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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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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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Future of Cobourg’s Catholic elementary schools discussed

The Catholic school board is looking at the future of St. Michael’s, St. Joseph’s and Notre Dame schools as part of a reorganization of its three elementary facilities in Cobourg. Isabel Grace, superintendent of Business and Finance, Tim Moloney, supervisory officer of learning and student success, and Tim Robins, chair of the Cobourg Accommodation Review discuss in detail the board’s proposals and the future of the schools in advance of a public meeting on June 5, 20174 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Notre Dame. The conversation took place on Consider This Live, part of the Drive Time on Northumberland 89.7 FM

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School board must go further when it comes to Gilchrist

The censure of school board trustee Gord Gilchrist failed to go far enough in its actions when it took steps to reprimand him over comments made during the recent opening ceremony at Cobourg Collegiate Institute. According to local news media, a report brought before the board last week alleges Gilchrist made inappropriate comments regarding Indigenous people and their music to several students related to a drumming ceremony that was part of the celebrations. News stories also said students reported the remarks to their parents and later to school officials. A third-party investigation was launched into the incident. An adult witness also substantiated the claims, according to the third-party report. Continue Reading →

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If families come first, then prove it

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September 12, 2001

So many times we hear from politicians that families come first. The story of Brenda Reyns and her two children demonstrates clearly how an institution like the school board, two local trustees and an employer care little for children and their families. Ms. Reyns was left scrambling to arrange for transportation for her two daughters – Olivia, 7 and Ashley, 4 – in order for her to keep using the same babysitter that the children have known for the past few years. Instead, the young children will be forced to walk up a stretch of paved road without any sidewalks. There are no houses, so if there were a problem, the girls would have nowhere to seek help. Continue Reading →

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