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When local politics gets ugly — and most likely illegal

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Andy Letham, Gord James, Brian Junkin, Peter Weygang.

A rather thick document — that purports to be a ‘report’ on Mayor Andy Letham — is now circulating amongst some members of the public. The document is clearly professionally produced and is ring-bound, containing approximately 300 pages. It is also accompanied by a 19-page summary ‘report’, which is basically a repeat of any original material in the larger document.

The Lindsay Advocate became aware of this document on Saturday, September 22 from mayoral candidate Peter Weygang. On Sunday, September 23, Advocate Publisher Roderick Benns met with Weygang, who in turn had invited mayoral candidates’ Gord James and Brian Junkin to discuss this for about 30 minutes.

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Independent coffee shop has become vibrant community hub

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Boiling Over is a big supporter of the arts community, with its open mic nights on the third Friday of each month. Photo: Roderick Benns.

On any given day it’s easy to see the City’s business getting done. No, we’re not at City Hall right now in your faithful scribe’s scenario. We are, in fact, at Boiling Over’s Coffee Vault in downtown Lindsay.

Meetings take place between City officials here. Economic Development might stop by for a tête-à-tête. Community groups meet to plan their activities. It’s not all business, of course. There’s socializing and debate, conversations and interviews. It’s a mix of millennials, Generation Z, Generation X, and Boomers. (Well, pretty much all ages.)

I’ve seen teachers lesson planning, students doing homework, and artists talking music.

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How much is enough? The politics of capitalism and wealth

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David Thomson, who according to Canadian Business, has a family net worth of more than $41 Billion.

Many of us who work at The Advocate spend a lot of time thinking about how life could be better for people in our Kawartha Lakes community, and for all Canadians. That is, how do we achieve a more equitable society, within a capitalism framework, where there isn’t such a great chasm between the wealthiest and the poorest?

When we consider these questions we refer to the kind of wealth that defies all sense of decency. As of June 8 last year, the world’s richest five men owned over $400 billion in wealth. Thus, on average, each man owns nearly as much as 750 million people.

As I wrote in a feature story in last month’s Advocate, too many of us from all political stripes seem to believe that the ‘free market’ needs to be left alone to do its thing to make lives better for people. It is the ‘trickle down’ lie that has been perpetuated for decades, all the while inequality continues to increase.

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Joe Valas has been the ‘bee’s knees’ to customers for 60 years

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While loading a hive onto a pickup truck, it slipped and fell, cracking open on the pavement.

Joe Valas never intended to be a full-time beekeeper, but for 60 years, honey fans in the Kawartha Lakes have been glad he did just that.

After escaping Slovakia in 1952, Valas — a cabinetmaker trained to work with hand tools — moved to Southampton to find work. However, machinery had taken over furniture production in Canada, so he took temporary work on a farm and instead, found a field of clover.

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Advocate expands with surge of support across City of Kawartha Lakes

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After seeing an advertisement in a magazine, 46% used or planned to take action.

The Lindsay Advocate is expanding as the independent magazine rides a wave of community support from across Kawartha Lakes. The Advocate  expands as our sixth print issue is in progress, offering even more unique, local content with more pages and more distribution areas, thanks to the growing support of our advertisers.

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New Thursday Farmers’ Market to open at Wilson Fields

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New Thursday Farmers’ Market to open at Wilson Fields
Market vendors Con Costaki, Jen Arnold and Bev Delenardo.

On Thursday, June 21 – the first day of summer — an offshoot of the popular Lindsay Farmers’ Market will be kicking off in the parking lot at the corner of Colborne St. and St. Joseph Rd., with access off St. Joseph.

Each Thursday from then through to Thanksgiving, the market will be open from 11 am to 5:30 pm, with vendors offering fresh local produce, baked items, preserves and more.

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‘Many people didn’t know we existed’ until Country Living Show

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‘Many people didn’t know we existed’ until Country Living Show
Record turn-out at Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show.

Jo-Anne Smith’s business is For the Birds – and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Her business of everything bird-related is just outside of Cameron in Kawartha Lakes, but too many people didn’t know where to find her – until four years ago.

That was when she decided to get some space at the Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show in Fenelon Falls.

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Lindsay’s ‘Temp’orary Secret: How temp agencies affect our social wellness

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Lindsay’s ‘Temp’orary Secret: How temp agencies affect our social wellness
Today in Lindsay, as in the rest of Canada, there is a good chance that the company you are working for is paying an employment agency a premium per hour to not be your legal employer.

“I was always worried.  Am I going to have a job tomorrow?”

You can physically see the frustration and anger as Joe recalls to me his combined seven years of working between two of Lindsay’s largest manufacturing employers, Armada Toolworks and Holsag Canada, three of them as a temp worker.

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How do we deal with poverty? Local MP says ‘free market’ shows the way

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How do we deal with poverty? Local MP says 'free market' shows the way
MP Jamie Schmale: "We should not focus on income inequality but on wealth creating policies."

Lindsay Advocate Publisher Roderick Benns recently interviewed local MP Jamie Schmale on how we should be dealing with poverty in Kawartha Lakes.

Benns: What’s the best way to fight poverty in our communities? And if the answer is good jobs, why have we never, ever, under any government of any political stripe been able to fight poverty effectively?

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Faster, higher, stronger: The life of Lindsay’s Kyung-Ae Lee

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Faster, higher, stronger: The life of Lindsay's Kyung-Ae Lee

Citius, Altius, Fortius ( “Faster, Higher, Stronger”)

Olympic Motto

Maybe, like me, as you watched the glorious spectacle that was the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, you had questions like these: What goes into becoming an elite athlete? Once athletes retire, how do the next chapters in their lives play out? What role does culture play in shaping athletes?

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