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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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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

First published:
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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