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Transition House officials respond to impact of Cobourg’s emergency shelter bylaw

Transition House

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Plans for 310 Division Street continue to move forward. Senior staff at Northumberland County and Cobourg are hammering away at a deal to operate an emergency shelter. Meanwhile, the town’s bylaws are now in place to regulate operations at local shelters, including Transition House and Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre. County Warden Brian Ostrander and Cobourg Mayor Lucas Cleveland appeared on last week’s show to discuss the situation. Meanwhile, the provincial government provided $2.5 million to renovate the former senior’s residence, with the caveat that the work must begin within the next four months. Continue Reading →

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Canadian Fire Fighters Museum signs lease and makes plans for a new home in old arena

Canadian Fire Fighters Museum Chair Michelle Hainey-Kileeg and Treasurer Dickson Wood

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In 2018, the Canadian Fire Fighters Museum in Port Hope closed its doors. It was a fixture in the town for 34 years. Its collection was one of the most extensive in the country, with a long list of items that captured glimpses of the history of firefighting. Besides several trucks, the museum features a range of items and documents that continue to grow. Sadly, the collection has been in storage for the past five years. Continue Reading →

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New police rules and regulations started on April 1, impacting local police with little fanfare

Cobourg Police Service

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A new Community Services and Police Act came into effect on April 1. The irony of the date did not get past Cobourg Police Chief Paul VandeGraaf. It was not an April Fool’s joke. The new legislation significantly overhauls how police are regulated. The last time this occurred was in 1990. Continue Reading →

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Cobourg’s mayor explains recent debate over emergency shelter bylaw and its impacts

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At a council meeting on February 28, Cobourg politicians approved a bylaw to regulate emergency shelters regarding operations, safety, and security. The most notable impacts will be on Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre and Transition House. The bylaw is meant to address concerns from the public, town staff, and politicians over the new shelter planned for 310 Division Street, a former senior residence. The county purchased it and recently received $2.5 million from the Ontario government for renovations. During a special county council meeting on March 6, Cobourg Mayor Lucas Cleveland passionately defended his municipality’s decision. Continue Reading →

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County warden addresses concerns over Cobourg emergency shelter bylaw

Northumberland County Council

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Earlier this month, tensions between Cobourg and Northumberland County were on display. Cobourg passed new bylaws impacting emergency shelters within the town. This would include Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre and Transition House. The bylaw is aimed at quelling concerns raised by many about the relocation of Transition House to 310 Division Street. Since the county is responsible for Transition House, county staff and politicians called a special council meeting on March 6. Continue Reading →

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Former Northumberland-Peterborough South MP Kim Rudd remembered as a person, professional, and politician

Kim Rudd

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On March 12, former Northumberland-Peterborough South Liberal MP Kim Rudd died. She was 66. She represented the riding for four years, from 2015 to 2019. In addition to being a politician, she was an entrepreneur and an active volunteer in the community. She was a Rotarian, served on countless committees, and was involved in everything from sports to national and provincial associations. Continue Reading →

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Watching total solar eclipse an “awesome” experience, says local astronomy club member

Total solar eclipse

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A total solar eclipse will pass over Northumberland County on April 8. Residents will experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch this unique phenomenon. The last one occurred nearly 400 years ago, and it will be another 400 years before it happens again. In this interview, Rick Stankiewicz, publicity director for the Peterborough Astronomical Association, will explain a total solar eclipse. He will also explain where it will take place and how to watch it safely. Continue Reading →

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Economic development working to attract, sustain and retain business in Cobourg, says manager

Northam Industrial Park

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At the east end of Cobourg sits the Lucas Point Industrial Park. Across from the Cobourg Community Centre sits the Northam Industrial Park. Daniel Van Kampen and his team are responsible for looking after those industries and attracting new ones. He is the manager of economic development for the town of Cobourg. He also shares responsibility for bringing new retailers and services to the downtown and the rest of Cobourg. Continue Reading →

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The Murray Canal’s history is one of fierce lobbying, immense pressure and a lucky election victory

Murray Canal

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Just outside of Brighton, along County Road 64, is the beautiful Murray Canal. Today, it is a recreational waterway that takes boaters from Presqu’ile Bay to the Bay of Quinte. Most people use it to get to the Trent-Severn Waterway or to Kingston by boat. However, in the 19th century, businesspeople, residents, and politicians saw it as a vital route for commerce, national security, and safety. While the Welland and Rideau canals were built in the mid-1800s, the Murray Canal was consistently delayed. Continue Reading →

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School board chair will explain new strategic plan and its impact on kids in classrooms

Kid at computer

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The Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board trustees recently released a strategic plan for their term in office. The document is very short at a glance, with sweeping expressions of what they hope to achieve. In this interview, the school board chair, Jaine Klassen-Jeninga, will take us behind the plan to explain what is going on. She will give context and flush out the details. Most importantly, she will explain how the board’s goals will be measured and achieved over the next four years. Continue Reading →

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