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Wallaceburg won’t lose its hospital or emergency department By Bruce Corcoran

After seven months of reorganization, the top overseers at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance are changing gears. Rob Devitt, the provincially appointed supervisor of the CKHA, will focus on the bigger picture of governance after spending months working with interim CEO Ken Deane on overhauling leadership positions at the alliance, and reworking the administration of business. Deane, on the other hand, is heading home to London. Both changes are in no small part due to the hiring of Lori Marshall as CEO and president, as well as filling other top administrative positions. Deane in fact is working from home for the near future before sliding out of the picture. The two led a recent press conference with local media, and looked back on progress made at revamping the alliance. Devitt admitted the overhaul has been pretty staggering.

“All executive leadership is new. There is a new set of physician leaders,” he said. “In my 30 years in health care, I can’t think of a time or an organization where there’s been that scale of turnover in leadership.” The fresh start, and overall changes made in procedures by Devitt and Deane appears to be paying off, according to an assessment by a third party. The alliance commissioned consultant firm KPMG to conduct an internal control framework assessment recently. It compared the state of the alliance in key areas at the time Devitt and Deane took control to what it was like just last month. The report showed their starting point was littered with problem areas, such as failing to exercise oversight responsibility, enforce accountability, evaluate operations, and communicate internally and externally. The study showed solid progress by February. Devitt said the leaders at the hospital today all have a local history, something he believes is


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really important in order for them to understand the unique issues the alliance faces. In terms of being open and frank, Devitt stressed that people must understand the reality the alliance’s plans. “Two campuses, two emergency departments,” he said. “People keep asking me when one is closing. They’re not.” Wallaceburg will not lose its hospital, he said, nor will it lose its emergency department. In fact, another announcement by the alliance earlier this week reinforces the latter, Devitt said. The alliance announced on March 21 it was adding additional respiratory services to the Sydenham District Hospital. A registered respiratory therapist will work out of the emergency department. “This is indeed great news for our community. We cannot over emphasize the importance of RT services and quality care,” said Dr. Dennis Atoe, family and ER physician, in a release.

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“I want to thank everyone involved for their work, time and effort towards these initiatives. We are looking forward to an improved working relationship between the Sydenham and Chatham sites and the communities we serve.” Last week, the Ontario Health

Coalition released its survey results of Chatham-Kent citizens and what they want from the alliance, including the retention of both hospital locations and emergency departments. Devitt stressed those issues were already addressed. He added the alliance also asked an outside expert in to


work on ways to strengthen how the Chatham and Wallaceburg emergency departments work together. Despite the open forums and transparent efforts, Devitt said there are still skeptics out there. “It will be a while before some people believe there will be a difference.” Seeking input from the public won’t be limited to the urban parts of Chatham-Kent either. Devitt said the rural health advisory committee is shaping up, as interviews are booked for the second week of April, and he his hopeful the committee will meet later that month or in early May. As well, the alliance is posting for a new position, chief of rural health. Devitt said while a great deal of progress has been made, some people expected an overnight revolution at the alliance. “In health care, a revolution usually means


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corners are cut,” he said. “We can’t do that. We’ve got to do it in a very methodical way.” He believed the process is paying off. “What has occurred in seven months is pretty remarkable. People have really pulled together,” he said. “We have a long way to go yet.” Deane said the changes have helped liberate staff, as they realized they are open to be creative and innovative and can express their thoughts without fear of repercussion. Stabilizing finances remains a priority for the alliance, but Devitt said it’s a one-sided problem. “We don’t have a revenue problem; we have a spending problem,” he said, adding the alliance has teams looking at how it can bring spending in line with hospitals of similar size around the province. Next up for Devitt is focusing on corporate and governance structure, including board recruitment and training. He said the KPMG results show him that “some of the fundamentals of governance were missing” under the previous structure. “All boards were duplicitous in the financial direction of the alliance.

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That got us into this state. We don’t want to revert to that.” The old structure had three ways board members were elected/selected. Deane said St. Joseph’s board was selected by the London Health Care Society, while the Sydenham board members were voted in by people who paid $5 to be part of the voting group, and the Public General members were voted in by the current board. “I need to do more analysis,” Devitt said. “The model here is one of a kind.” But Devitt said he can’t work on that element until he finalizes the corporate structure. Regardless, three boards and two hospitals remain problematic and won’t be repeated. “The boards’ successors must be focused on what’s best overall, not just for one building,” he said. “We are located in two communities; we are a regional hospital. We need to reflect the geography of the community.” Devitt stressed the future hospital board must continue to look at the big picture at all times. “Boards are in place to set direction and vision; to tell management what they can and can’t do,” Devitt said. “When a board gets mired in the minutiae, management can abdicate responsibility and ‘delegate up.’” He added the board must be independent of administration, adding a dose of “healthy skepticism” is needed. Once a new board is in place – and he said there is no set timeline for this – Devitt believed someone should be tasked to coach or mentor the board, “just to ensure the old culture doesn’t wash back in.”

