walkers, pedestrians, and schoolchildren making their way through the bucolic setting of Broad Street Park in Lindsay. The same is true for hungry patrons at the A&W restaurant on the south side of Kent Street, shoppers struggling to find a parking spot outside of Staples or Food Basics, and the residents of nearby Fallingbrook Crescent or Thrushwood Trail.

And yet for more than 90 years, this vocabulary was virtually synonymous with this neighbourhood south of Kent and west of Angeline Streets – from 1909 until around 2002, what is now a busy commercial district and quiet residential area was home to the Lindsay Golf Club’s nine-hole course.

There is some debate about precisely when the Lindsay Golf Club first got off the ground. The game was almost certainly being played in local pastures by interested residents prior to 1900, and one source suggests that a club was formed as early as 1902. Another couple of years would pass, though, before what we now know as the Lindsay Golf and Country Club was born. On Sept. 15, 1904, a group of golfers – including J.G. Edwards, C.D. Barr, Robert Ross, and L.V. O’Connor, among others – met to formally elect an executive and brainstorm about where they were going to play the game. “It is felt that within another year Lindsay will be able to boast of having links second to none outside the cities,” a

brief item in the Evening Post newspaper optimistically announced two days later.

As with any monumental civic undertaking, things took a bit longer than planned. April of 1905 saw a temporary course of a mere seven holes laid out on the Corley farm that would keep local putters amused until the full ninehole facility could be completed. Enthusiastic golfers sometimes disregarded basic golfing etiquette in their rush to play a round or two in these primitive conditions. “The Green Committee should give notice that there must be no playing upon all greens and fair greens under seed or repair until such time as they may announce,” an anonymous golfer wrote in May of 1908. “The Green Committee undoubtedly have absolute power and control in a matter of this kind, and it ought not to be necessary to write this letter,” grumbled the correspondent.

An employee of Visking Ltd. poses outside of the clubhouse at Lindsay Golf Club, 1955. Grace Endicott fonds (2024.3). Courtesy of Kawartha Lakes Museum & Archives.

By 1909, membership in the Lindsay Golf Club was nearing 80 people, with 39 men and 39 women taking to the greens with their wooden clubs in tow. Many of these players would have purchased their equipment from J.G. Edwards’ hardware store, and a sense of formality defined the fashion choices of those venturing out to indulge in putting contests, handicap competitions, and foursomes. Men donned flat caps, knickers, and argyle socks, while ladies were attired in blouses, bicycle skirts, and wide-brimmed hats.


A new two-room clubhouse regularly hosted afternoon teas organized by local women, with refreshments being served up on the porch after games.

The Lindsay Golf Club could now at last “boast of having links second to none outside the cities,” particularly after the Corley farm, previously rented, was acquired outright around 1919. Even so, the grounds’ agricultural origins were still apparent whenever a local cow found its way onto the greens. This prompted the construction of fences around each green; while cattle were frowned upon, sheep were apparently welcome as their grazing aided in maintenance. By the 1940s, the sheep had been succeeded by a converted Ford Model “A” with a lawnmower in tow.

A new clubhouse was constructed in 1924, set back within a grove of trees at the edge of the course. Resembling a small cottage, this picturesque

By 1909, membership in the Lindsay Golf Club was nearing 80 people, with 39 men and 39 women taking to the greens with their wooden clubs in tow.

building sported comfortable tables and chairs for use in bridge games and the ever-popular afternoon teas. Locker rooms were fully equipped with showers, and a small store sold cigarettes and other provisions. (Players who successfully hit a ball down the tree-lined 385-yard fairway towards the fourth hole were given a package of cigarettes as a reward for their golfing prowess.)

By the mid-1930s, the Lindsay golf links was known for miles around, and the club had a membership of almost 150 individuals who seemingly cared little for the sort of social snobbery that might have characterized other clubs. “A splendid spirit of democracy

features the Lindsay Golf and Country Club in that it embraces people in the various professions and walks of life who mingle together in a competitive sport for the sake of the sport and the enjoyment that may be obtained from it,” asserted a visitor in the June 27, 1935, edition of the Post.

