The Advocate Podcast – Stories from Kawartha Lakes
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.

 

Episode #35 - Heaven chooses us. LLT outdoors. LFH everywhere. Next stop, Pontypool?

Episode #35 - Heaven chooses us. LLT outdoors. LFH everywhere. Next stop, Pontypool?

July 15, 2021

Orthopaedic surgeon Dr Sebastian Heaven could have opted to take his skills to so so many places in Canada – the world, really. But the specialist, born and trained in the U.K., chose the C of KL. And not just as his place of employment, via the RMH. But as a new home for him and his family. He shares the reason for his life-changing decision.  The Lindsay Little Theatre is making big use of a large stage with a large audience area – in its adjoining parking lot! All aboard! Well, we hope. Councillor Tracy Richardson expounds of why a proposed rail service in Pontypool should gain track-ion. (Track-ion/traction. Get it?). And we found the other half of great musical duo, Looking For Heather. (Jeff was featured in episode #21). Jay Bowes sits down to chat about everything from the band’s new CD, to the importance of humility.

 

Episode #34 - Salsa suits the Food Source. Reaboro will bee positive. Plowing Match cancelled. Again. Vax Maannnn!!!

Episode #34 - Salsa suits the Food Source. Reaboro will bee positive. Plowing Match cancelled. Again. Vax Maannnn!!!

July 1, 2021

Move over bake and yard sales. The KLFS looked to salsa – yes, salsa - for one of its major fundraisers. Déjà vu all over again. The International Plowing Match, rescheduled for this fall has, for the second time, been cancelled. Councillor Ron Ashmore, a big proponent of the IPM, discusses the impact of that decision. Bees are buzzing in Reaboro. Well, they will be. Along with other pollinators. All thanks to the efforts of a group of volunteers with green thumbs who learned they created more than just a hub for bees. 

Our host got Shot Two, recently, and recorded the experience….which seems to have transformed…his….body…molecular structure changing…power enhancement taking place…it’s…it’s….IT’S……(enter whooshing sound here!)

Episode #33 - The Mays marvellous music. Pizza’s place in a pandemic - Part 2. Wally’s waiting patiently. Ward on vaccines at work. And a podcast award? Not really.

Episode #33 - The Mays marvellous music. Pizza’s place in a pandemic - Part 2. Wally’s waiting patiently. Ward on vaccines at work. And a podcast award? Not really.

June 15, 2021

Vaccines are now plentiful. But what if that customer – or employee – refuses it? Lawyer Jason Ward gives us the legal implications of such a…choice. We revisit one of our very first interview guests. Tony’s Pizza co-owner Greg Andrews was a positive guy at the start of that first shutdown – when no one really knew what was ahead.  A year later, he’s learned a lot – including a realization that pizza played a bigger role in our lives than he originally imagined. Wally Nugent’s chair has remained empty – and our hair has gotten longer. So so long and unkempt. The well-known hairstylist has a lot to say about missing his customers – but also has a few words for Ontario’s science table decision-makers. And so so close. Our pod almost won some kind of award. But then didn’t. Hmm……

 

Episode #32-  Dr Bocking on local vaccine roll-out. A bookless, Lindsay lending library. Old Gaol’s new letters. Close Kicks scores big.

Episode #32- Dr Bocking on local vaccine roll-out. A bookless, Lindsay lending library. Old Gaol’s new letters. Close Kicks scores big.

June 1, 2021

There are unique challenges in vaccinating the population of Kawartha Lakes – and our medical officer of health, Natalie Bocking, is up to that challenge. Close Kicks’s first single, The House We Built, was already a hit. But then one of the country’s biggest podcasts called and made it bigger. Those end-of-driveway, tiny lending libraries are super cool. But THIS one is even cooler. And it doesn’t even have books! The Old Gaol Museum knows we need to remember this pandemic and how it affected us as individuals. So, the museum is asking residents to put pen to paper (or, you know, use a computer keyboard) to share those experiences for a unique archiving project. And our host shares a personal hockey-related anecdote that evokes a classic story and its sweater-eating moths. But in this case, not moths but Scugog mosquitoes.

