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OVER THE BACK FENCE My personal journey as caregiver has come to an end. My beloved husband, John, passed away on March 22 after a long battle with heart failure. Since I became a 24/7 caregiver in October, facing a reality that I thought I was prepared for, I have learned so much. I thought I would share some thoughts with you. Our Provincial government, who continually boasts about their commitment to helping people with illness stay in their homes longer, needs a wakeup call. The lack of a process for those of us who care for ill folks at home needs more attention, providing real support for real situations, especially out here in rural areas. It’s not a Liberal party problem, as I’m certain the Conservatives will have their own version, should they be lucky enough to win in June. They want to keep people out of hospital beds … and I get that. But in order for that to happen, there needs to be a concentrated effort to ensure that the home caregiver is given the


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tools and support required. When John came home, I had no idea how to turn him over in the bed, how to pull him up so he would be sitting straight or how to help him stand up. Before he left the hospital, I should have been given a short training session from their physiotherapists or nurses on the best way to move him around. Talk about being thrown in the deep end. We had some great PSWs and nurses, though, who looked after John. Unfortunately, I had to leave them notes every day about what his “care plan” was for the day. There was no structure to their visits, no administrative process they had to follow. That should change. I could go on about specifics, but that’s not what this is about. I am so happy that I had the chance to have John at home until the end. The doctors from the Buckhorn Regional Health Centre who looked after him were incredible. My community is now standing beside me all the way with love and support as I go through the worst time in my life. I thank them, and thank you for your indulgence as I write this today.

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Expressions of disappointment about a cancelled development and lack of growth for the region in general, may seem appropriate. But on the other hand, many voices have expressed dismay and opposition in past months to expansion of local quarry operations and their resulting side effects on communities where they occur. Indeed, is it not contradictory, NIMBY even, to suggest that all “growth” is sure to bring us economic prosperity, yet at the same time decry the logical consequences of that growth? Unfortunately, the mantra that “growth is good” has now been repeated so loudly and for so many decades, that to suggest otherwise is crazy talk. Our planet, our bio-diverse ecosystems, our cherished natural waters and landscapes - are clearly finite, and rapidly dwindling, yet over and over again we are told that without explosive unfettered growth, we will surely freeze to death in our dark, dank caves. Every politician promises it. Local councils can’t sleep at night unless it happens. But growth is only entirely good if your calculator lacks a subtraction button. Sadly, most economists have selective eyesight, conveniently ignoring “externalities” like social impacts and environmental degradation in their accounting. “Development” of anything means that something else must be consumed and destroyed. Aggregates in particular are a key factor in the growth equation. Various online sources will tell you that the Province of Ontario itself consumes over 50% of the aggregates mined annually for its roads. The rest goes to other projects. Guess what? More development at any level likely means more infrastructure, more concrete, more building foundations, more shopping plazas, and yes, more roads.

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We’ve had our cake, and now we are eating it. Must we forever worship and feed the insatiable God of Growth, as it gradually devours us? Or can we critically re-think an economic model that systematically reduces the planet to nothing more than a basket of commodities with a price tag, then carves it up and sells it to the highest bidder. Where does that end?

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After being away recently, I have been catching up on my reading of the Promoter and The Lakefield Herald. I enjoy the  “Over The Back Fence” articles that you write. I would like to comment on a recent one where I read that the golf course/housing development at Flynn’s corner (in Trent Lakes) had gone by the “wayside.” Like you, I was very disappointed by this. It would have attracted tourists and permanent residents to our area. The Herald reported on that same subject adding that the Ontario government “seemed to encourage this project” then it “backed off in 2018 on the basis it would inhibit the further investment of quarries.” Could this be actually true? You also commented that quarries employ local people and add to the municipal tax base. Some important information: effective 2017, Class A & B quarry licenses on private land pay 19 cents per tonne (bigger than a ton) carried across the roads. However, the Municipality receives only 61 % of these royalties. Other municipalities these trucks drive through receive nothing. If the quarry is on Crown Land, municipalities receive nothing. The Province sets these royalty rates. I found some stats on the Internet, and they say in Ontario it costs 1 million dollars to build one kilometre of highway. In 2017, Trent Lakes received $41,402.47 in royalties from quarries. I asked COKL for the cost of the recent bridge repair in Bobcaygeon with no reply. However, you get the picture.   From 2016, Stats Canada indicates local people employed in mining, quarrying and gas extraction in Peterborough County was 425 and in COKL 245. This is 0.67% and 0.62% respectfully of the working labour force.  Arts, entertainment and recreation respectfully are 2.48% and 2.5% of the working labour force just to compare.   In my opinion, there needs to be a balance between people living in our area and quarries. The balance appears to be shifting and the Province appears to be aiding in this. The last Trent Lakes Mayor said a few years ago that “it’s way better if it goes on their dollar than on ours” to fight a quarry application.


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I have watched and been a part of local folks doing just that for the last 5 years with one specific quarry application. I wish Trent Lakes had stood up and given support. When will there be too many quarries and we will wake up and the beauty of our area has gone.   I am not sure what the answer is but I truly wish municipalities would wake up and work together to get creative in how to stop the influx of quarries. I get weary of hearing how much we need quarries and how it is “part of my toothpaste.” Well quarries need us too and when we all move out as they move in, our tax dollars we will no longer be available to help pay to repair the infrastructure, because the royalties they pay just don’t cut it.  Janet Klein Trent Lakes


I understand that there was a public presentation about a multi-million dollar project in Bobcaygeon on Canal St. as well as a request for suggestions on uses for Beach Park. It would appear that there was no public invite on either project as far as I can tell. The Canal Street presentation was attended by about 25 people out of 3700. I cross-checked with the Promoter and searched MyKawartha for any reference to a public process. There were none! It seems that the Planning department actually sent out personal emails to at least some if not all of the attendees asking for their support. This would appear to be “cherry picking” the audience. It is unfortunate that one of the Councillors was disappointed it wasn’t a personal photo op and said so before leaving! Public consultation does not occur on a whim. It is mandated in the Municipal Act that you, “must have meaningful consultations with the public”! This is not an isolated incident but an endemic practice of the City staff! I had contacted the City about the public consultation process for the new website that ended up with a paltry 50 people out of a possible 72,000 residents deciding what the new platform would look like. They only partially answered the simple question of the process they went through to consult the public. When I back-checked the reply I found it to be incorrect. The problem was handed to the CAO, who again promised to respond. That was last year. As yet


no response! I would like you to answer these questions:   a) I want to know the process you went through to inform the public about 1) the website, 2) the Canal St presentation and 3) the Beach Park Public Survey.  b) I want to know in which media you advertised in: print and social media.  c) I want to know why you chose to give a presentation when you know most of the residents are snowbirds and still south? d) Why was it timed around March Break where people are busy with kids and vacations?  e) I also want to know why emails were sent to select residents. I am on their email list and they know that I take a keen interest in the decisions being made in the village especially construction plans. Where was my email? In closing, I would like to add that the public consultation process is not a matter of doing the absolute minimum required consultation; only just enough to clear the bar in the provincial guidelines for consultation. Provincial guidelines state that the “consultation process should resemble a partnership with the public”. That is exactly what it should be: open, transparent and inclusive.  Steve Clarke Citizens for Direct Democracy


So, we have civic-minded people who scour the roadsides picking up our trash. They get my personal gratitude, and praise. Yet the City spouts forth enough regulations to deter people from making this amazing contribution to our environment. It is these people who keep Kawartha Lakes Beautiful, not the staff who pen these outlandish laws. These laws are paper-thin. They will not stop the trash from containing needles, noxious materials, or explosives. The staff can dream up the most preposterous reasons for creating regulations. That is the kind of trash that needs to be removed.  Peter Weygang Citizens for Direct Democracy



