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Scouts from Northumberland County saddened by loss of Cobourg Scout Reserve as politicians voted to end lease

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Sometimes news stories are complex. There is a need for many voices, and interviewing just one person doesn’t capture everything going on. This week, Consider This Northumberland is doing something different. Rather than its usual interview format, a short documentary feature is being used to tell an important story impacting kids in the county and beyond. In February, county council passed a motion to end a lease agreement with Scouts Canada for the Cobourg Scout Reserve on Highway 45. Continue Reading →

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Port Hope residents urged to participate in climate survey to drive municipality towards change

Port Hope Flooding

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It is easy to say there is a climate crisis. It is much harder to fix it. Rising lake levels closed beaches and caused property damage along the shores of Lake Ontario across the county. Flooding along rivers and creeks is more evidence. Then, there are the sweltering, dry summers. Continue Reading →

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Northumberland climate activists call for big changes to vehicles, farming, and home heating during meeting with MP

 

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While most of us are fretting about getting a vaccine to stem the pandemic, some people in Northumberland are focusing their attention on other global concerns, like climate change. This interview with Consider This Northumberland looks at a local initiative on climate change. The group is called Blue Dot Northumberland. It is a chapter of a national movement fighting climate change. Members from this group recently met with Northumberland Peterborough South MP Philip Lawrence. Continue Reading →

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Chamber CEO praises initiatives to help small business, women and worker’s retraining

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The provincial budget delivered earlier this week appears to have two goals. The first is continuing to address the fiscal demands of the pandemic. The second is to provide ongoing support to people and the economy in the hopes of creating a path to a post-pandemic world. The result is a record-setting $38.5 billion deficit for 2020 and an additional $33 billion deficit for this coming year. In interviews earlier this week,  Northumberland-Peterborough South MPP David Piccini talked about the details of the budget. Continue Reading →

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Cobourg’s mayor explains council’s decision to approve a rehab centre at former Woodlawn Inn

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As promised last week, when I interview Cobourg Mayor John Henderson recently about the future of the Brookside Youth Detention Centre, I also took the opportunity to talk to him about plans to convert the former Woodlawn Inn – a well-known boutique hotel and restaurant on Division Street – into a residential drug and alcohol treatment centre. The company behind the proposal is the Canadian Centre for Addictions. It runs a similar facility in Port Hope. As you would expect, neighbours and others expressed deep concerns about the location. Still, the council approved the plan. Continue Reading →

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Who should use Cobourg Beach? Report looks at economic impact of tourism

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When the town decided to close Cobourg Beach last summer due to the pandemic, it was cause for some serious reflection. In fact, it drew attention to a lot of issues lying just below the surface. Who uses the beach? Is it a public place? And who has jurisdiction over it? Continue Reading →

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The future of former youth detention centre, including historic mansion, still to be determined

Sitting on the edge of a 70-acre piece of prime real estate on King Street, in the east end of Cobourg, sits Strathmore House. You might know it as the administration building for the Brookside Youth Detention Centre. It is one of the last palatial historic homes from the 19th century in Cobourg. It was built in the mid-1870s by a local lawyer and county court judge, George M. Clark. He was born in Belleville and moved to Cobourg as a young man to start apprentice as a lawyer. Continue Reading →

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Controversy between snowmobile club and county over use of Northumberland Forest trails

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There is a controversy over an agreement between Northumberland County and a local snowmobile club over the use of the Northumberland Forest. I spoke with County Warden Bob Crate and with the president of the Great Pine Ridge Snowmobile Association, Steve Horner. The snowmobile club sent its usual agreement, one that is was signed by the county in the past. It is also used by other snowmobile clubs and nearly every other municipality in Ontario. But this year, it was different. Continue Reading →

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In the face of recent struggles, Port Hope Chamber CEO says businesses remains optimistic about future

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Keeping the economy from collapsing at the same time stopping the spread of the COVID-19 virus is a balancing act. It is complex, and it isn’t easy. Public health officials want to keep the lid on the spread of the virus until they can get needles in their arms. They hope to get on top of the virus before variants create even more problems. Last week, we heard from Dr. Ian Gemmill, the acting Chief Medical Officer of Health for the local health unit. Meanwhile, politicians and business owners are worried that we will be plunged into a recession or even a depression without sufficient economic activity. They worry it will take years before we will recover. Continue Reading →

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Hospital CEO reflects on nearly eights years of service at the hospital after announcing retirement

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Cobourg is a long way from a farm in Alberta where Linda Davis, the CEO of Northumberland Hills Hospital, grew up. Yet, you will hear her mention several times in this interview about her love of being in the barn. Her daughter is an equestrian. And she loves spending time with her daughter. Last week, Davis announced her retirement. Continue Reading →

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