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


The story:

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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Summer Archives: NHH faces high patient volumes in Emergency Department – July 11, 2022

In less than one month, Northumberland Hills Hospital sent three public warnings on its Facebook page. Each one says the emergency room is experiencing high volumes. It also encourages people to seek alternative forms of care. This comes amidst a growing number of hospitals across Ontario closing emergency rooms due to staff shortages. Robert Washburn has this report… Continue Reading →

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The passing of a community figure and a special Christmas for the homeless

Lydia Smith and Paul Pagnuelo

(On Monday, I was asked by Northumberland 89.7 FM to produce the newscast. These are two local stories I did for the 4 p.m. update.)

The co-founder of the Cobourg Taxpayers Association and a well-known community volunteer died on Christmas Day. Paul Pagnuelo, 73, had been ill for several years. Pagnuelo might best be remembered as a candidate for deputy mayor in the 2014 municipal election. He was defeated by John Henderson, who is the current mayor. Continue Reading →

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Walmart gets more than $648,000 in total tax reimbursements, says town treasurer

Three separate local bodies will contribute more than $648,000 in tax reimbursements to Walmart after it won a major decision regarding a property reassessment announced in January. In an interview on Feb. 14, Cobourg Deputy Mayor Suzanne Seguin said Walmart received a tax break following an appeal to a provincial tribunal, costing the town $225,000 in its 2020 budget. The amount is about one per cent of the total budget, she said, adding it sent her back to find cuts to meet her target of a 1.9 per cent overall increase. Under the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC), it is possible to appeal the value of the property, both residential and commercial. Continue Reading →

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No apology from council regarding Polutnik, says Port Hope mayor

Despite a direct public appeal to council from a resident asking for an apology, Port Hope Mayor Bob Sanderson said no, but expect some changes to the code of conduct. Port Hope residents looking for an apology from its council regarding the behaviour of one of its councillors won’t get one, the mayor said Thursday. Mayor Bob Sanderson said council has done its job and there is no need for any public apologies to those people affected by the actions of former councillor Robert Polutnik. It is up Polutnik to make his own apologies, Sanderson said. “You won’t see council offering anything,” he said. Continue Reading →

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