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Van Kesteren set to leave federal politics in 2019

Frozen in time

By Bruce Corcoran

Kyle Wicks (Instagram: @k_wicksy)/Special to The Chatham Voice

Local photographer Kyle Wicks captured this chilly but beautiful photo of Lake Erie during the recent cold snap. He took the photo near Erieau at sunset, with temperatures at about -18C, with gusting winds that dropped the wind chill closer to -30C. The biting cold came to a snowy end to start this week, with rain even in the forecast for Thursday, but colder weather is coming back on the weekend.


Chatham-Kent Leamington MP Dave Van Kesteren said he has 36 reasons – soon to be 37 – not to run in the 2019 federal election. That’s the number of grandchildren he has, with number 37 on the way in a few months. Spending more time with his family is the primary reason he said he will not seek re-election in 2019. Van Kesteren has represented the riding in Ottawa since 2006. He admitted election campaigns are gruelling processes, taking their toll on candidates and everyone around them. Each election wore on him. “When I was first elected in 2006, we were a minority government,” he said, referring to the Conservatives that took power under Stephen Harper. “It (the focus) was to just to get to the next election. After 2011, I started thinking there will be a point where this is it.” That “it” time became more focused following the 2015 election, Van Kesteren said.

“I knew that was going to be my last election,” he said. “I’ve given it serious thought. You know when it’s time to hang up the skates.” Van Kesteren said the decision has nothing to do with sitting in Parliament as a member of the opposition since the 2015 election when Justin Trudeau and the Liberals replaced Van Kesteren’s Conservatives. “There’s a possibility we’ll be returning to power. He (Trudeau) has been floundering,” the longtime MP said. Instead, Van Kesteren said this decision is about himself and his family. “Elections are tough. You need an army of people. My army has been my friends and supporters, but also my family too. It’s been hard on them,” he said. “When I first ran, my wife (Faye) was kind of quiet about it for about two weeks. She said I needed to do it. She’s always been behind me, but I think she’s ready. “It’s time for me to spend some time with her and the rest of my family. I want to be home and with her.” Continued on page 3





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A former Chatham-Kent Police Service sergeant will no longer face discipline under the Police Services Act, as he has retired. Sgt. Robert Mugridge announced recently he would retire from the services. He had previously been found guilty of 50 counts of misconduct. His Police Services Act hearing was to take place in December, but his retirement changed everything. Mugridge pleaded guilty in August to one count of fraud. A 29year veteran of policing, he bilked people out of more than $247,000 between 2009 and 2014. The police service was seeking Mugridge’s firing.


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“Because of Mugridge’s retirement notification, effective Dec. 22, we (the police) lost judicial jurisdiction for the disciplinary proceeding under the Police Services Act,” police chief Gary Conn said. “The code of conduct section under the PSA is only applicable to sworn officers.” If any police service in Ontario were to employ him in the next five years, that service would be obliged to continue the prosecution as outlined under the Police Services Act, Conn added. Mugridge still faced sentencing for the criminal conviction. That was to occur Jan. 9. Information from the sentencing was not available at press time. Mugridge spent three years sus-

pended with pay while dealing with the matter. He will also still be eligible for a pension, Conn confirmed, but at a reduced rate. The chief declined to discuss personal pension details. Conn added he is glad to see the matter come to a conclusion. “Naturally, I am pleased that this matter has concluded with Mr. Mugridge no longer being employed by our service and without the necessity of further legal proceedings,” he said. “Although this has been a rather arduous ordeal for both our service and many citizens/ victims within our municipality, I would assure the public that he has been held accountable for his actions within the parameters of the law.”