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At the Council meeting of March 20th, City of Kawartha Lakes Mayor, Andy Letham, brought forward a report and resolution that recommended ending stipend payments to councillors attending committee meetings. As previously reported, the issue arose at a Kawartha Conservation budget meeting where board members eliminated mileage remuneration for attending committee meetings, but voted against eliminating committee stipends. At that meeting, councilors representing the City of Kawartha Lakes (COKL) - Dunn, Breadner and Miller - voted to remove the stipend payments but lost the motion; board members representing neighbouring municipalities

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voted to retain the payment. The decision made at Kawartha Conservation, resulted in the following successful resolution at the COKL Council meeting: “That mileage paid to any Council Member for attendance at any committee, board or agency, on behalf of the City of Kawartha Lakes, in fulfilling their responsibilities as a member of Council, be compensated through the established Council budget and not through any budget of that committee, board or agency; That no Per Diems be paid to any Council Member for attendance at any committee, board or agency meeting, on behalf of the City of Kawartha Lakes, in fulfilling their responsibilities as a committee, board or agency appointee; That any committee, board or agency that currently budgets mileage and/or per diems as compensation to City of Kawartha Lakes Council Members be requested to eliminate this compensation from their budgets effective the 2018-2022 term of Council.” Councillors Brian Junkin and Heather Stauble challenged the resolution. They said that Council does not have authority over legislated boards such as Kawartha Conservation. Stauble, who was past chair of Kawartha Conservation, commented that the motion was unnecessary as any board member can donate the money back to the originating organization. She also said, “the 2014 Municipal Councillors’ Guide states that a council doesn’t have authority over conservation authorities or school boards”. Other boards that are affected by the resolution are the COKL Police Services Board and the Haliburton, Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit’s Board of Health. Provincial appointees on these boards receive a stipend.


By Pat Warren

The scheduling of Council meetings for the next municipal term was a hot topic at the City of Kawartha Lakes Council Meeting on March 20th. Mayor Andy Letham’s report on the timing of meetings included a resolution that would move regular council meetings to the evening, while special council meetings would remain as currently scheduled in the afternoon. The intent of the suggested change is to enable more people to run for council. However, many of the City’s current Councillors felt that the change to evening meetings would not help prospective councillors who work during regular office hours. Councillor Junkin indicated that there are many

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other meetings during the day so the move to have some meetings in the evening would not help. Councillor Pollard chimed in saying, “the timing of council meetings should be the decision of the next council.” After much debate, Councillor Doug Elmslie made an amendment to the motion that meetings remain in the afternoon, requiring a trial evening meeting once a quarter. This move will test whether evening meetings would bring about the desired change. It was also suggested that the current policy governing council meetings allow the Mayor to call evening meetings as needed.


By Glenna Burns

“The detail is critical and it’s missing. This OMB (Ontario Municipal Board) case needs to be dismissed.” With those words, the lawyer for the appellants in the Dewdney quarry OMB hearing, summed up the case’s proceedings. For two of the three scheduled days, March 21 and 22, presiding OMB chair Gerald Swinkin, heard noise mitigation testimony and plans by the proponent, Dewdney Mountain Farms, to construct berm sound and sight barriers along Quarry and Ledge Roads in Trent Lakes. The recommendation to construct the berms became problematic when the proponent’s lawyer, David White, could not prove that the mitigation construction would not encroach on private land. In addition, concerns related to sight lines from driveways, snow removal plans, infrastructure accommodation, and wildlife corridors, were not addressed in White’s argument. The appellant’s lawyer, Eric Gillespie, warned the OMB chair that, “the board is in an impossible position”, and with the evidence presented, could not guarantee the safety of residents from heavy truck traffic on the rural roads. “This is an unknown moving target. My clients have not had the fair opportunity to test the evidence,” stated Gillespie, who refused to call any of his own witnesses based on this premise. “It’s shocking that no plans exist for this mitigation. You need more plans to build a pool or a garden shed.” The OMB chair had to agree with the appellant’s lawyer that plans to haul 1.2 million tonnes of aggregate annually through an established neighbourhood required more details. Once again, the community, municipal leaders and prospective developers await a decision from the OMB on the Dewdney Mountain Quarry.



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Residential Clear Bag Drop Off Weeks at City Landfills – May 14 to 27

Residents are invited to drop off residential clear bag waste and leaf and yard waste for no cost at all City landfills during regular operating hours from May 14 to 27. All waste must be in clear bags and regular clear bag requirements will apply. As this is a limited trial service being offered at the landfills please be prepared for longer wait times than normal. Staff will be making efforts to move traffic as quickly as possible.

From May 14 to 27 there will be no charge for:

• Clear garbage bags of residential waste (must contain less than 20% recyclable material and no hazardous waste) • Residential leaf and yard waste (must be in paper bags – grass clippings are not accepted at City landfill sites)

Regular tipping fees will apply to drop off:

• Mixed waste loads (containing 20% or more recyclables and black or green bags) • Contaminated soil (Pre-approval required call 705-324-9411 extension 1135) • Asbestos (Pre-approval required call 705-324-9411 extension 1135) • Large items (including Freon) • Mattresses and box springs • Construction and demolition materials • Institutional and commercial waste • Waste not in clear bags • Boats • Boat and bale wrap • RV disposal • Septage • Furniture For more information please call 705-324-9411 or e-mail

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“We have never had this much fun in our entire lives!” says Sylvianne Young, one member of the entertainment duo, SY Rock’n Grandma et Compagnie. This sentiment is apparent when this mother-daughter musical group share their unique brand of song, dance and comedy with audiences at community events and luncheons, longterm care facilities, and retirement residences throughout the City of Kawartha Lakes. A local resident, Sylvianne embarked on a second career in entertainment when she entered semi-retirement three years ago. Performing for audiences throughout the region, Sylvianne found that when her daughter Sherry


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The College Community Choir will be performing on Saturday, April 21 at 2 pm at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Lindsay. The annual Spring event will feature guest soloist, Kristen English, a soprano who grew up in the town. She has performed as a soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Mass in A Major, and Fauré’s Requiem. You can get tickets to the concert in advance, $15 for adults, $10 for children, by emailing, through choir members or at the door. For more information contact choir president, Diane Lansdell at 705-328-0558.


Celebrate the spring thaw by heating up the dance floor for a great cause. The Enforcers, billed as the Best Rockin’ Rhythm ’n’ Blues Boogie Band around will be playing a lively gig at the Armoury in Lindsay on Saturday, April 21. A popular, annual Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kawartha Lakes Haliburton fundraiser for nearly a decade, the evening is sure to be fun. Says band guitarist, Doug Saunders, with a big smile, “the only thing we enforce is a good time” Tickets are available at the door for $15 or by calling (705) 324 6800.

came onboard last year, the fun amplified; creating an original, dynamic SY Rock’n Grandma et Compagnie team, excited to engage with their audience and with each other. Sylvianne started early. Growing up in a family of 11 children, her mother was passionate about music and her father never missed a chance to dance the Charleston with his girls every Sunday after church. According to her older siblings, Sylvianne was humming every song she heard before she could talk. Later, while enjoying her career as a nurse, Sylvianne decided that the next stage of her life was going to be musical. SY Rock’n Grandma et Compagnie shows are tailormade to meet the needs of listeners. Able to perform in many genres, the duo most often sings 50s, 60s, 70s and traditional folk music with skits, banter, costumes and numerous instruments. Most importantly, the team delivers a whole lot of fun: “We give it our all, and transfer our contagious energy and smiles along the way.” More than anything, Sylvianne loves her audiences: “We are animated and encourage active participation. We love to see people join in. It is the most rewarding part of this career and we know they won’t soon forget their experience.” SY Rock’n Grandma et Compagnie hope to expand their local fan base and make their engaging show available at area resorts, private parties, and dances. Their already affordable fee is reduced for non-profit organizations. To speak with Sylvianne about hosting an event tailored especially to your needs, please call (705) 879-0441 or email

