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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