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Cobourg mayor reflects on past year and the coming months in the face of an election year

Coburg Development

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Cobourg is booming. If you ask Cobourg Mayor John Henderson, he would tell you. And, he has proof. All kinds of development is taking place, both residential and commercial. Several companies in Northam Industrial Park just renewed multi-year leases. Continue Reading →

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Innovation key to response to growing gender based violence in Northumberland, says coordinator

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During the first year of the pandemic, 34 women found themselves homeless in Northumberland, fleeing an abusive situation. That is according to a recently released report by a group representing organizations in the county whose job is to protect people against gender-based violence. It was one of the more shocking statistics released by Thrive. It is the third annual report from the group that works with a range of services in the county with a mandate to help those who face violence. This includes rape to assault to abuse. Continue Reading →

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Cobourg church and Transition House partner to provide overnight warming centre for county

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As temperatures begin to drop and winter settles in if you are homeless, finding a place to stay warm in Northumberland County is not as easy as you think. In this interview, you will learn about the only formal warming centre in the entire county. During the day, there are few, if any, alternatives. A partnership between Transition House and St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Cobourg offers an overnight place for people to stay. Continue Reading →

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Omicron spreads rapidly across Northumberland as a strategic shift in managing it takes place

PICCINI PREMIER VACCINE CLINIC TOUR

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There was a major shift in how Ontario responded to the pandemic over the past week. The Omicron variant is a game-changer. The speed at which it spreads – technically known as transmissibility, has left the health care system in tatters. In this interview, MPP David Piccini explains the government’s response and why he thinks it is effective. He will discuss significant changes to the way policy-makers, public health officials, and scientists are tracking the virus and its spread. Continue Reading →

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Surviving the stress of Christmas and a pandemic (round four) from two local experts

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Trimming the tree. Finding a turkey. Hunting down those last few things for the stockings. And, the list goes on. The holidays can be a stressful time. Continue Reading →

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A tribute to Ross Quigley, a well-known businessman and volunteer in Cobourg

Ross Quigley

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Ross Quigley was one of those people in the community who made a huge difference. He never held public office or drew attention to himself. He toiled away behind the scenes making his contribution that profoundly impacted so many. Ross Quigley died last week. He was 77. Continue Reading →

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Chief medical officer of health explains plans to vaccinate 11,000 children within a month

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Earlier this week, vaccination clinics in Northumberland began for children born in 2016 up to 11. For some parents, the decision is simple: get the vaccine as soon as possible. For others, it is more challenging. Vaccine hesitancy is different than being anti-vaxx. It is about parents making informed choices for their children. Continue Reading →

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Understanding vaccine hesitancy amongst parents is complex, sociologist says

Jennifer Reich

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As long as there have been vaccines, parents have been concerned about getting their kids vaccinated. That is according to Prof. Jennifer Reich, a sociologist at the University of Colorado (Denver). She has studied parental vaccine hesitancy in great depth. Her book, Calling the Shots: Why parents reject vaccines, explores the history of vaccine hesitancy, going back to polio, smallpox, measles, and whooping cough. She has interviewed many parents, caregivers, health officials, scientists, and others. Continue Reading →

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Local realtor honoured with YMCA 2021 Peace Medal for supporting women’s shelter

Lindsey Edwards

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Sometimes it is fascinating to go behind the scenes. You know, pull back the curtain to see what is there. In this story, we do just that. It begins with Lindsey Edwards, a local realtor who has raised about $100,000 for Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre over the past few years. Besides her own donations, she has trekked across the Sahara Desert and the Purcell Mountains in British Columbia to raise money. Continue Reading →

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Local group’s insights into climate change conference sheds light on global efforts

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For the past 26 years, representatives from 197 countries have met to tackle the issue of climate change. These meetings are called a Conference of the Parties or COPS. The most recent meeting held in Glasgow ended just last week. Scientists warn us that if the global temperature rises by 1.5 degrees Celsius, our planet and all life will be destroyed. If you doubt climate change is real, look at British Columbia over the past week. Continue Reading →

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