CBC Nature of Things host to join Consider This Live Wednesday


By Robert Washburn

Food and diet myth-buster Dr. Jennifer Gardy is coming to Consider This Live as part of Drive Time Wednesday at 6 p.m. on 89.7 FM. Gardy, a molecular biologist based in Vancouver, is going to be interviewed by Dave Glover and myself about her third feature, Myth or Science, on the Nature of Things on CBC this Thursday. In this episode he is investigating various health and diet claims to discover if they are fact or fiction. Gardy is a senior scientist, molecular epidemiology, BC Centre for Disease Control Assistant Professor, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia and a associate member, Microbiology & Immunology, University of British Columbia. She is winner of multiple awards for her science and her contributions to broadening the public’s understanding of science. Continue Reading →

Time for needs assessment on all development proposals


By Robert Washburn

A proposed $10 million medical arts building adjacent to the hospital is a wonderful idea on the surface. But, what will it mean in terms of vacant space once it is completed? Currently, there are five health centres or medical buildings listed on the town’s website, including ones on University Avenue, Burnham Street, and Queen Street. The largest white elephant is the King Street Medical Centre across from Cobourg Collegiate Institute, which has sat mostly empty since it was first built in the early 2000’s. It was even proposed as a possible site for a new police station back in 2005, things got so desperate. Continue Reading →

Change is in the air for local councils


By Robert Washburn

It appears change is in the air for municipal politicians as a wave of democratic transformation sweeps the region. Following the October election, various councils in Northumberland and beyond are holding their inaugural sessions, swearing in new and old members for the next four-year term. With the new faces comes a new way of doing business. And, from a distance, it appears politicians wish to be more accountable to the citizenry, something many promised during the campaign. It appears to have begun in Port Hope in early December, as the new mayor, Bob Sanderson, rearranged the furniture by moving the seats closer to the public gallery. Continue Reading →