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Port Hope working on truth and reconciliation, says mayor on eve of national holiday

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When you read the 2015 final report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, it speaks directly to the various levels of government urging them to act. Mainly, it focuses on things related to the federal and provincial levels of government. The mention of municipal levels of government is not as much. And, yet, it does talk about educating municipal public servants, releasing archival documents related to Indigenous people, engaging Indigenous people in policies that would impact them, and honour the contributions of local Indigenous people to the community. Port Hope Mayor Bob Sanderson explains how the council and staff are working towards meeting those goals as the town honours the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Continue Reading →

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Alderville chief recalls government’s record as National Day for Truth and Reconciliation approaches as

Alderville residential schools

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On September 30, the federal government set aside the day for Canadians to reflect on a travesty of residential schools. It is a statutory holiday officially called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The government approved it in August. You may recognize the date. September 30 was Orange Shirt Day. Continue Reading →

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SPECIAL EDITION: Local Chief Returning Officer on what to expect at polls on voting day

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This is a special election edition of Consider This Northumberland. On Monday, Sept 20, many Canadians will be going to the polls to cast their vote. The fourth wave of the pandemic is casting a long shadow on the voters as they navigate local polling stations. In an exclusive interview, Reporter Marc Cowin spoke with Ann MacDonald, chief returning officer for Northumberland Peterborough South. She explains all the necessary details for local voters, plus she addresses some of the myths and misinformation surrounding voting in this election. Continue Reading →

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Old age pension, healthcare, protecting the vulnerable are key issues for local voters

ELECTION BOOTH

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Marc Cowin, a reporter at Northumberland 89.7 FM, will share a special in-depth project he has worked on over the past few weeks. He went out into the field to speak with Northumberland County voters about the issues and concerns they want candidates to address. I think you will find what he discovered very interesting. Originally aired: Sept. 17, 2021 Continue Reading →

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Green Party candidate chats about party chaos, universal basic income and her deep roots in the community

Christina Wilson, Green Party candidate

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With the third week of the federal election campaign wrapping up, the dynamic is shifting as polls show the race is tightening. One of the more interesting stories this past week was the rise of the People’s Party of Canada, slightly surpassing the Green Party. His the Green Party candidate for Northumberland Peterborough South Christina Wilson. Originally aired: September 3, 2021 Continue Reading →

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PPC candidate talks about vaccinations, immigration, and a bit about himself

Nathan Lang, PPC candidate

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With the third week of the federal election campaign wrapping up, the dynamic is shifting as polls show the race is tightening. One of the more interesting stories this past week was the rise of the People’s Party of Canada, slightly surpassing the Green Party. In this interview with Consider This Northumberland, you will hear from Nathan Lang, the People’s Party of Canada candidate. In the interview, Lang speaks about the opioid crisis. He says he will provide information to back his claims. Later, he sent an email with the following statement:

“Nathan retracts his claim about suicide/overdose death rates as he was unable to find support for it.  He would like to replace it with a general statement that lockdowns can take a toll on mental health, especially in cases where people are socially isolated and blocked from participating in normal life to the extent that they wish to.” Continue Reading →

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NDP wants to build lots of affordable housing, help workers, and support small business, says candidate

Kim McArthur Jackson

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Some may already know Kim McArthur Jackson, the federal NDP candidate for Northumberland Peterborough South. She is a longtime activist and co-chair of the Northumberland Coalition for Social Justice. She is also one of the founders of the Northumberland Queer Collective. Now, she wants to the same energy and commitment into a political campaign. In a riding that is often a two-horse race between the other parties, she wants to offer an alternative, as you will hear her explain and more. Continue Reading →

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Liberal Alison Lester explains need for election, affordable housing, supports for seniors and more

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Unless you are deliberately not paying attention or you are hiding under a rock, it is hard to avoid the federal election campaign. Like it or not, candidates for Northumberland Peterborough South are seeking your vote. This interview is with Liberal candidates Alison Lester. Consider This Northumberland is committed to bringing you interviews with all five candidates for the riding. These are edited versions of extensive interviews done with each one. Continue Reading →

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Pandemic fatigue and uncertainty are some of the mental health challenges we face, says expert

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Statistics Canada reported recently that one in five Canadians has screened positive for symptoms of depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder. Visits to the emergency room at Northumberland Hills Hospital due to a mental health crisis have jumped 80 percent in the past four months. Last year, more than 36,000 people received treatment in one form or another from the Community Mental Health Service during the pandemic. The numbers are staggering. Things are expected to get worse as people return to work and children go back to school. Continue Reading →

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Hospital preparing for fourth wave and more, as new president and CEO takes the helm

Susan Walsh, president and CEO of Northumberland Hills Hospital

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As we all brace ourselves for the fourth wave of the pandemic, local health care providers are doing the same. This is an interview with Susan Walsh, the new president and CEO at Northumberland Hills Hospital. She has been on the job less than a month, but she is already preparing for the impact of the next wave. She will also tell us about her plans for the hospital going forward. Oh, and BTW, she is so new to the job, we are going to take some time to find out a bit about her. Continue Reading →

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