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Suggestions regarding fishing on the Ganaraska River from a reader

Hi Robert,
I just found your article from last September and found it interesting, well-written. I do believe I can add some information that is missing in your article about the Town of Port Hope salmon/steelhead fishing. I have been fishing that river for about six years now and would never miss a Spring Steelhead/September salmon fishing; my family truly enjoys it. We spend lots of money on hotels, meals, gas, equipment, etc.. We live in the Pembroke Ontario area, way too far to drive there and back for the day fishing. Continue Reading →

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Not going to council again, says Cobourg birdman

Bill Thompson, the man who feeds the birds in Cobourg harbour, says he will not consider going before council to get permission, again. Listen as he talks about his passion for the birds, his reasons for breaking the bylaws, and his feelings about his supporters. It is all on Consider This Live as part of the Drive Time on Northumberland 89.7FM. Continue Reading →

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Train derailment report raises ire at Cobourg council

By Robert Washburn

Full presentation

Cobourg Fire Chief Al Mann defended some damning questions by Cobourg councillors Monday night as he described the full extent of the CN train derailment last spring. Using a blend of praise and criticism, Mann provided details around the March 27 incident to politicians providing shocking details, including the amount of toxic chemicals on the train, the amount of materials spilled and the continuing efforts to clean up the damage. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Important guages calibrated along waterfront

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By Robert Washburn

An Environment Canada truck sits in front of the Canada Coast Guard office on the east pier on a bright, beautiful June morning. A brick structure, about the size of a one-seat outhouse has its door open. Inside Chris Panacci, an environmental monitoring technologist, is pumping out a very deep pipe leading down into the side of the pier. On a shelf inside the brick outhouse building is a set of equipment used the measure the rise or fall of Lake Ontario. It is one of 2,500 active hydrometric gauges across the country. Continue Reading →

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Idling bylaw being studied by environmental committee

By Robert Washburn

A bylaw to control idling cars or trucks in Cobourg is currently being considered by the Environmental Committee, the town’s engineering manager confirmed last week. Teresa Behan, manager of engineering, said the committee is looking at creating a bylaw similar to other municipalities that would prevent people from leaving their cars running while waiting or unloading. The biggest concern is getting a bylaw that works and is enforceable, she said. “We are aware Port Hope has a bylaw but they have not enforced it,” she said. “So we are hesitant to bring a bylaw forward to council that is not enforceable.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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Good weather arrives with planting blitz

[singlepic id=10 w=320 h=240 float=left]After several weeks of mainly rainy days, Cobourg horticulturalist Jason Johns and other members of the parks department were busy around Victoria Hall Wednesday planting Alternanthera and Cleome, or Spider Plant, along the east side and the front of the building. The town grows about 98 per cent of its own flowers for planters, hanging baskets and  beds inside various parks, he said. “I love all of it,” he said. “But it is especially nice at the end of July and at the end of August when everything is in full bloom. It’s good.” Continue Reading →

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Norlock gets House of Commons support for Port Hope

Northumberland-Quinte West MP Rick Norlock took a major run at nuclear activist Dr. Helen Caldicott in the House of Commons Tuesday. During Question Period, Norlock called on the House of Commons to denounced the Australian activist after she visited Port Hope, proclaiming residents should move away due to nuclear contamination. She followed this with a speech held in Oshawa where she made a number of claims and promoted her recently published book. Natural Resources Minister Christian Paradis, who is also a Conservative, responded by denouncing Caldicott’s claims. It would appear this was a bit staged. This news piece is found on the Lake Ontario Waterkeepers website , one of the sponsors of the Caldicott speech. Continue Reading →

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Keep plastic bag fee to help local environment education

When it comes to the use of recyclable bags over plastic in grocery stores and other retail outlets, the answer should be simple: Yes.  But that would be too easy. A full-blown debate over retailers charging five cents to customers for a plastic bag was ignited by Toronto Mayor Rob Ford last month when he announced shoppers “can’t stand” the levy. He claimed it was a burden to businesses. There was no specific plan when he first made his claims. But his comments have launched passionate pleas from both sides. Environmentalists herald the fee, which was introduced two years ago, as an effective deterrent in stopping huge amounts of non-degradable plastic from ending up in landfills. Continue Reading →

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