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    AD{MM51078} HOLIDAY BOXES Muskokans worked together to fill 1,500 shoeboxes with Christmas cheer. Page 32 FREE whatsupmuskoka.com December 4, 2013 Giving young moms support Pregnant teens can find confidential services and advice in Muskoka. There are programs to assist young moms, too. Pages 2 SANTA CLAUS COMES TO TOWN FLYING TO SOCHI HOWELL CLOSES IN ON OLYMPICS Page 25 Sanitorium stories Page 26 Brent Butt set for tour date at Algonquin The Canadian comedic star is bringing his Almost a Movie Star stand-up tour to Huntsville’s Algonquin Theatre as part of the Winter Comedy Carnival. Page 27 Photograph: Corey Wilkinson muskokawindowanddoor.ca By COREY WILKINSON Santa Claus was busy this weekend taking part in three parades across Muskoka. Photos – Pages 6 We Treat Your Home As If It’s Our Own. Install new windows and doors and save immediately. Visit our newly expanded showroom 15 Robert Dollar Drive, Bracebridge

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    AD{MM51256} 2 December 4, 2013 www.whatsupmuskoka.com Pregnant teens find support Dottie Barber and Jennifer Adair of Christine’s Place have helped many teenage moms and their families, like Sasha Stickland, Christopher Ashdown and their son Karson. They offer everything from pregnancy testing to confidential conversations. By Chris Occhiuzzi Being pregnant or facing life as a new mom can be scary and even confusing. The new responsibilities of a child are added to everyday life pressures such as employment, managing finances and often education. It can be quite daunting for even the most well-rounded and confident individuals. Imagine being a teenager who is still finding their place in the world – now having to face a whole new reality. While their peers are busy thinking about the latest technology, studying for exams and what to wear to a dance, teen moms find themselves growing up fast. They tackle decisions about how to feed and clothe their young ones while taking on the responsibility of emotionally supporting their children as well. When these teens are alone, without support of others, these new pressures and dilemmas can lead to at risk behaviours. The results can a negative impact on their home life and their children. But, due to the efforts of many organizations and caring individuals, there are places in Muskoka for these young parents to go. There they find people to talk to for education, support and more. Huntsville’s Christine’s Place is a pregnancy support centre offering a wide array of services to expectant and even new moms. Founder Jennifer Adair says Christine’s Place is named after her biological mother, who was a teen mom and put Adair up for adoption. Adair decided to make a difference in other young mother’s lives. Having seen her client list grow tremendously since they started, there were 64 at the end of November, Adair is amazed at how important Christine’s Place has become to many in the community. “We thought maybe we would get one or two trickling through the door every month Photograph: Chris Occhiuzzi and at first it was sort of like that,” she says. “Now, you’ll be here on a Friday and the waiting room is full of clients coming back for an appointment and new clients coming in the door.” With two full-time staff, plus a bevy of volunteers, Christine’s Place offers both young moms and older new moms the chance to review their options without fear of judgement. They are a privately funded registered charity and due to the generosity of individuals, businesses and churches, they are able to offer counselling and support services. When someone learns they’re pregnant, especially teenage moms, Christine’s Place will go through their options which include parenthood, adoption or abortion. Everything is done with complete confidentiality. “We’re here to be kind of a second family,” says Adair. “We go through their options. Just walking them through their choices and what the consequences of their choices could be.” If someone needs to take a pregnancy test, Christine’s Place will give them a test, a place to do it and an experienced person to speak with after. Adair says it’s an opportunity to talk to the person. “Whether it’s negative or positive, we always sit down and have a conversation because either way there’s always a reason they’re in that position,” she says. “If they’re really young and the test in negative, we can use that opportunity to talk to them about why they’re making choices if they’re not prepared for the consequences and hopefully