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Advocating for homeless and affordable housing priority, not politics, says Beatty

Nicole Beatty councillor

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Cobourg Councillor Nicole Beatty is pushing hard to get the issue of homelessness addressed in the community. At a special meeting dedicated to the homeless crisis on July 4, Beatty was vocal, looking to expedite action. First, there was the staff report on encampments. The council unanimously decided to keep the status quo with a few minor changes. Next, there was Beatty’s initiative. Continue Reading →

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Transition House has empty beds, but more needed to solve homeless crisis, says executive director

Transition House

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Nothing is more fundamental than food and shelter. Today’s show looks at two aspects of those struggling in the community. First, Anne Newman, executive director of Transition House, will speak candidly about the homeless situation. While people sleep rough in parks and public spaces, Newsman said Transition House has empty beds. Newman also offers solutions. Continue Reading →

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Rising numbers of people using food bank in face of inflation, gas prices, says CEO

Northumberland Fare Share Food Bank

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In Cobourg and Port Hope, 550 households will seek help from the Northumberland Fare Share Food Bank on any given week. These are people from a wide range of backgrounds: unemployed professionals, seniors living on a fixed income, young families, working poor, and youth. For some, it takes courage to overcome the barriers of asking for help. For others, there is little choice as they cannot find enough work to cover the rising costs of food, rent, gas, and other necessities. Helen Donovan, the CEO of the food bank, will tell you many heartbreaking stories of people who come every week to get a few days of food as they struggle. Continue Reading →

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Responding to an overdose death: See the person, not just the problem, says advocate

MIssy McLean

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Just after midnight Thursday, a 36-year-old man was found in distress in the lobby of a local bank on King Street. Police officers discovered him and tried to help. Sadly, he died. Missy McLean is a director for Moms Stop The Harm. She is a local activist working hard to change local attitudes toward those who are addicted to drugs and their families. Continue Reading →

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Trent Hills celebrates its first official Pride events with weekend packed with fun

Campbellford BIA Pride Bench

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Trent Hills Pride is holding its first official celebrations this weekend. It is another first for Northumberland County. Two events were held previously, but over the past year, a group of dedicated people have organized a three-day event. It started yesterday, and it is packed with fun things to do. You will want to hear all about it. Continue Reading →

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Open letter calls on county residents to share ideas around solving homeless crisis

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According to Northumberland County official reports, 78 people are homeless. It could be more. There are only 24 beds at Transition House, the county’s only emergency shelter. People are sleeping in tents in the local woods. They sleep on the beach. Continue Reading →

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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

Daycare

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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

Pope apology

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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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