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Transition House prepares to move back to Chapel Street into new home with a new plan

For those who face barriers finding a home, Transition House is an emergency shelter in Cobourg where they can find a place to sleep, a decent meal, and, hopefully, begin a journey back from the many difficulties they face. When the pandemic hit, the shelter was not well suited to provide the necessary protections for its clients. Through a collaboration of many people, a closed high school in Cobourg, CCI, was opened as a temporary location. But with fall quickly approaching and public schools reopening, clients and staff will return to the old Chapel Street building. Anne Newman, executive director of Transition House, spoke with me about the move back and the results of the organization’s recent annual general meeting. Continue Reading →

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Legal Centre helps navigate rights during COVID-19 crisis

The deluge of announcements from the provincial and federal responding to the COVID-19 crisis over the past few weeks can easily leave a person confused. Employment subsidies, benefits, deferrals are a few of the keywords often repeated by officials. But what does all the mean to you and me? Well on today’s show I hope we can get you some of those answers. Joining me by phone to help us sort through some of these new initiatives is Lois Cromarty, executive director of the Help and Legal Centre of Northumberland. Continue Reading →

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Need for services; justice for all, says Northumberland Legal Aid executive director


Northumberland Legal Aid Executive Director Lois Cromarty unpacks the impact of the Ontario government’s cuts to services across the province and in Northumberland County specifically. While the government argues the demand for services is dropping,  Cromarty argues the need is as great as ever. Listen as she makes her case. Originally broadcast: May 10, 2019 Continue Reading →

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Helping women find affordable housing, women’s shelter steps up to tackle the issue

A program aimed at pairing women to share accommodations was relaunched earlier this week. Cornerstone Executive Director Nancy Johnston and Homeshare worker Deb Racine talk about the innovative, creative way this program helps women in the community find affordable housing in the face of a major shortage within Northumberland County. Johnston also explains how the women’s shelter is collaborating with a developer to provide affordable rental units in Cobourg. Continue Reading →

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Mobile outreach program to be launched in new year, says Salvation Army leader

Starting in 2019, the Salvation Army will operate a mobile service in Cobourg and Port Hope to serve those in need as part of a pilot program requested by Northumberland poverty groups, police, fire and emergency services. Captain Michael Simpson said beginning in the new year a retrofitted recreational vehicle will start touring through the two towns to bring emergency services and other programs directly to people in need. “If folks can’t make it into an office, maybe they do not feel comfortable going into an office, we will go out to them – to where the people are,” he said during an interview on Consider This Northumberland on Dec. 14. The mobile program is meant to be an extension of many of the things the Salvation Army already does through its offices on Swayne Street in Cobourg and Peter Street in Port Hope. Continue Reading →

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More cooperation needed between health care providers and women’s shelter, says executive director

There needs to be more co-operation between Cornerstone women’s shelter, the hospital, doctors, and nurses when it comes to referring those who face domestic abuse, says the executive director of the family violence prevention centre Nancy Johnston. This is one of the key challenges in helping women who are victims of violence, said Johnson during an interview Friday on Consider This Northumberland. “A gap exists. We need to strengthen our relationships with the health sector. Often times, believe it or not, we are not seeing a lot of referrals coming in,” she said. Continue Reading →

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Families in Northumberland left homeless study finds

A surprising number of families in the community are homeless, according to experts. Consider This Live looks at the recently released homeless study for Northumberland County with the help of its authors and advocates, including Greenwood Coalition Community Director David Sheffield, Northumberland County Social Services Director Lisa Horne, Housing First Coordinator Kerri Kightly as part of the Drive Time on Northumberland 89.7 FM. Continue Reading →

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Services for new Canadian delivered in Cobourg

New Canadians Centre Cobourg Office Administrator Luz Ofelia Maya provided insights into the multitude of services provided to local immigrants by her and local volunteers during Consider This Live, as part of the Drive Time on Northumberland 89.7 FM. Continue Reading →

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