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Chatham-Kent Secondary School students protest Thursday over provincial changes to education.

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“Hawks say no!” Students at Chatham-Kent Secondary School got their message across loud and clear Thursday afternoon during a student walk-out in protest of provincial government changes to education, including larger class sizes. Close to 400 students at CKSS left their classes at 1:15 p.m., in solidarity with students at Ursuline College and John McGregor Secondary School in Chatham to garner public support against the education changes.

CKSS student walk-out organizer Emma Kathleen, in Grade 10, said she helped organize the protest because she is very passionate about education. “I believe our students are very valuable, but also one of the most vulnerable demographics because many of us don’t have the right to vote yet. With the increased class sizes, mandatory e-learning, the banning of cell phones, the cuts to specialized education like the arts and cuts to autism-related supports – it’s very disheartening to see our students, who are the future of Ontario, aren’t being

seen as valuable or worth our tax dollars,” Kathleen said in an interview during the protest. She said she felt it depends on the government as to how students are treated or viewed in the province, and some don’t acknowledge the value of student education. “We’re trying to get out of debt; that’s what we’re doing, and cutting essential things like education isn’t the way to do it.” The students were outside the school for one period and encouraged passers by to honk their horns if they supported the reasons for the protest. Continued on page 3

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Student protest organizer and Chatham-Kent Secondary School Grade 10 student Emma Kathleen stands in front of the students who staged a one-period walk out Thursday to protest government changes to education that they feel will negatively impact student learning.




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Lanes were busy this past weekend at the Chatham Bowlerama as the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Chatham-Kent’s Bowl For Kids Sake fundraiser took place. Raising $15,000 to help provide youth mentoring programs in the community, many teams joined including the Chatham-Kent Professional Firefighters Association who dressed up as the Ghostbusters for the cause on Sunday.

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The victor topped the spending list, while the defeated didn’t even report his spendings. That’s how it played out on municipal election night, according to municipal records, where Darrin Canniff became mayor after spending nearly $64,500 on his 2018 campaign, while Randy Hope didn’t file his election expenses by the March 29 deadline. Anyone who fails to file is ineligible to run in the next election. Hope wasn’t alone, as council candidates Don Leonard, Tanya Bondy, and Dylan Robert McLay didn’t file either, according to municipal records. Election expenses typically include advertising, such as in print, on flyers or on signage, and special events, such as election night gatherings. At the mayoral level, the election-spending limit was $73,676. Alysson Storey, who finished second in the race for mayor, spent nearly $41,500. The low spender in the race for mayor was Allan Traylor, who reported he didn’t spend a dime. In the race for a seat on council, Ward 2 hopeful Henry Svec doled

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out nearly $8,500, but was not elected. Doug Sulman spent $8,374 on his successful campaign, while Larry Vellinga ponied up more than $8,200, but fell just short in his bid. Two candidates that withdrew their names during the campaign were David VanDamme and Chris Glassford. Both reported their election finances regardless, and spent nothing. A complete list of who spent what is below. 2018 Municipal Election E = Elected DNF = Did Not File Mayor E - Darrin Canniff $60,453.70 Randy Hope DNF Harold Atkinson $1,282.75 Robert Salvatore Powers $4,659.63 Alysson Storey $41,448.86 Allan Traylor $0 Ward 1 West Kent E - Mark Authier $600 E - Melissa Harrigan $2,725.03 Jordan Dell $0 Bryon Fluker $742.40 Mark Pastorius $835.77 Continued on page 5

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MPP Nicholls unimpressed by protests Continued from page 1

Over a great deal of horn-honking, students chanted “Hawks say no!” while holding signs condemning the cuts coming to classrooms in Ontario. “We have a petition in regards to mandatory e-learning as that isn’t an education style that is suited to every learner, and I’m hoping to really work on writing letters because government officials have to respond to every hand-written letter they receive, by law, so when we start sending letters, I think that’s really when we’re going to see an effect,” Kathleen said about future plans by the student body. Rick Nicholls, MPP for Chatham-Kent Leamington, wasn’t in Chatham during the protest but did make a statement from his office in Toronto. “I have many very good

teacher friends. I am however concerned that certain individuals have students riled up and are encouraging student walkouts to protest changes to the government’s education plan. Every time I visit the high schools of my riding, I am amazed at the diversity of well-informed opinion of students in the classes I address. A handful of union activists do not have a monopoly on their best interests. Their parents and communities matter too. They are who we listened to in the biggest consultation on education in Ontario history, which featured over 72,000 participants,” Nicholls stated. For Kathleen, who, while only in Grade 10, has an interest in politics, the fight for students’ rights won’t stop here. ‘My hope is that the government realizes we have

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Hundreds of CKSS students took part in the April 11 student walkout. UCC and JMSS students joined them in unified protest of provincial changes to education.

value, even if we don’t have the right to vote. We are still citizens of Ontario and we are the future. We

are the innovators, we are the next engineers, we’re the next people sitting in those seats they sit in,”

Kathleen explained. “I myself am hopeful about going into politics and it’s very disheartening to see

all the games that come with it, because I want it to be genuine, authentic and not masked by lies.”

PAWR expands animal control areas The Chatham Voice

PAW Rescue is now the sole provider for animal control and pound services for all of Chatham-Kent. As of April 1, PAW Rescue is

now providing animal control for wards one (West Kent: Tilbury East, Tilbury, Romney and Wheatley) and three (East Kent: Bothwell, Zone, Camden, Thamesville, Orford, Highgate, Duart, Howard, Ridgetown).

