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Brighton mayor prepares to take on international body to end flooding in Lake Ontario

It is almost a David and Goliath story. Brighton council charged Mayor Brian Orstrander to write the International Joint Commission, the organization in charge of controlling the water levels in Lake Ontario. They are concerned about a new water control plan introduced in 2014. It replaced a 60-year old document in the hopes of protecting coastal habitat along the north shore. Instead, some say, it has created the flooding problems facing so many municipalities, including Brighton. Continue Reading →

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Kindness, compassion at the heart of innovative method for treating troubled children, say experts

It is the little things that can mean so much. An act of kindness. A thoughtful gesture.  This can change the course of someone’s life. It is called “ordinary magic” by social workers and experts who work with families with very troubled children and youth. uThe Therapeutic Family Care Centre sponsored a major event to talk about the Power of Resiliency on June 11 at the Venture Centre. Continue Reading →

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Digital Main Street program helps Port Hope businesses develop online profile

Elizabeth Edwards, Port Hope Business Outreach Coordinator, talks about Digital Main Street, a program to help businesses become more online savvy. The project launched on May 31 and will provide money and technical support to those entrepreneurs looking to enhance or develop an online presence or social media profile. Over the summer months, a team of students will give as little or as much help as needed. Hear how the program works by listening to this podcast. Originally aired: June 7, 2019

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Labour council adds its voice to opposition to provincial cuts in Northumberland, says spokesperson

Protesters gathered in front of Northumberland Peterborough South MPP David Picinni’s office Friday afternoon to mark the first anniversary of the election of the Progressive Conservative majority to voice their opposition to the numerous cuts to programs. Wendy Goode, a member of the executive of the Northumberland Labour Council, spoke about the role of the council in the community and the concerns over cuts. Originally aired: June 7, 2019 Continue Reading →

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Need for services; justice for all, says Northumberland Legal Aid executive director


Northumberland Legal Aid Executive Director Lois Cromarty unpacks the impact of the Ontario government’s cuts to services across the province and in Northumberland County specifically. While the government argues the demand for services is dropping,  Cromarty argues the need is as great as ever. Listen as she makes her case. Originally broadcast: May 10, 2019 Continue Reading →

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Kids hold key for local environmentalists at special event in Port Hope

A group of parents and their kids living in Port Hope joined with environmental activists around the world for Futures for Friday Canada. The event took place on May 3, 2019, at Memorial Park, where children spoke and did activities around the crisis surrounding climate change. Claire Holloway Wadhwani, a spokesperson for the local chapter of Fridays for Future Canada, talked about the event, its importance and the role of children in raising awareness about climate change. Originally broadcast: May 3, 2019 Continue Reading →

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Rising water levels set records as experts explain why

Water levels for the Lake Ontario shoreline across Northumberland County are rising to unprecedented levels. All spring, local conservation authorities have struggled to stay on top of conditions along creeks, rivers, and lakes. Listen as Mike Smith, water resources technician for the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority, and  Janet Noyes, manager for development services and water resources for the Lower Trent Region Conservation Authority, discuss the impact of these high waters, as well as explain why it is taking place. Originally broadcast: May 3, 2019 Continue Reading →

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Cobourg council’s switch over salary increases leaves taxpayer’s group stunned

In a stunning turnaround, the Cobourg Taxpayers Association was left stunned after council changed its mind over the proposed increase in salary championed by the group. CTA member Paul Pagnuelo describes the group’s shock and dismay, as well as giving insight into why the association lobbied for proposal. Continue Reading →

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Ontario town crier championships June 1 in Cobourg’s Rotary Park big challenge for local heralder

Cobourg town crier Mandy Robinson talks about the Ontario Town Crier Championships being held in Rotary Park, next to the Marina, Saturday, June 1, 2019, starting at 9 a.m. and again at 11 a.m. It will then move to Grafton for the finals at the Grafton Inn. The public is welcome to watch. Robinson explains the attraction of being a town crier, along with all the challenges criers face when competing. She also explains her own approach and her preparation for the contest. Continue Reading →

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Helping women find affordable housing, women’s shelter steps up to tackle the issue

A program aimed at pairing women to share accommodations was relaunched earlier this week. Cornerstone Executive Director Nancy Johnston and Homeshare worker Deb Racine talk about the innovative, creative way this program helps women in the community find affordable housing in the face of a major shortage within Northumberland County. Johnston also explains how the women’s shelter is collaborating with a developer to provide affordable rental units in Cobourg. Continue Reading →

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