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2007 Stories

ATVs are Vehicles, Not Toys...

November, 2007 - According to the OPP, the number of All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) fatalities in Ontario has almost doubled compared to the same period last year. In the first ten months of 2007, 23 people have died in 22 ATV incidents. This is a 91.7% increase over 2006 when 12 people died in 12 ATV incidents. There has been a 350% increase in the number of people killed while not wearing a helmet – nine this year versus two last year. Alcohol has also played a role in 13 deaths in 2007, up 225% from last year (4 alcohol-related deaths in 2006). The OPP reports that in most of these fatal incidents, the drivers were simply going too fast and lost control. They either hit something or were thrown off the vehicle which then landed on top of them.

So have fun but please drive smart. Don't drink and drive ... wear a helmet ... and slow down. Don't become a statistic.

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R. D. Lawrence Recognized for Lifetime Dedication to Nature

November 12, 2007 - On November 19, 2007, IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) will present Sharon Lawrence with the prestigious IFAW Lifetime Achievement Award for her late husband, Ronald Douglas Lawrence. "It is a privilege for IFAW to honour Ronald Lawrence and to recognize his passion, his dedication and commitment to animals and our natural environment," says Olivier Bonnet, Director, IFAW Canada. R.D. Lawrence was a renowned naturalist, a prolific and highly respected conservation author, a hands-on wildlife rehabber, and a powerful advocate for wolves. He has written more than 30 books, including Wildlife in Canada, Cry Wild, The North Runner, In Praise of Wolves and The Natural History of Canada. He was instrumental in establishing the Wolf Centre in Haliburton in 1993. This Centre receives more than 30,000 visitors annually who learn about wolves, their environment and our role in co-existing with them. "Ron would have been very humbled by this award," says Sharon Lawrence. "He had a profound respect for nature and through his books he continues to share his passion—motivating us all to protect our precious natural world." For more information please visit

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EcoSchool Program Kicks Off!

November 8, 2007, Minden, ON - October was the kick off for Kinark Outdoor Centre's EcoSchool Program at the Sustainable Living Centre. With the help of a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Kinark welcomed the first of many classes from the Trillium Lakelands District School Board for an educational day of activities all about sustainable living and environmental concepts and issues. Programs are linked to the Ontario Curriculum and teachers watch as their students play ecology games, go on hikes and participate at different learning stations. The Kinark Outdoor Centre (KOC) is situated on a scenic 250-hectare site and features a secluded lake with a sand beach, hiking and ski trails, sports fields, a full service dining lodge, recreation/conference hall, and four-season sleeping cabins which can accommodate up to 100 people. For more information or to book a class, please call 705-286-3555 or 1-800-805-8252 or email, or visit their website at

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Haliburton County Seniors Tell Their Stories

October, 2007 - Community Care Haliburton County has just completed a very exciting project. They paired up seniors with students and the partners worked together to tell their stories. These stories have been published in a very special collection. Throughout the stories there is a real sense of being blessed—blessed to have survived, blessed to have thrived, blessed to be living in Haliburton County—and now blessed to be passing on a story from generation to generation. On Saturday, November 10, join Community Care, the students and their senior partners as they celebrate the launch of Generation to Generation. There are two locations: 10-11am at Hyland Crest in Minden and 2-3pm at Extendicare in Haliburton. The event also features a live performance by the Trivocals (music from the 30s, 40s and 50s). The book and cd combination (a great Christmas gift!) is $25 with the proceeds going to projects for seniors at Community Care.

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Ontario Election 2007

October 11, 2007 - In yesterday's provincial election, Dalton McGuinty and the Liberal party were given a second majority government, winning 71 of the 107 seats (Conservatives 26, NDP 10). Incumbent Laurie Scott, of the Conservative party, retained her seat in the Haliburton - Kawartha Lakes - Brock riding. Electoral reform was rejected in the referendum. Details...