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By Kirk Winter

Miriam Newton, President of the Bobcaygeon Chamber of Commerce, a local advocacy organization of business owners, is very proud of the important role that it plays in the life of this northern Kawartha Lakes community. Newton and her fifteen-member Board of Directors are all volunteers. They give their time willingly to benefit the people and businesses of Bobcaygeon. Ms. Newton shared that there are at least three key roles that the Chamber of Commerce provides to support the businesses and improve quality of life in the village. The first role is providing the Tourist Information Office located besides the Locks in Bobcaygeon. During the summer season the office is open seven days a week; in the winter, six days a week. The Bobcaygeon Chamber of Commerce is able to hire staff for the office, one full-time employee and two parttime employees, through the contributions of local member businesses, and the profits made by operating

the local MTO office. Each week, there are hundreds of visitors that make use of this service. The second role of the Chamber is to bring events to the community that raise Bobcaygeon’s profile and generate business for the village. Whether it is the Walleye Tournament which happens the weekend of May 26, the Unlock the Summer/Blues in Bobcaygeon Festival that kicks off the tourism season the weekend of June 9, or Cruisefest that brings hundreds of classic cars to the Bobcaygeon Fairground the weekend of September 15, the Chamber and their team of dedicated volunteers are involved in making these events a reality. These three special weekends, in particular, need an additional army of volunteers. Newton says anyone interested in helping should contact the Chamber of Commerce Office at (705) 738-2202 for more information. The third role of the Chamber is the promotion of Bobcaygeon in electronic, radio, on-line and print media to ensure that all activities going on in and around town are well publicized. Newton lauds the work of the hundreds of community partners who give their time to make Bobcaygeon the vibrant and growing community that it has become.

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THANK YOU TO OUR VOLUNTEERS, PAST AND PRESENT Current volunteer opportunities available are: Board Members • Therapy Dog Teams Medical First Responders Contact 705-324-9894 or email

Fenelon Falls & District Lions Club thanks all our wonderful volunteers! Our Volunteers Change Lives. Thank you! United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes 705-878-5081


By Kirk Winter

Research studies clearly indicate that hungry children do not learn as well, have shorter attention spans, and are more prone to disruptive behaviour than children who are not hungry. One of the sad realities of living in the City of Kawartha Lakes is knowing that, on most days, many children go to school with empty bellies. In 2014, Cambridge Street United Church’s thenminister Rev. Paul Reed wanted to address this problem. He approached his congregation’s Outreach Committee urging them to do something that would assist children in being successful in school and life. Discussion was had, and a proposal was made to run a lunch program at King Albert Public School. With the help of 30 volunteers from the church, the program was launched. To get started, they had to overcome two challenges: King Albert had no kitchen facilities, and; where would funding come from to feed 147 children twice a week? It was decided, that for the first four months of the program, meals would be made at the church and delivered to the school Mondays and Thursdays. The Trillium Lakelands District School Board provided the funding and food to make the program possible. In January of 2015, with improvements made to the kitchen at the school, the Cambridge Street volunteers moved all operations there. Now, all 147 students are provided a hot and healthy meal prepared and served

twice a week at King Albert. The program has had such a positive impact on King Albert that a partnership has been established with the Outreach Committee at St. Paul’s Anglican Church. Starting in April, a pilot program to distribute hot lunches to children each Friday is planned for Queen Victoria Public School. Those wanting to know more about the program can contact Doreen Sinclair at doreenjacksinclair@

Thank you to all of our volunteers for your tireless efforts in helping to feed our community. If you would like more information on volunteering with KLFS, please contact us at: 705-324-0707 or volunteer@

To all of our cherished Volunteers! Thank you for Starting Something! Together, we are assisting children with reaching their full potential. Contact: 705-324-6800 or for more information.

Bobcaygeon's Annual Community Terry Fox Run is a wonderful success

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Consider being a part of this dynamic team to raise money for cancer research. As Terry Fox said, “It’s got to keep going without me.” This year’s run will be held on Sunday, September 16, 2018. For further information contact Joy or Jerry Mous at

Thanks to our great volunteers, for all you do and for making a difference in our community. Doug Elmslie, Councillor, Ward 6


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By Kirk Winter

Few groups in Ontario volunteer their free time like teachers do. Many people, likely raised on too much American television, think that teachers are paid some kind of financial bonus for all the time they put in, before and after school, running the myriad of extracurricular activities that make school memorable for so many students. That supposition couldn’t be further from the truth. All of those clubs, teams, plays, talent shows, and bands are run by teachers who have freely given time in addition to their regular workdays. There is no expectation of financial recompense ever considered. The large local high school where I taught for thirty-one years was powered by a caring and committed staff that understood what a full-service school meant. At my school, if there was the critical mass of interested students that allowed a program to run, it almost always ran. A full buffet of sports, award-winning theatre, a well-respected band and vocal program, a provincially-ranked Trivia team, and a bevy of other clubs ran before school, at lunch, and after school, five days a week. Our school didn’t generally need a late bus because students were staying after school for extra

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help, but rather because kids were engaged in one of many extracurricular programs that provided skills, built peer groups that would last a life time, and challenged them physically, intellectually and emotionally. In this month that celebrates volunteerism, let us not forget the hundreds of thousands of hours put in by teachers right across this province who enrich our students daily with the gift of time.


By Kirk Winter

The City of Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue Service has a unique origin and a special membership. On January 1, 2001, through a restructuring order, eleven local fire departments comprised of twentyone fire divisions were amalgamated to become one department: the City of Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue Service. It is a combination full-time staff and volunteer body known as a composite fire service. District Fire Chief Dave Kish, who is responsible for the volunteer operations of the City’s rural fire halls, is very proud of the volunteer firefighters. These 380 men and women from across the City of Kawartha Lakes must complete almost one hundred hours of rigorous training a year to acquire the skill set needed to protect their fellow citizens and local property alongside committed staff.


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The Auxiliary invites you to volunteer The Omemee & District Lioness are lookingtime for new memberspositions just like you! your valuable in essential The Lioness motto is “We Serve”, and we serve children and those in Patientneed Care, Café, Gift Shop and the world. Meeting in our community, our country and around a month to planactivities. activities, such as sewing, making apple periodictwice fundraising pies, serving lunch to local seniors once a month, craft and bake sales and our special Adult and Sponsored Teen applications atlife easier pancake breakfast. by the Omemee Lions online Club to make and more enjoyable for everyone in our community. or pick Learn more about what it means to be a Lioness, one up in the Rotunda at 10 Angeline St. contact: Lioness Pat Aitken @ 705-879-2306 or N. Return it to an Auxiliary volunteer at the Information Desk. Most positions Thankrequire you to our volunteers a 3community or 4 hour shift a week.

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An average of fifteen to twenty of these volunteer firefighters are attached to each of the twenty fire halls of the Fire Rescue Service. District Chief Kish is pleased that since amalgamation the quality of equipment in all the fire halls has been standardized so that the highly skilled volunteers are able to protect the citizens of the City with modern, cutting edge equipment. The bulk of the volunteers with the City of Kawartha Lakes are veteran firefighters with an average of twenty years or more of service. Amazingly, there are a handful with more than fifty years’ service assisting their friends and neighbours when disaster strikes. While there is financial compensation when these men and women are called out to an emergency, this significant commitment is above their fulltime jobs, family and community activities. Are you interested in joining this exceptional team? Anyone wanting to know more about volunteer firefighting with the City of Kawartha Lakes can find

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As Terry Fox said, “It’s got to keep going without me.” In Bobcaygeon, it’s the continued effort and commitment of committee members and volunteers that makes the Community Terry Fox Run an annual success. However, the race to beat cancer is not over; fundraising efforts continue to be needed. If you would like to join the dynamic Bobcaygeon Community Run team, to help raise funds for research, contact Joy or Jerry Mous at Don’t forget to mark your calendars. This year’s run will be held on Sunday, September 16, and will start at the Retirement Suites of Kawartha Lakes.

