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Kate Kuri, 8, of Chatham took part the Chinese New Year celebration at Blessed Sacrament Church on Sunday. The community took part with food, entertainment and games at the event put on by the Chatham-Kent Chinese Association. See story on page 3.

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A door-to-door furnace company and its installer are facing charges following complaints from a local man. In early January, Larry Gadal contacted a local company to come and rip out his furnace, which was installed in October by a man working for Green Planet Home Services. Gadal and his wife were appalled at the work, and the resulting cost of the furnace. He said the Green Planet installers performed a hatchet job, even doing damage to his house, when they put the high-efficiency furnace into the home. “They did a horrible job. They drilled five holes through the wall before they got it where they wanted it,” Gadal told The Voice in January. “If they didn’t hit the right

spot, they’d just move over.” The furnace vented out the front of Gadal’s home, and the venting was located midway up the wall. “When they left, they didn’t even fill the holes. There was about a twoinch gap beside one of the pipes,” he said. “They came back with a caulking gun.” As a result, plainly visible on the front of the house was a gap in the home’s vinyl siding. That gap was filled with uneven silicon caulking. Moreover, Green Planet signed Gadal up to a commitment to lease the furnace for $158 a month for 15 years, a price tag of nearly $30,000 for a home furnace and air conditioner. Furthermore, Gadal said the furnace wasn’t even sufficient to properly heat his home.

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When the weather turned cold, he had to use space heaters in various parts of his home to get the temperature to 18C. According to the Ontario College of Trades (OCT), Green Planet is facing two charges under the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act. Both relate to: “No person shall employ or otherwise engage an individual to perform work or engage in a practice that constitutes engaging in the practice of a compulsory trade unless the individual holds a certificate of qualification in that trade that is not suspended or unless the individual is an ap-



prentice in that trade and is working pursuant to a registered training agreement that is not suspended.” As well, the installer also faces a similar charge, according to OCT personnel. They said Cong Minh Bui is facing charges related to: “No individual shall engage in the practice of a compulsory trade or hold himself or herself out as able to do so unless the individual holds a certificate of qualification in that trade that is not suspended or unless the individual is an apprentice in that trade and is working pursuant to a registered training agreement that is not suspended.”

Does this look like the work of professionals? Home owner Larry Gadal didn’t think so, and now charges from the Ontario College of Trades against the furnace installer and the parent company seem to prove him correct.

pal council recently voted a raise for the position of mayor to more than $93,000 a year, but coun-

cillor compensation will stay the same. The Citizen Review Committee on Coun-

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cil Compensation was tasked by council to review the honorarium received by mayor and council “to ensure competitiveness with comparable municipalities was maintained.” The recommendation to council was from Dec. 1, 2018 to Nov. 30, 2022 the amount for mayor be increased from the current $83,088 to $103,000 an-

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nually, the mayor be enrolled in the Ontario Municipal Employee Retirement System (OMERS), and be eligible for an end of service “transition honorarium at the rate of $10,000 for one term served and $20,000 for two or more terms served” if not re-elected. It was also recommended councilors’ honorarium be upped to $31,000, an increase from the 2004 levels when a raise was last approved. The amounts, according to the review report represent the median amounts when compared to municipalities of a similar size and demographic. The initial recommendation was rejected by council members and Coun. Derek Robertson made a motion to reduce

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the mayor’s compensation to $93,605. Robertson said he felt the work done by the committee to make the honorarium competitive should be given consideration. Council approved Robertson’s motion, to start in 2018, plus enrolment in OMERS, the end of service honorarium, and also that attendance by council members at meetings be tracked and reported by the clerk on the municipality’s website. A motion by Coun. Carmen McGregor to increase councilors’ compensation to a median amount of $28,937 was defeated. The review committee will be asked to look at council compensation again near the end of the next four-year term.

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Chinese association invites community to celebrate Chinese New Year By Mary Beth Corcoran

Members of the community joined the Chatham-Kent Chinese Association in celebrating Chinese New Year Sunday at Blessed Sacrament Church. The event, which was host to 130 people, kicked off with a dance performance. Chair of the event, Jing Wang, then explained to those in attendance that 2017 is the Year of the Rooster in the Chinese zodiac, and taught the crowd a bit about the sig-

nificance of food at a new year’s celebration. Sunday’s celebration included dinner, with guests bringing a family specialty, as well as traditional Chinese dishes such as spring rolls and dumplings. Several members of the association performed after the dinner break and the people in attendance took part in games and activities. Frank and Marlene Kuri were at the event with their eight-year-old daughter, Kate, who they adopted from mainland China. Marlene said they

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Municipal budget discussions sparsely attended of the largest commercial tax areas in Chatham-Kent. We (as business owners) invest More municipal staff and millions of our own money in councillors than curious citi- there,” he said. Thomas Kelly, general manzens attended the Jan. 26 municipal budget open house in ager of infrastructure and engineering services, said while the Chatham. It put a final stamp on the plan is not to replace the Fourth Street sidewalks trend this year, this year, that as municipal offi“We have a road doesn’t mean it cials said overall, won’t happen. only 63 residents network and a bridge “It’s not tenshowed up for all network that was five of the open designed for the horse dered yet,” he said. “And it’s houses that took and buggy.” something we place around - C-K’s Thomas Kelly could look at next Chatham-Kent. year.” Staffing levels Marie Cadotte had questions and infrastructure questions highlighted the Chatham ses- in regard to funding levels for sion, at the Active Lifestyle gravel roads in Chatham-Kent, arguing some are in very poor Centre. Paul Shettel of the Historic shape, and complaining that Downtown Chatham BIA ac- the surface work at times leaves knowledged the lack of public much to be desired. Cadotte also questioned Kelturnout at the Chatham event, adding, “But we have access to ly’s recent proposal to tweak the spending process to ensure you guys.” He expressed concern over no more of the 850 bridges in the proposed downtown side- Chatham-Kent are closed. She walk replacement program; at argued some of the bridges arthe moment, sidewalks along en’t needed, given how quickly Fourth Street aren’t in this residents can get around in vehicles today, compared to when year’s plans for replacement. “Downtown Chatham is one they went in many years ago.


