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Cobourg mayor reflects on past year and the coming months in the face of an election year

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Cobourg is booming. If you ask Cobourg Mayor John Henderson, he would tell you. And, he has proof. All kinds of development is taking place, both residential and commercial. Several companies in Northam Industrial Park just renewed multi-year leases. Continue Reading →

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Innovation key to response to growing gender based violence in Northumberland, says coordinator

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During the first year of the pandemic, 34 women found themselves homeless in Northumberland, fleeing an abusive situation. That is according to a recently released report by a group representing organizations in the county whose job is to protect people against gender-based violence. It was one of the more shocking statistics released by Thrive. It is the third annual report from the group that works with a range of services in the county with a mandate to help those who face violence. This includes rape to assault to abuse. Continue Reading →

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Will Northumberland become the next Barrie? Planning for growth critical, says county official

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A recent study commissioned by Northumberland County is projecting the population will grow to 122,000 by 2051. This is up from the current 90,000 people who live here now. Some say we may hit that number sooner. The picture-postcard that draws so many people to come and live in Northumberland could be facing expansive, rapid growth similar to places like Barrie, Peterborough, and Clarington. The question is: where will these people live? Continue Reading →

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Cobourg church and Transition House partner to provide overnight warming centre for county

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As temperatures begin to drop and winter settles in if you are homeless, finding a place to stay warm in Northumberland County is not as easy as you think. In this interview, you will learn about the only formal warming centre in the entire county. During the day, there are few, if any, alternatives. A partnership between Transition House and St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Cobourg offers an overnight place for people to stay. Continue Reading →

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Piccini reflects on the past year in politics, but also looks ahead to provincial election in June

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While the pandemic has dominated many people’s minds, other stuff has taken place over the past year. As is usual for this time of year, it is good to check in with local politicians to see what they have been up to and expect in the new year. The first of these interviews is with David Piccini. We took a few moments away from the earlier conversation to talk about what has taken place in Northumberland over the past year related to the provincial government. He also looks forward to the upcoming year – the election and some special personal news. Continue Reading →

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Omicron spreads rapidly across Northumberland as a strategic shift in managing it takes place

PICCINI PREMIER VACCINE CLINIC TOUR

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There was a major shift in how Ontario responded to the pandemic over the past week. The Omicron variant is a game-changer. The speed at which it spreads – technically known as transmissibility, has left the health care system in tatters. In this interview, MPP David Piccini explains the government’s response and why he thinks it is effective. He will discuss significant changes to the way policy-makers, public health officials, and scientists are tracking the virus and its spread. Continue Reading →

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Surviving the stress of Christmas and a pandemic (round four) from two local experts

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Trimming the tree. Finding a turkey. Hunting down those last few things for the stockings. And, the list goes on. The holidays can be a stressful time. Continue Reading →

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A tribute to Ross Quigley, a well-known businessman and volunteer in Cobourg

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Ross Quigley was one of those people in the community who made a huge difference. He never held public office or drew attention to himself. He toiled away behind the scenes making his contribution that profoundly impacted so many. Ross Quigley died last week. He was 77. Continue Reading →

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County protects beautiful, natural landscapes in face population growth, says planner

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Take a drive anywhere in Northumberland County, and you are sure to come upon a beautiful landscape. We all know the rolling hills, beautiful forests, lakes, and streams.

Already the pressure is on. Within the next 30 years or sooner, Northumberland County could grow to 122,000 people. Right now, there are about 85,000. Those numbers could be surpassed much sooner as more people move to the area in record numbers. Continue Reading →

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Chief medical officer of health explains plans to vaccinate 11,000 children within a month

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Earlier this week, vaccination clinics in Northumberland began for children born in 2016 up to 11. For some parents, the decision is simple: get the vaccine as soon as possible. For others, it is more challenging. Vaccine hesitancy is different than being anti-vaxx. It is about parents making informed choices for their children. Continue Reading →

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