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Organizational review looks to improve services, prepare for future, says CAO

Environmental Services Team for Cobourg

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In January, the Ontario government announced it was spending $40 million to help small and rural municipalities improve the delivery of critical programs and services. It is part of a more significant effort to create a more efficient municipal government and save taxpayers money. Every municipality in Northumberland is tasked with reviewing how it works and serves the public. Making the town hall run smoothly is a huge task. As you are about to hear, it is one job Cobourg CAO Tracey Vaughan takes on with enthusiasm. Continue Reading →

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Local realtor honoured with YMCA 2021 Peace Medal for supporting women’s shelter

Lindsey Edwards

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Sometimes it is fascinating to go behind the scenes. You know, pull back the curtain to see what is there. In this story, we do just that. It begins with Lindsey Edwards, a local realtor who has raised about $100,000 for Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre over the past few years. Besides her own donations, she has trekked across the Sahara Desert and the Purcell Mountains in British Columbia to raise money. Continue Reading →

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Local group’s insights into climate change conference sheds light on global efforts

Blue Dot Northumberland protest

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For the past 26 years, representatives from 197 countries have met to tackle the issue of climate change. These meetings are called a Conference of the Parties or COPS. The most recent meeting held in Glasgow ended just last week. Scientists warn us that if the global temperature rises by 1.5 degrees Celsius, our planet and all life will be destroyed. If you doubt climate change is real, look at British Columbia over the past week. Continue Reading →

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Advocacy group’s sixth annual Trans Day of Remembrance honours those who died due to hate and bigotry

TRANS DAY OF REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY

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There are activists in our community who hope to bring to our attention issues they feel are significant. It is a vital part of our community if we hope to see and understand others who live in Northumberland. Recently, one such group wants to focus our attention.  The Trans Day of Remembrance took place this Saturday at the Cobourg Police Station and Victoria Hall. It will commemorate those who have died due to violence and bigotry against trans people. It is the sixth time a local vigil has been held. Continue Reading →

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Citizen’s group wins reduction in electricity bills for Lakefront Utilities customers and more

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The electricity bill. Yeah, the one that arrives regularly. Most of us pay it. For some, it is not always easy to understand all those line items and what they mean. It can be a challenge to pay for others, like seniors on fixed incomes or people on low incomes. Continue Reading →

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Advocates call for action on homelessness and affordable housing as prices skyrocket in Northumberland

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The housing market in Northumberland is red hot. Sales in September were up 10 percent over the same time last year. The price of a single-family home was up 30 percent over a year ago. If that doesn’t make you want to shake your head, think about this: The average home price in the county was more than $832,000. Renting a place can cost you anywhere from $1,500 a month to more than $3,000, depending on the apartment or house’s size, type, and location. Continue Reading →

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New deputy chief for Cobourg police force outlines his experience and vision

Deputy Chief Jeff Haskins

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Around 30 years ago, a new cadet on the Durham Region police force got an idea. He would organize a basketball game and slam dunk contest for high school kids. They would be divided up into two teams – east and west. Each school would send its top players. The winners would get to go to see the Chicago Bulls game. Continue Reading →

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Parade organizers across Northumberland mixed as each decides on safest plans under new guidelines

Cobourg Santa Claus parade

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With the holiday season on the horizon, communities across Northumberland are gearing up. One of the most significant events is the Santa Claus parade. It is a chance for families to see bands play, beautiful floats, and, of course, the kids get to see Santa. Last year, the pandemic changed all that. Many communities cancelled the Santa Claus parade. Continue Reading →

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Farmers cannot ignore mental health as local harvest continues, says Northumberland Federation of Agriculture reps

Farmers harvest

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For those who may not realize, farmers face a great deal of uncertainty every day. The changing weather, commodity prices, pests, and diseases are only a few of the pressures. They also rarely get a day off: livestock must be tended, crops planted or harvested or monitored, equipment to fix. The list is long. It can be a very stressful life. Continue Reading →

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Four chambers of commerce join to deliver creative buy local program to stimulate Northumberland economy

Coderington Farmers Market

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Two things are striking about the campaign being launched jointly by the four local chambers of commerce. The first is the level of collaboration between the various players. This includes the Port Hope Chamber of Commerce, the Northumberland Central Chamber of Commerce, the Trent Hills Chamber of Commerce, and the Brighton-Cramahe Chamber of Commerce. It is not the first time these organizations have worked together. But as you will hear, it is undoubtedly an innovative project. Continue Reading →

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