Dave Glover and I discuss new OPP funding model

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Discussion between Dave Glover and I regarding the new OPP funding model and its impact on local municipalities on Northumberland 89.7 FM. Listen. Originally broadcast Aug. 27, 2014 Continue Reading →

Sustainability is critical to economic outlook

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By Robert Washburn

Belden2If the local economy is the central issue for the fall municipal election, then sustainability must right up there along with it.

Sustainability is often a term used when discussing environmental issues, but that is a limited interpretation. Sustainability, in this case, is referring to a vision of municipal governance where decisions are made within the context of medium and long-term goals, which meet the needs of citizens, but also provide the opportunity for the area to flourish over time. Continue Reading →

Dave Glover and I talk about Rick Norlock’s political retirement on Northumberland 89.7

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Dave Glover and I talk about Northumberland MP Rick Norlock’s announcement he will not be running again in the next federal election schedule for 2015. Continue Reading →

Talking about local issues with Dave Glover on Northumberland 89.7 FM

Dave Glover and I cover a wide range of topics, including what will be leftover on the various council agendas after the municipal elections; posted speeds for rural roads, and Cobourg council’s portfolios. Continue Reading →

County’s official plan shows archaic approach to economic development

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burnhammarketBy Robert Washburn

Farmer and businessman Paul Burnham is right to seriously question Northumberland County’s official plan when he asks why industrial parks are replacing good farmland.

It is a sign the county’s economic development plan is antiquated and/or the planners don’t talk to economic development officers. Continue Reading →