The Lindsay Advocate - November 2023

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Small business owners weigh in on City's growth plans

Lest we forget: Profiles of local veterans

Hope for the homeless as City moves to open full time facility

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November 2023 * Vol. 6 * Issue 66

The business of journalism must be part of a new ecology — one that is not separate from community, pretending always to be objective — but rather one that is deeply embedded in community, its intentions made plain. We advocate for a community of prosperity, socially and economically, with no one left behind. — Roderick Benns, Publisher

Editor-at-Large/Business Development Rebekah McCracken Contributing Editor: Trevor Hutchinson Online News Editor: Ian McKechnie Contributing Writers: Kirk Winter Frank Morris Ginny Colling Trevor Hutchinson Ian McKechnie Amanda Tayles Jeff Todd Roderick Benns Art Direction + Design: Barton Creative Co. Christina Dedes Photographers: Sienna Frost Kestin York Web Developer: Kimberly Durrant Printed By Cofax Printing Cover Image: Thomas Cook, who served in the Korean War. Photo courtesy of Br. 67, Royal Canadian Legion.

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Growing, while minimizing growing pains, is the hope of area business leaders.

We will remember. Honouring local veterans.

People experiencing homelessness may get a new kind of support.

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to the editor Lack of support in city for those living with dementia

Remembering Chris Karkabasis as debater, friend and welcoming host

I am writing to express my deep concern about the lack of support for seniors living with dementia in Kawartha Lakes. While our community is known for its natural beauty and vibrant culture, it is disheartening to witness the challenges that our seniors living with dementia and their families face daily.

The recent passing of Chris Karkabasis brings back memories for me.

It is estimated that there are over 4,000 people living with dementia in Kawartha Lakes, and this number is expected to rise as our population ages. Despite these astonishing statistics, the support and resources for seniors living with dementia remain alarmingly inadequate. Respite options for caregivers are limited, leaving family members exhausted and overwhelmed. Caring for a loved one living with dementia is emotionally and physically draining, and caregivers desperately need access to respite services that can offer them a break from their caregiving responsibilities. The existing respite services, such as our Silver Lights’ Adult Day Program for Dementia and Community Care’s Adult Day Program, require increased attention, funding, and overall support. Our seniors living with dementia and their families deserve more attention and support from our municipal government. I urge our local government and community leaders to prioritize this issue. Visit Seniors’ Advocacy Group – Kawartha Lakes on Facebook to learn more. — Susan Fisher, Omemee Managing director, Silver Lights Senior Services

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Almost 50 years ago, we were members of Lindsay town council together. He was always a gentleman in debate, while being passionate in his promotion of downtown revitalization, and the betterment of the whole community. He won me over in those debates, and we went on to enjoy the political repartee of the day. We hammered out the (then) big issues: busing, building a new pool, expanding the library, new sidewalks, tax rates, and more. Over the years, as our friendship grew, we enjoyed many great discussions about politics in the broader perspective over many coffees at his Olympia Restaurant, where I was tutored in the greatness of Athenian Democracy and Spartan values. His restaurant was not just a well-run business; for him, it was a home of hospitality. Chris said, many times, that the diners were like guests to be welcomed into a home. He did welcome everyone, personally, and that tradition continues today. Farewell, my good friend; may you rest peacefully amidst the rolling Spartan mountains. — Joe McGuire, Omemee

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Advocate story helps Girl Guides A most sincere thank you for your article outlining the need for more Girl Guide leaders in Lindsay. Our local Spark, Ember and Guide Units have received a great deal of response of not only new leaders but also many more children wishing to be Girl Guides. Unfortunately, there is still a long wait list but there have been so many positive new opportunities that have opened up for young and older guiders alike, thanks to your publication. I cannot express how much of a positive impact that I truly believe this will have on our community as a whole. — Suzanne McCarthy, Lindsay

Upset to learn of spiritual care cuts at Ross I was saddened to read Nancy Payne's article regarding the Spiritual Care at Ross Memorial Hospital (Oct. edition of the Advocate.) I was a longtime employee of RMH. The staff and volunteers of the spiritual care area were an integral part of the care team for many years. They played a major role in the life of the chronic and palliative patients of the hospital providing meaningful services, at special times of the year and being available for individual spiritual support for all patients as they requested. On the acute care side these staff and volunteers played a major role when a crisis situation arose, by being available to be with family members of patients in a crisis situation such as cardiac arrest, motor vehicle accident or other such situations where the patient's life was in jeopardy. As well staff members could also approach these staff members for personal reasons if needed. The care team is made up of many professions to treat patients. It’s hard to believe we are down to four hours per week for spiritual care members. — R. Stokes, Lindsay

Clarification: An article in our October issue quoted Rev. John Boyachek, pastor at Fairview Baptist Church in Lindsay at the time. He became executive pastor at a church in Bramalea just as that issue came out.


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* UPFRONT * Christmas House Tour in early December

Festival of Trees returns for family fun

60 Bond Street in Lindsay is one of many homes to visit on the Christmas house tour. Photo: Sienna Frost.

Kawartha Settlers Village will welcome many people for the Festival of Trees tradition, held in Bobcaygeon.

St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Lindsay, is once more presenting its Christmas House Tour on Saturday Dec. 2. Over the course of the afternoon, ticketholders will see seven festively decorated houses of varying vintages, ranging from the 1890s and 1920s to the 21st century. Also on board for 2023 is the Kawartha Lakes Museum & Archives, which will be open for tours, and St. Paul’s Church itself – where refreshments will be served from 2-5 p.m.

The 26th Annual Kawartha Lakes Festival of Trees is returning to Kawartha Settlers' Village from Nov. 17-19. This annual event features hundreds of exquisitely decorated items, amazing donated gifts and more.

“We are thrilled to be able to once again present this lovely Christmas House Tour after a five-year hiatus and appreciate the generosity of the homeowners who are allowing us to visit their homes,” says Barbara Truax, coordinator of the Christmas House Tour committee. Tickets are $25 and are available in Lindsay at Hill’s Florist, Houghton Creek, Kate & Co., Kawartha Classic Flowers, Kawartha Lakes Museum & Archives, Kent Florist, and St. Paul’s Anglican Church; at The Butterfly Boutique in Fenelon Falls; and at Thompson Ladies’ Wear in Bobcaygeon. 6

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* BUSINESS UPFRONT * Days Inn maintenance expert goes above and beyond in position, says GM

Evolve Dental moves to new location

Cliff Robinson inspects one of the Days Inn's doors in Lindsay. Photo: Sienna Frost.

Kara Parcells is welcoming clients to a brand new location. Photo: Sienna Frost.

Cliff Robinson has been employed as the Lindsay Days Inn’s maintenance person for more than eight years since the hotel first opened. And Candace Webster, the hotel’s general manager, says Robinson goes above and beyond in his jack-of-all-trades role.

