District 11 OSGA competitors from left Evelyn Galloway Delma Sleeper Barb Haley-Marsh Noreen Howe Judy Smith and Fred Krieger took the top three places at the carpet bowling district level event on Wednesday May 16 at the Cardiff Community Centre. Congratulations to the gold place team winners Barb Haley-Marsh and Noreen Howe who earned a berth to the provincial level competition to represent Haliburton/Muskoka district in Mississauga in August. Galloway and Sleeper won bronze while Smith and Krieger won silver. All first place finishers at the district level are eligible to advance to the provincials. In the event the top finishers choose not to compete the next top finisher interested will compete and represent District 11. /Submitted by Bev Kerr

Seeing things differently: Doc(k) Day takes viewers around the world

By Jenn Watt

Published April 11 2017

Saturday’s documentary day gave attendees a new way to view the world organizer Tammy Rea said at the conclusion of the annual spring event. The audience could see the world through the words written by New York Times obituary writers in Obit through the lens of cinematographer Kirsten Johnson in Cameraperson or through the other senses of blind angler Lawrence Gunther in What Lies Below .

The day of documentaries titled Doc(k) Day is put on by Those Other Movies and involves the efforts of a handful of volunteers who select films to bring to the Haliburton audience. They’re screened throughout the day at the Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion.

The final two films of the day What Lies Below and In Pursuit of Peace included Q&A sessions with the directors.

Garry Beitel director of In Pursuit of Peace told the audience that he saw promise in the work of UN Habitat which deploys mediators into conflict zones. His film noted that Canada’s role as a peacekeeping nation had waned and that military intervention was no way to promote peace.

The film follows unarmed civilian peace-makers in some of the world’s most war torn areas including South Sudan Democratic Republic of Congo and northern Iraq.

It illustrated some of the dilemmas encountered when outside mediators step into conflicts that have involved injury betrayal and sometimes death and rape. How do communities move forward after those kinds of hostilities? While the film clearly favoured peaceful negotiation over further violence the scenes Beitel captured demonstrated there are no clear answers. Conflict resolution is hard work and can take decades.

Beitel said the filmmakers had been invited to screen In Pursuit of Peace at the United Nations and he hoped it would get to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Aside from Doc(k) Day and the Haliburton International Film Festival in the fall Those Other Movies also brings important and entertaining movies to Haliburton each month from September to June. The next film is Manchester by the Sea showing on April 13. For more details see their website .