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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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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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Homeless Day march spawns statement from county on warming room prep

Homeless person out in the cold

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Last week, a group of advocates held a march in Cobourg on World Homeless Day. They walked from the courthouse on William Street to the County building hoping to raise awareness about those sleeping in the rough in parks and other public spaces across Northumberland. Notably, four days before the march, Northumberland County Warden Bob Crate released a pre-emptive statement saying the county was finalizing the setting up warming rooms. The statement also mentioned getting input from people with lived experience. It also went on to describe other steps the county was taking to help homeless people. In this interview with Jennifer Moore, CAO of Northumberland County will dig deeper into the statement and what is actually going on when it comes to preparations to address the needs of people who find themselves without shelter. Continue Reading →

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Hospital officials outline strategic plan for healthcare and its impact on you

Northumberland HIlls Hospital

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People First –  That is the top line of the new strategic plan for Northumberland Hills Hospital. While some may think that is a bit obvious, the simplicity masks a deeper meaning. In this interview, Susan Walsh, CEO of Northumberland Hills Hospital, and Pam Wente, former hospital board chair, will explain. It is not just about putting people at the centre of care. It also speaks to diversity. Continue Reading →

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Henderson addresses critical issues as he seeks third term as mayor of Cobourg

JOHN HENDERSON

 

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For 38 years, John Henderson has lived in Cobourg. For most of that time, he has served the community. At first, he sat on various boards and committees. Then, 12 years ago, he ran for council. He was elected mayor in 2018. Continue Reading →

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