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Councillors call cottage conversion policy controversial

By Chad Ingram Some members of Haliburton County council have concerns regarding a proposed amendment to the county’s official plan that would lay out formal requirements for the conversion of seasonal cottages into year-round dwellings.The…

Director of education explains recent class reorganization

By Jenn Watt A “significant reorganization” of classes was needed across the school board as administrators sought to make adjustments following shifts in student preferences for in-school or at-home learning, board trustees heard at their…

AH receives long-awaited asset management plan

By Chad Ingram Algonquin Highlands councillors received an asset management plan for the township during an Oct. 15 meeting, that plan recommending tax levy increases to help the township manage the replacement of assets.The provincial…

County council amenable to smaller, if not tiny,…

By Chad Ingram Haliburton County councillors seem open to permitting smaller footprint homes to be constructed within the county, although maybe not the type of tiny homes some residents would like to see.Councillors discussed the…

Fire dept fights house fire on Horseshoe Lake

By Jenn Watt Minden Hills Fire Department responded to a fire at a residence on Horseshoe Lake at about 5 p.m. Oct. 15. Large flames and smoke could be seen from a distance and firefighters…

Hike Haliburton: Winter Edition gets go-ahead

By Chad Ingram Haliburton County councillors are supporting going ahead with snowshoe festival Hike Haliburton: Winter Edition this February.Last February saw the inaugural winter version of the county’s popular Hike Haliburton Festival, the latter typically…

Fatality on Gelert Road

Staff The Haliburton Highlands OPP are reporting the death of a 57-year-old Haliburton woman in a vehicle collision on County Road 1, also known as Gelert Road, on the afternoon of Sunday, Oct. 18. According…

MH septic re-inspection program to begin in spring…

By Chad Ingram The following are brief reports of items discussed during an Oct. 8 Minden Hills committee-of-the-whole meeting. The Township of Minden Hills plans to proceed with its septic re-inspection program in the spring…

Health unit launches new COVID-19 data dashboard

By Sue Tiffin A new way to deliver data has been launched on the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit website. The health unit had been receiving requests from residents to present the data…

COVID-19 heats up Haliburton housing market

By Chad Ingram The COVID-19 pandemic is having a big impact on Haliburton County’s real estate market, turning it red hot, with the number of showings and offers way up, and inventory barely keeping pace…

Crisis calls up 30% since March

By Sue Tiffin Mental health support and crisis intervention workers are preparing for the second wave of COVID-19, and the potential government rollback to provisions that might accompany that surge of cases, as the seasons…

Land registry offices close to walk-in traffic

By Chad Ingram As of Oct. 13, the public service counter at the Minden land registry office, along with those at the other 52 land registry offices throughout Ontario will close, as the provincial government…

Guideline changes may reduce number of children tested…

By Sue Tiffin “Thank goodness guidelines have changed, easier on families for sure,” said Dr. Norm Bottum after the provincial government updated screening protocols for children last week, amending a COVID-19 screening policy to focus…

Councillors pause on Maple Lake landfill redevelopment

By Sue Tifin Algonquin Highlands council supports a future reconfiguration and redevelopment of Maple Lake landfill which could cost almost $1 million, but opted at its Oct. 1 meeting to hold off on getting started…

Development to bring 30 rental units to Minden

By Chad Ingram A $6.8 million development the Kawartha Lakes Haliburton Housing Corporation plans to build at the intersection of Highway 35 and County Road 21 will bring 30 additional affordable rental units to Minden.During…

Hydro bills for many cottagers to increase

By Chad Ingram Many cottager owners will see their electricity bills increase substantially sometime next year.On Sept. 17, the Ontario Energy Board, the province’s energy regulator, upheld a 2015 directive that Hydro One eliminate the…

First phase of climate change plan focuses on…

By Chad Ingram Haliburton County councillors approved the corporate climate change mitigation plan for the county during its online Sept. 23 meeting.The county hired climate change co-ordinator Korey McKay last fall, and she has been…