Things to keep

By Jenn Watt Vehicles were lined up down County Road 21 on Saturday morning as residents arrived to get their flu shot through a drive-through service offered by the Haliburton Highlands Family Health Team. Although…

Scam season

By Jenn Watt It hadn’t been an hour since I discussed this week’s story about a phone scam with reporter Sue Tiffin when I became the target of a scam myself.Stunned at the brazen nature…

What’s in a name

By Jenn Watt It’s a safe bet that most of us living in Haliburton haven’t cracked open a copy of The Clockmaker recently – or ever. The satirical book by Thomas Chandler Haliburton, after whom…

Reporting in small places

By Jenn Watt Small things matter and small places matter. And in a time when we are overloaded with information pouring through the screens of our smartphones, laptops and tablets, having journalists who can sift…

Student representation

By Jenn Watt Representation matters and it is especially apparent when times are tough and important decisions need to be made. It’s why our governing bodies should look like our population and why we should…

Gendered impact of COVID-19

By Jenn Watt As we brace ourselves for a potential second wave of the coronavirus, with hundreds more positive tests coming back each day in Ontario than a month ago, we should be sure not…

Let Pride flags fly

By Jenn Watt We should all be disturbed and distressed by the recent theft of rainbow flags from the private property of a local business on Haliburton’s main street.Christopher O’Mara, owner of Prettypaws Pet Boutique…

Editorial: The Great Pause

By Sue Tiffin This week I paused in conversation on a phone call with Jenn Watt as the Ornge air ambulance flew directly over where I sat on the deck, partly because the sound of…

Editorial: Students mask up

By Jenn Watt At least one trustee for Trillium Lakelands District School Board has said he supports the board dipping further into its reserve funding to supply masks for all students who need them when…

Editorial: Advocate for better

By Sue Tiffin In her memoir, disability rights activist Judith Heumann wrote of how historic changes that had been fought for might be taken for granted by those who hadn’t seen the work put in…

Mental toll

By Jenn WattEditor Over the last five months, since the pandemic really hit Canada in a big way, we’ve become increasingly aware of the toll the pandemic is taking on mental health. We can see…

Editorial: COVID budgeting

By Jenn Watt When it comes to the bottom line it seems the coronavirus pandemic hasn’t had the kind of impact one might expect on municipal budgets – at least not for the county and…

Editorial: The words we leave behind

By Jenn Watt “This doesn’t seem like it would be Dad’s username but doesn’t it seem like a coincidence?” I texted my sister. I had stumbled across a post from more than a decade ago…

Editorial: Our store workers

By Jenn Watt For the majority of us the effects of the coronavirus pandemic are most obviously seen in our excursions into the outside world particularly in our grocery stores restaurants and local shops. Our…

Congrats 2020 grads

By Sue Tiffin Published June 30 2020 The 2020 graduating class had already learned and experienced growth through so much. Yes they’ve faced the typical challenges of high school students and of those in a…

First acknowledgement

By Jenn Watt Here in the Haliburton Highlands land acknowledgements are becoming more common but haven’t yet been embraced as extensively as they could be. June is Indigenous History Month a time to put our…

Take care

By Sue Tiffin Published June 16 2020 As information about the spread of coronavirus and the devastating effects of the virus throughout the world has infiltrated our sources of information much has been said about…

It's about respect

By Zachary Roman Published May 26 2020 If you’re reading this while being safe and following all of the recommended best practices for preventing COVID-19 you’re awesome and you certainly don’t need me telling you…

The next test

By Jenn Watt Published May 19 2020 Leash up your shaggy dog and don those golf cleats – Ontario’s stage one is here – if you’re ready for it. The provincial government has begun the…

Moving forward

By Jenn Watt Now that the provincial government is beginning to ease restrictions on business and activities and more seasonal property owners are returning to cottage country it’s time for us to focus on what’s…