HHHS AGM shows year of overcoming adversity

by Thomas Smith Haliburton Highland Health Services has overcome adversity this past year. Despite frequent challenges, the HHHS has implemented new programs, hired 80 new staff members, community support services, and had a total of…

Working with the enemy?

From Shaman's Rock Jim Poling Sr. We now have new reasons to distrust the politicians we elected to protect us and our democracy. A troubling report from our intelligence watchdogs says that some of our…

Bad books and good books

From Shaman's Rock by Jim Poling Sr. I thought it was just me complaining that more and more mediocre – or just plain bad - books are being published. A search of the Internet tells…

Molly’s starts anew as Market Bakery

by Thomas Smith A beautiful display of cookies, cupcakes, and baked goods of all types greet customers as they approach the counter. Delicious smells of freshly made bread waft through the air. This June will…

Public health starts the year in the red

By James Matthews, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The region’s public health unit has run a deficit so far this year. But Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit board members heard May 16 that the…

County pivots to a new way to ink…

by James Matthews, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The first draft of Haliburton County’s capital and operating budget this year has a tax increase of almost eight per cent.The total levy required to maintain county services…

Good luck, millennials

By Emily Stonehouse Aging has been on my mind this week.  Perhaps it’s the upcoming Aging Together as Community conference slated for this coming weekend. Or maybe it’s the multiple events that happened the past…

To QR or not to QR; is that…

By Emily Stonehouse Most of us likely remember a chapter before quick response (QR) codes became a thing of normalcy. We used to be able to go into restaurants and open up a paper version…

Frost Centre reunion in the works

By James Matthews, Local Journalism Initiative Program This year is pivotal among milestones for the Leslie M. Frost Natural Resources Centre. And an effort has taken root to mark a number of those anniversaries and…

Buffalo story offers hope

From Shaman’s Rock By Jim Poling Sr. We live in an increasingly crazy world that some believe is on a fast track to extinction. Perhaps, but despite humanity’s destructive tendencies you have to believe the…

Photo arts program wraps it up

By Emily Stonehouse The Haliburton School of Art and Design (HSA+D) is nestled in the heart of Haliburton County, and attracts a diverse range of artists from around the world. Erica Olavario is one such…

The importance of snow

From Shaman’s Rock By Jim Poling Sr. Many folks are cheering the recent arrival of snow that has been missing for most of this unusual winter. Lack of snow in October, November and December has…

HCDC launches LIP once again

By Emily Stonehouse If you’re a not-for-profit in the community, this may be your time to receive a little extra support as you dive into your year ahead.  The Haliburton County Development Corporation (HCDC) has…

Cuts and bruises

By Emily Stonehouse “It is literally impossible to be a woman.”  And so begins the monologue delivered by America Ferrara in the movie Barbie, that graced theatres this past summer, and rattled hearts, bones, and…

Finding her ‘North Star’; the story of Maryam…

By Emily Stonehouse Sitting down to write about the most recent Speaker’s Series on Maryam Monsef was no easy feat.  The Haliburton County Community Co-operative offers the series on a monthly basis; featuring people from…

Inspiring creativity; a conversation about aging 

By Emily Stonehouse It’s no secret that Haliburton County has an aging demographic.  With over 35 percent of the population falling within the 65 and up age range, the concerns around aging safely, sustainably, and…

First baby in Canada welcomed by local family

By Emily Stonehouse What started as a standard New Year’s Eve for Haliburton County local Nadia Shivji, turned into an evening she will never forget.  Shivji and her husband, Jake Martell, currently reside in Halifax,…