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Balancing rights critical as Cobourg Police charge protesters as they violate emergency orders

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For the past few weeks, Cobourg Police officers have charged protesters in front of Victoria Hall as they gather to defy provincial stay-at-home orders and other regulations to deliver their anti-pandemic message. For some in the community, there is a sigh of relief as concerns over the spread of COVID-19 and its variants have escalated in Northumberland. There are those who ask why this was not done sooner. Yet, there are others who raise concerns about the rights of people to express their views and gather peacefully. The laying of charges was such a major change in the approach by the police, a press conference was held last week to explain what was going on. Continue Reading →

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Teachers, children, and parents scrambling to prepare for remote learning after Spring Break, says union rep

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The decision sent teachers, children, and parents scrambling just before the Spring Break as the Ontario government announced it would be returning to remote learning for all students across the province. Since Easter, the spread of COVID-19 is setting records across Ontario and here in Northumberland. The break was meant to be a time for everyone in the school system to catch their breath. Now, it means teachers must spend their time preparing to deliver lessons online. For parents, it can mean big changes at home and disruption. Continue Reading →

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New rural outreach clinic marks collaborative efforts by municipality and health team to increase access

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On April 5, 2021, the new rural outreach clinic in Colborne was open for business. A month before, officials gathered to mark the completion of the new facility. Through a collaboration between the municipality and the Ontario Health Team, the clinic will be offering mental health services, foot care, diabetes education, and a host of other programs aimed at improving access to health care. In this interview with Consider This Northumberland, Cramahe Township Mayor Mandy Martin talks about the unique opportunity and the efforts by all parties to make this clinic a reality. It is the county’s first rural outreach clinic and was a major promise of the Northumberland Ontario Health Team when it was created. Continue Reading →

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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

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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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