Smile Cookie sales raise $30,000 for Ed's House

By Cecilia Nasmith

A record $30,910 was raised in the 2018 Tim Hortons Smile Cookie campaign last month in support of Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre.

Honouring The Journey Campaign co-chairs Gord and Patti Ley made the announcement this week in a jubilant press release.

The Leys were absolutely thrilled with the show of support, extending thanks to local Tim Hortons owners John and Kim Meeussen and Ron and Jeri Joyce and staff – not to mention a tremendous team of volunteers who lent a hand at each Tim Hortons location.

Smile Cookie Week was Sept. 17 to 23, a time when all proceeds from the sales of specially created Smile Cookies support local charities. The cookies are $1 each and, nationwide, their sale raised $7.8-million in support of more than 500 charities.

In Port Hope, Cobourg and Colborne Tim Hortons shops, all proceeds went to Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre.

Community Care Northumberland executive director Trish Baird said her agency is overwhelmed by the generosity of the community in supporting the $9.3-million project to build Ed's House, a hospice hub that will provide around-the-clock residential hospice care at no cost to those receiving the service (along with housing current community hospice programs and outreach services).

The two-level building will be constructed in Hamilton Township on Ontario Street across from Oliver's Lane. It will include 10 hospice-care suites, six operational by the time Ed's House opens its doors and four to be brought into service at a future date. The lower level will offer education and support services for the community.

Baird noted that, along with the financial support, Community Care is grateful for the chance the Smile Cookie initiative offered to get their hospice services (and Honouring The Journey Campaign) out in front of the public.

“We have been able to increase the awareness for this exciting project to build a hospice-care centre supporting people with life-limiting illnesses and their families, both in the community and in Ed's House,” she said.

Hamilton Township addresses 25-hour election glitch

By Cecilia Nasmith

Hamilton Township is offering qualifying citizens who cast their ballot for the municipal election between 10 a.m. Oct. 15 and 11 a.m. Oct. 16 an opportunity to cast one additional vote – for English Public School Board Trustee.

During that 25-hour period, voters were only able to cast a ballot for one English Public School Board Trustee, although two candidates are to be elected.

The township apologizes for this error, and would like to provide an opportunity for these citizens to cast a second vote. This opportunity is available in person only at the township municipal office at 8285 Majestic Hills Dr. You can vote until 4:30 p.m. Friday, and between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday. Bring photo ID in order to receive your Voter Information Letter.

For more information, contact municipal clerk and returning officer Kate Surerus at 905-342-2210 or

Warning: hands off Cobourg election signs

By Cecilia Nasmith

The Town of Cobourg in conjunction with Cobourg Police Services reminds citizens that stealing or damaging candidates' election signs can result in criminal charges.

The press release they issued notes that the police have been receiving reports of these signs being damaged, removed, and stolen from lawns and private properties. They are warning that any such action can result in a criminal charge of theft – and if election signs are intentionally damaged or vandalized, the person responsible could face a charge of mischief under the Criminal Code.

The fact that some of these signs are on private property is also significant. Any person entering on to private property without consent in order to commit an illegal act in relation to election signs is also committing the offence of trespassing.

Then there are incidents where a resident finds an election sign has been placed on his or her property without permission, In such cases, the resident should immediately contact the candidate's office to have the sign removed.

To report vandalism or theft of a candidate's election sign, please contact the police at 905-372-6821.

County Council News

By Cecilia Nasmith

Existing drug-and-alcohol personnel policy will suffice for now

On the first day of legal cannabis in Canada, Northumberland County chief administrative officer Jennifer Moore said that the drug and alcohol policy for county employees will suffice for now.

“We have done minor modifications to reflect changing legislation but, by and large, most of the content we have remained consistent as far as how we manage both recreational and medicinal use,” Moore said following the October county council meeting.

In her verbal update on the recent Eastern Ontario Wardens' Caucus meeting, Moore had described two presentations on this topic. The CAO of Greater Napanee discussed the impact of the legislation on municipal operations, such as waste management and sewage treatment, and a representative of the Public Services Health and Safety Association reported on cannabis in the workplace from a health-and-safety perspective.

Moore also gave an update on the cell-gap project. They are working with both provincial and Federal governments to address the issue, she said, though there's nothing specific to announce.

