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Rising numbers of people using food bank in face of inflation, gas prices, says CEO

Northumberland Fare Share Food Bank

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In Cobourg and Port Hope, 550 households will seek help from the Northumberland Fare Share Food Bank on any given week. These are people from a wide range of backgrounds: unemployed professionals, seniors living on a fixed income, young families, working poor, and youth. For some, it takes courage to overcome the barriers of asking for help. For others, there is little choice as they cannot find enough work to cover the rising costs of food, rent, gas, and other necessities. Helen Donovan, the CEO of the food bank, will tell you many heartbreaking stories of people who come every week to get a few days of food as they struggle. Continue Reading →

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Responding to an overdose death: See the person, not just the problem, says advocate

MIssy McLean

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Just after midnight Thursday, a 36-year-old man was found in distress in the lobby of a local bank on King Street. Police officers discovered him and tried to help. Sadly, he died. Missy McLean is a director for Moms Stop The Harm. She is a local activist working hard to change local attitudes toward those who are addicted to drugs and their families. Continue Reading →

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The importance of preserving agricultural lands from a county farmer’s perspective

Soil map Northumberland County

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If you have ever spoken with a farmer, some don’t waste words. But what they do say is often on point. This is the case with former Northumberland Federation of Agriculture Sid Atkinson. Here is his response to agricultural mapping in the county after attending a public meeting in Campbellford earlier this week. Originally broadcast: July 1, 2022 Continue Reading →

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County seeks public input on saving farmland, says manager of planning

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Ontario is losing 319 acres of farmland per day to urban sprawl. In 2021, the total amount saw a five per cent plunge. Northumberland County is trying to do something about this. County planner Dwayne Campbell will talk about efforts to preserve prime agricultural land. Plus, he will describe what can be done with some of the other lands that are not so great for farming. Continue Reading →

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Trent Hills celebrates its first official Pride events with weekend packed with fun

Campbellford BIA Pride Bench

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Trent Hills Pride is holding its first official celebrations this weekend. It is another first for Northumberland County. Two events were held previously, but over the past year, a group of dedicated people have organized a three-day event. It started yesterday, and it is packed with fun things to do. You will want to hear all about it. Continue Reading →

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Open letter calls on county residents to share ideas around solving homeless crisis

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According to Northumberland County official reports, 78 people are homeless. It could be more. There are only 24 beds at Transition House, the county’s only emergency shelter. People are sleeping in tents in the local woods. They sleep on the beach. Continue Reading →

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Major tourism promotion run by four chambers of commerce in Northumberland gets review

Nancy Allanson

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Tourism in Ontario is a $38 billion business. It is a critical part of Northumberland County’s economy. It generates $120 million annually, according to a 2021 county report. Tourism operators and related businesses have faced tough times for the past two years. Lockdowns, travel restrictions, and various public health measures crippled the industry. Continue Reading →

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Rick Beaver sharing personal history and some of Alderville’s past for Indigenous History Month

Rick Beaver

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June is Indigenous History Month. On June 21, it is National Aboriginal Day. It is for these significant commemorations today’s show has a special guest. Rick Beaver, an artist, elder, and conservationist living in Alderville, will share his personal recollections of Alderville. Plus, he will give insight into Indigenous life celebrated in his art and conservation activities. Continue Reading →

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Former MPP and Northumberland County resident digs into local and provincial election results

Steve Gilchrist

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On June 2, a historic election took place in Ontario and in Northumberland. David Piccini was re-elected as the MPP for Northumberland Peterborough South with over 26,000 votes, increasing his tally by six percent over the last election. Liberal Jeff Kawazenuk had half as many votes. The NDP candidate Kim McArthur Jackson also took a huge hit. For Green Party candidate Lisa Frances, she met her own goal. Continue Reading →

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Ontario Party candidate Vanessa Head share platform on affordable housing, education, and more.

Vanessa Head

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This is the third week of shows dedicated to candidate interviews for the provincial election for Northumberland Peterborough South on June 2. The order is completely random based on when the various campaigns were able to book interviews. The last two candidates for the provincial election are interviewed on this week’s show. This interview is with the Ontario Party candidate Vanessa Head. She lives in Norwood. Continue Reading →

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