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Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Just as there is no such thing as a truly free lunch, there is no such thing as truly no-strings-attached funding from the provincial government to municipalities.
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Conversations about reducing and eliminating disposable, single-use plastics are becoming more and more widespread, globally and on a local, municipal level.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
As the county s population continues to grow, many of its new residents skew older in age. Many are retirees looking to leave life in the city, either moving to what has been a family cottaging property, or simply looking to live in a smaller, quieter com
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
With Doug Ford s PC government tabling its first budget earlier this month, we are starting to learn what some of the service cuts Ontarians will see over the next few years will look like.
Thursday, March 21, 2019
A number of residents filled Minden Hills council chambers last week for a public meeting regarding an application for official plan and zoning bylaw amendments to allow the operation of a sewage spreading field off of Bobcaygeon Road north of the village
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
A sort of who s who showed up for the Food and Agriculture Economic Development Forum hosted by Harvest Haliburton last week, designed to facilitate continued collaboration in cultivating a sustainable food system in Haliburton County. Included in the gro
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
During a Minden Hills council meeting last week, Councillor Bob Carter wondered how the cost of the so-called validation phase of the Minden arena project could run a 50 per cent overage in the span of six weeks.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
It s budget season, the time of year when municipal councils place things onto and push things off of the proverbial table, deciding what will be implemented for the upcoming year and what will be deferred or scrapped altogether, all while attempting to k
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
A strong, frigid wind bites the skin on my face as it hurls cyclones of snow across a vast expanse of frozen, white wasteland, drift upon drift stretching on for as far as the eye can see. It s Monday morning and I m about to snow-blow the driveway.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
If you think you re sick of hearing about the SNC-Lavalin matter now, then buckle up, or maybe don t pay attention to the news until the fall s federal election, or maybe leave the country for a bit.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
The County of Haliburton will continue to go without any form of public transit because there is not the political will at the council table to create one. That s it. That s the reason, and that s the only reason. Period. Full stop.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
I need to confess: I have harboured bad thoughts about chipmunks. Murderous thoughts. I know, chipmunks are cute and fun-loving little critters. They have drawn millions of smiles as the Disney characters Chip and Dale and have enthralled children in com
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Haliburton County councillors should proceed with the commissioning of a third-party governance review for the county and its lower-tier municipalities, but only if the political will exists to actually do something with the results.
Thursday, July 11, 2019
I don t remember the first time I went to Highlands Cinemas. It would have been in the 1980s. I would have gone as a kid with my family during a visit to the cottage. It was likely to see a Ghostbusters or Peewee Herman movie, or something of the sort. T
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Early this month, there was a long-awaited announcement that the federal government will contribute funding to the Eastern Ontario Regional Network s cell gap project, meaning all the funding is now in place, and the project can proceed.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
When the Hawk Lake landfill is shuttered in 2021, the site will simply be shut down, rather than replaced by a transfer station. That was the decision made by Algonquin Highlands councillors last week, and it was the right one.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
The premier of Ontario certainly knows how to make headlines, even during the political off-season. Last Thursday, Doug Ford announced he was making a cabinet shuffle, a very large one. It s the second shuffle Ford has made during his first year in offi
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
I remember when the Toronto Raptors franchise was established. It was 1993. I was 11 years old. The Blue Jays were World Series champions, and there was a huge buzz about Toronto getting its own NBA team.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Last summer, the Township of Minden Hills embarked upon the creation of a community improvement plan, and that process is now at a phase of public input, the township encouraging residents to take an online survey and provide feedback. Taking the survey i
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
It s here, vegetarians and vegans, the day it is possible to order a vegan breakfast, pick up a cashew cheese ball, have more than one plant-based menu item to choose at the same restaurant, opt for almond milk in a coffee to go, full-on feast at the farm
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
During the weekend, members of the Ford government, either on a coincidental, collective whim, or at the direction of the premier, posted to social media pictures of themselves in convenience stores in their respective ridings, promoting the government s
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
For the second consecutive week, I am writing a column about landfills in Algonquin Highlands, which, in more than a decade of writing these things, has to be some kind of record.