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“Some bridges, I question the municipality is in good shape, he added. why they were built there.” Burton said the biggest conKelly couldn’t disagree. “We have a road network and cerns companies have when a bridge network that was de- looking to possibly locate here signed for the horse and bug- are availability of workforce, gy,” he said. “We get out to logistics, and the price of elecevery bridge in Chatham-Kent tricity in the province. Availability of at least every two workforce imyears to do an as- “Availability of workpacts more than sessment.” force – if you haven’t just compaQuestions arose got it, they won’t connies looking for regarding ecoskilled tradespeonomic develop- sider it.” ple, he added. ment spending - C-K’s Michael Burton “We had a comversus success. Michael Burton, director of in- pany wanting to hire 500 peovestment attraction and gov- ple, but it was a call centre. We ernment affairs for the munic- don’t have the people to fill it,” ipality, said about 70 per cent he said. “The existing call cenof his department’s budget is tres here are struggling to fill spent working with existing their vacancies. Availability of businesses to help them workforce – if you haven’t got grow. With the unem- it, they won’t consider it.” John Cryderman, who in ployment rate down to just over six per cent, late fall spoke to a provincial

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Hime looks for help with her orphanage Funding cupboard is almost bare

Hime said part of that “Every time we’ve run decrease could be at- out of funds, we wonder tributed to donor burn- what we are going to do, but someone has always Being with one family out. “It’s hard to get the same come through,” she said. in Chatham-Kent for the past year has taken Emily people to keep coming. “We’re pretty much livHime away from another. You can exhaust that net- ing from donation to donation right now. I’m The founder of Hime work,” she said. H i m e , looking for for Help and overseer of more secuMaison Ke Kontan (Hap- winner of “I can’t close it down. YMCA rity. I want py Heart House) orphan- a to create a age in Haiti said her time peace me- My heart would be here with her new hus- dallion last absolutely broken. I’ve team in order to grow band and child has im- fall, is pre- committed to seeing pared to this through.” it and make pacted the orphanage. Bruce Corcoran/The Chatham Voice it self-sus“Due to me being here, “give it one - Emily Hime Chatham-Kent’s Emily Hime has enjoyed the blossoming of her personal life over the past big tainable.” it’s been more difficult more Hime said year, getting married and having a baby. But that has kept her away from her other family, the to raise funds for the or- shot” to try children of Maison Ke Kontan orphanage in Haiti. phanage, only because, to find long-term fund- she’s had difficulty tryAdditionally, Hime said when I’m there, people ing partners to keep the ing to balance her Cha- in the hills in Haiti and year.” tham-Kent life with that got them to the orphanThe next charity event she’d be hosting an inforare constantly seeing orphanage operational. “We’re kind of at risk of her Haiti life. Some age. When the person for the orphanage takes mation night on her charphotos and updates on social media,” she said. now. Are we going to people have suggested running the orphanage place Feb. 8 at the KBD ity on Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. “When I’m here, it’s more have to close down the she just shut down the faced charges of corrup- Club in Chatham. It’s a for any interested volunhome? Where would we orphanage. tion, Hime said she was quarter auction and be- teers. People can contact difficult to do that.” “I can’t close it down. left with it. gins at 7 p.m. her via email to sign up. As a result, Maison Ke put the kids,” she said. “Right now, My heart would be ab“At the time, I had $500 Anyone interested in For Hime, she believes Kontan, we are defi- solutely broken. I’ve in my pocket. I could helping with the orphan- she’s been away from the which has “We’re kind of at risk nitely stay- committed to seeing this support the kids for a age can contact Hime at orphanage for too long, been in her now. Are we going to ing open through.” month,” she said. “Fund-, more than a year. She’ll hands since at That commitment began raising began from there, visit the solve that issue by head2012 and have to close down the until least June. in 2012 when she helped and I went to being able website or check it out on ing down there in early c u r r e n t l y home? Where would We want a group of children living to support them for a Facebook. March. s u p p o r t s we put the kids.” our kids to 15 children, - Emily Hime at least finis badly in ish out the need of a funding injection. Hime school year.” Hime is also in search of said there is only money in place to keep the doors local volunteers to help share some of the overopen until June. She tracks the shortage sight workload. “It would be good to of funds back to her focusing on her own life. In also get some added help the past year, she’s gotten from the community – married, had a child, and marketing, fundraising, got a house and a job here help with child sponsorship programs,” she said. in Chatham-Kent. GOT BETTER. T Hime said it is drainS “I haven’t been able JU E W , D TH!! E G HAN to actively fundraise as ing emotionally trying GO OR PLAY BO IN B R WE HAVEN’T C E P A P Y OR PLA much,” she said. “Even to keep the orphanage MPUTER BINGO O C Y LA P N 0pm, A C with the fundraisers we funded without a longYOU : 10:00am, 1:0 S E IM T N do have, we’ve noticed a term partnership with a IO S S y SE , 9:30pm Dail church or service club. decrease in numbers.” 0pm, 6:30pm By Bruce Corcoran

