Ethel Cody-Stoddard (?-1922)

Suffragist and writer under the name of “Lady Van.” Active “newspaper woman” all her life, toured the world for the Canadian Pacific Railway, and contributed to many leading papers and journals of the world.

Born in Lindsay to Mr and Mrs Charles G. Cody. Married to Charles Stoddard. Died in Vancouver in March 1922. Buried at Ocean View Burial Park.

Stories and Articles:

“The Diamond Valentine,” British Columbia Magazine, 1907 (link)

“Celebrated Dogs of Skagway,” 1915 (link)

“An Imperial Daughter,” The Canadian Magazine, volume 46, November 1915 (link)


The Sleeping Beauty and The Lions by Jane Parkin and Ethel Cody Stoddard, 1916


“Ethel Cody Stoddard , active club woman and sporadic contributor to the Province under the pen-name “Lady Van”, titled one of her columns “The Real Career.” Approvingly, she told the story of a young girl who had always wanted “to do something big, something that would count” but who, at the end of a brilliant university career explained her future plans thus:

I see myself packing up my books and forgetting a great deal that it has taken me years to learn. I see honors such as the world gives fading into the distance. In the place of all this I see a home – one of my own – something I have commenced to want very much… I see a husband, children, and myself a general slave but a happy one at that to all of them. I see household duties looming large and the funny little routine that housewives get into… After all , you know, there is nothing like a home of your own and I want one.

(Province, February 22, 1922, p. 6)

Her professor (female, marital status not mentioned) congratulated her; “You have the right idea at last, Sheila, stick to it.” It was a young, single woman who spoke this praise of home and motherhood. Ethel Cody Stoddard and the majority of women who wrote on or were involved with women’s issues were married with families that were at least beyond the age of needing constant care if not fully grown.”

“As Women and as Citizens: Clubwomen in Vancouver 1910-1928” by Gillian Weiss, University of British Columbia, November 1983.

Saturday Sunset devoted a great deal of space to the discussion of railway problems, then stirring British Columbia. It paid serious attention to the developing fruit industry of the Okanagan, and to the municipal growing pains of Vancouver. Ethel Cody Stoddard, who, under the pseudonym “Lady Van,” conducted a column of miscellany “About Things in General,” wrote strongly against the limp building regulations and lack of zoning which permitted the erection anywhere of those long rows of cabins which were Vancouver’s first apartment-houses. That was twenty years before Vancouver had a zoning by-law.

“Adventures of Vancouver Newspapers: 1892-1926” by D.A. McGregor, The British Columbia Historical Quarterly, April 1946

Natalie Lougher

Natalie Lougher was born in Peterborough, ON. She discovered her skill for writing at the tender age of 10, and has honed her skills from that day onward. While she personally enjoys a good, romantic sci-fi or supernatural read, her own writings are the ‘down-to-earth, it-can-happen-in-real-life, with warm and fuzzy endings’ type. She loves the sound of rain on a cabin roof, the waves lapping at a shoreline, hazelnut-vanilla coffee, and calls Kawartha Lakes home, where she lives with her husband and young daughter.

Visit her website:

Author of:

Dragon’s Spell

Dragon’s Finder

Dragon’s Keeper

Final Summer Co-op

Running Away


Call for Submissions: Autumn

Kawartha Lakes is home to a lot of talented writers.

This anthology aims to showcase writing talent across genres. Often, genre literature is able to tell stories and present issues that might not otherwise be told. It is hoped that fictional stories from genres such as science fiction, fantasy, horror, action-adventure, romance, and mystery will help form and inform the culture of Kawartha Lakes. Using Kawartha Lakes as a setting will also give opportunity to engage a wider audience with this beautiful city.

Story setting must be within Kawartha Lakes. Stories should be works of fiction of about 3000 words. Shorter works will be accepted. Longer works will be considered (up to a maximum of 7000 words, but query before sending.) Stories must fit the theme: autumn in Kawartha Lakes.

Writers do not have to reside in Kawartha Lakes.

I am purchasing non-exclusive, first world anthology rights both electronic and print in English. Payment for stories is one-time $25 CAD on publication, plus contributor copy. (Selected stories will be edited, and writers will be expected to adhere to all deadlines.)

Excerpts from longer works will not be considered at this time. I want stories with beginnings, middles and endings, and characters I want to spend time with.

