Province Provides Grant to Cobourg for Downtown

Hits: 759 Lou Rinaldi, MPP for Northumberland Quinte-West today announced that the Province will be “investing”  $40 million over three years in the Main Street Enhancement Fund.  Of this, $26M will be provided in 2018 for the Main Street Revitalization Initiative with $380,000 going to Lou’s Riding. Cobourg’s share is $52,509 while Port Hope gets $50,234 and Hamilton gets $45,312 (more detail in links below). These numbers are maximum amounts – no detail was provided on exactly what the conditions are for disbursement – presumably there will need to be a demonstration that the money was spent on relevant projects.  At the announcement, Mayor Gil Brocanier said that new initiatives on downtown vitalization will be coming.  Currently, work on downtown… Read complete articleProvince Provides Grant to Cobourg for Downtown

PC Leadership Election Fiasco

Hits: 904 Although the PC leadership race is not strictly a Cobourg issue, it is of interest to Cobourg citizens, so I’ll try to bring everyone up to date.  During the campaign, local PC candidate David Piccini supported Christine Elliott and said that a strong majority of PC members in the Riding also supported her. As the votes from Party membership were being counted last night, it emerged that there was a problem: the result was scheduled to be announced around 3:00pm but by 7:30 pm, everyone at the Convention was sent home with no result being announced.  The rumour on the floor was that Doug Ford had won.  At around 10:00pm, Doug Ford was declared the winner because “the… Read complete articlePC Leadership Election Fiasco

Green Party Nominates Jeff Wheeldon

Hits: 292 In a meeting at the Cobourg Community Centre tonight, the Green Party of Northumberland Peterborough-South elected their candidate, Jeff Wheeldon, for the provincial Election in June.  Although there was only one person on the ballot, in the interests of democracy they had a ballot with the alternative being “none of the above”.  But the vote was unanimous by the 10 members present (of a membership of 32).  The meeting featured the leader of the Provincial Green party, Mike Schreiner, and he spoke to the faithful (and media).   Mike has been leader since 2009 and this will be his third election – this time he feels there is a good chance of a few Green Party M.P.P.s and they… Read complete articleGreen Party Nominates Jeff Wheeldon

A Political Party with a Difference

Hits: 732 The Trillium party of Ontario would let their MPPs vote according to their Riding needs even if that meant they voted against each other.  They are adamant that they would not have a party whip whose job it is to direct MPPs how to vote.  That’s what Bob Yaciuk, Party President, their lone MPP Jack MacLaren and Northumberland Peterborough-South Trillium candidate Derek Sharp all said at a meeting tonight.  The meeting was in Gilligan’s Pub in Colborne where Derek Sharp lives.  At the meeting, it was announced that they now have a Riding Association so can organize volunteers and accept donations.  They are a new force in Ontario; their MPP, Jack MacLaren, quit the PCs last May because… Read complete articleA Political Party with a Difference

Beer coming to Cobourg Walmart

Hits: 537 Starting in April 2018, Cobourg Walmart will sell beer and cider. It will be in 6-packs and at the same price as the beer store.  Hours are also “standardized” – better than the beer store but the same as other grocery stores selling beer.  The addition of a Cobourg location and 86 other new locations will bring the total number of Ontario Groceries selling beer and cider to 370.  70 of these can also sell wine – but not the Walmart in Cobourg.  The “standard hours” will be: Monday to Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Walmart’s regular hours are 7:00am to 10:00pm, 7 days.  Grocers are required to adhere to uniform… Read complete articleBeer coming to Cobourg Walmart

NDP choose Candidate for Provincial Election

Hits: 624 At a nomination meeting today, the NDP Riding Association for Northumberland Peterborough South acclaimed Jana Papuckoski as their Candidate. The meeting also featured a visit and talk by MPP for Oshawa, Jennifer French. There were 20 people at the meeting at the Jack Burger Centre in Port Hope although there would have been more if it was contested; another potential candidate dropped out because of a burst appendix. Jana is a former security guard and now the recording secretary for the United Steelworkers Union, Local 5296, in the Greater Toronto Area. Jana (33) moved to Port Hope in 2014 and lives there with her husband and young daughter. She has a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy. She… Read complete articleNDP choose Candidate for Provincial Election