Non-profits pivot to take on pandemic challenges

By Amanda Duncombe-Lee The COVID-19 pandemic has hit non-profit organizations in Ontario hard, with many agencies facing barriers to fundraising, decreased donations and human resource challenges at a time when the need for their services…

Local company raises the roof in support of…

When Cory and Melissa Valentini got their roofing business ramped up for the summer season, they wanted to take their success and turn it into success for the whole community.The owner/operators of Up Right Roofing,…

Warden election process goes virtual

By Chad IngramLike council meetings themselves, amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the election of the Haliburton County warden for 2021 will take place virtually.Each year, the eight members of county council, who are the mayors…

Financial challenges due to pandemic plague HHHS

By Sue TiffinHaliburton Highlands Health Services is facing significant financial challenges due to the extra costs incurred during the pandemic, one of those challenges being related to the Haliburton assessment centre.The assessment centre, where COVID-19…

HHHS prepares for province’s second wave

By Sue TiffinWhile confirmed cases of COVID-19 have remained low in Haliburton County, with 19 cases having been reported resolved since the pandemic was declared in March, Haliburton Highlands Healthcare Services teams have been working…

Health costs

By Jenn Watt Since March we’ve been relying on our health-care professionals to be there for our community as we confronted the new public health threat of COVID-19. We expected that they would do the…

Low-cost training programs available through chamber of commerce

The Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce is offering online training programs to their membership and the wider community that promote safe, healthy workplaces.Occupational health and safety training including general WHMIS, personal protective equipment awareness, fire…

Hatchery hurting financially amid pandemic

By Chad Ingram The Haliburton Fish Hatchery, operated by the Haliburton Highlands Outdoors Association, is facing some financially tight times amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  “The COVID [pandemic] has stopped us from our fundraising activities,”…

Worship during COVID-19 has no boundaries

By Darren Lum Churches in Haliburton County have been meeting the demands of worshippers in the area and beyond through virtual services, which since the pandemic began earlier this year have provided a connection no…

Hike Haliburton winter edition gets goahead

By Chad IngramHaliburton County councillors are supporting going ahead with snowshoe festival Hike Haliburton: Winter Edition this February.Last February saw the inaugural winter version of the county’s popular Hike Haliburton Festival, the latter typically taking…

Director of education explains recent class reorganization

By Jenn WattA “significant reorganization” of classes was needed across the school board as administrators sought to make adjustments following shifts in student preferences for in-school or at-home learning, board trustees heard at their meeting…

Looking for indoor pandemic-friendly exercise?

The Highlands Squash Club is the perfect place to get some exercise, with others in your immediate family or bubble. In an effort to support members of the community who wish to get Covid-safe, indoor…

Wilberforce Curling club shutters doors for season

The following are brief reports of items discussed at the Oct. 13 meeting of Highlands East council. By Darren Lum The Wilberforce Curling Club won’t operate this season. “After an extensive and exhaustive debate about…

Hundreds of jobs created or maintained through HCDC…

By Jenn Watt Over the last fiscal year, and in the months since the coronavirus pandemic began, Haliburton County Development Corporation has been making funding available to the county’s business community with hundreds of thousands…

As the unknown of winter looms, restaurants look…

By Sue Tiffin Mid-September, Felicia Dai, co-owner of Win Yeung Chinese Restaurant in Haliburton posted on the restaurant’s Facebook page that, since the restaurant has not been open for dine-in service since March, they had…

Water charity redirects efforts during pandemic

By Jenn Watt Water Ambassadors Canada, founded by Haliburton residents Barry Hart and Heather Alloway, has established itself over the years as a charity that provides water and sanitation access to communities in need. Most…