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Affordable housing picture stark, but optimistic, Green Wood Coalition leader indicates

There is a possibility new affordable housing may be coming to Northumberland County, said one of Northumberland most vocal advocates on poverty and homeless issues. Green Wood Coalition Community Director David Sheffield said he is aware of discussions going on that could lead to new affordable housing projects in an interview with Consider This Northumberland on Jan. 4. “There are a number of things that are not public information at this point – developers, folks working in the affordable housing realm that are essentially projects that would turn into some housing,” he said. Things are very tentative, he added, saying many factors will have to align, including federal government funding, before a formal, public announcement would be made. Continue Reading →

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Seeds of populist movements found in Northumberland County, local lawyer and activist says.

Populist politics is finding its way into local politics, says a local lawyer and activist. Colin Browne said he notices locally a vast difference in attitudes between urban and rural people, which elsewhere in the world have been the impetus for the rise of populist movements. “There is a split between urban areas and the hinterland. And that has been associated with populism internationally,” he said. Populist movements, especially in the United States, are misrepresented by stereotypes and fail to provide a true picture of the group and its goals, he said in a recent interview. Continue Reading →

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Old hospital could be converted into affordable housing, Port Hope mayor says

The old Port Hope hospital building on Ward Street could be repurposed for much needed affordable housing, Port Hope’s mayor said in a recent interview. Mayor Bob Sanderson said he is making inquiries into the feasibility of converting the historic building with some help from the municipal government and other levels, along with private sector partners, if needed. The owner of the property, Southbridge Care Homes Inc., has proposed redevelopment of the site to create a new long-term care facility. “If we can get all the elements, it could be a win-win,” he said in a recent interview on Consider This Northumberland. While nothing is official, Sanderson said he is optimistic a deal can be reached despite months of tension between Southbridge, and others who wish to see a new long-term care facility built. Meanwhile, architectural conservationists in Port Hope want to see the building preserved. Continue Reading →

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Divisive American-style politics comes to Northumberland, says MP

The divisive, populist American-style politics exists in Northumberland County, says Northumberland-Peterborough South MP Kim Rudd. She has experienced first-hand racist rants and misogynist messages via email and social media. Rudd shares personal stories of her encounters and her personal responses. As well,  Rudd talks about what led her to step down as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources and how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a rare visit to a nomination meeting. Finally, Rudd discusses the upcoming federal election, which is just less than one year away. Continue Reading →

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Health unit responds to elimination of Basic Income pilot project

Premier Doug Ford and the Progressive Conservative government terminated the Basic Income program started by the Liberals during the summer session at Queen’s Park. The pilot program was meant to last one year, but it is cut short, leaving the recipients stranded. In response, the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit wrote a letter urging the government to change its mind. Public Health nurse Kristina Nairn talks about the impact of the changes on the people and public health, along with the contents of the letter on Consider This Live, part of the Drive Time on Northumberland 89.7 FM. Continue Reading →

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Municipal Election 2018: Sharp champions infrastructure, openness on council

Cramahe Township council candidate Derek Sharp enters municipal politics after a run for a provincial seat last spring. The Trillium Party candidate has shifted his focus to local issues including infrastructure, connecting with residents and economic revitalization during an interview on a special edition of Consider This Live, part of the municipal election series on Northumberland 89.7 FM. Continue Reading →

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Municipal Election 2018: Terry Hickey tackles hospital controversy head on

Port Hope mayoral candidate Terry Hickey explains his position on the hospital over the past few months in a candid conversation, along with the purchase of the Queen Street mall and the future of the West Beach during a lively interview on a special edition of Consider This Live, part of the municipal election series on Northumberland 89.7 FM. Continue Reading →

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