Evolve Dental Hygiene has recently expanded to better serve the community. Operating for the past year out of a local wellness centre, registered dental hygienist Kara Parcells recently relocated her practice to 230 Kent Street W., in the Reeds Plaza (the old location for Mickael’s Bakery.) This new location is both larger and more accessible, complete with onsite parking.

From painting, drywall repairs, plumbing fixes, pool maintenance, operating the grill for staff events and much more, “he is there for the team no matter what.” Robinson “will even offer to give staff rides home when they don’t have one,” Webster says. While he may be behind the scenes, Robinson can be heard saying hello to customers and is always willing to lend a hand, no matter the department or the guest’s needs. “Cliff goes so above and beyond for guests, including changing a spare tire for a guest or shovelling guests out of their parking spots in winter when the buildup is bad,” she says. Webster says Robinson is “one of the major reasons why our hotel guests always ask if we are brand new,” given how well the hotel is maintained.

Clients visit Parcells for several services, including dental cleanings, oral cancer screenings, and professional teeth whitening. Providing the same level of care as traditional dental hygienists, Parcells has the flexibility and autonomy to personalize care. To this end, says Parcells, “clients can expect appointments that always start on time and treatment that respects their values, preferences, and needs.” On top of this, Evolve Dental Hygiene also offers a seniors’ discount, the convenience of extended hours, direct booking, and online billing.

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By Roderick Benns Publisher

There has been a seismic shift in the local media landscape. With no more weekly newspaper in (and from) Kawartha Lakes, the future for local journalism is more critical than ever.

tha Lakes ‘sections.’ But only the Advocate is 100 per cent local for trusted print news. We don’t need to create a Kawartha Lakes section; we are nothing but Kawartha Lakes.

Fireside Publishing House, our small, local company’s publishing identity, is responding and growing in many ways. For instance, we have launched two new magazines – The Business Advocate and Kawartha Social. This business publication and lifestyle magazine are both published three times per year.

From a distribution angle, the Advocate’s strength is that people choose to take us home with them. They invite our magazine into their living rooms and kitchens. We are not crammed in residential mailboxes, whether people want us or not. This is a powerful marketing advantage when advertisers are inside a publication where the brand loyalty is so strong. (We are also mailed to every business in Kawartha Lakes.)

The Business Advocate reaches Peterborough, as well as Kawartha Lakes, and features great business writing and opinion columns, all by local writers and business experts.




Kawartha Social, our premium lifestyle magazine, also covers both Kawartha Lakes and Peterborough. Its focus is on “community, culture, food, fashion, and home.” This magazine also features Erica Ehm as our premier columnist. The Lindsay Advocate, though, remains our flag publication to cover Kawartha Lakes news and features and will continue to be monthly. We are also increasing our distribution and adding new sections. This includes more local sports coverage, a real estate section, and a classified section at the back that we call Marketplace. Online, we will be developing an affordable Obituaries section. And there will be more new features to come. In the coming weeks you may see other media from outside our area trying different things, such as creating Kawar-

But we somehow find ourselves in a world where media is expected to be free. Right now, our advertisers are to thank for the products we put out. Please let them know you saw their ad in our magazines. However we need your support, too, because there is a significant cost to do what we do. Producing high-quality, reliable news requires substantial resources, including journalists, researchers, editors, and for the expensive printing process. By voluntarily paying something for your local news – even just $5 a month – you contribute to sustaining journalism at the grassroots level. That’s why today I am asking you to visit and choose Support Us from the top menu bar. You can safely make a monthly show of support using your credit card. Or call us directly at 705-341-1496 and find out other ways in which you can offer assistance, no matter how small. Thank you for supporting independent, all-local journalism. 9

* EDITORIAL * A fair country, lest we forget As autumn leaves descend, we recognize it’s the time of year when we prepare to pay homage to those veterans of too many conflicts who have defended our freedoms and endured the crucible of war. Remembrance Day on Nov. 11 serves as a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by courageous men and women, some of whom were profiled in our cover story. From the Great War to the Korean conflict to Afghanistan and beyond, they marched into the unknown, knowing only they were called to serve. In our midst, locally, heroes emerged. Lt. Nursing Sister Dovie Matilda Mann, Lt. John McQuarrie, Col. Thomas H. Eberlee, Able Seaman Gordon Gibbins, Gunner Thomas Cook, and communications operator Douglas Louch —remind us of what sacrifice looks like. These individuals, along with thousands of others, left the safety of their homes and families to embark on a journey potentially fraught with peril.


It is a call that transcends politics, and yet being at peace does not mean being above the fray. Being at peace means we must question the kind of society we are building each day. And so, peace can be messy. It can be noisy, as we challenge each other to be better. A peaceful community (or nation) ultimately must be an equitable enterprise, though, for it to be lasting.

Sad to see spiritual care at hospital deemphasized, says reader

As former Prime Minister Lester Pearson once said, “Continuing poverty and distress are a deeper and more important cause of international tensions, of the conditions that can produce war.”

Spiritual care is so important. It is sad that it has been put on the back burner at Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay. (Spiritual care has almost disappeared at RMH, Oct. Advocate.)

That statement was made many decades ago, before economic tensions and rampant inequality had taken root, as we know them today. On this Remembrance Day, let us come together, not just in solemn observance, but in a pledge to honour our veterans through action. That means building the kind of fair country we haven’t gotten quite right yet.

Some may have their own pastor or other church leader visiting them, but a lot of cases it would be so beneficial just to have someone to lift their spirits to help them through the day.

Let us ensure their legacy lives on in the nation we shape for one another, cherishing the freedoms they defended. Lest we forget.

— Mina Coons, Lindsay


Your mental state is all part of the healing process. I am sure the ones who are still providing care are doing the best they can with the time provided for them.

* OPINION * Carbon taxes: Effective and fair to fight climate change By Frank Morris, former sailor, retired banker, still learning how to get things done.

The Carbon Tax is a fair and effective measure to educate the public about the impact fossil fuels have on climate change and to reduce our dependency on them. Fuels used in passenger and freight vehicles contribute about 18 per cent of global CO2 emissions.

