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…

See you soon

by Emily Stonehouse I’ve been keeping a secret.Well, as much of a secret as you can when you have a very public-facing job and are active on social media. So really, not much of a…

Half of local COVID-19 deaths were in the…

By James Matthews, Local Journalism Initiative Program Some people living under the umbrella of the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit may have gotten tired of frequent talk about respiratory illness season. But that…

A Christmas miracle for local family

By Emily Stonehouse Christmas is a time for giving, a time for kindness, a time for gratitude.  And Lyndsie Fliss understands that wholeheartedly. Fliss and her family recently received $1000 from Chaulk as a part…

To tie or not to tie

From Shaman’s Rock By Jim Poling Sr. Society’s deep thinkers have varying theories on the three stages of life. Like childhood, adulthood, and old age. Or, learning, working, and teaching. I discovered a theory of…

Know better, do better

By Emily Stonehouse We’re all allowed to make mistakes. Allowed to not know everything that may traipse on toes and ruffle feathers along the way.  But the way we raise our kids is that once…

New Minden CAO steps in

By Emily Stonehouse The search is finally over. After months of searching for a new CAO in Minden Hills, Cynthia Fletcher has stepped into the role, effective Nov. 23, 2023. “I am extremely pleased that…

That day the power went out

By Emily Stonehouse It started like a normal day; Cheerios in the morning, a second coffee after the kids caught the bus.  That day the power went out, we all had plans. Meetings, phone calls,…

Respiratory illness season sees pre-pandemic infection levels

By James Matthews, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Contrary to the much higher than usual number of hospital visits last fall, this respiratory illness season has been more typical thus far. Dr. Natalie Bocking, Haliburton, Kawartha,…

Boshkung and Truss join forces

By Emily Stonehouse The landscape of Haliburton County restaurants is changing.  Mathew Renda of Boshkung Brewing Co. and Mike Rae of Truss Foodworks Inc. have joined forces to become the new co-owners of the businesses,…

Left out in the cold: County hears how…

By James Matthews,  Local Initiative Journalism Reporter Haliburton County needs 750 new units by 2029 to meet its affordable housing needs. Michelle Corley, manager of housing and homelessness at the City of Kawartha Lakes, brought…

Not the time to forget

By Emily Stonehouse I’ve been sitting with this document open all week.  A Remembrance Day editorial. There should be lots to say. How we remember. How we honour the fallen soldiers who have bled out…

Minden rules property owners are on the hook…

By James Matthews, Local Initiative Journalism Reporter It’s as if renting a property through Airbnb is a means to consequence-free revelry for the renter and whatever fines may come to the owner. Minden Hills property…

Just what the doctor ordered: a glimpse inside…

By Emily Stonehouse Let’s not sugar coat things here: there’s been some bad news from the medical world these days. Major provincial budget cuts, closures, and a complete uncertainty about the future of healthcare in…

Bookapalooza is back

By Emily Stonehouse Calling all readers and writers! The literature event of the year in Haliburton County is just around the corner.  The second annual Bookapalooza will be held on Sept. 15 and 16 at…