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Both the Town of Cobourg and Northumberland County have a number of Surveys for citizens.  There's a list here.

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The latest updates on Covid-19 in Cobourg can be found on this special page here.

Letters to the Editor

A collection of Letters sent to the Editor of Cobourg News Blog.

Notification of new letters is sent to subscribers of Blog posts at 8:00 pm.  If you do NOT want these as well, please let me know and you will only get emails for blog posts. To send a letter to the editor get details on this page

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You may have read on Pete Fisher’s Today’s Northumberland that there was a house fire here in Cobourg on Friday at the home of Stephanie Dejong and her two children. Here is a link to the online article

With under two weeks to Christmas, the family has lost everything. I reached out to Stephanie, a single mom, Saturday night and she is worried that her kids will miss Christmas. She works at a long care home here in Cobourg and has been budgeting to buy presents with each paycheck in time for Christmas. As a single mom of three girls myself for many years I know first hand the financial stress of Christmas. Add in a house fire where you lose everything during a pandemic and many would simply give up! The presents for Jackson and Chloe were all wrapped and under the tree but now are gone in the fire. Stephanie is speaking with the insurance agents but as we know that takes time so I am sharing a list of a few gifts that the kids would like for Christmas. I would appreciate any help you can give. I will be co-ordinating any receipts of money, gift cards and gifts to give to Stephanie as soon as possible. If you can help with something on this list, please let me know so we don’t duplicate anything.

Each year the Northumberland chapter of Amnesty International Canada honours Human Rights Day on 10 December by participating in the national Write for Rights campaign.

Before Covid-19 this meant that churches, service clubs, unions, schools and shops across Northumberland would host Amnesty volunteers for a discussion of human rights issues around the world. The public would then be asked to sign letters or petitions in solidarity with human rights defenders.

This year things are, as with much else in the world, working a little differently. But even so, Amnesty Northumberland is committed to bringing the struggles of human rights defenders to the attention of Northumberland residents.

I have had a boat in the Cobourg marina for many years, and am a former executive member of the Cobourg Yacht Club. I have seen much progress made at the marina and waterfront over the years, but there is more to do.

Here are some of my comments. I expect strong reaction, but this is how I see things.

Consultants Studies

There have been two recent consultant studies that recommended raising marina slip rental fees in order to help finance investment.

CYC was formed in 1964 by local men and women, with a mission to provide boaters and visitors with a place to gather and share their love of sailing. As the membership grew, improvements were made to the first clubhouse. In the early 1980’s, with an increased interest in boating and a change in the purpose of the harbour area from industrial to pleasure, plans were made to build a new clubhouse. Together with a BILD grant, donations and hours of CYC member volunteer work, the current clubhouse behind the marina was completed. The original clubhouse continues to be a sailing centre for the sailing school and centreboard craft.

In 1985 CYC donated the new clubhouse to the Town of Cobourg in exchange for a long-term lease for nominal consideration. Pursuant to the lease CYC pays all “taxes, costs, expenses and obligations” related to the occupancy of the leased premises. Building improvements and maintenance and repairs have been paid for by CYC since 1985. All the property in front of and around the clubhouse belongs to the marina, not the club and the club does not own any docks. Members who keep their boats at the marina, pay the marina full fees.

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