Without major and urgent efforts to slow accumulation of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, future generations will inherit a much warmer planet with risks of dangerous climate events, higher sea levels, and destruction of the natural world. In Canada, we are already seeing some of the effects of climate change in apocalyptic scenes of wildfires in the West and the East. The principal reason for adopting carbon taxes is that they are an effective tool for meeting domestic emission mitigation commitments. Because these taxes increase the prices for fossil fuels, electricity, and general consumer products and lower prices for fuel producers, they promote switching to lower-carbon fuels in power generation, conserving on energy use, and shifting to cleaner vehicles. If they successfully reduce emissions, carbon charges also generate significant domestic environmental benefits, such as reductions in the number of people dying prematurely from exposure to local air pollution. They are also easy to collect right at the gas pump. And here in Canada, our out-of-pocket expense is reduced because what you pay at the pump is redistributed to citizens quarterly. Some groups, like farmers and fishers, are exempt from carbon taxes entirely. Are carbon charges effective? The people who should know agree they are. In 2019, more than 3,600 economists signed a letter published in the Wall Street Journal in support of carbon taxes as the “most cost-effective lever to reduce car-

bon emissions at the scale and speed necessary.” Nearly every Republican and Democratic chair of the Council of Economic Advisers since the 1970s signed the letter, including Alan Greenspan, Ben Bernanke and Janet L. Yellen, who are also former chairs of the Federal Reserve. Numerous Nobel laureates in economics also added their names. “Among economists, this is not controversial,” said Greg Mankiw, who chaired the Council of Economic Advisers under George W. Bush and signed the letter. “The politics is complicated, the international relations complicated, but the economics is really simple." Canada cannot and must not count on other countries to fight our fight of climate change and all its consequences to our agricultural, mining, and forestry businesses. We must be self-reliant in this fight and develop our own solutions to our climate change problems, such as taxing the carbon we emit to gradually wean ourselves off it. It’s only fair that those who contribute to the problem should also contribute to its solution. Ultimately, we can create an economy that is free of foreign oil interests. We can become a nation that uses the relatively free resources of nature to mold a truly free and prosperous economy. It’s in everyone’s interest that we reduce our use of fossil fuels. Admittedly, paying a carbon tax is uncomfortable in the short term but remember it is returned to you every quarter. Not to mention you know you are doing the right thing for yourself, your children, and your neighbours. 11

CAO says city is attempting to manage extraordinary growth Local business owners wonder if we’re ready but also see opportunities By Kirk Winter

Wally Nugent, owner of Wally's Haircutting for Men, has been working in the downtown for 51 years in five different locations. As Lindsay gets set to experience record growth, one of his big concerns is the number of doctors available and the lack of medical facilities for new doctors. “How will the community cope with this shortage of medical staff as the community grows even further?” he asks. While that is a multifaceted issue and not easy for only the city to deal with, Chief Administrative Officer Ron Taylor and his staff are looking for effective ways to manage the unprecedented growth that the city will face over the next 30 years. Not only will Lindsay almost double in population by 2031, to about 42,000, but Kawartha Lakes will balloon to close to 100,000 people over the same time. When asked about this growth, Taylor says that most of it will be in Lindsay, with modest growth in other areas such as Bobcaygeon, Fenelon Falls, Omemee and Woodville. Taylor points out that almost 22,000 new homes are expected to be built by 2051 with 16,700 of them to be built in Lindsay. “Lindsay is where the demand for growth is occurring,” Taylor says, “and where the servicing and infrastructure and amenities like the hospital, college, shopping, and transit are in place to support growth.” Taylor adds that the municipality’s growth plan encourages most of the new units to be in Lindsay to capitalize on some of the infrastructure listed above. 12

The CAO expects that some commercial growth will accompany this explosion of new homes over the next few decades, but that the majority of commercial growth will be in population-supporting jobs such as healthcare and retail, rather than industrial. To make these new builds possible, Taylor tells the Advocate that documents like the Water and Wastewater Servicing and Master Capacity Plan will be critical. This was first initiated in 2023 to identify the existing service constraints and provide a long-term water and wastewater servicing structure. Taylor also expects to see other infrastructure growth supports, including road and bridge expansions. Landfill capacity will also be considered.

Taylor points out that almost 22,000 new homes are expected to be built by 2051 with 16,700 of them to be built in Lindsay.

The CAO adds that as growth occurs, population amenities and services such as parks, trails, community spaces, parking, recreation facilities and more will be expanded. These amenities all differ in size, scale and timing. He said a large capital project such as a new community centre would take two to three years to build. The city’s plan is to continue to use existing community amenities by refreshing or expanding capacity before building new amenities.

The neighbourhood that has sprung up across from Jennings Creek, in Lindsay, is one of many that are obvious signs of the town's massive growth spurt. Photo: Sienna Frost.

Taylor confirms that with growth there will be a necessary expansion of staff to ensure the city moves forward in an organized manner. “Staffing will be resourced alongside development stages,” Taylor says. Staff demand fluctuates depending on the phase of development. For example, planning staff are used a lot in the development phase. Whereas building, engineering and permitting staff resources are added on and used in the development reviews and approvals stage. “We are currently expanding staffing in these areas to meet the demand. Operations staffing will expand with population growth and service demand. This effects such departments as fire, police, paramedics, community services, public works and human services.” Taylor also addressed the concerns many residents have expressed to the Advocate that the newly revitalized downtowns in Lindsay, Fenelon Falls, Bobcaygeon and Omemee have the potential of becoming traffic bottlenecks and parking nightmares, especially in the Lindsay of the future where the lion’s share of growth will occur. “Downtowns across the city will remain as destinations for

existing and future residents,” Taylor said, noting the city is monitoring parking.

Small business owners concerned, hopeful Even though the city is monitoring the parking capacity in Lindsay, Nugent, the men’s hairstylist, said he’s concerned about traffic flow in town, and with the lack of affordable housing. For Jeff Tompkins of RJT Office Solutions in Cambridge Mall, he says parking in the downtown core “is tight already and adding more cars will make it harder for people to shop at all the stores downtown.” “They will get frustrated trying to park and go elsewhere. More parking infrastructure will help.” In fact, a 2021 parking study looked at parking in downtown Fenelon Falls, Lindsay and Bobcaygeon already to ensure adequate parking until 2031, or even when the city reaches a population of 100,000, according to Taylor. One positive of the massive growth that Nugent sees is all the retirees who are moving here “are community-minded people” who will be good for the town. 13

Wally Nugent, owner of Wally's Haircutting for Men in Lindsay, wonders about the shortage of medical staff if the city grows too fast. Photo: Sienna Frost.

Tim James, broker of record for Affinity Group Pinnacle Realty in Lindsay, strikes a positive note about the growth. “This is a very exciting time,” he says. “Lindsay is well positioned to become the central hub of the Kawartha Lakes.” James says with more people able to work remotely, coupled with our proximity to the GTA, “Lindsay is fast becoming an option for people who want to experience small town living.” The realtor says we must trust that “our municipal leaders will work with the developers to make sure that the town grows in a…responsible manner.” James says he is excited about the prospect of Lindsay becoming a “commercially self-sustaining community.” Many “residents have traditionally shopped in Peterborough or Oshawa,” he adds. This new opportunity with so much added growth will bring prosperity to both local businesses and big businesses, “but also create economic conveniences,” along with providing a small-town experience, he says. Tompkins agrees there are opportunities for the downtown core, although he is worried about the lack of industry and jobs to be able to support “such rapid growth and development.” 14

The chance for “downtown businesses to grow and really succeed,” are there, he says, and “more people mean more customer opportunities to visit our stores.” Tompkins also believes that creating more activities to bring people to the downtown core will “really create a sense of community that will unite the locals and our new neighbours.” From the city’s perspective, Taylor says the approach for downtowns is to encourage intensification of homes and businesses near the core, and that means creating connected downtowns to nearby amenities through walking, cycling and transit services. That will come as good news for another realtor in Lindsay, Tracy Hennekam, broker of record at Royale Town & Country Realty in the downtown. She says “of course more houses is great for me as a realtor.” But she questions if there are enough town bus routes or a viable Uber service. “I see a lot of people walking,” and she wonders if that’s because of a lack of transportation services. Like Nugent, she also cites medical care as a concern for so many more people, and adds education to the list of concerns, wondering if there is enough school capacity.

