Dave Glover and I discuss new OPP funding model


Discussion between Dave Glover and I regarding the new OPP funding model and its impact on local municipalities on Northumberland 89.7 FM. Listen. Originally broadcast Aug. 27, 2014 Continue Reading →

Sustainability is critical to economic outlook


By Robert Washburn

Belden2If the local economy is the central issue for the fall municipal election, then sustainability must right up there along with it.

Sustainability is often a term used when discussing environmental issues, but that is a limited interpretation. Sustainability, in this case, is referring to a vision of municipal governance where decisions are made within the context of medium and long-term goals, which meet the needs of citizens, but also provide the opportunity for the area to flourish over time. Continue Reading →

Dave Glover and I talk about Rick Norlock’s political retirement on Northumberland 89.7


Dave Glover and I talk about Northumberland MP Rick Norlock’s announcement he will not be running again in the next federal election schedule for 2015. Continue Reading →

Talking about local issues with Dave Glover on Northumberland 89.7 FM

Dave Glover and I cover a wide range of topics, including what will be leftover on the various council agendas after the municipal elections; posted speeds for rural roads, and Cobourg council’s portfolios. Continue Reading →

County’s official plan shows archaic approach to economic development


burnhammarketBy Robert Washburn

Farmer and businessman Paul Burnham is right to seriously question Northumberland County’s official plan when he asks why industrial parks are replacing good farmland.

It is a sign the county’s economic development plan is antiquated and/or the planners don’t talk to economic development officers. Continue Reading →