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New early years program launches next month across county

Starting in January, Northumberland County begins its transformation of the Ontario Early Years program in the hopes of bringing more diverse services to more children and their parents. But for some, it is a sad departure from a much-loved model at the local YMCA. The reasons for the changes are simple: the Ontario government no longer wishes to run the program, at the same time, it hopes to expand the services for young children and their parents, making it more localized. It will direct the program by providing guidelines, mandates, and some money, but leave it to the local municipalities to execute it. It is a lofty goal for the program, which started 14 years ago in 2003. Continue Reading →

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Mothers worried about possible closure of Early Years program at YMCA

Major changes are coming to the Ontario Early Years Program in Northumberland. A group of mothers is worried the Cobourg YMCA will lose its contract to deliver services, so they started an online petition. Jennifer Neutel, of Cobourg, and Keira Thompson, of Port Hope, discuss their concerns on Consider This Live, part of the Drive Time on Northumberland 89.7 FM. Continue Reading →

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Domestic violence critical issue for Northumberland County

Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre Executive Director Nancy Johnston talks about Woman Abuse Prevention Month and domestic violence in Northumberland County. She also wades in on the recent incident at Northumberland Hills Hospital and the explosion of sexual abuse allegations coming out of Hollywood, as part of Consider This Live, part of the Drive Time on Northumberland 89.7 FM. Continue Reading →

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Dangers and difficulties of hospital security outlined by expert

Security expert Brine Hamilton, the Canadian representative of the International Association of Hospital Security and Safety, talks about the unique job of those who provide security in emergency departments across the country. He contributes insight into the issues these people face daily and explains the difficulty and dangers of the job, as well as giving context to the recent shooting incident at Northumberland Hills Hospital on Consider This Live, part of the Drive Time on Northumberland 89.7 FM. Continue Reading →

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Competitive tourism events needs transparency for taxpayers, business

Cobourg’s first Food and Music Festival held on Saturday was an innovative attempt to generate energy and excitement to draw people into downtown with kudos going to organizers for their effort. In the cutthroat world of tourism, it is not an easy task to find a niche and create instant success. In fact, Campbellford held its Incredible Edible Festival on the same day. It is a much more established, sophisticated event with more than food and music. It is a celebration of rural life, including food displays, tastings and farm tours. Continue Reading →

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