Cobourg mayor shares opposition to budget, statement on policing and his position on homeless

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This past week, Cobourg council passed its 2023 budget. The only person to vote against it was Mayor Lucas Cleveland. In this interview, you are going to hear Cleveland explain his opposition. There were some tense moments during the meeting, and several important things happened. He will talk about the debate, his statement on policing, the library, and his position on homelessness. Continue Reading →

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Regional bus getting passengers to GO station and across Northumberland, says county reps

Commuter Connect

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For several years, Community Care has offered an on-demand bus service to get Northumberland County residents to doctor’s appointments and other places they need to go. In the fall, Northumberland County council struck a deal with Metrolinx to provide commuter service to the Oshawa GO station. It also intended to expand the local service to help residents get to jobs and generally get around. Most importantly, it would get people from more rural areas like the townships and Campbellford and Brighton to Cobourg and Port Hope. It would be a one-year pilot project at the cost of $300,000. Continue Reading →

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Use of temp agency key issue as nurses take job action during contract talks

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Currently, nurses from across Ontario are negotiating a new contract. This includes nurses at Northumberland Hills Hospital and Campbellford Memorial Hospital. Exhausted from the pressures of getting through the pandemic, understaffing, and a wage cap imposed by the provincial government, many are upset. One key issue is the use of agency nurses. These are temporary, contracted positions used to fill in during staff shortages. Continue Reading →

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Black Lives Matters flag opens opportunity for education and discussion, says NHH vice-president

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee at Northumberland Hills Hospital

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The theme for Black History Month in Canada is Ours to Tell. According to the government of Canada’s website, this represents an opportunity to engage in dialogue and commitment to learning more about the stories of Black communities in Canada – the histories, successes, sacrifices, and triumphs. As you will hear in this interview, Northumberland Hills Hospital also borrowed a bit from the American Black History Month, also taking place this February. The theme in the United States is Black resistance. In this interview with Lola Obomighie, the Vice President of People, Culture, and Organizational Effectiveness for Northumberland Hills Hospital, you will hear why the hospital did this and what it means, both to the hospital staff and the community. Continue Reading →

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Port Hope mayor explains budget increase as some taxpayers and councillor are upset

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Port Hope residents are facing a big tax increase this year, and not everyone is happy. Seniors, business people, farmers, and some councillors are upset. The 2023 budget means an estimated increase of $183 for urban residents and $226 for rural residents on average. Port Hope Mayor Olena Hankivsky will explain the reasons for this increase and the council’s decision. She will describe how inflation, interest rates, and the need to maintain the town’s infrastructure – things like roads, bridges, and other services – played into deliberations. Continue Reading →

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