PAW Rescue has provided animal control and pound services for wards two and six since November 2016. In December 2017, PAW Rescue expanded its services to cover wards four and five due to the

retirement of an existing service provider. PAW Rescue is utilizing both shelters located at 405 Park Ave. E., Chatham and 113 Arnold St.,

Wallaceburg. PAW Rescue does not pick up cats but provides cat intake at the shelter located at 405 Park Ave East, Chatham only.

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Helping out half a world away By Bruce Corcoran

After two weeks and a great deal of jet lag, a local nurse can’t wait to help deliver health care to those in need in Africa again. Kim Marlatt, an OR nurse with the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, spent two weeks on the African Mercy, the world’s largest civilian hospital ship. Part of the international charity Mercy Ships, this hospital ship is staffed by 1,400 volunteers. They come from more than 40 countries around the

world and provide free surgery, medical care and training to some of the world’s poorest nations. Marlatt, a 28-year veteran of nursing, signed up and spent two weeks of her vacation time earlier this year helping people from the West African nation of Guinea. “I did two weeks. I had to use my vacation to do it,” Marlatt recalls of her January stint on the hospital ship. “I really didn’t know if I was going to like it or not.” But now Marlatt is eager to return. “It wasn’t long enough.

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Kim Marlatt, an OR nurse for the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, recently returned from a stint volunteering on the African Mercy, a civilian hospital ship. She plans to return again next year.

You just get used to where things are on the ship, plus you are jet lagged and stuff. Next year, I will be going for a month,” she said. Marlatt said she first learned of the Mercy Ships while watching the television series, “Mighty Cruise Ships.” “It was featured one day. I watched it and thought it would be something pretty cool to do,” she said. But it wasn’t as simple as signing up and getting a spot on board. Marlatt said the process took about a year to receive ap-

proval and find a suitable slotting. “They send you dates according to what services you provide. If they needed someone who did cardiac surgery, we don’t do that here (CKHA), so I am of no use to them,” she said. “I had to do a checklist as to what services I do. They then checked to see what dates would match up.” When Marlatt went, general surgery and ophthalmology were services offered on the ship. Being able to assist meant a great deal to Marlatt. “It was such a life-chang-

ing experience for me. One of the weeks I was there, I was doing cataracts on five-month-old babies who were born blind,” she said. “We were giving the gift of sight. The next day, I’d go see the babies in this ward and they were reaching for your face and seeing their moms for the first time.” She added the emotions from the mothers were at times overwhelming. Marlatt explained the babies would be born with cataracts because their mothers contracted infections while they were

pregnant. It’s something we just don’t see here. That’s also the case for goiters the size of baseballs. A goiter is an unnatural enlargement of the thyroid gland. “Here, we’d never let them get so large,” she said. “And there were many kids with cleft palates. They don’t have the prenatal vitamins we have here. We just take so much for granted.” Marlatt said the impact and need of the services provided on the Mercy Ships is telling. Continued on page 5





Nurse to volunteer again next year Continued from page 4

While on the African Mercy, she said she saw people line up

for days, after having walked for days, “just to see a surgeon and hope to be approved for treat-

ment.” She said the team effort on board, despite the fact volun-

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teers came from other parts of the world, was amazing. “At any given time, there were seven different countries represented in one operating room. We were all there for the same reason. You just didn’t have all the politics you do here,” she said. “There was no pressure. Everyone’s there for one reason. Everyone’s giving of their time.” While on the ship, Marlatt also realized just how small our world really is. She shared a room with several other nurses, one of whom was from Australia. But it turns out her mother was originally from Amherstburg and her grandmother still lives in the southwestern Ontario community. Although it was Marlatt’s first time on a Mercy Ship, it wasn’t her first trip abroad volunteering. She volunteered in Guatemala three years ago, spending a couple

of weeks in that Central American country. “We were way in the jungle. It wasn’t a hospital per se. More of a clinic,” she said. “We were helping people who normally don’t have access to regular medicine.” Marlatt enjoyed her time on the African Mercy so much that she’s going back. She said she’s already approved to return next year, and will stay to help for a month. Plans are already in the works to seek additional support to raise funds to help pay her travel costs. DINING ROOM & TAKE OUT OFFER! DINING ROOM & TAKE OUT OFFER! 2 Quarter Chicken Dinners


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Influenced or informed? The student walk-out recently at Chatham high schools to protest provincial government changes to education has brought out the cynics in force, and it is somewhat insulting to the teens involved. Was every student that participated in the walkout well informed, knowing all the issues and exactly what they were protesting? I think we can safely say no. Hearing what the walk-out organizer at Chatham Kent Secondary School had to say about the reasons for the walk out, though, shows teens have the brains and political awareness to have a voice in their own future. They are allowed to be upset over changes that affect them directly. To say they only walked out because teachers riled them up is incredibly cynical and doesn’t give them enough credit. And to say they only care about the cell phone ban is wrong as well. Spokesperson Emma Kathleen was more aware of the issues and how she felt they affected her and fellow students than most adults we know. She spoke well and factually about the issues of mandatory e-learning and how that method of self-learning was not suitable for every student, and the effects of larger class sizes on students who may struggle and need extra help. She knew the government was trying to cut costs to reduce the debt, but had the opinion that cutting education funding was not the place to do it. Say what you want about student motives, but don’t assume they are mouthpieces for the teachers. Give them credit for forming thoughts and ideas of their own on topics of which they care. Adults are quick to blame teens for a myriad of social problems and label them as disrespectful hoodlums. Sure, some of them are, but the majority are leaders, volunteers and decent kids who have incredible things to say if we stop and take the time to listen. Do teens complain? Absolutely. But if you have ever been on rants and raves sites on social media, you will realize adults do more than their fair share of uninformed complaining. Let students have a voice. Take the time to listen with an open mind. You may be surprised by what you learn.

