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Let's not fail our children's learning and mental health in this town. Kids and youth need the beach open to play, learn and exercise. We all do.

We ask for your support in denouncing the closure of Cobourg's beach and ask for an immediate opening (with accessibility mat) as our right under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms (mobility section) and "Reopening Ontario" Legislation.  People depend on the beach for their physical, spiritual, and mental health

We are asking you to please use your voice and email our town Councilors
Subject line: Open the Beach for our Children

Cobourg Council must follow the rules laid out by Ontario's Covid legislation, which states Cobourg Victoria Beach should be open for exercise and recreation as of May 22nd.  The "Stay at Home" order which is in effect until June 2nd, permits exercise and recreational activities on the beach (see legislation below).

Council has called an emergency meeting this Wednesday May 26th to discuss options of opening the beach (see options below). The decision to use the beach has already been made by the Ontario government. What we are asking for is an immediate opening and a clear communication strategy to support the Health Unit's recommendations for outdoor activities. Enforcement of social distancing practices is the responsibility of the Police, and access to the sand and water does not preclude enforcement. Enforcing social distancing measures is not the responsibility of Cobourg Council.

We all have the right to use, or not use the beach.

Captain Tom's wish was to recognize the contribution of health care workers through a worldwide tree planting program. To quote Calgary Major Naheed Nenshi "I was nurtured by a community that cared about me".

Inspired by the memory of Captain Tom (photo below), Port Hope residents Mike Goldstein and Peter de Auer are taking the lead in creating a local tree planting to recognize the contribution of all health care workers and first responders.  Recognition is being given to not only Northumberland Hills Hospital workers but also all Cobourg’s and Port Hope’s health care workers and first responders. The tree planting will be in June 2021 but funds are needed as soon as possible to confirm the preparations with the Municipality.  The target is $1700 by May 20.

From: Brookside + Company

Our purpose here is to introduce our recommendation that the Brookside Site be developed into a sustainable, comprehensive, inclusive and healthy neighbourhood with a centre that will serve not only those who live on the site but also the 600 homes in the surrounding residential area that are within a 5-10 minute walk of its Centre. The Plan we are working on will incorporate many of the more specific uses others have recommended and will recognize and address many of the planning and development issues that have been by-passed as human settlements in Ontario have grown since World War II.

Brookside + Company refers to an initial group of citizens who are working to promote the future use of the Brookside site to the benefit of Cobourg as a whole. The process being followed consists of five stages that begin with a Vision Statement and ends with a Plan for Implementation. Along the way we expect that many citizens will become involved. We recognize that public support is key to success.

As relative newcomers to Cobourg, we are impressed with the history and heritage of this lovely community. The Brookside property is an architectural jewel harkening back to the golden formative years of the city, and as one of the few surviving mansions, should undoubtedly be preserved.

In our previous hometown of London there is a similar property, The Elsie Perrin Williams Estate. Fortunately, it was gifted to the city, and its existence now plays a prominent role in the cultural and social fabric of the city.

It is run on a nonprofit basis and is busy hosting weddings, corporate events, large social gatherings, special events, and the like.

We envision Brookside filling a similar role in Cobourg.  

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