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Too many perks for next mayor There are several issues the average taxpayer in Chatham-Kent should be concerned with in regards to remuneration for our mayor starting in 2018. The next mayor of Chatham-Kent will have an annual salary in excess of $93,000, will be enrolled in the Ontario Municipal Employee Retirement System (OMERS), and will receive a rather sweet golden handshake when voted out of office. OMERS is about as gold plated as a pension plan can be. Since the mayor’s job is pretty much a contract position, with that contract being re-examined every four years, there is no reason the job should be linked to OMERS. Heck, it shouldn’t even be given a $3,000-a-year RRSP contribution, which is what is currently in place. As for severance – which would amount to $10,000 for just one term of office, or $20,000 for multiple terms – are you kidding us? Again, this is a contract position. At the end of said contract, the deal may not be renewed by the electorate. That’s how democracy works. The salary – $93,605 per annum – is actually the least offensive item on the list, in our minds. It will be up more than $10,000 from what Mayor Randy Hope is making currently, and it’s way up compared to the salary level that was in the mid$60,000 range prior to Hope taking office more than a decade ago. CAO Don Shropshire, the top administrator for the municipality, makes in excess of $200,000 per year, and most general managers pocket more than $160,000 a year. The mayor’s pay, even at more than $93,000 a year, looks rather meek in comparison. But to put things in local perspective – something the citizen review committee didn’t do as it only compared compensation to that of other municipalities – you need look no further than the municipal website. It says there that the average household income in Chatham-Kent, based on 2012 figures, is $70,574, and the average male full-time salary is $58,085.

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The crow culture explained Sir: I was really interested to read John Cryderman’s letter in The Chatham Voice, Jan. 12 issue. He has had a much longer acquaintance with the famous Chatham crows than I have. I only arrived here in September 2009, about the time two waterfowl hunting buddies, had turned their gun sights to Chatham’s huge crow population. I remember how they claimed killing 100 or more crows in a single day wasn’t uncommon. Personally, I abhor culling wild animals so I have never taken much interest in killing crows. Although I know people who hunt wildlife, even a visit to a slaughterhouse sickens me. As a 78-year old man, I may be regarded as a softie, but I do love all God’s creations, even if they do sometimes make a nuisance of themselves. As former U.S. President Jimmy Carter once said, “Like music and art,

love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.” But I am really fond of all live birds, including crows. I figure crows are one of the cleverest birds there is. They are very social and, unlike many humans, have tight-knit families. Crows mate for life. They roost in huge numbers (in the thousands) to protect themselves from enemies like mankind, red-tailed hawks, horned-owls, and raccoons. Crows also use at least 250 different calls, but unfortunately I am unable to identify many of them. However, there was a broadcaster in England in the 1950s, Percy Edwards, who could mimic many of them. The crow’s distress call brings other crows to their aid. Unlike many humans, crows will defend unrelated crows.

Yes, crows do have their enemies. Early historical records reveal the crow has long been synonymous with “despicable predator.’’ King Henry VII put a public bounty on the crow along with its relative, the rook. The crow also had a special distinction in the U.S. during the Second World War. It was designated as an enemy of the American public and was subject to a widespread propaganda campaign that stated “black bandits’’ were robbing the nation’s farms of grain. I read somewhere that sadistic Americans would hold crow shoots in the 1930s. Dynamite was also used to kill large numbers of crows in their winter roosts. In 1937, over 26,000 crows were killed in one roost in Oklahoma, and in 1940, more than 328,000 crows were killed in roosts in Illinois. Trapping and

poisoning were also used to limit crow numbers. When I lived in northern Ontario, I loved the loon. But that doesn’t mean I’m not proud of our Chatham crows, which can attain flight speeds of 30 mph, with short bursts attaining 60 mph. Their hearing is superb. Crows are very bold and aggressive. In the wild, crows live six to seven years. In captivity they can live as long as 30 years. Being omnivorous, their diet consists of almost anything: seeds, fruits, nuts, insects, mollusks, earthworms, eggs, nestlings, frogs, mice, garbage and carrion. They are attracted to garbage dumps and have a well-known fondness for melons and corn. I’m glad the municipality now insists on wheeled toter carts for residential garbage containers. Stephen Beecroft Chatham

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CKHA boss earns award The Chatham Voice

Chatham-Kent Health Alliance’s (CKHA) provincially appointed supervisor, Rob Devitt, was recently recognized for his long-standing dedication to mentorship in the field of healthcare management. Devitt was chosen as this year’s recipient of the Masters of Health Administration Alumni Association (MHAAA) Preceptors Award from the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa. This annual award recognizes residency preceptors for their excellence

in providing meaningful field placement experiences, as well as mentoring students of the Masters of Health Administration (MHA) Program. “As an alumnus of the Masters of Health Administration Program, I am honoured to receive this recognition from my peers,” Devitt said in a media release. “As a residency preceptor, I was given a tremendous opportunity to guide future healthcare administrators with knowledge and real-world experiences within the hospital and community.” In order to be eligible for this award, candidates

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The mayor, whomever that will be in 2018 and beyond, will haul in about $35,000 a year more than the average guy in this municipality. That’s a significant difference, especially when you consider all the average folks have to pay for the mayor’s wages and benefits. Everyone in the Ivory Tower, uh, excuse us, we mean the Civic Centre, should take a hard look at those average income figures. Civil service, with its great pension plan, should never see compensation so out of skew with that of the people it serves. We realize a committee comprised of local citizens examined compensation for council and the mayor,

and it brought forward the suggestions for higher pay, the golden handshake and sweet pension plan. But in reality, again as this is essentially a contract position, the decision to add this compensation should have been made by the people who will pay for it – the general public. Put the proposals on a referendum attached to the next election. If enough of the citizens who turn up to vote think it’s a good idea, then so be it. But that’s not the case. The decision has been made. Well, at least council turned down the proposal to increase councillors’ pay to $31,000 a year for their part-time jobs. Thank goodness for small victories.