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Small-town arena pressures Sir: Recently, I received a copy of information from the Bothwell Area Recreation Advisory Committee concerning ways and ideas to utilize our facility and to participate in these programs as much as is feasibly possible. This has been put together by a group of local residents, without any assistance from Chatham-Kent council, but by a group that cares about our community. We are a town at the extreme end of the municipality and are known as a bedroom community. In my travels, I came in contact with an employee of a small arena, which is controlled and managed by a manager, part-time staff (non-union) who are local residents, and is quite successful. It also has summer events, meeting room and even a successful snack bar, which is handled by volunteers or non-union staff. I inquired into the cost

of ice time, which I was surprised to hear from $95$120 per hour, depending on use, flooding etc. and has been there for several years. Could the canteen not be leased out to a service club such as the Optimist, Lions, or Sertoma for a percentage of the profits? They would be responsible for all operations and staffing. There is nothing more frustrating that to arrive at an arena and not even be able to get a coffee or hot chocolate, let alone food. I do live in the town and I walk past that arena several times and am discouraged how often it is not in use even on weekends when it should be busy. I cannot help but wonder how busy that facility would be if the maximum price was set at say $150 per hour. Do you think that would attract skaters from as far

away as Chatham? My guess is that it would be full very regularly. We all know how expensive that minor hockey as well as figure skating is and this town sits with an arena that is 75 per cent or more unused. My question is why does a small bedroom town in the country need to ask city prices for activities that they cannot afford? Is it because we are fenced in by a group of city people and that areas, large or small, to be delegated to pay the same fees because we are nailed down by a union, and all employees need to be paid no matter what, so that it will eliminate volunteers? In my younger years, my wife and I spent many days driving our five children to the local arena to games, practices for figure skating within five minutes or less while we were both working. Thank goodness for

carpooling (they have those in small communities). We currently have players in the NHL who played/practiced in that same facility. If the municipality should close outlying arenas, then that will give us the choice of traveling up to 45 minutes for many days or nights a week for our ice time, which has been set by the city and other councillors, which we voted for, or find another facility outside Chatham-Kent or have our children forget about their dreams of hockey or figure skating. I will close by saying I firmly believe that amalgamation has been using every possible method in ways to close small arenas and force small communities to drive to the city. Maybe it should be the opposite. I ask Chatham-Kent to please do not destroy our children’s dreams. Mervin Jaques Bothwell

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Annual Navistar dinner returns April 26 By Bruce Corcoran

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Peter Kenyon will be speaking in Chatham Friday on Leadership in Challenging Times for Rural Communities.

Community expert to speak in Chatham on Friday The Chatham Voice

Internationally renowned community development expert Peter Kenyon will be sharing his perspective on Leadership in Challenging Times for Rural Communities during a free presentation at Kiwanis Theatre April 12. During the past four decades, Kenyon has worked with more than 2,000 communities throughout Australia, New Zealand and North America in Asset Based Community Driven (ABCD) development. The ABCD approach was developed by John L. McKnight and John P. Kretzmann at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. His unique approach to the topic is demonstrated by his quote: “We are trained to ask what’s wrong and how we fix it. Instead, start by asking what works, what have

we got, what’s possible and who cares?” As director of the Bank of IDEAS (Initiatives for the Development of Enterprising Action and Strategies), Kenyon has facilitated fresh and creative ways that stimulate community and local economic renewal. Mayor Darrin Canniff said attending the session is a must for anyone interested in building a stronger community. “We are fortunate to have one of the top experts in community development in the world speaking right here in Chatham-Kent,” he said in a media release. “We have an incredible opportunity to learn, exchange ideas and re-energize our approach to making our community better.” Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with Kenyon speaking from at 7 p.m. There will be a social time following the presentation.

Navistar may be long gone, but its memory lives on, especially with former employees. On April 26, the annual Navistar International’s Retirees Banquet takes place at the Polish-Canadian Club on Inshes Avenue in Chatham. Organizer Cy Addley said the event is open to anyone who once worked for the company at either of the plant’s locations in Chatham. “This started in International at the old plant on Grand Avenue. They started there with the 20year and retiree banquet,” Addley said, as the first dinner was for retirees and anyone who had put in 20 years at the plant. “It stayed that way for about 25 years, but then it changed to 15-year to try to get more young people involved.

