Confronting legacy

By Chad Ingram Canada Day falls this week and maybe this is a good year to not celebrate. Maybe this is a good year to reflect on Canada's true history, its true identity, and think…

Sticky situation

By Sue Tiffin Recently on a Saturday morning, I opened a door to a storage room in the basement and lo and behold, was welcomed by a milk snake stuck to the wall. You read…

Bundled and betrayed

To the Editor, On the rare occasion when the CRTC does not allow Bell Canada to raise prices on some of their services, Bell gets creative and still finds a way to stiff us. I…

When it’s broken …

By Jim Poling Sr. Imagine you are a potter whose prized vase slides from slippery fingers and falls to the floor.If it is only cracked, you try to patch it. If it is shattered, you…

The blackfly Catch-22

By Jim Poling Sr. One positive aspect of climate change is the theory that it warms our northern reaches making them less hospitable to blackflies, the spring curse of anyone who spends time in or…

Morning pages

By Laurie Sweig Writing morning pages is a method of journaling. It was created by Julia Cameron. It’s part of the 12-week process that is outlined in her book The Artist’s Way. Initially the book was meant…

On a patio

By Chad Ingram It came with a sense of déjà vu, the surreal feeling of a dream, fragments of familiarity.I’m talking about sitting on a restaurant patio, something I did during the weekend, and I’m…

Racism that degrades us all

By Jim Poling Sr. The sorrowful story of Canadian residential schools, established to wipe away Indigenous languages and culture, is back in the headlines.What returned it to the forefront is the discovery of unmarked graves…

Bump

By Chad Ingram Like some other Haliburton County residents, I planted my vegetable garden this past weekend.  Admittedly it was in violation of my own rule of thumb, which is to not put vegetables in…

America: One sick puppy

By Jim Poling Sr. It’s refreshing to hear a politician say what he or she is thinking, rather than just tonguing to lick up votes.“It begs the damn question: what the hell is going on…

Little souls

By Chad Ingram Last week another gruesome chapter in the dark saga of Canada’s residential school system was unearthed with the discovery of the bodies of 215 children in unmarked graves on the property of…

The plant we love to hate

By Jim Poling Sr. There’s a shortage of everything this COVID-19 spring. Everything from lumber to foodstuffs to ATVs and nursing home rooms.Everything is on back order; everything except - dandelions. There are billions and…

‘Leaf’ us alone

To the Editor,  While we have been at home not being able to travel and spend our money to entertain ourselves, our council has been busy figuring out how to relieve us of some of…

COVID summer: The sequel

By Chad Ingram While the official start to summer may be a month away, it unofficially commenced with the Victoria Day weekend.  The May long weekend is of course the traditional kickoff to cottaging season…

Across the board

By Chad Ingram Last week, Haliburton County councillors agreed that when it comes to the creation of regulations or a licensing system for short-term rentals in the county, that discussion should take place at the…

Return of the messenger

By Jim Poling Sr. I am standing at the kitchen window, sipping morning coffee, when he arrives.He is but a tiny bright flash flitting by, nothing spectacular or unusual on a clear and sunny morning.…

Council lacks communication skills

To the Editor, While we congratulate Minden Hills council on what appears to be a successful negotiation with the new Junior A hockey team, it is unbelievable that the Minden Sparks, Brownies and Guides weren’t…

Unfortunate and disappointing

To the Editor, Re: No notice for Scouts and Guides, Minden Times, May 12 This decision by the Minden Hills council is unfortunate and disappointing. As a taxpayer for the past 27 years and paying…

Reversing Type 2 diabetes

By Laurie Sweig Recently I have heard from three different sources that Type 2 diabetes can be reversed. I had always understood that once you had Type 2 diabetes you had it for the rest…

Guides shocked by news

To the Editor, As leaders of the Minden Sparks, Brownies, Guides and Pathfinders unit, we were shocked and dismayed to find out last week, through an article in the newspaper, that our current meeting space…

Scout’s honour

By Chad Ingram A little communication goes a long way.As was reported last week, a Junior A hockey team to be called the Haliburton County Huskies is set to take up residency in the new…