Laurie Scott- Conservative 49.9% 24359
Rick Johnson- Liberal 29.4% 14348
Joan Corrigan- NDP 11.8% 5769
Douglas Smith- Green 7.3% 3573
Bill Denby- Freedom 0.8% 394
Jake Pothaar- Family Coalition 0.7% 365
(Stats courtesy of
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Powered by Permits, Driven by Volunteers

October, 2007 - Snowmobiling season is here! The Haliburton County Snowmobile Association (HCSA) has 580 km of groomed, signed, patrolled trails within the county. The hard work of volunteers ensures that local trails are properly opened, maintained, groomed, signed and closed. All OFSC Trail Wardens, Stop Officers and Driver Training Instructors are volunteers. Snowmobiling generates a lot of tourism dollars for our community - dollars that our local businesses depend on to survive. The HCSA is looking for more volunteers. You don't have to be a snowmobiler; volunteers take part in all kinds of projects, from outdoor tasks to office work to assisting with social activities or fundraising. Economic, social, health and recreational benefits flow from quality snowmobile trails. So does a whole lot of family fun and exciting winter recreation! Can you help? If so, please contact Peter Zahn at 705-457-4840 or

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Local Author Releases New Book

October, 2007 - Veteran Canadian journalist and St. Nora Lake cottager, Jim Poling Sr., has taken on the most important assignment of his career: Just who was his mother? Why did she take a lifelong secret to her grave? Waking Nanabijou, just released, is the result of ten years of research and the author believes it has something to say about Canada and Canadian life. In his search for clues, Poling goes from the small railway town of Chapleau to the Prairie village of Innisfree, Alberta, home to a convicted horse thief and father of a girl destined for trouble. A former Indian Affairs reporter, Poling shares insights into the ongoing plight of Canada's First Nations people. He observes that Canada will never realize its true potential until positive steps are taken to resolve longstanding issues. The book is available on Amazon.

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The Eight Wonders of Haliburton County

Essonville Church is one of the Eight Wonders of Haliburton CountySeptember 1, 2007 - The results are in. The Eight Wonders of Haliburton County are (in no particular order): Ritchie Falls, View from Dorset Tower, Hawk River Log Chute, Sleeping Woman in Sculpture Forest, Gull River, Autumn Colours, Essonville Church (pictured on the right) and Furnace Falls. The winners of the Canoe FM contest were announced today, live from the Kinmount Fair.

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Kinark Outdoor Centre Announces Solar Pontoon Boat

September, 2007 - The Kinark Outdoor Centre is excited to welcome a new, solar powered pontoon boat to their lake. Purchased from the Tamarack Lake Electric Boat Company, this boat runs purely on energy from the sun, allowing riders to learn about and experience the wonders of solar power. It is the first of its kind in this area. The Outdoor Centre is also excited about its new sustainable building and is offering hands-on workshops in the new Eco-Classroom: September 28-30 - Straw Bale Building; October 13 - Solar Power Technology (build your own solar power collector with Sean Flanagan); and October 20 - Natural Finishes for your home using lime, soil and other natural mediums with Tom Wolf. For more information, visit

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New Ways to Experience the Highlands

Yours OutdoorsSeptember, 2007 - Yours Outdoors is pleased to announce three new experience packages. Haliburton Rocks! includes a hike to world class undisturbed sites of unique minerals and crystals, a search for the Harburn Wells, shopping for gems and a visit to the studio of a rock artist. Stay at the beautiful Sunny Rock B&B, "rock" to the tunes of a local musician and enjoy an optional hot stone massage to ease a day of outdoor exploration. The Peddle Your Arts package takes you on a 50km guided bicycle tour - a breathtaking (literally!) adventure along delightful back roads through beautiful scenery. You'll stop regularly to visit local art studios and talk to the artist or watch demonstrations. Lunch (in a surprise locale!), will be catered by an outstanding local chef. The third package, Tastes of Haliburton, takes you on a full day of fantastic taste touring, including an informative wild edibles hike, making your own Haliburton Tortiere, a fascinating family-run organic farm and a behind-the-scenes tour of Maple Shadows Estate Winery. More information is available on the Trails & Tours website.

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Marijuana Seized

Marijuana grow discovered in Minden Hills, August 22, 2007August 23, 2007 - Officers from the Haliburton Highlands Detachment discovered a marijuana grow on August 22 while investigating a break and enter. They discovered 180 plants ranging in size from 1 to 6 ft in a ravine area near Hospitality Road in the Township of Minden Hills. The plants were seized and no charges have been laid. The Haliburton Highlands Detachment would like to remind the public that if you come across a marijuana grow you should leave the area and call the police. Marijuana plants will be harvested in the near future and officers have found that criminals responsible for these grows will sometimes go to extreme measures to protect their crops. Last year police discovered a large crop on Highway #118 and several of those arrested were wearing body armour and were in possession of firearms.

