The Advocate Podcast – Stories from Kawartha Lakes
Episode #68  Special Flag Raising. Predator Investigators. Jamieson music heads to Academy.

Episode #68 Special Flag Raising. Predator Investigators. Jamieson music heads to Academy.

November 30, 2022

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence leads, ultimately, to December 6 – The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

Women’s Resources of Kawartha Lakes marked Day 1 with the Wrapped in Courage Flag Raising Ceremony held at City Hall. We captured some of the voices – and emotion – of that special ceremony.

Sean Jamieson steers a lot of the conversation towards the important people in his life. But when we do manage to we get the uber humble – and super-talented – singer songwriter to talk about his music, and what informs it, we meet an inspiring musician and overall, genuinely nice fella. He performs December 3rd at the Flato Academy Theatre as part of “You Can Come Back,” which includes Looking For Heather, The Ditch Lilies and Goodnight Sunrise.

Think you got what it takes to be an investigator? We’re talkin’ bout a different kind of investigator, here, too. One the requires rubber boots.

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Episode #67  Story of the Seca. Mural unveiled. Julian Taylor Part 2

Episode #67 Story of the Seca. Mural unveiled. Julian Taylor Part 2

November 19, 2022

More than 20 years ago, our host said good-bye to a big part of his life – a motorcycle. He never expected to see his beloved Yamaha 650cc again – until an interesting coincidence connected him to its new owner. And when our host agreed to revisit that part of his life, he discovered an even more special relationship between that special Seca and its new owner (and expert motorcycle rebuilder) Jim Goudie.

A mural you can walk on! But it’d be a slow walk, so that you can take in its splendour. We were there for the unveiling this unique Kent Street alleyway artwork.

And we’ve got part 2 of our conversation with singer-songwriter – and deep thinker – Julian Taylor.

Episode #66 Lindsay’s sidewalk saga. Big donation to APCH. The boss is watchin.’ New word. Pigat’s pickin’ tune.

Episode #66 Lindsay’s sidewalk saga. Big donation to APCH. The boss is watchin.’ New word. Pigat’s pickin’ tune.

November 1, 2022

They’re new. Again. And this version of bricks on Lindsay’s main street does look great. But what’s the story behind the crumbling ones that were installed just a short time ago and had to be replaced? The city’s Juan Rojas, Director of Engineering and Corporate Assets with the C of KL, meets us – on said sidewalk – to explain.

Jennifer Lopinski of APCH says she was expecting, maybe, some kind of donation when she was contacted by a charity group that was ceasing operation. But not THAT big a donation.

If you have at least 24 co-employees, your employer may be monitoring your work habits. But now there are rules about how they keep a watchful eye on how – and when – you’re using their devices and/or vehicle. Calvin Chan of Wards Lawyers explains.

A former Reaboro church is now a lovely home – and a venue for home concerts. We’ve got music from Paul Pigat, who’ll be there November 4. And a new “Well-Defined” word, courtesy of Lyndsay Heffernan of Kawartha Lakes Library.

 

 

SPECIAL BONUS EPISODE

SPECIAL BONUS EPISODE

October 25, 2022

The City of Kawartha Lakes has a new mayor. And The Advocate Podcast was at the Victoria Park Armoury as results officially rolled in and displayed via a giant screen. Doug Elmslie was there, too. We spoke to the former Ward 3 councillor - and now mayor-elect - moments after he learned he’d been elected to the City’s top job.

Episode # 65 Letham Leaves. Stata staying. Stella sings. GNO @ LAB. Tiny Home teaching moment.

Episode # 65 Letham Leaves. Stata staying. Stella sings. GNO @ LAB. Tiny Home teaching moment.

October 16, 2022

He said he’d be a two-term mayor, and he kept that promise. Andy Letham looks back on eight years at the helm of City Council – and offers some advice for his soon-to-be successor. Bobcaygeon’s Jennine Profeta gathered some friends for a girls night out. But not just any friends - but improv, standup and sketch comedian friends. The result: Girls Night Out (note the caps, this time) returns to the Lakeview Arts Barn.

Are tiny homes really a viable solution towards solving a housing crisis? Alicia Stroobach offers some first-person insight.