help them to make better choices. We use any opportunity to speak to young people about the consequences of their choices.” Get yer Burns on early this year 5th annual Robbie Burns Weekend at JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka January 10-12, 2014 The bard’s birthday is January 25, but Robbie Burns celebrations are so much fun that we are starting early. Join in, for the evening or for the whole weekend. Friday: Scotch-nosing 9pm Saturday: Vegetarian haggis cooking demo Annual snowshoe kilt race Burns Supper and Dance to Bob MacLean and “Fingal’s Return” Celtic Trio, Highland step dancers Dinner / show only: $70 per person plus tax (includes service charge) Weekend package for two: Including two nights accommodation in a luxurious Studio, breakfast daily, Burns Supper, scotch nosing, culinary demonstration and $40 resort credit per stay: $480 plus $29 resort fee (plux tax) Call 705-765-1900 to buy dinner / tickets now (makes a great Christmas gift) or go to www.jwrosseau.com to reserve your Robbie Burns Weekend getaway 1050 Paignton House Rd., Minett, ON P0B 1G0 1-705-765-1900 l Printed December 2013

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    AD{MM51198} 3 Aleasha Johnson has learned some cooking tips in the Great Beginnings program. One of the many mom’s Christine’s Place has helped is 18-year-old Sasha Stickland. Pregnant at 17 and going through some tough times, Stickland was wondering where to turn for help. A cousin told her about Christine’s Place and she booked an appointment. She’s happy she did. Stickland has been working to give a great life to 16-month-old Karson Ashdown. The baby’s father Christopher Ashdown is also on board and they are building a strong family unit together with the help of Christine’s Place. “We’ve sat down with (centre director) Dottie quite a few times and had good half hour to 45 minute chats, on parenting, on different things we’ve asked,” says Ashdown. “To have the emotional support and someone to talk to when you’re going through tough times is great. It’s phenomenal they’re here to help when many others would just turn their backs because they’re too busy in their own lives to help people.” Stickland appreciates the emotional support she received from Christine’s Place.. Christine’s Closet, where mom’s can have donated items such as clothes, toys and other this was also helpful. To find out more about Christine’s Place visit: www.christinesplace.org. “These guys are such a nice success story and it shows what support can do,” says Adair. Stickland and Ashdown also participate in the Great Beginnings program. There are two components to the Great Beginnings program, operated by handsthefamilyhelpnetwork.ca The Prenatal Nutrition Program is for participants who are pregnant or who have an infant less than six months of age. The Growing Up Program caters to participants with children from six months up to six years of age. Both programs run with a weekly, two-hour session in various location across Muskoka. Muskoka’s Prenatal Nutrition Programs are offered in Gravenhurst, Huntsville and Bracebridge. Growing Up Programs are offered in Gravenhurst and Huntsville. Free transportation is available to anyone wishing to participate. Most participants are under the age of 25, with 95 per cent on a fixed income and living on a restrictive budget. In Muskoka- Parry Sound, there are 18 teen moms (up to age 19) attending the programs this year. Teryn Booth, manager of Great Beginnings, says they have a funded budget to help 10 participants at a time but there could be up to 18 moms registered in each program. “We definitely see a lot of teen pregnancies and teen moms using the program,” says Booth. “The programs offer a variety of support for pregnant or new moms. They have access to a public health nurse while they’re in the program. There are weekly workshops on a variety of topics. In the prenatal program they get nutritious groceries to take home to support the nutrition needs of them as a pregnant, nursing or new mom. Also, they get nutritious snacks while they’re there attending the program.” The program aims to improve maternal and infant health, reduce the incident of unhealthy birth weights, promote and support breastfeeding, build partnerships and strengthen community supports for pregnant women. Prenatal Nutrition Growing Up participants are offered opportunities for play and parent/child interaction as well as a one hour educational workshop. A food voucher is distributed and free childcare is provided for the children while parents are