AH council OKs Maple Lake landfill project

By James MatthewsAlgonquin Highlands council green-lighted a landfill project after a cost-saving measure was agreed to by township staff and a contractor.Township staff and the contractor that submitted the lowest bid to construct an operations…

New zoning amendment limits Dimensions

By Stephen Petrick Services by Dimensions Algonquin Highlands will be affected by decisionA new hybrid tourism resort-wellness centre in Algonquin Highlands will have some limitations on what it can offer, after the municipality finalized a…

AH council defers decision on Dimensions

By Stephen Petrick Algonquin Highlands council wants more time to review a zoning application that would allow a new hybrid tourism resort-health centre to offer more services.The decision to defer on the application, which would…

AH mayor ‘gobsmacked’ by Bear Lake Road ownership…

Municipality will look at how it can help with maintenance By Stephen PetrickThe long, winding story of how Algonquin Highlands should treat long, winding Bear Lake Road is taking another twist.Councillors from the municipality asked…

Zoning for hybrid “tourist resort-health clinic” to be reviewed by council, neighbours concerned By Stephen PetrickA neighbour of a new Algonquin Highlands business, described as a hybrid tourist resort-health clinic, plans to speak against the…

AHFS seeking new firefighter recruits

Algonquin Highlands Fire Services (AHFS) is searching for new members.“Our goal is to bring them in in the fall, so they can try the position, and see if they like it,” said fire chief Michael…

AH council discusses firefighter pay

The following are brief reports of items discussed during a Feb. 3 meeting of Algonquin Highlands Council, held virtually. By Nick Bernard Fire Chief Mike French presented a proposal outlining new hourly rates for firefighters…

Working group to form around green burial initiative

By Nick Bernard The following are brief reports from an Algonquin Highlands regular council meeting held virtually on Jan. 20. Council has agreed to form an ad hoc committee to collaborate with the Haliburton Highlands…

AH invites public to participate

The township of Algonquin Highlands is providing an opportunity for the public to have its say with its launch of Let’s Connect Algonquin Highlands – its new public engagement platform.  Let’s Connect Algonquin Highlands is…

Surviving lives in the forest

By Jim Poling Sr.From Shaman's Rock There was no finer sight for a New Year’s morning. At the edge of a freshly snow-covered clearing behind my place stood a whitetail doe and her fawn.  The…

Not sure what to do with it? AH…

By Nick Bernard The following are brief reports of items discussed during a Dec. 9 meeting of Algonquin Highlands council, held virtually. Three ReUse Centres in Algonquin Highlands are set to be cleaned up and…

AH hears two-year update on septic program

By Nick Bernard Kathryn Stasiuk Riddell, rural development engineer for WSP, presented a septic re-inspection program update to Algonquin Highlands council on Dec. 9. In 2017 the company was hired by the township to implement…

Vaccines approved, appointments open for kids

By Sue Tiffin Health Canada has approved Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for kids aged five to 11. In a much anticipated announcement last Friday, Pfizer’s Comirnaty became the first COVID-19 vaccine authorized in Canada for a…

AH to begin land acknowledgements

By Stephen Petrick Council meetings and other formal municipal events in Algonquin Highlands will now start with a land acknowledgement statement. The mayor hopes it’s the first step in a prolonged commitment to research and…