That spirit endeared the old links to generations of local golfers. “We spent all day there,” recalls Dale Piggott. He began playing at that course around 10 years old, worked in the back shop as a teenager, and was instrumental in relocating the Lindsay Golf Club to its present location. On May 6, 2003, more than a decade’s worth of planning came to fruition when a professionally designed 18-hole course opened on the former Murphy farm, across from Riverside Cemetery.

“The future of golf in Lindsay is bright,” Piggott says. May it be so for another 120 years.

The Lindsay Golf Club’s second clubhouse was opened in 1924 and lasted until 1969, when it was replaced by a new structure. Courtesy of Kawartha Lakes Public Library.

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It is with heavy hearts that the family announces the passing of Joanne Ethel Pew (nee Elson).

She was born on November 2, 1934, and passed away on Saturday, February 17, 2024, in her 90th year. Her parents were Henrietta Elson (nee Baxter) and George Elson who served in both World War I and World War II.

For the past few months, she has lived at the IOOF home in Barrie with her devoted husband of 71 years Ross Pew. She will be dearly missed by her four children Brenda Elias (Joe McReynolds), David Pew (Wendy Pew), Laurie Morin (Michael Morin) and Carole Pew (Tom Harrington) and grandchildren Mark (Sarena), Adam, Simon (Jessica) and Erin, Landon (Kat), Cale, Daniel and William and great grandchildren Noah, Jonah, Georgia, Rebecca, and Moriah Grace.

Born in Toronto, she lived most of her early life with her parents in the rural setting of Janetville and in her married life followed Ross in the road construction industry around southern Ontario. Later settling in Lindsay to raise her family and in retirement moved to Norland, and then in her final years moved back to Lindsay, Ontario.

Many great adventures were spent camping and traveling across Canada and the USA in the RV. Joanne drove a school bus for over 40 years and enjoyed watching over the safety of children. She is now resting peacefully and will be remembered for her love of gardening and all kinds of crafts.

A sincere vote of thanks to all the staff at IOOF home in Barrie for the wonderful care our mother received.

A celebration of her life was hosted by her family at the Caledon Senior Centre, 9 Rotarian Way (905 951 6114) from 2-4pm on Sunday April 14th, 2024.

Ross and Joanne were instrumental in forming the Foster Parents Society of Ontario. The family would appreciate expressions of sympathy in lieu of flowers made to the Foster Parents Society of Ontario, website:

Alexander Earle Gray

Earle Gray, well known writer, historian and business owner in Woodville, passed away on April 2, 2024, at the age of 92.

Earle grew up in the remote coastal village of Sechelt, BC where he began his passion for writing as a cub reporter for the Vancouver Sun at the age of 17. Throughout his illustrious career, Earle authored seven published history books and his remarkable achievements in the field of petroleum history earned him a lifetime achievement award from the Petroleum History Society of Canada and the U.S. Petroleum History Institute.

Earle was the editor and publisher of Canadian Speeches, a monthly publication show casing noteworthy Canadians discussing topical issues that have shaped Canada’s history. He was deeply committed to informing thoughts and opinions that have influenced the country’s development.

Earle’s contributions to literature, history, and Canadian society will be valued for years to come. May he rest in peace with his beloved wife Joan.

Barbara Irwin passed away at William Place Retirement Residence on Wednesday, April 10 at the age of 93. Beloved wife of the late Paul Irwin. Loving mother of Peter Irwin (Grace), and Jane Jones (David). Barbara will be missed by her grandchildren Jeremy Irwin (Willow), Michael Jones, Andrew Jones, and Katherine Delillo (Anthony). Great Grandmother of Harrison Jones and Arianna Delillo. Sister of late Dian Price (Bill), and Brian Biggings (Phyllis). Remembered by her sisterin-laws Barb Jones and Peggy Dullaart (the late Yop), her nieces, nephews, and friends especially Vicki and Brian Gowan, and Lyn Jones. The family would like to thank Tania and the staff at William Place. And special thanks to Don and Rob who were always fixing her TV.

Arrangements entrusted to the Mackey Funeral Home, 33 Peel Street, Lindsay (705328-2721). If desired, memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Cremation has taken place and there will be a private family service at a later date.