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It’s off to a Police Services Act hearing for a Chatham-Kent sergeant. Sgt. Robert Mugridge will appear before the hearing on Feb. 13 at 10 a.m. at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre to answer to charges of discreditable conduct.

The charges stem from an investigation in 2014 that was initiated by the C-K Police Service, and then handed over to the London Police Service, at the request of then-CKPS Chief Dennis Poole. The investigation focused on the handling of financial loans and other

monies, which were obtained from financial institutions and members of the public, as well as other police officers, police say. Mugridge remains suspended pending the outcome of this trial and criminal charges that are still before the court.



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Boralex discusses turbines By Mary Beth Corcoran

Boralex, one of the partners in the Otter Creek Wind Farm project north of Wallaceburg, says it is listening to the concerns from the community as it works toward a Renewable Energy Approval (REA) from the province. At a technical briefing held for media on Monday afternoon, Otter Creek project manager Mark Weatherill and director of development Adam Rosso were at the Community Engagement Centre in Wallaceburg to update the project. Monday was to be the second public meeting in Wallaceburg regarding the project, which proposes to construct 12 large turbines with a height from base to tip of 195.7 metres (641.9 feet), with a setback of 550 metres from any property. The concrete foundation is proposed to be up to 30 metres in diameter. Rosso said the size of the turbines was decided after


Boralex heard concerns about the number of turbines proposed originally. “Initially, 17-20 turbines were anticipated, but we wanted to reduce the number of turbines after we heard concerns at the first public meeting,” Rosso said. “There will be less turbines but they will produce more power of up to 4.2 megawatts. We want to reduce all the impacts on the environment. The higher you go, the smoother the wind and with less rotational speed will be less noise.” When asked about the issues the local group Water Wells First has over vibrations from turbines causing turbidity of area wells, Weatherill said they have met with WWF on two different occasions and if WWF can produce scientific evidence regarding their claims, they would be happy to see if it can be taken into consideration. “We want to understand their concern and issues, but we need to see it laid out for us. That’s the rea-

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Otter Creek Wind Farm project manager Mark Weatherill, left, and director of development Adam Rosso took the media through technical briefing Monday afternoon before the public meeting scheduled for Monday night in Wallaceburg to update the community on the project.

son we asked for any evidence they might have, but we haven’t seen anything like that,” Weatherill said. “A lot of what they are claiming is based on anecdotal evidence or experience and we take that seriously. But at the end of the day, we need to rely on data and facts and science and we haven’t seen that from Water Wells First yet, but if they can supply that evidence to us, we would be grateful; we would happily review that.” Weatherill said a review of the Golder report, used by North Kent Wind 1 to refute the claim that vibration was causing water well contamination, is

currently underway. “Yes, we have done some geological studies and we’re going to be doing more, but the purpose of those studies is primarily for us to understand what’s under the ground so we can design our foundations and that will be contributing to the work we’re doing trying to identify our designs,” Weatherill said. “We are working with a third-party engineering firm, GHD Consulting, who are advising us on the claims that Water Wells First are making; on whether it is possible for vibrations from construction and/ or operation can lead to

increased turbidity in well water and that is something that’s ongoing, but we’ve got preliminary review from them of the Golder report, used by North Kent Wind. Basically they’ve said the Golder report is viable as far as its methodology, as far as the assumptions they’ve made and that it is also applicable to Otter Creek Wind Farm, simply because we’re not very far away.” Rosso said the analysis that Golder went through “is to say, ‘Look, is there enough vibration from a turbine to cause the effects that people are seeing in their wells?’ and they

provide a professional engineering and scientific opinion about it, based on methodology and mathematics that are well understood in science. “The fact we’re doing a desktop study versus a field study is really up to the engineers and expert people to tell us if that is equivalent enough.” Rosso said they have also listened to concerns about the pile driving method used to anchor the concrete bases in place and they are working with their experts and the latest technology to look at alternate methods with the least harm to the environment.

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D L SO 36 BIRMINGHAM $665,000 Exquisite 5 + 1br, 3.5 bath Bouma built 2 storey backing onto the creek. Call Pat 519-360-0141.

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66 MOLENGRAAF $349,900 Beautiful 2+1br, 3 bath Ewald built bi-level, very well cared for. Call Jim 519-358-3984.

20400 COUNTY RD 42, TILBURY • $1,400,000 Inventory & equipment incl. 60’x120’ all steel Vertec building on 4.77 acres at Hwy.401. 5 bay doors, 5 ton overhead crane. Call Ron 519-3607729 or Brandice 226-626-4838.

D L SO 929 CHARING CROSS $229,900 3br, 2 bath bi-level sitting on a 1/2 ac treed lot with many updates. Call Jim 519-358-3984.

