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Kawartha Lakes remembers Delores O’Riordan, proud mother and 90s rock icon

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Kawartha Lakes remembers Delores O'Riordan, proud mother and 90s rock icon
Delores O’Riordan spent much of her adult life in the Kawartha Lakes/Peterborough area.

Delores O’Riordan’s passing suddenly at the age of 46 is heartbreaking for countless reasons.

Her voice is immediately recognizable, her harmonies defining The Cranberries, one of the most important bands to emerge from the 1990s. For many of us, she defined our youth; our maturation into adults with emotional, political and spiritual awareness.

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Of passion and pastries: Mickaël’s Café Librairie in Lindsay

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Mickaël Durand: The focus is always on freshness and high standards.

Imagine a French bakery. A boulangerie.  There are racks of warm baguettes and country loaves with slightly blistered crusts. And croissants, of course. In a see-through case are the day’s cookies and tarts.  Maybe a surprise, too. One day there are chouquettes (what Timbits aspire to be in their dreams), another day there may be buttery, dense Breton kouign-amann.

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The Library: What’s in it for you?

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The Library: What’s in it for you?
New materials are constantly being added.

The experience of reading a good book, watching a memorable movie, or finding just the information you need to complete a project may be priceless, but the actual books, DVDs, and services of a reference librarian can all be assigned price tags.

Built into the website of one Ontario library is a value calculator, a nifty tool that lets you calculate the dollar value of the library resources you use.

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Hiding in plain sight: Post Envelopes a thriving 83-year-old Lindsay business

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All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. — Leo Tolstoy

Tolstoy got it all wrong about happy families. At least, that’s the lesson I take away from a morning with Roberta Allen and her Post Envelopes co-workers–very much a family, very definitely happy, and beyond question unique.

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Lindsay’s Tim Hortons not willing to talk about wages, employee incentives

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Lindsay's Tim Hortons not willing to talk about wages, employee incentives
We continue to talk about Tim Hortons as if it’s a Canadian company. It is not. In 2014, there was a $12.5-billion takeover of Tim Hortons by Brazilian-based 3G Capital.

Last week’s national headlines were dominated by the Tim Hortons brand. Not surprising.

In nearby Cobourg, the owners of the local Tim Hortons there (who just happen to be Ron Joyce Jr., son of Tim Hortons co-founder Ron Joyce, and Jeri-Lynn Horton-Joyce, daughter of Tim Horton) decided they could no longer afford to pay staff for workday breaks.

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Cold enough for you? The library can help with more chills

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Cold enough for you? The library can help with more chills

With Environment Canada issuing almost daily extreme cold warnings, you may want to put up your feet and experience the bitter temperatures vicariously, from the comfort of an armchair, warming drink at hand.

The Kawartha Lakes libraries can help you with that. Here’s a sampling from the collection: a memoir,  a short story, and a film, all of which will supply chills aplenty.  

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New wine for old wineskins: The changing role of your local museum

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New wine for old wineskins: The changing role of your local museum
Where Duty Leads Commemorative Dinner.

Another calendar year has dawned and with it has come the inevitable litany of resolutions about doing things differently in 2018.  Old habits, as the saying goes, die hard.

We are partial to “the way things were,” and are slow to fill old wineskins with new wine, lest the old wineskins break and leave a mess in our comfortable world of old habits and supposedly unassailable practices. History, said Henry Ford (1863-1947), is bunk.

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A personal note from the publisher about The Lindsay Advocate

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A personal note from the publisher about The Lindsay Advocate
Photo by Jerry Holder.

It has been four short months since The Lindsay Advocate launched and it feels like we already belong here. For that, we owe thanks to all our readers.

Our focus has been – and will continue to be – on the social and economic wellness of Lindsay. With growth, we are open to extending that vision to all of Kawartha Lakes.

Readers have responded to this vision in droves and that tells us we are responding to genuine community need.

The inspiration for The Advocate comes from two places.

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Basic income and the future of work: Potential for social disruption

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Basic income and the future of work: Potential for social disruption

I have always loved school.  After high school I attended university and several years after graduation I completed a graduate degree. Wanting to dive into peace and justice issues, I returned to university at age 50.

Formal education has enriched my life and opened doors to new types of work. One of the things I learned, as a literacy practitioner is that not everyone was as keen about the value of school.

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