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A woman’s place: At home, at a career, or in unpaid caring roles the work is always there

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“A woman’s place is in the home” is a phrase that goes back nearly 25 centuries from a Greek play written in 467 B.C. by Aeschylus. Women have always worked, but the emphasis on the home environment suggests that the unpaid work of child rearing, caring for the ill and elderly, cleaning and cooking should still fall on women.

The landscape has changed in Canada over the years as women have entered the labour market; opened their own businesses as entrepreneurs; completed post-secondary education in record numbers; and added volunteer hours in their communities. However, the old adage still applies – even though more men have stepped up, women continue to dominate the unpaid labour sectors in the home and community while adding significantly to the GDP.

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Troubled bridge over water in Fenelon Falls

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This Just In: A government-appointed official reported that there was “a great deal of dissatisfaction being expressed at Fenelon Falls” over progress on the bridge.

That may sound current, but it’s actually a report from 1887. And that’s not a typo: 18-87. It seems that figuring the best way (and the number of ways) over the Fenelon River is just part of the Fenelon DNA, perhaps as integral to a Fenelonite as as our perpetual rivalry with Bobcaygeon.

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Big scoop? Kawartha Dairy says rumours it may go national are premature

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Kawartha Dairy to go national this fall?

CEO and General Manager of Kawartha Dairy, Brian Kerr, says rumours that one of this area’s most iconic brands is set to go national is premature.

“We have growth plans, but not a national expansion in the near term.”

Instead, says Kerr, there is “lots of room to grow right here in Ontario.”

A source told The Lindsay Advocate that a national expansion was in the cards this fall, but Kerr shot down this rumour.

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Tourist town: To close or not to close in Fenelon Falls

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When the Fenelon Falls business that has survived the longest in one location, under the same ownership first opened, the Cow and Sow Eatery’s Dickon Robinson was repeatedly asked a seemingly simple question: “Are you going to stay open all year?”

Residents had learned that restaurants in the tourist town did not always operate year-round, even if they didn’t really know why. Robinson chose to stay open all year, and 22 years later he still operates 364 days, but the bottom line is not his only motivation.

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Nesbitt’s Meat Market: Hayward’s hard work ethic reflects success of downtown business

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Adam Hayward.

The sign reads “Nesbitt’s Meat Market,” but though Jim Nesbitt still drops in for a chat on Saturday mornings, for the past 19 years it’s Adam Hayward who has owned and operated the business. And it was over 30 years ago that Hayward, at 13, began working part-time there as a ‘clean-up lad.’

Through high-school and as he completed a butchery program at George Brown College and business management at Humber, Hayward took on additional responsibilities and gained skills in cutting and grinding and running a business.

“Jim Nesbitt was a great mentor and friend who still helps me to this day,” says Hayward. Beyond the technical skills, the lessons that stayed with Hayward were to work hard, treat customers and employees with respect, and offer a quality product at a fair price.

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Canada Post workers on strike for 24 hours; Union wants return of postal banks

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Postal banking was something Canada Post did decades earlier, ending the practice in 1968. Photo: Roderick Benns.

Scores of local postal workers walked off the job this morning in Lindsay and Bobcaygeon for 24 hours in a coordinated effort to draw attention to what has become a protracted strike. Calling for better health and safety conditions, gender equality, and a return to postal banking, Cheryl MacMillan, the president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) Local 564, says workers are “overburdened.”

“Parcel delivery has exploded,” she tells the Advocate, with carriers often working 10-12 hour days to finish up their deliveries. While they are paid for this, it is a forced overtime and it’s taking its toll on workers’ health, she says.

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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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Advocate takes third place Innovation Award through KLCFDC

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The Advocate's multimedia experience helped it win an Innovation Award through the KLCFDC.

The Lindsay Advocate took third place in the Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation (KLCFDC) 2018 Innovation Awards, held at the Lindsay Golf Club.

The Awards were part of the KLCFDC’s Innovation Day event, which featured a presentation on digitization from the Business Development Bank, the twentieth anniversary of the KLCFDC’s  annual small business Innovation Awards competition, and an address by Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock MPP and Minster of Labour Laurie Scott.

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Small Business Week has something for all business owners

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Last year's Innovation Awards during Small Business Week.

Small Business Week 2018, which runs from October 15-19, has something for every business owner with 10 events scheduled throughout Kawartha Lakes.

The week kicks off with Mental Health in the Workplace: The Impact on Your Business, hosted by our local Chambers of Commerce, and supported by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and WSIB, at the Fenelon Falls Curling Club at 7:00pm on Monday.

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Andrew Veale believes in giving back to Woodville, Kawartha Lakes

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Andrew Veale knows he’s a fortunate man. Born and raised in Woodville, he has lived there all his life without ever needing to leave Kawartha Lakes for career opportunities, as many of his young contemporaries felt they had to do.

Veale, who manages and oversees both Lindsay Kia and Lindsay Buick GMC, is a fourth generation automotive man. He starting out washing cars and pumping gas at his family’s used vehicle dealership.

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