Cobourg Saxons Beach Rugby Festival

Despite the rain, the kids seemed to be having a good time on the East End of Cobourg’s beach today.  The Cobourg Saxons Rugby club staged a series of games for young rugby fans.  It was not publicized so the general public would not have been aware but then, it’s not really for spectators – its’ more a parents event.  However, watching little kids run around after the ball can be entertaining.  Below are a couple of photos and a video.  As usual, click the photos to enlarge.    Print Article:   

Urban Forest Management Plan Released

In January 2017 the Town hired a Consultant, Kilgour & Associates Limited, to produce an Urban Forestry Master Plan for $34,980. Since then, the consultant has conducted a survey and has been working on specifying what it would take to achieve the specified goals. They have now released their Urban Forest Management Plan (UFMP) for public comment.  On 23 July 2018, they plan to make a presentation and submit it to Council. Public comments will be accepted up to 8 August  – see below for details. They would like approval from Council on 13 August. The goals of the plan were spelled out earlier – basically the idea is to provide a guide as to how trees on Public and Private… Read complete articleUrban Forest Management Plan Released

Brian Darling to seek re-election

At the last election, Brian received the largest number of votes and with 7 days to go before the filing deadline he has now filed his nomination papers to seek re-election as a Councillor.  He is mostly running on the record of the current council and points to a number of achievements.  However, he says that “we are going to have some tough decisions in the near future with infrastructure improvements.  The East Pier, the Centre Pier and the Monks Cove retaining wall are just a few of the many projects that will have to be addressed.”  He also says he will “strive to maintain fiscal responsibility and keep tax increases as low as possible” and “make decisions that are… Read complete articleBrian Darling to seek re-election

Cobourg Police Officer charged

Today Cobourg Police issued a Press Release stating that Cobourg Constable Amy Matthijsse has been charged with 19 counts of Discreditable Conduct contrary to the Police Services Act of the Schedule “Code of Conduct” – that is “willfully or negligently makes any false complaint or statement against any member of a police force”.  The statement by Acting Inspector Jeff Sheils of Cobourg Police said that “after a lengthy investigation, conducted by an independent external law firm, and reviewed by the Durham Regional Police Service’s Professional Standards Section, a Constable with twelve years of experience has been charged under the Police Services Act.” The Release also said that: This first appearance was held today (July 20, 2018) at the Best Western… Read complete articleCobourg Police Officer charged

Sandcastle Festival upgraded this year

Cobourg’s Sandcastle festival on the Saturday of the August long weekend (the 4th) will be more fun this year – there will be a live DJ (the DJ is live, not the music), free live entertainment by Mark Sepic the “Nutty Music Professor”, a Kid’s zone, an inflatable Fun Park (for $5) and of course a Sandcastle competition and Sand Sculpting Lessons.  The Schedule of events is being made available in advance (see below) and the event runs at the same time as the Downtown Sidewalk Sale so once again Cobourg should get a lot of visitors. There’s a kids movie in Victoria Park at sunset (Sherlock Gnomes) so overall it seems to be aimed at families although the Sidewalk… Read complete articleSandcastle Festival upgraded this year

County Councillors to Get Pay Increase

With an election due in October, Cobourg Council recently went through a long process to review Council Salaries but finally decided to reject the Ad Hoc Committee recommendations and approved significant increases.  Now the County is recommending increases too.  They have not appointed a citizen committee but instead Staff are making recommendations at the County Council meeting on July 18 and the increases will be substantial.  Since the county councillors are in fact the Mayors of each of the constituent municipalities, the total salary for Cobourg’s Mayor will be significantly higher in 2019 than in 2018.  Other provisions of the proposed new bylaw include an annual CPI adjustment, an increase in allowed expenses for conferences and an implementation of the… Read complete articleCounty Councillors to Get Pay Increase

Suzanne Séguin running for Deputy Mayor

This morning, Cobourg councillor Suzanne Séguin filed her nomination papers as a candidate for Deputy Mayor. There was no public event but she issued a Press Release outlining her campaign commitments and her credentials.  In January 2017, Suzanne was selected to replace Councillor Larry Sherwin who resigned in December 2016 (see post in links below).  In mid 2014, she moved to Cobourg from Prescott where she had served as Mayor and was immediately involved in many Cobourg community organizations.  In addition, Suzanne and her husband Gerry Brown operate Lighthouse Press which recently published a well-received book about Cobourg by Rob Mikel.  As a Councillor, she has been busy on several committees and has made her presence felt with some dissent… Read complete articleSuzanne Séguin running for Deputy Mayor

Busy Day at Victoria Park and Beach

Today was another glorious summer day in Cobourg with lots happening at Victoria Park and the Beach.  In the Park, close to 200 cars participated in the Lakeside Antique and Classic Car Show, the Lawn Bowling club were hosting the Ontario Championship national qualifying lawn bowling tournament (also Saturday), the Ontario Volleyball Association had 33 courts active on the beach (continuing from Saturday), the Courtyard Cantina operated for the weekend and there was a good crowd on the beach.  However, the Water Park was not setup and the Lifeguard stations were all still the old styles.   Mysteriously, the Coast Guard moored a “Police, Marine Security” ship offshore – the local Coast Guard said that it’s nothing to do with them… Read complete articleBusy Day at Victoria Park and Beach