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Canada – U.S. trade deal not so good for municipalities

February 27, 2010

Municipal leaders across Northumberland should take a moment to pause and consider the Conservative government’s newest Canada-U.S. trade deal announced late last week because it could mean more economic pain that it is suppose to relieve. Prime Minister Stephen Harper was busy extolling the virtues of a new trade that will remove the unrestricted right […]

Keeping hospital plans secret an insult to local taxpayers

February 27, 2010

The recent concerns raised around future services at Northumberland Hills Hospital is a major misstep as it keeps its plans under wraps rather than being transparent. Rumours wildly circulating around the possible closure of the palliative care unit that looks after fatally ill people raised the ire of former hospital chief fundraiser Bill Patchett recently. […]

Winners and losers in Samsung’s deal with Ontario

January 29, 2010

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty’s announcement of a $7-billion deal allowing Samsung Group and a Korean utility to build 2,500 megawatts of solar and wind farms in Ontario last week may appear on the surface to be good news, but it is problematic in many ways. There are definitely winners. Samsung gets cash incentives, a toehold […]

Community centre name should reflect vision, not myopia of bottom line

January 18, 2010

As fundraising consultant Ian Fraser outlined his campaign strategy before Cobourg council to raise $3.1 million for the new community centre, the issue of naming rights was raised. It is not uncommon for major fundraising drives to seek extraordinary donations from corporations and, in turn, give over naming rights.  Look at the General Motors Place […]

Community volunteerism is what makes Northumberland special

January 1, 2010

It was a small item on the front page of this newspaper Monday: More than 1,100 hampers go out. It seems through the generosity of organizations like the Northumberland United Way and the Food 4 All Warehouse, a record number of food hampers will be distributed throughout the county this holiday season. Programs run by […]

Local organizations fail to commemorate Montreal Massacre

December 17, 2009

As Canadians marked the 20th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, when Marc Lapine killed14 young women inside the L’Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal, it felt very disheartening. Sunday was the actual anniversary. But earlier in the week, Minister for the Status of Women Helena Guergis held a tribute ceremony in the House of Commons foyer. It […]

Knuckle-dragging on policing issue

December 17, 2009

Being a police officer in West Northumberland is tough. Forget the crime or the criminals for a second and take a moment to feel for these men and women who put their lives on the line every day. Then, think about how demoralizing it must be to work for political masters who say they care […]

What will it take to find peace?

December 17, 2009

There was an intriguing story involving chocolate told by Rev. Doug Brown during the Remembrance Day service at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Cobourg last Sunday that deserves repeating. (For those in attendance, no notes were taken. So please forgive any minor variances.) During the children’s lesson, Rev. Brown invited about a half dozen kids […]

Transparency needed for community centre project

October 29, 2009

It appears Cobourg Mayor Peter Delanty’s juggernaut reigns supreme one more time as the plans to hire a communications staffer and fundraising co-ordinator for the new Cobourg Community Centre sailed through council this past week. Cobourg council will lay out about $300,000 for a communications consultant, as well as administrative, office and staffing costs, plus […]

Return of Atlantic salmon good news for Cobourg Creek

October 29, 2009

The return of Atlantic salmon to the icy waters of Cobourg Creek is welcomed news after decades of hard work and dedication by numerous individuals and groups. It represents a milestone in the rehabilitation of the species, but also places a salve on an old wound in the community. Terry Quinney, fish and wildlife services […]