With more businesses and services opening July 17 under Ontario’s Stage 3 reopening plan, the local health unit is updating its directives on non-medical mask use in indoor public places.
Linden Mackey, owner of the century-old Mackey Funeral Home in Lindsay has bought out Stoddart Funeral Home, Lindsay’s other venerable funeral institution.
Shain Fletcher, the sole owner of Stoddart, quietly sold his shares of the funeral home to Mackey this spring, after discussions of keeping the funeral home locally owned and operated.
The Mackey and Stoddart families had long cooperated throughout the years, with Fletcher even training at one time under James Mackey and the late Linden and Gordon Mackey, according to the Stoddart website.
The Economic Recovery Task Force held its third meeting this week, focusing on feedback it has received from working groups. It also considered options to improve processes in light of limited resources and staffing due to the pandemic.
Many Kawartha Lakes residents are struggling with what to do and how to behave regarding the COVID-19 pandemic now that the curve appears to be flattening.
Everywhere people turn they seem to be getting mixed messages from government and the media regarding behaviour that will keep people safe but also help their neighbour’s businesses survive to open another day.
As our people and small businesses hold on for their lives and livelihoods, many are looking on, wondering what happened to the grand promise of unfettered capitalism.
What happened to the promise of endless growth? Of the greatness of the free market?
The sheer inadequacy of the market to respond to this pandemic, the utter weakness of big business to pull us out of this mess is itself a master lesson in economics.
It’s also an indictment of extreme capitalism.
Imagine that you have put years of time, effort, passion, and money into building a business. From the early years of raising capital or going the lean start-up route, through the growing pains that come with scaling from a small to medium sized business and all the new challenges that it presents.
Human resource considerations, targeted marketing campaigns, sound financial practices, and efficient operations are all challenges and obstacles that have been faced and refined on your way to becoming a larger wide-scale success.
“All of my sweat, blood and tears were in my business.” In Fenelon Falls, Sandy’s well-known bakery has closed for good.
My dear friend Graham has also shuttered his senior care family business, too overwhelmed to consider what might be next for him.
We’re hearing these stories more and more. The free market is now producing 15 per cent unemployment and possible defaults on consumer debts of 50 to 70 per cent. A lot more bankruptcies and unemployment are forecast.
Mike Schreiner, leader of the Ontario Green Party, says municipalities will need significant financial help moving forward – and increasing property taxes is not the answer.
In a wide-ranging interview with the Advocate, Schreiner talked about how the COVID-19 virus is influencing municipalities, long term care homes, public schools and universities, and small businesses as Ontario tries to re-open carefully and cautiously.
The Bobcaygeon and Area COVID-19 Relief Fund has felt the impact of local family businesses that have created cause-related campaigns to raise funds, awareness and support for those in much need in their community, according to a press release.
The Buckeye Surf and Kawartha Lifestyle team stepped up for the relief fund. During the month of April, they ran a campaign to donate proceeds from the sale of any Hip-Town, Lake Life, or Bobcaygeon branded product. Through web-store purchases, call in orders, and contactless delivery they were able to generate sales of this signature apparel to their customers and help support a great cause.
Like most small business owners, Rebekah McCracken had no idea her popular Hamilton Creek ladies clothing store in downtown Lindsay would be closed for so long to the general public.
Yet closed her store remains, since March 17 when the province declared a state of emergency due to COVID-19.
At first, she took it as a great opportunity to do a few renovation projects around the store that she had been putting off – even getting her kids involved.
“With that out of the way,” she tells the Advocate, “I turned my focus on brainstorming new ways of connecting with my customers.”