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New seniors program aims to help elderly navigate local healthcare system and other supports

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For some seniors, the health care system is a bit overwhelming. Sure, there is your doctor. But, then, there are all the specialists – some are local and others you need to go to Oshawa or Peterborough or even Toronto. Then, there are the others – depending on your illness. The foot doctor. Continue Reading →

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Horizons of Friendship working to alleviate dire crisis caused by pandemic in Central America

Horizons of Friendship

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Three-quarters of the people living in Central America are not fully vaccinated. In Guatemala, it is barely five percent of the population. Many experts and organizations are calling it a crisis. In this interview, you will hear from Patricia Rebolledo, the executive director of Horizons of Friendship, describe the situation. Horizons is a Cobourg-based organization that has worked in Mexico and Central America for nearly 50 years. Continue Reading →

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Rice Lake Hard Cider launches during COVID as couple pursues dream

Rice Lake Hard Cider

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Rice Lake Hard Cider produces small-batch artisan beverages from their brewery located in Baltimore. It is always tough starting a business. But as you will hear in this special report from correspondent Marc Cowin, Jana Crawford and her husband, Graham Smith, faced an unexpected hurdle when the global pandemic hit in March 2020. Tenacity, creativity, and a bit of luck has brought them to a point where they are growing their fledgling business and realizing their dream. Here is Marc Cowin with the story. Continue Reading →

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Migrant workers end another season in Northumberland during COVID

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Every year anywhere from 100 to 300 migrant workers come to Northumberland to work on about 23 local farms. They arrive from Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. They supply a labour force to do many hard physical jobs, like picking fruits and vegetables. And for those who follow their work, these people are essential to our local economy. Migrant workers are wrapping up their season. So, it was an excellent opportunity to check in with Daniel Quesada, the community outreach officer for Horizons of Friendship. Continue Reading →

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Cobourg honours National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, plus launches new inclusion strategy

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This past week, Canadians were asked to reflect on the plight of Indigenous people who suffered in the residential school system. Local municipalities and the county government found ways to engage residents, staff, and politicians in educating themselves and others. Cobourg decided to paint a crosswalk orange with seven white feathers, representing seven sacred truths. But this effort and others are part of a larger change the municipality wants to make. It hopes to implement an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion strategy to create a more welcoming place. Continue Reading →

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Cornerstone expands services to provide new counselling programs for women and children

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Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre is about to expand its services once again as it rises to the challenge of meeting the needs of women and children who face abuse. It received $200,000 from the Ontario government to provide two programs. The first program provides more counselling to women who face abuse. The second is an enhanced children’s program for kids who witness abuse. This means women and children who have experienced trauma will get the psychotherapeutic counselling they need from Cornerstone. It also means women can come to one place to receive a range of services to fit their needs and the needs of their children from temporary shelter to counselling to therapy. Continue Reading →

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Port Hope working on truth and reconciliation, says mayor on eve of national holiday

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When you read the 2015 final report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, it speaks directly to the various levels of government urging them to act. Mainly, it focuses on things related to the federal and provincial levels of government. The mention of municipal levels of government is not as much. And, yet, it does talk about educating municipal public servants, releasing archival documents related to Indigenous people, engaging Indigenous people in policies that would impact them, and honour the contributions of local Indigenous people to the community. Port Hope Mayor Bob Sanderson explains how the council and staff are working towards meeting those goals as the town honours the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Continue Reading →

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SPECIAL EDITION: Local Chief Returning Officer on what to expect at polls on voting day

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This is a special election edition of Consider This Northumberland. On Monday, Sept 20, many Canadians will be going to the polls to cast their vote. The fourth wave of the pandemic is casting a long shadow on the voters as they navigate local polling stations. In an exclusive interview, Reporter Marc Cowin spoke with Ann MacDonald, chief returning officer for Northumberland Peterborough South. She explains all the necessary details for local voters, plus she addresses some of the myths and misinformation surrounding voting in this election. Continue Reading →

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Pandemic fatigue and uncertainty are some of the mental health challenges we face, says expert

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Statistics Canada reported recently that one in five Canadians has screened positive for symptoms of depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder. Visits to the emergency room at Northumberland Hills Hospital due to a mental health crisis have jumped 80 percent in the past four months. Last year, more than 36,000 people received treatment in one form or another from the Community Mental Health Service during the pandemic. The numbers are staggering. Things are expected to get worse as people return to work and children go back to school. Continue Reading →

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No surprise more people are interested in joining unions these day, says professor

Prof. Stephanie Ross

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It is as if you want to give your head a shake. In the middle of the pandemic, more people wanted to join a union. In fact, the number of those wanting to join a union peaked when the pandemic-related job losses were at their highest. My guest is not surprised. She would argue there are lots of people who want to join unions. Continue Reading →

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