Social Justice

Issues related to social injustices within the community

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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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Awareness of plight of others higher this year, says Coldest Night of the Year organizer

Coldest Night of the Year 2023

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The temperature dropped to minus 16 degrees this past week. It snowed, and it rained, as well. When sitting at home or in an office, it is easy to forget people are living unsheltered in these conditions. The Coldest Night of the Year is a walk held in Port Hope designed to raise money and remind us what it is like to be homeless, especially in the winter. Event director Phil Redford will explain what is happening this year as his group tries to raise money and awareness about struggling people. Continue Reading →

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Sleeping cabin proposal before Cobourg council unpacked

Northumberland Sleeping Cabin Collective

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In December, the Cobourg council received a delegation from the Northumberland Sleeping Cabin Collective. It presented a proposal to build 12 units and support services on Furnace Street next to the old Memorial Arena. The proposal will cost about a quarter of a million dollars. This includes the cabins’ construction and operating costs for a six-month pilot project. The money will come from fundraising and contributions from the people living in the cabins. Continue Reading →

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Fare Share food bank see need skyrocket as people seeking help more than doubles

Fare Share workers sorting items

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Helen Donovan, the Chief Executive Officer of Fare Share, said in this interview there was a 61 percent increase over last year. A growing list of factors contributes to this surge. These include inflation, grocery prices, high cost of rent, and the number of people living in the community on fixed incomes. Christmas is a particularly rough time for those in need. So, the food bank is responding with numerous efforts. Continue Reading →

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Day of remembrance marks dramatic increases in demand at women’s shelter, says executive director

Nancy Johnston, executive director of Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre

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Fifty-two women in Ontario were killed by a spouse or partner over the last year. On average, that is one woman per week. It is a shocking statistic. The danger to women in abusive situations has grown since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020. And while measures related to the pandemic have changed, the increases in violence against women have not. Continue Reading →

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County opens warming room early as CAO explains $250,000 annual budget

St. Peter's Anglican Church Cobourg

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Here is Northumberland County CAO Jennifer Moore talking about the early opening of its warming room. It is a joint project of the county, Transition House, and St. Peter’s Anglican Church. It was scheduled to open on Dec. 5. Continue Reading →

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Details about a community-led temporary warming room at St. Andrew’s Church

Donations for the community-led warming room.

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Recently, a significant snowstorm drew into sharp focus the need for a warming room for people living in the rough. Some of those homeless people sought shelter in the bus terminal in downtown Cobourg. Through the actions of some advocates, the bus terminal was kept open during the storm. However, the people using the bus terminal were evicted when the storm was over. With nowhere else to go and the official warming room run by Northumberland County not ready, a group of volunteers quickly pulled together to create a temporary warming room at St. Continue Reading →

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Group hopes to build temporary sleeping cabins for homeless in Northumberland

Sleeping cabins

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After efforts, this summer to find a solution to people sleeping in parks and public spaces across Northumberland, a group of concerned citizens got together to propose a solution. Sleeping cabins are small huts of less than 100 sq. ft. that provide a secure, safe place for those who are homeless. These cabins are already being used in Kitchener, Peterborough, and Kingston with some success. Continue Reading →

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A view from the frontlines: Inside the CUPE protest in Northumberland

CUPE member Lynn Lewis.

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Last week, we watched as the Ontario government imposed a contract on support workers in our schools. These workers belong to the Canadian Union of Public Employees or CUPE. When it announced the deal is said Premier Doug Ford said he wanted to keep kids in the classroom. The provincial government also used the notwithstanding clause to prevent any appeals of its legislation. Then, last Friday, those workers held a protest. Continue Reading →

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Canada Cares seeks nominations in Northumberland and across Canada for caregiver awards

Canada Cares elderly woman in wheelchair

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Nearly half the population of Northumberland County are seniors. That means there are a lot of organizations and people dedicated to caring for the elderly. Whether it is Northumberland Community Care, Ed’s Hospice, or Meals on Wheels, numerous groups help. Then, there are the family members – spouses, sons, daughters, brothers, and sisters. Now, take another moment and think about all who look after those with physical and mental challenges. Continue Reading →

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