Robert Washburn

Robert Washburn

Professor of e-journalism Publisher of Consider This

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This Ontario town lost its local newspaper. But the stories haven’t stopped

This Ontario town lost its local newspaper. But the stories haven't stopped

After 136 years, the weekly paper in Tilbury, Ont., closed its doors in 2020 Humphrey Rogers, 87, has lived in Tilbury, Ont., since 1946 and seen a lot of changes. The biggest was the closure of the paper, the Tilbury Times, during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Haydn Watters/CBC) Humphrey Rogers […]Click here to view original web page at www.cbc.ca Continue Reading →

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Medill Survey Shows Difficulty of Getting Some Local News Consumers to Pay

Medill Survey Shows Difficulty of Getting Some Local News Consumers to Pay

The diverse neighborhoods of Chicago’s South and West sides make a lot of news, and a survey of their residents has found intense interest in coverage of crime and other top issues – as long as it’s free. Of the 820 people who completed the new online survey from […]
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Opinion Pieces (Including This One) Are Ruining the Internet

A woman looks at her phone screen. When choosing what headlines to interact with, our brains will often pick opinion pieces over reported articles with more ambiguity FrankHoermann/SVEN SIMON/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images On Danish television recently, a conspiracy theorist named Michael Kastis was describing what he believed to be Bill Gates’ […]
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Northumberland CDFC helping businesses in tough economic times with new grant

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Inflation in Canada is at more than 8 percent. The Bank of Canada raised interest rates at record levels earlier last week. How does the federal government help businesses and keep jobs without pushing the economy into a recession? It is a tricky question. One way is to help entrepreneurs with their startups, and another is to help small and medium-sized businesses invest in innovation. Continue Reading →

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Health unit plays key role in tackling the opioid crisis in Northumberland

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The recent tragic death of Kory Trenouth brought into sharp focus the impact of the opioid crisis in Northumberland County. Then, last week, the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit released an opioid alert warning illegal drug users about the possibility of overdosing or potential poisons in the drug supply. The first interview on today’s show hones in on the continuing opioid crisis in the county. As of July 5, there were 64 overdoses in Northumberland. Last year, the total was 152. Continue Reading →

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With nearly eight percent inflation, seniors in Northumberland are feeling pinch

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Inflation is in Canada at 7.7 percent. The Bank of Canada raised interest rates at record levels earlier this week. The price of groceries continues to rise. The price of gasoline is a bit lower but still expensive. The cost of everything goes up and up. Continue Reading →

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Growing number of seniors becoming homeless in Northumberland County

SENIORS HOMELESS

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As of last week, there was an 80-year-old senior living in his car. According to Debbie Wood, an intensive housing support worker with the Help Centre, she is not quite sure where he is. The last time she spoke with him, he was told he could not sleep in his car where he had parked. He had to move on. So, he decided to go deeper into hiding, where nobody would bother him. Continue Reading →

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Advocating for homeless and affordable housing priority, not politics, says Beatty

Nicole Beatty councillor

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Cobourg Councillor Nicole Beatty is pushing hard to get the issue of homelessness addressed in the community. At a special meeting dedicated to the homeless crisis on July 4, Beatty was vocal, looking to expedite action. First, there was the staff report on encampments. The council unanimously decided to keep the status quo with a few minor changes. Next, there was Beatty’s initiative. Continue Reading →

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Transition House has empty beds, but more needed to solve homeless crisis, says executive director

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Nothing is more fundamental than food and shelter. Today’s show looks at two aspects of those struggling in the community. First, Anne Newman, executive director of Transition House, will speak candidly about the homeless situation. While people sleep rough in parks and public spaces, Newsman said Transition House has empty beds. Newman also offers solutions. Continue Reading →

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Rising numbers of people using food bank in face of inflation, gas prices, says CEO

Northumberland Fare Share Food Bank

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In Cobourg and Port Hope, 550 households will seek help from the Northumberland Fare Share Food Bank on any given week. These are people from a wide range of backgrounds: unemployed professionals, seniors living on a fixed income, young families, working poor, and youth. For some, it takes courage to overcome the barriers of asking for help. For others, there is little choice as they cannot find enough work to cover the rising costs of food, rent, gas, and other necessities. Helen Donovan, the CEO of the food bank, will tell you many heartbreaking stories of people who come every week to get a few days of food as they struggle. Continue Reading →

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