Chief Administrative Officer Ron Taylor.

Challenges like this to the municipality’s growth often call for looking at successful practices in other places. The CAO was asked if council members and staff had travelled to other communities that had experienced this level of rapid growth, and if so, what had they learned? “We’re looking to our senior staff with invaluable experience from high-growth areas. These individuals understand the essential groundwork needed to support development.” One of the city’s core principles, he says, is that growth should sustain itself. Taylor believes that where possible and feasible, growth should pay for growth. This means utilizing development charges to ensure that new development contributes to the critical infrastructure required to support it. By doing so, Taylor said the city can hopefully aim to alleviate the tax burden on Kawartha Lakes residents, preventing the need for significant increases in the general tax levy to fund essential infrastructure capital. Hennekam says that overall, she is looking forward to the growth, saying the increased diversity will be good for the community. “Adding money, with the building charges and development charges, to our economy is also good.” LA — with files from Roderick Benns.


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We will remember them Local veterans from all branches of military service overcame adversity By Ian McKechnie

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old, age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. at the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them." So reads what is perhaps the most famous line from British poet Laurence Binyon’s For The Fallen, which first appeared in The Times in 1914, and is heard annually at Remembrance Day ceremonies. It is a powerful reminder that not everyone who was called up for active service in the world’s great wars came home. Most were in the prime of life, some barely out of high school, when they were cut down on faraway battlefields. Decades have passed. We will remember them. Others did indeed return home, albeit with the scars – both visible and invisible – of conflict. After being discharged, they pursued a variety of careers. Some talked openly about their experiences; for others, the memory of war was something best left unspoken. And we will remember them, too. Those that survived the ravages of war are called veterans, and the Advocate will profile a handful of them every November – starting this year. As the last print news media in Kawartha Lakes, we believe it is our duty to remember and honour these men and women in this fashion. Their stories will come from all over Kawartha Lakes; the conflicts in which they served range from the South African War of 1899-1902 to the First World War of 19141918, from the Second World War of 1939-1945 to the Korean conflict of 1950-1953 – and beyond. They will be drawn from all branches of military service. Well into the 1970s and 1980s, it was still possible to see elderly veterans of the First World War (sometimes called “The Great War for Civilization”) marching in Remembrance Day parades. A youthful sense of adventure fre18

quently motivated them to sign up; so too did loyalty to King and Country when an increasingly aggressive German Empire and Austro-Hungarian Empire, it was thought, threatened the western world. Over 66,000 Canadians died in that bloody conflict. Still among us though dwindling in number every year are veterans of the Second World War. Once again, powerful countries jockeying for primacy on the world stage brought about worldwide warfare; the atrocities being committed by the German Reich added a sinister layer to the chaos unfolding across Europe. And once again, people from our community laid down their lives in the service of others. They number among the 45,400 Canadians who died between 1939 and 1945. Over the last 80 years, Canadians have served in many theatres of war. Apart from the Korean War, there have been multiple peacekeeping missions to all corners of the globe, ongoing warfare in parts of eastern Europe, and, for more than a decade, the war in Afghanistan. On top of this, of course, Canadian service personnel have battled wildfires, floods, and a pandemic. Whether immortalized on a headstone in a local cemetery or still active in local Legions, our veterans have some remarkable stories to tell. Here then, are six individuals from across our municipality who answered the call to serve. The Advocate is indebted to Branch 67 of The Royal Canadian Legion for their assistance with this feature.

Lt. John McQuarrie, 109th Battalion of Victoria & Haliburton Counties Argyle-born John McQuarrie came into the world in 1894 and was working as a bank clerk in Toronto by 1916, when the 109th Battalion of Victoria and Haliburton Counties came calling. He was taken on strength that spring, and reached Europe with the rank of lieutenant. Injuries brought about by shelling and shell gas poisoning in 1917 left McQuarrie in fragile shape; he was struck off strength in 1919 and would go on to work for the Canadian Pacific Railway and de Havilland aircraft, before becoming a clerk at Massey-Harris. He retired around 1952 and died in 1963, aged 69.

Dovie Matilda Mann (Ross Memorial Hospital archives)

Lt. Nursing Sister Dovie Matilda Mann, Canadian Army Medical Corps Born in Apsley in 1887, Dovie Matilda Mann was one of some 40 women from across Kawartha Lakes who served as nursing sisters during the First World War. Known to friends and family as Tilly, Mann came to Lindsay as a preteen and apparently had her sights set on becoming a nurse. After graduating from Ross Memorial Hospital’s nursing program, she worked as a hospital matron in Pembroke for about a year before heading overseas, where she served in England and France. Tuberculosis brought Tilly back to Canada in 1917, and she died from pneumonia in 1928, aged 41.

John McQuarrie (McKechnie collection)


Able Seaman Gordon Gibbins, Royal Canadian Navy Gordon Gibbins was not quite 18 years old when he joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1941. Born in 1923, he went on to serve as an anti-submarine sonar operator on the HMCS Sans Peur, the HMCS Kootenay, and the HMCS Trentonian. The latter vessel had spent only two years at sea when it was torpedoed by a German submarine near Falmouth, England, on Feb. 22, 1945. Six lives were lost; among those who survived the sinking was Able Seaman Gordon Gibbins. He remained active in the Lindsay Legion well into his sunset years and died in 2018, aged 95.

Thomas H. Eberlee (Kawartha Lakes Public Library)

Col. Thomas H. Eberlee, 45th Field Battery Born in 1900, Thomas H. Eberlee was older than the average enlistee when he was called up for service with the 45th Field Battery in 1941. Having served as principal at Lindsay Collegiate Institute since 1938, it was natural for Eberlee to be assigned to the Canadian Army’s Educational Branch. In this capacity, he was sent to Italy and became director of education for Canadian military personnel stationed in the Mediterranean area. Eberlee was promoted to Colonel in 1945 and returned to his principal’s desk at L.C.I. in 1946. He moved on from L.C.I. in 1961 and died in 1994. 20

Gordon Gibbins (Br. 67, Royal Canadian Legion)

Douglas Louch, Royal Canadian Navy/Royal Canadian Air Force Lindsay's Douglas Louch had a career in the Canadian Armed Forces that lasted for close to 30 years. Born in 1931, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy at 18 as a communications operator and saw service in the Korean War aboard the HMCS Iroquois. While sailing off the coast of North Korea, Louch’s vessel was faced with enemy fire that killed three and wounded another 10. In 1954, Louch joined the Royal Canadian Air Force, serving as a radio operator. He spent another two decades in the CAF before retiring in 1975. Louch passed away in 2023, aged 91. LA

Thomas Cook (Br. 67, Royal Canadian Legion)

Gunner Thomas Cook, Canadian Army The late Thomas Cook was one of over 25,000 Canadians who served in the Korean War. Born in 1932, Cook was two months past his 20th birthday when he joined the Canadian Army on Sept. 14, 1952. He served in both Canada and Korea during this conflict and was among those who fired the final smoke shells before a truce came into effect in 1953. Cook was honourably discharged in the autumn of 1954 and went on to join the Toronto Scottish Regiment reserve unit. He later retired to Kirkfield, Ontario, and died in 2021, aged 88.