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Minden and Madoc Team Up For First Impressions

August 1, 2007 - Haliburton County is working on making a great first impression. The Township of Minden Hills is the first community to take part in the First Impressions Community Exchange and was recently paired up with the Township of Madoc. The program uses a 'secret shopper' process where teams of 5-8 individuals from two communities agree to secretly arrive at the other's town and examine such things as services, signage, hospitals, schools, housing, friendliness of citizens and helpfulness of businesses. The goal is to reveal the first impression a community conveys to tourists and potential investors. Each community is judged on the same criteria and matched with a community of a similar size. Reports are presented back to the communities, providing insight for downtown revitalization, strategic planning, investment attraction and retention. The Municipality of Dysart et al will be next, followed by Highlands East and Algonquin Highlands. The First Impressions Community Exchange (FICE) program is a collaborative effort of the County of Haliburton's Department of Economic Development, Tourism & Marketing and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).

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How to Eat Smart

August, 2007 - Eating smart doesn't mean you have to stay home and cook. Eleven restaurants in Haliburton County have earned the prestigious Eat Smart! Award of Excellence. Eat Smart! is Ontario's Healthy Restaurant Program, sponsored by Health for Life; the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit; the Canadian Cancer Society and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. Restaurants must apply each year for an Eat Smart! designation and then meet or surpass criteria that includes offering healthier food choices both on the menu and by customer request, having an excellent track record in food safety, having at least one certified safe food handler on staff, and being a 100 per cent smoke-free environment that does not sell cigarettes. The following restaurants are 2007/2008 winners of the Eat Smart! Awards of Excellence:
Eagle Lake:
Sir Sam's Ski Area (705) 754-2298
Bonnie View Inn (705) 457-2350
Gallery On The Green (Delta Pinestone Resort) (705) 457-1800
Heatherwood (Delta Pinestone) (705) 457-1800
Lakeview Motel & Dinning (705) 457-1027
Gravity Coffee House (705) 286-4804 ·
Grill On The Gull (705) 286-3886 ·
Heather Lodge (705) 489-3257 ·
Oakview Lodge (705) 489-2463 ·
Wild Orchid Thai Cuisine (705) 286-1532
Oxtongue Lake:
Algonquin Inn Lakeside, Dwight (705) 635-2434

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See You at the Beach!

Bisset Beach, Minden Hills

August, 2007 - There are lots of beaches in Haliburton County, but before you head out for a day on the water, please check the Health Unit's website. They test the water at all public beaches weekly and post the results on their website every Friday. The website is also a great place just to see where all the beaches are - did you know there are 19 public beaches in the Highlands???

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Wilberforce - Geocaching Capital of Canada

July, 2007 - In the July 8 edition of the Toronto Sun, Mark Bonokoski writes about Wilberforce and how it came to be the Geocaching Capital of Canada. Read the article online to find out how Mary Barker of Agnew's General Store discovered the game of geocaching after receiving a GPS for Christmas, how she discovered the unbelievable number of geocaches already hidden in the area, and how Wilberforce and the surrounding area laid claim to the title of Geocaching Capital of Canada.

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The Chesley Challenge

June, 2007 - The small town of Chesley, Ontario, has issued a challenge to all libraries and Friends of Library groups across Canada. The challenge is to have the most people read the book chosen by the CBC Canada Reads panel. The Canada Reads choice for 2007 is "Lullabies for Little Criminals" by Heather O'Neill. One copy of the book is available at each of the eight libraries in Haliburton County. The Friends of the Haliburton County Public Library encourage you to read it and sign the sheet. Perhaps our readers from Haliburton will be able to win this coveted Cup! The challenge ends on June 30, so don't delay!
"Lullabies for Little Criminals" is the coming-of-age story of Baby, a 12-year old Montreal girl who first lands in a provincial foster home when her young, heroin-addicted father has to go into rehab. Baby, who is both tough and yet childlike, goes through some hellish things on the rough streets of Montreal, but her resourcefulness, her belief in herself and her eternal optimism see her through some of her toughest challenges.
This challenge was first issued by Chesley in 2002 and has become an annual event. Chesley is in Bruce County, south of Owen Sound and North of Walkerton.

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Wildlife on the Roads

No, I didn't have time to take a picture - I didn't even have my camera! But this is pretty much what I saw.

