The Lindsay Advocate is an online news magazine based in Lindsay, within Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, Canada, focused on the social and economic wellness of the town. While we cover most aspects of community life, in particular we advocate for a community of prosperity, both economic and social, where all citizens can reach their full potential.

Lindsay is undergoing an important social and economic experiment. For the next three years about 10 percent of Lindsay’s population will receive a basic income guarantee from the Province of Ontario.

With that number of people getting an additional hand up out of poverty, the Province is betting there will be important and positive community level changes because of this. We think that’s the case, too – and we want to be there to find out.

We believe that businesses in Lindsay are critical community partners to the town’s economic and social success. We pledge to cultivate a good working relationship with our small businesses and to actively seek their input in future stories.

The Lindsay Advocate is a work in progress as we work to address community needs. If you have an idea or viewpoint to share with us, please use our Contact page to reach us.

Lindsay, Ontario

Meet the Team

Roderick Benns

Publisher and Writer-at-Large

Roderick was raised in the east end of Lindsay. In the mid-1990s he was a journalist for Lindsay This Week (as it was called then) capturing a first place national newspaper award through the Canadian Community of Newspapers Association (CCNA).

For several years he has turned his attention to public policy, advocating for a basic income for all Canadians. He started The Lindsay Advocate to shed a light on important issues, to advocate for the social and economic wellness of Lindsay, and to improve community life in his hometown.

Trevor Hutchinson


A graduate of the University of Toronto, Trevor Hutchinson is a songwriter, writer and construction worker and is a Board member of Kawartha Lakes Food Source.

He lives with his fiancee and their five kids in Glenarm, within Kawartha Lakes.

Nancy Payne


Nancy Payne is a freelance writer, editor and communication trainer, and a part-time pastoral care worker.

She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Carleton University and is a proud graduate of the former Ops Elementary School and I.E. Weldon S.S.

She lives just northeast of Lindsay with her husband and two teenage sons.

Mike Perry

Do Millennials in Lindsay lack a good worth ethic?

Mike Perry

Business/Chamber of Commerce Columnist

Mike Perry is the president of the Lindsay and District Chamber of Commerce.

He also serves as the executive director of the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team. From his position as Chamber president, Mike writes regularly for The Lindsay Advocate.

Mike Puffer

Mike Puffer

Community Care Columnist

Mike Puffer is the Communications Officer for Community Care Health & Care Network. He writes regularly for The Lindsay Advocate on issues related to health and wellness.

Teresa Jordan

Teresa Jordan

Community Living and inclusion Columnist

Teresa Jordan is the Executive Director for Community Living Trent Highlands.

She writes regularly for The Advocate on issues related to developmental services.

Ian McKechnie

Lindsay’s forgotten artist: Rediscovering W.A. Goodwin

Ian McKechnie

Local History Columnist

Ian McKechnie is a graduate of Trent University and a lifelong resident of Lindsay.

He presently works as an assistant manager at the museum in Lindsay, and is secretary of the Kawartha Lakes Heritage Network. Ian writes regularly on issues of historical significance.

Jack Veitch

Let's remember care for the caregiver

Jack Veitch

Mental Health Columnist

Jack Veitch is the Health Promoter and Educator with the Canadian Mental Health Association, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge Branch.

Jack has worked with his local CMHA branch for over 10 years in a variety of roles including; Housing, Community Support, Intensive Case Management and Forensic Case Management.

He writes regularly for The Lindsay Advocate on mental health issues.

Jamie Morris

Jamie Morris

Friends & Neighbours/Libraries Columnist

Jamie Morris is a retired teacher and Chair of the Kawartha Lakes Library Board.

For The Lindsay Advocate he is reviving the ‘Friends & Neighbours’ column he wrote for the Lindsay Post, as well as writing a column on the library’s contributions to the community.

Denis Grignon

Why did Toronto politicians cross the road?

Denis Grignon

Humour Columnist

Denis Grignon is a professional stand-up comic and weekend morning host at BOB-FM in Lindsay. He writes regularly (and hilariously, we have to say) for The Lindsay Advocate

Judy Paul

Judy Paul

Social Policy Columnist

Judy is interested in promoting ideas that shift our society in a more just, sustainable direction. Newly retired, she spent her career facilitating positive change in the areas of adult and family literacy, mental health, community development, and outdoor recreation.

As a volunteer, she worked on climate justice issues, peace education with youth, and blogging about local food.

Judy lives in Haliburton where she loves to ski, paddle, read and watch the birds. She writes regularly for The Lindsay Advocate as a social policy commentator.

Heather McCullough

Heather McCullough

Boys and Girls Club Columnist

Heather McCullough is the Resource Development Coordinator for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes Foundation.

She writes a regular column for The Lindsay Advocate.

Ryan Oliver

Ryan Oliver

Technology Columnist

Ryan Oliver is a Lindsay entrepreneur and is the owner and lead producer/designer with Pinnguaq, which aims to bring quality “play” experiences that foster learning, growth and fun.


Kimberley Griffith

Web Developer

Kimberley is the only team member with The Lindsay Advocate who doesn’t have a local connection, but her inspiring web development has made her integral to the Advocate team.

Kim is an avid web developer from the island of Barbados. She is passionate about code and entrepreneurship. In addition to her work with The Lindsay Advocate, Kimberley undertakes a very diverse set of things in the technology sphere, from websites to end-user support.

Kim loves to create amazing websites for passionate people which are responsive and mobile friendly.


Robyn Barton

Graphic Designer

Robyn Barton is a Kawartha Lakes-based, multi-talented creative professional responsible for the graphic design of the Lindsay Advocate’s print edition.

She has over a decade of design, brand, and marketing experience, including formal graphic design training and a past career as a Communications Manager in the telecommunications industry.

Robyn is half of a two woman team (with her sister-in-law, Megan Barton). Together, they operate Barton Creative Co., where they have combined their skill sets to offer a variety of creative services.


Erin Smith


Erin is a natural light, lifestyle, fine art and wedding photographer.

Growing up in Orangeville, Ontario, Erin became a sucker for the simple things such as colours and candids.

Her eye for detail and outgoing personality make her easy to work with clients. When Erin isn’t out with her camera, she works as a lifeguard and swim instructor.

Erin now resides in Peterborough, Ontario with her partner.


Joli Scheidler-Benns


Joli is a PhD Candidate at York University in Health Equity and Policy. Her main interests are in the political, economic and social structures of society that create inequities.

She provides invaluable research for The Lindsay Advocate and is especially interested in the social determinants of health.


Judith Stoltz

Advertising Sales Representative

Judith has over 10 years experience in sales and marketing.

She moved to Lindsay five years ago from Toronto and now wishes she had done it earlier. Judith loves her community and the people she has come to know in the Kawartha Lakes. Her faith and her children are her world.

Meeting with new people is what makes her work with The Lindsay Advocate her dream job.


James Craig

Advertising Sales Representative

James Craig has over 25 years of experience in media sales and service, with newspapers, radio, websites, and magazines.

He has lived in Kawartha Lakes for more than 30 years.


Jennifer Bain

Advertising Sales Representative

Jennifer Bain is a 10 year veteran of the newspaper industry with particular expertise in digital and online promotion for small to medium sized businesses.

She is passionate about her family, local news and giving back in her community.