The Advocate Podcast – Stories from Kawartha Lakes
Episode #44  Kawartha style house concerts. New neighbourhoods nearing reality. Preparing kids for their jabs. A generous land transfer near Pontypool.

Episode #44 Kawartha style house concerts. New neighbourhoods nearing reality. Preparing kids for their jabs. A generous land transfer near Pontypool.

December 1, 2021

Chris Schmidt says our community is defying the stats – we should NOT have as much great musical talent living here as we do. So, he’s opening up his Snug Harbour home to showcase it and plans to have others hop on this house concert wagon. Ralph McKim and Jean Garsonnin had already welcomed people to their huge Pontypool property and its beautiful trail system. But they found a way to make their generosity even more generous. Any parent will tell you there’s a big difference between a five and 12-year-old. Especially when it comes delivering the shot, as Woodville’s Dr Sheila Mae-Young explains. Building a neighbourhood means more than just puttin’ up houses and sidewalks. We sit down with Flato Developments president Shakir Rehmatullah to hear how what he’s learned from the locals will determine what he does before shovels touch ground in Kawartha Lakes. 

Episode #43 REALLY remote teaching. Empties ‘o plenty. Bhangra inspiration. Talking Forests Two.

Episode #43 REALLY remote teaching. Empties ‘o plenty. Bhangra inspiration. Talking Forests Two.

November 15, 2021

It’s not like the internet has a limit on KMs – or miles. So, why not teach students in Alaska from faarrrrr away? Leslie McCartney, as associate prof with the University of Alaska, connects with her far north-west students from her home in Lindsay. Gurdeep Pandher is now a massive YouTube sensation, thanks to his inspiring, uplifting outdoor Bhangra dancing from his home in the Yukon. Trevor Hutchinson describes how he’s now even more uplifted after having met the pandemic era celeb on his own northern turf. Mary Connell considered a plain ‘ole, door-to-door bottle drive fundraiser. But she and her fellow Downeyvillians (that’s what you call someone from Downeyville, right?) had a better idea. Seems the trees at Ken Reid were tired of doing all the talking. So, now they have rooted colleagues sharing the chatter at Windy Ridge, thanks to an expanded free phone app.

 

Wards of Wisdom #8 – Defamation explained

Wards of Wisdom #8 – Defamation explained

November 9, 2021

Didja hear – or read – the comments from that person who said that stuff about that other person and/or their business? In public!? For everyone else to hear and/or read? Can’t they be sued for defamation or slander or libel? Or whatever the term is. Lawyer Jason Ward explains that difference – and when each can be acted on and what the outcome could be.

Episode #42 Little Britain Spice World. Diversity sounds. Top 5 Super Scary Stuff. LLT indoors.

Episode #42 Little Britain Spice World. Diversity sounds. Top 5 Super Scary Stuff. LLT indoors.

November 1, 2021

Lindsay Little Theatre’s return to the stage – their inside one – is a welcome change from that outdoor one they were relegated to over the summer. But after almost two years away, what awaits the actors and the patrons? Pumpkin Spice and all things…well, you know: NICE. And now, the popular spice is locally-produced, thanks to Little Britain retired Red Seal Chef, Bob Gourlie. The Advocate’s recent panel on diversity in municipal politics generated great insight, wisdom and suggestions from its panelists. We bring you some of those voices. Lawyer Jason Ward, an expert on all things legal AND Halloween, joins us for a super scary top 5 list. You’ve been warned…mwahhhh………

And new music by Lindsay’s own Close Kicks, featuring Louwop, aka Luis Segura.

Episode #41  The OTHER jab. Stone wall wonder. Hockey’s back – so is Owen! Diversity panel primer.

Episode #41 The OTHER jab. Stone wall wonder. Hockey’s back – so is Owen! Diversity panel primer.

October 15, 2021

Hey, remember the regular ole, seasonal flu shot? We still need it, despite that other shot getting all the attention. And our medical officer of health tells us why the flu shot is as important as ever. Those stone walls near Kirkfield look mighty imposing  – and they're filled with the history of the family that built them. George Laidlaw’s great-great grandson shares the story of how – and why – they came to be. And why it’s important they remain standing. The NHL – and, yes, your Leafs – are back. And it (almost) looks like a regular season! Our resident hockey expert, 11-year-old Owen Hargrave – host of his own YouTube show, Owen Talks Lots of Hockey  - returns to prognosticate on his team and the league with our Hab-loving host. Nancy Payne, associate editor of the Advocate Magazine, drops by to tell us about an upcoming panel discussion – a real one, not the virtual kind – called Diversity in Municipal Politics.

 

 

 

Episode #40 - Vax Pass pluses – and challenges. Janetville homecoming. Doble and Domenic. Post LEX appraisal. Truth and Reconciliation in Caygeon.

Episode #40 - Vax Pass pluses – and challenges. Janetville homecoming. Doble and Domenic. Post LEX appraisal. Truth and Reconciliation in Caygeon.

