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There has been a lot of hand-wringing in some quarters over the release of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) report, specifically with the report’s use of the word genocide. Here’s my take on it: my opinion isn’t really needed right now.

See, I’m a white dude. A white dude that’s lucky enough to get to share my opinion sometimes. But now is not the time for me to speak. It’s the time for me, and people like me, to listen. And hopefully learn.

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Problems are solved by ideas, not memes

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A federal election is looming in the fall.

Comedian Rodney Dangerfield once quipped “The way my luck is going, if I were a politician I would be honest.”

Dangerfield was following a long tradition of commentators using humour or satire or even political theatre to challenge the ruling class, a tradition that goes back past Plato, who said “one of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”

We are supposed to doubt, challenge and question our politicians. It’s part of our democratic DNA, every bit as essential as a vibrant free press and open access to the information that the state uses to rule us. We are often wise to be cynical of the powers that be.

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Bethany woman to represent Green Party here in October federal election

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Bethany woman to represent Green Party here in October federal election

A 21-year-old Carleton University student and Bethany resident, Elizabeth Fraser, will represent the Green Party of Canada for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes – Brock in the fall federal election.

The third-year environmental studies student tells the Advocate she started the Carleton University Green Party club when she was in her first year of studies and has been involved with them since that time.

Knowing of her work at Carleton, a coordinator for the young Greens asked her if she’d be interested in running. After mulling it over Fraser decided to take the plunge, filling out the necessary paperwork and becoming the acclaimed candidate.

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Happy Canada Day, my imperfect country

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My father was a drifter before he met my mother. From the age of 15 when he left home, he spent the next 14 years exploring Canada as few do – by riding freight trains and hitchhiking. He was a great storyteller and he was a Canadian patriot. He could have been a great dad but his problems with alcohol precluded this.

Dad had a particular love for Canada’s west. A few years ago, over the course of more than one full month, we drove all the way to Whitehorse, Yukon, to spend a week in the land of the midnight sun. It was an epic road journey and along the way, I hope, an appreciation for our country was passed on to my kids, just as my father once did for me through his storytelling.

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Carden Alvar Nature Photography a fantastic opportunity for nature lovers

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Capture the rare birds, wildflowers, and unique landscape. Photo: Ginny Moore.

As the City of Kawartha Lakes defines it, experiential tourism is a form of travel in which the visitor goes beyond the usual mass tourism draws and participates in activities that enable them to experience a place by directly connecting to its history, people and culture.

Visitors can learn new skills, participate in local projects, or work with local masters to create their own masterpiece. By engaging with the locals, visitors experience the authentic hands-on dimensions of a place and its people through storytelling, delicious food and sights that turn to memories to last a lifetime.

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Norland forester plants one millionth tree

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A Norland area forester has planted her 1,000,000th tree on a property near Norland in May.

Eleanor Reed has been a planting delivery agent for the 50 Million Tree Program since it began in 2008. The program is managed by Forests Ontario and was funded by the Province of Ontario until 2019 and will be funded by the federal government in 2020 – 2025, after the Province under the Conservative government cancelled the program.

Through the program, Reed planted trees for over 150 landowners in Kawartha Lakes and surrounding municipalities. She established nearly 1300 acres of forest. These young forests sequester significant amounts of carbon every year and help to mitigate the effects of climate change.

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New pharmaceutical plant in Lindsay will provide local jobs where possible

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New pharmaceutical plant in Lindsay will provide local jobs where possible
Fleetwood Pharmaceutical Inc. will be up and running in two planned phases. Photo: Roderick Benns.

The owner of a new pharmaceutical plant in Lindsay that will open in six to eight months, Dr. Ghulam Khan, says he will be focusing on providing local jobs as much as possible which he calls “very good for the community.”

Fleetwood Pharmaceutical Inc., producing medicinal marijuana, will be up and running in two planned phases. In phase one, there will be a retrofit of the old 78,000 square foot Fleetwood plant. In the second phase, a half million square foot greenhouse will also be built. He says when both phases are fully operational it could mean between 550-600 jobs.

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Environmental Youth Hero Award recipients recognized

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Dunsford students Leah Connor, Jake Connor and Mattie Ariza, for their environmental project titled “Operation Garbage Pickers.” With Pat Warren and Tracy Richardson.

During the week of June 24, Kawartha Lakes Environmental Advisory Committee recognized students across the municipality for their exemplary efforts toward enhancing and protecting the environment in the current school year (2018 to 2019). A total of three awards were presented to students ranging from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 7.

The first Environmental Youth Hero award was presented to Alexis Benns, a Grade 7 student at Central Senior Public School, who was nominated for her efforts in raising awareness on climate change by organizing community marches. Alexis felt compelled to take action on her own because of her recent studies of the impacts that climate change is having on the environment. On March 15 and May 3, Ms. Benns was able to organize two marches that involved not only students from multiple schools within the area, but members of the community as well.

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Seniors step up when it comes to community involvement

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Seniors volunteer in many ways, including at the community gardens, on service clubs, and at non-profits.

While the best outcome for any community is to have the perfect balance of younger, middle-aged, and senior population, there’s no denying how important the senior demographic has become to the Kawartha Lakes area.

In fact, according to the 2016 census data more than 34 per cent of our City’s population is over the age of 60, much greater than the provincial median.

Rebecca Mustard is manager of economic development for the City. She says seniors “are incredibly important to communities.”

“From an economic standpoint, they contribute in many ways including purchasing goods and services from the community,” Mustard says.

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Cherry Tree Lodge: A special place at Sturgeon Point

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Recently, members of the City of Kawartha Lakes’ Economic Development Department, senior City staff, and a City councillor paid a visit to Cherry Tree Lodge, a diminutive nineteenth century cottage located at 19 Third Street in Sturgeon Point. A few years prior, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, MP, paid a visit to the Olde Gaol Museum in Lindsay, where she spent some time admiring the beautiful paintings and drawings credited to the builder of Cherry Tree Lodge, William Alfred Goodwin (1840-1940).

Why has this tiny cottage and the unassuming artist who built it captured the attention of people over the past five years?

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Summer in Fenelon Falls looks to be exciting in 2019

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Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show

What’s going on in Fenelon Falls this summer? What’s not going might be a better question.

Midnight Madness, a tradition for more than 25 years, happens on Saturday June 29. People can expect live music from three bands — North Country Express, The Blackfly Band, and the Harry Peterson Band — scattered through town. The shops will be open late and there’s a chance to reconnect with permanent and seasonal friends also out enjoying the night. Food vendors will be on hand.

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