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Trudeau tour has stirred people up. Some believe it is merely a public relations exercise meant to distract citizens from a series of problems; whereas others see it as an effort to reconnect with the country. Discuss. Continue Reading →

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Families in Northumberland left homeless study finds

A surprising number of families in the community are homeless, according to experts. Consider This Live looks at the recently released homeless study for Northumberland County with the help of its authors and advocates, including Greenwood Coalition Community Director David Sheffield, Northumberland County Social Services Director Lisa Horne, Housing First Coordinator Kerri Kightly as part of the Drive Time on Northumberland 89.7 FM. Continue Reading →

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Loss of Sears signals changing retail landscape

The closure of Sears in the Northumberland Mall provides a good reason to pause to think about the future of retail in the rural Ontario. A Sears spokesperson said the company’s motives were based on lack of surplus stock for an outlet-style store, as well as a poor bottom line. When the doors close in March, it ends an era spanning decades, as Sears had a catalogue pick-up in Cobourg for many years prior to a full-line store in the mall. And while many may argue the loss of such a major retailer is a sign of the weak local economy, it is also a reflection of major changes taking place in Canadian retailing. A recent article in PYMNTS.com, an online retail and consumer trend site, says the future of large anchor stores in malls is under scrutiny. Continue Reading →

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Kindness, compassion is response to Trump’s politics

If the election of Republican Donald Trump was a shocking event for some, the few days since his triumph last week has sent progressive voters into further fits of anxiety and despair. But there is a ray of hope in an otherwise dark cloud. In a surprising, yet resounding, victory the new president-elect drew a swift reaction as many bemoaned his misogynist, racist, xenophobic, anti-Islam, pro-abortion campaign, claiming absolute disbelief he could win. Insta-pundits abounded on social media, as well as in the mainstream, predicting ultimate doom. Almost immediately, some of those who oppose Trump have taken to the streets in protest in multiple events across America and in Canada. Continue Reading →

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