LTC Day of Action planned

The Haliburton-CKL Long-Term Care Coalition invites you to join us in support of our LTC Day of Action Drive-In, Thursday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. We will meet at the municipal parking…

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…

Focus on pollution, not climate

To the Editor, Re: “Dysart approves climate change plan,” Haliburton Echo, Sept. 1, 2020 Dysart council has approved a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (CO2) which it directly controls by 30 per cent, by…

Irondale needs waste transfer station

To the Editor, The following is an open letter to Minden Hills council, copied to Echo readers. Submission of the attached petition and roadside photo serves to represent the Irondale area permanent and seasonal residents’…

All you need is love

To the Editor, Re: “Potential hate crime downtown targets Pride flags,” Haliburton Echo, Sept. 15, 2020  It seems inconceivable to me that in this day and age there are still people who decide to hate…

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…

Letter: We are all part of the problem,…

Published Sept. 1, 2020 To the Editor,The Canadian government recently reported that Canadians could suffer from more heat-related illnesses and deaths during the summer months as the clock ticks towards 2100. Science-based data obtained by…

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…

Pilot’s service profound sacrifice

To the Editor, Re: “Nephew pens book about pilot’s service in WWII, 75 years later,” Haliburton Echo, Aug. 11, 2020 When French philosopher Albert Camus was asked why he chose to join the French resistance,…

Questions on county’s climate plan

To the Editor, After reading Mr. Ingram’s article reporting on the corporate climate change mitigation plan for the county prepared by Korey McKay, the following questions came to mind.  1. What will this planned reduction…

Letter: Crowded classrooms unsafe

To the Editor,As  a former kindergarten teacher, I am supporting kindergarten educators who are advocating to reduce the maximum class size of 30 students in order to achieve safe environmental distancing and meet the requirements…

Letter: Masks, masks, masks

To the Editor,Not wearing a mask in public is like double dipping the guacamole. It’s just not nice. Two things to know about mask-wearing. First, your face covering protects others from your viral-laden respiratory droplets.…

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…

Kindness of strangers

To the Editor, This is a story about how good people still do exist. I was brought to Haliburton Hospital on Saturday, Aug. 1, by my daughter and husband for an anaphylaxis reaction to an…

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…