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20’ Ocean Containers

New one-trip available in Lindsay. Beige, grey or green. Extra vents for increased airflow and lock-boxes for added security. $3500.00 + Delivery Jeff 647-722-0044

Droptine Maples

Ontario maple syrup. Available for bulk sale or by the bottle/case. 1L, 500ml, 250ml. Call 705-879-1144

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1 and 2 bed units from $1,600 & up. Heat, hydro & water included.

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Cars & Trucks

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Rotarian Don Finlayson

Say hello to Rotarian Don Finlayson, who is senior funeral director at Lakeland Funeral Home in Lindsay (along with Lakeland’s comfort dog Bentley). Don has been a member of Rotary for 25 years and enjoys helping others in the community through various club projects. Lindsay Rotarians will be handling the admission gate at the AACA show at the LEX, May 25 & 26.

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Not the library from your childhood (but we still love doing storytime)



Discover endless possibilities at the Kawartha Lakes Public Library! This month, dive into the fantastic programs at the Dalton and Little Britain branches.

Little Lights

Dalton Branch • Every Mondays • 10:30am – 12pm Parents and caregivers of little ones are invited to drop in to the Dalton branch Monday mornings from 10:30am – 12pm for free form play, stories, music and more. It’s a wonderful opportunity for bonding, exploration, and creating cherished memories together, plus you can meet other families in your community.

Quilter’s Corner

Little Britain Branch

Fourth Monday of the Month • 10:30am – 12:30pm Come together and talk all things quilting while you work on your own latest project! All are welcome. Whether you’re a seasoned quilter or just starting out, this program offers a supportive space to exchange tips, techniques, and inspiration with other quilting enthusiasts.

Book Clubs

Did you know that many library branches offer book clubs? Meet once a month to discuss books in a welcoming environment with fellow book lovers. Are you looking to start your own book club with friends, family or neighbours? We’ve got book club sets to help with that! Learn more

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There are so many exciting programs happening at all 14 of our library branches. Visit kawarthalakeslibrary. ca for a complete list of offerings.


Question everything

I was really angry and tired the other day and slightly depressed that one of my go-to veggie protein options at a local grocery store had risen by 24 per cent in the two years since I started buying it.

My social media account, through its magic, foreign-controlled and funded algorithms, helped me focus my anger, and saved me the hassle of fact-checking or really thinking at all. Which is nice; like everyone, I am so tired.

Sure, if I had looked into it, I’d see that the Bank of Canada calculates that the carbon tax is responsible for 0.15 per cent of that increase. But what would I do with all my ‘the carbon tax is killing our economy and our country’ rage?

Of course, I didn’t look up earnings reports of the country’s biggest grocery retailers to see if there was any correlation between my family’s increased costs and their corporate success. The nuance of realizing that those people are making out like bandits, seeing billions in profit and substantial yearto-year quarterly growth is lost on me.

I definitely didn’t check to see if the same thing is happening in other comparable countries because that would water down one of the mantras of the populist movement: It’s all Trudeau’s fault.

Not that thinking about rising food costs is just some abstract mental exercise. The problems are most definitely real and immediate, causing more and more of our neighbours to face

food insecurity. Add the insane price of housing and we have untenable sit uations for many of us.

Thankfully I came across a promoted, well produced advertisement that promised me relief. Life will be more affordable and my country will have common sense and be great again. Now that is some great magical news.

There were no details on policies or any clue whatsoever on how this will be accomplished. Policy schmolicy I say! Just because I know how complicated our world is doesn’t mean I don’t like easy answers! And malaise and discontent should never be discounted as our American friends well know.

I was just about to post my first meme linking climate policies and communism when thankfully my Gen X brain took back control.

See, if my generation is anything, it’s cynical. We were brought up to question everything because well, we have always been lied to. We grew up through economic crashes, the last cold war and will be the first generation to have a lower standard of living than our precursors. We are used to bad times (which is why our music is some of the best ever created.)

And if there is one thing we don’t do it is accept an oversimplified solution prima facie. We don’t vote as a generation along any one line, but our formative cultural experiences hardwired us to question all authority – including solutions that might be far too good to be true.

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