June 1, 2007 - About a week ago, I was out for an early morning run on the trail with my dog, Sasha. When Sasha stopped to wade in a puddle at the bottom of a small hill, I passed her. As I looked over the crest of the hill I saw it - just a head. I remember thinking, "Deer? Moose? Moose!! Yikes!" and turned right around. Although I wanted to get a better look, my instinct told me to get Sasha out of there. I called her and she turned around and followed me - totally oblivious to the fact that there was a moose only about 20 ft. away. Later that day, I heard that a moose had been hit on Elephant Lake Rd., not too far from where we had been running. It suffered two broken legs and had to be put down. Tell us your wildlife story!News like this is upsetting under normal circumstances, but I was especially upset after having had the privilege of coming so close to a moose that same morning. A couple weeks earlier, I saw a bear cub on our road, and the other morning I was thrilled to see a mother bear and two cubs. This morning I saw another moose (from my van this time). I've stopped counting the deer. Maybe I'm just lucky, or maybe there is actually more wildlife out and about this spring. The turtles have also started making their annual dangerous journeys across the roads. PLEASE ... watch out for all these precious creatures while you are driving.
(Trudy Pogue)

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Local Writers Featured in Commemorative Anthology

Ronald D. Lawrence

May 21, 2007 - Congratulations to Rick Whitteker, Wendy M.K. Ladurantaye, Kate Hall, Wilf H. McOstrich, Margot Roberts, Marvella Smith, John Unrau, Brenda Peddigrew, Claire Sylvan, Michael Fay, Tara O'Sullivan, Teghan Lynn Dodds, Mikaela Charlebois, Tyler Gilligan and Wendy E. Bateman. These Haliburton County writers will be featured in the R.D. Lawrence Commemorative Anthology sponsored by the Haliburton Highlands Writers' and Editors' Network (HHWEN) and the Minden Hills Cultural Centre. Writers from across North America and the U.K. submitted their work for consideration. The anthology is a tribute to Ronald D. Lawrence, a Canadian author, naturalist and wildlife storyteller whose adventures in the Canadian wilderness have been published in 26 countries and 15 languages. Lawrence created a nature retreat on his Haliburton County property and helped establish the Wolf Centre at Haliburton Forest. Much of his work as a mentor will be carried on through programs at R.D. Lawrence Place, currently under construction next to the Minden Hills Cultural Centre. The anthology will be available at HHWEN's Annual General Meeting on July 7 at the Pinestone Resort. Sharon Lawrence will be the guest speaker.

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Cynthia Horvath, 47 years old, missing since March 6, 2007

OPP Locate Missing Person

April 18, 2007 - OPP officers from the Haliburton Highlands Detachment have located the body of Cynthia Horvath, 48 years, of Highlands East Township. Cynthia's body was located in the Haliburton village area on April 17, 2007 during a search conducted by OPP Emergency Response Team and Canine Officers. Cynthia Horvath was reported missing to the OPP after being last seen in the parking lot of the Home Hardware in Haliburton Village on March 6, 2007. OPP investigators have made a positive identification and are now awaiting post mortem examination results. The investigation continues. Persons with any information should contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. A completely anonymous report can also be made through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. OPP investigators are anxious to thank community groups and individuals who assisted with search efforts and provided critical investigative support under trying conditions.

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Easter Morning on the Hill

April 9, 2007 - It may have looked (and felt) more like Christmas than Easter on Sunday morning, but that didn't stop a crowd of over 75 people from coming to Skyline Park at 7:00am for an Easter Sunrise Service. People from several local churches came together to sing, pray and hear an Easter message while overlooking the village of Haliburton. Afterwards, they met at the Haliburton United Church to warm up with coffee and goodies.

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Great Message From Our Youth

March 23, 2007 - Congrats to all the high school students who took part in Smoke Screens 2007. Seven teams created anti-smoking commercials that were shown at the Molou Theatre in Haliburton on March 22. These kids may be young, but they have something important to say about smoking and the tobacco industry! Special congrats to the team of Katrina, Kara, Megan and Tiffany whose commercial, iSMOKE, came in first in the competition (their peers voted for their favourites after viewing the commercials on March 21 at the high school). This event was presented by Highlands Media Arts, HKPR District Health Unit and the Haliburton Highlands Secondary School.

