Robert Washburn

Robert Washburn

Professor of e-journalism Publisher of Consider This

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New seniors program aims to help elderly navigate local healthcare system and other supports

Wrap around program

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For some seniors, the health care system is a bit overwhelming. Sure, there is your doctor. But, then, there are all the specialists – some are local and others you need to go to Oshawa or Peterborough or even Toronto. Then, there are the others – depending on your illness. The foot doctor. Continue Reading →

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Horizons of Friendship working to alleviate dire crisis caused by pandemic in Central America

Horizons of Friendship

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Three-quarters of the people living in Central America are not fully vaccinated. In Guatemala, it is barely five percent of the population. Many experts and organizations are calling it a crisis. In this interview, you will hear from Patricia Rebolledo, the executive director of Horizons of Friendship, describe the situation. Horizons is a Cobourg-based organization that has worked in Mexico and Central America for nearly 50 years. Continue Reading →

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Rice Lake Hard Cider launches during COVID as couple pursues dream

Rice Lake Hard Cider

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Rice Lake Hard Cider produces small-batch artisan beverages from their brewery located in Baltimore. It is always tough starting a business. But as you will hear in this special report from correspondent Marc Cowin, Jana Crawford and her husband, Graham Smith, faced an unexpected hurdle when the global pandemic hit in March 2020. Tenacity, creativity, and a bit of luck has brought them to a point where they are growing their fledgling business and realizing their dream. Here is Marc Cowin with the story. Continue Reading →

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Migrant workers end another season in Northumberland during COVID

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Every year anywhere from 100 to 300 migrant workers come to Northumberland to work on about 23 local farms. They arrive from Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. They supply a labour force to do many hard physical jobs, like picking fruits and vegetables. And for those who follow their work, these people are essential to our local economy. Migrant workers are wrapping up their season. So, it was an excellent opportunity to check in with Daniel Quesada, the community outreach officer for Horizons of Friendship. Continue Reading →

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Cobourg honours National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, plus launches new inclusion strategy

Cobourg crosswalk seven feathers

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This past week, Canadians were asked to reflect on the plight of Indigenous people who suffered in the residential school system. Local municipalities and the county government found ways to engage residents, staff, and politicians in educating themselves and others. Cobourg decided to paint a crosswalk orange with seven white feathers, representing seven sacred truths. But this effort and others are part of a larger change the municipality wants to make. It hopes to implement an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion strategy to create a more welcoming place. Continue Reading →

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Cornerstone expands services to provide new counselling programs for women and children

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Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre is about to expand its services once again as it rises to the challenge of meeting the needs of women and children who face abuse. It received $200,000 from the Ontario government to provide two programs. The first program provides more counselling to women who face abuse. The second is an enhanced children’s program for kids who witness abuse. This means women and children who have experienced trauma will get the psychotherapeutic counselling they need from Cornerstone. It also means women can come to one place to receive a range of services to fit their needs and the needs of their children from temporary shelter to counselling to therapy. Continue Reading →

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How Axios is tackling local news: newsletters from small teams, in more markets

How Axios is tackling local news: newsletters from small teams, in more markets

Axios is popping up local news-focused newsletters across the country, with ambitious plans to be in 25 markets in 2022. But local news is a challenging undertaking, and many have failed before it. How is Axios differentiating itself? “A lean, pragmatic approach,” said Ted Williams, gm of Axios Local. […]
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Port Hope working on truth and reconciliation, says mayor on eve of national holiday

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When you read the 2015 final report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, it speaks directly to the various levels of government urging them to act. Mainly, it focuses on things related to the federal and provincial levels of government. The mention of municipal levels of government is not as much. And, yet, it does talk about educating municipal public servants, releasing archival documents related to Indigenous people, engaging Indigenous people in policies that would impact them, and honour the contributions of local Indigenous people to the community. Port Hope Mayor Bob Sanderson explains how the council and staff are working towards meeting those goals as the town honours the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Continue Reading →

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Alderville chief recalls government’s record as National Day for Truth and Reconciliation approaches as

Alderville residential schools

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On September 30, the federal government set aside the day for Canadians to reflect on a travesty of residential schools. It is a statutory holiday officially called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The government approved it in August. You may recognize the date. September 30 was Orange Shirt Day. Continue Reading →

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