The Advocate Podcast – Stories from Kawartha Lakes
Episode #51 Theatre takes a pass on vax pass. ECO-conscious eatery. Vax and kids and parents and the law. Beukeboom on why Martin is makin’ it.

Episode #51 Theatre takes a pass on vax pass. ECO-conscious eatery. Vax and kids and parents and the law. Beukeboom on why Martin is makin’ it.

March 15, 2022

Before it opted to keep or ditch the vax pass, the Flato Academy Theatre sought input from its patrons. And the winner is....envelope, please.

And speaking of vaccines...for children of separated parents, who gets to decide if they get the shot or not? Hmm...maybe it’s not a parent at all. Lawyer Ryan O’Neill explains. Restaurants are bracing for new, stricter rules when it comes to single use plastic. But for one Lindsay eatery, that change started long ago. Our host, a die-hard Habs fan, is buoyed by his team’s new, yet inexperienced, coach. Can that winning streak last? What’s the magic of this rookie coach? Former pro – and still a threat on the local old-timer’s rec league ice – John Beukeboom imparts some first-hand wisdom.

Episode #50 Farming for rookies. Disaster Trust Fund volunteer recruitment. Megan Park’s movie Fallout steps up to challenge. A well-defined new word.

Episode #50 Farming for rookies. Disaster Trust Fund volunteer recruitment. Megan Park’s movie Fallout steps up to challenge. A well-defined new word.

March 2, 2022

The Victoria County Disaster Trust Fund is there, on site, to assist and support families in need while they watch their homes perish. But the agency’s now facing its own challenges. Andrew Rafton makes the case for joining an important group of volunteers who offer a unique service. So, ya think wanna farm? Best to get some guidance before you decide to dig in, eh. The City of Kawartha Lakes has a free webinar series that can help you plough through that process.  When she wrote and directed the HBO-Max/Crave film The Fallout, Megan Park admits its theme is far removed from the experience of her own school years in Lindsay. Which makes this smart, thoughtful – and riveting – movie, which examines the trauma following a horrific tragedy at a U.S. school, that much more impressive. The writer/director describes how – and why – she found inspiration to create a movie that is a New York Times Critic’s Pick.

 

Episode #49 Big screen’s return. Fishin,’ while (almost) freezin’? Family farm transfers done smoothly. Careful! Don’t turn left, yet! Close Kicks music.

Episode #49 Big screen’s return. Fishin,’ while (almost) freezin’? Family farm transfers done smoothly. Careful! Don’t turn left, yet! Close Kicks music.

February 15, 2022

What a roller coaster it’s been for every movie theatre in Ontario. Thank goodness the seats are comfy, at least! But despite the bumps, Lindsay Century Cinema’s Sheila Dominic and Bill Howell have ensured the ride was as smooth as possible in the beloved local theatre.

It’s more than just handing over the keys to the tractor. Lawyer Karissa Ward offers some wisdom in passing on the family farm to the next generation.

On one of the coldest days of the winter, four newbie ice fishers were not deterred. And actually ‘catching’ fish was only part of the truly Canadian experience, eh.

Ever been on Kent Street heading west from Angeline and tried  to turn left? Yikes. Maybe that experience serves as a metaphor – and some HILARIOUS radio theatre – for what we’re all dealing with right now. (But not forever). And some great music by Lindsay’s own Close Kicks.

Episode #48 Balsam-cool rink. Coby’s Wellness milestone. KLPS recruiting. Sweetman music. Banana chat.

Episode #48 Balsam-cool rink. Coby’s Wellness milestone. KLPS recruiting. Sweetman music. Banana chat.

February 1, 2022

The KLPS, like all police services, can now cast that net extra wide when recruiting new officers. Inspector Kirk Robertson describes how that “net” – (as in, INTERnet) - is being used for its current search – and what boxes the local police service now looks to check when finding the best candidates. Stephanie Lange looked beyond the edge of her backyard on Balsam Lake when she and dad Mike and her fella Aaron wanted a rink. Hint: It meant an extra-long hose. The Summit Wellness Centre in Coboconk recently reached a summit of sorts – a pretty significant fundraising milestone! Musician Christopher Sweetman’s debut CD may have taken a few years – okay decades – to come to fruition. But the wait was worth it – for him and his fan!

And our host chats with….a piece of fruit. Wait, what?

Episode #47 Deja school all over again. Beaver problem? Maybe. Wild pigs problem? Definitely. Wanna run for city council? Think it through. Music by Chris Sweetman

Episode #47 Deja school all over again. Beaver problem? Maybe. Wild pigs problem? Definitely. Wanna run for city council? Think it through. Music by Chris Sweetman

January 16, 2022

Wild pigs are knocking on our back door. In fact, the unwelcome invaders may already be here. And the city wants to huff and puff and blow that problem down before it gets too serious. Beavers, conversely, do belong here. But how and when should we co-exist with the rodents? Our landowner-host seeks guidance from someone in-the-know of all things genus Castor. Post secondary students are back to school – if by school, we mean in front of a screen. Again. We hear from several students from the C of KL who are studying at different institutions across Canada about this roller coaster year – again.

Hey, a gig as a city councilor isn’t ALL fame, fortune, glamour, red carpets and autographs. Pat O’Reilly, who is not running again, offers some non-partisan wisdom. Call it a veteran councilor offering job counsel.

Episode #46 The Year in review. Stella Panacci chat and music.

Episode #46 The Year in review. Stella Panacci chat and music.

December 30, 2021

What a year, eh? Yeah, we know everyone says that ‘round this time. But, really, this time: what a year, eh? We take you on that trip through an oft-tumultuous, challenging 2021 via the voices and sounds of our program these past 12 months. And it wasn’t, as you’ll hear, all gloom – there were some real high points, too.

But just soze we know fer sure that you’ll heave a pleasant sigh once you’ve turned off your listening device, part 2 of this episode features music and conversation with one of our newest members to Kawartha Lakes – the super-talented and engaging Stella Panacci.

Episode #45 The OTHER stories of Kawartha Lakes. Cultural centre feasible? A “sign” of a really great game. EVs OK in C of KL.

Episode #45 The OTHER stories of Kawartha Lakes. Cultural centre feasible? A “sign” of a really great game. EVs OK in C of KL.

December 15, 2021

Electric vehicles are the future. But are they a realistic future for longer commutes and conditions we experience here? An early EV adopter's opinion is not so shocking. A feasibility study might just lead to a cultural centre. But Kawartha Art Gallery’s Susan Taylor says she’s hoping it’ll be for more than just artists. When Cameron’s Sara Walker created a book of short stories from local authors, she had one proviso – the stories had to be about Kawartha Lakes in the autumn. Lindsay’s Emily Nichol somehow found time while studying at the University of Victoria to create a game with an astrology theme. And all “signs” point to it becoming a huge international success. Music by new neighbour, Stella Panacci now of Omemee. A new word courtesy of Kawartha Library’s Lyndsay Bowen. And our host gets a boost.

 

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.

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