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Protecting Farmland in Northumberland: Legislative agenda facing farmers

Northumberland County farm

Eric Gillespie, EKG Corporation

Lawyer Eric Gillespie reviews new regulations, policies, and legislation introduced by the Ontario government impacting farmland in this episode. There are 840 farms in Northumberland County. The vast majority are prime agricultural land. That designation ranks these areas as the best for growing the crops that feed us. Yet, these lands are under threat. Continue Reading →

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Proposed changes to short-term rentals in Alnwick-Haldimand coming to council


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The future of short-term rentals in Alnwick-Haldimand Township is about to come to a head over the next few weeks. A coalition of short-term rental operators and the local business association have teamed up to fight proposed changes to a bylaw controlling short-term rentals. They argue the changes will further limit short-term rentals and continue to burden operators. Meanwhile, supporters of the bylaw welcome the restrictions limiting the places where short-term rentals can be located, plus other tweaks. The township has received complaints from neighbours of some short-term rentals regarding noise and parking violations. Continue Reading →

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Summer Archives: Cobourg police officer dragged during routine stop – July 6, 2022

Cobourg Police STEP

A Cobourg police officer received minor injuries after he was dragged following a traffic stop Tuesday. Today’s Northumberland reports a Cobourg police officer pulled over a car on Division Street just south of the Highway 401 overpass at around 7 p.m.

According to witnesses, the officer was dragged after speaking to two people in the car. The vehicle pulled over just north of the highway, where a person got out of the car and ran into the woods. The car then continued north on County Road 45. OPP and Cobourg Police arrived at the scene, and a search began for both the car and the person. Continue Reading →

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Responding to an overdose death: See the person, not just the problem, says advocate

MIssy McLean

The interview for the Daily Wrap:

Just after midnight Thursday, a 36-year-old man was found in distress in the lobby of a local bank on King Street. Police officers discovered him and tried to help. Sadly, he died. Missy McLean is a director for Moms Stop The Harm. She is a local activist working hard to change local attitudes toward those who are addicted to drugs and their families. Continue Reading →

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

The report broadcast on Northumberland 89.7 FM:

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

A report broadcast on Northumberland 89.7 FM:

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

The report broadcast on the Northumberland 89.7 FM newscast:

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

The show:

The full interview with bonus material:

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

The show:

The full interview with lots of bonus material:


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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