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Chatham residents Joe and Jocelyn Milazzo don’t have any children, but they do have a fur baby, and a special one at that. Their dog, Morla, an eight-year-old Dalmatian, recently became the first dog in Ontario to successfully undergo laser eye surgery to treat glaucoma. Joe said Morla developed glaucoma in her left eye, and it changed their dog. As the pressure built up in Morla’s eye, it actually swelled up. The resulting pain led Morla to do little else but lie around the house and sleep. “The problem with animals is when they have pain, they cannot tell you,” Joe said. As for the level of pain, he said the veterinarians told him it was the equivalent of a human suffering from a migraine headache. The pressure in the eye from the fluid buildup was more than four times what is considered normal.

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Live action role players and cosplayers including Rielle Shaw as Poison Ivy, Kyle McGrath as the Joker, and Mackenzie Mifflin as Harley Quinn, came from far and wide to the CK Expo held at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre on Saturday. In one of the busiest years yet, the event had something for everyone, including celebrities, a games room and vendors.


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imal shelter has received a large boost from the Donna L’Ecuyer Foundation in the form of a $25,062.62 donation. Donna, who passed away in 2013 was a local

teacher who had a great love for animals, a love she has passed on to her children and grandchildren. Lynn McGeachy, project coordinator for the new

facility, said the group has raised more than half of the $1.5 million needed to build the new shelter. The shelter is being built adjacent to the current facility on Park Avenue.

That building has outlived its usefulness. McGeachy said she was extremely happy with the L’Ecuyer Foundation donation. “This is an excellent ex-

ample of how passionate people of Chatham-Kent are about proper care for animals. Community response has been very heart-warming,” she said in a release.

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Meeting clears up trail misconceptions By Mary Beth Corcoran

In an effort to clear up any misconceptions people might have, the Municipality of Chatham-Kent held an open house recently on the proposed 21.5-kilometre multi-use trail that will be primarily designed to increase user safety for those who already use the popular route for cycling and walking. The loop will go west

on Grande River Line on the north side of the road, crossing the Prairie Siding Bridge and head east back to Chatham along Riverview Line. The proposed trail will also include an extension from Grande River Line north along Winter Line Road to Pain Court. Genevieve Champagne, co-ordinator of Active Transportation and Special Events, was on hand with Jeff Bray, Manager of Parks and Open Spac-

es for the municipality to answer questions for the public, along with engineers from Dillon Consulting who are designing the trail. “This open house is to provide information to area residents about what is going on with this project; the project design phasing,” Champagne said. “There has been some misinformation out there. This project has to happen within the existing municipal

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People with questions about the river trail project on Grand River Line flocked to the first public open house about the project, with more to come as Dillon Consulting gathers information to take back to council. The loop will go west on Grande River Line on the north side of the road, crossing the Prairie Siding Bridge and head east back to Chatham along Riverview Line.


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right-of-way. There will be no overtaking of anyone’s property. We just want to clear up any misconceptions.” Champagne said some people were concerned because they thought the trail would be going through their backyards, which she said is not the case. She said this open house was to make sure people have accurate information about what is happening and gather public input. Designs will be introduced at a later public meeting. “Nothing is approved yet. Consulting on Phase 1 is all that is has been approved by council,” she added. Phase 1 includes a 2.85 km stretch of road on Grand River Line from Keil Drive to the first big bend in the river. The design of the trail is still in the conceptual stage, but will be primarily for walking, cycling, wheeling, in-line skating and skateboarding, with design taking into account surface drainage and safety for cyclists, motorists and farm equipment. According to Dillon Consulting, the design

