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I.E. Weldon at 50

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One of the most famous stories in human history involves the people of ancient Israel crossing the River Jordan and entering the Promised Land (in today’s Middle East). Originally recorded in the Hebrew Bible, this story was alluded to by the writer of “The New Jerusalem” — an address given at Lindsay Collegiate & Vocational Institute on June 8, 1971.

This address (which resides today in the collection of the Victoria County Historical Society), likens students at overcrowded LCVI to the ancient Israelites crossing a river and entering the promised land, the New Jerusalem, “a city set on a hill” — that is, the newly completed I.E. Weldon Secondary School, which in 2021 marks its 50th anniversary.

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Weldon’s International Baccalaureate program benefits from structural changes

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Weldon's International Baccalaureate program benefits from structural changes
Erin Matthew, IB coordinator at I.E. Weldon. Photo: Erin Burrell.

Superintendent of Schools for Trillium Lakelands District School Board, Katherine MacIver, told trustees that structural changes made to the International Baccalaureate (IB) program offered at I.E. Weldon have helped to make the respected enrichment program financially viable.

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Podcast Teaser: Not your average needle

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Podcast Teaser: Not your average needle
Haleigh Wallace speaks to Denis Grignon on the latest Advocate Podcast about getting her first vaccine.

It’s not a regular occurrence, but it does seem to happen more frequently lately.

The person I’m interviewing for an episode of The Advocate Podcast gets choked up, pauses to collect their thoughts, then continues with their answer.

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Podcast Teaser: Kyte and Dwayne offer fresh take on others’ music

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Dwayne Gretzky is not your typical tribute or cover band. Photo: Arden Wray.

In that tables turned episode of The Advocate Podcast, Cambray-based musician Marc Novoselec asked me who my favourite classic rock band was. With little hesitation, I offered British progressive rock group, Yes.

It was the rapid-fire portion of the interview, so there was no need – or time – for me to elaborate on what initially drew me to Yes. Next question, please.

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Podcast teaser: Restaurants, teaching, Worms, and court

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I.E. Weldon Secondary School teacher Mairi Bew tells Advocate Podcast host Denis Grignon that the stress of back-to-school is still there – but easing.

In the past two weeks, we dined at three different restaurants in Lindsay. That’s a first. A few times a month is our norm. The increased number of visits isn’t because we suddenly became millionaires; (Nope, you’ll never see me holding up your milk purchase in line at the convenience store, as I furiously scratch-and-not-win at the counter).

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Growth phase for law firm: New associate at Staples & Swain has Lindsay roots

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Waylon Skinner, Heather Richardson, Angus McNeil. Photo: Erin Burrell.

Waylon Skinner has always gotten fired up over injustice.

As a young lawyer who has just become an Associate at Staples & Swain in Lindsay, he’s certainly in the right place. Skinner graduated from Queens University last year and did his articling in Cambridge – but he’s no stranger to Lindsay, where he was born and raised.

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Uncertain future? IB program changing lives and communities for the better

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The program is known for its rigorous academics and internationally standardized tests but also for developing the whole student. Photo: Erin Burrell.

Cost-cutting by the province is pushing Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) to consider dropping one of the very programs that gives the Lindsay area an edge — the coveted International Baccalaureate (IB) program.

Because the board receives no provincial funding to administer the IB program (which runs at I.E. Weldon Secondary School), it was the focus of a recent review by the board. That review has some students and parents concerned for the very future of the popular program, even though it will reexamined again in 2020-21.

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Local high school teacher recognized for outstanding service to students

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Pam Koekebakker, centre, with some of her Weldon students.

Every May, the Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) recognizes teaching excellence at a gala in Bracebridge. COVID-19 may have disrupted this year’s ceremonies, but a teacher from I.E. Weldon Secondary School in Lindsay will still be recognized.

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Much-loved IB program at Weldon under scrutiny; board to reassess in 2021

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Much-loved IB program at Weldon under scrutiny; board to reasses in 2021

The much-loved International Baccalaureate (IB) program at I.E. Weldon Secondary School is under increased scrutiny by the local school board because of cost-cutting.

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Remembering Dave Auger

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Dave Auger, circa 1984. I.E. Weldon year book.

It was a small gesture, in a way, but one that affected the rest of my life, as small gestures so often do. The time was the mid-1980s, and I was in Grade 12 at I.E. Weldon. I wasn’t a great math student, but for some reason I was still taking functions and relations, with David Auger — well, he was Mr. Auger to us, of course — as my teacher.

I thought he was nice enough; he seemed kind, if awkward, and he encouraged me despite my lack of aptitude for his subject.

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