in the educational workshop. “Often, especially in the case of teen moms, they could benefit from other programs in the community as well,” says Booth explaining they support them as they transition into other prevention programs.” Early Years is one of the prevention programs Booth says they really encourages moms to transition to from the Great Beginnings program. She says they want their participants to attend Early Years programs while in Great Beginnings. Aleasha Johnson is registered in the Growing Up program. The 19-year-old mother of 11-month-old Mia has been participating since shortly after her daughter was born. Johnson says all the information provided has been helpful. From nutritional guidance to good parenting practices, Johnson says she would recommend Great Beginnings to young moms needing a little extra help. To learn about Great Beginnings programs, check out: www.handsthefamilyhelpnetwork.ca. “Every week they bring us into the kitchen, tell us what they’re making and we help out,” she says. “They give us the nutritional value of everything. That was really helpful, I’ve gotten a lot of really good recipes from them.” Although being a teenage mom can be difficult and stressful, there are places to go and people to help with navigating the journey. Photograph: Chris Occhiuzzi SANDER MOTOR SALES LTD. $10,495 $18,495 $15,495 $15,495 $12,995 Stock #7B215499 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan 46,828 kms. Stock #9H527745 2009 Chrysler 300 300C 59,671 kms. Stock #013-90 2013 Dodge Avenger 38,287 kms Stock #AT243094 2010 Dodge Journey SXT 51,140 kms Stock #AN153680 2010 Dodge Avenger SE 11,737 kms Stock #DU078064 2013 Hyundai Elantra GL 23,713 kms Stock #AW140903 2010 Dodge Nitro SXT 4WD 39,030 kms Stock #013-91 2013 Chrysler 200 Limited 25,765 kms. 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    AD{MM51223} 4 December 4, 2013 www.whatsupmuskoka.com Empire Hotel input sought Council Bites Town of Huntsville The Town of Huntsville is hosting meetings at the Canada Summit Centre on Dec. 11 to allow for individuals in the community to have their voices heard regarding options for re-zoning the site of the former Empire Hotel and potential changes to council composition. At 5:30 p.m., there will be a presentation followed by a public open house to look at future plans for the site and receive comments from the community at large. One alternative being examined is to restore the height and density of the former Empire Hotel building. The town’s planning department will provide information and 3D model of the area at 5:30 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. during a council meeting being held at the Summit Centre. Following each presentation, staff will be available to answer questions, discuss the alternatives to-date, receive input from the public, and provide information on the next steps. Also on the council meeting agenda is the subject of council composition and potential changes to representation by ward. With any changes needing to take place by the end of December to take effect for the 2014 municipal elections, the special meeting and public comment gathering was called for Dec. 11. During the Nov. 25 council meeting, council voted to get input from residents on changes that effectively would see Stisted Ward separated from Stevenson and Port Sydney wards and joined with Chaffey for electoral purposes and bring with it one councillor. The effect would mean that the combined wards would elect two councillors at large, and Stevenson/Port Sydney would be reduced to one councillor. The move was initiated by Coun. John Davis with the intent being to even up representation in town as Chaffey has the A request to council regarding a pet boa constrictor has led to a wider discussion. bulk of residents and only one councilor. While Davis has been on the side of realignment for quite a while, Coun. Tim Withey has voiced his opinion that perhaps every council position should be voted on at-large and do away with ward boundaries all together. Withey says if anyone living in any ward Town of Huntsville can run in any other ward within town, than why not just make the whole process an at-large election. To boa or not to boa An exemption for a small red tailed boa constrictor was sent back to the public infrastructure and protective services committee (PIPS) after being brought forth to council on Nov. 25. An exemption to the exotic pet bylaw was given to Pamela Hutchinson earlier in November so that she could keep her two-and-a-half foot snake while options