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Pass the antacid The U.S. has “The Donald;” Chatham-Kent has “The Randy,” with a side order of “The Kathleen.” Which one upsets your stomach the most? The least? U.S. President Donald Trump recently “celebrated” his first 100 days in office. He blamed the chaos of the first 100 as due to his country’s constitution, according to an article in The Guardian. Sure, the checks and balances structure of the various houses of the U.S. government can be a real challenge for someone like Trump, who probably has still failed to fully grasp how the system works, but really? Trump’s facing low popularity ratings, has mishandled a variety of foreign issues, and faces questions and investigations on his connection with Russia. Yet he’s pointing the finger at Congress; his own party no less. But he has also released a commercial declaring the first 100 as a great success; and anyone who says differently is disseminating “fake news,” according to an article in the New York Times. That’s right, disagree with Trump and whatever you say is fake, even if you are a longstanding, reputable media outlet. That’s a scary and very dangerous way to attempt to handle the media. So, the U.S. has Trump now for 100 days. Ontario has had Kathleen Wynne for more than 1,540 days. She’s continued the “legacy” of her predecessor Dalton McGuinty, ramping up hydro prices, handing over ludicrous amounts in rebates to renewable energy firms that erect turbines across non-Liberal-voting parts of the province, and continued along questionable money and ethics routes paved by McGuinty. In short, she changed nothing and we are stuck with her for another year at the very least. And then there is Mayor Randy Hope, with more than 3,800 days in office. He’s preached economic development since first taking office in 2006. He proponents will say he’s still saying the same things because so little has been done while he has worn the chains of office. Hope has repeatedly travelled to the Far East to chase economic development, but the return on that investment has been minimal at best. Last September, a Chinese recycling firm said it was thinking of setting up a Canadian presence here. Nary a word has been said since the pledge back in September. Remember Brightenview’s project for Blenheim – a manufacturing centre for Chinese businesses? Yeah, that fell through. When comparing our mayor to the two other elected officials, he is the least tarnished. Yes, it’s a difficult comparison, the proverbial apples to oranges in many ways, but looking south and at the province in general is more apt to leave you reaching for the antacid than looking at Chatham-Kent these days.

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Mental health in the workplace Sir: It has been estimated that one in five Canadians will experience a mental health issue in their life time. Given this scenario, it should not be a surprise that at your work place, you will come across someone who may be struggling with a mental health concern. It may also be possible that the worker in question may not have disclosed anything about their health concerns because of a misunderstanding and stigma associated with mental illness, possibly resulting in a loss of job. Fear of loss of job may also mean that someone struggling with metal health issues may not seek out professional help. The World Health Organization predicts that by 2020 depression will be second only to heart disease as the leading cause of days lost due to disability. When a worker is physically hurt, the productivity decreases, however, with intervention, the workers can recover and return to the job.

Often this may not be the case with workers who may be stressed, burned out, depressed, suffering from anxiety or any other form of mental illness, and are not encouraged to seek professional help. Often such workers may stay on the job with decreased productivity and a personal level of suffering instead of seeking professional help. If you come across someone at your workplace who is struggling with a mental health problem, you may want to learn ways to handle the situation. Mental illness is an illness like any other physical illness. People have rights. Even people with mental illness have rights, the same rights that everyone enjoys. From the supervisory point of view, there is a need to focus on job performance, not the disability. Canadian employers need to know that anyone who is ill has the right to accommodation. Mental illness or substandard performance as a result

of mental illness is not enough cause to terminate an employee from their jobs. At least in Canada, the employers have legal, moral and social obligations to accommodate the employee struggling with mental illness. Whether you are a manager, union rep or a fellow employee, you also need to know certain facts. Educate yourself about the mental health/ illness. You never know, one of your family members, your neighbors or a friend may also be struggling with this challenge. It’s good to get rid of any myth, stereotype or misconceptions and know the facts. Focus on your colleague/employee as a person, not their illness. At work, diagnosis doesn’t matter. The person’s performance matters. Diagnosis is not the person. Illness is not the person. What matters is how you treat your colleagues/ employees who may be struggling in their lives and at work. What mat-

ters is your understanding, kindness, compassion and your supports. The illness doesn’t diminish your colleague’s/ employee’s right to be treated with respect and to be treated as a colleague. Respect the privacy of your coworkers/employees. Dispute stereotyping, stigma and misinformation. Avoid gossips, harassment and discrimination. Not only does this hurt, such actions can become a human rights issue, a legal liability, to your employer. It’s a joint responsibility of the employers, the unions and the co-workers to address the toxic work environment. By addressing the issues which are impeding employee job satisfaction, we can create a workplace of choice with a high level of employee satisfaction. By creating harassment free, caring and a supportive environment for everyone, productivity as well as the bottom line (profits) can also be improved. Naresh James Chatham

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Nine local families sleeping better By Mary Beth Corcoran

