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…

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…