Area public health boards petition province for merger

By James Matthews, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Given their history collaborating, it only makes sense for the local and Peterborough health boards to merge. The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPR) and Peterborough…

Dysart releases 2023 waste management study

By Vivian Collings Dysart residents care about what they consume and where it’s going. It’s evident the municipality’s innovative waste management programs are doing the trick. With only two of Dysart’s five landfills “active”, it’s…

Cultivating joy: The solution to the LTC crisis

By Vivian Collings Lurking in the shadows of crises in Canada are long-term care homes. During the Aging Together as Community’s conference last month, Dr. Pat Armstrong, professor of sociology at the University of Toronto,…

Hawks soar high at OFSAA Nordic championships

Violet Humphries earns bronze medal; Three Red Hawk relay sprint team finish top 5 By Karen Gervais, Special to the Echo The Red Hawk Nordic Ski team found huge success at the OFSAA Nordic Championships…

Many students comply with immunization record request

By James Matthews, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The public health campaign toward updated student vaccination records garnered much compliance. The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit reminded parents and guardians of students that health…

Two individuals charged in Minden

Submitted by the Haliburton Highlands OPP (TOWNSHIP OF MINDEN HILLS, ON) -The Haliburton Highlands Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has charged two individuals in relation to an assault and robbery that occurred earlier this…

Group brings green, winter burial issue to Highlands…

By James Matthews, Local Journalism Initiative ReporterThe Green Burial Society would like to resurrect the past effort to allow that form of interment in Highlands East.The municipality had by 2019 sponsored a U-Links research project…

Local syrup producers take advantage of warm winter

By Thomas Smith Warmer temperatures and a lack of snow has made for plenty of changes in Haliburton County this winter.One Haliburton County couple knows this well.Rick and Wendy Wood have been boiling maple sap…

STR rules complicate lives, says operator

By James Matthews, Local Journalism Initiative ReporterPeople do whatever they can to get through the curveballs that life throws at them.Sometimes doing whatever you can includes putting your Highlands East area cottage up for rent…

County taps the brakes on thoroughfare

By James Matthews, Local Journalism Initiative ReporterHaliburton County will reduce the speed limit on a section of County Road 3 to improve motorist safety.The speed limit along part of County Road 3 starting at 370-metres…

Haliburton County chooses its deputy warden

By James Matthews, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Haliburton County’s deputy warden is Highlands East Mayor Dave Burton.The two-horse race for deputy warden Jan. 24 was between Coun. Burton and Coun. Bob Carter, the mayor of…

Dysart OKs company to monitor STR compliance

By James Matthews, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Dysart gave the nod to Granicus Canada Holdings to ensure short-term rental property owners comply with rules that will regulate the industry in Haliburton County.The contract is the…

Use of Dysart reserve funds cuts tax levy…

By James Matthews, Local Journalism Initiative ReporterFinance staff expect Dysart’s treasury to have finished last year with a surplus.An initial draft of the 2024 municipal operating and capital budget on Dec. 8 included an almost…

Health board hears it’s time to accept COVID…

By James Matthews, Local Journalism Initiative ReporterWelcome to the new normal in communities under the umbrella of the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit.Dr. Natalie Bocking, the medical officer of health and the unit’s…

Fifty years a Lion

By Emily Stonehouse“I became a Lion on January 4, 1974,” said David Mills, as he sat down with a coffee in the winter sun.The days seem like they’re getting colder, but the space inside the…

First baby in Canada welcomed by local family

By Emily Stonehouse What started as a standard New Year’s Eve for Haliburton County local Nadia Shivji, turned into an evening she will never forget.  Shivji and her husband, Jake Martell, currently reside in Halifax,…

Farm life

By Steve Galea Like a lot of people, Jenn and I recently agreed to make an effort to lead a more simple life and to get back to the land in 2024. Her exact words…

HSF presents Flannel Frolic

By Vivian Collings Highlands Summer Festival has stitched together the perfect blanket to warm up a cold January night: their first ever Flannel Frolic. Grab your favourite flannel, your partner, and some friends on Friday,…