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Centennial Pool on chopping block, plus lifeguards, and other items in Cobourg draft budget

Cobourg Centennial Pool

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The draft 2023 budget was made public recently. It proposes a five percent increase or a hike of $138 on average. Council will be debating the budget on Monday. There is immense pressure on politicians. Inflation, interest rates, provincial downloading, police, the library, transit, and the harbour, among a long list of other items under fire. Continue Reading →

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Alderville chief angry over lack of consultation regarding proposed Brighton development

Gosport development site

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Last week, I brought you the story of a proposal to develop a 32-unit condominium in Brighton that has many residents worried. It also has the mayor and councillors concerned. The developer, JRB Williams Enterprises, wants to build on lands next to a provincially protected wetland on an area zoned for residential. An archeological assessment report submitted to the council says some Indigenous pottery was found dating back to 600 AD. Alderville Chief Dave Mowat is pretty upset. Continue Reading →

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Proposed Gosport development impacted in part by new provincial planning rules, says mayor

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While Brighton council must address concerns raised by residents, it also faces new pressures from the Ontario government. New policies governing the planning process were implemented late last year. These include cutting development costs, streamlining approvals, and speeding up the building of affordable housing. Mayor Brian Ostrander will talk about his reaction to the residents and their presentation at a public meeting on January 16. He will also address the new rules imposed by the province around the approval process. Continue Reading →

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Brighton residents express multiple concerns about a proposed development in Gosport

Gosport flood

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A proposal to develop a 32-unit condominium in Gosport, which is part of Brighton, has many residents worried. It also has the mayor and councillors concerned. The location is next to a provincially protected wetland close to the shores of Lake Ontario. The developer, JRB Williams Enterprises, wants to build on lands next to it zoned for residential. Residents packed the community center at a public meeting on January 16 to make their concerns known. Continue Reading →

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Warden outlines what is in store for Northumberland county council in 2023

Northumberland County warden Mandy Martin

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Northumberland County will spend about $200 million in 2023. That is all the salaries, programs, and services, plus the capital stuff like roads, new equipment, and so on. Understanding where your tax dollars get spent is crucial. Politicians are under the gun. It is up to the county council to spend it wisely. Continue Reading →

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County CAO explains how tax dollars are being spent across Northumberland

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Property taxes! How much are local taxes going up this year? Hopefully, I have your attention right now. January is budget month across Northumberland County. Municipal councils are working overtime to finalize their budgets. Continue Reading →

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Looking back and forward as Chief Dave Mowat provides an update

Alderville Pow Wow 2022

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Lots is going on in Alderville. The council has made numerous land purchases over the past year as the reserve expands its boundaries. Economic development continues. There is a band council election coming up later this year. Chief Dave Mowat will update us on all this and more. Continue Reading →

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Northumberland Federation of Agriculture president critiques provincial farm to fork plan

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The Ontario government recently released a plan aimed at helping farmers. There are a host of issues challenging all those who put food on our table. The changes are aimed at the food supply chain. That is the path from farm to fork. It looks at what can be done to deal with everything from labour shortages to the use of advanced technology. Continue Reading →

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Tenant’s rights eroding as province continues to hold online hearings, advocates say

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If you got an eviction notice, had trouble paying your rent, or the landlord was not fixing a tap in the kitchen, you could go to the Landlord and Tenant Board for a hearing. This is a tribunal meant to resolve these kinds of disputes. During the pandemic, the board began holding hearings online. Then, last spring, the board decided it would not go back to in-person hearings. Instead, it would remain digital. Continue Reading →

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Cobourg Mayor Lucas Cleveland outlines lessons learned since election and gearing up

COBOURG MAYOR LUCAS CLEVELAND

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Last week, the newly elected Cobourg council was sworn in. There was much pomp and circumstance as each member took their oath of office. Friends, family, and supporters were on hand to enjoy the moment. It was also significant as the new mayor, Lucas Cleveland, gave his inaugural speech, outlining his path forward. Cleveland provided a glimpse of his vision for going forward among the many thank-yous. Continue Reading →

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