Merry Christmas from Cobourg News Blog

Once again we come to the Holiday Season with Christmas as the central attraction – whether you are Christian or not.  For everyone it’s a time where we get together with family and/or friends and forget the troubles of the world – so I won’t be reporting on any Town events in this Post.  But I would like to thank everyone who has participated in the forum provided here and a special thanks to those who see me around town and take the time to let me know that they appreciate my work. As you know, I don’t operate this “blog” as a business but instead as a service.  As such, I am quite happy to recommend others in Cobourg who fill gaps in my coverage – notably Todays Northumberland led by Pete Fisher, the web site of the Northumberland News newspaper and Cobourg Now led by Jay Robinson.  Links to these and others may be found on the page called “Other News Sources“.

Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas

But this site is the only one with the word “Blog” included – why is that?  It’s called a blog because of the format: comments are allowed and encouraged and its layout is in “blog format” and not like a newspaper.  It also implies a more personal writing style.  The downside is that blogs are usually a place where the author expresses an opinion so some readers are “turned-off”.  But newspapers often aim at particular audiences or promote particular viewpoints – e.g. the Toronto Star acknowledges that it has a Liberal bias (both politically and philosophically); the Toronto Sun is Conservative as is the National Post.  But local news sources try to be neutral – and that’s true for Cobourg News blog.  Sometimes it’s hard and occasionally I get accused of bias but it’s certainly not intended.

One reason that other news web sites do not allow and/or encourage comments is that comments must be moderated.  That is, monitored and deleted if needed, and this takes time.  It’s often hard to draw a line between what’s interesting and what’s offensive or way off topic.  I also insist that the email provided is valid.  Although it’s not published it ensures a degree of legitimacy – please, no emails like or or

But enough of that.

With the new Council now going into their second year, I’m sure there will be lots happening in 2020 so stay tuned.

Meanwhile I wish everyone all the best for Christmas – may it be a source of Happiness for you and yours.

John Draper

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Blog fan
27 December 2019 9:28 am

John’s tireless work, especially covering Council events, is an invaluable service… and it can be interesting to read the viewpoints of others… And, no, we do not want him to move to P.H. Selena

26 December 2019 8:08 pm

To you and your family have a very happy and prosperous New Year 2020. Thanks for all you do.

26 December 2019 4:55 pm

It’s always interesting to read the Cobourg News Blog and the various comments! Thank you for covering all those meetings and many other activities. Merry Christmas and a great 2020!

26 December 2019 1:57 pm

This blog is a must for anyone who wants to be informed! Well done and much appreciated. Thank you!

25 December 2019 1:13 pm

Merry Christmas and thank you for your very informative blog! 🎄🤶🎄

25 December 2019 12:05 pm

Once again John, a very merry Christmas to you and yours from Mrs. Claus and I!

Old Sailor
25 December 2019 11:35 am

John, thanks for giving us a forum in which we can read every one else’s opinion on many important local topics. And for allowing us to express our view, even if it may cause some readers to reach for their blood pressure pills.

2020 should be another good year for the Town of Cobourg.

The Old Sailor & The Old Doll.

Ken Strauss
Reply to  Old Sailor
25 December 2019 12:33 pm

I very much agree Old Sailor. Most of our viewpoints are offensive to at least some residents however we’re all trying to make our little town a better place to live.

Without John’s outstanding work we would have no idea what is happening in Cobourg. Thanks, John!

Anne Rawson
25 December 2019 10:54 am

We are exceeding lucky to have a person with your talent and dedication to help build this community! As always thanks John. Hope you and your family have a wonder-filled holiday season.

25 December 2019 9:06 am

Merry Christmas John, from Kathy and Jeff.

Georgina & Bill Hagemeyer
25 December 2019 8:33 am

Merry Christmas to you and your lovely wife. Have a Happy Healthy 2020.
From another 1939er and Bill

Ken Morden
25 December 2019 8:30 am

You are doing a great job and providing a much needed service. I am amazed at the time and effort you spend on this blog but it really does show. Lucky Cobourg – I echo Selena – you are very, very welcome in Port Hope!
Have a Happy New Year and much success personally and with the blog in 2020.

Dave Hughes
25 December 2019 8:26 am

Keep up the good work John, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We look forward to your daily posts in 2020.

Selena Forsyth
25 December 2019 8:13 am

Merry Christmas John. And thank you for all you do. Would you consider moving to Port Hope?
Cheers, and all the best for 2020.
Selena Forsyth

25 December 2019 8:07 am

Merry Christmas John, your work is much appreciated.

Paul Pagnuelo
24 December 2019 5:24 pm

‘Twas the night before Christmas And all through Vic Hall Only Council were working Man, what a sight. While the others were merrymaking. Far into the night Glued to their desks, they muttered: “Council must make this budget right!” The lights were all dimmed ‘Cept for their lit screens And still they worked on – Those cutbacks must be done. Yes Suzanne, Brian, Emily, Nicole, Adam and Aaron worked on Though tired they were For nothing matters more Than eliminating the fat. But a clamour arose Way down the hall. What could it be? Such commotion and all. They stood up and checked ‘round To determine the exact source Coming from the corner office It was Mayor Henderson of course. “Oh it’s Christmas Eve, he said “What are you doing?” Everyone has left And here you’re still tooling.” And sheepishly, Suzanne did reply: “But John who will do it? There’s a budget meeting on January 9th And we can’t say just screw it!” John, though, is nothing But shrewd, smart and wise Knowing the risk He looked them in the eyes. “Suzanne, Nicolle and Emily it doesn’t matter Come January’s meeting Life is so short And so very fleeting. The Town of Cobourg can wait There are better things to do During this season of eggnog and shortbread The next two weeks. Brian, Adam and Aaron put down your pens, And pack up your stuff. Go home, already. Enough is enough!! So Council relented Though they felt a tad guilty And said, “John, you’re right, What matters is family”. And so late they went home By car and by sled To celebrate with their families The greatest people by far. As for the 2020 Budget, It surely can wait At least ‘til the New Year When Suzanne will once again… Read more »

Wally Keeler
Reply to  Paul Pagnuelo
24 December 2019 6:34 pm

nicely done Paul.

Mrs. Anonymous
24 December 2019 3:42 pm

Truly appreciate your blog service. You do a great job! What would we do without you?

Merry Christmas.

Reply to  Mrs. Anonymous
25 December 2019 10:47 am

We echo these sentiments. Merry Christmas, John, and all the best for 2020 and beyond.

Wally Keeler
24 December 2019 3:40 pm

From the poets of Cobourg led by the late Eric Winter, Poet Laureate Emeritus

John Draper
Reply to  Wally Keeler
24 December 2019 3:54 pm

Thanks Wally – great video.

Reply to  Wally Keeler
25 December 2019 11:36 am

That looked like lots of fun. Well done

Blog fan
Reply to  Wally Keeler
27 December 2019 9:26 am

What Good sports and a nice memory of Eric…