County council okays branding process

Northumberland County council has approved the continuation of its branding-strategy process to Phase 2 and its referral to the 2019 budget,

This followed a presentation on Phase 1 by director of communications Kate Campbell and Letter M Marketing president Doug MacMillan at the October county-council meeting, who said Phase 1 largely consisted of assessment and outreach.

Branding is important, MacMillan said, because this is a very competitive environment.

“Everywhere around the GTA, communities are marketing themselves to stay competitive for economic development, to bring jobs to the area, for those tourism dollars and a strong, capable workforce,” he listed.

“A brand gives clarity and distinction that helps you make decisions and helps guide your staff along the correct path, and that leads to collaboration.

“But we don't decide – you decide who you are.”

MacMillan said the engagement process in Phase 1 had been the largest one his company had ever had for this type of work, with more than 1,200 participants. The process included more than 20 confidential one-on-one interviews, five workshops and focus groups, and the largest community-survey response they had ever seen.

The result was to identify nine brand assets – natural beauty, charming and historic, welcoming and friendly, hardworking and reliable, close to the city, quiet and peaceful, thriving and enterprising, strong agricultural roots, and cultural and creative.

Interpreting these nine assets, MacMillan said, three brand signatures emerged: close to everything yet away from it all, abundant opportunity, and naturally inviting.

Phase 2 will include marketing and outreach, and MacMillan intends to use traditional tools as well as the new digital ones to get feedback.

“There's a lot of opportunity to continue to understand the best practices of your peers, to see and talk to a lot of regional governments and understand what are the current practices in branding economic markets,” he added.

“We are working with member municipalities on the next step of this strategy,” Campbell said.

“That's a key part of this process – to support every member municipality and find commonalities.”

Though he voted approval to the motion, Port Hope Mayor Bob Sanderson said he would have liked more specifics as to what exactly the goal of the exercise might be.

“I don't see the goal of what we want to be when we grow up. I see a process that we could end up being something, but does it maintain the values we have and the principles we have,” Sanderson wondered.

“We have a great community, all our communities and the county too. We love what we are, yet are trying to bring in development to make us what we are not.

“We like what we have, and want to keep what we have but make it better,” he said.

“Are we trying to attract everything and anything?

“Every community has its own economic-development strategy. In Port Hope, it's very strongly indicated that we are an agricultural community and we want it to stay that way – and we have a heritage downtown.

“We are the next lump of the GTA, and we want to protect the county because we are getting some pressure. We want to participate in a process that doesn't ruin the values we have – the family values, the agricultural values.

“The bottom line is, I would really like to see that goal identified clearly.”

County budget primarily on target

With the third quarter of Northumberland County's fiscal year ending on Sept 30, county council heard at its October meeting that the budget is primarily on target at this point.

Glenn Dees was accompanied by chief administrative officer Jennifer Moore for the report, with Moore highlighting some significant achievements of the third quarter.

Moore organized her presentation according to the four strategic pillars.

Under Economic Innovation and Prosperity, Moore said that a settlement-services coordinator has been hired and that (in collaboration with Alderville First Nation) an application has been made to host the 2019 Ontario Indigenous Summer Games.

“We met with the evaluation committee yesterday,” Moore said.

Under Sustainable Infrastructure, she had updates on three emergency-services bases. The Colborne one is completed, the Roseneath one is expected to go live in November, and the Campbellford one should be completed by April 2020.

The process for the Golden Plough Lodge-and-archives build is proceeding, with updates to be shared as it goes along, and the waste-relocation-and-cell-development process in the Brighton landfill is under way,

A newly hired grant writer has submitted applications for more than $750,000 in funding in her first three months. She expects to be able to deliver at least $80,000 in funding for 2019.

And an information-technology strategic plan is being completed with security upgrades and training for staff.

Under Thriving and Inclusive Communities, Affordable Housing Strategy engagement sessions have been hosted, and the fourth annual Survivors Day event recognizing first responders saw 12 cardiac-arrest survivors in attendance.

Two of Northumberland's paramedics have received exemplary-service medals from the Governor-General, and a number of them escorted participants on the 2018 Paramedic Ride through the county.

Moore added that the county has submitted application to the Ministry of Finance to opt out of the Property Tax Vacancy Rebate Program.

