Robert Washburn

Robert Washburn

Professor of e-journalism Publisher of Consider This

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Revelation about Walmart tax break sends Cobourg budget chief scrambling

The municipal budget is boring. That is until you get your tax bill. Then, suddenly, it hits home. No matter if you are a senior on a fixed income trying to stay in your home or a recent addition to the community who just bought a house, seeing those property taxes is a sober lesson in how vital it is to pay attention to the local municipal budget. First, Seguin explains how a decision by a property tax tribunal in favour of Walmart cost the town $475,000 and sent her scrambling to find savings in the budget to ensure the overall tax increase did not exceed the 1.9 per cent target she promised. Continue Reading →

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Cramahe citizen activist talks about zoning for cannabis, grow ops, muslim cemeteries and more

The Cramahe Community Association is not exactly a high profile citizen’s group. Yet for many years, Gritt Koehl and her husband, Ernie, have attended council meetings, written letters, organized residents and lobbied hard in an effort to hold politicians in her area to account. But don’t let the name of the group fool you. Gritt is not just active in Crahame Township, but also does her activist work in Alnwick-Haldimand and Brighton, as her website attests. In this interview, we talk about some of the pressing issues she and others are working on within East Northumberland. Continue Reading →

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These Fake Local News Sites Have Confused People For Years. We Found Out Who Created Them.

Alex Merto for BuzzFeed News Jay Pinho and his wife, Victoria, rely on Google Alerts to track the public appearances of US Supreme Court justices on their website, SCOTUS Map . But late last year, the results began to worry them. “A crop of news [website] domains were popping […]
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MPP Piccini shares views on teachers strike, plant closure, and upcoming budget

Northumberland-Peterborough South MPP David Piccini speaks candidly about his position on the ongoing labour dispute between teachers and the government. He addresses the union’s concerns, giving his stance on class sizes, e-learning, and compensation. He shares his conversations with parents and those on the picket lines. But, this is not all. He talks about the closure of Weston Foods, the opioid epidemic, community safety, and the upcoming provincial budget, plus an update on a host of other items.

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Wearing two hats, Sanderson addresses Port Hope concerns and county issues head on

It does not take Port Hope Mayor Bob Sanderson to make his mark. At the first meeting of the Northumberland County council as warden recently, he and the rest of the council put the brakes on the 2020 budget, saying there was insufficient time to review all the items in order to make a good decision. But he also comes to the job at a time when there are many pressing issues. He addresses the concerns from neighbours of Transition House, along with talking about the opioid epidemic. From reaching a deal with Southbridge over the future of the old hospital in Port Hope to a debate over backyard hens, the past year for Port Hope council was wide and varied. Continue Reading →

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Hyperlocal network expands into new city with latest print launch

A hyperlocal news network is set to continue its expansion into a new city patch with the launch of its latest print title. The Bristol-based Local Voice Network has announced it will be launching its 19th publication in Bath. The network already runs 16 titles across the Bristol metropolitan […]
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As newspapers cut, grassroots solutions fuel a resurgence of local journalism

The original version of this story has been updated with a correction. Wildfires have consumed close to 100,000 acres in northern California’s Mendocino County this week. About 15,000 of the 87,000 residents there have been evacuated from their homes. Public emergencies like this are a stress test on the […]
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Town doing everything it can to respond to closing plant, says mayor

From Hometown Hockey rocking the harbour to finalizing budgets, it was a busy few weeks as 2020 began. However, the past year has been filled with successes and challenges. New developments, passing a cultural master plan to deciding the future of the east pier are only some of the accomplishments for Cobourg council in the past year. It was also when the opioid epidemic reached new heights, homelessness became more apparent, a controversy emerged in the neighbourhood surrounding the county’s only emergency shelter located in the downtown. This podcast is part of my series of conversations with local politicians. Continue Reading →

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Incorporating mobile journalism into local newsrooms

Whether you work on a community radio station or your hyperlocal newspaper, local reporters often feel pressed for time and short on boots on the ground. In a podcast for Journalism.co.uk , videographer and mobile journalism trainer Caroline Scott explained how mobile journalism could be just the weapon they […]
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