were discussed by council. In a letter to the PIPS committee, Hutchison said as of January the snake will have been in their family for six years and that her husband, who is on disability, uses his time caring for the animal to help him with focus and compassion. Council decided rather than give an exemption to one person, which could lead to several others coming forth asking for exemptions, it would be best to look at the bylaw as a whole and explore other options. Fluoride meetings set Last month, the District of Muskoka council voted to remove fluoride from the public water system. However, they also adopted the provision that lower tier municipalities be allowed to opt out of fluoride removal. Georgian Bay Township has already passed a motion asking to keep fluoride in the water and several other municipalities have plans to consult with the public. On Dec. 17, the Town of Bracebridge plans to hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. at the Bracebridge Sportsplex. The meeting is a chance to provide comments and feedback on the subject. Representatives from the District of Muskoka and the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit will be present to provide information. In Lake of Bays Township a letter was sent out on Nov. 21 to all property owners within the Township who are currently being billed by the District for water and sewer services. The letter requested their response by Dec. 6 as to whether or not they would like to see fluoride in the drinking water. The results will be considered by council. There are currently no meetings set for Huntsville, Gravenhurst or Muskoka Lakes Township. Somewhere in Muskoka there’s aTundra hauling the wood that will become anew fence. With legendaryToyota durability,anavailable powerful and efficient 381hp 5.7L V8 engine, bigger front brakes than any other half-ton pickup, and up to 10,500 pounds of towing capacity,* the redesigned 2014 Tundra is tough enough for any project. *4x2 Regular Cab Long Bed has atowing capacity of up to 10,500lbs. The maximum you can tow depends on the total weight of any cargo, occupants, and available equipment. toyota.ca

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    AD{MM51205} HURRY ENDS SUNDAY! 4 DAYS ONLY! CHRISTMAS CLEARANCE! UP TO % 5 December 4, 2013 www.whatsupmuskoka.com RECLINE & RELAX FOR LESS! If purchased separately; Sofa $899 Reclining Loveseat $879 Reclining Chair $599 059-90200 / 378-68001 / 386-33332 SAVE 50% Sofa With purchase of matching “Silver Moss” Queen Mattress Twin Mattress $429 Double Mattress $449 King Mattress $624 658-20602 CRAZY PRICE! reclining loveseat OR chair LOTS OF CRAZY PRICES! 18.2 CU. FT. REFRIGERATOR PLUS! PAY NO TAX! †† 822-18324 NO TAX ON ALL $ 799 AND $ ONLY! PAY ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! FOR24 NOT EVEN THE TAXES MONTHS! * OR PROCESSING FEE! YOUR BEST CHOICE FOR HOME FURNISHINGS IN MUSKOKA OAC. Total purchase including taxes, processing fee and other applicable fees are due 24 months from the date of purchase. www.facebook.com/LeonsMuskoka *O.A.C.Total purchase including all applicable taxes, electronics disposal or recycling fees where applicable and a processing fee of $89.95 (Eg. $1500 purchase with $89.95 PF equals an APR of 3.0%) are due 24 months from the date of purchase.All items available while quantities last. Prices, terms and conditions may vary according to region. Selection may vary from store to store. †No extra charge for delivery on most items if purchase amount, before taxes and any fees, is $498 or more. See store for delivery included areas. Not applicable to previous purchases and markdown items.All first time buyers in Ontario must put down a 15% deposit on any financed pick-up purchase over $1,000. Electronics disposal or recycling fees may apply. See store for details. ††Prices will be reduced by the equivalent of applicable taxes.