Under Organizational Excellence, they are developing and enhancing mechanisms to share information, experience and technological best practices through local working groups, such as the inter-municipal working group that continues to meet regularly.

They have completed an RFP for banking services with a view toward preferential fees and interest rates.

Moore was especially pleased with the new power lift-load stretcher installations that are now complete in the county's ambulances, and she says the paramedics are too.

And she speaks from experience – she took a test ride acting as a patient being transported.

“It's a very smooth ride,” she commented.

Northumberland 89.7 News for October 17, 2018

From the Northumberland 89.7 Newsroom, here are some of the stories we’re looking at.

Legal weed Canada is now the second country in the world, and the first large economy, to legalize marijuana for recreational use. We’re not a country that makes global headlines every day, but this morning, legal pot in Canada is big news in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Japan, South America and many other places. The first legal sale of marijuana in Canada happened just after midnight in St. John’s. Ian Power lined up hours earlier at a cannabis store so he could make history. "It's been my dream to be the first person to buy the first legal gram of cannabis in Canada, Rules over how you can buy pot differ across the country. Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as some other provinces, allowed retail operations to open at midnight. In other provinces such as Ontario, that won’t happen for a while yet. But no matter where you live in Canada, it is now possible to buy cannabis online, either from private companies or government-run operations.

Canada Post Strike Position

Canada Post workers could be on strike as soon as Monday. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers represents 50,000 employees, and says it wants improved job security, an end to forced overtime, and better health and safety measures. It says rotating strikes will start next week if those demands aren't met. The impact could be significant. Canada Post ships more parcels than anyone else in this country.

P.M. Coming To Cobourg

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be in Cobourg on Oct. 19 to help Northumberland-Peterborough South MP Kim Rudd celebrate her nomination as the Team Trudeau 2019 candidate. On Oct. 15, Rudd announced on social media that Trudeau would be her special guest at the nomination event on Friday, Oct. 19, which will be held at LIUNA local 183, 560 Dodge St., in Cobourg. He said that the prime minister is expected to arrive at 6 p.m. and the event will run until 7:30 p.m.

In Sports

Connor McDavid set an NHL record for being in on his team's first nine goals to start a season, breaking Adam Oates' record of seven he had with Detroit in 1986-87. McDavid has four goals and five assists in his four games. McDavid score twice and add two assists as the Oilers overcame a three-goal deficit to beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-4 Tuesday on Darnell Nurse's goal 1:25 into overtime.

In Other games it was NJ 3 Dallas 0

NY Rangers 3 Colorado 2

Flyers 6 Panthers 5

Vancouver 3 Pittsburgh 2

Tampa bay 4 Carolina 2

Minnesota Edged Arizona 2-1

Leafs fans get to see their heroes put to the test when Pittsburgh Visits the Scotia Bank Arena on Thursday. Toronto sits atop the league standings after the first couple of weeks of play with 12 points and the most goals scored with 33 Austen Matthews has been in on 16 of those tallies scoring 10 himself to top the league in Scoring ,Morgan Reilly leads all defencemen in Scoring with 10 assists to lead the league in that department

Baseball The Milwaukee Brewers managed just eight hits over 13 innings in their 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night, tying the NL Championship Series at two games apiece.

Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a grand slam, Nathan Eovaldi hushed a boisterous Houston crowd as the Boston Red Sox beat the Astros 8-2 on Tuesday to take a 2-1 lead in the AL Championship Series.

And the NBA season kicks off in Toronto tonight as the raptors take to the hardwood to face the Clevelend cavaliers at the Scotiabank Arena at 7pm.

Northumberland 89.7 News for October 15, 2018

From the Northumberland 89.7 Newsroom, here are some of the stories we’re looking at.

Port Hope Break-Ins

Port Hope Police are reporting a number of break and enter violations, and also car thefts. On Oct. 10th, officers were called to an apartment complex on the east end of town, where a wallet, GPS and $30 in cash were stolen from an unlocked vehicle.

Then on Oct. 13th, a female suspect, reported to be in her 20’s, entered a residence in the Hope Street and Molson Street area, and tried to steal a filled grocery bag. One of the residents confronted the suspect, who then fled, and police were not able to locate her. Police have again cautioned residents to lock their cars and their homes.