In a previous episode we spoke to the director of an upcoming documentary titled The Movie Man. Well, this time we speak to The Man himself, Keith Stata, moments after the final screenings for the season at his Highland Cinemas. It may have been a tough couple of years for the beloved independent theatre, but the pride of Kinmount prevailed and vows to be back for Opening Night in Spring 2023. And new music from Omemee's Stella Panacci.

Episode #64 Stata’s cinema story. Barton-Dyke retires. A Hundred (+) Men get one big surprise

Episode #64 Stata’s cinema story. Barton-Dyke retires. A Hundred (+) Men get one big surprise

October 1, 2022

It’s remarkable that a documentary has never been done about our cherished Highland Cinemas and its compellingly unique founder and operator, Kinmount’s Keith Stata. Film maker, Matt Finlin, aims to change that. The director shares his very personal inspiration behind creating “The Movie Man.”

Penny Barton-Dyke spent 18 years as executive director of The United Way - a role she cherished and will dearly miss in retirement. None of the members of The 100 Men Kawartha Lakes saw it coming. Indeed, Tim Wisener’s presentation to the charity group came with one string attached – an extremely unselfish one.

Episode #63 School’s fluid rules. Contractor/client disputes. First Peoples Art. Randy’s legacy.

Episode #63 School’s fluid rules. Contractor/client disputes. First Peoples Art. Randy’s legacy.

September 14, 2022

Unlike elementary and secondary schools in Ontario, universities and colleges have considerable autonomy in setting their Covid rules. Omemee native Madeline McColl describes, first-hand, some very stringent rules at her university.

Who ya gonna call when that contractor didn’t do the job to your liking? Or if the client doesn’t wanna pay? Calvin Chan of Wards Lawyers explains how and when contractor/client disputes should involve the law. A new art exhibit celebrating First Peoples opened in Bobcaygeon and we captured the sounds of that launch. His passing recently has left a huge void in Fenelon Falls. But Randy Meredith’s legacy will live well beyond the eclectic – and Gr8 – store he owned.

Episode #62 Two wheelers together again. Back-to-school looking brighter. Julian Taylor music and conversation

Episode #62 Two wheelers together again. Back-to-school looking brighter. Julian Taylor music and conversation

September 1, 2022

Sure, you can hold a cycling event virtually and raise lots ‘o money for a worthy cause like A Place Called Home. But the real thing is wayyyy better. A cyclist participating in the recent return to the in-person Kawartha Lakes Classic Cycling Tour explains why. The upcoming back-to-school won’t be like the one 2019. But it’s way better than the one in 2021. And let’s not even discuss 2020? Wes Hahn, Director of Education for the TLDSB, explains what students and parents can expect for the 2022 version.

Singer songwriter Julian Taylor draws on his unique roots to create a sound all his own, with smart, thoughtful lyrics and remarkable guitar work. And we’re not just sayin’ that cuz he’s now a neighbour! We sit down and chat with Julian at his new (part-time) home near Cameron.

Episode #61 EV experienced first-hand. Teachers Abroad. Coffee’s return

Episode #61 EV experienced first-hand. Teachers Abroad. Coffee’s return

August 17, 2022

The C of KL is hosting a free EV info day Saturday August 20 – your chance to see some of the non-gas sipping cars up close and ask questions. But our host got his own green test drive and info session, courtesy of EV owner Ginny Colling. Secondary school teacher Cat Duvall interrupted her summer to…teach! But not summer school. Duvall is a volunteer – and then some – with Teacher Mentors Abroad.

And we hear from two entrepreneurs who – thank goodness – are bringing coffee (and couches, we hope!) back to Lindsay.

Episode #60 Jenna’s voice. Norland’s new park project. Pavement art. New word.

Episode #60 Jenna’s voice. Norland’s new park project. Pavement art. New word.

August 2, 2022

We head to Norland TWICE. Once to check in with Kawartha Public Library’s Lyndsay Heffernan for a new Well Defined word. And again to learn about a special public garden project that promises peace, relaxation – and a fountain! An alley walkway by any other name is just a strip of pavement. Until it’s transformed into a mural. That’s the plan, explains Melissa Wemyss of Wards Lawyers, whose office is right next to this art-in-waiting.

Not long after Jenna Warren found her artistic voice as a stage, TV and film actor, she took it a step further. The Lindsay native is also the voice behind several animated children’s shows, including My Little Pony.

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