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    AD{MM51217} AD{MM51234} 6 December 4, 2013 www.whatsupmuskoka.com Public Notice Board 1012 Dwight Beach Road, RR #1, Dwight, Ontario P0A 1H0 Phone: 705-635-2272 • Tall Free: 1-877-566-0005 USER FEES & CHARGES BY-LAW TAKE NOTICE THAT the Council of the Corporation of the Township of Lake of Bays will be considering proposed amendments to the User Fees & Charges By-law at their next regularly scheduled meeting to be held on December 10th, 2013 for the following departments: • Administration • By-law (Licensing, Special Event Vendors & Trailer Permits) • Public Works (Sign Permits) • Recreation (Rentals) Interested parties are welcome to attend. The proposed amendments can be reviewed on the Municipal Website under “Public Notices” or at the Municipal Office. Questions should be directed to the Municipal Clerk at 705-635-2272, ext. 236. PUBLIC NOTICE Re: 2014 Budget The Council for the Corporation of the Township of Lake of Bays will be discussing the 2014 Budget during regularly scheduled Council meetings: Photographs: Corey Wilkinson Santa Claus stopped in Huntsville, Gravenhurst and Bracebridge over the weekend to participate in three parades. Santa waves to the crowd in Bracebridge (above). The parades were organized by the Huntsville/Lake of Bays Rotary Club, the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce and the Bracebridge-Muskoka Lakes Rotary Club. This year marked the 60th annual Gravenhurst Santa Claus parade. Busy weekend for Santa Dates: Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 Time: 9:00 a.m. Place: Council Chambers, Municipal Office, 1012 Dwight Beach Rd., Dwight, ON P0A 1H0 Interested parties are welcome to attend. Please note: Council will not be scheduling a special Saturday Council meeting for the purpose of discussing the 2014 Budget. DID YOU KNOW??? The Township of Lake of Bays has hats, t-shirts, water bottles & pennants available for purchase. Stop by & view our selection at the Municipal Office in Dwight or at the Baysville Library. Perfect for holiday gift giving. ATV’S TAKE NOTICE THAT the Council of the Township of Lake of Bays has passed By-law 2013-130 - to regulate the use of all-terrain vehicles on certain municipal roads. By-law 2013-130 will come into effect on January 1st, 2014. Please visit the Township website to view the entire By-law. For more information please contact Mike Wilmon, By-law Officer at 705-635-2272, ext. 243. HEALTH – SAFETY – PREVENTION If you don’t think it’s safe, it probably isn’t. Stop the job and contact your supervisor. www.lakeofbays.on.ca Reynolds Funeral Home “Turner Chapel” 1 Mary Street Bracebridge, ON P1L 2B6 Bruce Turner – Managing Director t • 705.645.2257 f • 705.645.5664 tf • 877.806.2257 www.reynoldsfuneral.com W. Bruce Turner Holdings Ltd. Cavill-Turner Funeral Home 215-1 Bay Street, Gravenhurst, ON P1P 1H1 Cathie Turner – Managing Director t • 705.687.3242 f • 705.687.3374 www.cavillfuneralhome.com W.J. Cavill Funeral Home Limited Ashley keeps baby Aaralyn warm while watching the parade in Bracebridge (above left). Barber Johnny Ahsome shaves a client while on a float in the Gravenhurst parade (middle). A young chef waves from a Christmas house during the nighttime Huntsville parade (above).

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    AD{MM51204} AD{MM51196} 7 Even the Grinch, was in the festive mood handing out candy at the Bracebridge parade (above left). A candy cane was getting a serious workout during the parade in Bracebridge (above). The Christmas tree was seen dancing in the streets during the 60th Gravenhurst Santa Claus parade (above right). The Muskoka Dance Academy performed during the chilly nighttime parade in Huntsville (left). Hundreds of spectators lined the streets in Gravenhurst to catch a glimpse of Santa Claus on the weekend, one of his three stops in Muskoka (right). December 4, 2013 www.whatsupmuskoka.com PINS KITCHEN AT HUNTSVILLE BOWL! KING OF THE FOOTLONGS! Come have lunch with us! BURGERS Dooz (Double burger with cheese & bacon) $8.95 ROBI (Double burger with cheese and peameal) $8.95 Hamburger $5.95 Cheeseburger $6.45 Banquet Burger $6.95 Bacon Burger $6.95 HOT DOGS Regular Footlong Regular $2.45 $4.25 FERDIE (Cheese & Bacon) $4.95 $6.95 KOKO (Ket, Bacon & Pineapple) $4.95 $6.95 MONTY (Chili, Onions & Parmesan) $4.95 $6.95 NAPPY (Beans & Mustard) $4.95 $6.95 WILLIE (Mustard & Sauerkraut) $4.95 $6.95 SANDWICHES Bacon (Lettuce, Tomato and Mayo on a bun) $4.95 Toasted Western $4.95 Grilled Cheese $3.95 Egg Salad $3.95 Tuna Salad $3.95 Steak on a bun (Mushrooms, onions, bacon, mozzarella & BBQ) $9.95 CHICKEN WINGS 10 wings / $12.95 20 wings / $22.95 30 wings / $32.95 Sauces: BBQ, Sweet Chili, Honey Garlic, Whiskey, Buffalo, Mild, Medium ...AND MUCH MORE! Fully Licensed: Draught & bottled beer on premises. Lunch and bowl; Draught beer, Hamburger or Footlong, French Fries, a game of bowling for $13.99! Huntsville Bowl 2 A Cann St., Huntsville • 705-789-0788 E: reservations@huntsvillebowl.com • www.huntsvillebowl.com Monday - Thursday 11am - 11pm, Friday - Saturday 11am - 2am, Sunday 11am - 10pm Added Protection for You and Your Family YOUR SNOW TIRE ADVANTAGES: • Added Safety on the Road • Better Traction for Winter Driving • Can Reduce Breaking Distance by up to 25% • Insurance Rebates Tires $ Starting at 69 00 Rims 10 % OFF* Starting at $ 49 00 SNOW TIRE INSTALLATION On or Off Rim Reg. Price starting at $9.99 YOUR AUTHORIZED MUSKOKA CAA DEALER • Boost • Lockouts • Tire Changes • Fuel Delivery • 24 Hour Local & Long Distance Towing • Police Approved • CAA Approved Repair Facility • Scrap Car Removal Free Installation with All New Tire Purchases Coupon expires Dec. 30, 2013 705-801-8025 24 hrs

