Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Earlier this year I was driving along Highway 118, westbound, between West Guilford and Carnarvon. It was an overcast winter day, just starting to lilt into twilight. For several kilometres, I d been following a low-riding Jetta. Our little caravan pas
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Residents of Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock got a rare opportunity this month when MP Jamie Schmale mailed out ballots for a constituency referendum.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Some people leave behind an incredibly big void when they go. Malcolm MacLean was one of those people.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
There was an interesting planning discussion during an Algonquin Highlands council meeting last week and similarly interesting planning discussions are bound to take place amongst the county s other municipal councils in the not-so-distant future.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
The Ontario s Highlands Tourism Organization (OHTO), the regional tourism organization encapsulating the Haliburton Highlands, revealed its new brand platform to local stakeholders late last month.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
A new requirement for provincial approval for docks and boathouses of a certain size needs comprehensive dialogue between the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and the province s municipalities before any reasonable approval framework is put into
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Haliburton County council has voted to appeal to the Ontario Ombudsman on the OPP billing model, and while that s something, the municipality should not rule out investigating the creation of its own police force.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
There s a joke about Haliburton County and farming, the punch line being that the poor settlers who came to the area in the 19th century with visions of bountiful crop yields found the only thing they could harvest from the hills of Haliburton were rocks.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Springtime is flood season in Haliburton County, particularly in Minden, where the hearty pioneers who settled the place, God bless em, built the community on a flood plain.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
When are government officials acting in the public interest and when are they just trying to justify their own positions? It s difficult to tell sometimes.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Job creation, along with business attraction and retention, are major and ongoing challenges in Haliburton County.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Smart phones have changed our lives in myriad ways. The way we communicate, the way we use the Internet, the way we shop and date and get directions. They ve also made our roads more dangerous.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
It s difficult, impossible, really, for those of us living here in the comfortable 21st century, with our automobiles and propane heating and pocket-sized devices capable of holding the sum total of human knowledge, to truly fathom the hardships the peopl
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Imagine for March, which is maple-tapping time in Haliburton County, Minden s downtown decked out with sap buckets and spring kites.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Ontario s municipalities are in trouble. They are camels whose backs can t handle much more baggage.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Think of critical infrastructure and one may picture roads, bridges and culverts. Think of essential services and ambulances and fire trucks may come to mind.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
ust what to do about the Minden Hills Cultural Centre how to make it more economically viable and how to bring more people through its doors, which are of course linked is a puzzle that s been pondered by a succession of Minden Hills councils.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Haliburton County council has decided the county will close its tourist information centre along Highway 35 in Minden at the end of year and that s OK.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
I lost a friend to suicide last year. I didn t find out until months after it happened.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock MP Jamie Schmale and members of his Conservative caucus are promoting a petition from one of their colleagues.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
As I write this, it s minus 11 degrees outside, but it wasn t so a couple of days ago. A couple of days ago it was plus eight.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
2016 will be a year of changes for the Haliburton County Fair as organizers alter its format.
Friday, December 18, 2015
As has become an end-of-year tradition around here, these are the top 10 news stories of 2015 for the western half of Haliburton County.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
They say the only constants in life are change and beer. Well, they say something like that.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
The province has the ability to terminate its contract with Carillion. This is not earth-shattering, but is something I can write with stone-cold certainty now that I have a copy of the contract between the provincial government and the multi-national c
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