Touch A Truck

Over 30 trucks were on hand for the “Touch a Truck” event in Port Hope on October 13th, when children especially were invited to experience first hand what it was like to be in police, paramedics, fire trucks, construction vehicles, and many others in a fund raising event for the Northumberland Hospice Care Center, to be built on Ontario Street just north of the 401 in Hamilton township.

Paramedics Honoured

Northumberland Paramedics Christopher Lake and Blake Murray received on of the highest honors available to them, the Governor General’s Medial Exemplary Service Medal, for their 20 years of meritorious service. They received their honors at a Sept. 20th reception, and congratulations to them.

Voting Begins

And all local area municipal voters are reminded that voting starts today in Cobourg, Hamilton Township, and Alnwick Haldimand. Voting started in Port Hope on Oct. 9th. In Cobourg, Port Hope and Hamilton township, voting can be done on line, by telephone, or at polling stations, while in Alnwick Haldimand, voting is by phone or at polling stations noted in mailings that have been sent out.

Anyone not receiving voting instructions is asked to contact their local municipal office. And as a reminder, if you have not already decided on who to vote for, you can listen to pod cast interviews with candidates, or read a writeup based on one hour interviews with them - by visting


It was a rare day of action in the NHL on Saturday night, as all 6 Canadian teams won their matches, something which hadn’t happened since 1989. Frederik Anderson made 25 saves in the Leafs 4-2 win over the Stanley Cup Champions Washington Capitals, and Austin Matthews continued his early season scoring spree with an insurance marker with just over a minute to go in the game - his 10th of the season. Tonight, the LA Kings are in Toronto against the Leafs, game time 7:30 pm.

In the CFL, the Argos suffered their 8th straight loss, a 34-20 defeat by the Hamilton Tiger Cats on Friday night. The win moved Hamilton into contention for the top spot in the East Division against the Ottawa Red Blacks. Meanwhile, the Argos became the 10th team since 1958 to win the Grey Cup, and then miss the playoffs the following year.

Closer to home, the Port Hope Panthers were idle over the weekend, and their next game is in Picton on Thursday night.

The Cobourg Cougars were in Lindsay on Friday night against the Muskies, and recorded another win in their great start to the season, this one a 5-3 final. Riley McCutcheon scored 2 for the Cougars, and singles came from the sticks of Brendon Rylott, Jack Graffi, and Noah Smith, but goal keeper Noah Gowe had to make 39 saves in the win. the Cougars are back in action at the Cobourg Community Center tonight against the 5-5 Milton Sea Hawks, game time 7 pm.

Winter Clothing Drive Supporting Youth in Need

Cobourg Police Service will be accepting donations of winter clothing from October 15th to November 15th for local youth in need.

They will be accepting donations of new or near new winter coats, snow pants, toques and mitts at the front counter of the Cobourg Police Station, 107 King Street West.

The winter clothing will be given to local agencies to distribute to children in need. Sizes requested are from infant to size 12.

The Cobourg Police Service wishes to thank in advance all who donate. In the words of organizer Detective Constable Langdon “Together we can help keep the children of our community warm this winter.”

If anyone requires further information this initiative please contact Detective Constable Langdon, at 905-372-6821.

Makers hope to make a difference

By Cecilia Nasmith

Working happily away in their lab at Cobourg's new Venture 13 centre, the Northumberland Makers turn out plenty of neat things with their 3D printers.

Along with the fun plastic pieces like Daleks, pangolins and meshing nautilus gears, however, they are turning their ingenuity into a new channel with their Assistive Devices Project.

Northumberland Makers vice-president and project lead Colin Slade already has a freshly printed inventory of several dozen pieces in the form of five handy gadgets that could make everyday tasks easier for anyone with functional challenges such as arthritis.

It's fun to turn out things like cubes with meshing pieces and the fully functional nut-and-bolt at 2,000X scale, Slade said, “but at the end of the day, it's just stuff.

“We can start to do some social good with our 3D printing to help people in Northumberland County with mobility issues.”

Slade displayed the first five devices they have begun to print and stockpile.

What appears to be a set of tongs actually slides over a hand. At the centre where the arms join, a hole can hold a pen to make the task of writing easier.

A similar device to make writing easier comes in the form of two hemispheres that fit together to hold a pen, and enable someone to write by gripping the ball instead of the pen.

