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Cobourg mayor outlines issues for Cobourg Beach before upcoming debate

 

On May 19, the Ontario government announced it was relaxing a number of restrictions it put in place to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The idea was to “flatten the curve” to prevent widespread illness and death. While it allowed some businesses the ability to re-open in a limited way, it also permitted some recreational opportunities to start up. It was a chance to see if people could follow public health guidelines. Would individuals maintain physical distancing? Continue Reading →

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Re-opening the economy a delicate balance, says local MPP

 

The other day I was looking out my window only to see a local construction crew working on a roof. None of them were six feet apart. There was no physical distancing. The same day, I received an email from a national grocery chain heralding the expansion of hours, allowing more people into his company’s stores, along with the opening of meat counters and bakeries. Yet, scanning social media, there is a wave of people expressing their concerns that we are reopening too quickly. Continue Reading →

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DBIA meeting challenges of pandemic while preparing for future, says interim chair

Many will tell you small business is the heart of the Canadian economy. It is certainly at the core locally. When the provincial government issued its emergency order back in March, it divided things into essential and non-essential services. Those that were essential were to keep operating. The rest would be closed down. Continue Reading →

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Farmers prepare to meet challenges in face of pandemic

You can’t say it is an everyday sight to see a group of field tractors surrounding Northumberland Hills Hospital, along with a line of pick-up trucks following close behind. But that was the scene recently during a tractor parade organized by the Northumberland Federation of Agriculture to thank all the frontline staff at the hospital. It is a rare sight to see farmers being so public. Usually, they toil away quietly making sure we all have food in front of us. And, while you may see the odd billboard reminding you that Farmers feed Cities, these are not the type of people who take a bow. Continue Reading →

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Democracy isn’t dead in the midst of pandemic, especially in Alnwick-Haldimand

In the face of social distancing and self-isolation, it is good to know citizen activism is not dead. In fact, it is alive and well in Alnwick-Haldimand Township. And how a community got together to stop the council from making a decision that would profoundly impact them. Social media is not always a great place to be. It can be a place of disinformation, gossip, and rumours. Continue Reading →

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Innovative online lending aimed at helping local businesses, says county director

Northumberland County Economic Development Director Dan Borowec explains new lending opportunities for local businesses via an innovative online program called Lending Loop. He also discusses several new initiatives and describes the health of the local economy in the face of closures at Westons and Saputo. Please listen to this podcast. Originally aired: Feb. 28, 2020 Continue Reading →

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Brighton looks at possible lawsuit to address flooding as it weighs options

As Brighton council weighs its options, Brighton Mayor Brian Ostrander describes its next steps in the fight with the International Joint Commission over flooding along the shores of Lake Ontario. Council directed staff to seek legal advice that could involve the council, residents, and businesses in a lawsuit against the Commission. So far, it is going it alone. To find out why, please listen to this episode of Consider This. Also, in this interview hear how the mayor explains the nearly 5.5 per cent tax increase for the 2020 budget. Continue Reading →

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Fire service review, budget priorities and more from Hamilton Township Mayor Bill Cane

A $95,000 study of local fire service across Northumberland is underway, says Hamilton Township Mayor Bill Cane. There are 17 fire stations across the county, costing each municipality about $1 million to $1.5 million annually. With the provincial government anxious to cut costs at the municipal level, this is an important effort towards greater efficiency, Cane said. He also addresses Northumberland County council’s response to the concern of neighbours living near Transition House, the opioid epidemic and the rise of grow-ops in rural municipalities. Like all the municipalities within Northumberland, Hamilton Township faces many of the same issues: balancing budgets, providing critical services like fire and police protection. Continue Reading →

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Walmart gets more than $648,000 in total tax reimbursements, says town treasurer

Three separate local bodies will contribute more than $648,000 in tax reimbursements to Walmart after it won a major decision regarding a property reassessment announced in January. In an interview on Feb. 14, Cobourg Deputy Mayor Suzanne Seguin said Walmart received a tax break following an appeal to a provincial tribunal, costing the town $225,000 in its 2020 budget. The amount is about one per cent of the total budget, she said, adding it sent her back to find cuts to meet her target of a 1.9 per cent overall increase. Under the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC), it is possible to appeal the value of the property, both residential and commercial. Continue Reading →

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Cramahe citizen activist talks about zoning for cannabis, grow ops, muslim cemeteries and more

The Cramahe Community Association is not exactly a high profile citizen’s group. Yet for many years, Gritt Koehl and her husband, Ernie, have attended council meetings, written letters, organized residents and lobbied hard in an effort to hold politicians in her area to account. But don’t let the name of the group fool you. Gritt is not just active in Crahame Township, but also does her activist work in Alnwick-Haldimand and Brighton, as her website attests. In this interview, we talk about some of the pressing issues she and others are working on within East Northumberland. Continue Reading →

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