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New county warden reflects on a busy year in the face of a pandemic

Golden Plough Lodge groundbreaking

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As the new county warden, Bob Crate is taking on the job in some pretty tough times. The pandemic is in the depths of a serious second wave. The promise of mass vaccinations sits on the horizon, but there are no firm dates when inoculations will start locally. The county faced many challenges in 2020 yet still managed to start several major projects, including the new Golden Plough Lodge and a major expansion of affordable housing in Cobourg. It maintained services yet scrambled to deal with the economic uncertainty caused by the pandemic during the early days and months of last spring. Continue Reading →

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Coldest Night of the Year goes virtual for 2021, but the message about those in need remains the same

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NOTE: After this interview was complete, the organizers announced the entire event will be virtual due to a province-wide lockdown. We have all had times when we were outside in the bone-chilling cold. You know what I am talking about. Your cheeks start to hurt a bit. The tips of your fingers start to feel numb. Continue Reading →

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MP looks back at private members bill as part of end of year reflection

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In the midst of the pandemic, it is particularly hard to be the Official Opposition in the federal government. With all the attention focused on the government’s actions in dealing with COVID-19, people are not paying attention to much else. For Northumberland-Peterborough South MP Phillip Lawrence there is lots to keep him busy. In an interview today, you will hear exactly what he has been doing over the past six months since we last spoke, as well as getting an idea of what to expect in 2021. Originally aired: Jan. Continue Reading →

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MPP addresses vaccine roll out, long-term care crisis, and his successes and challenges

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(This interview is the full interview with Northumberland-Peterborough South MPP David Piccini. So, there is no bonus interview. Please note, there is a sound quality difference at the end of the interview due to a technical issue. My sincere apology.)

The provincial government is facing intense scrutiny these days. This includes the resignation of former Finance Minister Rod Phillips over a trip to the Caribbean as the number of new cases of COVID-19 skyrocketed. Continue Reading →

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New report shows violence against women on rise; so what is being done?

Violence Against Women in Northumberland

Opportunities for strategic alliances exist across the region

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The numbers are not new. For some, they may not even be shocking. Violence Against Women in Northumberland is on the rise. Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre, the Cobourg police, and others will tell you the same thing. What makes this report from Thrive Northumberland different is how it brings the situation into a sharp perspective. Continue Reading →

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Council still must vote as Cobourg Deputy Mayor aims for zero to one precent budget increase for 2021

Multimillion proposal to fix harbour in the draft budget

 
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The full interview with lots of bonus material, including additional areas of the budget not discussed in the show:

This interview looks at a draft of the Cobourg town budget. Last year, it was $24 million. And, the town is currently sitting at a 1.9 percent increase. However, Deputy Mayor Suzanne Seguin aims to get that figure down to zero or, at most, one percent. You will want to hear how she hopes to do that in the face of the council’s fiscal challenges. Continue Reading →

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The passing of a community figure and a special Christmas for the homeless

Lydia Smith and Paul Pagnuelo

(On Monday, I was asked by Northumberland 89.7 FM to produce the newscast. These are two local stories I did for the 4 p.m. update.)

The co-founder of the Cobourg Taxpayers Association and a well-known community volunteer died on Christmas Day. Paul Pagnuelo, 73, had been ill for several years. Pagnuelo might best be remembered as a candidate for deputy mayor in the 2014 municipal election. He was defeated by John Henderson, who is the current mayor. Continue Reading →

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High-tech, innovative video surveillance system coming to Cobourg Police via Venture 13

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Imagine for a moment: every security camera in Cobourg, keeping an eye out for criminal activity. This is not just the cameras in ATMs at banks or systems in businesses along King Street. This is a store security camera at Wal-Mart, a camera scanning the Yacht Club storage, and, get this, every doorbell camera in the town. That’s right – the security cameras are located in people’s doorbells. It is known as a security mesh video system. Continue Reading →

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Perspectives on racism towards Indigenous people from an Alderville elder

Racism is complicated. That was made really clear during my conversation with this week’s guest, Brian Beaver. He is a band council member for the Alderville Frist Nations. He was born and raised in the community. Then, he went off and worked elsewhere. Continue Reading →

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