Open to ALL genres. Fiction preferred. Non-fiction will be considered, if it meets these guidelines.

Submissions deadline: July 31, 2021

To submit, send a brief cover letter in the body of the email with your submission attached as a Word document (.doc only) in standard manuscript format (12-point Times New Roman. See here for explanation of standard manuscript format.) Your cover letter should be short and include relevant experience and publishing credits, if you have them. (See here for examples of cover letters.)

Here are some examples of what I’m looking for, but the possibilities are endless:

  • a ghost story set in the Academy Theatre or the old Lindsay jail
  • a fairy encounter along the Omemee Hogsback/Esker
  • a werewolf story set in the woods near Bobcaygeon
  • an alien attack in Kirkfield
  • a feud between cottagers where the cottagers are witches
  • a murder mystery set at a local bed & breakfast

I want characters with agency and stories with conflict.

For more examples, check out Kawartha Lakes Stories and Kawartha Lakes Stories: Winter

Manuscript Format

While other markets have their own guidelines for how they want manuscript submissions, here’s how to format your work to submit to Kawartha Lakes Stories.

Font: Times New Roman, 12-point

Spacing: double space between the lines; single space between sentences

Indents: indent paragraphs 1/2-inch

Breaks: indicate breaks in the story with # centred on a line of its own

Page One

  • Top Left Corner: your real name, mailing address, phone number, email address (single-spaced between the lines)
  • Top Right Corner: approximate word count (round up or down to the nearest 100 words)
  • Halfway Down The Page: story title, pen name
  • Story

Page Two and subsequent pages

  • Top Right Corner: last name / title / page #

Have a look:

Page One:

page one

Page Two and subsequent pages:

page two

File Format
Send manuscript as Word .doc file or Pages file.

Do not send .pdf or any other type of file.


Submit Questions in comments below.

The Real Sam McGee is from Kawartha Lakes

You’ve probably heard of the poem, “The Cremation of Sam McGee” by Robert W. Service. If not, enjoy this version read by Johnny Cash with paintings by Ted Harrison:

Here’s what you might not know: the titular character, “Sam McGee” was from Kawartha Lakes.

Robert Service was a clerk for CIBC in Whitehorse, when a form crossed his desk with Sam McGee’s name on it. The rhythm of the name captured Service, and he knew it would fit a ballad. So he wrote to Sam McGee, a prosperous builder of roads in the Klondike, to ask about using his name. McGee said yes, and the rest is poetry. (

Now here’s the history.

“Sam McGee” was born William Samuel McGee on August 28, 1868 on a farm just outside Lindsay. In fact, that farm was in (at the time) Fenelon Township, just up the road from Cameron, and registered in his mother’s name, Ellen McGee. (

William Samuel McGee married in Peterborough in 1901:

William Samuel McGEE, 32, miner, Cameron – Victoria Co., Whitehorse Yukon, s/o Joseph McGEE & Ellen McCULLOUGH, married Ruth WARNER, 20, Liverpool England, Harvey twp., d/o James WARNER & Betsy JENKINSON, witn: George WARNER & Mrs. Annie EARL, both of Harvey twp., 5 June 1901 at Peterborough (

More about Sam McGee (with photo):


Borrow The Cremation of Sam McGee from the library.


Upcoming Events for Authors and Writers in #KawarthaLakes

Here’s a list of the upcoming events for authors and writers in Kawartha Lakes. Click on the links for more information.


Workshop – Ann Douglas – “Get That Book Out of Your Head: A Workshop for Authors-to-be” – $299
Poetry – every Wednesday – 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM – Carpe Diem Cafe
Writers Group – every second Thursday – 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM – Peterborough Speculative Fiction Writers Group
Writers Group – every second Wednesday – 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM – Lindsay Library


Monday, April 1 – 5:00 PM – DEADLINE – submissions to Playpen, Mysterious Entity Theatre’s script development program
Thursday, April 11 – 7:00 PM – Bobcaygeon Library – Local Author Series: Jean Booker
Saturday, April 13 – 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM – Lindsay Library – Book Sale
Tuesday, April 16 – 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM – Lindsay Library – Book Sale


Friday, May 10 – 6:00 PM – DEADLINE – submissions to Lakefield Literary Festival’s Young Writers Contest


July 15 – Lakefield Literary Festival