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Outside auditor reports big improvements at CKHA

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A third-party review of operations at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance has given the current overseers the green light – well, sort of, at least. KPMG conducted an internal control framework assessment, comparing the state of the health alliance seven months ago to where it is today. The starting point is when the province appointed Rob Devitt as supervisor of the alliance to rebuild the battered and dysfunctional health-care operation. He arrived after the three hospital boards could no longer work together, and governance of the alliance came to a standstill. Devitt appointed Ken Deane as interim CEO shortly after his arrival last fall. The two began work on improving operations at the alliance. The study shows a great deal of progress. But Devitt said he and Deane didn’t do anything Herculean. “Nothing we are doing is out of the ordinary,” Devitt said. “It’s just good, old common sense.”

KPMG’s study actually shocked the two in terms of how bad overall the starting point actually was. They admitted they knew there were problems when they stepped into their respective roles, but just didn’t realize the extent. Deane said the sheer number of issues the alliance had when they took over caught him off guard when he first saw the KPMG report. “I’m not surprised there were red Xs. I was surprised at the number of gaps,” he said. KPMG assessed core corporate controls in areas of ethics and values, governance, human resources, general information technology, finance and strategic planning and budgeting. Red lights lit up the board. The study used a simple colour system – with red being the worst and green the best, to grade specific principles. A red light with an X in it indicated a critical gap that required prompt attention. Orange showed a priority gap; yellow a minor gap; and green a sound operational management practice. KPMG’s assess-

ment of the overall operations seven months ago, citing 15 categories, showed no green lights. In fact, there were just two yellows and three oranges; the rest – 10 areas – were lit up in red. The two categories in yellow were control activities, specifically selection and development of controls over technology, and deployment through policies and procedures. Devitt admitted the starting point was tough to swallow. “When I looked at it, I was really disappointed. But it helped me frame why we had to do so much,” he said. “As for the progress, I’m very pleased. It speaks to a very competent team in the organization. But I now worry we are actually pushing people too hard.” The progress, as Devitt mentioned, is evidenced by the fact not one category showed red in February. There were also only four orange areas. Two formerly red areas – internal communications

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A Chatham-Kent police officer faces more charges. Const. Kenneth Miller, 46, is charged with sexual assault and breach of trust following a May 4, 2013 incident in Chatham. The province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) laid the charges after investigating a complaint by a 33-year-old woman.

Miller will answer to the charges in a Chatham courtroom April 4. According to an SUI statement, “The matter is now properly before the courts. In consideration of the fair trial interests of the accused, the SIU will make no further comment.” Miller still faces similar charges in connection with an Aug. 23, 2015 incident.

and evaluation of activities – showed green. Nine areas were yellow. KPMG’s reviewers were impressed. “Overall, CKHA has made significant improvements over the past six months, particularly with respect to rebuilding the tone at the top, increasing communication to employees and the community, transparent reporting of financial results, and improving communications with the board,” the report stated. Where previous hospital overseers were less than forthcoming with the delivery of information to the public, and, according to KPMG, even staff, Devitt and Deane encourage open dialogue. They’ve made community engagement a priority, holding open forums and speaking to service clubs, for example. “It’s about connecting citizens with the new leaders,” Devitt said. “It is important our citizenry feels connected with the leadership.”

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ancer is a formidable foe and one that the World Health Organization says is responsible for the deaths of six million people each year. But as deadly an adversary as cancer can be, millions of cases of cancer could be prevented.

According to the WHO, at least onethird of all cancer cases are preventable. Prevention begins with understanding the risk factors for cancer and what you can do to lower your risk of developing this often deadly disease. Some risk factors for cancer, including family history and gender, are beyond an individual’s control. But the following are risk factors that, when avoided, can dramatically reduce a person’s risk of developing cancer. Tobacco

dent and Chatham native Chandra Clarke founded Scribendi in 1997 and, along with vice-president and husband Terry Johnson, has grown Scribendi into a network of more than 300 editors who provide document revision services to clients in all sectors, including business, academia, and publishing. The company now welcomes another husbandand-wife team to the helm in Riopel and Magnani, who plan to pursue sustainable growth strategies that will extend the company’s reach and influence in the industry. Scribendi is a proud member of the Chatham-Kent community