Douglas Louch (Br. 67, Royal Canadian Legion)


We remember those who gave so much. From Mayor Doug Elmslie and Kawartha Lakes Council.



Remembrance Day 2023


Ward 3 Resident Viv Martell's late father Wilfrid Laurier Martell: Royal Canadian Corps of Signals French and National Order of the Legion of Honour recipient for helping liberate Normandy.

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Ontario Minor Hockey Association AAA proposes to dissolve Central Ontario Wolves Opinion Sad and surprising news has shocked our local hockey community with the abrupt announcement of a motion to dissolve the Central Ontario Wolves AAA after this year. The motion will apparently be made at the November Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) board meeting.

Dozens of students participated in the annual cross-country event.

Cross country a standing tradition for TLDSB, students and staff The annual cross-country meet happened on Oct. 5 for more than 20 schools in Haliburton and Kawartha Lakes within the Trillium Lakes District School Board (TLDSB). Each year, between 800-1,000 kids, from Grades 2-8, run the course at Ken Reid conservation area, supported by teachers, volunteers and parents, with an estimated 1,200 people in attendance. What makes it special, according to lead coordinator Lexie VanKooten, “is seeing it all come together. The kids who’ve been training, the experience, the endorphins and especially hearing the cheers.” VanKooten speaks from experience; she assumed the coordinator role 13 years ago from her mother, Kyla Rowbotham, proving that cross country is truly a generational sport. The top 10 heat winners (primary Grades 2-3; juniors 4-5; intermediate 6-7 and seniors Grade 8s) receive a ribbon and are celebrated amongst the schools. Interestingly, year over year the first-place finisher in every heat is typically within 10 seconds of the previous year. But the fact that so many students are able to come together and participate across the board is 26

The decision has left a bitter taste in the mouths of many hockey enthusiasts in the Kawartha Lakes region. For nearly three decades, the Wolves provided a vital local competitive option for talented young hockey players across our region, where small town players could play against the best in North America. However, with OMHA enacting strategies aimed at improving competitiveness at the AAA level, the Wolves have become the latest casualty in the pursuit of a more elite league. Founded in 1993, the Wolves are more than just a hockey team; they are a symbol of community pride and an opportunity for local players to showcase their skills on a larger stage. As one of the original players and current U11 head coach, the recommendation to dismantle the organization is dispiriting. It will not only leave many local kids searching for new teams, but also leaves the Kawartha Lakes region with a stark choice: either settle for local hockey leagues that may lack the level of North American competition exposure offered by AAA hockey, or endure grueling, time-consuming drives to distant cities for games and practices. While the OMHA's intentions to raise the level of competitiveness in AAA hockey are commendable, it's essential to consider the broader impact. By dissolving the Wolves, the OMHA has inadvertently created a gap in the local sports fabric, depriving talented young athletes of the chance to represent their communities and forcing families into challenging logistics. For years, the hockey options in Kawartha were AAA or local representative with nothing in between. One local minor hockey board director shared that already more than 10 per cent of local players leave local centres to play com-

petitive hockey. Now, the OMHA has rendered local hockey as the only option within the Kawartha region and surely the ‘exporting’ of rural players into bigger centres will rise. We can’t help but watch OMHA governance and procedures unintentionally penalize our local youth here and elsewhere in rural Ontario as they vote to pass the dissolution of our cherished Wolves with what appears to be no plan in place for any new or competitive programming for over 1,100 local registered players.


Instead of dismantling and leaving behind no competitive local options, the OMHA should explore alternative strategies to foster competitiveness while preserving the spirit of community-based sports. Designating both AAA mega zones, and smaller AA zones could strike the right balance. And there appears to be nothing preventing the OMHA to designate AA ‘zones’ to offer small towns an opportunity to retain their local programs and have an elite option. In the end, the proposed dissolution of the Wolves organization should serve as a reminder that there's more to sports than just competition. It's also about fostering a sense of belonging, nurturing local talent, and supporting the communities that have cheered on their young athletes for generations. As a proud former Wolves player, I hope the OMHA board and their representatives haven’t lost sight of that.


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Kawartha Manufacturer's Association relaunches The Kawartha Manufacturers Association (KMA) has relaunched in the Kawartha Region. With the support of the Peterborough and Kawartha Lakes Economic Development Agencies, the KMA empowers local manufacturers to collectively tackle issues, share insights, and drive economic prosperity. Their first meeting since the relaunch was held at Launch Kawartha in downtown Lindsay, which was followed by a tour of Mariposa Dairy. Visit to learn more.

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Integrated care hub for people experiencing homelessness coming to Lindsay By Kirk Winter

Kawartha Lakes Council has approved a full-time facility for assisting people who are homeless and those living on the street. Partially funded by the municipality, it will open in a central location in Lindsay, possibly before the end of 2023. Manager of housing for Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton, Michelle Corley, and Superintendent of Community Paramedics, Autumn Campbell, spearheaded the presentation to council. They told councillors and senior staff that based on the success of a four-hour-a-week pilot mobile care hub currently operating, it is time for the city to move forward and approve a hub that will have a permanent site and much more predictable hours. The project will require an additional $700,000 in city money for 2023-2024, plus a regular yearly subsidy from the municipality as part of the Housing Services annual budget. It is believed the new site will provide those who are currently homeless with the services they are not currently getting in a reliable and timely manner.

People experiencing homelessness Corley and her group, in an additional study presented to council, believe that there are at least 160 unhoused people in the combined municipality, with a core of 45-50 people periodically experiencing unsheltered homelessness by staying outside, or in vehicles, as of August 2023. City housing agency statistics suggest that there are likely another 30 or so individuals experiencing homelessness who have not officially come to the attention of agencies trying to help because these residents have not connected with any city services so far. Corley and her researchers report that 78 percent are single adults. There are also a disproportionately high number of 30

those who identify as Indigenous, or on the LGTBQIA2S+ spectrum. One in five are pet owners, pushing the need for pet-friendly shelter beds which are now only becoming a reality as research supports that “psychological well-being for the homeless are improved for those who have pets.” The report also states that a number of these individuals, who are now homeless, were previously couch surfing with friends who lived in city housing at 68 Lindsay Street North or 111 William Street North. Because of new security protocols at both establishments, they are no longer welcome. Corley said in the study that the goal of those who assist these individuals is to make homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring. Corley told council that the homeless have been significantly impacted by the pandemic and have trouble getting their basic needs met.

