We see you

I used to tell my step-son when he was younger that it didn’t cost us anything to be kind to people.It’s a sentiment I still believe in years later. However, the reality of not sharing…

Care for the carers

By Darren Lum As of June 11, the province has lifted its masking requirements in places such as hospitals and public transit, but not long-term care and retirement homes.Far be it for me to question…

Record for apathy set

By Darren Lum So, Ontario, where were you this election? There was a little less than 44 per cent of eligible voters who cast a ballot, which is a provincial record by 15 per cent.Doug…

Election exhibition of division

By Darren Lum Once upon a time I grew up in a country and a province that prided itself on not being American.It was nothing to brag about. And, yet, it was a belief we…

Memories, not tragedies

Long weekends are ripe for memory making.What kinds of memories is up to you and your decisions.With summer-like temps and the extra day, life for those that work the five-day work week, this Victoria Day…

Vote for what’s best

By Darren Lum Maybe life will get better.After more than two years of life during a pandemic, there has been a lot of uncertainty.Maybe it’s almost over. Maybe not. Vaccines are the answer to all…

Taking lessons in loss

By Darren Lum We all need something larger than ourselves to be a part of. Find unity when you feel alone. Share in the ups and the downs. Have a memory that lasts and stays…

COVID-19 is a lesson

By Darren Lum Loss. The word itself is filled with sorrow.The pandemic has had a pronounced affect on our lives. Loss has and continues to be felt by everyone, whether it is visible or notWhat…

COVID-19 is a lesson

By Darren Lum Loss. The word itself is filled with sorrow.The pandemic has had a pronounced affect on our lives. Loss has and continues to be felt by everyone, whether it is visible or notWhat…

Sixth time a charm

By Darren Lum Like a calm before the commuter storm, an early morning walk in downtown Haliburton leaves little to distract from the sound of water flowing from Emmerson Dam, or the birds’ chorus of…

Athletics offers great highs and lows.

By Darren Lum On Sunday, March 27, it was a high for Canada when the men’s national soccer team advanced to the upcoming World Cup in Qatar with a 4-0 win over Jamaica at BMO…

It’s a matter of perspective

By Darren Lum When my father came to this country at 15 with a duffle bag of clothes and a hope for a brighter future he knew little about Canada. He just knew it was…

Wearing a mask is not political

By Darren Lum When it comes to mask wearing, I may continue to do it, particularly for indoor settings with lots of people around me. It’s not to make a political statement nor is it…

Why the bias?

Walking down an icy sidewalk of Highland Street before the sander has been out this week reminded me about the importance of what we choose to pay attention to and what we take for granted.It’s…

Purpose

By Darren Lum Waking up everyday is a lot easier when there is a purpose.The road becomes clear. The frustrations become tolerable. The challenges become manageable.It’s the proverbial light on the horizon, which cuts an…

Control is about perception

What is control?I typically don’t start anything I write for the newspaper with a question. I can count on my single hand the amount of times that has been the case in my near 20…

Editorial resonates

To the Editor, Thank you for your excellent editorial Remember what’s good – just what we need to hear in these dark days as we all tire of two years of lock downs. . You…

Remember what’s good

Love. A four letter word. Simple in construction, but complicated to process when it’s gone.It’s been central to art. It’s launched a thousand ships. It’s been at the heart of Wordle – a very popular…

Protesting is a freedom

By Darren Lum There was a certain level of anxiety that I felt after seeing footage of angry protesters waving Canadian Flags with the “Freedom Convoy” at Parliament Hill.It wasn’t because they were protesting, but…

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…

‘Tis the season to show you care

By Darren Lum We’ve all endured and lost so much this year.There’s a strangeness to seeing someone one day and learning about that same person dying not long after. It’s bittersweet to know you were…