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Green Wood Coalition reaches out, but also searching for answers to opioid crisis

We have certainly talked to many different people over the past few weeks about Opioids in Northumberland. We have heard from a doctor, a mental health worker, law enforcement, two recovering addicts, and a politician. Their perspectives are provoking, the stories are compelling, and at times heartbreaking. But all have spoken their truth. And, we were given incredible insights into what is happening in the community around opioids from those with first-hand knowledge. Continue Reading →

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Caring in a crisis – hospital emergency and mental health leaders on opioids in Northumberland

 

So far in the series on Opioids in Northumberland, we have heard from law enforcement and the role they play on the front lines. Today, we are about to hear more from those in the field dealing with this issue directly. It would be hard to imagine anyone who sees the impact more than doctors and addiction counsellors. They experience first-hand the horrific consequences of opioid overdoses and addictions. And, while there may be some who they can pull back from the edge, there are also those who do not make it. Continue Reading →

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Two former addicts share stories of path to recovery from opioid and drug addiction

It is one thing to hear from officials about opioids in Northumberland County. But it is quite another to hear from people who have walked through the darkness of opioid addiction. Today, my guests have undertaken that journey and continue to walk the path towards recovery and a life without drugs. Now, before you start creating an image in your mind about these people, they are not stereotypical. In fact, one is a prominent politician and the other a new Canadian. Continue Reading →

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Major funding announcement to tackle opioids in Northumberland coming in fall, says MPP

Northumberland-Peterborough South MPP David Piccini said his government will be addressing the opioid in Northumberland this fall. He also talks about funding health care, the new mandate for the autism advisory panel, funding for the Northumberland Legal Clinic, along with the future of the health unit. Please listen to the full interview. Originally aired: August 2, 2019 Continue Reading →

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Opioids in Northumberland County – a frontline perspective from Cobourg police

If you live in Northumberland County, surely there has been a time when you were standing in the sunshine and looked north only to see the dark clouds of a storm. And, you may wonder, it is going to come here or is it just going to pass by. The recent headlines coming out of Peterborough related to the opioid crisis facing that community are shocking. In a single weekend in early June, 13 people overdosed and two died within a 72-hour period. Deputy Chief Timothy Farquharson said in an interview with CBC, he hasn’t seen anything like it in his 33 years in policing. Continue Reading →

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CCI students off to World’s Scholars Cup in Australia

 

A group of International Baccalaureate students from Cobourg Collegiate Institute is off to Sidney, Australia to compete in an elite competition known as the World Scholars Cup in August. The five students won a major championship in Toronto in June to qualify. Two Grade 12 students, Xander Crook, and Dan Noronha, along with Grade 11 students Marilee Archer, Ambrosia Day and Lucy Tong are currently training for the prestigious event which involves a complex four-part competition. They must answer a multi-choice quiz, write essays, solve analytical questions and debate another team. The youth are led by CCI business teacher Dorothy Noronha with the help of parents. Continue Reading →

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Waterfront options to get public input promises Cobourg councillor

For decades, Cobourg’s waterfront stored massive, towering piles of coal, waiting to be loaded on to ships bound for the American steel factories. Once those factories modernized, the piles disappeared. Yet, up until the late 1980s, it was still an industrial area, as huge oil tanks storing fuel. It is hard to imagine today what it looked like before when viewing the residential development, parks, marina, campground, and historic beach, that has attracted people since the 19th century. For many, the waterfront is the gem of the town. Continue Reading →

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New health centre next to hospital under consideration, says CEO

Northumberland Hills Hospital is considering a new health centre to be built on lands next to its location on DePalma Drive within the next two years, Chief Executive Officer Linda Davis said during an interview on Consider This. Looking ahead to the future of health care in the region, Davis suggested a health centre could be created to provide space for specialists who come to the area, along with other services related to hospital care. This would give room for the expansion of services like dialysis and chemotherapy in the main building, she said. The hospital tried to create a medical arts building on the same property in 2015, but it was unable to organize the necessary financing. The Northumberland Medical Arts Inc., a not-for-profit corporation was established to develop, build and operate the facility on property owned by Northumberland Hills Hospital. Continue Reading →

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Port Hope ready to invest resources in affordable housing and waterfront, says mayor and deputy mayor

 

Port Hope Mayor Bob Sanderson and Deputy Mayor Les Andrews focused on two major components of the town’s strategic plan during a lengthy interview: the waterfront and affordable housing. The interview covered topics ranging from cost-effective, efficient use of tax dollars, but also developing sustainable plans for the future. The mayor expressed sensitivity to environmental issues. The deputy mayor mapped out the future for developing business in the downtown. Both had a lot to say on many topics. Continue Reading →

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Tiny homes focus for new Habitat for Humanity initiative

A new committee led by Cobourg Councillor Nicole Beatty is looking at the creation of tiny homes proposed for Port Hope. A tiny home is a dwelling less than 600-square-feet. The group is working in tandem with Habitat for Humanity Northumberland to get a proposal off the ground. While it is in its early stages, Habitat Executive Director Meaghan MacDonald is optimistic the committee will be successful, offering an affordable housing alternative. Listen as she explains the details and provides more insight. Continue Reading →

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