Monthly Archives: January 2011

Watching the Watchers

Even the Burd Report didn't make a fuss when Cobourg Police Services announced plans to install two mobile surveillance cameras in our fair town. At a recent public meeting to explain the initiative no significant protests were registered from the…

Hope or Fear: The Choice is Ours

Last night, as we do every year, my handsome spouse and I watched Barack Obama deliver his State of the Union address. Following the drama of the Tucson shootings and the pause for reflection the tragedy generated among Americans, this speech…

Calling In Sick

An article in one of our local papers today featured information about flu outbreaks and immunization rates at long term care homes and the Cobourg hospital. The latter varied from 50 percent up to 100, with generally higher rates for…

Conrad Black – either or?

With the usual visceralism of public discourse it appears, over many years of observation, that Conrad Black is one of those iconic figures that inspire either adoration or hatred. Trudeau being the classic example of this and to this day…

The Pillars of Port Hope

Driving into Port Hope at least weekly I've been wondering for ages what those large posts were all about alongside the Park and beautiful footbridge, and when the structure would turn into something. Anything. Thanks to an outcry from Port…

More on County Budget

Today's post on the continuing saga of the setting of the County Budget got a big helping hand from Clerk Diane Cane, who provided and directed me to information any council watcher wants to know. It's much appreciated, and a…

County Budget Process Underway

Yesterday's first County Council meeting for the year took place at their spiffy renovated satellite office on William Street in the former Kraft property. The rather small room used to hold the event features video conferencing capabilities although they weren't…