The WHO notes that tobacco causes an estimated 22 percent of cancer deaths each year. That translates to more than 1.3 million tobaccorelated cancer deaths each year. While smokers may be most likely to develop lung cancer as a result of their tobacco use, smoking tobacco also increases a person’s risk of cancers of the esophagus, larynx, mouth, throat, kidney, bladder, pancreas, stomach, and cervix. Smokeless tobacco also

increases a person’s risk of oral cancer and cancers of the esophagus and pancreas. Avoiding tobacco entirely greatly reduces a person’s risk of cancer, but even those who already smoke can significantly reduce their risk by quitting immediately. Bad diet

Several factors may cause a person to be overweight or obese, but many people who are struggling with obesity are doing so because of poor diets. An elevated risk of heart disease may be the first thing people associate with being overweight or obese, but such people are also more vulnerable to cancer than people who are in shape. The WHO notes there is a link between being overweight or obese and certain cancers, including breast and colorectal cancer. Excess consumption of red and preserved meat may increase a person’s risk of colorectal cancer, while a diet high in fruits and vegetables may have the opposite effect, potentially protecting the body against various cancers. Physical inactivity

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overweight or obese, a lifestyle that does not include routine physical activity also increases a person’s risk for various cancers. The National Cancer Institute notes that studies conducted around the globe have consistently found that adults who increase their physical activity, either in duration, frequency or intensity, can reduce their risk of developing colon cancer by as much as 40 percent compared to those who live physically inactive lifestyles. The NCI also notes that studies have shown that physically active women have a lower risk of developing breast cancer than women who are inactive. Alcohol

According to the WHO, a person’s risk of developing cancer increases with the amount of alcohol that person consumes. While some studies have connected moderate consumption of alcohol with a lower risk of certain ailments, alcohol consumption remains a risk factor for certain cancers, including cancers of the oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, liver, and breast. More information about cancer and the risk factors associated with cancer is available at

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to thank all the community leaders, the Business Development Bank of Canada, and above all, everyone at Scribendi who believed in us along the way.” He continued, “Over the years, we’ve seen many other local businesses grow to diversify our economy, and we look forward to continuing to invest in Chatham-Kent.” Along with a world-class board of directors who will provide strategic guidance and expertise, Riopel and Magnani will bring their diverse knowledge and experience to Scribendi. Riopel holds an MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona and a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from McGill University in Montreal. Prior to co-founding MAGNUM, she worked with Développement International Desjardins, a subsidiary of the Desjardins Group. Magnani also holds an MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona as well as a Master’s degree in physics. He has worked in a multitude of industries as a consultant at McKinsey & Company and has also collaborated with small-to-medium-enterprises and startups in the tech and clean energy sectors.

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The fallout of 1,000 layoffs last week for Enbridge Inc. reached Chatham-Kent. About 15 employees at Union Gas in Chatham were part of the downsizing, which the company said was needed to address overlaps in the organizational structure. This past September, Enbridge merged with Spectra Energy, Union Gas’ parent company. The 1,000 positions represent

about six per cent of the company’s total workforce. Calgary became the headquarters for the combined company following the merger. Spectra was originally headquartered in Houston, Tex. That city became the business unit centre for the firm’s gas pipeline business. In an e-mail to media, Andrea Stass, manager of external communications for Union Gas, said the moves were made to increase company efficiency.

“This workforce reduction will include approximately 15 roles, including a mix of full time employees and contractors at Union Gas in areas where there is duplication and overlap in roles that support corporate-wide functions, she said via e-mail. Stass stressed the reductions won’t compromise safety and operational reliability, or the ability to serve customers. As well, no Union Gas offices will be closing as a result of this workforce alignment.

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The right direction We understand why some folks may be skeptical of the rebuilding process of the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, but the progress is more than just a little tangible. After years of mismanagement and ultimately a dysfunctional governance situation where the hospital boards could no longer work together, the province had to step in. With health care, when the system fails, lives can be lost. That’s just not tolerable. An outside auditor’s review of the progress made from the time the province appointed supervisor Rob Devitt until February was eye opening in several ways. First off, KPMG’s report showed the alliance was a huge mess under the old regime, bigger than what Devitt and interim CEO Ken Deane actually thought. More importantly, however, is how far the new leadership has brought the alliance in the past seven months. KPMG assessed core corporate controls in areas of ethics and values, governance, human resources, general information technology, finance and strategic planning and budgeting. The starting point was, as mentioned, abysmal. In 10 of 15 charted categories, the CKHA received the lowest possible marks. Not one area received a thumbs up. Seven months later, the auditor handed out no red marks, but instead gave out passing grades in nine categories and top marks in two. Again, the progress is tangible. Devitt and Deane have stressed there are no plans to close the Sydenham District Hospital, or the emergency department – the latter being a huge bone of contention that ultimately led to the stalemate at the hospital board level. In fact, the alliance has invested in support programs such as respiratory therapy to augment emergency department services. The distrust in local health care by the public has left some people with the inability to actually hear the pledge by the alliance: two hospitals, two emergency departments. According to the CKHA powers that be, that is the case. As for the future, notably how the alliance is governed, Devitt is looking hard at this. It’s clear what we had didn’t work: three boards all elected in different manners. What will likely come out of this is a one-board format, with members having the needs of overall health care throughout the municipality on their minds, not the needs of one hospital over another. As Devitt and Deane have said, this isn’t rocket science. It’s just common sense.