Fenelon Falls Santa Day “The greatest gift anyone can give is their time!” Gord James, Councillor A HUGE THANK YOU TO OUR VOLUNTEERS!

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Aquarius (Jan. 21 to Feb. 19) Words can hurt, Aquarius. Handle them carefully. If we speak without thinking or because we are trying to impress someone with our “gossip”, NOTHING good will come of it. Pisces (Feb. 20 to March 20) We’ve noticed this new advice statement lately: “be authentic”. In the old days, they said, “To thine own self be true”. However you wish to say it, Pisces, the message is clear: believe in yourself and your ideals, and do what you want when, where, and how you want. Aries (March 21 to April 20) Forget about “competitive vacation planning” this summer, Aries, and do something you and your family really want to do. Maybe camping or renting a small cottage, or just biking and hiking around a local destination. You don’t have to amaze anyone but yourself.

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Taurus (April 21 to May 21) There’s an old expression that says ‘silence is golden’. Scientists are now proving just how golden silence is. They say it can release tension in the brain and body in just two minutes and that it is even more relaxing than listening to “relaxing” music. So, Taurus, enjoy the sweet sound of silence. Gemini (May 22 to June 22) We can spend a lot of time trying to remember things, Gemini: where we put the keys, someone’s name, birthdays. It is important though, to clear the mind of clutter and unwanted memories or useless thoughts. Your brain will thank you. Cancer (June 23 to July 23) “You may think I’m small, but I have a universe inside my mind.”- Yoko Ono. Children and young adults can often appear – to older folks - to not know much about the world. These words offer a different story: young people understand far more than we think. Leo (July 24 to Aug. 23) Decisions, decisions. You are facing a big choice, Leo, that only you can resolve. Let both your heart and head weigh in on this one; not just one or the other.

Virgo (Aug. 24 to Sept. 23) Spring is in the air, Virgo, so put some spring in your feet. The bunnies are out hopping around; you need to get hoppin’, too. It’s time to get outside and enjoy this fine season – you won’t see another like it again for a whole year. Libra (Sept. 24 to Oct. 23) Spring is a fine time to fall in love, Libra. So, what are you waiting for? Go make it happen. Scorpio (Oct. 24 to Nov. 22) Dear Scorpio: There is no reason or need to stay in a situation that is emotionally or physically harmful. Explore resources that can help; reach out to friends, co-workers, or professional health workers. Start now to take steps. Sagittarius (Nov. 23 to Dec. 21) Good for you, Sag, for hanging in. Times are tough right now, but your positive attitude will take you far – much farther than the gloomy outlook of others nearby will take them. Capricorn (Dec. 22 to Jan 20) We sense you are expecting word on a new job or some other advancement that will mean a lot to you. Don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t work out, Capricorn. What will be, will be.

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Forty-seven years ago, in 1971, Fenelon Falls Secondary School graduated one of its largest Grade 13 classes ever. Many of the students from that class went on to have careers and raise families in the area and beyond.


Since those days, the class has reunited a number of times over dinner and dancing. On Wednesday, March 21, seventeen of the women from the class of ‘71 got together over lunch at the home of Bonnie Stinson (Kennedy). What could 17 women, who seldom meet, possibly talk about for 4 hours? Interestingly, all of us had careers, many in health care and education. We were certainly products of a generation where feminism was starting to have an impact. We also shared stories about favourite teachers, our short-lived grade 12 trip to New York, aging parents, and lost friends. The Bruce McArthur serial killer investigation was a topic of interest as we all certainly remembered him as a quiet, polite guy who married a girl a few years younger than us. Some of us knew him in Oshawa and had tales to tell about that, too. The best part of our afternoon was the laughter. In some ways, it was like the 47 years since had never happened. Without a doubt, there will be many more class of ’71 gatherings to come.

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My soulmate of 32 years passed away on March 22. There is so much to say about him .. and so little space .. but I’d like to share part of his life with you here. John was an American citizen, growing up in California and Michigan. He had a normal middle American upbringing – his Dad was an engineer with Dow Chemical and his mom a stay-at-home mom. He spent his early years riding his bike, playing pranks on the neighbours and going to the Frolic Theatre on Saturday afternoons for 10 cents. John’s education was in art and he graduated from Northwood Collegiate with a Bachelor of Arts degree. But his life took a turn when he landed a job with an advertising agency in Toronto in 1967. He came to Canada and began what would become an awardwinning career as a copywriter. He wrote television commercials, print advertising and car catalogues. He became known as “the” car guy in Toronto, writing for Nissan, General Motors, Volkswagen, and many more. In 1977, John and musician Terry Bush wrote a little song that became the theme for a little television show, “The Littlest Hobo.” I know, you’re probably singing that song, Maybe Tomorrow, in your head right now. John wrote the lyrics for the song and he and Terry wrote many more songs together over the years, most of which never saw the light of day. But boy, was he talented. I was asked by a Globe & Mail reporter the other

day how the lyrics to Maybe Tomorrow mirrored John’s life. I said the key word that popped out at me was “roam” … not literally roaming all over, but wherever he was he called it home, just like Hobo. Here is that stanza: “Maybe tomorrow, I’ll find what I call home; Until tomorrow you know I’m free to roam.” In 2000, John and I moved from Toronto to Buckhorn, mainly so John could pursue his astronomy hobby under dark skies. Little did we know at the time how many lives John would touch when he opened the Buckhorn Observatory to the public. For 12 years, John entertained visitors with his humour, knowledge and passion for astronomy. These last few years had been tough on John, as he lost his mobility and strength due to heart failure. At the end, he went peacefully holding my hand. Those who knew John will remember his strength, kindness, generosity and humility. I am proud to have been his wife.


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Throughout the month of April, the City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service will be holding a gun amnesty to collect unwanted or illegally-owned weapons from residents to enhance public safety. The month-long amnesty provides an opportunity to hand over firearms, weapons, accessories and ammunition safely. It is by appointment only. Police indicate that, for the amnesty - barring weapons that have been used in a crime - they will not recommend weapons-related Criminal Code charges for people to whom they might otherwise apply. Interested gun owners should call the City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service non-emergency number at (705)324-5252 to arrange for officers to attend and safely retrieve the weapons. Do not bring guns or ammunition to the police without an appointment. Contact Sergeant Terry Cox or Sergeant Dave Murtha with your questions.

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From humble beginnings in Newcastle,Australia, sister companies, Emerald and Scenic, give you options for river cruises. With over 30 years in the business, Scenic offers a 5-star luxury, all-inclusive river cruise experience. Scenic began offering bus tours and in 2008 launched their unique Space-Ships and began sailing the rivers of Europe. Emerald, a newer cruise line, is praised for their design, innovative highlights, inclusions and contemporary approach, voted two years in a row ‘Best River Line for Value’ by Cruise Critic.

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a Fashion Show by Kawartha Lifestyle, and a 50/50 draw. Tickets are $25 and are available at Kawartha Lifestyle, 54 Bolton St., Bobcaygeon, or by calling (705) 793-2837. All proceeds go to Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

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Elder fitness comes to Little Britain with the launch of a Sages Advice and Gentle Exercise for Seniors (SAGES) program. Starting April 4, the low-impact exercise session will be offered on Wednesdays at 9:30 am at Little Britain United Church. Sages is a Community Care program that is offered throughout the Kawartha Lakes. It is videobased and designed to keep older adults functionally fit. The program focuses on improving cardiovascular endurance, balance, muscle strength and flexibility to support such activities as climbing stairs, getting out of a chair, bending down and more. It is appropriate for older adults exercising at various levels of fitness and ability. Call Community Care for more information, (705) 324-7323.

