In 2016, consultants were hired and public meetings held to explore the feasibility of the YMCA moving to the Cobourg Community Centre (CCC) but in 2017 the idea was shelved because it was too expensive (cost perhaps $25M). The YMCA centre and particularly its aquatic centre (pool) is reaching end of life and Leslie Murray of the YMCA will be presenting the case once again at Council’s Committee of the whole on Monday, November 4. Leslie is General Manager – HFA (Health, Fitness and Aquatics) Operations & Community Development. She quotes from a 2017 report by the consultants (link below) that documents the current situation, our demographics and public opinion. The report recommends a merge of facilities – in particular… Read complete articleYMCA still wants Aquatic Centre at CCC
At an announcement this morning at the Northumberland Hills Hospital (NHH), MPP David Piccini announced $3.79 Million in new annual funding for the Hospital. The formula has been revised so that this will continue in future years. Bob Sanderson, Warden Northumberland County said: “By rectifying an historical inequity in hospital funding formulas, the Province is ensuring that the dedicated staff, physicians and volunteers of NHH have the support they need to continue delivering excellent care to local residents.” NHH CEO Linda Davis was clearly happy with the change and said that “this announcement is a turning point in the evolution of Northumberland Hills Hospital” and “We know all too well what our priority needs are. We have – until now… Read complete articleMPP Piccini Announces New Funding for NHH
Over the past few weeks, Cobourg Police seem to be arresting more bad guys – or maybe they are just reporting more despite having recently lost their communications person. There’s talk that since Peterborough ejected the “tent city” people, some have come to Cobourg but if that’s true, it doesn’t explain most of those arrested. Police are transparent about what they do and issue Press Releases regularly so I’ve summarized 19 of their emails to get an overall picture. One of these is a “weekly summary” from a week ago which lists calls received and more details of a few of them. As of August 23, the Cobourg Police Service had 35 sworn officers, 20 Special Constables and 14 Volunteer… Read complete articleUpdate on Police Activity
This post covers two topics – boat-lift-out and harbour repairs; first the lift-out: It’s a sure sign that winter is coming – boats can’t stay in the harbour for too long so they are all lifted out by late October. The first lift-out was done September 28 and the second lift-out was done on Saturday, October 26. As usual, it involved a crane rented by the Yacht Club with about a dozen volunteers. The crane came with two men – one to operate the crane and the other to direct it. Some owners elected to first have their mast removed while others left them in place. Each owner was charged a fee determined by the yacht club but not made… Read complete articleMore on Cobourg’s Harbour
For the first time, a citizenship ceremony was held on Friday in Cobourg. Although Cobourg hosted the event and organizing it was partially by Northumberland County, the 38 participants were from a number of places and not just the county. County CAO Jennifer Moore said that it helped to showcase the County and Mayor John Henderson said he was pleased to be participating in the event held in Cobourg’s Victoria Hall. Previous M.P. Paul Macklin, Warden Bob Crate and Mayor John Henderson gave speeches welcoming the new Canadians. Councillors Adam Bureau, Nicole Beatty and Emily Chorley were amongst the guests. There were no children participating in the ceremony although there were several as guests. I understand that children of new… Read complete articleCitizenship Ceremony in Cobourg
After more than two years of debate, at Monday’s regular meeting on October 21, Council finally approved the latest sidewalk priority policy as submitted. As Director Laurie Wills said “we were asked for a priority policy, not whether there should be sidewalks or not”. A last minute delegation by local resident Kevin Burt asked that residents be consulted for input and provided some himself about Abbott Blvd. But in response to a question by Councillor Emily Chorley, Director Laurie Wills defended her Policy and answered some of Kevin’s concerns. When it came to a vote, Council approved the Policy as it stood with only Emily voting against. That means Abbott Blvd will be first on the list to get constructed… Read complete articleSidewalk Priority Policy Finally Approved
Around 1:20 am on the day after election day, results indicated that Justin Trudeau would be leading a minority Government with 156 seats against the Conservatives with 122. Since that was fewer Liberal seats than in the last parliament, it meant that some Liberal MPs lost their seats and our local Riding MP Kim Rudd was one of them. She lost to Conservative Philip Lawrence. The Liberals planned to celebrate a win at a hall in Port Hope but it didn’t happen – Kim didn’t show by 11:10 so I left to join the Conservatives who were having a party. One of those celebrating was MPP David Piccini – see the photo. The numbers Tuesday morning were as shown below. … Read complete articleLocal Riding has a new M.P.
With Murdoch Mysteries once again filming in Cobourg on October 30, and Netflix filming twice recently, citizens are asking “How does Cobourg win from all this?” Most of the filming takes place in Cobourg’s historic downtown so it’s not surprising that the DBIA (Downtown Business Improvement Area) asked the same question. At their September 5th Board meeting, the Town’s Marketing and Events Manager, Kara Euale, was asked to make a presentation on the subject and I thought others would be interested in what she had to say. Cobourg has policies on the subject, requires approval from multiple departments and has fees that must be paid. Basically, filming is encouraged because the Town believes it can “provide both direct and indirect… Read complete articleFilming in Cobourg