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C-K needs an auditor general Sir: Annual tax hikes are unnecessary in Chatham-Kent. We have a workable mix of population to retail commercial and a more than manageable municipal corporation, if managed prudently. Rather than excessive spending and evaporating resources to attract outside business, we need to restructure our local governance and day-to-day management, similar or identical to Brampton’s recent restructuring initiative. Outside private investment is automatically attracted to a well-managed municipal corporation, especially with responsibly obtained zero tax hikes. Budget chair Coun. Derek Robertson said low resident turnout at the budget meetings was due to no service cuts. Partially correct! Hundreds of residents I’ve talked to the last few years are unanimous, in that, “C-K does what they want anyway so why attend,” “Public meetings need to be after supper,” “Limited access to information and difficult understand-

ing what is presented anyway.” Coun. Doug Sulman recently announced that property tax hikes are too steep and should be below 1.5% rather than the 1.9%. Partially correct as well! Our municipality can easily obtain an annual 0% tax hike with a target for an annual surplus amount, which, by itself is enough to spur an economy through increasing disposable income and attracting investment. Doing so would result in surplus amounts, as C-K initiates tax hikes each year they could apply for tax reductions. The municipality keeps trying to sell its house without the required fixing and upgrades. A nice house with little or no needed repairs attracts buyers. This year’s 1.9% tax hike represents about $2.5M. That amount and more could be easily saved each year. We start with responsible, transparent accountability and prudent municipal management; having open, complete,

easy to access and understand base and draft budget information presented to council and the residents in ample time before each budget, NOT dumped on everyone at the zero hour, that only gives overviews, without detail and in a fashion that only a Philadelphia accountant would understand. This annual behaviour only disengages and alienates the public. By keeping pertinent information away from the public, it reduces public critique and undermines public ability to provide informed input and to be aware of what the hell’s going on with their money. Although our collective council should be the overseers, the watchdogs for wise investment, such isn’t happening. C-K retains Deloitte and Touche auditors, who only compile financial reports based on what’s given them by the municipality, leaving our municipal corporation to control what’s given the auditors.

My recent provincial presentation enforced the need for a municipal auditor general. An auditor general conducts performance reviews, stops inappropriate and ineffective spending before same becomes a taxpayer liability which has been the case with the Bradley Centre (annual losses); Kingston Park (cost overrun); the 401 business park (more annual losses); Capitol Theatre (annual losses); Riverview Gardens (annual losses); transferring cash from reserves to the CSX rail line; huge interest payments; unnecessary millions spent in administration time and resources and consultants; failure to restructure our administrative functions and initiating attrition programs that would reduce our annual municipal wage, pension, travel and training costs, including our recent additional employee salary review hike for grades 10 and up, in additional to their annual salary hike; etc.; etc. John Cryderman Chatham

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Federal Progressive Conservative leadership hopeful Erin O’Toole spent some time touring southwestern Ontario over the weekend, and that included a visit to The Chatham Voice. The Durham MP is one of 14 people vying for the leadership of the party to fill the void left behind by the departure of Stephen Harper. O’Toole said he believes the sheer number of candidates indicates how many within the party are confident in the place Harper left them. “We have good strength, a good track record,” he said. “There are 14 of us, but really there are five or six of us who would have the national presence to win.” Dave Van Kesteren, MP for Chatham-Kent Essex and chair of the Ontario caucus of the federal level of the party, thinks the true leadership pool is a little smaller than that. “Erin’s being a bit generous when

he says the pool is five or six. There are probably about four, and there’s no question he’s near the top,” he said. Does Van Kesteren support O’Toole? He said he couldn’t openly support one candidate at this time. “I haven’t made a commitment. I’m chair of the Ontario caucus, so I don’t think it’s fair to sit in that chair and endorse a candidate, especially when a number of them are in that caucus.” O’Toole, 44, who has been in Parliament since 2012, is a former cabinet minister under Harper, holding the Veteran’s Affairs portfolio in 2015. He is a veteran, having served 12 years as a navigator in the RCAF. He said his experience gives him an upper hand towards leading the party. “I think I can take the best from the Harper era – strong on the economy and public safety – and I’m a vet myself, and build on that, but tell the story in a new way,” he said. Continued on page 8