4628 TALBOT TRAIL $322,888 3 yr old 4br rancher on the Lake Erie bluffs. Call Brian K 519-3656090 or Chris 519-350-1402.

Industrial 10 HIDDEN VALLEY $227,900 Incredible 3br, 1.5 bath, 3 level side split completely renovated. Call Wayne 519-436-4810.

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119 CARTIER $224,900 Spacious 4br raised rancher backing onto a farmer’s field. Call Ron Franko 519-355-8181.

9091 MCDOWELL $364,900 3br, 2.5 bath ranch on a treed piece of paradise backing onto the River. Call Jim 519-358-3984.

19170 DOUGLAS, BLENHEIM • $489,900 Incredible unique custom built 3br, 2 bath rancher on 1.19 ac lot near Lake Erie. Call Andrea 519-359-2482.

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11523 RONDEAU, MORPETH $388,888 Completely renovated 3br, 2 bath 1862 sq ft ranch. Call Brian K 519-365-6090.

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148 REGENCY $168,888 1248 sq.ft., 2br, 2 bath custom modular home with beautiful landscaping. Call Brian K 519-365-6090.

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3 SOUTH HAMPTON $588,888 Unique 2+2br, 2.5 bath custom built sprawling brick rancher. Call Eric 519-436-4865.

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130 DUNKIRK $85,900 Mint, 2br, 2 bath, open concept with beautiful 3 season sunroom & many updates. Call Steve 519-355-9774.

15144 LONGWOODS, BOTHWELL • $139,900 Picture yourself in the country. 3br bungalow on a full ac lot. Call Kristen 519-784-7653.

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Live Well event a success By Mary Beth Corcoran

Hosting its first health and wellness event for women, the May Court Club of Chatham hit a home run with Live Well 2017. Held at the W.I.S.H. Centre in Chatham recently, the day-long event featured fitness, nutrition, personal safety, and wellness guest speakers, live demonstrations, as well as vendors in health and wellness fields. According to event convenor LeeAnne Caldwell Polowick, also a director with the May Court Club, the day was a huge success with 250 participants and 30 vendors on hand. “It was an absolutely fantastic day. The positive energy was resonating throughout the WISH Centre the entire day,” Caldwell Polowick said. “Sara Hale and Amy Dalton kicked off our event leading the women in an exhilarating class of Zumba. You couldn’t have fit another woman on the floor.” From cooking demonstrations to a personal safety seminar, the convenor said the participation in each segment of the day was incredible. “On behalf of the May Court Club of Chatham, I am truly thankful to have had such an amazing Live Well 2017 committee and team to work with for our first ever event,” she said. “It is only because of our combined efforts and enthusiasm of wanting to reach out to help the women in our community, that our Live Well 2017 fundraiser was such a huge success.” Caldwell Polowick, with co-convenors Sue Cummings and Janine Wilson, were very pleased with the feedback they received from the women in attendance, and it really set off 2017 on a positive note.

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Live Well convenor LeeAnne Caldwell Polowick, left, stands with CKPS Spec. Const. Tamara Dick at the Personal and Internet Safety presentation at the Retro Suites recently. Dick talked to an audience of women about what they can do to be informed and protect themselves from predators.

“We were totally overwhelmed with the positive feedback we received from the survey sent out to participants. Overall, 73 per cent rated Live Well 2017 as ‘excellent’ and 26 per cent as ‘good.’ With this being the very first women’s health and wellness event for our May Court Club, I am very proud and ecstatic to hear that we’ve actually made a difference in the lives of this many women in our community,” she explained. To encourage response to the survey, anyone who replied was entered into a draw. The winner of the Fitbit donated by Staples in Chatham for completing the participants’ survey was Joan Weller. Caldwell Polowick said the Club members are also extremely grateful to the many businesses in the community that contributed to the over-


all success of the day through their sponsorship and donations. “Everyone’s generosity and support has allowed the May Court Club of Chatham to continue our two much needed service projects, providing nutrition to the children in 26 of our C-K schools

through our Emergency Lunch Box Program and the Queen Elizabeth II Breakfast Program. It will also allow us to continue to support adolescent mental health in our community as well as other needy children and women programs in C-K,” Caldwell Polowick said.

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Part of the success of the event was the Personal and Internet Safety presentation given by Special Const. Tamara Dick of the Chatham-Kent Police Service crime prevention and community safety unit. Her presentation was so well-received, Caldwell Polowick asked

her to reprise her presentation at the Retro Suites Derby Room Jan. 24. More than 50 women aged 16 and up attended the seminar that Dick said is intended to inform women on what they can do to protect themselves from predators while online and with their personal safety. “I want to prepare you and scare you,” Dick said at the start of the seminar, giving women helpful advice and tips. “It’s alarming what goes on on the Internet.” She said the Internet is useful for many things, but it’s the “underbelly” you really need to look out for. Dick recommended making sure all electronic devices be kept out of you or your children’s bedrooms, or disconnect all web cameras. Even putting a bandage over the camera lens on lap tops can keep a predator out of the room. She said of the social media platforms, she dislikes Snapchat the most, as it is the number one site for cyberbullying. “People feel safe behind a screen to be obnoxious and disrespectful,” Dick noted. “You have to remember though, that anything you post on social media can be retrieved.”

