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Hospital board looking to become more diverse and inclusive during recruitment drive

Northumberland Hills Hospital Board 2019

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If you were to look at a group picture of the board of the Northumberland Hills Hospital, some things would stand out. First, you need to remove all the staff and department heads to see the community members. Then, you will notice there are more women than men. You might also notice that there is not a lot of diversity regarding representatives from community members beyond that. If you dig a bit deeper, you might also find there is not a lot of inclusiveness regarding race, economic class, and age. Continue Reading →

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Parents get a break as province announces $10 per day childcare, says county manager

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The province recently announced a deal with the federal government to provide $10-a-day childcare for kids under five. For parents in Northumberland, this is welcome news. Families pay about $45/day on average in the county. That is a significant saving. It sounds like great news. Continue Reading →

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Alderville Chief responds to Pope’s apology to Indigenous people over residential schools

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On April 1, Pope Francis delivered a historic apology. Speaking to a delegation from First Nations, Metis, and Inuit representatives, the Pope asked for God’s forgiveness for the Catholic Church’s role in running portions of the residential school system. The Anglican and United churches of Canada have already given formal apologies. For some indigenous people, the apology is too little too late. For others, it was an emotionally cathartic moment, lifting decades of shame and hurt over the abuse suffered by children at the schools. Continue Reading →

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Longtime executive director of Horizons of Friendship reflects on career helping others in Central America

Patricia Rebelledo

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Above a thrift shop in downtown Cobourg are the tiny offices of Horizons of Friendship. This international non-government organization has supported various groups across Central America since the mid-1970s. Back in 1990, Patricia Rebelledo arrived from Costa Rica to join the staff to work with various groups in that region of the world. Not too long after her arrival, she moved up in the organization until she became executive director. For the past 20 years, she has guided the organization to take on projects to help indigenous people, women, children, and others in the face of political hardship, economic disparity, and natural disasters. Continue Reading →

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Ontario Health Team Northumberland wants to know what you think about local healthcare

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Wait times. How many times have you had to wait to get medical care? How long have you waited in the emergency room? How about a doctor’s office? To get home care? Continue Reading →

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A house goes on an incredible journey thanks to Habitat for Humanity Northumberland

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In 2020, just before the pandemic hit, a Cobourg developer decided not to demolish a house on University Avenue. Instead, he called Habitat for Humanity Northumberland. Meghan MacDonald, the executive director, jumped at the chance to get a home it could renovate for a family in need. But before anything could be done, the pandemic hit. Suddenly, she was scrambling to figure out all the protocols and what could be done to save this house. Continue Reading →

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A group of women seeking support in Northumberland to bring Afghan family safely to Canada

Afghan families flee

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Millions of refugees are pouring out of Ukraine. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has already offered to give them a place to go. There is no doubt this is a humanitarian crisis. Still, there are other refugees from different countries seeking asylum, too. According to a CBC investigation, Canada failed to meet its target of welcoming 81,000 refugees in 2021. Continue Reading →

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Northumberland Labour Council issues letter condemning protest, government and police

Protest Labour Letter

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As the Freedom Convoy protest was reaching its peak last week, the Northumberland Labour Council wrote a scathing open letter expressing its disdain for what it saw as racism, hatred, and misinformation. There was a lot of criticism, not just for the protesters but for the government and police. It also made several demands. Here is President Dan Tobin explaining the council’s concerns. Originally aired: February 25, 2022 Continue Reading →

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Freedom Convoy Orange Shirt Day video upsets Alderville Chief

ORANGE SHIRT DAY CONVOY

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Last week, members of the Freedom Convoy posted a video on Facebook urging children and parents to honour Orange Shirt Day. It asked children to walk out of class on February 11. It was meant to be an act of solidarity with those involved with the truckers’ protests in Ottawa and on international borders. However, February 11 is not Orange Shirt Day. It is September 30. Continue Reading →

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Coldest Night of the Year raises awareness and money to support the homeless, says organizer

Coldest Night of the Year

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With the recent wave of freezing weather, it is not hard to imagine what it must be like when you don’t have shelter. Once again, local organizers of the Coldest Night of the Year are asking for support. The walk-a-thon hopes to raise more than just money. It hopes to increase people’s understanding of the hardships many homeless people face when they don’t have a home or enough food or can’t find enough resources to live. You will hear Phil Redford talk about the event and its goals. Continue Reading →

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