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The 48-Day Film Challenge

March, 2007 - Highlands Media Arts wants to put you in the director's chair! Now anyone can make a movie! The 48 Day Film Challenge is a film contest that challenges you to create a 5-minute film by condensing the entire creative process into a mere 48 days (March 3 to May 5). The registration fee of $20/team includes FREE film workshops, a discount at York St. Internet Café, and entrance to the Final Event. The film-making workshops include special guest instructors such as BRIGITTE GALL, who will provide professional instruction each step of the way. You will learn how to hold a camera, how to transfer a movie from camera to computer, how to use free movie-making software, how to plan your film, how to edit and how to burn it onto DVD when you are done. Individual assistance will be available. On May 5, all films will be screened at the Highlands Cinema in Kinmount. For more info, contact Tammy Rea at Highlands Media Arts (705) 286-4179 or

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Help Save the Community Access Program (CAP)

March 5, 2007 - We all know how important Internet access is. Industry Canada's Community Access Program provides funding to establish public Internet access sites in communities across Canada. Its aim is to help communities obtain affordable public access to the Internet as well as the skills to use it effectively. There is an online petition to encourage the government to continue supporting this valuable service. Please sign this petition to let the Government know that you value Public Internet Access through the Community Access Program.

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Minden Hills Festival of Banners

Banner Year Ahead for Village of Minden

January 30, 2007 - The Minden Hills Festival of Banners committee is looking for designs for its first ever banner contest. Students, artists and anyone with a colourful idea can submit a design. Selected entrants will be invited to create lamp post banners that will be hung throughout the community this summer. The Festival of Banners could include up to 40 individually created banners. The theme for this year's design is Memories of Yesteryear. All materials will be provided, as well as a location where the painting can be completed. Anyone interested in participating is invited to pick up a banner entry package at The Storeroom or the Minden Hills Cultural Centre, both on Main Street in Minden. You can also request an entry package by email: For more information, contact Deborah at 286-1424 or Laurie at 286-3763. Entry deadline is March 1, 2007.

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Safety Reminder

January 26, 2007 - OPP officers from the Haliburton Highlands Detachment would like to remind members of the public that many area lakes are still not safe. If you are considering venturing out onto area lakes, please use caution and check with local outfitters in regards to ice conditions. It's always a good idea to advise someone of your expected route and your expected time of return, whether it be snowshoeing, skiing or snowmobiling. A floater suit is always a good idea as well as survival items such as matches, a compass and a cell phone.

Remember: "When in doubt, don't go out."

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January 24, 2007 - The people of Haliburton should sleep easier tonight. Officers from the Haliburton Highlands Detachment, assisted by members of the Central Region Rural Agricultural Crime Team, have charged a Haliburton man in relation to recent Break and Enters in the Village of Haliburton. Michael Maguire, 25 years, of Haliburton has been charged with three counts of Break and Enter, one count of Attempt Break and Enter, one count of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000.00 and one count of Breach of Probation. The investigation has been ongoing and commenced after break and enters were reported earlier this month to the Christian Community Concern Centre (4 C's), Henwoods Variety and Cottage Country Living store. It also included an Attempt Break and Enter to the "All That Jazz" video store. Mr. Maguire will be appearing in Lindsay court today in relation to the charges.

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Lock Up Your Cars!

January 22, 2007 - Henwood's Variety is the latest victim in the recent break-ins in the village of Haliburton. The Haliburton Highlands OPP Detachment is investigating several thefts that have occurred recently in the village of Haliburton. Earlier this month, several unlocked vehicles were entered on Harmony Road, Bishop Court and the Halbiem subdivision, with cash and a purse being stolen. The Shell Service Centre across from Head Lake was also broken into. Members of the public are reminded to lock their vehicles and whenever possible, to park them in a locked garage. And don't leave any valuables inside. The public is asked to report any suspicious people or behaviour to police.

If you have any information that may help in the investigation, please contact the OPP at 1-800-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is completely anonymous and does not subscribe to call display. You will not testify in court and you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2000.

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Friends Will Be Friends...

At its Annual General Meeting on January 6, 2007, the Friends of the Frost Centre (FFC) made a decision to continue as an organization. This decision was made after the Ontario Realty Corporation (ORC) awarded its contract for the operation of the Leslie M. Frost Natural Resources Centre to the only other bidder, FCI Group. FFC members felt strongly that with its considerable expertise and interest, it should continue as a useful voice in outdoor and environmental education. A "New Directions" committee has been assigned the task of exploring specific options and will be report back to the directors by the spring.

"It is time to move on to new challenges and we are enthusiastic about the possibilities that lie ahead," says Barrie Martin, new Co-Chair of the Board. The other newly-appointed Co-Chair, Trish Manning, agrees.

Over the next few months, the New Directions Committee will be consulting with members, local and provincial organizations and other interested parties to determine how the Friends, as a charitable organization, can best serve the environmental and outdoor education community. One anticipated change will likely be a new name to reflect whatever new role is developed.

For more information, or to become a member, please call 1-877-892-9955, email or visit

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