Library hosting ID clinic

Chatham-Kent Public Library, in partnership with Chatham-Kent Employment and Social Services, will be offering an ID clinic for anyone who needs assistance getting identification. Welcome Home This event takes place Jan. 25 from Making first introductions between animals isn’t always as easy as 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Chatham we hope. Even dog park introductions can be stressful, but bringing branch. another animal into your pet’s home - their domain - can be incrediThere is no charge to attend. bly hard on everyone involved no matter how congenial your pet is. There will be a financial screening The first and most important step is to make sure the introductions available for those who may need are happening in a controlled environment. Be prepared and on the assistance with payment for identifor potential conflict, and be ready to break up a scuffle, fication. Cups & lookout should the need arise. If you’re introducing a cat to a dog, don’t The ID clinic will offer individuals Saucers let the dog corner the cat (or vice-versa, depending on the cat of help with filling out online or paper course). This can promote fear and hostility in both animals and birth certificate applications. Those $6 make things much harder down the line. A good tip we utilize at the who require photo ID will gain an (reg. $20) shelter is to separate pets with a baby gate. This allows them to understanding of the purpose of meet face to face without fear of direct confrontation, and gives us photo ID and the steps they will the chance to watch for cues. need to take to acquire the photo ID Reward your pets when things go well. If they get along, make sure card. they know you’re a proud and happy furparent. Pets live to make Information on how to obtain a their owners happy - use that to your advantage. Health Card will also be available. Separate food and water dishes are also very important when it There is no registration required to keeping your house fight-free. Some animals are naturally for the clinic and individuals will Dinner comes territorial when it comes to their food. A simple way to curb a be served on a first come, first serve Service forpotentially tough situation is by making sure your pets have their basis. own eating areas until you’re confident they can behave like civil The Chatham Voice

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12 years as MP enough for Van Kesteren

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Van Kesteren said he wanted to announce his planned retirement from politics well in advance of the Oct. 21, 2019 election to give a potential successor plenty of time to get ready. “I wanted to do this early. We wanted to first of all get enough people to think about whether they wanted to do this,” he said. “But also to give them time to plan their campaign and pull a team together.” Van Kesteren believes there is no shortage of

qualified potential local candidates. But few of them want to go through the process. “There are probably lots of people who can do the job,” he said. “You’ve got to get the nomination and you have to get elected. That’s tough. That probably stops a lot of qualified people from stepping up. There’s a real possibility they will not be successful.” That rejection can be brutal. “It’s rejection on a major scale. It’s a tough loss to take. A lot of people don’t

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get back up after their first one. You have to keep working away at it,” he

said. Van Kesteren speaks from experience. He lost his first bid in 2004 – by about 400 votes – to incumbent Jerry Pickard. Two years later, he topped Liberal candidate Jim Comiskey. Since that victory, he’s travelled from the riding to Ottawa and back to the tune of more than half a million kilometres. Most of that was done behind the wheel, as he opted to drive rather than fly. “I made a decision early on to drive. You don’t have a lot of quiet time,

but that period of time – six or seven hours – gave me a lot of time to think,” he said. “How many times I’d call my assistant, saying, ‘I’d just thought of something.’ It was much better than flying, and was time well spent.” Looking back, Van Kesteren said he has enjoyed serving the riding, and representing the nation. He’s had the opportunity to meet the king of Holland, to sit down with the president of Turkey, the president of Taiwan, and to meet people across Canada.

“These are amazing things. I have a better understanding of the world and where we fit in,” he said. Where Van Kesteren fits in after the 2019 election is at home. He said he doesn’t plan on returning to the car dealership he started in 1987. “They don’t need me there. I do want to stay busy. I still feel good,” he said. “I will be 64 at the end of this. Something will come along. I’m sure there will be another opportunity to serve. I’ll look at it at that time.”

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The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) paid one half, $3,073,361.30, of the $6,146,722.60 LOTTO 6/49 prize from the Sept. 20, 2017

draw to Maurice Thibeault of Leamington. He picked up his cheque from the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto on Jan. 4. OLG completed its prize claim review of this lottery ticket and

verified that Thibeault purchased the ticket in question. The corporation will seek to pay the other half of the prize, which is in dispute, into court on or about Jan. 15 unless the parties resolve the matter privately or choose to take part in

the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario’s lottery dispute arbitration process. Thibeault was living with Denise Robertson at the time he bought the ticket and realized it was a winner. As previously reported, he did not inform Rob-

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The new year isn’t bringing any hope for a better situation for 12 families issued water tanks in the North Kent 1 Wind Farm project (NKW1) area north of Chatham. The recent unseasonably cold weather resulted in water in the tanks and lines being frozen solid, according to Water Wells First (WWF) spokesperson Kevin Jakubec. At a press conference last week at the home of Jessica and Paul Brooks on Brook Line, the family shared their continued frustration with the lack of action by the wind farm company and the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change to fix their well, which was contaminated with black sediment back in the summer. “This morning (Jan. 5) the Brooks family at 9597 Brook Line woke once again without water,” Jakubec said. “It was July 29 when they filed their complaint with the MOECC and the report showed their well had 30 times the turbidity of their baseline testing results before NKW1 started pile driving. They met the burden of proof of contamination.” “Earlier in the week, the water was frozen

