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Teachers, children, and parents scrambling to prepare for remote learning after Spring Break, says union rep

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The decision sent teachers, children, and parents scrambling just before the Spring Break as the Ontario government announced it would be returning to remote learning for all students across the province. Since Easter, the spread of COVID-19 is setting records across Ontario and here in Northumberland. The break was meant to be a time for everyone in the school system to catch their breath. Now, it means teachers must spend their time preparing to deliver lessons online. For parents, it can mean big changes at home and disruption. Continue Reading →

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Teachers prepare to return to the classroom in Northumberland in the face of pandemic

August always brings a sense of anticipation for teachers preparing for another year at school. But nothing can match the challenges facing educators returning to classrooms this fall. The pandemic has placed huge stresses on those in front of students regardless of their age. They must create a learning environment that is safe from a deadly virus. Educators need to protect the students and themselves. Continue Reading →

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School board releases draft plan for return to school as parents express deep concerns

A burning issue for many parents right now is sending children back to school. Whether it is kindergarten, high school, college, or university, making a decision about what to do can be gut-wrenching. Things are compounded by the ever-changing landscape as the provincial government keeps making announcements and school board release their plans. Then, the media is full of varying perspectives from experts and others trying to weigh in with advice. Today’s show tries to shed some light on what is happening in Northumberland. Continue Reading →

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Preparations are nearly ready as announcement about schools opening pending, says public board chair

Parents, students, and teachers are filled with anxiety as the start of school is only five weeks away. That would be pretty normal for this time of year. But this fall will be very different in the face of the pandemic as the provincial government and school boards grapple with the health and safety of children and staff. The provincial government wants to assure us everyone will be safe. Meanwhile, parents are concerned. Continue Reading →

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CCI students off to World’s Scholars Cup in Australia


A group of International Baccalaureate students from Cobourg Collegiate Institute is off to Sidney, Australia to compete in an elite competition known as the World Scholars Cup in August. The five students won a major championship in Toronto in June to qualify. Two Grade 12 students, Xander Crook, and Dan Noronha, along with Grade 11 students Marilee Archer, Ambrosia Day and Lucy Tong are currently training for the prestigious event which involves a complex four-part competition. They must answer a multi-choice quiz, write essays, solve analytical questions and debate another team. The youth are led by CCI business teacher Dorothy Noronha with the help of parents. Continue Reading →

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Northumberland high school grads face substantial changes to post-secondary tuition and fees


As Northumberland County high school grads prepare to go off to university and college next fall, there are major changes taking place in regards to finances. In this podcast, Canadian  Federation of Students (Ontario) Chair Nour Alideeb talks about the impact of a 10 per cent reduction in tuition for post-secondary students. While it appears to be good news for some, the results will mean no more free tuition for those in need, more loans, and fewer grants, she explained. Other proposals included in this announcement by the federal government will impact student activity fees, leaving student government and other activities on campus in jeopardy, she said. Continue Reading →

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Public school board chair outlines position after massive changes announced

Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board Chair Dianne Lloyd addresses the cancellation of indigenous review and the review of the sex education curriculum just after the Ontario government announced the changes on Consider This Live. It is part of the Drive Time on Northumberland 89.7 FM. Continue Reading →

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School opponent tells the ongoing tale of new school proposed for New Amherst

The controversy over a proposed new French Catholic school continues despite a recent vote by Cobourg council. Resident and opponent Dennis Nabieszko describes how he learned about the school coming to the west-end subdivision, as well as talking about the ongoing opposition on Consider This Live, part of the Drive Time on Northumberland 89.7 FM. Continue Reading →

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Reasons behind college strike discussed by local union president

Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) Local 420 President Eric Bauer, from Loyalist College, provides details about the motivation from the faculty’s perspective underlying the current strike at the 24 colleges in Ontario during a conversation on Consider This Live, part of the Drive Time on Northumberland 89.7 FM. Continue Reading →

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