The pilot project The four-hour-a-week pilot program that began in February of 2023 has seen over 800 people and provides a low barrier support program that features staff and funding from Ross Memorial Hospital (RMH), the John Howard Society, city housing and the paramedics. These divergent groups work cooperatively to provide the homeless one stop shopping for the many needs they may have from nutrition to medical and mental health care assistance. The program currently rotates weekly using three different sites: A Place Called Home, 68 Lindsay Street North and 111 William Street North. “People can attend and receive help from many different service providers all in one place,” Campbell said, “and ensure that their unmet needs are being addressed. Other service providers are joining in at the mobile hub and the funding is servicing the correct individuals.”

Campbell told council the program has experienced a number of success stories where initially reluctant potential clients have learned to trust the service providers hosting the mobile hubs and have benefitted by receiving medical care, mental health care and access to pharmacists. Campbell also pointed out that every patient seen at the mobile hub is likely one fewer who calls 911 or shows up in the RMH emergency ward. Corley calls the successes of the pilot program small but important wins for these individuals, and with Campbell, wants to see the idea expand to a permanent location open seven days a week. “We need to change how we deliver services,” Corley said. “A change in how the service is delivered can change the impact and lead to success in the lives of our residents.”

A new larger facility “A bigger, stronger hub is needed,” Corley said. “Once a location is secured for the hub, we can provide many different services.” These include a rest zone, a warming and cooling space, harm reduction supports and supplies, primary care services, first aid and wound care, mental health and addictions support, scheduled activities and events, meals, washrooms, referrals to Ontario Works and housing, peer support, employment training and consumption and treatment services. Corley told council that $1.2 million in provincial homeless funding could be used for securing a permanent space under the auspices of the John Howard Society, and once the real estate is purchased additional funding will follow from other groups, including the municipality, which will allow providers to broaden the services offered.

seem to be getting the homeless funding, but hopes that Kawartha Lakes will get more provincial funding once it becomes clear that no federal money is forthcoming. Warren appreciated that the hub is addressing mental health issues, because she agrees that “hopelessness leads to drugs.” Councillor Dan Joyce wanted to know the genesis for the idea and if the Kawartha Lakes program would be modelled off a very successful homeless program pioneered in Kingston. Corley agreed that the Kawartha Lakes program is largely modelled on the Kingston program, but with one key difference. “Our site will not be a safe consumption site for right now,” Corley said. Councillor Mike Perry wanted to know when these kinds of services might be made available in Fenelon Falls. “Fenelon Falls will be next on the list,” Corley said. “There is a greater need there than other (smaller) communities.” Perry asked if funding could be included in the proposal to bring people needing the help of the integrated care hub into Lindsay. Corley noted Perry’s request but suggested “it was a little early for those kinds of considerations,” and later in her presentation noted that Lindsay is facing the greatest need. “We will expand to other opportunities once funding is available.”

“We are aiming for seven days a week” support, she said, serving the most complex needs first.

Council offers support “This is a good news story,” said Deputy Mayor Tracy Richardson. “The impact you (the mobile hub) have made is incredible. It is amazing to think about what the future will be once a seven-days-a-week facility is available.” Richardson, however, wanted to know more about where the funding is coming from. Corley said the initial $1.2 million will be used for capital spending (like the building purchase). “We expect more funding from health care providers for daily operations,” Corley said. Councillor Pat Warren wanted to know why Peterborough has received federal funding for homeless services and Kawartha Lakes has not. Corley said she did not have the exact answer but hypothesized that larger urban centres

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Duncan Chalmers “Chum” Gillespie Royal Canadian Navy Duncan Chalmers “Chum” Gillespie ( 1923-1979), son of Stanley and Annie Gillespie of Kitchener, Ontario, served in the Second World War in the Royal Canadian Navy and was stationed upon the H.M.C.S. QU' APPELLE. Assigned to the Western Approaches Command the QU'APPELLE was a part of the 6th Escort Group based at Londonderry Port, but she was transferred to the 12th Escort Group in May where she later patrolled the western entrance to the English Channel after the Normandy landings to protect shipping from German attacks. Together with three other destroyers QU'APPELLE attacked three German patrol boats off Brest on the night of 5–6 July, with the German patrol boat V715 being sunk and QU'APPELLE only lightly damaged. After the war, Chum came home to marry his sweet heart Jean Moore and have a family in Lindsay, Ontario. Chum worked for Bell Telephone and Jean was the beloved secretary of Parkview Public School for many years.

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that ever met him. He left this world with grace, humour, determination and the grit of a true Spartan. Our world weeps at the loss of him. His memory will remain eternal in our hearts.”

Early Life Karkabasis had the itch to travel at a young age. He wound up in Toronto as a 16-year-old and “found he loved it here,” says Dedes. “He was working day and night shifts in multiple positions, intent on completing his high school diploma,” says Dedes. Karkabasis found a high school on Bathurst Street where English language courses were taught to the thousands of new Canadians coming to live and work in the bustling city. Between learning English and other needed courses, as well as working at multiple jobs, he completed his high school equivalent. On a return trip to Greece in the 1960s Karkabasis would meet his future wife, Cathe, and they were married within months, in 1962. Their marriage would last more than 61 years. They were a part of the third wave of Greek nationals to North America, most of whom arrived for economic reasons, to make a better life. While Karkabasis was in Toronto, he heard that the Cottage Restaurant on Kent Street in Lindsay was coming available. Seeing an opportunity, the family moved to Lindsay in 1969.

Chris Karakbasis, who long ago dreamt of a better life in Canada for his future family, and found it in Lindsay, died Oct. 4 at 84. Karkabasis, who grew up in a small village about 10 km outside of Sparta, Greece, had returned to Greece in 2019 with his wife, Cathe. They were trying to avoid the long Canadian winter, with the intention of returning to Lindsay in the spring. When COVID caused lockdowns in Europe, they decided instead to settle into life not far from Mount Taygetos, just outside of Sparta. The long-time owner and proprietor of Lindsay’s storied Olympia Restaurant, Karkabasis had also owned and operated The Cottage Restaurant, just down the street. In a public statement made on social media, daughter Nicki Dedes, who was in Greece with her father when he died, said “it is with tremendous sadness to announce the passing of my father…” “A magnificent, kind soul that was my wonderful father, mentor and friend. He lived large in every sense of the word, imparting an innate and deep wisdom to everyone 38

The restaurant was open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m., seven days a week. “We loved growing up in a smaller community,” says Dedes. “It was very welcoming. Meanwhile, down the street, Eudoxia Tozios, a dynamic Greek woman, had been running the popular Olympia Tea Room for more than three decades. (And prior to it being the tea room, it operated as Olympia Candy Works in the 1920s, making the Olympia name in Lindsay more than a century old.) In 1980, Tozios approached Karkabasis to see if he was interested in buying it. For about a year, the Karkabasis family were running both the Cottage Restaurant and the Olympia at the same time before a cousin took over the Cottage for another decade. In 2018, Karkabasis was given a rare lifetime achievement award from the Lindsay + District Chamber of Commerce. One of the founders of the BIA, he also served as a councillor for the Town of Lindsay and was a past Lindsay and District Chamber of Commerce president. Much of the background for this piece on the life of Chris Karkabasis was originally published in 2022.

