Chief discusses major steps Alderville is taking towards self-determination in housing and band elections

Alderville band council 2024

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Alderville First Nations are taking several significant steps to empower them in critical areas. There are historic barriers to Indigenous people owning homes on First Nations reserves. In this interview, Chief Taynar Simpson will talk about how members can purchase land and own their homes. Next, you will hear Simpson outline how the community moves towards self-determination in electing its band council. Historically, First Nations faced a prescribed process mirroring settler’s forms of democracy. Continue Reading →

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Executive director of Horizons of Friendship update after a year under new leadership

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A lot has changed at Horizons of Friendship in the past year. The non-government organization that serves Mexico and Central America experienced a major transition as a new executive director took over. Certainly, familiar programs supporting migrant workers are ongoing. So is the health promotion project in Guatemala. But as the world’s eyes focus on Ukraine and the Middle East, Central America falls into the shadows. Continue Reading →

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Cobourg council must decide on future of police station, says board chair

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Cobourg council recently received a report from the Police Service Board outlining the current conditions of the station on King Street. Complete with numerous images of the deficiencies, it calls into question the viability of the historic Armoury Building as a suitable space. In this interview, Cobourg Police Services chair Ron Kerr and Chief Paul VandeGraaf discuss the submission. While there are several options, it is clear that they are pushing for a new facility with a cost ranging from $30 to $35 million. However, the final decision will be up to the council. Continue Reading →

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Police review underway as politicians and residents grapple left to grapple with future

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You will want to listen to today’s show if you care about your municipal taxes. The cost of policing is one of the largest expenses for municipalities in Northumberland County. It is one of the main drivers, but not the only one, behind a review underway at the county council. Meanwhile, the Cobourg council is facing a tough decision regarding a police station. Port Hope budgets are under strain, plus it has a mixed service for Ward 1 and 2. Continue Reading →

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New leader of Northumberland health team shares her experience and perspective

Andrea Groff, Executive lead for the Ontario Health Team - Northumberland OHT-N

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In the next two years, potentially 25,000 people living in Northumberland County could be without a doctor or some other form of primary care. That is a warning my guest delivered during this interview. Andrea Groff, Executive lead for the Ontario Health Team – Northumberland (OHT-N), says one-quarter of Ontarians will not have access to primary care by 2026. She is basing this on predictions from the Ontario College of Family Physicians. Groff was recently hired as the new lead for the health team. Continue Reading →

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