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    8 December 4, 2013 www.whatsupmuskoka.com WHAT’S UP MUSKOKA EDITORIAL Show some spirit It’s no great secret that consumerism has overshadowed much of the true meaning of Christmas. For many small businesses in the Muskoka area, it’s a vital time of the year to ensure their financial well-being. Nonetheless, there is a point where the commercial can cross the line into the crass. A glaring example is the annual kick-off to the holiday shopping season known as Black Friday. The Internet is awash in videos of people being trampled, beaten and verbally abused in the pursuit of discount items. The scenes resembled something on the nightly news, where survivors of famines and floods clamour for food and water in developing countries. The difference is Black Friday shoppers are risking life and limb for a chance to get a deal on a waffle iron. To a much lesser extent, the spirit of the season appears to be lost on some in Muskoka. The annual Santa Claus parades held throughout Muskoka are a fan favourite and with good reason. However, there appear to be some businesses who miss the point entirely. Driving a vehicle with your company logo emblazoned on the door or towing a sign advertising your business does not constitute a parade float. That being said, there are many who go that extra mile, putting the time and care into floats that make children smile and gets them noticed by the crowds. It doesn’t matter if it’s a not-for-profit organization or a business, future parade entrants could take a tip from those who put the right amount of effort into their floats. It is important to remember to celebrate the true reason for the season. Healthy again Dear Editor: In your September 2012 issue of What’s Up Muskoka, Emily MacDuff wrote a story on me regarding my then just diagnosed Lyme disease. I just wanted to follow up and let you know I am doing very well. I did 13 months of antibiotics and I am back full time working and running trails again (with bug spray!). Thank you for publishing the article as I have had other people with Lyme disease contact me and have provided them the help I got. We are lucky we can travel across the border for treatment. The long-term antibiotics saved my life and many others I know. It is a shame we don’t get proper treatment here in Canada. It must be very frustrating for the doctors who claim the Ministry won’t let them treat chronic lyme. I am so happy to be healthy again and get my life back! Thanks again, Emily for your story. Lyne Bond Bala and Newmarket Free range duplication continues in Muskoka Dear Editor: The duplication of municipal services in Muskoka continues. In the past weeks some stunning examples of waste and duplication have been reported. The first involves the downloading by District council to the lower tier municipalities on the “fluoride or not” decision. Water is a District responsibility until decisions need to be made and then it becomes a municipal responsibility. The same District councillors also sit on the municipal councils. So why do we need both? This duplication is costing us money that we need for roads and bridges. The second involves Huntsville council’s decision not to maintain District roads. It looks as though both municipal and district councillors voted for this. Who was looking out for the interests of the District? Who is looking after the interests of the one taxpayer? Does the town truck drive down Etwell with the plow up in order to plow West Fox Lake road? What a crass example of needless duplication and waste. One Muskoka has been asking for an independent review of services and governance for three years. If Information Technology can be a shared service why not roads, finance, or personnel? Surely 51 politicians doing 73 jobs can work this out. Oh yes, the District councillors just gave their future selves a raise for all of the good duplication work they do. Expect the local municipal councillors to do the same because half of them are the same person!!! One Muskoka members want an independent review . . . do you? Tell your councillor now before the next election! It is never too late. 