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Organizational review looks to improve services, prepare for future, says CAO

Environmental Services Team for Cobourg

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In January, the Ontario government announced it was spending $40 million to help small and rural municipalities improve the delivery of critical programs and services. It is part of a more significant effort to create a more efficient municipal government and save taxpayers money. Every municipality in Northumberland is tasked with reviewing how it works and serves the public. Making the town hall run smoothly is a huge task. As you are about to hear, it is one job Cobourg CAO Tracey Vaughan takes on with enthusiasm. Continue Reading →

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Citizen’s group wins reduction in electricity bills for Lakefront Utilities customers and more

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The electricity bill. Yeah, the one that arrives regularly. Most of us pay it. For some, it is not always easy to understand all those line items and what they mean. It can be a challenge to pay for others, like seniors on fixed incomes or people on low incomes. Continue Reading →

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Advocates call for action on homelessness and affordable housing as prices skyrocket in Northumberland

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The housing market in Northumberland is red hot. Sales in September were up 10 percent over the same time last year. The price of a single-family home was up 30 percent over a year ago. If that doesn’t make you want to shake your head, think about this: The average home price in the county was more than $832,000. Renting a place can cost you anywhere from $1,500 a month to more than $3,000, depending on the apartment or house’s size, type, and location. Continue Reading →

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Parade organizers across Northumberland mixed as each decides on safest plans under new guidelines

Cobourg Santa Claus parade

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With the holiday season on the horizon, communities across Northumberland are gearing up. One of the most significant events is the Santa Claus parade. It is a chance for families to see bands play, beautiful floats, and, of course, the kids get to see Santa. Last year, the pandemic changed all that. Many communities cancelled the Santa Claus parade. Continue Reading →

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Cobourg honours National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, plus launches new inclusion strategy

Cobourg crosswalk seven feathers

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This past week, Canadians were asked to reflect on the plight of Indigenous people who suffered in the residential school system. Local municipalities and the county government found ways to engage residents, staff, and politicians in educating themselves and others. Cobourg decided to paint a crosswalk orange with seven white feathers, representing seven sacred truths. But this effort and others are part of a larger change the municipality wants to make. It hopes to implement an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion strategy to create a more welcoming place. Continue Reading →

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Port Hope working on truth and reconciliation, says mayor on eve of national holiday

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When you read the 2015 final report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, it speaks directly to the various levels of government urging them to act. Mainly, it focuses on things related to the federal and provincial levels of government. The mention of municipal levels of government is not as much. And, yet, it does talk about educating municipal public servants, releasing archival documents related to Indigenous people, engaging Indigenous people in policies that would impact them, and honour the contributions of local Indigenous people to the community. Port Hope Mayor Bob Sanderson explains how the council and staff are working towards meeting those goals as the town honours the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Continue Reading →

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Alderville chief recalls government’s record as National Day for Truth and Reconciliation approaches as

Alderville residential schools

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On September 30, the federal government set aside the day for Canadians to reflect on a travesty of residential schools. It is a statutory holiday officially called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The government approved it in August. You may recognize the date. September 30 was Orange Shirt Day. Continue Reading →

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SPECIAL EDITION: Local Chief Returning Officer on what to expect at polls on voting day

VOTER LINE UP

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This is a special election edition of Consider This Northumberland. On Monday, Sept 20, many Canadians will be going to the polls to cast their vote. The fourth wave of the pandemic is casting a long shadow on the voters as they navigate local polling stations. In an exclusive interview, Reporter Marc Cowin spoke with Ann MacDonald, chief returning officer for Northumberland Peterborough South. She explains all the necessary details for local voters, plus she addresses some of the myths and misinformation surrounding voting in this election. Continue Reading →

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Old age pension, healthcare, protecting the vulnerable are key issues for local voters

ELECTION BOOTH

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Marc Cowin, a reporter at Northumberland 89.7 FM, will share a special in-depth project he has worked on over the past few weeks. He went out into the field to speak with Northumberland County voters about the issues and concerns they want candidates to address. I think you will find what he discovered very interesting. Originally aired: Sept. 17, 2021 Continue Reading →

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Green Party candidate chats about party chaos, universal basic income and her deep roots in the community

Christina Wilson, Green Party candidate

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With the third week of the federal election campaign wrapping up, the dynamic is shifting as polls show the race is tightening. One of the more interesting stories this past week was the rise of the People‚Äôs Party of Canada, slightly surpassing the Green Party. His the Green Party candidate for Northumberland Peterborough South Christina Wilson. Originally aired: September 3, 2021 Continue Reading →

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