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Centre celebrates Literacy Day Fun, games, reading, food all part of event By Mary Beth Corcoran

To celebrate Family Literacy Day, more than 100 culturally diverse people packed the Adult Language and Learning Centre recently for fun, games and food. At the new location on King Street West in Chatham, the Centre invited clients and members of the public to join them for a family friendly event, according to executive director Tracy Callaghan. “We have been offering this event for the past six years and always have a good crowd,” Callaghan said. “It’s a big public event and a good oppor-

tunity for our literacy and newcomer clients to socialize and have a conversation. It’s important to bring the kids in on it, and we try to make learning fun and enjoyable.” Some of the events included a craft room, Minute to Win It games, a dress up photo booth, and a Chatham-Kent Block Parent fingerprint identification clinic in partnership with the Chatham-Kent Police Service (CKPS). The evening concluded with chili and ice cream for the guests in attendance. Chatham-Kent Police Service Police Chief Gary Conn was also on hand as a special guest, reading

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two books to the children at the event. The Centre has several programs it runs, including literacy and English as a Second Language classes, language and skills training, as well as Immigrant Settlement

and Integration Services for newcomers. Callaghan said the Centre is there for anyone who wants help with literacy and language learning. “We are open for anyone who wants to build their language skills,” Cal-

laghan added. With many services for the community, the Centre offers them in confidence and in a culturally sensitive manner, and have people in the office who speak a wide variety of languages.

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in the Toronto area, who instead of going to his top pick school on a full-

ride scholarship, is now working at a coffee shop because of a disrespectful rant he posted on his Twitter account. The schools scouting him did a social media background check and because of his rant, did not want him representing their school. “Social media is a drug and society is addicted to it; it’s out of control,” she told the audience. There is a huge problem currently of young women sending nude pictures using social media, and sexting as early as elementary school.

Games can also be used by predators to troll for victims, such as Pokémon hot spots, where young people flock to advance in the game. With the popularity of her presentation, Dick has been asked to host another evening for young women 16 and up, to talk about personal safety May 10 from 6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m. at Retro Suites. For more information on the Live Well event, visit the May Court website at and look for the Live Well link.

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Gloomy January contributes to depression By Bruce Corcoran

If you thought January was particularly dull and dreary, you aren’t alone. Three bright, sunny days in January - that’s all this region had, according to a federal meteorologist. Mark Schuster of Environment Canada said numbers from their Windsor station indicated we only had bright sunshine on Jan. 1, with Jan. 8 and 15 also providing varying amounts of sunshine. Overall, the historic average for sunshine hours in the month of January in our region is about 85 hours, less than four days, Schuster said. He added there is a simple explanation for the lack of sunshine. “There are shorter hours of daylight (in January),” Schuster said. “And it’s just generally cloudier at this time of the year. But December tends to be the worst month in terms of sunshine.” Naturally, at the other end of the calendar – June and July – we get the most sun. Schuster said these months typically each give us about 200 hours of bright sunshine. Here in Chatham-Kent, the

warm January weather melted away all our snow for most of the month, adding to the dreary appearance. Schuster understands how people could be impacted by the weather. The warm fronts may have offered relief from typical winter temperature, but little in the way of sunshine providing vitamin D. “It’s very rare to get sunny and +5C in January,” he said. “Usually, the sunny days in January are the really cold ones when you have the clear arctic air come down.” All the dark weather has an impact on people, according to Todd Caldwell, a local psychologist. It can cause mild depression, or worse, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). “It’s the winter blues magnified. It is causing impairment or clinical distress in your main areas of functions – the ability to work, socialize and be present in relationships and your family,” he said of SAD. He stressed there is a big different from being a bit down from winter and having SAD. “If you feel a little of these symptoms – less energy, feeling down, putting on a little weight, finding it harder to

get up in the morning – that’s the winter blues,” Caldwell said. “But if you feel like you want to withdraw from the world, sleep for hours during the day, have huge cravings for sweet and starchy food – it gets to an impairing level – that’s SAD.” He said part of the problem with feeling down in the winter months is the fact you are largely stuck indoors. “It’s colder, gloomy and people start looking at their own issues. Whatever’s there, it magnifies,” Caldwell said. It’s a serious issue, he added, and offers suggestions to help combat SAD. “Talk therapy could be helpful. Bright light therapy. Exercise to get everything moving in the body,” he said. “Sometimes anti-depressants are needed short-term.” Caldwell recommends also following a healthy diet, and, when possible, schedule any major life change or projects to other times of the year. “And get as much light as possible. Install brighter light bulbs in your house and workplace,” he said. “Maintain the same sleep patterns and maintain body heat. If possible, take a vacation south.”

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dents who abide by the regulations and keep the community clean and safe if we have some who habitually ignore them and still have their non-compliant waste collected.” Kucera said violations slow down the collection process for Progressive Waste Solutions and overloading carts allows waste to be accessible to animals and crows, often resulting in litter.

