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On behalf of Ed’s House, Northumberland Hospice Care Centre thank you for the wonderful article written by Cecilia Nasmith highlighting both Ed’s House, and the Bridge Hospice. The article raised awareness of local hospice services which are provided by Community Care Northumberland, the new hospice to be built, along with highlighting end of life care through a number of touching personal stories.

We have received tremendous feedback and interest in Ed’s House and hospice care from your readers. The article has touched many lives locally.

Thank you for this opportunity to raise awareness of hospice services in Northumberland County. If your readers would be interested in learning more about Ed’s House or Hospice services they can call 905-885-0466 or go directly to our website at www.northumberlandhospice.ca, or the Community Care’s website at www.commcare.ca.

It was a pleasure to work with Cecilia. I know the individuals interviewed appreciated her professionalism and kindness as they told their stories. Thank you to the staff at Watershed for your interest and support.

Lynda Kay, Campaign Director,
Honouring the Journey Campaign,
Ed’s House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre, Community Care Northumberland

Thank you so much for running this wonderful article and for giving me an opportunity to share my story and my passion for this project. Cecilia Nasmith's words captured the spirit of the project and beautifully expressed the essence of my thoughts and feelings both about the project and my personal experience with caring for a loved one during their final days.

I have received many positive comments about the article. The knowledge that this exciting facility is coming to Northumberland has definitely been spread to many who were apparently still unaware of it. I know of several people, who having read the article, have followed up with donations towards the project and/or expressed an interest in volunteering to help make Ed’s House a reality.

Jennifer Darrell,


On behalf of the Armistice ‘18 Committee in Cobourg, we offer a hearty thank you and congratulations on producing and featuring such a graphically appealing article on Cobourg’s connection to the Great War in your fall issue. Through the words of our Committee member Hugh Brewster, a clear picture was painted of the way things were in those tumultuous times. The double page spread, complete with archival photos, was a true tribute to those who served on our behalf. This publicity was also gratifying for the many volunteers that have worked relentlessly to ensure the success of Cobourg’s largest fall event ever. Thank you Watershed magazine, for offering your partnership with Cobourg’s Armistice ‘18 program in a very creative, respectful and educational manner.

Dean Hustwick, Director,
Community Services, Town of Cobourg


As charming as it may be to pretend women were granted the right to vote by Sir Robert Borden in 1918, the fact is that in September 1917, the Union Government's passage of The War Time Elections Act enfranchised women whose menfolk were serving in the Canadian Expeditionary Force. But that legislation took away the right to vote from tens of thousands of people who had arrived in the Dominion after March 1904. Most were so-called “enemy aliens,” many of whom were also rounded up and transported into this country’s frontier hinterlands, there to do hard labour for the profit of their jailers, not because of any wrong they had done but only because of who they were, where they had come from. That thousands of Ukrainians and other Europeans were unjustly subjected to statesanctioned indignities during this Canada’s first national internment operations of 1914-1920 is still little-understood but needs to be remembered, if only to remind us about how important it is to remain vigilant in defence of civil liberties and human rights, particularly in times of domestic and international crisis.

Lubomyr Luciuk, PhD, Professor,
Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston


The recent municipal election in Cobourg ushered in a new era of excitement: we voted in a council that is 43% women and four leaders under the age of 45! Voters have positioned Cobourg to progress towards a vibrant and contemporary future while preserving its heritage and history. While voter turnout was down in 2018, the outcome is a portrait of gender-balance, equality and forward-thinking perspectives. I am grateful for a community who embraced civic values, next-gen vitality and confidence in the evolution of our Town that will include and benefit everyone.

Nicole Beatty, Councillor Elect,
Town of Cobourg

I always enjoy receiving the magazine with its lovely covers. I think Orland French’s article in the Fall 2018 issue (Grassroots Democracy, Fall 2018) should be required reading for all Canadians from high school up and included in all citizenship brochures. Thank you.

Jacqueline Christie,


An unbelievably well-published periodical. The subject of articles and the colourful ads add up to quite the experience. How you can produce this publication and distribute it free of charge is amazing. Colour and texture dazzling...Minstrels will write songs!

T. Scott, via email


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