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Breast Buddies fundraising for Italy By Bruce Corcoran

Asking friends and family to fill up on pizza, pasta and salad, the members of a local dragon boat team recently continued their quest for Italy next year. The Breast Buddies team is to travel to Florence, Italy in July of 2018 to take part in an international dragon boat competition. Janet Ridgers, a member of the Breast Buddies, said the Boston Pizza event sold out. It follows a Valentine’s Day event the team held in February. Ridgers said the event in Italy would mark her third international competition with the team. “My first one was in Peterborough in 2010,” she said, adding she took part in the 2014 event in Sarasota, Fla. as well. “In Sarasota, they built a park for us. It was unbelievable.” Margaret Oxford, who coaches the Breast Buddies crew, said the team is comprised of about 40 people. “Some are shore buddies, women who can no longer paddle, but still support the team,” she said. Ridgers said she and Oxford actually joined the team the same day, May

22, 2008. Oxford said the camaraderie is quite special. “They want you in the boat to prevent future cases of breast cancer and they want you in the boat because of the social element and support system,” she said. Breast cancer survivors run the risk of developing lymphedema,” Oxford said, referring to a condition that causes the swelling of the arms and legs. The physical workout can help prevent it. Dr. Don McKenzie, a Canadian sports medicine specialist, started the dragon boat phenomena to give breast cancer survivors an opportunity to gather and enjoy intense upper body workouts together, and provide support to one another. It began in 1996 and has since expanded around the world. According to McKenzie, “It is an approach to promoting health and raising breast cancer awareness that is driven by women with the disease. It reaches out to other women and offers them a message of hope and support. It is helping to change attitudes toward ‘life after breast cancer,’ and it encourages women to lead

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The Breast Buddies Dragon Boat Team recently held a fundraiser at Boston Pizza as the team gears up for international competition next year in Italy. With the team is Boston Pizza manager Mary Frances Kluka.

full and active lives. It is making a difference.” Oxford said initially, people were reluctant to encourage breast cancer survivors to tone their

upper bodies, in fear it would lead to the recurrence of cancer. But studies show that’s just not the case. “It’s like a sisterhood,”

Ridgers said. Oxford agreed. “We give support on and off the water. It’s all pretty exhilarating, with 20 of us sitting in a boat of that

size and making it move,” she said. The Breast Buddies have other events on the drawing board, but nothing finalized at this time.

who have been promised to older husbands. It is a fascinating story of how the Indian society used to work (having since evolved). The cinematography is beautiful,” said film group member Connie Badour. “Our screening is one of 1,700 nation-wide.”

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) film entrant will be screened at 4 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. Badour said it is one hour and 54 minutes in length and is rated 91 per cent on the Rotten Tomatoes film website. Viewers will need to get their free pass from one of the executive mem-

bers seated at the front tables at Galaxy on the day of the showing. Anyone with questions about tickets can call 519-359-8455. The Chatham-Kent Film Group is a non-profit group of volunteers with the goal of bringing screenings of Canadian, foreign and independent

films to the community, seeking to entertain, question, and educate through film. Season passes for the film group are $50 each and are good for 10 monthly viewings. To find out more about the film screenings, go to

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To help celebrate Canada’s 150 birthday, the Chatham-Kent Film Group is joining film groups across Canada in offering a free screening of the film, Water, on April 19 at the Galaxy Cineplex Theatre in

Chatham. Directed by Deepa Mehta, the Canadian film focuses on the evolution of Indian society. “The plot revolves around an old East Indian custom of segregating widows from the rest of Indian society, even those as young as 8-year-olds

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Real Estate FAQ’s Q: We’ve heard it’s a “hot market” and are considering moving. Should we be buying first, or selling first? A: This is a very common question, and a good conversation to have with your REALTOR® because the answer depends on a few factors: What price range are you looking to go into, and how readily available do homes in this range become available? What are your personal motivations? What is your tolerance to risk, and financially can you put yourself in the situation of possibly owning two homes for a period of time?

Buying first The pros of buying first, are that you don’t necessarily have the pressure of time like you would if your home was sold, and you have a closing date looming. You’re more likely to find exactly what you want, instead of settling for something due to time restraints. If you do lose out in an offer situation, chances are you’ll be less emotional because you still have a place to live. You’ll want to discuss beforehand with your financial institution if this is even an option for you and if you qualify for bridge financing, which will help cover the costs until your home sells.

The cons are that once you find and secure another home, you might have problems matching up closing dates. This could mean two things: You are financially carrying the burden of two homes for a period of time, or you may be homeless temporarily if your selling closing date is before the closing of your new home. You can make your offer to buy conditional on the sale of your current home, but the downside to that is that it’s less desirable to the seller and in a “hot market” might not be competitive enough in a multiple offer situation.