In an effort to make Chatham-Kent’s Waste and Recycling Services cleaner and more efficient, employees of Progressive Waste Solutions will begin placing decals on toter carts and other waste items placed at the curb that do not comply with the collection program. Rick Kucera, Chatham-Kent’s Manager of Waste and Recycling Services, said the decals would be placed on specific items to advise residents of the issue and why it is non-compliant. professional corporation “There are decals to let you know K. Todd Caldwell if the cart is overloaded; if there are M.A. C.Psych. more than the allowable number of Psychologist items placed out for pick up; if there Member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario are bulky items that will be picked Providing Psychological Services In: up later by a separate collection Individual, Marital, Couples & Family Counselling truck or; if the cart is not set out at Psychological and Educational Assessments, the curb properly,” he said in a media release. Web Therapy available upon request Kucera said the initial intent is to Tel: 519-355-0282 remind residents of the collection 5 Raleigh Street Fax: 519-355-0488 rules, however, if there are repeat vi- Chatham, Ontario Email: olators, waste will not be picked up. N7M 2M6 “It is not fair to the majority of resi-


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Thursday, February 2, 2017 • Open euchre and bingo at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Open euchre at 1:00pm. Bingo starts at 7:00pm. Friday, February 3, 2017 • Meal and fun darts at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Dinner 5:30pm-7:00pm with choice of pork, roast beef or fish and chips for $9.00. One meat draw. Fun darts at 7:30pm. • Red Cross Babysitting Course at the Thames Campus Arena. 9:00am-5:00pm. $53.48. For ages 11-15. Registration required. Call 519360-1998. • Stew Luncehon at BR. 243 Royal Canadian Legion, Ridgetown. Sponsored by the Legion Ladies Auxiliary from 11:00am-1:30pm. $7.00.

Introducing salmon to extended ‘clan’ • The Chatham-Kent Film Group presents “Captain Fantastic” at 4:00pm and 7:00pm at the Capitol Theatre. $10 cash. 519-359-8455. Tuesday, February 7, 2017 • Open euchre, open shuffleboard and 2 person euchre at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Open euchre at 1:00pm and 2 person at 6:30pm to register and 7:00pm to play. $5.00/person.. Shuffleboard at 7:00pm. Wednesday, February 8, 2017 • Lois Singers will entertain in the main dining room at 2:00pm. Meadow Park, Sandy St., Chatham. • Pepper and fun darts at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Pepper at 1:00pm and darts at 7:00pm.

• Henry’s Freedom Box. Celebrate Black History month at the Chatham branch of the CKPL in the children’s room. We will hear the story of Henry’s Freedom, see a replica of the box and learn more about Chatham’s role in the road to freedom. Everyone welcome! 10:30am-11:15am.

Thursday, February 9, 2017 • Chalk Pain Workshop at the Chatham branch of the CKPL. Discover how to mix your own chalk paint and crate a rustic sign. 6:30pm in the meeting room. Registration is required. Space is limited. Register online, by phone or in person at your local branch.

Saturday, February 4, 2017 • Child identification program from 1:00pm4:00pm at the Masonic Lodge, 430 Riverview Dr., Chatham. ( across from Casa Bella Restaurant) Do you have all the current information readily available for police to use in an emergency? Bring your child to have this information recorded and put on disk for you. No charge. Sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Chatham-Kent and the Masons. For information contact 519-352-2431.

• Ernie Miler will entertain in the West Lounge at 2:00pm. Meadow Park, Sandy St., Chatham.

• Meat draw and dance at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Meat draw from 4:00pm-6:00pm. Dance from 4:30pm-9:30pm featuring Blast from the Past. • Training for Volunteers who wish to assist at the New Beginning House for overnight supervision of the homeless men who use the haven. A police check is required. Call 519-351-4010 to register. • 24th Annual Curl for Cancer at the Chatham Granite Club. Fun and prizes for all! Curlers and first timers welcome! Enter as an individual or form a team! Includes hot lunch, snacks and two 6-end games of curling. $20.00. $100 min. in pledges. Call 519-3523960. Sunday, February 5, 2017 • Sunday Brunch of the Chatham Granite Club, 41 William St. N., Chatham. 10:30am1:00pm. All you can eat pancakes, bacon, eggs, sausages, muffins, home fries, coffee cake, fruit, juice, coffee and tea. Adults $10.00. Children 4-12 $5.00. Under 4 is free. Monday, February 6, 2017 • Senior euchre at 1:00pm at the Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham.

• Open euchre and bingo at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Open euchre at 1:00pm. Bingo starts at 7:00pm. Friday, February 10, 2017 • Meal and fun darts at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Dinner 5:30pm-7:00pm with choice of meat loaf, roast beef or fish and chips for $9.00. One meat draw. Fun darts at 7:30pm. Saturday, February 11, 2017 • Spaghetti Dinner at the Voice of Triumph Ministeries. Spaghetti and meat sauce, garlic bread, drink (pop or water) for only $8.00. 5:00pm-7:00pm. Take out available. 135 Queen St., Chatham. To order tickets call 519380-5989 or any church members that have tickets. • Saturdays at 7 at St. Andrew’s United Church in Chatham presents “Celtic Fever”. All are welcome! Doors open at 6:30pm. Free will offering ($10 suggested adult donation). for more info PAWR at the animal shelter phone number for lost and stray pets and issues at the dog parks: 226-996-9969 daytime. Emergency and after-hours number: 519-784-6146. Animal Cruelty and neglect cases call direct 310-7722 or 310-SPCA. Submit your coming events to or

