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Seeking solutions to affordable housing and rentals through a community improvement plan

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Affordable housing and addressing homelessness is a county responsibility in Northumberland. You will hear politicians repeat this mantra often. Municipal politicians have few tools to stimulate or create affordable housing and rental units. One approach is the use of grants and loans. This can be done at the lower level. Continue Reading →

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Who owns what? Unpacking Northumberland County’s housing market

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For years I have wanted to do this story. So often, when listening to people talk about homelessness or affordable housing, the conversation inevitably turns to real estate. What is going on with the housing market in Northumberland? Advocates will tell you skyrocketing housing prices are pushing people out of the market. They will also curse investors and speculators who snap up properties to flip them – that is, buy and sell them in a short period for a profit – or turn them into rental units going for unholy monthly amounts. Continue Reading →

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Cobourg police officers develop unique response to homelessness and addiction

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It was a beautiful Sunday morning just over a year ago. Sgt. Janice  MacDonald of the Cobourg Police was sitting in her cruiser in a parking lot on Strathy Road. On a small patch of grass, she saw a homeless woman sleeping. It broke her heart. Continue Reading →

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Twilight meet focuses on futuristic robots running a dairy farm in Northumberland

Matt and Shannon McComb

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A dairy farm run by robots. It is not some futuristic dream but a reality in Northumberland County. Matt McComb has transformed his operation in Cramahe Township into a fully automated business. And he got to show it off at the recent Twilight Meeting of the Northumberland Holstein Club. Reporter Marc Cowin talked to McComb and others about his dairy farm, plus a few others about the Twilight Meeting. Continue Reading →

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Northumberland CDFC helping businesses in tough economic times with new grant

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Inflation in Canada is at more than 8 percent. The Bank of Canada raised interest rates at record levels earlier last week. How does the federal government help businesses and keep jobs without pushing the economy into a recession? It is a tricky question. One way is to help entrepreneurs with their startups, and another is to help small and medium-sized businesses invest in innovation. Continue Reading →

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Health unit plays key role in tackling the opioid crisis in Northumberland

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The recent tragic death of Kory Trenouth brought into sharp focus the impact of the opioid crisis in Northumberland County. Then, last week, the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit released an opioid alert warning illegal drug users about the possibility of overdosing or potential poisons in the drug supply. The first interview on today’s show hones in on the continuing opioid crisis in the county. As of July 5, there were 64 overdoses in Northumberland. Last year, the total was 152. Continue Reading →

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With nearly eight percent inflation, seniors in Northumberland are feeling pinch

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Inflation is in Canada at 7.7 percent. The Bank of Canada raised interest rates at record levels earlier this week. The price of groceries continues to rise. The price of gasoline is a bit lower but still expensive. The cost of everything goes up and up. Continue Reading →

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Growing number of seniors becoming homeless in Northumberland County

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As of last week, there was an 80-year-old senior living in his car. According to Debbie Wood, an intensive housing support worker with the Help Centre, she is not quite sure where he is. The last time she spoke with him, he was told he could not sleep in his car where he had parked. He had to move on. So, he decided to go deeper into hiding, where nobody would bother him. Continue Reading →

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Advocating for homeless and affordable housing priority, not politics, says Beatty

Nicole Beatty councillor

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Cobourg Councillor Nicole Beatty is pushing hard to get the issue of homelessness addressed in the community. At a special meeting dedicated to the homeless crisis on July 4, Beatty was vocal, looking to expedite action. First, there was the staff report on encampments. The council unanimously decided to keep the status quo with a few minor changes. Next, there was Beatty’s initiative. Continue Reading →

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Transition House has empty beds, but more needed to solve homeless crisis, says executive director

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Nothing is more fundamental than food and shelter. Today’s show looks at two aspects of those struggling in the community. First, Anne Newman, executive director of Transition House, will speak candidly about the homeless situation. While people sleep rough in parks and public spaces, Newsman said Transition House has empty beds. Newman also offers solutions. Continue Reading →

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