Addley said the banquet actually began inside the old Grand Avenue plant. How old? Well, he said the plant moved to Richmond Street in 1948. As for Addley, he started working at the plant in 1962 and has been attending the banquets since 1982. “This is not a company function, and not a union function. It’s a get together with all retirees that worked at the plant,” he said of the dinner. And now, it’s open to anyone who worked there, as the plant has been closed since the beginning of the decade. “Unfortunately, now, there is no plant,” he said. “But anyone who ever worked at the plant is entitled to go.” Addley said people come from across Southwestern Ontario to take part. “We have several retirees who are in their 90s who will be there. All kinds of

them in their 80s,” he said. Addley said 163 people attended last year’s dinner, and hopes to see more out this year. The hall can seat 250. But contacting people to inform them of the dinner has not gotten any easier. Addley said he could more readily access information when the plant was running. “When the plant was open, we used to be able to send out material to everyone. Now it’s up to the people to respond to me,” he said. “I was fortunate to get the (staff and retirees) list right up until 2011. I can’t get the listings anymore. It’s just by word of mouth and with the help of places such as The Chatham Voice.” The closure of the plant still has a sour taste in many a former employee’s mouth, but Ad-

Eggstravaganza April 22 The Chatham Voice

First responders in Chatham-Kent invite parents to bring their young ones to Kingston Park on Easter Monday (April 22), for the third an-

nual Easter Eggstravaganza. This is a free event geared to families with children aged 0-10. The Eggstravaganza runs from 10 am to noon.

dley said Navistar is supporting a lot of families in the area. “It still supplies a pension to a great number of people in Chatham-Kent. More than 2,000 families are collecting a pension out of that place.” The dinner April 26 is at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available by contacting Addley at 519-354-0413. Cheques, payable to the Navistar 15-Year Banquet Committee, can be mailed to Cy Addley, 25 Wilson Ave., Chatham, On N7L 1K8 preferably by April 17.

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Students invited to be own bosses The Chatham Voice

The Chatham-Kent Small Business Centre is announcing the official launch of the 2019 Summer Company program. Students between the ages of 15 and 29 years old can apply to the program to start their own business and become their own boss for the summer. All that’s required is a business idea, commitment, and hard work. In return, students receive hands-on business training from successful business leaders, and financial support with awards of up to $3,000 to assist with startup costs and working capital over the course of the summer. There are a limited number of

spaces available and spots do fill up quickly, so students are reminded to register as soon as possible. “I’ve worked closely with the program over the past several years and it is always amazing to me to see the breadth and depth of business ideas that the students bring forward,” said Rosemarie Montgomery, Economic Development Officer with Economic Development, in a media release. “There are some criteria as to the type of business that the program will accept, but really as long as it’s owned by the student and not a part of an existing business, the sky is pretty much the limit.” As part of the training, students


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Cameron Welch, owner of Custom Route, was a 2018 Summer Company student. Here he is working in his shop space developing a custom sign for a client.

will gain skills in sales, marketing, bookkeeping, customer relationship management, and networking. The program is designed for those who are dedicated and able to put in a full workweek on their business in order to meet the 280 hours required for high school students and 420 hours required for post-secondary students. This is the 18th year for

the program and in that time it has played an important role for many students across Chatham-Kent. “Some students just run their business for the summer and take the skills they have learned with them for other scholastic endeavours,” said Montgomery. “Others discover that their business is a passion that they continue it on after the programs ends. Some even return as Small

Business Centre clients where we can help them grow and accelerate their business development.” The deadline for applications is May 19, but students are urged to apply soon so they can complete their business plans. For more information and to apply to the Summer Company program, visit the Small Business Centre website at www.

March home sales rebound nicely The Chatham Voice


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Residential sales activity through the Chatham-Kent Association of Realtors for March rebounded after a quiet February. In all, 100 units changed hands locally last month. This was a decrease of 13 per cent (15 sales) from a very strong March in 2018. In February of this year, 67 homes changed hands. On a year-to-date basis,

home sales totalled 239 units over the first three months of the year, up a slight 0.8 per cent (two sales) from the same period in 2018. “Sales activity bounced back to average levels in March following a brief dip in February,” said Steve Carroll, President of the Chatham-Kent Association of Realtors, in a media release. “It looks like these fluctuations in sales are more a supply story than a demand story.

Given how few homes are out there for sale, monthly sales figures seem to be very much influenced when new listings become available. The competition among buyers for limited listings is evident in the behaviour of prices, which have been posting huge gains of late.” The comprehensive yearto-date average price was $238,332, up nearly 32 per cent from the first three months of 2018.

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Lighthouse Cove 5 acre waterfront property located on Lake St. Clair. Approx. 900 feet of frontage on water surrounded with canal, Lake St. Clair and the Thames River. 1.5 storey home, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. Home has carport, workshop, boathouse, break wall. Plenty of room to build a shed.

19150 Harbour, Lakeshore $699,900

Premium piece of land (approx. 3.3 acres) in Lighthouse Cove, at the mouth of the Thames River. Beautiful views of Lake St. Clair. Renovated restaurant currently called Moyer’s. Restaurant has been extensively renovated & features outdoor patio, large custom bar & seating for many. There is a full marina w/approx. 70 slips w/electricity and washrooms on site. Rental building with 2 units, pool, hot tub & pavilion on property. This is your chance to work & play in beautiful Lighthouse Cove.

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360 Baldoon Rd., Chatham Beautiful 3+1 BR, 2 bath raised ranch with open concept kitchen / living / dining room. Finished basement, sun room, and many updates! Call Now! $299,900.

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Country rancher on a 1.03 acre lot! Home features large spaces, open concept layout & massive master! Very nice detached garage & more! Call now! $289,900.

26 Molengraaf Way, Chatham 241 Chatham St. N., Blenheim Stunning 4BR, 2 bath oversized raised ranch. Custom kitchen, double garage, quality workmanship and premium finishes throughout. $549,900.

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9143 WOODLAND $614,000 Exclusive Wilson’s Bush. 3br, 3 bath 2 storey home with i/g pool & main level master. Call Patrick 519-360-0141.

