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Local federal Liberal candidate readies for election in face of minority government in Ottawa

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For many in Northumberland Peterborough South, the name Alison Lester might not ring a bell. She runs a successful law practice in Cobourg. She was born and raised in the area. She grew up and went to school locally. Like so many young people, she went off to university, took up a profession, and worked in Toronto. Continue Reading →

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Former MP Kim Rudd shares her current battle with cancer and recalls political past

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Former Northumberland Peterborough South MP Kim Rudd shocked many people recently when she announced she would not run in the next election. She said it was her health and she wanted to spend time with family.  Within a few days, the riding association declares Alison Lester, a local lawyer, as her replacement. She was declared. There was no nomination race or a vote. Continue Reading →

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Kawzenuk, a retired principal, seeks nomination for provincial Liberals in Northumberland-Peterborough South

Jeff Kawsenuk

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There are many challenges running a political campaign during a pandemic, especially with a lockdown and stay-at-home order. Politicians and strategists must use some real ingenuity to get their message out. The old-fashioned door-knocking, kitchen table conversations, and “get-to-know-you” parties are impossible. Besides these hurdles, both candidates have a short timeline. The nomination meeting is on June 5. Continue Reading →

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Beatty believes activism and council experience aid nomination for provincial Liberal Party

Nicole Beatty

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Abraham Lincoln is quoted as saying, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

The provincial Liberal Party is certainly taking Lincoln at his word. The party is nominating candidates more than a year out from the scheduled election on June 22, 2022. In what can be described as a compressed campaign. Nicole Beatty and Jeff Kawzenuk are racing across the Northumberland-Peterborough South drumming up support. Beatty, a first-time Cobourg councillor and community activist, is running against Kawzenuk, a retired high school principal. Continue Reading →

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York professor explains losing our sense of “in-this-together” during the pandemic

 

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Think back to this time last year. There was a real sense that we were united in facing the pandemic. We responded as a community. Neighbours were helping each other. People were making face masks and giving them away. Continue Reading →

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County’s Faster Forward Summit Program aims to assist larger local businesses to grow

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Millions of dollars are being spent by the provincial and federal governments to keep small and medium-sized businesses afloat during the pandemic. For larger enterprises, support to sustain them or even help them grow has not always been available. The people behind economic development for Northumberland County launched a new imitative recently to address this gap. It is called the Faster Forward Summit Program. As you will hear, it is aimed at bigger businesses – those with more than $250,000 in revenue annually. Continue Reading →

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Burnham Family Market transitions during pandemic, as legacy farm moves to next generation

 

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Take a drive out into rural Northumberland. You will see all kinds of farms. It is easy to assume most of those are family farms. Yet, the family farm is on the decline in Canada. Well over 90 percent of farms are family-owned and operated. Barely half the farms are sole proprietorships. The rest are either partnerships or corporations, according to Statistics Canada in 2016. Continue Reading →

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Farmers face new struggles and mental health pressures as spring planting underway

Farm near Campbellford

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Farmers are busy preparing to put crops into the grounds. This time around, they have a year of the pandemic under their belts. A lot has changed. Then again, not a lot has changed. The supply chain issues have settled. Continue Reading →

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Northumberland labour leader addresses impact of pandemic on local workers

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There are lots of people and politicians who are quick to express their gratitude to essential workers. The nurses, doctors, grocery store staff, truckers, and some others quickly come to mind. But the cleaning staff, the line workers, those in distribution centres or the roofers, electricians, plumbers, daycare staff, and other workers don’t seem to get the same spotlight. In this interview with Dan Tobin, president of the Northumberland and District Labour Council, you will hear the concerns of those who represent working people. It is not just a debate about paid sick days. Continue Reading →

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Union leader shares hardships facing workers during pandemic on Day of Mourning

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Going to work can be deadly. Earlier this week, Canadians took a moment of silence to remember people who died or were injured on the job. It is called the Day of Mourning. What makes this year’s commemoration more significant is the number of workers who have died or become sick from COVID-19. As these deaths appear to most of us as figures in daily reports, the stories behind them are chilling. Continue Reading →

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