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Alderville historian offers insight into the discovery of 215 children’s bodies in Kamloops

 

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The recent discovery of the bodies of 215 Indigenous school children on the site of a residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia, impacted the residents of Alderville. A range of emotions was felt throughout the community, from heartache to grief, to anger. A march was quickly organized to bring people together. They walked from the health centre on Highway 45 towards the war monument, near the band council’s office. Flags were lowered across the county and across the country. Continue Reading →

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Chambers of commerce in Northumberland launch free rapid screening program to assist all businesses

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The Northumberland Central Chamber of Commerce provides rapid COVID 19 screening kits to all businesses in the county. Through a collaboration with Campbellford, Brighton, and Colborne, people can apply to get these kits to test employees, an important step in preventing the spread of the virus at workplaces. The spread of COVID-19 in the workplace is one of the largest untold stories of the pandemic. Entire factories have closed. Small businesses can be crippled. Continue Reading →

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Waterfront comes to life as Cobourg beach opens for summer, pop-up food vendors approved

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You can feel the change. It’s slight, but it is there. The vaccine rollout continues with more than half the eligible people in Ontario receiving their first dose, and the second is coming soon. Then, earlier this week, the shutdown ended. There are still lots of restrictions. Continue Reading →

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Local federal Liberal candidate readies for election in face of minority government in Ottawa

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For many in Northumberland Peterborough South, the name Alison Lester might not ring a bell. She runs a successful law practice in Cobourg. She was born and raised in the area. She grew up and went to school locally. Like so many young people, she went off to university, took up a profession, and worked in Toronto. Continue Reading →

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Former MP Kim Rudd shares her current battle with cancer and recalls political past

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Former Northumberland Peterborough South MP Kim Rudd shocked many people recently when she announced she would not run in the next election. She said it was her health and she wanted to spend time with family.  Within a few days, the riding association declares Alison Lester, a local lawyer, as her replacement. She was declared. There was no nomination race or a vote. Continue Reading →

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Kawzenuk, a retired principal, seeks nomination for provincial Liberals in Northumberland-Peterborough South

Jeff Kawsenuk

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There are many challenges running a political campaign during a pandemic, especially with a lockdown and stay-at-home order. Politicians and strategists must use some real ingenuity to get their message out. The old-fashioned door-knocking, kitchen table conversations, and “get-to-know-you” parties are impossible. Besides these hurdles, both candidates have a short timeline. The nomination meeting is on June 5. Continue Reading →

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Beatty believes activism and council experience aid nomination for provincial Liberal Party

Nicole Beatty

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Abraham Lincoln is quoted as saying, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

The provincial Liberal Party is certainly taking Lincoln at his word. The party is nominating candidates more than a year out from the scheduled election on June 22, 2022. In what can be described as a compressed campaign. Nicole Beatty and Jeff Kawzenuk are racing across the Northumberland-Peterborough South drumming up support. Beatty, a first-time Cobourg councillor and community activist, is running against Kawzenuk, a retired high school principal. Continue Reading →

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York professor explains losing our sense of “in-this-together” during the pandemic

 

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Think back to this time last year. There was a real sense that we were united in facing the pandemic. We responded as a community. Neighbours were helping each other. People were making face masks and giving them away. Continue Reading →

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County’s Faster Forward Summit Program aims to assist larger local businesses to grow

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Millions of dollars are being spent by the provincial and federal governments to keep small and medium-sized businesses afloat during the pandemic. For larger enterprises, support to sustain them or even help them grow has not always been available. The people behind economic development for Northumberland County launched a new imitative recently to address this gap. It is called the Faster Forward Summit Program. As you will hear, it is aimed at bigger businesses – those with more than $250,000 in revenue annually. Continue Reading →

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Burnham Family Market transitions during pandemic, as legacy farm moves to next generation

 

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Take a drive out into rural Northumberland. You will see all kinds of farms. It is easy to assume most of those are family farms. Yet, the family farm is on the decline in Canada. Well over 90 percent of farms are family-owned and operated. Barely half the farms are sole proprietorships. The rest are either partnerships or corporations, according to Statistics Canada in 2016. Continue Reading →

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