Trouble in Bahteh Wallow  

By Jim Poling Published Oct. 12 2017 Bahteh Wallow was a democratic society founded on the idea that all animals are created equal. It had evolved from a revolution and a civil war as a…

A tree dies in Haliburton

By Jim Poling Sr. Published Oct. 5 2017 An old and dear friend at the lake passed away this autumn. Our grand sugar maple the signature tree of our lake property became too sick to…

Get your tech questions answered

By Lee Burgess Published Oct. 5 2017 Do you need assistance with technology related topics? On Wednesday Oct. 11 and Oct. 25 at 2:30 p.m. the Dorset branch of the Haliburton County Public Library is…

I am the captain of my soul

Published Oct. 5 2017 Coming Events –  Friday Oct. 6 7:30 p.m. Karaoke with Fred and Linda Monday Thanksgiving Day closed. Invictus means “unconquerable” or “undefeated” in Latin. Invictus is a poem that focuses on…

Neuromuscular connection

By Laurie Sweig Practical Fitness Published Oct. 5 2017 A neuromuscular connection occurs between a muscle fibre and nerve. It’s like a conversation between the two parties. Our brain says: Scratch that itch on the…

Ma Bell and Me 

By Jim Poling Published Sept. 28 2017 In the beginning there was none. No television. No electronics. The lake itself was the entertainment. Swimming in it canoeing on it fishing it or just sitting by…

Car buyers beware 

By Jim Poling Published Sept. 21 2017 Mopping up the messes of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma is happening hundreds of miles away but Canadian consumers need to take care that they don’t get soaked. Flood-damaged…

When will we ever learn? 

By Jim Poling Published Sept. 14 2017 Most of us have gone through life thinking little about nuclear war. The chances of it have been minimal because everyone understands that launching just one nuke could…

To code or not to code 

By Jim Poling Published Sept. 7 2017 School days school days good old fashioned  . . . Reading and  writing and ‘rithmetic . . . . and coding. Coding apparently is the hottest trend in…

Surrounded by dummies 

By Jim Poling Published Aug. 31 2017 So much to do but so many stupid people in the way. You can’t get important stuff done when surrounded by incompetents. Precious time wasted trying to get…

If you hate it you won’t do it

Published Aug. 24 2017 At one point in my life I considered myself a runner. I truly believed that if I didn’t go for a run I wasn’t exercising. Even an hour on the squash…

Gone glamping 

By Jim Poling Published Aug. 24 2017 My first thought was that it was a ludicrous notion. Then I said to myself: “Get cool. Explore a new trend.” And that’s how I got to go…

A debate too shallow 

By Jim Poling Published Aug. 17 2017 It is disheartening how we Canadians manage to turn interesting and important debates into spiteful squabbles. We toss emotion and hard core bias onto the path toward the…

Personality versus the news 

By Jim Poling Published Aug. 10 2017 The era of the personality cult finally appears to be ended at CBC’s The National. The daily 10 p.m. news program will replace as expected the saintly but…

The summer of patching up 

By Jim Poling Published Aug. 3 2017 This was to be the summer of innovation at the lake. Long desired transformations would bring the place into the modern age. Wi-Fi cameras to monitor security and…

Our national critter

By Jim Poling Published July 27 2017 If you see a beaver this summer stop to give it a hug. The poor little guy or gal could use some affection and some appreciation. If you don’t…

Mother Nature fights back 

By Jim Poling Published July 20 2017 “Don’t mess with Mother Nature” used to be a cute and humorous expression. Not these days. Too often now we witness how an angry Mother Nature fights back.…

It's Tom Thomson! 

By Jim Poling Published July 13 2017 One hundred years ago this week a vacationing Toronto doctor was relaxing at his rented cottage on Algonquin Park’s Canoe Lake. He looked out over the water and…

Fear of the water

By Jim Poling Sr. Published July 6 2017 I’ll never forget Canada Day 2017. It was the day Louie learned to swim. Louie is my 14-month-old great-granddog. He is a chocolate Labrador retriever a water…

Why are they called ‘Burpees’?

By Laurie Sweig Published June 22 2017 I don’t know anyone who likes doing Burpees. When I have clients do them (notice I didn’t say “ask clients to do them”) this question often comes up…

Paying by the piece 

By Jim Poling Published June 29 2017 There is hope. Despite the collapsing daily newspaper industry and concern that people are not getting enough factual balanced news on current affairs there is hope. Hope is…