Nine area families were given the gift of a better night’s sleep thanks to new-to-Chatham business, Sleep County Canada. Business co-founder and executive co-chair Christine Magee was in Chatham April 27 to announce the donation – new mattresses and bedding for nine deserving families with Chatham-Kent housing services. “When we expand into a new community, we look at how we can give back to the community,” Magee said at the Chatham store. “I’m proud new beds for these nine families was something meaningful we knew we could do right away.” Shelley Wilkins, director of housing services for Chatham-Kent, said the

municipality has 1,415 rent-geared to income households, and the donation helps them offer not just a home, but a better life. “These families work hard to budget their money, and new beds are not something they can afford,” Wilkins said. “Poor quality mattresses can have a negative impact, but a good night’s sleep promotes health and wellness.” At the event was Teresa Coleman, whose family received new beds and bedding. A single mom of three teens who have been sleeping on second-hand mattresses for years, Coleman said she was extremely grateful for the donation from Sleep Country. “I am very humbled and we can’t wait to sleep on our new mattresses tonight,” she said. Lyn Martel, vice-presi-

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Sleep Country Canada, recently opened in north Chatham, donated beds and bedding to nine local families on April 27 as part of its community outreach mandate. From left are Shelley Wilkins, Chatham-Kent Director of Housing Services; Christine Magee, Sleep Country co-founder and executive co-chair; donation recipient Teresa Coleman; and Lynn Martel, Sleep Country vice-president of community programs.

dent of community programs for Sleep Country, said finding partnerships in the communities they expand into to help women and children started in Halifax with a women’s shelter and is something they do now in new areas. The company runs a national campaign in May called Pyjamas and Storybooks for Better Bed-

Grassy 2 Rock cancelled The Chatham Voice

Mayor Randy Hope’s on-the-water party won’t enjoy a second year. Grassy 2 Rock 2017, planned for Canada Day and Labour Day week-

ends, has been cancelled. Hope said Walpole Island Band Council did not give the rock concerts on the water its approval, leading to the cancellation. Last year, hundreds


times which encourages the donation of new or gently used pyjamas and books to local children in need, as well as a coat do-

nation program. A year round program at Sleep Country also supports the donation of gently used mattresses avail-

able to those in need, and any that can’t be used are recycled, keeping thousands of mattresses out of the landfill every year.


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Council paves the way for Bayside expansion By Bruce Corcoran

Erieau’s Bayside Brewing Co. will soon be expanding – to Charing Cross. Chatham-Kent council recently approved rezoning to allow a craft brewery and beer packaging operation at the Charing Cross Road building. The new location is “kit-

ty corner” to the post office in Charing Cross, on the southwest corner of Middle Line and Charing Cross Road, said Nancy Cowan, one of Bayside’s owners. The site works well with Bayside’s plans to expand canning of their product, and eventually distribution, she added. “We wanted to stay in Chatham-Kent. The loca-


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From Left, Wesley Thompson, Mike Grant, Ken Royal and Mike Dumouchelle showcase some of the canned Bayside Brewing Co. products. The Erieau-based craft brewery is expanding operations, having recently received municipal council approval on the rezoning of a property on Charing Cross Road where Bayside will can their own product, and perhaps expand brewing operations in the future.

stores west of Toronto, but they have yet to make it big in the largest population area in the province. “This capacity that we are adding will help us get into the Toronto market,” she said. It’s a coveted market, but Cowan said support locally and regionally has been excellent. “It’s amazing even in small towns how craft

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Chatham’s Canquest Communications has recently inked a deal with the federal government that has executives at the local firm smiling. The wireless branch of the company signed multi-year, multi-million-dollar contracts with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to provide two-way radio airtime services and radios along the Niagara Frontier. The deal covers four major border crossing points and 800 CBSA front-line personnel, John Smith, CEO of Canquest, said. He said Canquest purchased a Niagara area radio company seven years ago and “revitalized it” to the point the government purchased airtime from Canquest over the past five years on an analog system. Smith added he and his company knew the CBSA would like to upgrade to a higher security digital radio system, so Canquest began testing DMR – Digital Mobile Radio – in the region. They then teamed up with Hytera Mobile Radios to provide the CBSA in the Niagara Region with radios and airtime. “Hytera is a progressive company,” Smith said. “They provide the Chinese police force with radios. This is incredibly flexible technology.” Hytera’s Tier III Pro design architecture is well suited for wide area public safety service and offers a wide range of features, according to a Canquest news release. It is highly configurable and manageable, and is easily expanded. Smith said Canquest now operates seven transmitter sites in the Niagara Region, covering in excess of 25,000 square kilometres. Included in the coverage area is the entire Niagara Peninsula including south Lake Ontario, north Lake Erie, the Welland Canal, Burlington Bay and greater Hamilton area. “This is incredible technology. The specialized software in the radios allowed us to fulfill the bidding requirements where others couldn’t,” he said of the request for proposal process with the federal government. “It gave us the edge.” Smith said Canquest is looking to work with the federal government to expand the radio/transmitter service to other border areas across the country in the future.