Reflecting on Chris Karkabasis Pat and I were saddened to learn of the recent passing of Lindsay icon, Chris Karkabasis. I first met Chris approximately 50 years ago, when, as a new young lawyer in town, I would often have lunch at his Cottage Restaurant that was just around the corner from my law firm. We both ran for two of the six positions on Lindsay Council, collaborating and campaigning together and were both very lucky to be elected for the 1976 to 1978 term. I will never forget most of that election day in December of 1975. We celebrated at the Cottage Restaurant and later Chris took me to a back room and proceeded to teach me the virtues of ouzo. I have not had so much as a sip since. After that, we enjoyed a long association, serving together on town council. I learned a lot from him, including that passion has a place in municipal politics. His dogged determination, saw many of his pet projects or issues through to completion. He was a strong supporter, not only of the Chamber, but also, of the Academy Theatre and of the downtown core. He had a strong sense of civic duty for all the taxpayers of Lindsay.

Although Chris was successful, he was never too busy to sit down with you and have a coffee and share his words of wisdom. In a council meeting, if he was desperate, he would dig down deep into his Greek heritage and regale us with (and somehow link it to the issue at hand) the Battle of Thermopylae, where 400 brave Spartans, led by his hero, Leonidas, fended off tens of thousands of Persians for many days. If I had the right of reply, I would remind Chris, and those present and voting, that not only did Leonidas lose that battle, but the Spartans lost the war. Chris was definitely opinionated; some would say stubborn. I would rather call it persistent. He was passionate and proud, of his wife, Cathe, of his children, Nicki and Louis, and of his grandchildren. He cared for his extended family, his friends, and his community. Although Chris was successful, he was never too busy to sit down with you and have a coffee and share his words of wisdom. It didn’t matter where you came from or who you were, he was there, to listen and to share. Here’s to you old friend, it is time for me to have another glass of ouzo in your memory. But this time, as I am older and wiser, I will be sipping and savouring one glass, as I ponder over how I can help you figure out how Leonidas could have won.

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Lindsay's massive growth includes Flato Development's Grace & Grand community, soon to be built just off Highway 36 in Lindsay. We'll be keeping a watch on the town's accelerated growth through regular drone shots in the coming months. Drone photography: Kestin York.


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The best things in life aren’t things

ing less. As one X (now Twitter) post said: It’s Black Friday. Save Big! Buy Nothing.

“We buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like,” said Dave Ramsey, financial advisor and best-selling author.

That’s what Vancouverite Ted Dave had in mind when he launched Buy Nothing Day in 1992. He wanted to foster a lasting commitment to consume less and produce less waste. Both Black Friday and Buy Nothing Day fall on the same day. This year it’s Friday Nov. 24.

Given the state of the planet’s resources, there’s truth in them thar words. In the last 50 years, the world’s population has doubled, but consumption has quadrupled. Surely, it’s not all stuff we needed. What we consume, from the raw materials to manufacturing and transportation, accounts for half of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to a report for the United Nations Environment Programme. Stats from the folks who determine Earth Overshoot Day show that if everyone lived like Canadians, it would take the resources of five Earths to support humanity. Darling, we can’t go on like this. But Christmas is coming. And before that, Black Friday, defined by Canadian not-for-profit Adbusters as “people trampling each other to buy stuff the day after being thankful for what they have.” I’ve been there. Using a trip to an outlet mall on Black Friday as an excuse to buy Christmas gifts and spend some time with “the girls,” I came away with a couple of gifts, but ended up buying more for myself. I rarely go shopping so I was like a kid in a candy store. Afterwards, I needed therapy for my retail therapy. The author of a 2019 study of the spending of millennials at the University of Arizona reported that people who buy less show fewer depressive symptoms. And a 2014 study showed that adults who are less materialistic tend to be happier. Then there are the financial benefits of consum-

I know I don’t need more stuff in my house. My family has decided to minimize gift-giving, sticking to making donations to a favoured charity in someone’s honour for Christmas, or giving services – a ski pass, a concert ticket or a restaurant dinner. It’s estimated that $100 spent on goods has three times the emissions of $100 spent on services. Admittedly, some of these options are a challenge if you have kids anxiously awaiting Santa. Sometimes it’s hard to resist the allure of advertising aimed at parting us with our money. To fight back, shopping experts suggest that it helps to make a list of what we need before heading to the stores. And first think about whether we really do need an item. Is there already one in the cupboard or closet? Can we repair instead of replacing it? Thrift it, or borrow it from a friend? Buy Nothing Day has spread to over 60 countries. In several U.S. states, communities hold Buy Nothing Day winter coat exchanges. It all helps. The more mindfully we shop the better, for the planet, and our wallets. The fact that we’re burning through the world’s resources at an unprecedented rate adds new meaning to an Adbusters’ question: Will you live, or will you buy? 45

Bringing up the rear: The colourful caboose and its crew On the night of Nov. 13, 1923, a westbound passenger train enroute from Port Hope to Lindsay was approaching the Grand Trunk Railway storage sidings east of the Scugog River, where crews had been busy shunting empty freight cars into position. The work was risky at the best of times; the fog hovering over town this particular evening made the task much more challenging. Shortly before 6:20 p.m., the westbound train crashed into the shunting engine at high speed, killing locomotive fireman J.H. Peck and giving engineer George Hannivan a severe shaking up. The force of the impact was such that a caboose trailing the shunting engine decoupled and rolled towards Lindsay, its speed increasing as it hurtled across the iron bridge. “It shot across the Lindsay Street crossing with the speed of a racehorse,” reported The Lindsay Daily Post, “and as it passed the station, Yardmaster Jack O’Keefe made a leap, mounted the steps and brought the caboose to a standstill.” 100 years have passed since that fateful evening, and the caboose has long since vanished from the nation’s railways – and with the passing of the years, it may well disappear from the public consciousness, as well. Few people younger than 40 have living memory of these charming old vehicles. (There are a pair of them on display in Lindsay’s Memorial Park, among other places.) 46

Conductor Harold Hawkins (left) and brakeman Weston Reid (right) pose on C.N.R. caboose no. 78770 in Danforth Yard (Toronto) after bringing a freight train down from Lindsay, 1958. Courtesy Jason Whiteley.