An easy-grip large handle is attached to a holder for a key. This allows someone to open a door by gripping a large handle instead of a small key.

A two-part device makes fingernail clipping as easy as a healthy push. Attach your big toenail clipper, insert your finger and push down.

A ratchet with an easy-grip handle is just the right size to unscrew a pop-bottle or water-bottle cap. Slade is looking at bigger versions to make opening a regular-size jar easier.

“It allows us to contribute as an organization to the people of Northumberland County, a way of socially engaging our group to do some good,” he said.

Even the material is socially responsible, a biodegradable vegetable-based polymer called PLA (polylactic acid). Other common materials like nylon give off toxic gases in the production process.

“Our product does not warp or change dimensions,” Slade said.
“It has a lower melting point but, for these purposes, melting point is not an issue.”

Members not otherwise occupied with their own projects have been printing off pieces for the inventory, but Slade notes that 3D printing is not a quick project.

In many cases, a project can be left to print overnight and retrieved the next morning, he said, showing off a freshly printed tray of three blue pen-grip tongs and one of four orange pen-grip hemispheres.

The tong pieces took 11 hours to produce three, Slade said.

As the project grows and they network more, he figures, they will have a better idea of what devices are needed and can focus their efforts accordingly. For example, there are custom-fitting devices, like a piece that fits over a hand to hold an eating utensil or a finger-mounted pen holder for writing – these would have to be made to fit a person's own hand or finger.

This initiative complements a larger program called Makers Making Change.

“It's an organization that makes devices and connects people, countrywide,” Slade said.

Northumberland Makers have been in touch with their Toronto office, he added, and made quite an impression with the inventory they are amassing – even before there's a system in place to find where these pieces are needed and get them there.

This is Slade's next challenge. He is putting the project on social media and including a page on the project on their website.

He has been meeting with community partners who might help the group ascertain what might be needed and connect them with the people in need of them.

He is also setting up a Go Fund Me campaign to help cover the raw material called filament. A $35 donation, for example, could potentially produce dozens of pieces. In a best-case scenario where the campaign gets an overwhelming response, they might even purchase an additional 3D printer that can be dedicated exclusively for this purpose.

Ideally, Slade expects the campaign may interest more people in the organization as potential members, as well as spreading awareness of what they are doing to those who potentially could benefit.

Northumberland Makers describes itself as a community of creators, innovators and makers with a goal of improving equity of access to tools, technology and education.

Their summer Maker Camps, for example, threw the lab open to young people to introduce them to the art of the possible.

Each member has his or her own special skills to bring and share, Slade has found.

“I come in on a Friday night to print some of these (devices) and end up chatting with an electrical engineer, and we go off on a tangent to some project that is just incredible.”

One member is a school teacher who has printed snaky, slinky toys based on the pangolin that are great gadgets for those students who need a fidget toy.

“These things inspire people and, once they are inspired, they can do more,” he said.

“Your limit is your imagination and a few technical challenges.”

As much as he enjoys such projects, Slade is inspired by the ideal of service.

He described some recent soul-searching when he realized the happiest time in his life was volunteering in New Orleans over the four years following Hurricane Katrina.

“Maybe I'm not going to New Orleans any more, but I can give back to Northumberland County,” he said.

And if the Assistive Devices Project proves to be successful enough, he added, they would certainly consider expanding outside the county – making devices for those in need or even in helping other organizations set up their own maker labs.

In another exciting example of collaboration, Slade announced an upcoming project with the Toronto Makers Making Change group. For the first time they have participated in a build outside of Toronto, they will be coming to the Northumberland Makers lab one Saturday in late November or early December for a full day of building a device called a lip synch.

“It's a device that allows paraplegics or people with arm or mobility issues to interface with electronic devices,” he said.

Slade has found that some one-million North Americans - who otherwise are disadvantaged in social, economic and other terms by not being able to use such simple devices as a cell phone – could benefit from this device.

He describes it as a sip-blow joystick kind of device operated by mouth through a straw.

“We will build them from scratch, and all the parts and electronics will be here. There will be a soldering workshop to teach people how to solder,” he said.

The two maker groups will devote an entire eight-hour day to building these devices, and Slade expects they will have 10 to 20 of them at the end of it for the people of Northumberland County who need them.