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Chair of ad hoc committee provides another perspective on short-term rentals in township

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Earlier this week, the report from the ad hoc committee on short-term rentals in Alnwick-Haldimand Township was officially brought before the planning committee of council. Many delegates and council members spoke about the divisive nature of the issue and the need to get it right. Councillors deferred any action to give politicians and the public a chance to provide more input and consider the numerous delegations at the meeting. Have a listen and see what you think. Originally aired: May 26, 2023 Continue Reading →

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Northumberland tourism businesses responding to pandemic, says county manager

Tourism is a major contributor to the regional economy. It brings $122 million to the county annually. And, while it is most obvious during the seasonal period between the Victoria Day weekend through to Thanksgiving, it sustains many related businesses. It directly employs about seven per cent of the county’s workforce. Just think about all the weekend events, Canada Day, festivals, and other attractions, not to forget the cottage rentals, marinas and boat launches that give recreational opportunities to a wide variety of people from across Ontario, Quebec and the United States. Continue Reading →

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Cobourg council needs to tread lightly when it comes to Rotary

Recently, Cobourg politicians have walked a razor’s edge when it comes to the activities of the local Rotary Club. The interaction has lessons for all municipalities across Northumberland County

It began in mid-May when environmental concerns were raised over the club’s RibFest event held in August. RibFest is a travelling BBQ extravaganza involving a number of chef’s competing and cooking BBQ. The event takes place in Victoria Park. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Environmental concerns linger after Rotary RibFest gets approval

By Robert Washburn

Despite concerns raised about potential damage to trees in Victoria Park, Cobourg council gave its blessing to the annual event Monday night. In approving a permit to hold the 2011 RibFest in Victoria Park this summer, concerns about the environmental impact of the event were raised at the committee of the whole on May 9.  RibFest is a BBQ competition amongst several professional chefs, along with a bazaar and concerts. Councillor Miriam Mutton said the cookers used by the BBQs send heat, steam and oil into the air, stressing the leaves and trees. Also, spillage from the units also goes into the ground, damaging the lawns and the tree root systems. It can take up to five years before evidence of damage will be noticeable, she said. Continue Reading →

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Impact study pays in a big way for Cobourg

By Robert Washburn

An inexpensive tourism study about the Sandcastle Festival is paying big dividends in Cobourg, the tourism events coordinator said Thursday. Lara Scott said she was able to do an economic impact study for $1,000 through the Festival and Events Ontario non-profit organization, which normally would cost between $10,000 to $20,000. She presented the findings of the survey to council Monday night. Through the festival organization, she joined with 48 other tourism groups to have a study done last year by Toronto-based Enigma Research.  It found the event brought in about 7,000 people, of which 5,110 people were from out of town. Continue Reading →

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