Selling first The pros of selling first, are that you know exactly what the proceeds from the sale and the closing date are for your home. For those that financially can’t carry the burden of two homes, this may be the only option. The cons are that you will be on a time crunch to find something by or near your closing date. This might mean you settle for a home that doesn’t meet everything on your wish list in order to have somewhere to go. It also means that if you don’t find something you like right away, you might end up between homes for a time.

Have a back up plan Your best option is to have a back-up plan. Do you have family that you can temporarily live with and put your belongings in storage until you find a home? If you’re in the midst of a mortgage term, talk to your lender and see what kind of fees there may be if you break your term early and don’t go directly into another mortgage until you find a home. This may or may not be a deciding factor on whether this is an option for you. Whichever way works best for you, pre-planning with your REALTOR® is the best way to navigate this process.





Backyard oasis ... at the Bradley Centre

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Caroline Van Lith, left, of Ross’ Nurserymen, and Wayne Newcombe of The Stonemen had a steady stream of curious homeowners pass by at the 35th annual Chatham Home & Garden Show on the weekend. The two businesses erected a stone and floral display that took five hours to piece together and featured a large wood pergola, a bubbling rock and an illuminated waterfall. More than 130 exhibitors showcased their products and services to thousands of event visitors over the show’s three days.

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Dance season is again upon us It’s dance competition season again, and for this dance dad, that delivers pride and joy, as well as some frustration and eye rolling. This past weekend, our teen took part in her first competition of the season, all while turning 15. Yes, her birthdays are very often spent in a theatre or hall competing. She’s with a group of very supportive friends, so it certainly could be much worse. Brenna only had four dances at this event (she’s quite often in eight or nine), so it was a relatively light weekend for a dance dad such as me. I’m talking about the proud fathers who are most interested in the enjoyment and physical activity their daughters get out of dancing. She’s met some awesome friends over the years, could probably break my jaw with a leg kick, and really enjoys hanging out with her team during competition. For me, what I need to know is simple: When does Brenna dance? Do I need to pick up anything she or her mother may have forgotten? Do I need to bring anything else or take anything home? And when Brenna dances, I give myself enough time to find a parking spot and walk to the theatre, slide into a seat near the back, enjoy her performance, and usually book it back out of there. If it’s almost time for the results, I might hang around for that as well. I’m not alone in that mentality. Fellow dance dads such as Eggless Chad and Sensei Jeff are in the same boat. In fact, Jeff, whose daughter now dances at another studio, is by far the best at the in-and-out routine. It seems he can pretty much time it so he sits down just as Sydnee is about to start, and is out of the theatre seconds after her performance. Chad finds excuses, valid ones I might add, to egress as soon as possible after his daughter, Reegan, performs. Let’s face it, we’re all there to watch our children perform. While it’s nice to see the efforts of friends’ kids, for the most part, if your own child is not on stage, you’re

Bruce Corcoran watching children you don’t know up there. Since I don’t know the intricacies of dance competition, and generally dislike the music, why hang Mark Benoit/Special to The Chatham Voice around? St. Clair College Child and Youth Care students organized a “Teddies for Trauma” fundraising But I’m certainly there when event recently, collecting teddy bears and donations to purchase bears for the police agency. From needed. left, Ciarra King, Dan Chauvin, Joy Kemble and Mackenzie Laird take part. As for Brenna’s performances, she and her dance mates received solid marks all around and two of the four dances earned special awards. I honestly couldn’t tell you the names of any of the songs she danced to other than the spoken-word effort, Beauty. That’s dance music for me. I admit I’m becoming indifferent to it, which is saying a lot, considering how closed-minded I am about music (I like what I like). I’ve pretty much learned to tune it out while I’m in the theatre ... except for bad cover tunes. Breathy female singers dominate the music of dance competitions. It works. I get it. But what I just can’t wrap my head around is when the original version of a song would work just fine for a performance, why use another version? The biggest musical disappointment during my brief time in the theatre was The Sound of Silence. I naively wondered briefly, “Will they use the original 1965 Simon & Garfunkel version, or the Grammy-nominated, haunting, and Don’t miss out, very cool 2015 Disturbed verplace a deposit to sion?” Neither. hold your suite!

