It’s not goodbye …

By Chad Ingram “All good things must come to an end sometime, so don’t burn the day.” That’s a line by Dave Matthews, a favourite musician of mine. This will be my final column for…

Oh, the water

By Chad Ingram It was down, now it’s up. Not so many weeks ago, water levels throughout the county were incredibly low, courtesy of an early spring freshet coupled with a long drought. Now, after…

Service above self

By Chad Ingram When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said earlier this year he hoped to see the vast majority of Canadians fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by September, it seemed impossible to fathom. If you recall,…

Make your voice heard

By Chad Ingram Late last month, Haliburton County councillors received an initial presentation from the consultants responsible for the drafting of a new shoreline preservation bylaw.That process will involve an extensive, two-phased public consultation and…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

The great race

By Chad Ingram By now, many readers have likely received their first COVID-19 vaccination, and it seems likely that those of us who haven’t had our turn yet will at least be able to register…

Good jab

By Sue Tiffin Last week, I donned a mask, and then another one, and then a face shield, and I walked into another building in this county for the first time in 407 days.I told…

Here’s to you, Robinsons

By Chad Ingram For generations of people, Robinson's General Store has been synonymous with the hamlet of Dorset. That was certainly the case in my family. Summers at Halls Lake meant at least one trip…

Dock debacle

By Chad Ingram Lazing on the dock on a sunny afternoon, the kids bounding from it into the lake, the sound of splashing, and the whir of boats in the background. This is a central…

A bad joke

By Chad Ingram On April Fool's Day, just a day before the Easter weekend and two days after hinting Ontarians shouldn't make Easter plans, Premier Doug Ford announced another “shutdown” in the province amid the…

Mountains on matchsticks

By Chad Ingram Municipal treasurers, other staff members, councillors and, well, I'm just going to go ahead and say everybody, probably, must be relieved that another budget season has come to pass. And while the…

Third wave

By Chad Ingram At this point it's almost a familiar feeling, a sense of “here we go again,” watching new daily confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario approach 2,000. Spring is here and so is…

Happy trails, Mike

By Chad Ingram That voice. That unmistakable, instantly identifiable voice. For nearly 18 years, Mike Jaycock has been a foundational personality and ubiquitous presence at Canoe FM, the county's volunteer community radio station. In short…

One year forward

By Sue Tiffin We joke that it’s March again, but feels like it’s still March, acting as though the point last year when much of the world acknowledged the need for an abrupt pivot in…