Valerie MacDonald, Northumberland Today


Building trending down in Hamilton Township

The monetary amount of building permits issued last year in Hamilton Township was significantly down from the previous three years, a year-end report reveals.

Alderville hosts Shades of Our Sisters

Patricia Carpenter, who was just 14 when she died in 1992, lies in a grave between her father and her grandmother in a cemetery on Alderville First Nation land near Roseneath.

Bob Sanderson

Group not making comparable evaluations: Port Hope mayor

Port Hope’s mayor says members of the citizen’s group, Rural Representation, are not making comparable evaluations when stating in a newsletter and an interview that the Municipality of Port Hope has overspent its past two budgets by millions of dollars.

A graphic shows the results of a homelessness survey last fall. VALERIE MACDONALD/Northumberland Today

Some survey participants remain homeless

Of the 75 individuals and families in Northumberland found to be experiencing homelessness when surveyed last fall, Northumberland County's social housing department and other agencies continue to work to try to find some of them homes, says the county's community services manager Ellen Armstrong.

Waterloo Regional Police Officer William Hand administers one of three roadside sobriety testing techniques to Cobourg Police Service staff member Nancy Matthews. He was instructing her to follow the tip of the pen with her eyes. VALERIE MACDONALD/Northumberland Today

Cobourg Police host sobriety test training

Last week, and again this week, two Cobourg Police Service officers are teaching other police service men and women the newest standard of roadside sobriety testing.

Community Training and Development Centre's Madeline Currelly and Northumberland Habitat for Humanity executive director Meaghan Macdonald are working to make the county more age-friendly. VALERIE MACDONALD/Northumberland Today

Age-friendly community designation sought for County

Madeline Currelly of the Community Training and Development Centre says she has spoken with a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) about designating Northumberland County an “age-friendly community.”

After receiving his own recognition - the Governor General 30-year Exemplary Bar - from Northumberland County Warden Mark Walas (right) and county council, Paramedic Chief William Detlor makes a presentation of the same honour to paramedic Sean Johnston (left) during the most recent meeting of Northumberland County council in Cobourg. VALERIE MACDONALD/Northumberland Today

Paramedics recognized for exemplary service

One of the highest awards paramedics can receive was presented to Northumberland Paramedics Chief William Detlor and paramedic Sean Johnston during Northumberland County council's most recent regular meeting.

Northumberland-Quinte West MPP Lou Rinaldi (left) and Agriculture Minister Jeff Leal talked about the importance of the new Rural Economic Development program renewal and the importance of the funding through this to rural Ontario, including Northumberland County, in Cobourg on Friday. VALERIE MACDONALD/Northumberland Today

Program geared to bolster economic growth in rural and Indigenous communities

What Northumberland County has achieved, and the renewed funding opportunities now again available to other Ontario communities, was front and centre when Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Minister Jeff Leal talked about the updated Rural Economic Development (RED) program in Cobourg on Friday afternoon.

Kim Rudd

Canada Child Benefit has made local impact: MP

The federal government’s newly-announced, “nation-wide consultation” on poverty enables Canadians to voice their input on this “critical issue,” Northumberland-Peterborough South MP Kim Rudd stated in an e-mail.

Hector Macmillan

Macmillan applauded by Northumberland County council

Trent Hills Mayor and Northumberland County councillor Hector Macmillan was applauded by fellow county councillors Wednesday for his tireless efforts in getting OHIP to pay for leading edge technology to treat pancreatic cancer.

Rural Representation group alleges overspending

The communications director of the Ward 2 Port Hope’s citizens group, Rural Representation, says a comparison of the audited statement of Port Hope’s finances in 2014 and 2015 and a financial report ordered by a judge reveal “mismanagement” of funds by municipal council and staff.

Paul Burnham (left) and Mark Young of the Northumberland Federation of Agriculture explained to Northumberland County councillors Wednesday the impact of spiking farmland values and asked for a reduction in tax ratios for agricultural land in the county compared to residential, for the next four years. The council chamber was filled during the presentation as council ordered a staff study and recommendations. VALERIE MACDONALD/Northumberland Today

Farmers ask Northumberland County council for tax ratio relief

It was standing room only in the Northumberland County council chambers Wednesday morning as representatives from the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) and local farmers – members of the Northumberland Federation of Agriculture (NFA) – asked councillors to reduce the taxation on farm land by changing tax ratios.

Special meeting Thursday in Roseneath

A presentation by the company that Alnwick/Haldimand Township has contracted with to collect certain insurance claim monies after some residential fires have taken place is making a special council presentation at 12:30 p.m. this Thursday at the Alnwick Civic Centre.

Cobourg Police Chief Kai Liu

Cobourg Police and Cornerstone have unique program

The Cobourg Police Service has already seconded Jane Lang of Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre to work collaboratively with the police in instances of sexual assault and family violence, says Cobourg Police Chief Kai Liu.

Farmers to ask county council for tax ratio break

Farmers in Northumberland are asking, along with the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA), to change the ratio of taxes they pay compared to other property categories.