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The Great War’s legacy in Kawartha Lakes

At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day in the eleventh month of the year, Canadians from coast to coast will pause for two minutes’ silence to remember those who died during the First and Second World Wars; the Korean conflict; and various peacekeeping operations in which Her Majesty’s armoured, naval, and air forces have been involved over the course of the 20th and 21st Centuries.

The statistics are staggering: nearly 70,000 Canadians died during the First World War (1914-1918); nearly 50,000 gave their lives during the Second World War (1939-1945); 516 died during the Korean War; and over 1,800 have paid the supreme sacrifice in various operations at home and abroad over the course of the last 70 years.

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No quit in Trevor White: Wheelchair can’t stop Fenelon man from contractor work

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He underwent 18 months of speech therapy before he could speak again, and endured years of physiotherapy and occupational therapy. Photo: Geoff Coleman.

On a wall in Trevor White’s house hangs a photo that reveals a lot about the Fenelon Falls resident. He is in a hospital bed, chatting with Toronto Maple Leaf greats Darryl Sittler, Lanny McDonald, and Dave “Tiger” Williams.

Taken days after a car accident that left him with a severe brain injury and without the use of his legs, the hockey legends were not on a goodwill hospital tour — they came to see him because White was building Sittler’s house when the accident occurred.

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Woman on basic income opens new business – right beside MPP’s office

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Woman on basic income opens new business – right beside MPP's office
Karen Suggitt has opened Sew Little Time Emporium beside MPP Laurie Scott's office. Photo: Erin Smith.

A local woman who is on the Ontario Basic Income Pilot in Lindsay, knowing it will end soon, has opened a small fabric business – right beside local MPP Laurie Scott’s office.

Karen Suggitt says when they cancelled the pilot she was just on her second month and “very tense about what would happen.”

She had been gathering fabric-related items while she was working and purchased a small inventory with the little she had in savings and credit. She found some rental space at 6 Lindsay St. N., right beside Lori’s Family Hair Care, and just a couple units away from Scott’s office.

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Basic Income gave recipients the chance to plan ahead

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There’s certainly been a large amount of attention paid to the Province’s decision to end the Basic Income Pilot program early next year, rather than seeing the plan through fully to its original three-year time period. As one of three Ontario communities selected for the program, the City of Kawartha Lakes has hundreds of residents currently receiving the guaranteed income payments.

Recently, members of Community Care’s health care team met with two clients who are Basic Income recipients. We heard their stories of how the program was making a bit of a positive difference for them and their families. Their willingness to share their stories was appreciated.

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City developing Balsam Lake ‘Dry Stone Wall’ experience to promote cultural tourism

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The invitation:  To participate in a trial run of a Kawartha Lakes Arts & Heritage Trail “Experience.” Over the course of a weekend participants are to be introduced to the art of dry stone walling. They will restore a section of the roughly 150-year-old Laidlaw wall that lines a stretch of Balsam Lake Drive.

The invitee: An Advocate columnist with minimal manual dexterity, little aptitude, and the soft hands of a scribe.

The Experience: Orientation

It’s a chilly Saturday morning in late October when we meet in the warmth of the Days Inn lobby: a writer, a museum volunteer, an economic development officer, a travel agent, and a dry stone mason.

Not hard to identify the mason, our instructor. John Shaw-Rimmington is lanky and weathered looking, with a white beard and untrimmed hair. His handshake is strong, and the hand that wraps around mine is roughened, reddened, one fingernail black.

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For the Record: What did Laurie/Jamie do? (Nov. 2)

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Scott had to answer a number of questions this week about the series of labour cuts and protection rollbacks her office is rolling out.

Throughout the week Minister of Labour Laurie Scott posted a variety of party-shared messages which included a talk around a move to provide guidance on service animals in schools, promotion on the flu shot, and news on the passing of the “Cap and Trade Cancellation Act.

A tribute to honour “the courage of those who served and continue to serve” was shared on November 1st.  Minister Scott spoke at the AGM for “Ontario East Economic Development Commission” on Friday morning (Nov 2).  

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Literacy in the library — it’s about more than just books

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A father and son reading.

When you consider the word ‘literacy,’ you mostly likely think about reading, but did you know that literacy encompasses so much more than that? There is digital literacy, financial literacy, community literacy…and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Schools are designed to teach students all sorts of literacy as they progress through the grades – preparing children for the ‘real world.’

Can you think of another institution that has similar goals? If you guessed the local library, then you are absolutely correct.

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Santa Day is coming to Fenelon Falls

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Santa Claus is coming to town – Fenelon Falls, that is – on Saturday, November 24, for the 19th annual Santa Day.

A full day of free family fun, it all starts at 11 am – horse-drawn wagon rides around town, a petting zoo, pony rides, face-painting, popcorn, events at the museum, gingerbread cookie decorating and so much more.  Of course, you can visit with Santa, and his reindeer would be thrilled if you stopped by to see them too.

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To buy, or not to buy, snow tires: The age-old question

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To buy, or not to buy, snow tires: The age-old question
Studies have also shown that snow tires can decrease stopping distance on snowy and icy roads by up to 37 per cent.

Whether to buy snow tires (or winter tires) is one of those age-old questions. Many people would never consider braving our Canadian winter roads without them, while others don’t see the need for them when they have all-season tires. So, should you buy them or not? Here is some food for thought.

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Lindsay law firm strong supporters of mental health in the workplace

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Jason Ward and Maria Francis of Wards Lawyers.

There are 17 people at Wards Lawyers in Lindsay and those numbers will soon swell to well over 20. It’s a growing staff, in what is already the second largest law firm in central Ontario. With so many people working in one of the top five most stressful occupations, Jason Ward knew they wanted to be leaders when it came to mental health supports in the workplace.

He and Karissa – who is both his wife and his business partner – created a full time position that is part administration but also Mental Health/First Aid Officer, a certified position through the Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit.

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The intersection of rights in a complex world

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When property rights intersect human survival rights, events occur that challenge what it means to be human.

On the one hand, Libertarians stand by property rights because we believe that it is a morally legitimate stance to protect what is ours. We believe that it is the most fundamental responsibility of our elected officials to protect and defend our individual person and property from others who may wish to compromise these in any manner.

On the other hand, there are those people who rally for human rights. These folks believe that a fundamental responsibility of government is to take assets from some citizens and distribute these to less fortunate citizens. The target recipients are alleged to be persons who have lost all of their material assets and the only ‘property’ that they have left is their own person.

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