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Jessica and Paul Brooks recently had to deal with a frozen water tank and no water to drink, let alone flush the toilet. Pictured is the black water taken directly from the well they have to haul inside to flush the toilet. The water has been black with sediment since July of this year, shortly after construction began on a wind turbine behind their property on Brook Line.

solid inside the water tank supplied by Samsung & Pattern. The water tank was part of a requirement on the developers in the North Kent Wind REA Permit issued by the MOECC requiring that water tanks be installed when any impacts occurred to a water well.” Jakubec said his group, Water Wells First, advocated for months and incurred substantial legal costs to see that measure was put in place to protect families in case their wells experienced the same sediment and flow reduction that happened in the former Dover township. While the bitter cold hasn’t helped, Jakubec asked why

Samsung and Pattern Energy aren’t providing a practical water source for the affected families in this extreme cold, and why are 12 families still on water tanks six months later? Also, a big question Jakubec said is what has the MOECC been doing to find practical solutions to the loss of so many wells in such a short amount of time in Chatham township and where are the reports they have been promising for months that look at conflicting results from well testing AECOM has done on the affected wells and MOECC testing on the same well?

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Spokespersons for the MOECC have said previously they are still working on the report but give no firm timeline and when it will be released. The lack of action by the province to find out how and why the groundwater is contaminated is also a source of frustration for WWF members. “This is highly unusual. Brownfields and industrial sites that have contaminated the groundwater beneath them have to go through extensive clean up measures or face se-

vere court fines by the MOECC,” Jakubec noted. “Why does the MOECC not impose those requirements on Samsung and Pattern, the developers of the North Kent Wind farm?” To try and get answers for themselves, Jakubec said Water Wells First is identifying high tech filtration companies in order to find the technology solutions to try to filter out the extremely small particles of Kettle Point Black Shale, known to contain mercury, arsenic and lead.

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Unemployment in Chatham-Kent dropped seven-tenths of a point to 5.2 per cent in October, the lowest figure since the municipality began tracking the statistic. The Chatham-Kent rate is now also lower than the provincial and federal rates. During October the provincial rate rose from 5.6 to 5.9 per cent and the national rate rose from 6.2 to 6.3 per cent. The October rate marks only the third time since

2001 the community has had an unemployment rate below six per cent. In total, there were 50,300 people working in Chatham-Kent, an increase of 600 compared with October of 2016. It marks the fourth straight month of job increases and represents the largest number of employed persons in 2017. October was the seventh straight month of decline in the jobless rate, which peaked at 7.1 per cent in March of last year.

“The scanning electron microscope testing that Water Wells First has undertaken over the last six months is showing the majority of black shale particles polluting the well water supply are in the extremely small 0.4 to one micron size. The smaller the particle size, the higher the toxicity it poses.”

Water Wells First will set up a test study to determine the effectiveness of these high-tech filters in removing these extremely small and toxic Black Shale particles and undertake a cost feasibility study to determine if the costs can be affordable. “Water Wells First will invite the MOECC to participate in the test pilot

study. If the MOECC refuses to participate in the test pilot study with us, then the MOECC can only be seen as abandoning its mission of protecting Ontario’s water resources,” Jakubec said. “The Liberal government of Premier Wynne has taught the rural community of Chatham-Kent an important lesson over 2017 that we

are the ones that have to take the initiatives, the bureaucracy has failed us.” Samsung and Pattern representatives have said the construction of the wind farms are not the cause of the well contamination, but they will continue to respond to any complaints as per the REA permit conditions.



Hard work pays off It’s the end of an era for federal MP Dave Van Kesteren, who announced he will not be seeking re-election after three terms in office. While his legacy to Chatham-Kent isn’t the stuff books are written about, he has been a loyal, hard-working advocate of all things local, fighting for a share of federal funding dollars for business, education infrastructure and charitable organizations. For individuals, his office has helped thousands with passports, questions about federal programs and grants, and he has attended enough teas, socials and kick offs to make the average person’s head spin. Committing to life of public service isn’t easy, especially if you are doing it right. Van Kesteren only missed one vote in the House of Commons and that is because his son was critically ill. Putting political stripes aside, his dedication to his constituents is something most people will agree was one of his most admirable traits. Milestones for the MP include bringing more than a third of a billion dollars of federal funding to the riding, for projects such as the Leamington Waste Water Treatment Plant, upgraded facilities for both Ridgetown and St. Clair colleges, local conservation authorities, manufacturing business expansions, Chatham-Kent Women’s Shelter, new bio-energy research, Point Pelee National Park, Mary Webb Centre in Highgate, and tomato research. It’s not easy to make the decision to not only put yourself out there to run for public office, but to commit the money, time and family sacrifice to do a good job if you are elected. Many times, the job will come before family birthdays, anniversaries and vacations, and no matter how hard you work, there will always be people who think you aren’t doing enough. Van Kesteren has always shown himself to be honest, hard-working and a staunch advocate for his constituents, and for that, we thank him for sacrificing 12 years of his family life to public service. We should also thank Faye and the kids as well for sharing him with us over the years, because as they say, behind every good man is a woman, and kids, and grandkids and great grandkids…

