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Archive for July 2009

Church fight could create major firestorm

July 22, 2009

July 22, 2009 Ste. Anne’s Inn and Spa owner Jim Corcoran applied to the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal for a hearing saying he faced sexual discrimination when he was removed from serving at the alter during mass at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Cobourg. The application not only includes the church, but 12 members of […]

Violence against women remembered this time of year

July 22, 2009

July 8, 2009 A 41 year-old Cobourg man allegedly punched his partner several times in the face inside their Havelock Street residence in Cobourg last Friday. The woman intervened in an argument between the man and his son. She was pushed into some furniture, at first. Then, the couple went downstairs, where he is alleged […]

Is Northumberland County ready for Twitter revolution

July 22, 2009

June 24, 2009 The San Francisco-based Twitter, a popular two-year old micro-blog site, is helping to fuel the Iranian democratic protests with stunning results. It is part of an overall resistance movement using social media against the election results last week after President Mahmoud Ahmakinejad declared victory. Not since the 1979 Islamic Revolution has an […]

Candidates must declare finances, not hide

July 22, 2009

June 10, 2009 Behind closed doors, federal MPs approved a plan that will allow politicians to create massive war chests filled with undeclared money as a means of getting around current election finance legislation. Members of Parliament will be exempt from publicly declaring cash and benefits received from political parties and riding associations after a […]

Causal workers hurt economy, not help

July 22, 2009

May 27, 2009 As summer heats up, Northumberland County resident may be getting pretty thirsty for their favourite wine or liquor after workers at the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) gave their union a strike mandate last week. The 6,000 members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSUE) want more permanent jobs, along […]

Flicker of light at end of dark economic tunnel

July 22, 2009

May 13, 2009 After months of crushing economic news, a bit of light shone through last week. The American jobless rate continues to be very bad and getting worse, but at a slower rate. When the figures were released last week 539,000 people lost their jobs and unemployment hit 8.9 per cent. That is not […]

Police boards back at table for another round

July 22, 2009

April 29, 2009 Like a punch-drunk boxer, Port Hope and Cobourg officials are sitting down for another set of discussions on the future of policing in West Northumberland. Oblivious to the pain this inflicts on the public, the two sides revisit one of the oldest political deliberations in Northumberland history, comparable only to the 25 […]

Predictions of Liberal minority government nothing more than slick politics

July 22, 2009

First published: May 31, 2004 It seems silly. All the predictions about a minority government has people all lathered up. Reporters and columnists are obsessing; particularly after Liberal leadership rival Brian Tobin proffered his opinion about the possibility of a Liberal minority on CTV Questions Period Sunday. This appears to be nothing more than a […]

Fond memories of historic lodge in Cobourg

July 22, 2009

First published: June 02, 2004 The closing of Illahee Lodge is very sad. The beautiful building at the bottom of Ontario Street in Cobourg, situated on the waterfront, was a summer retreat for many low-income seniors from Toronto. The Family Services of Toronto has operated the lodge for about 60 years. Unfortunately, it needs about […]

Fulton report should be mandatory reading for community leaders

July 22, 2009

First published: June 03, 2004 In light of the events in the past two weeks, the findings of a report released last week the Northumberland Children’s Aid Society by consultant Robert Fulton need to be read carefully by every politician, senior civil servant and anyone who cares deeply about the future of our community. The […]