OK, the dark, dreary January days have impacted even me, the barbecue lover. But, thanks to extended “family,” I returned to the outdoors on the weekend, for a longer time period than just walking to or from my vehicle. Thanks to a visit from Jen and Allie, whom I am told are my second wife and daughter (and Jen’s not to be confused with Michelle, my “work wife,” or Mary Beth, my actual wife), I sauntered out into the chilly air Sunday evening to grill some meat! It seems Allie had never had salmon before. Her mom, Jen, recalled only eating it from a tin. For shame! So we set about rectifying that. And because we love cooking it a couple of ways, we subjected them to both, and added steak as a backup plan. We Corcorans enjoy the lemon pepper option on a cedar plank, as well as the sweet and savory castiron griddle option. Both are very easy to prepare and cook, but one requires more cleaning. I’m talking about the castiron griddle version, which is my favourite. Thankfully, Mary Beth enjoys attacking the task of cleaning the griddle, which she accomplishes with coarse salt as an abrasive. No detergent, of course, and oiling the griddle afterwards is a must. I soaked the cedar plank for about 45 minutes a side. Mary prepared the salmon by adding diced garlic (we love garlic!), pepper, juice from a squeezed lemon, and three thin slices of actual lemon on each piece of salmon. As for the cedar plank, you put it on the grill for three minutes, cooking side down, and flip it over before you place the salmon on it. That heats and prepares the surface for the salmon. In regard to the griddle version, it is simply salmon marinated in a mix of maple syrup and soya sauce, with a healthy amount of chopped garlic on top. It sounds like an odd combo, but it is heaven on the taste buds. Heat the griddle in advance of adding the salmon. I cooked both options at the same time on my Big Green Egg, giving the planked salmon about three minutes longer than the 15 minutes for the griddled salmon. Cast iron transfers heat much better than a piece of wood of course, but that wood delivers some great flavour. I cooked the salmon at about 400 degrees, and checked for flakiness

Bruce Corcoran before pulling it off the barbecue. It should be cooked to at least 145 F. I turns out I didn’t really need the steak – three sirloin strips that were seasoned with Cow Lick Steak Rub on two, and Schinkels’ Coffee Rub on the other. Although some of us did enjoy samplings of it. If you haven’t tried it yet, I’d suggest giving the Coffee Rub a sampling. I’m not a coffee drinker, but I love the flavour it imparts on the steak. So do Brenna and Mary Beth. Naturally, meat rarely goes to waste around our house. We kept the extra salmon, which was gobbled up the next day, and sent Allie and Jen home with the leftover steak for the men of their house. Budget season

So, the municipal budget sessions are upon us. Chatham-Kent staff likely has an over/under bet on the number of days council will utilize to hash out this year’s budget, and I think they wouldn’t be too far off if they chose three. Will council add to the budget, as it has done historically, before subtracting? I think we may be in for a pleasant surprise this time around, as there aren’t any municipal service reduction items in the draft budget, something that has led to contention in recent years. As well, lifecycle infrastructure funding is front and centre this year. Traditionally, this had been pushed towards the end of discussion talks, and became an annual victim. Council historically realized after several days of deliberations that it was facing a tax hike higher than it wanted to offer up to the citizens, so it took the knife to lifecycle funding. That slicing of support over the years has left this municipality only funding half of its $88 million annual lifecycle needs, badly underfunding road, storm sewer and bridge maintenance and replacement. More than half of the proposed 1.96-per-cent increase in the draft budget is earmarked for infrastructure.





Wright coming home for a cause

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they’ll ask. Probably, ‘Do you know Drake?’ No.” One of the co-chairs of the fundraising committee for the new shelter, Art Stirling, is a familiar face for Wright. “I think we even played in a band together at one point,” she recalled. “I think he beat me in a singing contest once. I got beat a lot back then. But I won the big ones.” Tickets to the March 10 show are available through

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Family, friends, familiar territory and a cause close to the heart make for a perfect recipe to entice country music star Michelle Wright to come home next month. The Merlin native is to play the Chatham Capitol Theatre March 10, with proceeds going to the Friends of the New Animal Shelter. “I’m an animal lover. We lost three of our dogs in the last year. We have two of our babies left,” she told The Chatham Voice in a phone interview. “It really sounds like it is something that is necessary,” she said of the effort to build a new shelter to replace the cramped old one on Park Avenue East. “And this is perfect timing for me.” Plans for the new shelter call for a 6,000-plus square-foot facility with dog kennels, cat rooms, a veterinary treatment room and other up-to-date features now lacking. It will double the size of the current building through which some 2,000 animals pass each year. Wright, a member of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, added she also has great respect for people who help and care for animals. “I have so much love and respect for people who commit their lives to taking care of animals,” she said. “At times, they have to make the very difficult decisions that have to be made.” Wright said pets have been part of her life, especially when growing up on the family farm outside of Merlin. “I’ve always had at least one animal. On the farm, we always had feral kittens under the house. As a kid, you’d check in on them and they’d eventually become your best friend,” she said. Aware that Chatham-Kent has a feral cat issue, Wright understands the need to spay and neuter pets. But to learn that many people don’t do so never ceases to surprise her, she said. “Come on, people, we’ve got to do this,” she said. “We, as a community, have to spay and neuter these animals.” Wright said she plans on taking advantage of her time in Chatham-Kent, connecting

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Merlin native Michelle Wright returns to Chatham-Kent next month to play at the Chatham Capitol Theatre. Her performance is a fundraiser for the Friends of the New Animal Shelter.

with family and old friends. “I’m coming in a couple of days early so I can get some friend and family time in,” she said, adding she plans to see a “bunch” of family and catch up with some former high school friends. Wright also plans to walk through some familiar doors – those of Merlin Area Public School. “I’m going to stop by the school, to go and sit and have the kids sit around in a circle and play some music. We’ll just visit and chat,” she said. She hopes to inspire the students to aim high. “I will encourage them that perseverance, hard work and discipline are very satisfying and will help you in life no matter what you are doing,” Wright said. “I’m also curious to see what kinds of questions

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The Chatham Voice, Feb. 2, 2017  

The Feb. 2, 2017 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent community newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. and area

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