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    AD{MM50996} AD{MM51200} Shop locally and keep jobs in Muskoka OP ED WHAT’S UP MUSKOKA By John Crawley Why shop locally and keep it in Muskoka? The six chambers of commerce in Muskoka have carried the message to their various communities many times over the years. It is something to remember when shopping for Christmas gifts. That message is the same today; salaries and wages earned in Muskoka need to be spent in Muskoka. This factor alone contributes greatly to what keeps our local economy healthy and robust. Muskoka residents who shop locally can play a big part! Shopping has tremendous impact in keeping local establishments open for business all year round and keeping neighbours employed as well. Economic forecasters, while having many opinions, agree on one important factor. A dollar spent in a community, it does not matter on what, goes around the community three to five times. Locally owned businesses tend to do business with other locally owned businesses and aren’t limited to buying only from a national distributor. They bank at the local bank branch, advertise in local newspapers and on local radio stations and purchase local services such as accounting and printing. Each time that dollar you spent at a local shop it is respent in the local economy, it’s like new income – creating a “multiplier effect.” While many Muskoka businesses thrive throughout the busy summer months when the number of customers or consumers in the area blossoms, the shoulder seasons can be financially difficult for many. This is where the opportunity Photograph: Corey Wilkinson Muskoka Chambers of Commerce work together to encourage people to do their shopping in Muskoka. exists for the local shopper. Smaller crowds, less hustle and bustle; a more relaxed shopping experience can be yours at that time of year. On another note, if you’re looking for those special items check out your local in-town retailers first! If that does not work and you can’t find what you want close to home and before you shop online, why not consider venturing to one of your neighbouring communities. Whether that is Huntsville, Lake of Bays, Port Sydney, Bracebridge, Gravenhurst, Bala, Port Carling or Southeast Georgian Bay, they are all open for business. Muskoka’s retailers and service providers are all working very hard to keep Muskoka open for business! Local estimates vary, but through our chambers of commerce members we can be fairly certain that there are over 3,000 business operators in Muskoka. A mixture of sectors is represented ranging from essential services like gas stations and coffee shops to retailers to pharmacies to restaurants of all shapes and sizes and palates. Muskoka has it all and it is on your doorstep. Take advantage of it. If location, location, location means anything in the shopping world, then we have it. Before you go elsewhere or go online, shop local; it’s the right thing to do – shopping locally saves time, uses less fuel, strengthens our economy, keeps people employed and helps to build a sustainable, vibrant workforce along with a healthier more robust economy. (John Crawley is the Bracebridge Chamber of Commerce manager but in this column, he’s speaking on behalf of all Muskoka chambers.) 9 December 4, 2013 www.whatsupmuskoka.com GREAT SAVINGS ON GREAT GOLF at SOUTH MUSKOKA CURLING & GOLF CLUB “Always meticulously maintained”, one of the “under-appreciated gems” – The Globe & Mail Central Ontario’s top course under $65 – Ontario Golf Our Current Green Fees 9 holes $ 33.00 18 holes $ 60.00 Twilight $ 48.00 Special Christmas Golf Passes On sale only until Wednesday December 18th 2 Rounds 4 Rounds 8 Rounds 18 Holes $ 105.00 $ 203.00 $ 395.00 Twilight $ 85.00 $ 163.00 $ 315.00 9 Holes $ 58.00 $ 113.00 $ 215.00 Certificates may not be re-sold and may be used by the bearer any time during our 2014 golf season. Prices do not include taxes. No cash value and non-extendable. Note: Eighteen hole certificates may not be split into 2 nines. Twilight begins at 2:00 pm weekdays and at 1:00 pm weekends and holidays. To order call Teresa: 645-4221 Ext 222 or e-mail your order with your delivery instructions to smcgc@on.aibn.com South Muskoka Curling & Golf Club 10 Golf Course Road, Bracebridge www.southmuskoka.com The Best Golf Value in Muskoka Your Partners in Pain Relief Providing Gentle and Effective Relief for: • Low Back Pain • Sciatic Leg Pain • Neck Pain • Headaches • Workplace Injuries • Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries • Same Day Emergency Care Contact Dr. Michael Mekis and Dr. Kelly McIntosh 705-687-2012 gravenhurstchiropractic.com

