The Lindsay Advocate is an online news magazine for Lindsay, Ontario, Canada, focused on the social and economic wellness of the town. While we cover most aspects of community life, we have a particular interest in poverty reduction.

We advocate for a community of prosperity, both economic and social, where all citizens can reach their full potential.

From the fall of 2017 through to the fall of 2020, Lindsay will undergo 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 because we are open to 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).

In addition to his long career in journalism he also served nine years as senior writer for the Student Achievement Division at the Ministry of Education in Toronto.

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

Writer-at-Large

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.

Mike Perry

Do Millennials in Lindsay lack a good worth ethic?

Mike Perry

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

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

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

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

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. In his current role, Jack teaches a variety of certificate courses including safeTALK, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, Mental Health Works, Mental Health First Aid and Living Life to the Full and is a Certified Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace Advisor.

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

Denis Grignon

Why did Toronto politicians cross the road?

Denis Grignon

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

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

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.

Kim

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.

Joli

Joli Scheidler-Benns

Researcher

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.

Jennifer

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.