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Wind & water, right & wrong Sir: This wind-water issue in north Chatham-Kent has been dragging on – it seems like – forever. Is it just me, or does it feel like there is a lot of crap going on around the issue that is successfully distracting people from a real and serious issue. The ‘crap’ I am referring to is the politics (of wind power), the personalities (of Randy Hope and Kevin Jakubec) and the lame excuses getting in the way of meaningful action. First is the excuse that the windmill projects are not to blame for the water quality issues. The only thing I can say to that is to please stop insulting our intelligence! It is NOT a coincidence that these wells, which have produced clean water for years and years, suddenly and en masse became spoiled at the same time that the construction of these mega-project windmills started. The second excuse is the sediment in the water, and whether it should be tested, how it should be

tested, and whether it is harmful to human health. My answer to this is quite simple: if you don’t know for sure, err on the safe side. Test it for everything you can, and if there are potential risks that exist, consider them real. Mayor Hope wants to argue that the residents are not drinking the sediment, but perhaps he was sleeping through the science class that taught us sediment is made up of particles ranging in size from those you can see to microscopic ones that are essentially dissolved and part of the solution that can pass through filters and be consumed. What if 20 years down the road it is found out that the black shale sediment in these wells is the root cause of widespread health issues among the rural population in these wind turbine areas? Is council blessed with some crystal ball that allows them to foresee the future? Is council willing to take the risk of being

wrong? Do they want that on their conscience? Behind all this smoke and mirrors is a real issue about water, and the rights we all have to water. More importantly, and what should concern every citizen in C-K, is the obvious and deliberate disregard our elected leadership in Chatham-Kent has towards this right. Those council members that are not giving their all to defend the water rights of those citizens in Dover and Chatham Townships are the same members that the rest of us across C-K are going to be counting on to look after our best interests when/if our need arises, whatever that need may be. How does that make you feel? How much confidence do you have that they will do the “right thing” when your time arises? Here is the bottom-line: Water security is a principle where no exception should be made and no ground be given. It’s one of those hills that

are worth dying for and something community leaders are elected to valiantly protect. We cannot let these wind companies walk away making millions off C-K’s wind resources and leave behind a trail of spoiled wells and plastic water tanks. If they are going to leave here and benefit from C-K for years to come, the least they can do is leave CK the way they found it! We should all be paying attention and contacting our local councillors, demanding that they do their job, do the right thing and stand up for the basic rights of their fellow C-K citizens. This is not about wind any longer, it is about water – a basic human requirement and right! And we should be judging our elected leaders by their actions on this important community issue. Municipal elections are less than a year away – let’s hope this issue has a solution in-principle by then. Rick Youlton Chatham

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MONDAY • 5-7:00PM WEDNESDAY & SATURDAY 1-3:30PM 67 VALENCIA $395,500 Brand new quality built 3br, 2 bath ranch style home at the north end of Prestancia. Stop by and see one of our Realtors.

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21027 CHARING CROSS $159,900 This package includes store and associated buildings. Call Bev 519-358-8805.

725 ST. CLAIR $289,900

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6 LEGACY $669,000 4br, 2.5 bath custom built 2 storey home built by Bouma. Call Carson 519-809-2856.

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SUN. JANUARY 14 • 1-3PM 440 KING ST W. $260,000 AGENT: PAT PINSONNEAULT Beautiful 5br, 2.5bath 2 storey century home. Call Pat 519-360-0141.

L 231 BRISTOL $329,900

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SAT. JANUARY 13 1-3PM 66 BIRCHWOOD $269,900 AGENT: PAT PINSONNEAULT 2br brand new brick & sided raised ranch. Call Pat 519-360-0141.


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Unique custom built 4br, 2.5 bath spawling rancher. Call Eric 519-436-4865.

