Harness the power of belief for a better…

By Darren Lum The new year brings optimism.I have a dream when there will be better days ahead.It’s a fitting sentiment for this time in our lives with so much uncertainty.Art Ward, a Rotarian with…

What’s old is new again

By Darren Lum Whatever the new normal will be we’re far from it.Omicron and a reactive provincial government instead of a pro-active one has contributed to that.In light of the provincial government’s announcement on Monday…

Connection is the strength we all need

By Darren Lum As the winds wailed outside the Club Room at the Royal Canadian Legion in Haliburton, Essonville Hank belted out a tune of his own making about life here in Haliburton. He was…

We’re in this together

By Darren Lum The heated debate at Haliburton County council recently regarding vaccinations is a clear indication the province needs to take charge when it comes to vaccination mandates.We’ve seen the past few years how…

No introduction needed

Readers may have noticed a few changes at the papers lately, most notably here on the editorial page. As of last Monday, I am the “new” editor of the Haliburton County Echo and County Life.…

Working to see the light

By Darren Lum We all need to cheer for something after close to two years of living during a pandemic that left us in the dark, wondering when … when would we see the light…

Courtesy or tyranny?

By Katrina Boguski Earlier this month, Dmitry Andreyevich Muratov and Maria Ressa won the Nobel Peace Prize. They shared the honour, “for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy…

Time to stock up on the goods

By Katrina Boguski The squirrels and chipmunks in my yard have been stocking up for some time already, stashing food originally intended for birds. I would be tempted to scold them for their thieving antics,…

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…