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    AD{MM51224} 10 Continue fluoridation, says reader December 4, 2013 www.whatsupmuskoka.com Dear Editor: Re: Water fluoridation in Muskoka. As a certified specialist in pediatric dentistry, (retired), I feel an obligation to join the latest discussion of water fluoridation in Muskoka. Dear Editor: I would like to comment – no, I urgently need to comment – on three letters and an editorial appearing in recent issues of What’s Up. The first, from Don Lenaghan in the Nov. 20 is right on the mark and aptly identifies, once again, a pervasive infusion of junk science into the public discourse, this time on the subject of the fluoridation of drinking water. In stark contrast is Ruth Bednar’s letter in the Nov. 27 issue on the same topic, claiming that 1,300 signatures on a petition somehow proves that the evil toxin should be eliminated, notwithstanding the great preponderance of evidence to the contrary. To me, 1300 signatures indicates that the junk scientists are enjoying ever-growing success in their efforts to brainwash. As a close business friend of mine used to say, “If a thousand people stand up and say something stupid, it’s still stupid!” Your editorial in the same issue, also on the same topic, points to the hopeless ineffectiveness of multi-level municipal governments and the need to put a stop to them and the resulting wasteful duplication in spending. Finally, again in the same issue, Hugh Holland brings an interesting perspective to the issues of climate change. I wonder about his math, however. If coal-fueled generation and transportation together account for 69 per cent of global CO2, one wonders what contribution is made by all the oceans of the world, all the forest fires across the globe, all the decaying matter around the world, etc. etc. I think Hugh means to say that 46 Junk science used to brainwash public per cent and 23 per cent, respectively, of man-made contributions to global CO2 are coal-fueled generation and transportation. Perhaps what he fails to reveal is that the total of all man-made contributions to global CO2 is less than five per cent of overall global CO2 generation and is therefore insignificant, notwithstanding a rapidly growing world population. One day, it may be significant, but by then we will be using far more advanced technologies for power generation and transportation than at present. And Hugh correctly identifies the long-term solution to be nuclearbased, not necessarily fission-based, as at present, but nuclear nonetheless. Dave Winlow Gravenhurst At ideal levels of fluoride use, there are no documented adverse cosmetic or other systemic ill effects on the human body. I challenge the opponents of water fluoridation to provide one anti-fluoridation article from a refereed, independent, scientific dental journal that documents any ill effects from water fluoridation at ideal levels. Opposition to this health measure should consist of, documented ill effects, not speculation, and certainly not the opinion of the vocal minority. Toothaches, abscessed teeth and extraction of teeth are all unpleasant, expensive and can be a source of health risk. Having fluoridated water available in public places such as schools and arenas would be advantageous to those with their own wells. There is no restorative dental material available that is as effective as natural tooth structure. Whatever money the district saves from ceasing to fluoridate water will not even begin to pay for the caries generated by lack of fluoridation. To deny our children the benefits of fluoridated water to satisfy the whims of a vocal, uninformed opposition is both unscientific and unhealthy. Advise your councillors that for the sake of your children’s dental health, you wish to see the anti-cariogenic measurers of water fluoridation continue. Dr. Brian Denyar Port Carling Send us your letters to the Editor. Email to: mm.editor@sunmedia.ca Mail to: Box 180, Bracebridge, ON P1L 1T6 71%OFF! Our 12pc Canadiana Cookware set is madefrom18/10 stainless steel and featuresanimpactbonded base that’s safe forall stovetops of modern kitchens,including induction. Durable rivetedhandles,no-driplips,ovenand dishwasher safe,the Canadiana is builttolastand we standbehind it with ourexceptional 25 year warranty. 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