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Flu outbreak at CKHA The Chatham Voice

A flu outbreak at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance has placed visiting restrictions on hospital. According to CKHA officials, several patients and staff have tested positive for Influenza A. In consultation with the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit, the alliance opted put in place restrictions for patients in Medicine Unit B and Complex Continuing Care on the fourth floor at the Chatham campus late last week. Over the weekend, the flu outbreak spread to the stroke/rehab unit, alliance officials say. To help prevent further spread of the flu, alliance officials ask anyone not feeling well, particularly with flu-like symptoms, to not visit patients at the hospital at this time.

As well, anyone visiting patients who may have the flu will be required to wear a hospital-approved mask, gown and gloves. Furthermore, no child under age 12 can visit the compromised units at this time. Officials say it is for the child’s safety and that of the patients and staff. Flu symptoms include fever, chills, cough, runny nose, stuffy nose, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, extreme weakness and fatigue. Visitors are asked when entering and exiting the hospital to use the main entrance only. The Emergency Department entrance is designated only for those seeking emergency services. Visitors will be asked to wash their hands upon entrance and exit at each of the patient/visitor entrances. All hospital services are

offered as usual in other areas of the hospital. CKHA’s Emergency Departments will continue to screen patients for flulike symptoms upon arrival. Outpatient Clinics and elective services also remain functional. “As influenza activity continues to increase in our community, it is important to remind everyone to take preventative measures against contracting influenza such as washing hands frequently in soap and warm water, cough and sneeze into your arm, not your hand and it’s not too late to still get your annual flu shot,” Lori Marshall, president and CEO of the CKHA, said in a media release. For anyone who gets the flu, they are infectious one to three days before symptoms start, and remain infectious until five



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Chatham-Kent Health Alliance officials placed restrictions on visiting the Chatham campus following a flu outbreak in parts of the hospital recently.

days after the onset of symptoms. Marshall said seeing a flu outbreak at a hospital is not surprising. “This type of outbreak is not uncommon at this time of year. The precautions we are taking are

in response to a cluster of patients experiencing these types of symptoms, and our staff and physicians are implementing various strategies to decrease the chances of others becoming ill,” she said.

This situation will be reassessed daily and a decision whether to lift restrictions will be made, at which time further communications will be issued. Those restrictions remained in place as of our press time.





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Home sales dip with temperature The Chatham Voice

The cold temperatures brought a chill to the housing market in Chatham-Kent in December. According to the Chatham-Kent Association of Realtors, sales were limited to just 66 units in December, down 18.5 per cent from December of 2016, which was a record

month. Despite the dip, the numbers were on par with five- and 10-year averages for December sales. Over all of 2017, 1,443 homes changed hands, down 1.6 per cent (24 sales) from the all-time record year of 2016. Last year turned out to be the second best year ever in

Board Member Recruitment Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) is a two site 200-bed community hospital system with state-of-the-art facilities and technologies that delivers quality care to the communities across Chatham-Kent and surrounding areas. At CKHA, Caring People, Caring for People is not just a slogan. It is an ongoing commitment.

terms of home sales in C-K. “Two years of record level demand in the region have led to a record low number of listings left on the market,” Steve Carroll, president of the C-K Association of re-

altors, said in a media release. “As a result of increased competition among buyers, prices, which have more or less tracked with inflation for decades, posted a double-digit gain in 2017.” The less volatile and

more comprehensive average price for all of 2017 was $184,658, rising 13.1 per cent from 2016. New listings numbered 44 units in December, down nearly 40 per cent from the same month in 2016. This was the low-

est level for the month in nearly three decades. There were just 198 active residential listings on the MLS system at the end of December. This was a record low for this time of year.

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Chatham’s Raymond De Ridder is $514,314 richer thanks to a recent lottery win playing POOLS. “I love playing POOLS and tracking the games every Sunday,” De Ridder said in a media release. “I won all the afternoon and evening games and chose the underdog for

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 • Open euchre at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham at 1:00pm.

