Robert Washburn

Robert Washburn

Professor of e-journalism Publisher of Consider This

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No surprise more people are interested in joining unions these day, says professor

Prof. Stephanie Ross

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It is as if you want to give your head a shake. In the middle of the pandemic, more people wanted to join a union. In fact, the number of those wanting to join a union peaked when the pandemic-related job losses were at their highest. My guest is not surprised. She would argue there are lots of people who want to join unions. Continue Reading →

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The number of people joining unions is on the rise during the pandemic as workers rethink jobs

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Drive along any street in town, and you will see laws signs or maybe a billboard where a local business is looking to hire. The Canadian economy added 94,000 jobs in July, bringing employment to within 250,000 of pre-pandemic levels. But the numbers also show weaker-than-expected hiring, especially in restaurants and hotels. Employers are struggling to find staff. Not since 2018 have businesses struggled this hard to find skilled or semi-skilled labour, according to a Canadian Federation of Independent Business survey done in July. Continue Reading →

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How to Connect with Disinvested Local News Audiences

How to Connect with Disinvested Local News Audiences

SUMMARY The Center for Media Engagement partnered with the Dallas Free Press to explore how Dallas residents — particularly those in the disinvested neighborhoods of West Dallas and South Dallas — perceive local media and how they think that media can better serve their communities. Those participating in the […]
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Building with community: How The Triibe grew into its ecosystem

Building with community: How The Triibe grew into its ecosystem

Photo Credit: Chantal Redmond // The TRiiBE Local News Lab is partnering with the Engaged Journalism Lab and Solution Set to showcase Black-led local news organizations that have been putting engaged journalism into action to meet their communities’ news and information needs while developing sustainable business models. As industry-focused […]
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Rotarian on a mission as concerns rise over low vaccination numbers in Northumberland

ROTARIAN SCOTT MACCOUBREY

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Anyone who has tried to organize a large group will tell you how hard it can be, especially getting everyone on the same page and coordinating people’s efforts to ensure things work. Now, imagine taking hundreds of community volunteers, an entire Rotary Club, a group of nurses, and up to nearly 1,000 people per day to be vaccinated. The logistics are mindboggling. My guest is one of many people who contributed to the imitative to create a mass clinic at the Cobourg Community Centre. The list of people deserving credit is too long to rhyme off here. Continue Reading →

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The Hon. James Cockburn recalls Quebec Conference in 1864

ROB FRANKLIN AS JAMES COCKBURN

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There is a lot of discussion going on right now about our history. Much of it is being contested by Indigenous people, who got lost in the accounts of what took place so long ago. And yet, most of us barely know our own history very well, either. On Monday, August 2, 2021, it is James Cockburn Day. We acknowledge Cockburn because he represented Northumberland back when Confederation was taking place. Continue Reading →

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School kids face possible impacts if those eligible do not get doses, says chief medical officer

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Northumberland residents are being urged to get vaccinated before the fall to protect school children heading back to the classroom. Dr. Natalie Bocking, chief medical officer for the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, says the more adults who are fully vaccinated, the safer children will be. Currently, children under 12 are not able to get a vaccination. As Bocking explains, it is up to all eligible people to help keep them safe. “I guess part of that is when we think about schools, and we think about schools needing to reopen COVID virus infections in schools really a reflection of the amount of COVID infections happening at a community level,” Bocking said. Continue Reading →

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Vaccine appointments cancelled as residents being asked to rebook sooner to stem fall surge

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Don’t be surprised to get a notice your upcoming vaccination appointment is cancelled. It’s not that the health unit doesn’t want you to get the shot. In fact, it wants you to get it sooner. Dr. Natalie Bocking, chief medical officer for the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, says about 8,000 people with second dose appointments are scheduled for later in August, September, October, and November. Yet, these people are eligible to set their shots sooner. Continue Reading →

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Northumberland County behind on vaccinations, says chief medical officer

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The need for Northumberland County residents to get vaccinated is more urgent now than ever, according to Dr. Natalie Bocking, the chief medical officer for the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit. On Tuesday, Dr. Bocking emphasized the importance of getting 90 percent or more of the people eligible for vaccines inoculated before the fall or face serious consequences. Northumberland County is behind the rest of the regions making up the health unit’s coverage area. It is also behind the provincial average. Only 67 percent of residents have received their first dose. Continue Reading →

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It’s no mystery where Northumberland County taxes go, just read the 2020 annual report

Northumberland County Forest

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Northumberland County council took in about $119 million in 2020 and spent $107 million. Those are some pretty big numbers. It also had a surplus of $12 million. And, yet your taxes went up. Do you know where all that money went? Continue Reading →

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