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3br, 2.5 bath 2100 sq ft ranch perched on the Talbot Trail, Lake Erie Bluff. Panoramic waterfront views. Call Brian K 519-365-6090.

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New Listing 23622 WESTGATE WALK, C-K • $459,000 LOCATION! LOCATION! 3+1br, 2.5 bath 2 storey home with i/g sports pool. Call June 519-358-5199.

79 LEGACY $649,900

All brick raised ranch with 3+2br, situated on a 1.34 acre lot with a private beach nearby and tennis courts and trails. Call Darren 226-627-8580.

SATURDAY, APR. 13 • 1-3PM 169 CENTRE, RODNEY $799,900 AGT: AMBER PINSONNEAULT 2+3br, 3.5 bath executive custom built ranch on a 5 ac park like lot. Call Amber 519-784-5310.

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Fully upgraded 3+2br, 3 bath Ewald build ranch including all appliances. Call Kristen 519-784-7653.

New Listing 151 - 157 KING E $499,900 Very good commercial property on the main street of Chatham. Ideal investment property. Call Brian Peifer 519-436-2669.

6782 GRANDE RIVER LINE $529,000 Distinguished 4br, 2.5 bath 2 storey home on a half acre lot with a panoramic view of the river. Call Pat 519-360-0141.

11539 LAGONDA, RONDEAU • $529,888 3br, 3 bath 2 storey 4 season recreational property. Call Brian K 519-365-6090.

43 HOUSTON $249,900

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Spacious 3+2br brick rancher with single attch’d garage & lg detached shop. Call Elliot 519358-8755 or Penny 519-360-0315.

83 VALENCIA $529,900

Approximately 2273 sq ft + basement, 4+1 br, 4 bath 2 storey currently under construction. Call David 519-350-1615.

231 TWEEDSMUIR W $330,000

Absolutely mint 4br, 1.5 bath reclaimed brick 2 storey home. This home must be seen. Call Steve 519-355-9774.

New Listing 121 PARK LA $164,000 Affordable 3br ranch with some updates on the south side. Call Patrick 519-360-0141.

162-164 KING W $565,000 Great opportunity to own your own turn key restaurant in excellent downtown core area. Call Deb R 519-401-5470.

Central downtown executive office building with space for rent. Call Sylvia 519355-8189.

New Listing 44 VICTORIA, BLENHEIM $169,900 Lovely 2+1br, 1.5 bath 2 storey century home with many updates. Call Elliot 519-358-8755 or Penny 519-360-0315.

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10889 RIVER LINE $1,500,000 One of the most amazing properties you will find in C-K! 3+4br, 5 bath, 4000+ sq ft rancher on 1.4 acres. Call Steve 519-355-9774.

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87 SUSSEX ST $199,900

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Offer Pending 5334 TALBOT TRAIL $209,900

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Giving group supports new animal shelter The Chatham Voice

The Chatham-Kent Chapter of 100 Women Who Care recently presented $11,925 to the Friends of the New Animal Shelter to help support the construction of their new building. “We are grateful to 100 Women Who Care. We believe that this shelter will have a significant impact on all of the residents of the CK community,” Lynn McGeachy, Project Manager of the new Animal Shelter, said in a media release.

Since August of 2016, 100+ Women Who Care Chatham-Kent has donated more than $110,000 across 11 local charities. Membership is ongoing, and women who care about Chatham-Kent and want to make an immediate, direct and positive effect in their home community are encouraged to join. 100+ Women Who Care CK meet four times a year for one hour and at each meeting local charities in financial need are presented by members; one is selected by a majority

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Pictured presenting a cheque on behalf of 100+ Women Who Care Chatham-Kent to the Friends of the New Animal Shelter are, from left, Tammy Teeuwen (member); Nancy Havens (Animal Shelter, Manager, Licensing Services); Violet Popoff (member); Marie Alexander (member); Judy Smith (Animal Shelter, Municipal Clerk); Alysson Storey (member); Ike Erickson (Friends of the New Animal Shelter, Executive Committee member); Quinn O’Hara Lassaline (Co-Chapter Leader); Lynn McGeachy (nominating member and Animal Shelter, Project Manager); Jocelyn Watson (member); Rachel Raspburg (Co-Chapter Leader); Linda O’Hara (member); and Kelly-Anne Appleton (member).

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Student and parent stress abounds

As a parent of a teen trying to decide what she wants to do with the rest of her life, I’ve realized I am incredibly thankful not to be a teen in 2019. The pressure our teens are under to choose a career by at least Grade 11 – so they can pick the courses they need for Grade 12 – is ridiculous. No wonder our kids are

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CK Animal Rescue is holding a shopping spree fundraiser.