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Children’s choir to perform April 2 The Chatham Voice

Thursday, March 30, 2017 • Embroidery Display and Presentation at the Chatham branch of the CKPL, 120 Queen St., Chatham. Members of the Tulip Tree Needlearts Guild will display their work. 1:00pm-3:00pm. • The 57th Annual Lenten Noon Hour Interdenominational Service at Christ Church, 80 Wellington St. W., Chatham (beside the bus depot) beginning at 12:10pm until 12:35pm and will be followed by a sandwich luncheon in the parish hall. The theme this year is “Lent in Our Time”. The speaker will be The Rev. John Giurin, St. James Presbyterian Church. Free will offering to help Outreach within our community. • Baby Leads for Expectant Families and Parents who have children under the age of two. 11:00am-12:00pm at the Thamesview Family Health Team, 465 Grand Ave. West, Chatham. 519354-0070 ext. 602 or 625. Topic: Breast Feeding. Open to the public, no cost. Friday, March 31, 2017 • RetroFest Auction at the Wish Centre, 177 King St. E., Chatham. 7:00pm-9:00pm. 1 and 2 Quarter Auction Fundraiser for RetroFest 2017. $5 at the door for your paddle. The Downtown Deli will offer a baked potato bar for a small price and the Theme will be Retro! Advanced tickets can be purchased at the HDTC-BIA, 237 King St. W. Saturday, April 1, 2017 • Meat draw and dance at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham . Meat draw from 4:00pm-6:00pm and dance from 4:30pm9:30pm featuring Fat Cats. • Spring Bazaar & BBQ at Voice of Triumph Church, 135 Queen St., Chatham. 11:00am3:00pm. • Saturday morning breakfast at First Presbyterian Church, Chatham (corner of Fifth St and Wellington). A delicious and nutritious breakfast served free of charge from 930am-11:00am. Everyone is most welcome! • The Active Lifestyle Centre is hosting an indoor Yard and Craft Sale at 20 Merritt Ave., Chatham from 8:00am-1:00pm. Tables are $20. Mark your calendars or call today to book your table. • The Knights of Columbus Council 9693 Pain Court & the Ladies of Ste Anne will be holding their Spring Chicken & Sliders Supper & Dance. Tickets are $15.00 each and are available at the Pain Court Market. The event will be at Immaculée Conception Church Hall. Unity will provide the music! Supper 6:30pm. Cocktails 5:30pm. All are welcomed! • Just in time for Easter Craft Show from 9:00am4:00pm. Easter bunny will be there from 12:30pm3:30pm. Ham drawn every hour. 72 vendors. 280 Merritt Ave., Chatham. • Music with Bill in the West Lounge of Meadow Park, Sandy St., Chatham at 2:00pm. • East Side Pride Bingo at 6:45pm. Cash prizes. $10 at the door and extra cards $1.00. Held at the Wish Centre. • Training day at Chatham Hope Haven (formally New Beginning House) from 9:00am-4:00pm. Lunch provided. Call 519-351-4010 to register. Learn the procedures to be an overnight supervisor. Males, especially, are needed for this community, inter-denominatinal project.

• Spring Bake and Yard Sale at Campbell A.M.E. Church, corner of King St. E & Prince St. S., Chatham. Homemade baby sheets & fleece blankets, lots of books and one of a kind articles. Yummy homemade desserts. 8:30am-noon. Hot dogs & sausage on a bun or hot cross buns available. All Welcome. Monday, April 3, 2017 • Chatham Kent Film Group is showing the Palme d’Or and BAFTA award -winning film “I, Daniel Blake,” at Galaxy Cineplex. 4:00pm and 7:00pm showings. $10 cash at the door. • Senior Euchre at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham at 1:00pm. Tuesday, April 4, 2017 • Open euchre, shuffleboard and 2 person euchre at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Open euchre at 1:00pm and 2 person registration at 6:30pm to play at 7:00pm. $5.00 per person. Shuffleboard at 7:00pm.

The Watoto Children’s Choir new production, Signs and Wonders, will be in Chatham April 2 at Evangel Community Church at 10 a.m. Watoto Children’s Choirs have travelled extensively since 1994, sharing a message of hope for Africa’s orphans and widows. In January, Watoto launched a new production that celebrates the joy of salvation. This dynamic production boasts a choir comprised of orphans and other vulnerable children. It will present new worship music from Watoto Church in Uganda and invite audiences to experience an encounter with God. “This production is going to challenge preconceived ideas about miracles. It demonstrates that each of our daily lives are signs and wonders of God’s work in us. This is evidenced by the miraculous transformation that Jesus works in

people who were once lost, but are now found. We see this through the innocence of the child telling of their transformation from their dark past to the light that God has shown upon them,” James Skinner, Creative Director of Watoto Choirs, said in a release. Through the power of their testimonies, the children will share stories of how their lives have been changed, and how they have been called into a life of purpose to transform their communities. Each story will declare the miracle of transformation – from darkness to light; from despair to hope; from loss to purpose; from fear to faith. “I am excited to be a part of Signs & Wonders. I know that I am a wonder because I am chosen by God as His child,” said Esther Kahangi, 8. Kahangi is one of the children who will be travelling with the choir touring Canada.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017 • Muffin Party and Bake Sale at Fletcher United Church, 22544 Merlin Rd. from 9:30am-11:30am. All are welcome!

