The local public school board took a major step forward to become more democratic when it announced the live streaming of its monthly meetings earlier this month. Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board chair Cathy Abraham gushed in a press release, saying it was the trustees’ responsibility to be more open, transparent and accountable. This comes as local municipal councils in West Northumberland are trying to undertake similar initiatives. The Citizen’s Council of Hamilton Township is actively pursuing the ability to record and post audio and video of meetings to its website.
Economic development in West Northumberland is undergoing a major transformation as politicians search outside the box to find solutions to stimulate growth locally. Port Hope council chose to clean house in both tourism and economic development very shortly after coming to office as a way to start fresh, while Cobourg council has taken a more lengthy and deliberative path with numerous studies over the past 18 months. But a tipping point is imminent.
By Robert Washburn
When Hillary Veley and Gloria Peters-Matthies met the refugees they had worked for more than a year to bring to Northumberland County, they cried. So did the Syrian family. As two of the leaders of the Better Together Refugee Sponsorship group, it was a poignant moment and a huge relief.
The turmoil facing the Ontario Health Ministry is palpable. A recent column in a mainstream newspaper acknowledged the troubled waters being navigated by Health Minister Eric Hoskins. Over the past 18 months, he has been under siege as doctors fight fee reductions, hospitals cry out for more money and front-line healthcare workers demand better wages. Now, Community Care administrators are added to the list, as they appeal the decision to turn over their services to the Local Health Integrated Networks (LHINs). Meanwhile, patients and homecare workers say more services are needed under the current model, which involves minimal hospital stays, followed by uneven support once home that is either insufficient or does not exist. Continue Reading →
Horizons of Friendship Resource Development Co-ordinator Debbie Morales explains a new partnership between Global Affairs Canada to provide a major Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH) initiative in predominantly indigenous rural Guatemalan communities on Consider This Live as part of the Drive Time on Northumberland 89.7 FM. Continue Reading →
Cobourg councillor Brian Darling pays his first visit to Consider This Live, sharing his experiences over the past year and what is ahead for his role as co-ordinator of building and development on the Drive Time on Northumberland 89.7 FM. Continue Reading →
Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre Executive Director Sonya Vellenga talks about the impact of the Gian Ghomeshi trial on local women and courts on Consider This Live, part of the Drive Time on Northumberland 89.7 FM Continue Reading →
The Canadian sale of LAVs to Saudi Arabia and paying for plasma donations are two topics discussed on this version of Consider This Live as part of the Drive Time on Northumberland 89.7 FM Continue Reading →