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Friday, January 19, 2018 • St. Agnes Festival Banquet Ham Dinner and Dancing. St. Agnes Hall. $25/person. $10 children under 12. Tickets available at the Parish Offices. Saturday, January 20, 2018 • CK Wedding Show from 10:00am-5:00pm at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre. More than 80 wedding specialists will be there to help you plan your big day. 2 fashion shows at noon and 3:00pm by Patricia M. Productions. Admission is $10 and proceeds to Big Brothers Big Sisters. • Veteran’s Tribute Garden Association presents a “4 Course” Robbie Burns Dinner. Active Lifestyle Centre, 20 Merritt Ave., Chatham. Refreshements & Hors D’oeuvres 5:30pm. Dinner 6:30pm. Advance tickets only. Call 519-351-6969. Tickets $50. Limited seating. • Saturday Morning Breakfast at First Presbyterian Church, Chatham (corner of Fifth St and Wellington). A delicious nutritious breakfast served free of charge every Saturday morning from 9:30am-11:00am. Everyone is most welcome. Sunday, January 21, 2018 • Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. 3:00pm at Evangel Pentecostal Church, Peter St., Bothwell. We welcome and invite everyone to attend. Light lunch to follow. Thursday, January 25, 2018 • Sydenham Field Naturalists Winter Speaker Series from 7:00pm-8:00pm at the Chatham branch of the CKPL. Allen Woodliffe “Hidden Natural Gems of our Local Area” Want to escape into nature for a hike? Where do you go in Chatham-Kent? Hear Allen tell you of wonderful natural areas that will surprise you how close and accessible. What is hiding in our local area? Let’s go exploring. Free event, no registration required. Friday, January 26, 2018 • Welcome Terry Raisbeck to Meadow Park, Sandy St., Chatham. 2:00pm. Saturday, January 27, 2018 • Chatham Blood Donor Clinic at St. Clair College Healthplex from 9:00am until 12:00pm. New donors and walk-ins welcome. Free after-school tutoring! Tuesdays from 6:00pm-8:00pm (sessions run for a half hour) First Reformed Church, 632 Lacroix St., Chatham. 519-354-8257. Call Betty 519-354-8902 for more info. Submit your coming events to or

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but added the selection offers a fresh future. Local New Democrats “Dan did an excellent embraced the youth job in the last election movement over the and came a very close weekend, selecting Jor- second, but clearly the dan McGrail as membership felt their candidate it was time for a for the June 7 change,” he said provincial elecin a media retion. lease. McGrail, who is McGrail is a employed at St. mom and a lifeClair College’s long resident of Thames Campus, the region. and in her mid “Families in this 30s, was selected region need more over the previous Jordan McGrail public services – candidate Dan not more cuts,” Gelinas. McGrail said in a release. John Willatt, the “Students deserve more President of the Cha- resources and opportutham-Kent Leamington nities, not cuts in classRiding Association for rooms. Patients deserve the NDP, credited Geli- shorter waits for care, not nas for his past efforts, more health care layoffs. The Chatham Voice

People are really feeling the squeeze, and I know we can do so much better to make life easier.” McGrail has led the local chapter of the “We Own It” campaign, which has highlighted the need to resist further privatization of government services, according to local NDP officials. “Jordan will do a great job for us,” Willatt said. “It’s going to mean a lot of work for her and for her team, but we are 100 per cent behind her and determined to do everything we can to convince voters that Andrea Horwath and the NDP are the best choice for Ontario, and that Jordan McGrail is the best person to represent Chatham-Kent

Leamington at Queen’s Park as their MPP.” McGrail said it is time to stop the damage that’s occurred in Ontario. “We can’t give Kathleen Wynne another chance to do more damage. But Patrick Brown and the Conservatives aren’t the answer, either. They support Wynne’s hydro plan, and their platform says they won’t change a thing when it comes to hydro,” she said. McGrail is a mechatronics technologist, supporting college students’ education in skilled trades and technology by developing labs and assisting students in the practice of hands skills to ensure they are ready for the work force.

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Successful toasts help shape social events

t’s difficult to pinpoint who originated the practice of toasting. Several ancient societies would raise a glass in honor of deities or special guests. Ancient Greeks offered libations to the gods as a part of ritualistic practices, and also as a point to drink to each other’s good health. Ancient Romans at one point instituted a practice that all people must drink to Emperor Augustus at each meal. The term “toast” has an interesting history. Dating back to the 16th century, toast refers to a piece of toasted bread. A piece of toast was commonly added to wine during this time because wine was quite inferior in quality then compared to modern vintages. Stale bread was placed into the jug to soak up acidity and improve the flavor. The wine also improved the palatability of the old or spiced bread. According to National Geographic magazine, by the 18th century, the term “toast” had been transferred from the floating piece of bread to the person honored by the toast. Eventually, “toast” represented the drink raised, or the words offered with the gesture.

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Toasts can be off-the-cuff remarks shared in the moment, but for many special events, they should be prepared well in advance. Nowadays, some toastgivers devote extra time to preparing toasts, particularly because they know these sentiments can live on indefinitely on social media. Giving a toast can induce anxiety, but some nerves can be relieved simply by doing one’s homework and not procrastinating.

