BEN’S BITS: Highly engaging public meeting mark last council meeting

By Ben Burd

Apologies for not posting for the last two meetings but the Town’s much-vaunted attempt to post meetings to youtube failed. Three weeks ago a system failure which merited attention by the complete IT team and last week the operator forgot to flip a switch to turn the audio on. For another report on this meeting click here to read “Council News” from 89.7 radio. They cover the topics glossed over in this one. March 19th Regular Council meeting, all except the rumoured non-candidates in the next elections – Cllrs McCarthy and Rowden both absent. Continue Reading →

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Port Hope looks to create its own homeless strategy, mayor says

Following an interview on Consider This Live, Port Hope Mayor Bob Sanderson is putting pieces in place to create its own plan to help homeless. Port Hope’s mayor wants council to integrate a response to help the homeless in its upcoming strategic planning session within the next few months, he said Thursday in an interview. Mayor Bob Sanderson met with Green Wood Coalition Community Director David Sheffield recently to discuss ways in which the municipality can address the issue of homelessness. He hopes to form a committee to make recommendations to council regarding temporary emergency shelters within Port Hope, as well as other issues related to homelessness. To ensure something is done, Sanderson said this initiative must be integrated into the municipality’s strategic plan, a document developed with the help of councillors, municipal staff, and the public. Continue Reading →

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No apology from council regarding Polutnik, says Port Hope mayor

Despite a direct public appeal to council from a resident asking for an apology, Port Hope Mayor Bob Sanderson said no, but expect some changes to the code of conduct. Port Hope residents looking for an apology from its council regarding the behaviour of one of its councillors won’t get one, the mayor said Thursday. Mayor Bob Sanderson said council has done its job and there is no need for any public apologies to those people affected by the actions of former councillor Robert Polutnik. It is up Polutnik to make his own apologies, Sanderson said. “You won’t see council offering anything,” he said. Continue Reading →

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Belleville Chamber of Commerce works with poverty activist to improve wages

Belleville Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Officer Jill Raycroft is working with poverty activists to develop a living wage for Quinte region, along with educating the community about how workers are being compensated by local businesses. She discusses this innovative, non-traditional approach during Consider This Live, part of the Drive Time on Northumberland 89.7 FM Continue Reading →

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Tour of new Venture 13 building keeps councillors, media up to date on progress

Media and Cobourg town councillors were given a tour of the new Venture 13 space on Friday while it is undergoing renovations as part of a public information campaign to keep residents up to date as the $2 million project progresses, said Communications Officer Ashley Purdy. Here is a photo gallery of the tour. Venture 13 is the town’s new entrepreneurial incubator to draw new and small business to the area. More to come… Continue Reading →

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