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Waterfront options to get public input promises Cobourg councillor

For decades, Cobourg’s waterfront stored massive, towering piles of coal, waiting to be loaded on to ships bound for the American steel factories. Once those factories modernized, the piles disappeared. Yet, up until the late 1980s, it was still an industrial area, as huge oil tanks storing fuel. It is hard to imagine today what it looked like before when viewing the residential development, parks, marina, campground, and historic beach, that has attracted people since the 19th century. For many, the waterfront is the gem of the town. Continue Reading →

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Port Hope ready to invest resources in affordable housing and waterfront, says mayor and deputy mayor

 

Port Hope Mayor Bob Sanderson and Deputy Mayor Les Andrews focused on two major components of the town’s strategic plan during a lengthy interview: the waterfront and affordable housing. The interview covered topics ranging from cost-effective, efficient use of tax dollars, but also developing sustainable plans for the future. The mayor expressed sensitivity to environmental issues. The deputy mayor mapped out the future for developing business in the downtown. Both had a lot to say on many topics. Continue Reading →

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Brighton mayor prepares to take on international body to end flooding in Lake Ontario

It is almost a David and Goliath story. Brighton council charged Mayor Brian Orstrander to write the International Joint Commission, the organization in charge of controlling the water levels in Lake Ontario. They are concerned about a new water control plan introduced in 2014. It replaced a 60-year old document in the hopes of protecting coastal habitat along the north shore. Instead, some say, it has created the flooding problems facing so many municipalities, including Brighton. Continue Reading →

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Labour council adds its voice to opposition to provincial cuts in Northumberland, says spokesperson

Protesters gathered in front of Northumberland Peterborough South MPP David Picinni’s office Friday afternoon to mark the first anniversary of the election of the Progressive Conservative majority to voice their opposition to the numerous cuts to programs. Wendy Goode, a member of the executive of the Northumberland Labour Council, spoke about the role of the council in the community and the concerns over cuts. Originally aired: June 7, 2019 Continue Reading →

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Need for services; justice for all, says Northumberland Legal Aid executive director

 

Northumberland Legal Aid Executive Director Lois Cromarty unpacks the impact of the Ontario government’s cuts to services across the province and in Northumberland County specifically. While the government argues the demand for services is dropping,  Cromarty argues the need is as great as ever. Listen as she makes her case. Originally broadcast: May 10, 2019 Continue Reading →

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Cobourg council’s switch over salary increases leaves taxpayer’s group stunned

In a stunning turnaround, the Cobourg Taxpayers Association was left stunned after council changed its mind over the proposed increase in salary championed by the group. CTA member Paul Pagnuelo describes the group’s shock and dismay, as well as giving insight into why the association lobbied for proposal. Continue Reading →

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Ontario Health Coalition provides insightful critique of local response to health care changes

Ontario Health Coalition board member Sara LaBelle gives a passionate rebuttal to the provincial government’s proposed changes to the health care system. Beyond the arguments against privatization and a stern warning against the new powers included in the legislation, LaBelle delivers a warning to Northumberland residents about potential changes locally. She provides steps residents can take to make their views known, as well. Continue Reading →

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Government changes to health care system leave community health leader hopeful

 

Community Health Care Northumberland Executive Director Duff Sprague remains cautiously optimistic as the Ontario government’s proposed changes to the health care system unfold. He is proud of the work already taking place between the various service providers, but there is still more work to be done. He hopes a recent meeting with health minister Christine Elliott in Northumberland will help make the region a potential choice for a pilot program for the government. Continue Reading →

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Hospital continues to operate over capacity, but everyone is getting care, says NHH CEO

The hospital continues to operate over capacity, placing stresses on its ability to deal with patients in the emergency room, Northumberland Hills Hospital Executive Director Linda Davis says. In an interview with Consider This Northumberland,  she said the hospital currently fills 135 per cent of its beds, meaning it has one-third more people than the hospital can afford to operate. While it has received an additional $250,000 in funding from the Ontario government to open four more beds, it is not enough, Davis said, but the hospital works hard to ensure nobody is without care. In a series of candid answers, Davis outlined the challenges and successes of the hospital as it prepares for the proposed changes announced by the provincial government recently. She addresses directly complaints raised in the local news media about hallway medicine. Continue Reading →

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