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Local realtor honoured with YMCA 2021 Peace Medal for supporting women’s shelter

Lindsey Edwards

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Sometimes it is fascinating to go behind the scenes. You know, pull back the curtain to see what is there. In this story, we do just that. It begins with Lindsey Edwards, a local realtor who has raised about $100,000 for Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre over the past few years. Besides her own donations, she has trekked across the Sahara Desert and the Purcell Mountains in British Columbia to raise money. Continue Reading →

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Advocacy group’s sixth annual Trans Day of Remembrance honours those who died due to hate and bigotry

TRANS DAY OF REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY

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There are activists in our community who hope to bring to our attention issues they feel are significant. It is a vital part of our community if we hope to see and understand others who live in Northumberland. Recently, one such group wants to focus our attention.  The Trans Day of Remembrance took place this Saturday at the Cobourg Police Station and Victoria Hall. It will commemorate those who have died due to violence and bigotry against trans people. It is the sixth time a local vigil has been held. Continue Reading →

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Advocates call for action on homelessness and affordable housing as prices skyrocket in Northumberland

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The housing market in Northumberland is red hot. Sales in September were up 10 percent over the same time last year. The price of a single-family home was up 30 percent over a year ago. If that doesn’t make you want to shake your head, think about this: The average home price in the county was more than $832,000. Renting a place can cost you anywhere from $1,500 a month to more than $3,000, depending on the apartment or house’s size, type, and location. Continue Reading →

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Video explains how Transition House seeks to better serve the homeless in Northumberland

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Not everything that happened during the pandemic was terrible. If you ask Anne Newman, executive director of Transition House, there were some positives. Transition House is the emergency shelter for homeless people in Northumberland. Sure, it was tough, she would tell you. But over the past few months, Transition House has worked hard to improve services. Continue Reading →

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Horizons of Friendship working to alleviate dire crisis caused by pandemic in Central America

Horizons of Friendship

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Three-quarters of the people living in Central America are not fully vaccinated. In Guatemala, it is barely five percent of the population. Many experts and organizations are calling it a crisis. In this interview, you will hear from Patricia Rebolledo, the executive director of Horizons of Friendship, describe the situation. Horizons is a Cobourg-based organization that has worked in Mexico and Central America for nearly 50 years. Continue Reading →

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Migrant workers end another season in Northumberland during COVID

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Every year anywhere from 100 to 300 migrant workers come to Northumberland to work on about 23 local farms. They arrive from Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. They supply a labour force to do many hard physical jobs, like picking fruits and vegetables. And for those who follow their work, these people are essential to our local economy. Migrant workers are wrapping up their season. So, it was an excellent opportunity to check in with Daniel Quesada, the community outreach officer for Horizons of Friendship. Continue Reading →

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Cobourg honours National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, plus launches new inclusion strategy

Cobourg crosswalk seven feathers

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This past week, Canadians were asked to reflect on the plight of Indigenous people who suffered in the residential school system. Local municipalities and the county government found ways to engage residents, staff, and politicians in educating themselves and others. Cobourg decided to paint a crosswalk orange with seven white feathers, representing seven sacred truths. But this effort and others are part of a larger change the municipality wants to make. It hopes to implement an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion strategy to create a more welcoming place. Continue Reading →

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Cornerstone expands services to provide new counselling programs for women and children

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Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre is about to expand its services once again as it rises to the challenge of meeting the needs of women and children who face abuse. It received $200,000 from the Ontario government to provide two programs. The first program provides more counselling to women who face abuse. The second is an enhanced children’s program for kids who witness abuse. This means women and children who have experienced trauma will get the psychotherapeutic counselling they need from Cornerstone. It also means women can come to one place to receive a range of services to fit their needs and the needs of their children from temporary shelter to counselling to therapy. Continue Reading →

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No surprise more people are interested in joining unions these day, says professor

Prof. Stephanie Ross

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It is as if you want to give your head a shake. In the middle of the pandemic, more people wanted to join a union. In fact, the number of those wanting to join a union peaked when the pandemic-related job losses were at their highest. My guest is not surprised. She would argue there are lots of people who want to join unions. Continue Reading →

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Green Wood Coalition seeks people for conversations about pressing issues post-pandemic

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What do you think? That is an excellent question. But not everyone is interested in the answer. Unless you are my guests this week. They care a lot about what people are thinking about these days. Continue Reading →

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