• Patricia M. Productions monthly Luncheon Fashion Show at Chilled Cork & Lounge, 22 William St., 519-354-7818. Call Restaurant for reservations. Fashions by Serena’s Ladies Wear and The Little Change Room. Supporting Habitat for Humanity. • Welcome Richard St. Denis in the West Lounge of Meadow Park, Sandy St., Chatham at 2:00pm. • Free Lunch from 11:30am-12:30pm at Campbell A.M.E. Church, corner of King St. E. & Prince St. S. We offer homemade soup and sandwich or hot meal. Also dessert and beverage. All welcome.All

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Seed program branching out

Festival underway The Chatham Voice

The 72nd Chatham Kiwanis Music Festival is underway. It began March 27 and runs to April 5. Music students from across Chatham-Kent, Windsor and Essex will be competing for awards and receiving recommendations from adjudicators on ways to improve their musical skills. Festival programs may be purchased in advance for $10 at Gospel Text Book Store, Frank’s Music Centre, Tony’s One Stop Music Shoppe and Musical Strings ‘N’ Things. A limited number of programs will also be available at the door of each Festival location. The program admits the purchaser to all Music Festival events except the Grand Concert. The Grand Concert will be held at the Kiwanis Theatre, Chatham Cultural Centre on April 25 at 7 p.m. Admission is $5.


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Chatham-Kent Public Library manager of public services Cassey Beauvais stands before the very organized seed library at the Chatham branch. Fruit, vegetable and flower seeds are available in the Chatham, Tilbury, Ridgetown and Wallaceburg branches of the library.

Chatham-Kent Public Library is happy to announce that it’s Seed Library is growing. Now Chatham-Kent residents will be able to “borrow” seeds from four CKPL locations; Chatham, Ridgetown, Tilbury and Wallaceburg branches, according to Cassey Beauvais, manager of public services at the CKPL. The Grows Seed Library launched March 20 and offers a variety of vegetable, herb, fruit, and flower seeds at each location, Beauvais said. Some are donated by the public and some purchased by the library. The CKPL Grows Seed Library

provides an opportunity for residents of Chatham-Kent to grow healthy gardens, have access to affordable food, and create beautiful spaces in their own backyards and local communities. Library members can borrow seeds for free, save the seeds they grow, and return some of those seeds back to the library at the end of the growing season. Chatham-Kent Public Library is currently accepting seed donations of any variety at the locations hosting a Seed Library. Residents are asked to fill out a donation form of the seed name, variety, and information on how to grow. For more information on library programs or services, please visit or call 519-354-2940.

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Dick and Ruth Gilbert April 6, 1957 Obituary SKIPPER, Michael 73 years, of Fletcher, passed away at Chatham-Kent Hospice on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Beloved husband of Sharron (nee Faubert). Loving father of Shelley (Ron) Debusschere, Tracey La Butte, and Scott (Aimee) Skipper. Cherished grandfather of Melissa (Joe) Jackson, Carl Blain (Ashley), Michael La Butte, EmilyAnn La Butte, and Brent Skipper, great-grandchildren Aleisha and Jason Jackson and step grandchildren Ron Jr. (Amanda) Debusschere and Scott Debusschere and step-great grandchildren Avah and Londyn Debusschere. Dear son-in-law of Ann Faubert. Brother of David (late Georgette) Skipper, Joan (late Patrick) Doughty, Donald (Yvonne) Skipper, and Brian (Shelly) Skipper. Predeceased by parents Albert and Margaret (nee McCracken) Skipper and father-in-law Carl Faubert. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Visitation was held at Reaume Funeral Home, on Thursday from 2–5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service was held at the Funeral Home on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Interment followed at Stewart Cemetery, Merlin. Memorial donations to Chatham-Kent Hospice or Fletcher United Church appreciated. Online condolences may be shared at

WATSON, Burton Michael “Mike” Passed peacefully on March 25 at Victoria Hospital London. Loving husband of Carol Watson (Violot). Mike will be sadly missed by family and friends. Thanks to the staff of Copper Terrace and Dr. Tomen for all their great support and care. Also the Chatham and London Dialysis units and Mike’s Drs in London. Donate if you wish to the Kidney Foundation London branch, to the new Animal Shelter of Chatham Kent or the charity of your choice. Following Mike’s wishes there will be no funeral or services. Cremation to take place. Online condolences are welcome at

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The Chatham Voice, March 30, 2017  

The March 30, 2017 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent community newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. and area.

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