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Rotarians donate to ACCESS OM The Chatham Voice

The Chatham Rotary Club gave a big boost to the ACCESS Open Minds C-K project with a $20,000 donation to assist with the furnishings and accessories of its multi-room youth space at the former YMCA site, on King Street West in Chatham. The Chatham-Kent Youth Mental Health re-

search project is one of 12 ACCESS OM sites across Canada and the only one in Ontario. ACCESS OM is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Graham Boeckh Foundation. The new youth hub brings together existing community partners in a “one-stop shop” for young people aged 11-25 and their families looking

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referral from a physician. They may be directed to ACCESS by a school counselor, or an outreach worker, for instance. Every door is the right door to receive care. If needed, the clinician will connect the young person and his or her family to high-quality, youth-friendly services in a timely fashion. Alysson Storey, President

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Shark to swim for Team Ontario The Chatham Voice

Chatham Pool Shark’s Genevieve Sasseville, 14, will hit the water in Winnipeg this summer as a member of Team Ontario at the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg. Sasseville was one of 12 women team selected from across the province to represent Ontario. In total, 12 women and 12 men will complete the team. Selection was based on fastest times at Long Course Championship Meets from January to April; it was her recent swims at the Speedo Eastern Canadian Championship meet that earned her a spot. “I am very excited and honoured to have this opportunity. Being Canada’s 150th birthday makes it even more exciting for me to be a part of Canada Games. I just want to swim my best and make Chatham and Ontario proud,” Sasseville said in a release. Swimmers qualified to the Ontario Canada Games Team based on a time in a specific event. Sasseville’s nomination was based on her

100-metre freestyle time. “Genevieve’s selection to Ontario’s team for the upcoming Canada Games in Winnipeg is well earned. It is always very rewarding to see that her dedication and commitment to improving her skills and technique resulted in this selection,” coach Brian Lindsay said in a release. “The Pool Shark Family is very happy and proud of her accomplishments and look forward to her performances in Winnipeg this summer.” Performance coach Kyle Pinsonneault said hard work pays off. “This is an incredible achievement for Genevieve. She’s trained hard for two years to earn a spot on this team. Her swims at the recent Eastern Canadian Championships really put her on the

national stage and guaranteed her place on the Canada Games Team,” he said in a release. The Canada Games features 16 sports and more than 250 events, and this year will mark the 50th anniversary of the Games. The Games are being held in Winnipeg from July 28 to Aug. 15; swimming events will take place Aug. 7-11. The Chatham Pool Sharks is a Division 2 Club and currently has nationally ranked swimmers on the team, as well as many provincial and regional-level qualifiers. This is in addition to the developmental programs offered for younger swimmers. For more information about the Chatham Pool Sharks visit www.chathamypoolsharks. com.

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Friday, May 5, 2017 • Broasted Chicken Dinner from the Car Barn in support of a better CK animal shelter from 4:30pm-7:00pm at Holy Trinity Anglican Church Hall for $20. • Soup and Sandwich Luncheon from 11:00am-1:30pm at The Ridgetown Legion BR 243, 75 Main St. E., Ridgetown. Sponsored by the Legion Ladies Auxiliary. • Musical entertainment with The Reids in the West lounge at 2:00pm. Meadow Park, Sandy St., Chatham. • Meal and darts at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Dinner from 5:30pm-7:00pm. Choice of chicken, roast beef or fish & chips for $9.00. One meat draw. Open darts 7:30pm. • Stitches in Bloom Quilt Show at St. Paul’s Congregational Church on Park Ave., Chatham. 9:00am-6:00pm. $6 admission. Tea room, Vendors, Quilt raffle, Toonie table, Marianne’s Market. Saturday, May 6, 2017 • St. Ursula’s Catholic Women’s League Annual Garage Sale fundraiser in the meeting room at St. Ursula Church, 205 Tweedsmuir Ave. W., Chatham from 8:00am-noon. A variety of indoor and outdoor items, books, toys, clothing,linens, etc. Something for everyone. • Free Comic Book Day at all CKPL branches. (Highgate branch on Monday, May 8) Each branch will give out copies of an exclusive Doctor Who comic, thanks to Game Masters Emporium. Come early to get yours while supplies last! • Trent Severn, two time Canadian Folk Music Award nominated group, will be performing at the Jeanne Gordon Theatre, Wallaceburg at 8:00pm. Tickets are $25 and available from 99.1CKSX, the Wallaceburg Museum, the James Street Eatery and online at www. • Saturday Morning Breakfast at First Presbyterian Church, Chatham (corner of Fifth St and Wellington). A delicious nutritious breakfast served free of charge every Saturday morning from 9:30am-11:00am. Everyone is most welcome!

