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Brighton mayor prepares to take on international body to end flooding in Lake Ontario

It is almost a David and Goliath story. Brighton council charged Mayor Brian Orstrander to write the International Joint Commission, the organization in charge of controlling the water levels in Lake Ontario. They are concerned about a new water control plan introduced in 2014. It replaced a 60-year old document in the hopes of protecting coastal habitat along the north shore. Instead, some say, it has created the flooding problems facing so many municipalities, including Brighton. Continue Reading →

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Kids hold key for local environmentalists at special event in Port Hope

A group of parents and their kids living in Port Hope joined with environmental activists around the world for Futures for Friday Canada. The event took place on May 3, 2019, at Memorial Park, where children spoke and did activities around the crisis surrounding climate change. Claire Holloway Wadhwani, a spokesperson for the local chapter of Fridays for Future Canada, talked about the event, its importance and the role of children in raising awareness about climate change. Originally broadcast: May 3, 2019 Continue Reading →

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Rising water levels set records as experts explain why

Water levels for the Lake Ontario shoreline across Northumberland County are rising to unprecedented levels. All spring, local conservation authorities have struggled to stay on top of conditions along creeks, rivers, and lakes. Listen as Mike Smith, water resources technician for the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority, and  Janet Noyes, manager for development services and water resources for the Lower Trent Region Conservation Authority, discuss the impact of these high waters, as well as explain why it is taking place. Originally broadcast: May 3, 2019 Continue Reading →

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Suggestions regarding fishing on the Ganaraska River from a reader

Hi Robert,
I just found your article from last September and found it interesting, well-written. I do believe I can add some information that is missing in your article about the Town of Port Hope salmon/steelhead fishing. I have been fishing that river for about six years now and would never miss a Spring Steelhead/September salmon fishing; my family truly enjoys it. We spend lots of money on hotels, meals, gas, equipment, etc.. We live in the Pembroke Ontario area, way too far to drive there and back for the day fishing. Continue Reading →

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Not going to council again, says Cobourg birdman

Bill Thompson, the man who feeds the birds in Cobourg harbour, says he will not consider going before council to get permission, again. Listen as he talks about his passion for the birds, his reasons for breaking the bylaws, and his feelings about his supporters. It is all on Consider This Live as part of the Drive Time on Northumberland 89.7FM. Continue Reading →

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Train derailment report raises ire at Cobourg council

By Robert Washburn

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Cobourg Fire Chief Al Mann defended some damning questions by Cobourg councillors Monday night as he described the full extent of the CN train derailment last spring. Using a blend of praise and criticism, Mann provided details around the March 27 incident to politicians providing shocking details, including the amount of toxic chemicals on the train, the amount of materials spilled and the continuing efforts to clean up the damage. (more…) Continue Reading →

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