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Alderville Chief responds to Pope’s apology to Indigenous people over residential schools

Pope apology

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On April 1, Pope Francis delivered a historic apology. Speaking to a delegation from First Nations, Metis, and Inuit representatives, the Pope asked for God’s forgiveness for the Catholic Church’s role in running portions of the residential school system. The Anglican and United churches of Canada have already given formal apologies. For some indigenous people, the apology is too little too late. For others, it was an emotionally cathartic moment, lifting decades of shame and hurt over the abuse suffered by children at the schools. Continue Reading →

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Mini-documentary explores Wesleyville land deal ins and outs

Wesleyville

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The Wesleyville land deal is historic. Not only is it a genuinely massive tract of land at 1300 acres, but it also contains a huge section of environmentally sensitive land. Plus, it has the potential to double the size of Port Hope. The town was ready to buy the land in a deal with Ontario Power Generation or OPG on March 31, but before the deal was finalized, the provincial government stepped in to cancel it. On today’s show, there is a mini-documentary about this land deal. Continue Reading →

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Longtime executive director of Horizons of Friendship reflects on career helping others in Central America

Patricia Rebelledo

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Above a thrift shop in downtown Cobourg are the tiny offices of Horizons of Friendship. This international non-government organization has supported various groups across Central America since the mid-1970s. Back in 1990, Patricia Rebelledo arrived from Costa Rica to join the staff to work with various groups in that region of the world. Not too long after her arrival, she moved up in the organization until she became executive director. For the past 20 years, she has guided the organization to take on projects to help indigenous people, women, children, and others in the face of political hardship, economic disparity, and natural disasters. Continue Reading →

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Cobourg finds massive savings taking over animal control with help from humane society, says councillor

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For some, nothing brings more sadness than seeing a lost animal. And nothing brings more joy than knowing a pet is reunited with its owner. The town of Cobourg was spending $104,000 per year on animal control. That is the service that picks up stray dogs and cats, taking them to a pound to hopefully be reunited with their family. Cobourg Councillor Aaron Burchat is the town’s point person for animal control. Continue Reading →

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Athletes and volunteers honoured recently at induction ceremony at Sports Hall of Fame

Ross Quigley, founder Cobourg and District Sports Hall of Fame

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Any day somewhere in Northumberland, people are gathering to play sports. It could be at a local school gym or an arena, or a field. It could be a group of young kids just learning to play soccer or a rep team practicing for a hockey tournament. Then, there are the lawn bowlers in Victoria Park or the babies and moms at the YMCA. Whether it is swimming laps or running laps, sports is huge in Northumberland. Continue Reading →

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Calls for service down while drugs and violent crime rising: 2021 annual police report

Cobourg Police STEP

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The number of calls for service for the Cobourg police was down this past year. That is the third year in a row. Yet, the number of incidents related to illegal drugs, like fentanyl, cocaine, and crystal meth, was up. Violent crimes, like people using weapons during an assault, were also up. Cobourg Police Chief Paul Vandegraff will discuss these stats and more this week. Continue Reading →

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Ontario Health Team Northumberland wants to know what you think about local healthcare

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Wait times. How many times have you had to wait to get medical care? How long have you waited in the emergency room? How about a doctor’s office? To get home care? Continue Reading →

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A house goes on an incredible journey thanks to Habitat for Humanity Northumberland

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In 2020, just before the pandemic hit, a Cobourg developer decided not to demolish a house on University Avenue. Instead, he called Habitat for Humanity Northumberland. Meghan MacDonald, the executive director, jumped at the chance to get a home it could renovate for a family in need. But before anything could be done, the pandemic hit. Suddenly, she was scrambling to figure out all the protocols and what could be done to save this house. Continue Reading →

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A group of women seeking support in Northumberland to bring Afghan family safely to Canada

Afghan families flee

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Millions of refugees are pouring out of Ukraine. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has already offered to give them a place to go. There is no doubt this is a humanitarian crisis. Still, there are other refugees from different countries seeking asylum, too. According to a CBC investigation, Canada failed to meet its target of welcoming 81,000 refugees in 2021. Continue Reading →

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Northumberland farmers brace for increased costs as food prices rise for consumers

FArmer spreading nitrogen fertilizer

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Most people will pay nearly $1,000 more for their groceries in 2022. That is according to a recent study from Guelph University. That means an extra $20 per week. While it may not sound like much for some, many people feel it. It can be huge for those on a fixed income or low wages. Continue Reading →

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