The lost art of handwritten communication

By Katrina Boguski Last week, driving through downtown Haliburton the number of impressive signs on the local storefronts made me think about a man who made his living painting signs by hand.His name is Maurice…

It’s time to act

By Mike Baker I’ve lost count of the number of sad, horrific stories I’ve heard in recent years about how a promising young life was destroyed, and sometimes even cut short due to illicit drug…

The dog days of summer

By Mike Baker You know, I didn’t truly understand what the term “the dog days of summer” meant until this past weekend.It’s funny – it’s a term I’ve heard, and even used myself on occasion…

Common sense has to prevail

By Mike Baker Ontario Premier Doug Ford surprised me once again last week, and not in a good way.During a press conference last Thursday, Ford said he would not make COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for healthcare…

That summertime feeling

By Mike Baker If anyone walking around downtown Haliburton on Friday afternoon heard an accented voice bellowing out the word “freedom” in a loud, over-the-top manner, don’t worry, there wasn’t a live re-enactment of the…

A class to be proud of

By Mike Baker Congratulations are in order.Last Tuesday, June 29, I had the pleasure of attending Haliburton Highlands Secondary School’s 2021 graduation ceremony, where 113 students joined, spiritually, in celebration as they marked the culmination…

Fighting for change

By Mike Baker The kids, they did alright.OK, maybe they did better than just alright.When word first got out a few months ago that a collection of elementary school students had banded together to ask…

We need a local option

By Mike Baker I think it’s fairly safe to say that the Haliburton vaccination clinic, which operated out of A.J. LaRue Arena from early April until this past Wednesday, June 9, was an overwhelming success.There’s…

By Mike Baker There was finally something to celebrate this past weekend, as the Haliburton Legion, Haliburton Highlanders Riding Club and dozens of onlookers paid their respects to a man who laid his life on…

Do the right thing

By Mike Baker The local movement seeking to add Black athletes Lesley Tashlin and Taly Williams to the mural wall of fame at A.J. LaRue Arena in Haliburton is starting to receive national attention.As reported…

More harm than good

By Mike Baker I have to admit, I let my emotions get the better of me last week when Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced yet another extension to this seemingly never ending third provincial lockdown.It…

Hockey in the Highlands

By Mike Baker I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who felt a smile stretch across their face last week when news that Haliburton County would be getting its very own Jr. A hockey team…

Finding the middle ground

By Mike Baker Just how much responsibility does a government, or we as a society have when it comes to ensuring our poorest and most vulnerable individuals are sufficiently taken care of?Just this past weekend,…

It’s a ridiculous market

By Mike Baker It’s hard to believe what’s happened to the housing market over the past 12 months.Call me naïve, but when the COVID-19 pandemic first hit a little more than a year ago and…

It’s time for it to disappear

I had to give my head a shake this past Friday afternoon when, with everything else that’s happening in the world today, the Ontario government still found time to roll out its 2021 Sunshine List.Released…

Something to answer for

By Mike Baker It was quite disconcerting last week hearing the stories from parents whose children are going to be impacted by the latest classroom reshuffle within Trillium Lakelands District School Board [TLDSB].Quite frankly, and…

Now isn’t the time to relax

By Mike Baker, Editor When news came through late last week that Haliburton County would be moving into the Yellow-Protect level of Ontario’s COVID-19 framework response, you could almost sense the broad exhale of a…

All vaccines are important

By Mike Baker It’s interesting how quickly things can change in the world of science, especially as it pertains to COVID-19.Looking back to the final few months of 2020, shortly after Health Canada had approved…

Internet investments sorely needed

By Mike Baker It was difficult last week listening to some of our local students talk about the struggles they have had and obstacles they’ve faced with online learning.As highlighted in today’s front page story,…

Introducing the Secret Samaritan

By Mike Baker It’s amazing how often a simple idea or a small gesture can snowball into something truly special.We saw a great example of this right here in Haliburton just before the holidays, when…