October 1, 2021

If you’ve been dining INside a restaurant recently, you know all about flashing that pass. St-Dave’s Diner owner Jason Hore discusses the pluses – and challenges  – with it.  And how his staff – and regulars - make it all worth it.

Lindsay’s Mark Doble is, arguably, the biggest fan of singer/songwriter/guitarist Domenic Troiano. So much so that he wrote a biography of the late musician who left his mark as a solo artist and member of the Guess Who.

Paulette Sopoci wasn’t really thinking of leaving the City (you know, Toronto) to return to her hometown of Janetville. But then a very special home became available, and….

How’d the LEX, version 2021, do?  What lessons can be passed on to other upcoming smaller fall fairs? Its GM, Harry Stoddart, returns with an honest post mortem.

Bobcaygeon marked the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation with a special ceremony. We bring you some of the voices and sounds from this important event.

 

 

Episode #39 - Fair’s fares faring well. Relax, it’s Qigong! Defamation explained. Scavenger hunting in C of KL.

Episode #39 - Fair’s fares faring well. Relax, it’s Qigong! Defamation explained. Scavenger hunting in C of KL.

September 14, 2021

The beloved LEX is back. It won’t be exactly the same, but its GM, Harry Stoddart, says it’ll be pretty darn close – right down to kids’ cotton candy consumption. “Hey, they can’t say that? Can they?” Lawyer Jason Ward does a great job of explaining slander, libel and defamation. And that’s the truth! Our host heads out on a City-sponsored scavenger hunt. And while he doesn’t always ‘find’ what he’s looking for, the rewards are still big. Lindsay Advocate reporter William McGinn brings us some of the voices from a recent public meeting about a proposed housing development in Cameron.

 

Episode #38 - TLDSB’s DOE on back-to-school. Mark Mitchell on unique Afghan perspective. Grove Theatre find its groove. Mosquitoes overstay their welcome.

Episode #38 - TLDSB’s DOE on back-to-school. Mark Mitchell on unique Afghan perspective. Grove Theatre find its groove. Mosquitoes overstay their welcome.

September 1, 2021

Wes Hahn, Director of Education for the Trillium Lakelands District School Board, believes his team is properly braced for this unique back-to-school. Mark Mitchell would, understandably, see the current plight in Afghanistan from a different lens. Before he became our community’s chief of police, Mitchell left his then post as an inspector with our local police service to live in Afghanistan and help train that country’s police service – for a full year.

Heck of a time to launch a live performance venue, but the new Grove Theatre in Fenelon is settling in nicely, says its GM Nicole Mitchell.

Won’t – they – just - go – away? Nope. Fleming College’s Katrina Van Osch Saxxon tells us why mosquitoes are sticking around longer this year. Need a new word? Of course, you do. We ALL do. Kawartha Library’s Lyndsay Bowen is back with another edition of “Well Defined.”

 

Episode #37 - The culture of public horticulture. Reaching women-in-need during Covid has its challenges. Lubin at The Grove. Composter comes cheap, courtesy of City.

Episode #37 - The culture of public horticulture. Reaching women-in-need during Covid has its challenges. Lubin at The Grove. Composter comes cheap, courtesy of City.

August 15, 2021

Standup comedian Gilson Lubin is looking forward to playing Fenelon’s Grove Theatre on August 19. But the (forced) break from performing, he says, was a welcome respite to recharge - and also quit a bad habit.

There’s more to being a city’s official horticulturist than just plantin’. It’s a lot of planning – and art, explains Megan Phillips.

Have composter, will divert much waste. Have FREE composter, will divert even MORE waste, right?

Women’s Resources sometimes finds itself with a few available beds. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t women-in-need in Kawartha Lakes. It means the pandemic can be a challenge in reaching them, says WR’s Bella Alderton.

Episode #36 - A rock snake that rocks. Searching for restaurant staff. Senior slo pitch’s slow – and safe - return. Coby’s wellness centre is on track.

Episode #36 - A rock snake that rocks. Searching for restaurant staff. Senior slo pitch’s slow – and safe - return. Coby’s wellness centre is on track.

August 1, 2021

It started small – like with three rocks. And then grew. And grew some more. Nena Bovie shares how and why she started a community art installation that stretches wayyyyy long on the Rotary Trail. And registered psychotherapist and art therapist, Andy Cleghorn tells us why these creative rock snakes rock. 

Senior Slo Pitch makes its return, but it required some jabs to happen. Pete Sanderson explains how his league was able to shout “Play Ball” again. The setting is perfect for a wellness centre. And Coboconk’s champions for this hub-of-health-care – and dreams – believe it’s going to happen. We take you on a tour of its future. Restaurants faced many challenges during the pandemic – and they still are.  Like finding – and keeping – good staff. Julia Kirby of The Original Just for The Halibut expounds on that challenge and how she and brother Matt are meeting it for their beloved family-run Caygeon business.

 

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