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A person giving a toast is trying to gain the attention of a group of people who may not be very attentive. These tips can improve the content of the toasts and their delivery. • Keep ‘you’ out of it. This toast is not about you. It’s about the person you are honoring. Therefore, do not put any self-congratulatory messages in the toast. Make it all about the person — even beginning the toast with that person’s name.

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• Hook people in. Open the toast with a good joke or anecdote that will help introduce the person of honor. For example: Jake is a great guy because he’s the type of person who will offer to meet you at your dorm room at 2 a.m. with pizza and beer to get you through a study session. Too bad he has a horrible sense of direction and repeatedly shows up at the wrong door. • Tell a story. Reference the person in the toast, other audience members, and even yourself if you can be painted in a self-deprecating light. • Keep it short. This is a toast, not a monologue. Be brief so that the audience doesn’t lose interest. Set a five-minute limit. • Wrap it up. Conclude the toast by tying the story back to the introduction and making sure to include the audience once more. This will help you get the biggest laughs and applause.

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DOWN 1 Colorful parrot 2 Texas mission 3 Beat 4 Get ready, briefly 5 Order back 6 Last letter 7 Autograph 8 “A Chorus Line” song 9 Lair

10 Joan of -11 Pigs’ digs 17 Anger 21 “Inferno” writer 23 Type of wave 24 Swelled head 25 Dada artist 26 Say it’s OK 28 Easter buy 30 Scratch 31 Shell game item 32 Diamond arbiter 33 Phone bk. info 36 Facts 37 Whalebone 40 Must, jocularly 42 Met performance 43 Silk alternative 44 Vote for 45 Locale 46 Vortex 48 Mound stat 49 Unruly bunch 50 Lawyers’ org. 51 Barracks bed






Mr. James Edward “Jim” Snelgrove,

a resident of Wallaceburg, passed away on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at the Chatham Kent Health Alliance “Chatham Campus” at the age of 62 years. Jim was born in Chatham and is the son of Marilyn (Miller) Snelgrove and the late James Snelgrove. Beloved husband of Lou (Blair) Snelgrove. Loving father of Matt (Shannon), Jason (Michelle), Jen (Bill), Trevor (Sarah) and the late Jamie (2001). Sadly missed by 10 grandchildren. Kind brother of Susan (Paul) Hodgins and Sandy (Dave) Rice. Son-in-law of the late Eva and Alfred Blair. Visitations were held on Friday, January 5 at the Eric F. Nicholls Funeral Home Ltd., 639 Elgin Street, in Wallaceburg. Funeral Service was held on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 11:00am. Interment was followed at Riverview Cemetery, Wallaceburg. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Lung Association may be left at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at Carriers Needed throughout Chatham. Call Fatima 519397-2020.

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FARM FOR SALE The owner of the hereinafter described property is prepared to receive written offers to purchase the said property. DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY Part of Lot 6, Concession 8, Geographic Township of Chatham, Municipality of Chatham -Kent, containing 108.18 acres of vacant farm land, be the same more or less, (PIN 007450055) corner of Prince Albert Sideroad and Countryview Line, Dresden, Ontario. The land is said to be mixed loam with some random drainage and a new main drain, although no representation is made regarding soil type and drainage. The property is composed of approximately 106 workable acres and is bisected by a municipal drain. Past crops grown on the lands have been soybeans, corn, and wheat. All offers must be written and made on a standard form Agreement of Purchase and Sale and accompanied by a certified cheque in the amount of $10,000.00 made payable to J. Thomas McGregor Professional Corporation “in trust”. The Offer must be made open for acceptance by the Vendor until 4:00 p.m. on February 20, 2018, with a closing date of on or before March 15, 2018. Interested parties are invited to view the subject lands. The highest or any offer will not necessarily be accepted. All offers must be received by the undersigned solicitor on or before 4:00 p.m. on February 15, 2018. Deposit cheques for unaccepted offers shall be returned. J. Thomas McGregor Professional Corporation Barrister & Solicitor, 218 Duncan Street Wallaceburg, Ontario N8A 4E3 (519) 627-2081 or 627-1614.

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Persian Black 3/4 fur coat with mink collar. Size 14/16. New never worn. Kept in storage. $150. 519-397-5253.


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If you want to feel 11:30the spirit, there is a service in the church at 10am, ──── but that is your personal choice! Age is no barrier

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Come join us every Wednesday morning between 9:30 am and 11:30 am, for a cup of coffee or tea and a muffin, and visit with others who are looking for a little companionship. Meet old friends here, or meet new ones. Everyone is welcome, and there is no cost. If you want to feed the spirit as well, there is a service in the church at 10 am, but that is your personal choice.


