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Wednesday, 02 September 2015 00:00

Wild rice is a nation-to-nation issue

By John Bird, editor

            The wild-rice issue that dominated public meetings about a draft Pigeon Lake Management Plan (PLMP) last week, is finally where it belongs—under negotiation at a nation-to-nation level between the federal government and Williams Treaties First Nations (WTFN).

            The two parties came to the table together on Friday, Aug. 28, and negotiations are expected to

“Weed” harvester ripping up wild rice on east shore of Pigeon Lake near Kerry Line.

From my Perch

            I’m writing this under some intense time pressure just before we go to press with this issue.

            I’m doing it because it just came to our attention late yesterday evening that the Trent-Severn Waterway gave Larry Wood of the anti-wild rice citizens group, Save Pigeon Lake, a permit to cut down large swatches of wild rice on

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 00:00

Fenelonites establish beachhead against geese

            A group of concerned citizens in Fenelon Falls have managed to get that village’s Bond Street Beach reopened in August for the first time in years.

            It all started when Melanie Haryott

With files from Glenna Burns

            The Kawartha Land Trust (KLT) needs community help to raise the $1 million it needs to save Boyd Island from development.

            The non-profit organization, dedicated to preserving land in a natural state, has scheduled an open house

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 00:00

N’gig, the Diver

Minaajim: Good Stories from Curve Lake

As Told by Doug Williams to Julie Kapyrka

            There was a boy born here in the late 1800s, and he soon became known as a superb diver and swimmer. He was really good, and he could dive under the water for long distances.

            This is why he ended up with the name, “N’gig,” which means

            The City of Kawartha Lakes lost one of its guardians on July 25 with the passing of Robert Alexander (Sandy) Wansbrough, after two years of very poor health.

            Sandy was a founding member and Director of Kawartha Protect Our Water (KPOW), which was formed in 2000 to oppose the Lindsay/Ops Landfill’s expansion to a mega dump. He spearheaded

Wednesday, 05 August 2015 00:00

Mkoons and the giant fish

Minaajim: Good Stories from Curve Lake

Mkoons and the giant fish           

As told by Doug Williams to Julie Kapyrka

            Remember Shkin (July 10, page 26)? Well, Mkoons was his father. Mkoons means “little bear” in our language.

            Mkoons was born around 1875. He never went to school but was one of the most

Wednesday, 05 August 2015 00:00

We need pollinators—and they need us

Roots and Ramblings

By Linda Friend and John Bick, Bobcaygeon and District Horticultural Society

            Pollinators such as bees, butterflies and other insects depend on plant pollen for food.

            Conversely, almost all plants require these valuable creatures to help them

By Glenna Burns

            According to Dr. James Conolly, professor of Anthropology at Trent University, the archaeological evidence on Big (Boyd) Island could be significant in helping to understand some important issues in First Nation’s history in the area.

            Conolly presented

Wednesday, 24 June 2015 00:00

Protecting Ontario's biggest rain barrel


By Caroline Schultz and Rob Messervey

The living, breathing Oak Ridges Moraine is the scenic backdrop to Canada’s most densely populated region. Its rolling sand and gravel hills act as the rain barrel for millions of Ontarians and provide habitat for increasingly rare wildlife.

The moraine is the heart of

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