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Tuesday, 18 October 2016 18:12

Remembering and Honouring Indigenous women

            Members of the Bobcaygeon Truth and Reconciliation group gathered at the intersection of CKL Roads 36 and 49 on Oct. 4 to mark a day to remember Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

After many years of growing pressure and concern, the federal government has announced an inquiry into this situation.

Indigenous women are three-to-four times more likely to die a violent death than Canadian women in general.

Wednesday, 01 June 2016 00:00

Attack of the runaway drone

 Audrey Coumb,s with her neighbour Carolyn Crawford, shows the size of the runaway drone that crash landed almost right where the two women are standing in her Sherwood Gardens driveway.

           Audrey Coumbs was unloading the trunk of her car in her driveway at about 2 pm on Tuesday, May 24, when she heard a funny, loud humming noise coming from the other side of the house.

            As she began walking around her Sherwood Gardens home in Bobcaygeon to investigate, a bread-box-sized flying object came

Story behind quarry story

I would just like to give the background information to Glenna Burns’ article (Don’t aggravate the aggregates, Dec. 2, page 6).

            The CBC news of Sept. 18 carried a story where the Ontario Court overturned an OMB decision to back Richmond Hill council.

            The Wellington Advertiser Newspaper carried an article on Sept. 2, saying the Municipality of Milton gave $10,000 to

Wednesday, 14 December 2016 21:40

TL makes bylaw officers of Parks Canada staff

By Glenna Burns

            Trent Lakes council agreed, Dec. 6, to give provincial park wardens the power to enforce municipal parking bylaws on Beaver Lake Road near an entrance to Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park.

            Park warden Paul Smith, representing the park, had asked whether council would “support the possibility of wardens becoming by-law enforcers for that particular location?”

            He told council it has been difficult to enforce the parking rules, especially near

Wednesday, 14 December 2016 21:35

There’s a Christmas service near you


Bethany United Church—Christmas Eve 8 pm


Trentside Baptist Church—Christmas Eve 6:30 pm, Christmas Day 10 am

• Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church—Christmas Eve 6 pm, Christmas

            Clear bag waste collection becomes mandatory in the City of Kawartha Lakes on Jan. 1—full stop.

            Henceforth from then, private homes, businesses and all other organizations and institutions that receive curbside collection will have to use clear bags for their waste. 

            The clear bags can include one opaque grocery bag for private waste (whatever

Wednesday, 14 December 2016 21:32

The gift of reading for your kids

By John Bird, editor

            I don’t know about you, but I remember how excited I used to be to get a book among my presents on Christmas morning. Heck, I still get all fluttery when I see a book-shaped object with my name on it under the tree.

            Each book is a promise that holds a whole new world within its covers, a bigger world than anything you’ll get anywhere else, because it’s not limited by

Wednesday, 14 December 2016 21:27

Ross hospital bump just shy of a mill

            The Ontario government has increased its support to Ross Memorial Hospital by $938,200 this year. The increase is intended to reduce wait times, improve access to care and reduce the length of hospital stays for patients and families in City of Kawartha Lakes.

            The increase was announced in the recent 2016 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review, part of a new investment of

Wednesday, 14 December 2016 21:25

Remembering the ‘Mayor of Bobcaygeon'

            Robert Kennedy, the man many knew as the unofficial “Mayor of Bobcaygeon,” has died. He passed away on Dec. 1 at Lakeridge Health, Oshawa, at the age of 84.

            “He loved to get out and talk to people,” recalls his sister Trudy Ferguson. Perhaps that’s why living downtown, in behind the IGA (now Foodland) was the perfect place for him in his latter years.

            “He knew everyone in town,” says friend, Joe Pollard. “If he saw you across the street, he’d

Merry Solstice to all, and to all a goodnight

As told by Doug Williams to Julie Kapyrka

            This is a very special time of the year for Anishinaabe people. The solstice is on its way.

            Indigenous peoples around the world who live close to the land know that every year, Dec. 20-21 is both the shortest day of the year and the longest night of the year. And this is a time of celebration.

            Most of the activities you see today around the celebration of Christmas are actually the traditions and rituals of the First Nations peoples—or the earth peoples or “pagans,” as some would say. For example, the decorating of pine trees, the gift giving, the feasting, the singing of songs, the familial celebration, and the story of an old man who gives out gifts to kids—are all born of natural peoples’ traditions.

            What is interesting is that because it was not known for sure what time of year the Christian prophet was born, and seeing all the natural activity around the winter solstice, the Christian churches decided to borrow that time of year. Now most people celebrate the birth of Jesus on Dec. 25, and have incorporated pagan/earth-based cultural traditions into their Christmas practices.

            As a spiritual Anishinaabe person, when people ask me: “Do you celebrate Christmas?” I tell them that this time of year is my celebration.

            A similar thing happened with the earth-based peoples’ celebration of thanksgiving that was here originally: it was eventually taken over by Americans and then copied by Canadians.

            Winter is also a special time of storytelling. As I have told you before, we see spirit in a lot things. One of the spirit characters who has the respect of BIBOON (the spirit of winter), and who shows herself as a star cluster, is a MANITOU (spirit) we call GAAGIIBIBOONKEH—the Winter Maker. Most of you call this constellation, Orion the Hunter.

            Winter Maker is the one who looks over winter and makes sure everything is working harmoniously—who makes sure all that is alive and not alive is looked after during this time.

            She takes off her shawl and covers everything with a soft blanket, taking care of the resting earth and her creatures. She can also be biting as well, reminding us to pay attention—that life is precious and must be cared for.

            Snow is very much a required part of the great cycle of life that gives us rest, re-birth, harvest and growth. Picture GAAGIIBIBOONKEH as a wise elder woman who is in the sky to remind us that we are small, and to give thanks for all those gifts given by her.

            In the last 20 years I have seen the amount of snow we receive in winter declining. When we don’t get snow, the earth and animals are not protected, the spring thaw does not produce the much needed drink the land needs after a long rest, and the cycle of life is threatened.

            The Elders have warned us what will happen if we do not take care of the earth. But thankfully they have also provided to us some very specific instructions on how to live in balance and in a good way on this planet . . . but that is another story.

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