Appin Tours 2018 Wednesdays 9:30 – 11:30

Feb. 17-Mar. 18 Come South with us to Lakeland, Florida. June 11, 12, 13 - Shipshewana, IN July 14 - Walters Dinner Theatre - featuring Loretta Lynns granddaughter and Conway Twittys grandson December 3 & 4 - Festival of stars - Headliner Daniel O’Donnell TBA: East Coast including Newfoundland! TBA: Nashville / PigeonForge Contact Ron and Pat Carruthers, 519-289-2043 or 519-494-8989 51 Wellington Ave., Appin ON NOL 1AO TICO #500 16734


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Legal Notice NOTICE TO LISA EILEEN FOURNIER/FORNIER Pursuant to section 162 of the Residential Tenancies Act, the owners of Riverside Estates, located at 9480 Longwoods Road, Chatham, Ontario, shall be proceeding to offer for sale and to sell your mobile home located at 17-9480 Longwoods Road, Chatham, Ontario, after March 30, 2018, and shall do so without further notice to you, unless they receive a claim from you by that date. For further information or to serve such a claim, please contact the solicitor for the owners: Stephen J. Wakely, Barrister & Solicitor, 75 Thames Street, Chatham, Ontario Telephone 519-351-6004, Fax 519-352-4159

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OBITUARIES Jim Pepper 57, Friday, December 22, 2017 Blenheim Community Funeral Home

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Barbara Rylett 71, Friday, December 29, 2017 Hinnegan-Peseski Funeral Home

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William Walker 80, Sunday, January 7, 2018 Hinnegan-Peseski Funeral Home

Donald Goens 82, Friday, December 29, 2017 McKinlay Funeral Home

Robert Stanski 68, Thursday, January 4,2018 Hinnegan-Peseski Funeral Home

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Elizabeth “Betty” Mahon 98, Saturday, January 6, 2018 McKinlay Funeral Home Leo Ouellette 84, Friday, December 29, 2017 Hinnegan-Peseski Funeral Home

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Toy show, sale set for Sunday By Bruce Corcoran

Warm smiles are in the forecast for the weekend for the 17th annual Chatham-Kent Toy Show & Sale. Rob Sterling, who co-organizes the show with his father, Carl, said the event continues to grow. “We thought we’d kind of hit a max size, but it continues to get bigger every year,” he said. “Word of mouth has worked great with not only attendees, but our vendors. They encourage others to come out to the show.” This year’s show takes place between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre. Sterling said it’s the perfect spot. “It’s a great venue. We were the first event in the

large room at the Bradley Centre when it first opened,” he said. “We have a longstanding rental on that room for that same weekend every year.” The timing of the event, Sterling added, makes it popular. It takes place in the middle of the coldest month of the year. “It’s an opportunity to get out somewhere when there’s not a whole lot to do in the month of January,” he said. “It’s a good reason to get out of the house.” The show offers something for everyone, as there are farm toys, model trains, model aircraft, collectibles, action figures, coins, cards and more. “There is quite a range of farm toys as we always have, plus a good selection of farm displays this year, probably more than

what we have ever had. We even have a military toy display, along with some trains and an assortment of planes from the Chatham Aeronauts,” Sterling said. He added the collectible element is a big draw. “We really have always tried to focus the show on collectibles for all ages. From the toys for young kids to play with, right up to some of the more detailed and more delicate toys that are really for adults to collect,” Sterling said. Back again this year will be the Home Depot workshop, where children who want to build a project can get some hands-on experience. “This gives kids an opportunity to do things hands on. A lot of other items they can just stand back and look,” Sterling

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Chatham Voice file photo

Amelia and Alexa try their hand at creating a craft, under the watchful eye of their dad, A.J. Kearney, at the 16th annual Chatham-Kent Toy Show & Sale last year at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre.

said. Admission to the event is $4 for adults, $2 for students, and free for children aged six and under.

Proceeds go to support the Chatham-Kent 4-H farm toy club, Essex-Kent Junior Farmers and Outreach for Hunger.

“It’s a great way to support the youth in our community and to support the needy in our community,” Sterling said.

The Chatham Voice, Jan. 11, 2018  

The Jan. 11, 2018 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent community newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. and area since 2013

The Chatham Voice, Jan. 11, 2018  

The Jan. 11, 2018 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent community newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. and area since 2013