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The Bobcaygeon Truth and Reconciliation Community is excited to welcome First Nations educator Shelley Knott-Fife to the Bobcaygeon Library on Saturday April 21 at 10 am. Shelley Knott-Fife, B.A., B.Ed., M.Sc., is an Anishnaabekwe from Curve Lake First Nation. Her talk, “Education and the First Nation Experience”, will be a reflection of her time in education while living in her home First Nation. Knott-Fife’s work has been instrumental in supporting the education of children both in her home community of Curve Lake and beyond. Her talk will Norma Long - Manager/Broker

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Shana Wilmot Broker of Record/Owner Bryan Wilkins MBA,LL.M Sales Representative/owner If you are buying or selling, let us use our experience and market knowledge to simplify and streamline your Real Estate transactions. Bryan has been assisting clients in the Kawartha Lakes for over 25 years and and Shana has extensive experience with the GTA INC market and understands REAL ESTATE BROKERAGE 705-731-2205 the relocation process. White Pine Realty Inc. is the collaboration of two Real Estate professionals who will bring a unique and highly personalized touch to the residents and potential new comers of the Kawartha Lakes. Whether buying, selling or relocating - one call does it all! Call us today or stop in.



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Legion News “At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.” For hall rentals or more information about ongoing activities, please call the individual Legion Branch. We welcome submissions to Next deadline: Wednesday, April 11.

Branch 67 Lindsay (705) 324-2613 • Pub Fare Lunch – Tuesdays, Thursdays, noon to 2 pm • Full Dinners – Fridays, 11:30am to 1:30pm • Meat Roll – Saturdays, 2 pm • Live Entertainment – Saturdays, 7:30 to 11:30 pm, free • Sir Sam Seniors progressive euchre every Tuesday - 1pm • Big Buck Bid euchre 4th Wednesday of every month -11am

Branch 184 Woodville & District (705) 439-2397 • The Country Music Jam is back the third Sunday of each month from 1-4 pm. • Dances the last Saturday of each month - 8pm to 11pm featuring The Gary Peters Band. $10 per person – light lunch at 11pm.


For Kawartha region watersheds, little has changed over the past five years. Kawartha Conservation has released their 2018 Watershed Report Card and in comparison to the inaugural report card of 2013, watersheds have remained status quo, with a “fair” rating. The report card uses a variety of methods and monitoring networks to evaluate four natural resource features in the Kawartha Lakes region: surface water, forests, wetlands and groundwater. The average rating of water quality and forest cover in the Kawartha watershed is “C”. While wetlands have received a higher grade of A (maintaining their 2013 rating) and groundwater has remained unchanged with a B grade. Kawartha Conservation indicates that while programs have been effective in maintaining local watersheds, citizens need to work harder to improve water quality and to address the impacts of urbanization and climate change. Conservation Authorities work with governments, agencies, landowners and residents to keep the province’s watersheds healthy. To learn more about watershed report cards, the Kawartha Conservation report card, and to view others from across the province, visit

Branch 238 Fenelon Falls (705) 887-3041 • Dart League - Tuesdays, 7:30 pm • Men’s Snooker League Wednesdays, 7 pm • Tai Chi - Thursdays, 10 am • English Pub Night* - first Friday each month, 5-7 pm • Meat Roll* - third Saturday each month, 2:30 pm,

Branch 239 Bobcaygeon (705) 738-2710 • Monday & Wednesday – Darts at 7pm • Monday – Pasta – 5 to 7pm • Wednesday – Live Music from 2 to 5pm in the Club Room • Thursday – Hamburger – 4 to 7pm

• Friday – Karaoke – 8pm • Saturdays – Meat Roll at 2pm and Trivia at 7pm • Sunday – Shuffleboard – 2pm • Ladies Auxillary does catering – call Anna 705-731-2244

Branch 441 Kinmount (705) 488-3462 • Bingo – Fridays, 6:45 pm • Meat Draw – Saturdays, 5 pm • Seniors Cards – Mondays, 1 pm

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• Drop-in Shuffleboard - Sundays, 1:30pm • Turkey Dinner- Last Thursday of each month. • Drop-In Euchre Sundays at 1pm.

• Mixed darts – Wednesday, 7:30 pm • Big Buck Bid Euchre - Third Wednesday of month, 11 am

Branch 497 Omemee (705) 799-5095 • Open house Country jams every 2nd Saturday – April 11 and 28, May 12 • For Hall rentals call 705-934-5095

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Pregnancy and Infant Loss (PAIL) Network provides free bereavement support to families who have experienced the loss of a pregnancy at any stage, or the death of their baby, up to 12 months of age. We welcome any families who have suffered a pregnancy or infant death to join with others who share in their grief. Our Peer Support volunteers play a vital role in offering support to bereaved families throughout Ontario. Talking to someone who has also been affected by the loss of their pregnancy, or death of their baby, and who is available by phone or to meet in a group is invaluable. PAIL Network is very proud to be able to offer this free service and we are grateful to the many volunteers around the province who share their hearts with bereaved families, like their own. We are currently looking for individuals who are approximately two years past their bereavement date and are looking for meaningful ways to offer their support to others. We are actively training peer supporters for bereavement groups, phone support, and for private online support groups. Date: April 28th, 2018, 11am-12pm Location: Community Care: Hospice Services, 2 Kent St. W., Lindsay For more information about being a peer supporter, please visit our website at or email

Branch 519 Coboconk (705) 454-8127 • April 14 - Dave Chalmers Memorial Dart Tournament - $80 per team, includes Doubles - Registration at 10am - Start at 11am sharp - Lunch included in entry fee


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TAX EFFICIENCY BEYOND INCOME TAX SEASON By Pamela Wilson, Consultant - Investors Group Financial Services Inc.

For many tax payers, the only time we look at our tax bracket or consider tax savings is during income tax season, but true tax efficiency is more than just collecting T4’s & receipts once a year. To be truly tax efficient is to consider the long-term goals we have. There are a variety of strategies that can be considered to support tax efficiency in our working years, during retirement and as a part of our estate plan. Many people understand the concept of the interest rates that are associated with debt. The mortgage is 3%, the car loan is 6% & the credit card is 19.9%, but we often fail to consider the largest debt we pay annually, which is our income tax bill. For the 2017 tax year, those tax brackets range from a marginal tax rate (MTR) of 20.05% to 53.53% depending on our income. Therefore, utilizing tax efficiency over our working years can be significant. When looking ahead to retirement we find we are usually earning less income than we did during our working years. Some Canadians will rely only on CPP (Canadian Pension Plan) and OAS (Old Age Security) while others may also have Employment Pensions, Group Savings Plans or their own retirement savings to make up their income. It is important to understand that the order in which we use (or deplete) these assets, affects the way we are taxed. Avoiding OAS claw back and income splitting to balance out the taxable income of the household are key strategies for taxpayers to consider. Tax efficiency further carries over into estate planning. Whether your goal is to leave a legacy to loved ones or support a charity, the reduction in

taxation can make a big difference for the overall net worth of the estate. Having named beneficiaries on registered investments and having appropriate life insurance coverage are simple ways to ensure your estate is as tax efficient as possible. I also cannot stress enough the need for everyone to have a will. Whether young and single, married with a young family, middle aged or a senior, there is always something that can be reviewed in order to be more tax efficient and go beyond annual tax filing. Being tax efficient is a long-term process that can be supported and achieved through full financial planning with an advisor who works with you towards your goals. This is a general source of information only. It is not intended to provide personalized tax, legal or investment advice, and is not intended as a solicitation to purchase securities. Pamela Wilson is solely responsible for its content. For more information on this topic or any other financial matter, please contact Pamela Wilson. Insurance products and services distributed through I.G. Insurance Services Inc. Insurance license sponsored by The Great-West Life Assurance Company.