Wards of Wisdom #7 - Wrongful dismissal Part 2

Wards of Wisdom #7 - Wrongful dismissal Part 2

May 19, 2021

This is the second part of a topic that generated lots of attention from listeners. Which stands to reason, given that so many of us think we comprehend it, when, in fact, it’s very nuanced. Lawyer Jason Ward explains in clear, relatable language how the human element affects these types of cases. 

Episode #31 Play Ball! (maybe). Truax’s musical transformation. Fenelon Funds cool ideas. Trevor’s isolation. Gettin’ wet – and cold – for a Coby cause. Owen talks Leafs – and Habs.

Episode #31 Play Ball! (maybe). Truax’s musical transformation. Fenelon Funds cool ideas. Trevor’s isolation. Gettin’ wet – and cold – for a Coby cause. Owen talks Leafs – and Habs.

May 15, 2021

Owen ain’t even a teen, yet, but he knows hockey! He returns to weigh in on the upcoming Leafs playoff series – against our host’s beloved Habs.

Dunsford musician-of-many-instruments, Nathan Truax, expounds on his artistic epiphany – which included a western shirt and a super cool moustache.  The Community Fund Fenelon Falls is all about making that town better – and they’ve got some capital to make it happen. They just need the ideas. Dean Michel and Jennifer Bacon and some 30 others took a plunge – literally – to help make a Coboconk wellness centre a reality. We hear the splash – again, literally – that campaign made. OPS Minor Baseball league president, Melanie Babcock, is crossing lots of Ts and dotting many Is in the hopes of bringing ball back to our area this summer.

The Lindsay Advocate’s Trevor Hutchinson’s work-related travel demanded he complete a 14-day quarantine in an isolation hotel. We talked to him via Zoom on Day 13 – and his room looked remarkably tidy!

Episode #30 - Y or N to ATVs on Lindsay streets? Innovative farmers get support – the financial kind. Taking textile recycling to next level. Project 116 + is A-1. A well-defined new word.

Episode #30 - Y or N to ATVs on Lindsay streets? Innovative farmers get support – the financial kind. Taking textile recycling to next level. Project 116 + is A-1. A well-defined new word.

May 1, 2021

Will ATVs be permitted on certain Lindsay streets? Should they? We hear arguments from both sides leading up to a City meeting May 4. Sydney Topfer helped steer a donation drive to send art supplies to indigenous communities across Canada. Will Project 116 + make a return? Here’s hoping. The area’s landfills now accept textile recycling. How’d that happen? And why? And who’s paying for it? And does it mean you can finally part with that mauve polyester shirt with the wide lapels? Got a great but unconventional, yet innovative idea for your farm, and ya just need the $upport? A new program with the CFKL might just be your backer. And our host apologizes for his recent mistake. But not really. Oh, and music by Dunsford’s Nathan Truax and a new word from the KLPL’s Lyndsay Bowen!

 

 

Episode #29 Ops’ epicentre sticks around. Hockeyville Caygeon still a winner. Divorce Act explained. Sydney sings and thrives in post-secondary.

Episode #29 Ops’ epicentre sticks around. Hockeyville Caygeon still a winner. Divorce Act explained. Sydney sings and thrives in post-secondary.

April 15, 2021

After much debate, city councillors opted to keep the OPS community Centre standing – albeit with a few differences. Councillor Patrick O’Reilly brings us the back story on how that beloved building avoided the wrecking ball. Bobcaygeon may not have been crowned Canada’s Hockeyville for 2021. But the town’s champions, like Kathleen Seymour-Fagan, still see this as a win. Never easy. Always heart-wrenching. But recent changes to the Divorce Act should make the transition smoother, explains Wards lawyer Alex McLeod. Doin’ post-secondary on-line ain’t fun. But it can be done. Even if you’re studying musical theatre. Lindsay’s Sydney Harwood-Jones says it takes perseverance, a positive attitude – and a performer’s expertly-trained imagination.

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