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Northumberland Federation of Agriculture president critiques provincial farm to fork plan

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The Ontario government recently released a plan aimed at helping farmers. There are a host of issues challenging all those who put food on our table. The changes are aimed at the food supply chain. That is the path from farm to fork. It looks at what can be done to deal with everything from labour shortages to the use of advanced technology. Continue Reading →

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Day of remembrance marks dramatic increases in demand at women’s shelter, says executive director

Nancy Johnston, executive director of Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre

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Fifty-two women in Ontario were killed by a spouse or partner over the last year. On average, that is one woman per week. It is a shocking statistic. The danger to women in abusive situations has grown since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020. And while measures related to the pandemic have changed, the increases in violence against women have not. Continue Reading →

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County opens warming room early as CAO explains $250,000 annual budget

St. Peter's Anglican Church Cobourg

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Here is Northumberland County CAO Jennifer Moore talking about the early opening of its warming room. It is a joint project of the county, Transition House, and St. Peter’s Anglican Church. It was scheduled to open on Dec. 5. Continue Reading →

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Details about a community-led temporary warming room at St. Andrew’s Church

Donations for the community-led warming room.

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Recently, a significant snowstorm drew into sharp focus the need for a warming room for people living in the rough. Some of those homeless people sought shelter in the bus terminal in downtown Cobourg. Through the actions of some advocates, the bus terminal was kept open during the storm. However, the people using the bus terminal were evicted when the storm was over. With nowhere else to go and the official warming room run by Northumberland County not ready, a group of volunteers quickly pulled together to create a temporary warming room at St. Continue Reading →

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Tenant’s rights eroding as province continues to hold online hearings, advocates say

Eviction notice

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If you got an eviction notice, had trouble paying your rent, or the landlord was not fixing a tap in the kitchen, you could go to the Landlord and Tenant Board for a hearing. This is a tribunal meant to resolve these kinds of disputes. During the pandemic, the board began holding hearings online. Then, last spring, the board decided it would not go back to in-person hearings. Instead, it would remain digital. Continue Reading →

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Cobourg Mayor Lucas Cleveland outlines lessons learned since election and gearing up

COBOURG MAYOR LUCAS CLEVELAND

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Last week, the newly elected Cobourg council was sworn in. There was much pomp and circumstance as each member took their oath of office. Friends, family, and supporters were on hand to enjoy the moment. It was also significant as the new mayor, Lucas Cleveland, gave his inaugural speech, outlining his path forward. Cleveland provided a glimpse of his vision for going forward among the many thank-yous. Continue Reading →

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Group hopes to build temporary sleeping cabins for homeless in Northumberland

Sleeping cabins

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After efforts, this summer to find a solution to people sleeping in parks and public spaces across Northumberland, a group of concerned citizens got together to propose a solution. Sleeping cabins are small huts of less than 100 sq. ft. that provide a secure, safe place for those who are homeless. These cabins are already being used in Kitchener, Peterborough, and Kingston with some success. Continue Reading →

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Province’s proposal to build on Greenbelt not a great idea, says Naturally Northumberland host

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Recently, the Ontario government announced it wants to turn over portions of the Green Belt for housing development. The Greenbelt is about 7,000 sq. kilometres of protected land stretching from the Golden Horseshoe to the eastern edges of the Durham Region. For developers, it is welcomed the news as it opens opportunities for new housing along the northern edges of the GTA. For environmentalists and farmers, it is not so good. Continue Reading →

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Changes to legislation could end up impacting property taxes and your neighbourhood

Bulldozer

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The Ontario government made a significant announcement saying it would make changes to speed up the building of affordable houses and rental units. Several sweeping changes are meant to speed up the process and make it cheaper to build units. On the surface, it sounds great. But when I talked to Cobourg planners at town hall, there was a different picture. The money developers could end up on your tax bill. Continue Reading →

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A view from the frontlines: Inside the CUPE protest in Northumberland

CUPE member Lynn Lewis.

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Last week, we watched as the Ontario government imposed a contract on support workers in our schools. These workers belong to the Canadian Union of Public Employees or CUPE. When it announced the deal is said Premier Doug Ford said he wanted to keep kids in the classroom. The provincial government also used the notwithstanding clause to prevent any appeals of its legislation. Then, last Friday, those workers held a protest. Continue Reading →

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