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Tenant’s rights eroding as province continues to hold online hearings, advocates say

Eviction notice

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If you got an eviction notice, had trouble paying your rent, or the landlord was not fixing a tap in the kitchen, you could go to the Landlord and Tenant Board for a hearing. This is a tribunal meant to resolve these kinds of disputes. During the pandemic, the board began holding hearings online. Then, last spring, the board decided it would not go back to in-person hearings. Instead, it would remain digital. Continue Reading →

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Cobourg Mayor Lucas Cleveland outlines lessons learned since election and gearing up

COBOURG MAYOR LUCAS CLEVELAND

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Last week, the newly elected Cobourg council was sworn in. There was much pomp and circumstance as each member took their oath of office. Friends, family, and supporters were on hand to enjoy the moment. It was also significant as the new mayor, Lucas Cleveland, gave his inaugural speech, outlining his path forward. Cleveland provided a glimpse of his vision for going forward among the many thank-yous. Continue Reading →

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Group hopes to build temporary sleeping cabins for homeless in Northumberland

Sleeping cabins

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After efforts, this summer to find a solution to people sleeping in parks and public spaces across Northumberland, a group of concerned citizens got together to propose a solution. Sleeping cabins are small huts of less than 100 sq. ft. that provide a secure, safe place for those who are homeless. These cabins are already being used in Kitchener, Peterborough, and Kingston with some success. Continue Reading →

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Province’s proposal to build on Greenbelt not a great idea, says Naturally Northumberland host

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Recently, the Ontario government announced it wants to turn over portions of the Green Belt for housing development. The Greenbelt is about 7,000 sq. kilometres of protected land stretching from the Golden Horseshoe to the eastern edges of the Durham Region. For developers, it is welcomed the news as it opens opportunities for new housing along the northern edges of the GTA. For environmentalists and farmers, it is not so good. Continue Reading →

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Changes to legislation could end up impacting property taxes and your neighbourhood

Bulldozer

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The Ontario government made a significant announcement saying it would make changes to speed up the building of affordable houses and rental units. Several sweeping changes are meant to speed up the process and make it cheaper to build units. On the surface, it sounds great. But when I talked to Cobourg planners at town hall, there was a different picture. The money developers could end up on your tax bill. Continue Reading →

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A view from the frontlines: Inside the CUPE protest in Northumberland

CUPE member Lynn Lewis.

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Last week, we watched as the Ontario government imposed a contract on support workers in our schools. These workers belong to the Canadian Union of Public Employees or CUPE. When it announced the deal is said Premier Doug Ford said he wanted to keep kids in the classroom. The provincial government also used the notwithstanding clause to prevent any appeals of its legislation. Then, last Friday, those workers held a protest. Continue Reading →

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Inside a Poppy Campaign: raising money for veterans with Colborne Legion Branch 187

Colborne Legion Poppy Campaign Remembrance Day

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Take a moment and think about your local Legion. There is one in Cobourg, Port Hope. There is another in Colborne, Brighton, and Campbellford. But don’t forget Grafton, Warkworth, and Hastings. For most of us, it is only this time of year, as November 11 – Remembrance Day – approaches, we reflect on those who serve in the military. Continue Reading →

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Canada Cares seeks nominations in Northumberland and across Canada for caregiver awards

Canada Cares elderly woman in wheelchair

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Nearly half the population of Northumberland County are seniors. That means there are a lot of organizations and people dedicated to caring for the elderly. Whether it is Northumberland Community Care, Ed’s Hospice, or Meals on Wheels, numerous groups help. Then, there are the family members – spouses, sons, daughters, brothers, and sisters. Now, take another moment and think about all who look after those with physical and mental challenges. Continue Reading →

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Cobourg police release $7 million 2023 operating budget for public input

New electric police car

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Inflation is hovering around seven or eight percent. The cost of gas is through the roof. If you want to buy something, you are going to pay more. It is no different for the Cobourg police or any police force for that matter. As we go into November, it is budget time. Continue Reading →

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Survivor night honours first responders and those they saved with heartfelt stories

Survivor Night

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Seeing an ambulance travelling the roads across Northumberland County is not unusual. Paramedics attend about 23,000 calls a year. But have you ever wondered about the person inside? What has happened? How serious is it? Continue Reading →

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