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How many grocery items can you get into a cart in three minutes? You’ll have a chance to find out thanks to a fundraiser being held by Chatham Kent Animal Rescue (CKAR). In partnership with sponsor Dean and Barb’s No Frills on Queen Street in Chatham, CKAR is selling raffle tickets to win a Three Minute Shopping Spree at the store, with the draw to be held April 20 at noon. According to CKAR volunteers, only 1,500 tickets will be sold, with the shopping spree as first prize, a $200 No Frills gift certificate as second prize, a $100 gift certificate each for third and fourth prize, and a $50 gift certificate each for fifth and sixth prize. The funds raised will sup-

port the animal rescue, which fosters and adopts out surrendered pets and animals from kill shelters in Canada and the U.S. destined for euthanasia. The organization also runs the Purple Leash Program that fosters animals temporarily for seniors in the hospital and families fleeing from domestic violence. CKAR is a registered non-profit charity run by volunteers and has been operating in Chatham since 2010. Tickets for the draw are $5 each and are available by calling CKAR at 519-354-5000 or visiting The Chatham Voice newspaper office, 71 Sass Road, Unit 4 in Chatham. Volunteers are also selling tickets at the No Frills on Queen Street April 14-18, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

But if you aren’t sure, aren’t a 90s student, trip over dust, and your parents are like most as part of the over-taxed middle class, even thinking about college or university causes heart palpitations. I know as a parent, the stress of paying for college or university – with just the tuition for courses being $6,000 to $14,000 – is incredibly nerve-racking, even with an RESP. Then add on $10,000 more for residence and meal plan. Per year. All that money you were sure was so smart to sock into an RESP will maybe pay for one or possibly two years of university. And thanks to changes this year to OSAP, the burden of debt kids will face the minute they are done school – whether they have a job or not – is overwhelming. We have a child who does well in school and aspires to have a great career, but I admit I did a happy dance when she decided she preferred a bachelor of science over an engineering degree, which is twice the

PUBLIC INFORMATION CENTRE T19-189: Churchill, Devon and Sussex Watermain and Road Improvements Community of Chatham Construction for the Churchill, Devon and Sussex Watermain and Road Improvements project is tentatively scheduled to begin in early May 2019 and it is anticipated that the majority of the work will be completed by September 2019. The project consists of: • Replacement and upsizing of the existing watermain • Removal and replacement of the existing roadway • Addition of curb and gutter • Replacement of sidewalk on Churchill Street • Driveway and boulevard restoration Information for the Public Information Centre is as follows: Date: Tuesday April 16, 2018 Time: 5:00pm to 6:30pm (drop-in/open house format) Location: Civic Center Atrium, 315 King Street W, Chatham ON There is an opportunity at any time during this Public Information Centre for interested persons to review outstanding issues and bring concerns to the attention of the project team. Representatives from the Municipality of Chatham-Kent will be available to review the display boards and respond to any questions. Area residents, property owners, business operators and those who may have a general interest in this project are encouraged to attend this meeting. Information collected will be used in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record. For further information, please contact: Brendan Falkner, P.Eng. Engineering Technologist Engineering and Transportation Municipality of Chatham-Kent 519-360-1998 ext. 3339

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tuition cost and an extra year in school. We tell our kids to dream big and chase those dreams, then we tell them their dreams cost too much and they have to give up anything fun to go to work to help us pay for school. Even then, they will probably have to apply for OSAP and come out of school with a crippling burden of debt before they even get to start their life in the work force. Oh, and keep those grades up while working because your entire future depends on it. Balance in life is everything, and when you have to sacrifice the things that make you happy and relieve stress so you can have a future, it’s no wonder mental health issues are a big problem. As parents, we need to be the safe, secure place our kids go to when they are stressed, and that

job seems to get harder the older they get. When they scraped a knee at five years old, you kissed the booboo and sent them on their way happy. As a teen, no amount of kisses will help them figure out their future, so we just have to do the best we can to support and help them to a career that will pay their bills and have a chance at a fulfilling life. For families without the funds, and kids with just average grades, I worry what will happen to them and how they will create a better future for them and their children. To all the parents of students off to post-secondary school, I feel your pain and say we start a support group that meets over wine and comfort food. We’re going to need all the support we can get.


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Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) has partnered with the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit (CKPHU) to prevent opioid overdoses in the municipality. CKHA’s Emergency De-

partments at both Chatham and Wallaceburg sites are training and providing nasal Naloxone kits to clients at risk of overdose. “CKHA is pleased to partner with the health unit and provide Naloxone kits through our

Emergency Departments. These take home kits can save lives by equipping people with training and a safe medication that can reverse the effects of opioids,” said Lisa Northcott, Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive, CKHA, in a media

release. This partnership is made possible by the Ontario Naloxone Program, which was created to increase access to Naloxone for those at high risk of opioid overdose, as well as their friends and family.

“The Emergency Department at CKHA is a critical pipeline to care for many people in Chatham-Kent. We are delighted to collaborate with CKHA to increase access to life-saving naloxone in our community,” said Dr. David Col-

by, Medical Officer of Health, Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit. CKHA will be the first community partner supporting the program in Chatham-Kent, and the health unit is hoping to expand to other agencies within the next year.

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The organizers of RM Sotheby’s 40th Anniversary celebration have announced the second band coming to down to Chatham on the June 2122 weekend, as Big Sugar will rock the Chatham Capitol Theatre on the Saturday night. Led by vocalist Gordie Johnson and his signature double neck Gibson guitar, the leaner, cleaner, present-day Big Sugar will perform new songs such as “Anything is Possible,” as well as classics, such as “Diggin’ a Hole,” “Ride Like Hell,” and other classics. Proceeds from the concert will support Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation and will be used to provide end-of-life hospice care to families in the Chatham-Kent community. “We are excited to announce even more fun set for our 40th Anniversary Celebration weekend, which continues to grow,” said Rob Myers, Founder, Chairman & CEO of RM