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By Pamela VanMeer, Kawartha411

On December 12th, 2017, 45-year-old Gregory Livingstone was charged with 1st degree murder and arson in the death of his father. Since then the Fenelon Falls man has been to court at least ten times and still has not even had a bail hearing let alone had any movement in the case. Each time Livingstone appears in court it takes up valuable court resources and costs the taxpayers money. Sometimes Livingstone appears in person, in which case the police must transport him from the Central East Correctional Centre to the Lindsay courthouse. The time and resources involved would be astronomical. The practice also puts society in danger. Every time a prisoner leaves the jail there’s potential for violence, escape or a breakout. Livingstone and other prisoners also appear by video on occasion, taking Correctional Officers from time needed to keep others safe, to getting the prisoner in front of the right camera at the right time. It’s an arduous process that plays out many times a day in jails across the country. It’s unclear exactly what the holdup is in the Livingstone case as no one in the courtroom bats an eye when his lawyer stands up, once again, to adjourn the case for another week or so. The judge does not question why there’s a need for the adjournment, whether anything is happening in the case or when they can expect some forward momentum on the file. Initially there was and still may be some confusion over what court can hear the case, federal or provincial. There’s also been some mutterings of the defence not getting disclosure. Keep in mind though that Livingstone has not even had so much as a bail hearing yet. On January 28th 2016, the Senate of Canada authorized the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs to undertake a study on delays in Canada’s criminal justice system and to review the roles of the Government of Canada and Parliament in addressing the delays. The consensus gathered from witnesses in the study found that delays are a significant problem in Canada that demands attention. In 2013-14, the median time from the laying of a charge to the end of a case for an adult was 123 days and the median number of court appearances was five. For homicide cases, the median time was 451 days, followed by sexual assault cases at 321 days, and attempted murder cases at 314 days. Cases involving a trial often require a lot of time and resources to hear the entire case. In July 2016 the Supreme Court of Canada’s landmark Jordan decision, a​ s it has come to be known, was issued when the court ruled the drug convictions of a British Columbia man named Barrett Richard Jordan must be set aside

due to unreasonable delay. In a 5-4 ruling, the court said the old means of determining whether proceedings had taken too long were inadequate and stated unreasonable delay was to be presumed if proceedings topped 18 months in provincial court or 30 months in Superior court. More than 200 criminal cases across the country were tossed out due to unreasonable delays in the first year since that decision according to CBC. The cases include murders, sexual assaults, drug trafficking and child luring, all stayed by judges because the defendant’s constitutional right to a timely trial was infringed upon. Imagine how you would feel if you were the victim of a violent crime and the alleged perpetrator got off on a technicality like this. If a man can go to court ten times over a four month period and still not even have a bail hearing the system is getting worse not better. The good news is hard to find in this one. I suppose the fact that the government convened a committee to look into the delays could be seen as good news. The Committee’s first recommendation called on the Government of Canada to work with the provinces, territories and the judges to examine and implement best practices in case and case flow management to reduce the number of unnecessary appearances and adjournments and to ensure criminal proceedings are dealt with more quickly. The Committee’s second recommendation was for the Government of Canada to take immediate steps to ensure that a system is in place to make the necessary judicial appointments to courts as expeditiously as possible. Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi told the CBC in an interview the Jordan decision is a “game-changer” and a call to action for all levels of government. As a result the province has added 13 judges, 32 assistant Crown attorneys and a number of other staff. The province also expanded a program that facilitates the release of low-risk accused offenders into the community, pending trial. Small changes can yield big results. With more than 600,000 charges entering the system every year, saving one minute per charge could save seven years of court time. Imagine what could be accomplished if the Judges didn’t allow adjournment after adjournment, after adjournment. You can find more local news and reports on

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With a provincial election mere months away, Premier Kathleen Wynne is preparing to defend her government’s record, and while there is much to like in some sectors, there have been more than enough missteps to sink most governments that face a competent and experienced opposition. Wynne, elected as Premier in 2014, became the first female premier in Ontario history and the first LGBTQ premier in Canadian history. Wynne has made a calculated decision to move further to the political left, casting herself as the true “progressive” in the electoral milieu, undercutting support for the NDP led by Andrea Horwath. Wynne and her Liberals have built a fortress in the 416/905 area that includes Metro Toronto, Durham, York, and Peel Regions. With forty percent of Ontarians living in this megalopolis, the Liberals have made sure their policies have reflected the needs of urban dwellers, often at the expense of those in rural and northern Ontario. Many expect the Liberal campaign to highlight the following “successes” in spring 2018: billions spent on repairing Ontario’s crumbling infrastructure; massive expansions of public transit in the GTA and Golden Horseshoe; unemployment at its lowest rate

in decades; a balanced provincial budget in 20172018; a new Anti-Racism Secretariat; a minimum wage that rose to $14 per hour in January of 2018 and will rise to $15 an hour in January 2019; protection for part-time workers in Ontario ensuring that they are paid and treated like full-time employees; three weeks of holidays for workers who have been employed with the same company for more than five years; ten days personal emergency leave for all employees with the first two being paid; labour peace in the school system and civil service; the creation of the Ontario Registered Pension Plan to act as a supplement to the Canadian Pension Plan; beer in the grocery stores; free college and university tuition for families earning less than $50,000 a year, and; a cap and trade plan similar to that of Quebec and California that will reduce Ontario’s overall carbon footprint. In addition, a recent announcement promising free daycare for children in the province between 2 ½ and 5 years of age is attracting much positive public attention. However, Wynne will be pilloried on many fronts. The politically-motivated cancellations of two Ontario gas-fired generation plants by McGuinty cost the province more than a billion dollars in legal fees and construction penalties. While Wynne was never directly tied to this fiasco, many blame her party for the decision, despite the fact that as Premier,

City of Kawartha Lakes is switching to bids&tenders bidding service as of May 1, 2018

On May 1, 2018, the City will introduce bids&tenders™, a bidding service that makes it easy for you to review, register and submit bids for goods and services online, 24/7. The City of Kawartha Lakes will transition to using bids&tenders™ in two phases. Starting May 1, 2018 as part of Phase 1: • Bid documents posted before May 1, 2018 will continue to be available at • Bid documents issued on or after May 1, 2018 will be posted on bids&tenders™ for viewing and downloading • Submission of bids will continue to be in-person and by mail courier. The electronic submission of bids will be introduced later in 2018 as part of Phase 2 You will need to subscribe to bids&tenders™ to download bid documents and receive notifications about new City of Kawartha Lakes bid opportunities. The City is hosting a live demonstration of the new system on April 18, 2018 from 10am to 12pm at City Hall (26 Francis Street, Lindsay). A webinar is available for those who are unable to attend the demonstration in person. Registration is required for the in person and online demonstration. To register or for more information, please call 705-324-9411 extension 1879. Visit the City’s website at 24

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she apologized for the it and promised it wouldn’t happen again. In 2016, the Wynne government sold a thirty percent stake in Hydro One, foolishly allowing the new minority owners to set prices despite Ontario owning more than sixty percent of the stock. Skyrocketing hydro rates, particularly in northern and rural Ontario, have only been partially offset by a twenty-five percent hydro subsidy brought in last summer that many skeptical voters fear will disappear after this June’s election. Some have suggested that this election could be a referendum on electricity costs alone. Many Ontario small business owners are irate at the increases in minimum wages, and have made their feelings felt by slashing hours for existing employees and threatening not to hire the number of summer staff that they have in the past. Many Liberals have been surprised by the pushback they have gotten on this issue. Last, peace in Ontario schools was imposed rather than negotiated by the Wynne government in Bill 115, and Ontario’s hugely influential teachers’ unions are still smarting and could bring down Wynne almost single-handedly, if they choose to. Many would think this might be a perfect storm for the Wynne government to be defeated, but with the Progressive Conservatives going into the election with an inexperienced and divisive leader, and the NDP searching for an identity and policies, now that Wynne has borrowed almost every important campaign promise made by the New Democrats in the last decade, only time will tell. Never count out Kathleen Wynne. She is nothing if not a savvy political survivor, and in the absence of a coherent opposition, she could win again, despite what current polling might indicate.

