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School kids face possible impacts if those eligible do not get doses, says chief medical officer

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Northumberland residents are being urged to get vaccinated before the fall to protect school children heading back to the classroom. Dr. Natalie Bocking, chief medical officer for the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, says the more adults who are fully vaccinated, the safer children will be. Currently, children under 12 are not able to get a vaccination. As Bocking explains, it is up to all eligible people to help keep them safe. “I guess part of that is when we think about schools, and we think about schools needing to reopen COVID virus infections in schools really a reflection of the amount of COVID infections happening at a community level,” Bocking said. Continue Reading →

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Vaccine appointments cancelled as residents being asked to rebook sooner to stem fall surge

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Don’t be surprised to get a notice your upcoming vaccination appointment is cancelled. It’s not that the health unit doesn’t want you to get the shot. In fact, it wants you to get it sooner. Dr. Natalie Bocking, chief medical officer for the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, says about 8,000 people with second dose appointments are scheduled for later in August, September, October, and November. Yet, these people are eligible to set their shots sooner. Continue Reading →

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Northumberland County behind on vaccinations, says chief medical officer

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The need for Northumberland County residents to get vaccinated is more urgent now than ever, according to Dr. Natalie Bocking, the chief medical officer for the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit. On Tuesday, Dr. Bocking emphasized the importance of getting 90 percent or more of the people eligible for vaccines inoculated before the fall or face serious consequences. Northumberland County is behind the rest of the regions making up the health unit’s coverage area. It is also behind the provincial average. Only 67 percent of residents have received their first dose. Continue Reading →

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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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