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Piccini explains local impact of massive financial aid plan from Ontario government

The Ontario government announced a record spending package to address the pandemic on March 26. Finance Minister Rod Phillips said Wednesday the province will spend an additional $17 billion to help stem the tide on the impact of COVID-19 on the health care system, the economy, and people. To help us understand the details of this financial package and its impact on Northumberland, I spoke to Northumberland-Peterborough South MPP David Piccini online earlier this week. Just a warning, he was in an open room and you may hear some background noise and a dog bark. Originally aired March 27, 2020 Continue Reading →

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Trio aims to lead efforts to help those in need during COVID-19 crisis in Northumberland

Social media has exploded in its importance during the COVID-19 pandemic. More and more people are turning to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay informed in a world where we are drowning in the overwhelming flood of information. A group of concerned Northumberland County residents is offering an alternative on social media for local residents. They are calling it a virtual neighbourhood. The page is called Caremongering Northumberland. Continue Reading →

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Chief Medical Officer for Northumberland gives extensive interview about Covid-19

Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit Chief Medical Officer Dr. Lynn Noseworthy provides timely, relevant information about Covid-19 and its impact on Northumberland County in this 50-minute interview. She addresses everything from a clear understanding of the virus to preventative measures. Most critically, she gives an outline of the steps people should take if they suspect they are infected and need help. For more information go to the health unit’s website. There will you find out more information about the number of cases of Covid-19, along with an accurate step-by-step if you think you are sick with the virus and other good resources. Continue Reading →

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100+ Women Northumberland takes unique approach to philanthropy

Four times a year, a group of local women gather to have a glass of wine, some snacks and donate $50. The result is a much needed collective donation to a charity within Northumberland. This new, creative approach to philanthropy is done by 100+ Women Northumberland. The group met for one of its quarterly gatherings on March 3. Sam Campbell, a spokesperson for the group, says it a chance for women to network, as well as serve a good cause. Continue Reading →

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Innovative online lending aimed at helping local businesses, says county director

Northumberland County Economic Development Director Dan Borowec explains new lending opportunities for local businesses via an innovative online program called Lending Loop. He also discusses several new initiatives and describes the health of the local economy in the face of closures at Westons and Saputo. Please listen to this podcast. Originally aired: Feb. 28, 2020 Continue Reading →

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Brighton looks at possible lawsuit to address flooding as it weighs options

As Brighton council weighs its options, Brighton Mayor Brian Ostrander describes its next steps in the fight with the International Joint Commission over flooding along the shores of Lake Ontario. Council directed staff to seek legal advice that could involve the council, residents, and businesses in a lawsuit against the Commission. So far, it is going it alone. To find out why, please listen to this episode of Consider This. Also, in this interview hear how the mayor explains the nearly 5.5 per cent tax increase for the 2020 budget. Continue Reading →

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Fire service review, budget priorities and more from Hamilton Township Mayor Bill Cane

A $95,000 study of local fire service across Northumberland is underway, says Hamilton Township Mayor Bill Cane. There are 17 fire stations across the county, costing each municipality about $1 million to $1.5 million annually. With the provincial government anxious to cut costs at the municipal level, this is an important effort towards greater efficiency, Cane said. He also addresses Northumberland County council’s response to the concern of neighbours living near Transition House, the opioid epidemic and the rise of grow-ops in rural municipalities. Like all the municipalities within Northumberland, Hamilton Township faces many of the same issues: balancing budgets, providing critical services like fire and police protection. Continue Reading →

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Walmart gets more than $648,000 in total tax reimbursements, says town treasurer

Three separate local bodies will contribute more than $648,000 in tax reimbursements to Walmart after it won a major decision regarding a property reassessment announced in January. In an interview on Feb. 14, Cobourg Deputy Mayor Suzanne Seguin said Walmart received a tax break following an appeal to a provincial tribunal, costing the town $225,000 in its 2020 budget. The amount is about one per cent of the total budget, she said, adding it sent her back to find cuts to meet her target of a 1.9 per cent overall increase. Under the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC), it is possible to appeal the value of the property, both residential and commercial. Continue Reading →

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Revelation about Walmart tax break sends Cobourg budget chief scrambling

The municipal budget is boring. That is until you get your tax bill. Then, suddenly, it hits home. No matter if you are a senior on a fixed income trying to stay in your home or a recent addition to the community who just bought a house, seeing those property taxes is a sober lesson in how vital it is to pay attention to the local municipal budget. First, Seguin explains how a decision by a property tax tribunal in favour of Walmart cost the town $475,000 and sent her scrambling to find savings in the budget to ensure the overall tax increase did not exceed the 1.9 per cent target she promised. Continue Reading →

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Cramahe citizen activist talks about zoning for cannabis, grow ops, muslim cemeteries and more

The Cramahe Community Association is not exactly a high profile citizen’s group. Yet for many years, Gritt Koehl and her husband, Ernie, have attended council meetings, written letters, organized residents and lobbied hard in an effort to hold politicians in her area to account. But don’t let the name of the group fool you. Gritt is not just active in Crahame Township, but also does her activist work in Alnwick-Haldimand and Brighton, as her website attests. In this interview, we talk about some of the pressing issues she and others are working on within East Northumberland. Continue Reading →

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