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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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Mothers worried about possible closure of Early Years program at YMCA

Major changes are coming to the Ontario Early Years Program in Northumberland. A group of mothers is worried the Cobourg YMCA will lose its contract to deliver services, so they started an online petition. Jennifer Neutel, of Cobourg, and Keira Thompson, of Port Hope, discuss their concerns on Consider This Live, part of the Drive Time on Northumberland 89.7 FM. Continue Reading →

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Domestic violence critical issue for Northumberland County

Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre Executive Director Nancy Johnston talks about Woman Abuse Prevention Month and domestic violence in Northumberland County. She also wades in on the recent incident at Northumberland Hills Hospital and the explosion of sexual abuse allegations coming out of Hollywood, as part of Consider This Live, part of the Drive Time on Northumberland 89.7 FM. Continue Reading →

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Dangers and difficulties of hospital security outlined by expert

Security expert Brine Hamilton, the Canadian representative of the International Association of Hospital Security and Safety, talks about the unique job of those who provide security in emergency departments across the country. He contributes insight into the issues these people face daily and explains the difficulty and dangers of the job, as well as giving context to the recent shooting incident at Northumberland Hills Hospital on Consider This Live, part of the Drive Time on Northumberland 89.7 FM. Continue Reading →

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