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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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Port Hope 2019 budget explained by councillor and finance director

Councillor Laurie Carr and Director of Finance David Baxter provide insight into the Port Hope town budget for 2019, including the rationale for a 1.9 per cent increase, a salary increase for council members and why affordable housing did not get any direct funding despite the mayor’s insistence the issue was a priority. All this and more. Continue Reading →

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Ontario Health Coalition provides insightful critique of local response to health care changes

Ontario Health Coalition board member Sara LaBelle gives a passionate rebuttal to the provincial government’s proposed changes to the health care system. Beyond the arguments against privatization and a stern warning against the new powers included in the legislation, LaBelle delivers a warning to Northumberland residents about potential changes locally. She provides steps residents can take to make their views known, as well. Continue Reading →

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Government changes to health care system leave community health leader hopeful

 

Community Health Care Northumberland Executive Director Duff Sprague remains cautiously optimistic as the Ontario government’s proposed changes to the health care system unfold. He is proud of the work already taking place between the various service providers, but there is still more work to be done. He hopes a recent meeting with health minister Christine Elliott in Northumberland will help make the region a potential choice for a pilot program for the government. Continue Reading →

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Seguin shares 2019 budget deliberations as council prepares to deliver final vote.

Cobourg Deputy Mayor Suzanne Seguin discusses how council came to a slightly less than two per cent budget increase for 2019. She also sheds light on her perspective on how to pay for affordable housing and community grants without raising taxes. She also gives a frank assessment of proposed increases in council salaries and the role the Cobourg Taxpayers Association and others provided input.   Continue Reading →

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Cobourg launches its own affordable housing plans with $250,000, says town’s planning coordinator

Cobourg Councillor Nicole Beatty, the coordinator of planning and development, outlines the town’s plans to address affordable housing. While the proposal is in its infancy, Beatty unpacks why the town has put aside $250,000 to look at the formation of a new social planning and community development advisory committee, as well as creating a new housing support policy.   Continue Reading →

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Hospital continues to operate over capacity, but everyone is getting care, says NHH CEO

The hospital continues to operate over capacity, placing stresses on its ability to deal with patients in the emergency room, Northumberland Hills Hospital Executive Director Linda Davis says. In an interview with Consider This Northumberland,  she said the hospital currently fills 135 per cent of its beds, meaning it has one-third more people than the hospital can afford to operate. While it has received an additional $250,000 in funding from the Ontario government to open four more beds, it is not enough, Davis said, but the hospital works hard to ensure nobody is without care. In a series of candid answers, Davis outlined the challenges and successes of the hospital as it prepares for the proposed changes announced by the provincial government recently. She addresses directly complaints raised in the local news media about hallway medicine. Continue Reading →

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