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Fighting human trafficking in Northumberland through community initiative, says police

Human traffickers target children as young as 11- to 15-years old in Northumberland County for prostitution, according to Constable Detective Janice MacDonald, of the Cobourg Police Force. But, a multi-organizational task force is coming together with a $41,000 grant to help youth and parents by becoming better educated, she said. Acting Staff Sergeant Brent Allison said police are cracking down, as well. Listen to the shocking statistics and what is being done, as well as helpful tips to prevent children from being swept up in this growing problem as we discuss this issue on Consider This, part of the Drive Time on Northumberland 89.7 FM. Continue Reading →

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Northumberland Local News Initiative plans public conversation about future of news


A group of local journalists and community volunteers are working with Loyalist Collge journalism faculty to organize a public workshop to discuss the future of news in West Northumberland on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in the Concert Hall in Victoria Hall at 7 p.m. Two members of the committee discuss the role of local news and its future in the community on Consider This Live, part of the Drive Time on Northumberland 89.7 FM. Continue Reading →

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County responding to homelessness in extreme cold, says top official

Northumberland County Chief Administrative Officer Jennifer Moore talks about its response to the homeless facing the extreme cold while the only temporary accommodation agency is closed, as well as the implications of the draft 2018 budget on services during Consider This Live, part of the Drive Time on Northumberland 89.7 FM. Continue Reading →

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Homeless face extreme cold with few alternatives at night

As some of this winter’s coldest nights have taken place in West Northumberland over the past week, the only refuge for homeless people is the Cobourg Police Station’s warming centre, according to a public health nurse for the region. Kristina Nairn, the social determinants of health nurse for the Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit in Port Hope, said the closure of the Transition House in Cobourg had left a hole in the local system to help homeless people during the extreme cold, especially at night. Some warming centres are open during the daytime across the region, giving homeless people a place where they can go to find shelter from the frigid temperatures. West Northumberland was under an extreme cold alert on Jan. 4 with temperatures plunging to -35 degrees. Continue Reading →

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Baxter’s impact on community felt deeply

The obituary of former Cobourg Chief Administrative Officer Bryan Baxter last week briefly outlines a remarkable career. He worked for the Town for over 39 years, as well as serving on the Police Services Board for eight years, mostly as chairman. It also noted he was 76 years old. He is survived by his wife Louise and his children and grandson. What it fails to capture is the person. Continue Reading →

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New early years program launches next month across county

Starting in January, Northumberland County begins its transformation of the Ontario Early Years program in the hopes of bringing more diverse services to more children and their parents. But for some, it is a sad departure from a much-loved model at the local YMCA. The reasons for the changes are simple: the Ontario government no longer wishes to run the program, at the same time, it hopes to expand the services for young children and their parents, making it more localized. It will direct the program by providing guidelines, mandates, and some money, but leave it to the local municipalities to execute it. It is a lofty goal for the program, which started 14 years ago in 2003. Continue Reading →

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