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What is the definition of a “nerd” these days? I think things have gotten so hazy that most everyone actually qualifies as one. And that’s a good thing. It’s one less stereotype and one less target for bullies. When I went to high school in the early 1980s, I believe the notion of who qualified as a nerd were the members of the audio/video club, the people on the Reach for the Top team, the non-jocks, really. Because I had a heart condition, the last time I played tackle football was when I still lived in Quebec. I really shouldn’t have played then, but the opportunity to suit up was too much to ignore. I played tight end and defensive lineman. When I arrived in North Bay, I became a fan rather than a player. I still loved sports, and played road hockey almost daily during the school year, but took interests elsewhere, and essentially became more nerdly. I worked on lighting for school plays. Nerd. I competed in Reach for the Top. Sure, I wore football shirts and had long hair, but ... nerd. I was a member of a strategy gaming club at school. Nerd. No pocket protector, however. And my attire – jean jackets, jean vests and rock concert T-shirts – hard rock, I must add – wasn’t exactly nerdly. Fast forward to today. Cliques in school still exist, but everyone is nerdly. Playing video games on smartphones is the first giveaway in that regard. Console video gaming, another nerd indicator. I don’t care if you play three sports in school, or more; if you’re playing Madden football, for example, you are a nerd. Taking advantage of the technol-

Bruce Corcoran ogy at our fingertips today throws everyone into the nerd zone. And it’s a fine place to be when you think about it. Our daughter is an incredibly graceful dancer (she didn’t inherit my two left feet), but her life revolves around her iPhone. From playing games on it to Face Time, to searching YouTube, she makes full use of it and her laptop. One of her best buddies in school plays pretty much every sport she can. But when they get together, chances are you’ll eventually find them playing Minecraft. Nerdly. And both are arguably two of the smartest kids in their grades. I guess there are degrees of nerdliness. Think TV’s Big Bang Theory. Those guys are nerd royalty. Yes, they are fictional characters, but there are such folks out there. I’m talking about adults who still read comic books (I haven’t in many years, but I do enjoy a slew of movies that have spawned from Marvel and DC Comics over the years). Or the folks who attend such things as this past weekend’s CK Expo, our own Cosplay/Comic Con-like event right here in Chatham. People dress up in movieand comic-inspired costumes and attend such events. Embrace who you are, and what you like. Technology draws us all closer together in many ways, really. All hail the nerds, I say.

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On June 3, men from around Chatham-Kent will gather to don pairs of red high-heeled shoes to Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. The annual walk, where men rally for the international men’s march to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence, as well as raise funds to help the victims, will begin in the King Street Commons outside the Downtown Chatham Centre. This year, Subway is involved as a corporate sponsor, and the Chatham-Kent Women’s Centre will be selling box lunches as a pre-event fundraiser. Dave McCready, owner of a half a dozen Subway locations in Chatham-Kent, said the women’s centre is a good organization to support. The Box Lunch Day takes place May 25. For $9.50, people can have a Subway six-inch sub,

chips and a cookie delivered to them. Nina Kirkland Kelly, supervisor of community outreach services for the women’s centre, said volunteers would take care of the deliveries, while Subway packages the meals. Karen Hunter, executive director of the women’s centre, said it is hoped the centre raises $25,000 this year, the ninth for the walk. “We’re hoping for at least 100 guys to come out for this year’s event,” she said. “The box lunch is a way to find ways to raise awareness and funds to help fund the services we provide for women and children.” Kelly said the walk always draws a crowd. “I think a lot of people believe in the cause. It’s a fun event, an opportunity for males to show their support against domestic violence,” she said. Kelly said participants pay $25 to register.. This year, to help raise awareness for the event,

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