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Cyber attacks are no longer the plot to a thrilling movie, they have moved off the silver screen and have become part of life as we know it. Protecting yourself from the outcomes of an online attack is now increasingly important, and can easily be added on to your homeowners policy. Four scenarios personal cyber insurance will cover you from hackers: 1. Cyber Attacks You open an electric file attachment that looked like it was from a reputable and recognizable company. Unknowingly, that attachment unleashes a nasty virus corrupting and reconfiguring your existing computer set up. Cyber Coverage: cost to professionally recover your data, and restore your system. 2. Cyber Extortion A ransom note pops up on your computer screen, noting: “your files are locked and to get the key to decrypt your files, you must pay $1000 USD”. If payment is not received within a week, the price will increase to $2000. You pay the $1000, and now have costs for a system investigation. Cyber Coverage: provides payments and professional assistance in responding to Cyber extortion demands due to threat of damage, disable, deny access to or disseminate content from devises, systems or data. 3. Online Fraud You received an email from your son away at school, that he was in a car accident the evening before and was facing possible criminal charges. Needing money for a lawyer, you have been asked to wire money within 20 minutes of receiving the email to secure an attorney, only then will you receive the details of the situation. You wire the money, not being able to get a hold of your son. When he calls you back later that morning, you realize he was never in an accident. Cyber Coverage: covers online fraud that results in a direct financial loss. 4. Data Breach volunteering on a board, you use your personal tablet to organize events and their participants. At one of these events, your tablet goes missing and you begin to fear the participants information may be used maliciously. After a costly visit to the layers, you are told to notify the affected individuals and provide them with fraud alert services. Cyber Coverage: notifies and pay for services to affected individuals in the event that third party personal, private, data is breached.

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ORIGINAL MAN WITH TRUCK 15 yrs experience Lowest prices. Grass cutting, Painting, Garbage removal, property maintenance, long or short distance moves. No job too small! Bruce 705-738-6321 ____________________ GOPHER CONSTRUCTION SERVICES Dump runs Eavestrough cleaning Moving assistance Private security Monica Stanley 705-738-6364 ____________________ K & M Lawn Care SPRING HAS SPRUNG Lawn Cutting and Hedge Trimming available AFFORDABLE RATES call or text Mark 905-429-9398 or Kevin 705-930-LAWN (5296) ____________________ LAWN CARE Cutting and trimming Also spring yard clean ups Reasonabl and reliable Call Bruce 705-454-3498

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GREGG MACNEIL LANDSCAPING 705-340-7734 Interlocking brick, armour stone, retaining walls, decks, driveways, walkways, patios, stairs & repairs to all. www.greggmacneil CERAMIC TILE Quality installations. Very relaible. Call Ted for an estimate. 705-454-9826 ____________________ TLC GARDEN DESIGN/ LANDSCAPING INC. Lindsay, On 18 years in business. Spring/Fall Clean up, garden reno, planting, maintenance programs, container gardens. Contact Kay @ 416-568-1228 NO JOB TOO BIG NONE TOO SMALL


PLAYER PIANO Approx. 1920. Completely refurbished Excellent condition. Comes w. 60 piano rolls. (705) 738-3316. Picture available. $4,000






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PROFESSIONAL OFFICE/ STORE SPACE 79 Bolton Street approx. 400 sq ft with 400 sq ft of storage with parking. Available immediately. Call 416- 920-3382.


Furniture,Glass, China, Military Medals etc. Duck Decoys, Clocks, Jewelry, Silver Dollars, Gold, Coins, Pocket Watches etc. Anything old. R. Carruth. 705-887-1672.


WANTED: POP CULTURE ITEMS Vinyl records (rock, jazz, blues), rock memorabilia, pre-1990 comic books, toys, vintage costume jewelry, sterling & gold jewelry. All types of retro / mid-century items. House calls made at your convenience. Robert or Penny 705-324-2699 ____________________ WANTED Batteries, electronics, steel, copper, aluminum, cars. Anything Metal. FREE Pick-up. Call Andy 705-821-2813

WANTED Canada & USA coins Coin collections Silver dollar coins 1967 and earlier Silver & gold jewellery broken or not Sterling items eg. Birks Sterling flatware Jurgen 705-340-1504


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Flannel Rag Rug Workshops 10am-4pm April 21 at Trinity United Church, Bobcaygeon. Open to all skill levels $30+ supplies. Proceeds to 1st Bobcaygeon BPSA Explorer’s 2018 trip to PEI. For more info or to register call 705-324-8257 or email: RagRugWorkshop@


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Adult Day Programs - Bobcaygeon, Fenelon Falls , Little Britain, Lindsay & Omemee. Community Care - Call 705-324-7323 APR 5&19 - Circle of Hope for the Bereaved - free support group for those who have recently lost a loved one to share with others. 2 Kent St. W., Lindsay, noon - 1:30p.m. 705-879-4123 for info or to register. APR 5 - Healthy Beginnings - Prenatal Class to help expectant parents prepare for baby’s arrival. 6:30-8:30 pm, HKPR District Health Unit, Lindsay. Free. Continues on April 12, 19, 26 & May 5. Pre-register at 1-866-888-4577. APR 5 & 19 - Sexual Health Clinic, 4:30-6:30 pm. Confidential access to cervical screening, low-cost birth control, pregnancy testing & sexual health teaching, testing &treatment of STIs. Info or appointment:1-866-888-4577, ext. 2205. APR 5, 19 & 26 - Basic foot care services for seniors and people with special needs, 1027 Portage Rd., Kirkfield. Pre-booked appointments required. 705-879-4100 to inquire about services and fees. APR 6 - Mini Bucks Euchre, 7pm. $5. Info: 705-793-1096 APR 6, 13, 20 & 27 - Basic foot care services for seniors and people with special needs 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Bobcaygeon Senior Citizens Centre Pre-booked appointments required: 705-8794100. APR 9 - Baby’s Own Group, 10am - noon, Fenelon Falls Secondary School. Weekly support/info group for parents of children up to a year old (continues on April 16, 23&30). 1-866888-4577, ext. 2267, for info or to register. APR 9 - monthly Diners Club seniors luncheon, Kirkfield Lions Hall, noon. Call 705-324-7323 to reserve. APR 9 - Living With Cancer support group, Hospice Services (2 Kent St. W., Lindsay), 2p.m. A group for those living with cancer or undergoing treatment. No charge. Call 705-879-4123. APR 9 & 23 - Sexual Health Clinic, 10am - noon. Confidential access to cervical screening, low-cost birth control, pregnancy testing & sexual health teaching, testing &treatment of STIs. Info or appointment:1-866-888-4577, ext. 2205. APR 10 - Big Bucks Bid Euchre, noon. $10 (Lunch Included)Info: 705-793-1096 APR 10 - Caregiver Support Group for people caring for frail older adults or adults with disabilities or chronic conditions. Fenelon Falls United Church, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. No charge. 705324-7323 for more info. APR 10, 17, 19 & 24 - Diners Club seniors luncheon 70 Murray St., Fenelon Falls, noon. 705-324-7323 to reserve. APR 11 - Type 1 Diabetes: The Hurdles of Exercise. Lindsay Recreation Complex, 6-8pm. Free.

SPECIAL THANKS The family of the late Winston Anderson wish to express their sincere thanks and gratitude to family, friends and neighbours for the numerous floral tributes, memorial donations, visits, phone calls, cards, food and incredible support extended to their family at this difficult time. Very special thanks to all the staff on the medical floor of Ross Memorial Hospital for the wonderful care provided during Winston’s stay. Thank you to the staff at Hendren Funeral Home for their compassion, dedication and professionalism as well as Rev. Rodney Smith-Merkley for the beautiful service and guidance.

