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Rethinking the future of statue in front of Port Hope town hall

The death of George Floyd, the 46-year old man who died while in the custody in the Minneapolis police, became a lightning rod for intense debate. Even in Northumberland County, there were protests held to draw attention to the issues of unfair treatment of Indigenous and Black people, as well as other minorities. Out of these concerns, other discussions have emerged, reflected both globally and locally. One of those debates is over the statue of Lt. Colonel Arthur Williams in front of Port Hope town hall. It raises concerns about aggrandizing historic figures who represent people who participated in racist activities. Continue Reading →

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Cobourg police chief looks at defunding in the face of protests

The death of George Floyd, the 46-year old man who died while in the custody in the Minneapolis police, became a lightning rod for intense debate. Even in Northumberland County, there were protests held to draw attention to the issues of unfair treatment of Indigenous and Black people, as well as other minorities. Out of these concerns, other discussions have emerged, reflected both globally and locally. Today’s show will try to explore two of those. One of the major issues coming out of the Floyd demonstrations centres around police defunding, which grew out of a larger protest against police brutality. Continue Reading →

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Habitat for Humanity makes sure an older house gets new life for local family

There is a house that was built in the 1940s or 50s sitting in the parking lot of Northumberland County Movers on Highway 28, just north of Port Hope. It used to be at 311 University Avenue, across from the NAPA outlet or the old Home Hardware. It has an interesting story. Meaghan Macdonald, executive director of Habitat for Humanity Northumberland, can tell it. The house is older and it needs some TLC. Continue Reading →

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An inside look at one local nurse’s world during the pandemic

This is the second of a two-part podcast taking us inside Northumberland Hills Hospital to look at what it is like to be a nurse working during a deadly pandemic. The first episode deals with a protest held on June 19, 2020, outside the office of MPP David Piccini in Port Hope. Please listen to both episodes. Driving throughout Northumberland County, there are many lawn signs praising the work of frontline workers, especially those in healthcare. Many people, including Premier Doug Ford, have called them heroes. Continue Reading →

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Nurses protest outside MPP’s office seeking right to negotiate contract, says union leader

This is the first of a two-part podcast looking at the issues facing local nurses at Northumberland Hills Hospital. The first episode deals with a protest held on June 19, 2020, outside the office of MPP David Piccini in Port Hope. The second episode goes inside the hospital to look at what it is like to be a nurse working during a deadly pandemic. Please listen to both episodes. 

Driving throughout Northumberland County, there are many lawn signs praising the work of frontline workers, especially those in healthcare. Many people, including Premier Doug Ford, have called them heroes. Continue Reading →

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Public school board reviews future of local schools as it prepares to reopen classrooms in fall

Talk to any parent about schooling their kids and you will get an earful. Talk to teachers and it is the same. No question. Bad or good, it is certainly one of the most challenging times for education since the first schools were built in Northumberland in the mid-19th century. Children across the school board have not entered a building since March Break. Continue Reading →

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County economic task force recommends mask wearing mandatory in stores to build consumer confidence

County Economic Development Director Dan Borowec co-chairs the Northumberland Economic Recovery Task Force with Brendan Cunneen, a well-respected retired businessman. Together they are working with representatives from all the various sectors of the local economy to figure out what is needed to help businesses restart during the pandemic. It is not an easy task and the stakes couldn’t be higher. Three recommendations were released on June 5 for immediate action as the committee continues to work toward a major report to be done later this summer. The recommendations went before Northumberland County Council on June 17, 2020. Continue Reading →

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Future of Port Hope Library service some of the same and something new

Like so many other libraries in Northumberland County, the Mary J. Benson Library in Port Hope was preparing for its March Break programming full throttle. In the background, a worldwide pandemic was about to change everything. Suddenly, the programs were being cancelled. Then, just as fast, the library was closed. Chief Librarian Margaret Scott and her staff had to pivot quickly in response. Continue Reading →

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Northumberland United Way distributes critical dollars to agencies in need during pandemic

One of the largest contributors to funding local social services outside of government is the United Way. The contributions it makes in Northumberland ensure critical resources to address poverty, homelessness, troubled youth or children are well-known for 50 years. When the pandemic hit the region, once more it stepped up to address urgent needs. Through its COVID-19 Community Relief Fund, it quickly raised $23,000, which was immediately directed to helping the most vulnerable. But, that was not all. Continue Reading →

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Grad lawn signs appreciated by students and parents, says local realtor

Graduation ceremonies are special. The grad dance is a chance to dress up in stylish gowns and tuxes. The parade is a grand moment for family and grads as they make their way to the bash. Then, there are the solemn moments when the graduate crosses the stage, and parents burst with pride. It is an important ritual – as a touchstone for many lives marking the end of one stage of life, moving us into another. Continue Reading →

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