Robert Washburn

Robert Washburn

Professor of e-journalism Publisher of Consider This

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Port Hope house tour gets a makeover due to pandemic with a virtual event and walking tours

 

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One of the signature aspects of Port Hope is its architecture. Movie studios use it to create a 19th-century backdrop. Some of the homes are iconic examples of various styles of architecture from the past. People from all over come to see both the outside and inside of these gorgeous buildings. More than 1,000 people annually attend each fall. Continue Reading →

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Newly elected band council focuses on finances, environment, and residential schools, says chief

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Earlier this month, the Alderville First Nation held its band council election. Chief Dave Mowat was re-elected for a second term. The pandemic weighed heavily on this election. But coming out of it, the council has lots on its plate, including economic development, a cannabis bylaw, and its ongoing environmental agenda. Also top of mind are residential schools. Continue Reading →

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Police survey underway along with a report to police board about body cameras, says chief

POLICE BODY CAMERAS

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So, what do you think about the Cobourg police service? Well, now is your chance to tell them. A survey is underway until the end of the month to give your opinion. It will help guide the formation of the next strategic plan for the cops. But besides talking about that, Chief Paul Vandegraaf will talk about some other pressing issues. Continue Reading →

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How Journalism Students Are Filling Gaps in Local News

How Journalism Students Are Filling Gaps in Local News

As the local news crisis grows, staffs are thinning out and gaps in coverage are widening. But reinforcements are coming — journalism students doing the work that would otherwise go undone. University of Kansas students are operating a local news website in a “news desert” about 10 miles east […]
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Green Wood Coalition seeks people for conversations about pressing issues post-pandemic

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What do you think? That is an excellent question. But not everyone is interested in the answer. Unless you are my guests this week. They care a lot about what people are thinking about these days. Continue Reading →

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Coalition for social justice seeks equity, fairness, and tolerance in Northumberland, says organizers

Northumberland Coalition for Social Justice

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Before Canada Day, the Northumberland Coalition for Social Justice sent out a press release calling on residents to alter their plans. Instead of fireworks and celebrations, it suggested people spend time educating themselves about the history of Indigenous people. This was in the shadow of the recent discovery of more than 1,000 unmarked graves on the grounds of residential schools at locations across Canada. In this interview, Kim McArthur-Jackson and Derek Blackadder, the two co-chairs of the coalition, will talk about how the efforts went on Canada Day. You will also learn about the organization and how it was formed in 2018 to address systemic injustice and inequity in the county. Continue Reading →

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Activists bring attention to Port Hope statue and Indigenous issues while council seeks report

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On Canada Day, a group of Port Hope residents gathered at the foot of the statue of Lt. Col. Arthur Williams in front of the town hall to hold an event. People were invited to sign letters, donate money and engage in conversations about the residential school system. The organizers wanted to create an opportunity for the community to take action in the face of the tragic revelations of the discovery of more than 1,000 unmarked graves of Indigenous children over the past few weeks. The future of the statue is currently under review. Continue Reading →

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Activists bring attention to Port Hope statue and Indigenous issues while council seeks report

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On Canada Day, a group of Port Hope residents gathered at the foot of the statue of Lt. Col. Arthur Williams in front of the town hall to hold an event. People were invited to sign letters, donate money and engage in conversations about the residential school system. The organizers wanted to create an opportunity for the community to take action in the face of the tragic revelations of the discovery of more than 1,000 unmarked graves of Indigenous children over the past few weeks. The future of the statue is currently under review. Continue Reading →

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Pandemic created challenges and opportunities over the past year, says hospital board chairperson

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For the past year, the pandemic has dominated the efforts of all health services in Northumberland. The hospital is a cornerstone in providing services but also been a leader throughout. Its partnerships with various agencies and institutions through the Ontario Health Team, the health unit, and others are a driving force in the county. Like so many other changes, this year’s annual general meeting was held virtually. But this did not take away from the significance of the report and what it means going forward. Continue Reading →

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Mental health centre closing at end of July leaving many who cannot afford without services, says board chair

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Northumberland Peterborough South MPP David Piccini responds:

Chris Bailey, the board chair for the Northumberland Community Counselling Centre, announced it would be closing at the end of July. It provides mental health services for about 1,000 people a year, mostly free of charge. Bailey says it will be devastating to the community. It is $60,000 short due to its inability to fundraise the money but could not do so due to the pandemic. The annual budget is about $420,000. Continue Reading →

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