APR 11, 18 & 25 - Greet & Eat luncheon for seniors held by Community Care at Village Housing in Lindsay, noon. Call 705324-7323 to reserve. APR 11, 20, 23 & 27 - Basic foot care services for seniors and people with special needs, 70 Murray St., Fenelon Falls. Prebooked appointments required, 705-879-4100. 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. APR 12 & 26 - Sexual Health Clinic, 2-4 pm. Confidential access to cervical screening, low-cost birth control, pregnancy testing & sexual health teaching, testing &treatment of STIs. Info or appointment:1-866-888-4577, ext. 2205. APR 12 - Men’s Sexual Health Clinic, 5-7 pm, Health Unit, Lindsay. Clinic provides testing/treatment for STIs & a chance to discuss their sexual health issues with a nurse. Appointments preferred, but walk-ins welcome. Call 1-866-888-4577, ext. 2205, for info. APR 14 - Music fest, St James Anglican Church, Fenelon Falls, noon-5:30. Admission by donation to the Stephen Lewis Foundation, Grandmothers Campaign. APR 17 & 21 - Friends of the Lindsay Library book sale. APR 17 - Osteoporosis info meeting 1:30pm at Adelaide Place. Topic:Protein & Vitamin K: “Other” nutrients for bone health.

Crossen, John passed away on March 22, 2018, at age 73. John was surrounded by his devoted wife and soulmate, Deb and angels of loved ones passed. He will be missed by his brother-in-law Bruce Crane and sister-in-law Debbi; his nephews Adam and Matthew; and nieces Pam and Heather. John was born in Midland, Michigan and came to Canada in 1967. He often joked that Toronto threw him a big party to mark his arrival (it was, in fact, the celebration of the Stanley Cup victory by the Toronto Maple Leafs). After an award-winning career in advertising, John retired and he and Deb decided to cast away the big city lights for the darker skies of Buckhorn. John turned his passion for astronomy into a popular tourist attraction in 2002 – the Buckhorn Observatory. He entertained thousands of visitors over 12 years, showing them the wonders of the universe. John also developed a successful outreach program, taking his hobby to resort guests and local organizations. He was past-president of the Peterborough Astronomical Association and taught their beginning astronomy course. John will be remembered by family and friends as a kind, generous, funny guy who always made time for others. He loved life, his friends and his community. His spirit will live on in the stars. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Buckhorn Regional Health Centre or Buckhorn Community Centre would be appreciated. A celebration of John’s life will take place at the Buckhorn Community Centre on Sunday, April 8th from 12-3 pm.

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It started out a normal game. The Bobcaygeon Old Chums hockey team was at the arena for one of their twice-weekly matches; a great group of pals who have been playing regularly for the last 23 years. A few Wednesdays past, the two teams – thirtyeight players in all - hit the ice in their alternately white and red, Team Canada-emblazoned jerseys. However, something wasn’t quite right that morning. Shortly into the game one of the players felt weak and went to a bench, where he collapsed. City of Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Superintendant Autumn Campbell visited the players recently to thank them for their outstanding effort in saving their team member’s life. Using the arena’s defibrillator, the team came together, and working with 911 backup, administered the necessary care to ensure a life saved. For Murry Martin, it was a poignant experience. Not only was he moved by his teammates’ efforts, he was also amazed at how everything came together based on this little box so few of us give a second thought. “We saved a companion’s life. And that is because of this device.”

“It’s very important that these are available in our community, and that the public is aware of them. You don’t need to be intimidated by it, or know what you are doing. As soon as you pull the lever on a defibrillator, it springs into action, walking you through the steps and sending the information to a medical support team,” says Martin. The team worked as well together in helping their companion as they do on the ice; each player taking a different role - from performing CPR, to maintaining contact with 911 - until the arrival of the paramedics. It was a solid team effort, one that prompted Superintendent Campbell to reach out and honour their efforts. “A lesson from this experience is to make note of the defibrillators at the public arenas, centres and malls in our community, as you never know when you’ll need them”, shared Murry Martin. “This proved to us that this little box on the wall can do big things.”

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“We really wanted to let people know about Down Syndrome. I know a lots and I want to teach others about my sister Brooklyn,” says kindergarten student, Jaxon Blacklock. On March 28th, Jaxon and his class welcomed his sister Brooklyn, his mum Mary, and Peterborough Down Syndrome Association Executive Director, Deb Reid, to their Bobcaygeon Public School classroom for a special presentation. Throughout March, Ms. Jermyn and Ms Thibadeau’s JK/SK class had worked hard to learn about Down Syndrome and to raise funds for the local association, which provides activities and support to families and people living with the condition. In the weeks prior to the special presentation, the class rallied together to paint a giant canvas to raffle, host an information table featuring a “guess the number of jelly beans” jar, and collect spare change. Their goal was to fundraise $321. They raised over $426. “Brookie”, an energetic, rosy-cheeked 2 ½ year old, eager to give “high fives”, joined her brother’s class

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to accept the donation. Mary Blacklock, Brooklyn and Jaxon’s mother was moved by the class’s effort. “I’m really humbled at how amazing our little community is and how well Brooklyn is accepted,” said Blacklock. ”I was worried about Brooklyn going to school; now, I’m not.” People living with Down Syndrome have an additional copy of chromosome 21 in their cells. This additional chromosome manifests in a range of conditions, including growth delays and mild to moderate challenges to cognitive ability. Though people living with Down Syndrome can be predisposed to a number of medical conditions, most live full, active lives. World Down Syndrome Day is held every year on March 21.


Central to the type of hearing loss known as “sensorineural” is damage to the tiny “hair cells” that reside within the cochlea, where these sensory receptors convert sound waves into electrical signals that they transmit through the acoustic nerve to the brain. Unfortunately, once hair cells become damaged by loud noise, they do not have the ability to regenerate. As a result, hearing loss associated with hair-cell death is permanent. While sensorineural hearing loss lends itself to effective treatment with a hearing instrument, researchers continue to search for a way to regrow hair cells. Currently, two studies are underway, both of which involve injecting experimental medicines into the ear with the intention of repairing the damage that causes hearing loss. One key element in addressing any hearing impairment you might have includes complete hearing testing by a Doctor of Audiology to determine the type and degree of your particular loss. This is the only way LINDSAY EAR CLINIC can help you choose the most appropriate hearing instrument for your impairment. And while your impairment is unique to you, the impact of hearing loss is similar among most people—diminished communication and loss of quality of life. Don’t put up with it. Call us instead to arrange a comprehensive hearing test. P.S. One of the experimental drugs that researchers are hoping will regenerate hair cells is a treatment codenamed FX-322, which stimulates progenitor cells to grow into healthy hair cells.

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Tasks such as tree removals can be extremely dangerous for individuals that are not trained to do so safely. Hiring professionals to do such jobs is a great way to prevent any possible injuries/damages that may occur if these tasks are completed improperly. We offer advice regarding the removal as well as tree care. Crazy Monkey is also fully licensed, liability insured and covered through WSIB for workplace safety. This reassures customers that any injuries and/or damages that could occur on the job site are completely covered.

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The emerald ash borer is a small insect that damages and kills trees within one to four years of infestation. The ash borer has just recently become more prevalent in central Ontario. The fact that it has very few natural enemies, combined with the fact that native ash trees have limited resistance to attack, these insects have become a major problem very quickly. Typically, within six years of a woodlot infestation, more than 99% of the ash trees will have been attacked and killed. The prevalence and area infested by ash borer is expected to continue to expand, mostly through the movement of infested material such as firewood. Trees affected by the ash borer become a hazard as they become weak, and because of this, it is recommended you get your ash trees inspected. If your trees have been infested, they may need to be removed to prevent further spread of disease. However, trees can also be injected with insecticides to protect them from being attacked by the ash borer. Our company supervisors are more than happy to take a look at any questionable trees and make suggestions to mitigate the infestation.

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