Sotheby’s, in a media release. “Between the cars and the concerts, there will be something for everyone to enjoy on June 21-22 and we’re proud to support an organization as important as the Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation with our events. The hospice has touched so many families in our community, including my own, and we look forward to seeing enthusiasts of all ages rocking out to Big Sugar at the Capitol Theatre for an amazing cause.” “We are thrilled to be part of the RM 40th Anniversary Celebration and excited for the Big Sugar concert. We are very grateful for the opportunity to raise funds to help us continue to offer hospice care,” said Jodi Maroney, Executive Director, Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation. Opening for Big Sugar will be local rockers Superfly. Ticket information will be available soon. The RM Sotheby’s 40th Anniversary Celebration


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Gordie Johnson will belt it out on the stage of the Chatham Capitol Theatre June 22 with his band Big Sugar, who are playing as part of the RM Sotheby’s 40th Anniversary celebration.

weekend is tag-teamed with Chatham’s annual RetroFest classic car event. Additional details on the weekend’s community activities and entertainment will be released as they become available. On-sale dates for the Big Sugar and Sam Roberts Band performances will

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After a vote, the C-K Dickens Fellowship has reached a final chapter in its history and has decided to end after 15 years. Despite the generous support the fellowship has received throughout the years, interest in the classics has declined and their membership has not grown. “While Dickens championed the poor and disenfranchised with insight and humour, readers have turned toward more current and popular novels,” said John Jordan, current chair of the C-K Fellowship in a press release. Founded in 2003, the Fellowship has provided years of entertaining events to the community including its reading club and popular Dickens Birthday Dinners. Collecting a wide range of many Dickens era and period-appropriate costumes, from “downstairs

maid costumes” to “upstairs toffs and top hats,” the Fellowship invites the public to its One of a Kind Costume Sale on April 27. The event will be hosted at Community of Christ Church at 174 Faubert Dr. in Chatham from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. On hand to meet and greet at the sale will also be many of the original members of the board. Sue Marshall, secretary and co-ordinator of the event said, “A Taste of Dickens Brunch will be available to thank members, supporters, and the public for sharing our delight in Dickens and all that he inspires in our hearts and minds.” In keeping with the spirit of Dickens, proceeds from the sale of the costumes will go towards post-secondary bursaries in the arts.

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The Windsor Symphony Orchestra (WSO) is returning on Friday night to Chatham to perform its third, and final, concert of the 2018-19 season. It will take place in the sanctuary of St. Andrew’s United Church. The concert begins at 7:30 pm. WSO’s Music Director Robert Franz will visit Chatham to conduct this performance. In addition to serving as Music, he is Associate Conductor of Houston Symphony and is in increasing demand as a visiting conductor for many orchestras across North America. He has received several awards for advocacy for music

education. The program Friday features Haydn’s Symphony No. 45, more commonly known as the Farewell Symphony. Haydn wrote this works in 1772 to raise awareness to his employer, Prince Esterhazy, that his musicians were forced to work long hours. The musicians leave the stage one-by-one until only two remain. The audience need not worry, as the Windsor Symphony Orchestra musicians will be back in their seats to perform Franz Schubert’s Symphony No 5 and Delius’ On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring and other works. Tickets $25 in advance may be purchased at St.





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Organizers with Otter Creek Jam Fest say they are thrilled with the response for their Opening Band Contest, which was launched at the start of March. A total of 39 bands and musical acts have filled in their entry forms and will be vying for one of four spots to be on the same bill as Tom Cochrane with Red Rider and Trooper on the Civic Holiday weekend in August. The entries have poured in from a cross-section of Southwestern Ontario, including Wallaceburg, Chatham, Windsor, Tilbury, Ridgetown, Blen-

heim, Sarnia, Leamington, Glencoe, Petrolia, London, Whitby, Belleville, Waterloo, Napanee, Simcoe, Cobourg, Thorold and Toronto. There is even an entry from Nashville, Tenn. “We are excited by the incredible demand from our local and area bands to be a part of our inaugural Otter Creek Jam Fest,” said Bill Wolsing, co-producer for the event, in a media release. “Now it is up to the community and our local music fans to determine who will be rocking the stage on Aug. 2 and 3.” Voting is now live at www.ottercreekjamfest. com for the opening band contest.

People have the opportunity to vote once a day from now until April 30. The top four acts will be announced at the beginning of May. The full contest rules are available on the website as well. Otter Creek Jam Fest is a two-day music festival being held on the Civic Holiday long weekend. Tickets for the festival are available now at , and the early bird pricing is still available for one more month. Day passes are $39.95 plus taxes and fees; weekend passes are $69.95, and VIP day passes are $79.95.

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Passport clinic April 17 The Chatham Voice

Local MP Dave Van Kesteren will be holding his first passport clinic of the year on April 17 at Blessed Sacrament Church in Chatham. The clinic at the church



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We are saddened to share the sudden passing of our brother, “John” in Kenora, Ontario. Born in Simcoe, Ont. to the late Richard and Malcolmina Tattersall. Survived by his four children, Virginia Tattersall of Ottawa, Jennifer (Tom) Dzuba of Ottawa, Catherine (Mike) Peters of Winnipeg, and Richard (Sally) Tattersall of Winnipeg. Also survived by sisters Sandra (Bob) Smith of Chatham, Susanne (Dave) Tattersall of Toronto and brother Jim (late Ruth) Tattersall of Chatham. He will also be missed by his niece, nephews and grand nephews and by many cousins and dear friends made over a long career and lifetime. John grew up in Simcoe and in Chatham, where the family later moved. He was a graduate of the former Chatham Collegiate Institute and went on to enrol in the Armed Forces graduating from Royal Military Colleges in Saint-Jean QC. and Kingston, Ont. with an Honours degree in Mathematics and Physics. He was commissioned in 1963 and retired after 35 years with the rank of Lt Colonel after a distinguished career in the Royal Canadian Artillery. John returned to the family cabin on Deacon Lake at Kenora where he enjoyed the simplicity of solitude in what he considered paradise. John was a gentleman and a life-long scholar with a passion for understanding the world around him. He lived life on his own terms yet never hesitated to help any one in need. He was a soldier through and through but above all a dearly beloved father, brother, uncle, cousin and friend. He will be sorely missed. Thank you to the Brown Funeral Home in Kenora for their care and attention. In keeping with John’s wishes, cremation has already taken place with no funeral service. A private remembrance will follow with family at a later date. On-line condolences may be left at