So what function did the caboose serve, and who worked in them? Known colloquially as a cabin car, crummy, doghouse, hack, or van, the caboose played a vital role in local railway operations for more than a century. Most were equipped with a cupola, from which the train crew could watch for any shifting loads or “hotboxes” (overheated axle bearings) on the railcars in front of them. The caboose carried tools and equipment required for any enroute repairs; a cookstove, table, and cushioned benches also made it an ideal place to take a coffee break or have lunch. When track switches had to be thrown manually, the platform at the rear of the caboose offered a convenient (if dangerous) place to board the slow-moving train as it moved from one spur or siding to another, picking up and setting off freight cars.

From a desk in the caboose, the conductor was responsible for preparing vital paperwork about what the train was carrying and where the various freight cars were destined. He also oversaw the train’s movements, utilizing flags or lanterns to communicate with his colleagues in the locomotive. Working alongside the conductor in the caboose was the tailend brakeman, who perhaps had one of the most dangerous tasks of all. Until the first decade or so of the 20th century, brakemen had to walk along the top of moving trains, setting brakes on individual cars by hand. With the advent of the Westinghouse air brake, the brakeman’s responsibilities largely shifted to setting handbrakes while a train was at rest, coupling and uncoupling cars, and throwing track switches. All of these tasks could result in injury to life or limb, and the local press is replete with tales of brakemen who met their fate while on the job. John Campbell, a Scottish-born brakeman working out of Lindsay, was struck by a train and killed on Nov. 13, 1908, while coupling cars together in the G.T.R.’s Orillia yards. “‘Scotty,’ as he was familiarly called, was a general favourite with the local employees of the G.T.R.,” The Lindsay Daily Post reported a week later. “He was a model young man, sober and industrious, and of a genial disposition.” Tragedy struck again in 1914, when Wilbert F. Sucee, a Lindsay-based brakeman, was crushed to death when the caboose he was riding through the G.T.R. yards at Midland crashed into a string of coal cars. Only 27 years old, Sucee left behind a wife and a four-year-old daughter.

Faced with these risks, local brakemen frequently became front-line advocates for better compensation. “As a freight brakeman, I worked in the month of December 31 days, ten hours a day, or thirty-one hundred miles,” noted an unnamed letter-writer in the July 21, 1910 issue of the Watchman Warder. “For this,” he remarked unhappily, “the rate of pay is $1.90 per hundred miles, or 19 cents per hour, amounting to $58.90 for the month – truly a ‘large’ salary for 31 days for ten hours a day at an occupation that cripples and kills so many of our men.” Life would become marginally easier for brakemen as time passed – especially as improvements were made to their rolling office. An editorial in the July 12, 1966 edition of The Lindsay Daily Post noted that Canadian National was undertaking a plan to update its fleet of cabooses. Shock-absorbing underframes and upholstered chairs were among the anticipated improvements. “Refrigeration and radio telephones are other electrical innovations scheduled to pamper the boys who bring up the rear,” noted the Post. But the end was quite literally in sight. In 1988, the Canadian Transport Commission authorized both the Canadian National and Canadian Pacific Railways to replace their cabooses with end-of-train devices, which marked off the rear of a train and measured brake pressure. Like the tracks on which it rolled, the colourful caboose and its crew would soon vanish from Kawartha Lakes.

CP Rail locomotive no. 8168 guides a caboose across Queen Street, Lindsay, at some point in the 1970s. Courtesy Kawartha Lakes Public Library.


RECIPE 1 cup flour 1 cup yellow cornmeal 1 tbsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 2/3 cup applesauce 1 cup milk 1/3 cup canola oil

CORNBREAD This month’s recipe is for cornbread, a perfect side to last month’s chili recipe. This cornbread recipe in particular is an easy one to make dairy free and vegan as well, simply use non-dairy milk in place of cow’s milk. If you’re travelling or camping, cook the cornbread in muffin tins and the cornbread will be easier to pack with you. Cornbread freezes great as well! Simply bake and then freeze once cooled.


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease an 8 or 9 inch baking dish. Two loaf pans, a cast iron pan or a muffin tin work as well.


Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl, then add wet ingredients and mix well.


Pour batter into prepared pans.


Bake in oven until toothpick or knife inserted into the centre of the pan comes out clean, about 20-25 minutes.

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Christmas Services December 3 10:30 a.m. Advent 1 – Communion A Christmas Festival concert with the Cambridge St Singers, Voices of Victory and La Jeunesse Youth Orchestra 3:00 p.m. December 10 10: 30 a.m. Advent 2 December 17 10:30 a.m. Advent 3 Service of Nine Lessons and Carols with orchestra December 24 10:30 a.m. Advent 4 - Family Service December 24 7:00 p.m. Living Christmas Pageant a re-enactment of the Bethlehem scene with a live cast including animals December 24 10:00 p.m. Candlelight Communion Service

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Lack of heritage designation for Mackenzie Mansion was a mistake

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By Trevor Hutchinson Contributing Editor

I have found myself still thinking about a recent decision made by Kawartha Lakes council. In a rather unusual move, the council voted to reject the recommendations of staff and the city’s heritage committee, to designate 1011 Portage Road, Township of Eldon — or as what most locals know as the Mackenzie mansion in Kirkfield — as a heritage building. As a history and train buff, and as someone who lived at the property for an epic summer in 1983, I have long been interested in the mansion and its many histories. As most people know, Sir Willam Mackenzie would go from being born in a log cabin to amassing (and losing) a great fortune primarily in railways and construction. When times were good, he built a summer estate that still stands today. The new owners, Jeff and Stella Margolian, made a deputation before council, stating that a historical designation could affect their insurability of the property and as a result could nullify their mortgage. This seemed to sway most of the councillors, who in a (somewhat rare) recorded vote, chose to overturn the recommendations of staff and committee. Councillor Charlie McDonald was quoted as saying, “We shouldn’t be going around telling people what they can and can’t do with their property.” Now I know McDonald to be a lifelong champion of this community as a business leader, a volunteer and now elected public servant. He is exactly 54

the type of person we should have representing us. But he is wrong on this issue. When it comes to heritage designation, all of which is mandated by provincial statute, telling people what they can and can’t do with their properties is exactly the job of a local government. It is the government's job to protect and enrich our shared history for future generations. A building owner doesn’t own the history. It’s ours. Despite evidence that heritage designation’s increase property value for an entire neighbourhood, they are always a hot-button topic. The October 2023 meeting of the Heritage Committee — composed of elected officials and appointed citizens — discussed the historical designation of four new properties and received official objections from the Trillium Lakelands District School Board for the historical designation of four of Lindsay’s older schools. Do historical designations add some limitations and more procedure to an owner of a designated property? Absolutely. Do they prevent an owner from making any changes to the property or building? Absolutely not. Our council does a great job, in my opinion, of representing the concerns of local citizens. Through many ways they are always listening to the voices of their constituents. But in many cases, like heritage, planning or environment matters, they are also tasked with representing the constituents 100 years from now. And they collectively fell short on this one.

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