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…

English is a funny ol’ thing

By Mike Baker I read, often, that English is by far the single most difficult language an individual can try to learn.It’s a strange concept for most of us anglophones to wrap our heads around.…

He’s finally gone

By Mike Baker Brace yourselves people, the United States of America are on the verge of re-entering the civilized world.It’s a date that, I would imagine, has long been marked down, highlighted and circled in…

This isn’t the time to be playing games

By Mike Baker As a massive sports fan, there’s a big part of me that kinda, sorta hates the fact that I wrote this editorial. Alas, it had to be done. I expect I’ll cop…

A silly tradition

By Mike Baker When you really think about it, New Year’s resolutions are a bit silly.It’s a tradition that dates back some 4,000 years, to the time of the ancient Babylonians. There’s evidence that the…

Make the most of your Christmas

By Mike Baker Bah Humbug.While Christmas hasn’t been completely cancelled, and the early speculation that the Ontario government would be enacting a province-wide lockdown on the eve of the biggest and best holiday of the…

Editorial: Ripple effect

By Sue Tiffin When Don Smith’s family responded to a request about people who might want to talk about his life, and his contribution to Haliburton County, which he first visited in 1947, the list…

Well hello there Haliburton

By Mike Baker It’s 2 a.m. on the morning of my first real production day with the Echo. Despite already writing a dozen versions of this introductory piece, here I am, with a deadline fast…

New directions

By Jenn Watt I distinctly remember the day I drove up to Haliburton to interview for a reporter’s position with the Minden Times. It was a warm, sunny day, not overly hot, but I had…

Hiking at Barnum

By Jenn Watt Many of my Saturdays of late have been spent on the trail, crunching through fallen maple leaves, trundling up ridges, and breathing in the fresh breeze that flows across the open field.…

Acts of Remembrance

By Jenn Watt Remembrance Day in Haliburton County is taken seriously. Poppies over hearts, residents not only take a moment to think of those have served, they participate in the ceremonies each year.  On Nov.…

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…

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…