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Eunice Laycraft of Chatham passed away peacefully at Riverview Gardens on Saturday April 6, 2019. She is the loving daughter of the late Annie (Powell) and Harold Gardiner. Beloved wife of the late Norman Laycraft (1983). She will be remembered always by her step sons Bruce, Gordon and Ross. She is also survived by her sistersin-law Marilyn Gardiner, Kathryn Gardiner, 4 nieces and a nephew. Predeceased by brothers Glenn (Edith) Gardiner, Max (Kaye) Gardiner, Murray Gardiner, John (Donelda) Gardiner and Ross Gardiner. Eunice always loved to write and at age 12 she had her first bylines in the Family Herald and Star Weekly. From 1946-1956 she was the news editor for CFCO Radio in Chatham and for the next two years worked as a broadcaster and news writer for CFPL Radio in London. In 1958 she moved to a position as morning commentator for CBC Radio in Ottawa and from there moved to print media becoming the Women’s Editor for the Ottawa Journal until 1967. She freelanced and remained with the Ottawa Journal as a columnist until her retirement in 1979. In keeping with Eunice’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Internment of her ashes will take place at a later date. The family would like to thank Dr. Parry and the staff of 3 West at Riverview Gardens for their kind and compassionate care. Friends wishing to remember Eunice with a memorial donation are asked to consider Friends of the New Animal Shelter. Online condolences for the family and memorial donations may be left at

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C-K Dickens Fellowship

invites all Ladies and Gentlemen to a

One of a Kind Costume Sale

Community of Christ Church 174 Faubert Dr. Chatham 10am to 2pm Saturday, April 27 Professional Victorian and 1812 costumes for sale. A taste of Dickens: coffee and treats

Wanted to Buy

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Wanted to Buy: Antiques, costume jewellery, gold, silver, coins, military, furniture, tools. We Buy All Paid Cash. 519727-8894.

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Ken Houston scholarship available The Chatham Voice

Family and friends of the late Ken Houston have formed a committee, raised funds and are now ready to award local students that spent their formative years in the Dresden Minor Hockey system.

The Ken Houston Memorial Scholarship Award will be given to a Dresden Minor Hockey product who is graduating from high school and moving on to the next level of education. The successful candidate will show a passion for hockey, and be driven

National Volunteer Week takes place this year from April 7 to 13 and the designated theme is The Volunteer Factor — Lifting Communities. Without a doubt, Canada’s roughly 12.7 million volunteers are helping communities throughout the country and National Volunteer Week is the perfect time to acknowledge their contributions. It’s also an ideal moment to begin lending a helping hand yourself. If you’re keen to lift up your own community by volunteering, here’s how to get started by asking yourself the five W’s: who, what, where, when and why. WHO? Ask yourself who you’d like to help. It could be homeless people, refugees, children, animals, senior citizens or those who have a disability. Alternatively, you can ask yourself who you are and how your unique skillset could be of service to your community. If you’re an

with a strong work ethic. He or she will have a solid moral compass and will be a leader on and off the ice. This person will enjoy the social aspects that life has to offer and be a community minded person and show the spirit of giving back.

The scholarship recipient will have a strong respect for their peers and will also have a strong respect for coaches and teachers while earning that same respect back. If you think you are a deserving candidate for the Ken Houston Memorial Scholarship, please write

accountant, you could volunteer to help a local charity balance their books. If you’re a chef, you might contribute your skills at a soup kitchen. WHAT? Figure out what volunteer opportunities are available. Ask friends, family members, neighbours and colleagues if they’re aware of volunteer opportunities that would be suited to your talents. Or, you could look online to find out what volunteer opportunities are available. A great online resource is Volunteer Canada ( They have links to volunteer centres all across the country that can connect you with local volunteering opportunities corresponding to your preferences. WHEN? Determine when you’re available to do volunteer work. If you have a busy schedule, set reasonable expectations — an hour a week might be doable for some whereas others

a 500-word essay on why you think you should receive the award. Attach two references that may include coaches, teachers, employers or

community leaders. E-mail your essay and references to Dave Cameron acecam5@hotmail. com.

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might only have a few days a year they can set aside for volunteering. Start with a small commitment and increase your contribution when and if you can. WHERE? Volunteering close to home usually makes the most sense. Plus, volunteering in your neighbourhood allows you to strengthen your connection with your community. WHY? Why should you volunteer? That’s easy! Volunteering is personally rewarding and has a positive impact on your community. You’re sure to find this out first-hand once you get started.

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The Chatham Voice, April 11, 2019  

The April 11, 2019 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent community newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. since 2013.

The Chatham Voice, April 11, 2019  

The April 11, 2019 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent community newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. since 2013.