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An anonymous letter delivered to The Chatham Voice raises serious allegations against members of the Chatham-Kent Police Service (CKPS). What’s more, the writer says he or she has been a member of the service for more than 10 years, and “enough is enough.” Among other complaints about senior administration, the letter writer alleges an officer leaving a retirement party at the Im-

perial Club two weeks ago was involved in a serious car accident in which alcohol was a factor. The writer further alleges an off-duty senior ranking officer was on the scene and “pressured” a lower-ranking officer who investigated the accident scene into making a decision to charge the driver with careless driving instead of arresting him for impaired driving. The letter writer calls for the incident to be reinvestigated by police. Continued on page 2

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He or she wants action taken against the officers he or she alleges covered up for a fellow officer. In stating why he or she didn’t sign the letter, the writer wrote “it’s just not a safe atmosphere to speak up.” Chief Gary Conn, when asked about the incident,

confirmed he received a call about the car accident the day after it occurred, and immediately initiated a “chief’s complaint,” which begins an internal investigation by the Police Standards Unit of the CKPS. He also confirmed the three officers involved – the driver, the off-duty senior officer and the in-

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vestigating officer – are all subjects in the investigation. “All this person (who wrote the letter) had to do was come forward,” the chief said. “We take these allegations very seriously. I can confirm we didn’t dismiss these allegations when they came forward, but instead, in less than 24 hours, launched an internal investigation surrounding the allegations by our Professional Standards Unit and, at this time, because it is still an active investigation and I have yet to see or read the final investigative report, I cannot provide details to ensure we do not jeopardize the integrity of this investigation.” Conn, the CKPS Police Services Board, the Chatham-Kent Police Association, Mayor Darrin Canniff and The Chatham Voice all received copies of

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lic trust and confidence in their police service,” Conn said in an interview with The Voice. “So when it comes to incidents of this manner, we take them very seriously, as you might expect, and as I hope the public would expect,” he added. According to statistics from 2018, Conn brought forward complaints against CKPS members on 76 occasions, and only in one case did the complaint proceeds to a Police Services Act hearing. He said most of the complaints are found to be vexatious, frivolous or unsubstantiated, and if the allegations are substantiated, result in informal discipline where all parties agree to the

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discipline, such as loss of rank. Police Services Act hearings are a matter of public record and the officers’ name and charges are made public, according to the chief, however, internal investigations initiated as a chief’s complaint are not made public and appear in the year-end report statistics with how the cases are resolved. The types of incidents Conn said he has initiated internal investigations into in the past against civilian or service members include discreditable conduct, negligent in duty, breach of confidence (divulging or leaking confidential information without proper authority), corrupt practice and unlawful or unnecessary use of authority/excessive use of force.

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the letter last week. “When it comes to professional standards and dealing with allegations of misconduct, as chief of police, the number one thing I want to do, if allegations are substantiated, is correct the inappropriate behaviour. Number two, I want to hold that person accountable for his or her actions, and send a strong message to the rank and file that this type of behaviour will not be accepted, and if you choose this path, then you, too, will be held accountable for your actions. Finally, when it comes to professional standards and the professionalism of our service, it is paramount that I, as chief, maintain pub-

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Having a reliable vehicle is a big stress relief to Wallaceburg’s Donna Lashmore, and it’s all thanks to a new program through the United Way of Chatham-Kent. Well, along with a lot of helping hands from local businesses, a high school and the community. Lashmore took possession of a 2011 Mazda 3 on June 5 at Chatham Mazda courtesy of the Rebuilding Wheels Rebuilding Lives program. The Wallaceburg woman works in Chatham, and her old vehicle, which has 260,000 kilometres on it, has given her grief on the highway. “This is huge for me. It’s been hard to get back and forth. It’s great to have something reliable, especially in the winter,” Lashmore said. “This will bring

down the stress level.” That’s something very important for Lashmore, who suffered a heart attack a couple of years ago. “It was all stress related,” she said. The Rebuilding Wheels Rebuilding Lives program is designed to help people who are the working poor – the ones who can often fall through the cracks. Steve Pratt, CEO of the United Way of Chatham-Kent, said the working poor are the people who earn just enough money to not qualify for various supports, but not enough to truly get by. “We see folks who want to ask for help, but they have too much to be able to access the supports in the community,” he said. Pratt said the non-profit organization has been working on the Rebuilding program for more than a year, after learning the United Way in Windsor

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offered it. The first thing to do was to find partners. James Stonehouse, a teacher at John McGregor Secondary School, and some of his auto mechanic students jumped on board. “A high school in Windsor started doing this several years ago. I thought, ‘We could do this.’ Now, we hope to share it with Sarnia and across the province,” Stonehouse said. His students worked on the Mazda 3, donated by Chatham Mazda to the program, changing sparkplugs and working on other repairs and detailing throughout the vehicle. “Our students learned some very good tech skills,” he said. “You can’t get more hands on than this.” Adam Lally, operations manager for the Lally Auto Group, which includes Chatham Mazda

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and Lally Ford, two of the participants in the Rebuilding program, said he saw the potential of this program immediately. “It’s good for businesses to be members of the community. It’s good to be giving back,” he said. “I really liked the idea. Acts of kindness are a powerful thing.” Lally added that he also likes the fact local high school students are in-

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reached out to Family Service Kent to help identify someone in need. Brad Davis, executive dPratt said the community effort is appreciated. “Advancing the common good happens one family, one person, at a time,” he said. To learn more about Rebuilding Wheels Rebuilding Lives, contact TJ Johnston at 519-354-0430.

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Trade show attracts 2,000-plus By Bruce Corcoran

Heavy equipment and machinery of all sorts were on display last week during the 2019 Association of Ontario Road Supervisors (AORS) Trade Show in Chatham. The event saw more than 300 vendors put on displays inside

and out of the John D. Bradley Convention Centre. The parking lot was full of equipment displays to the point the municipality used space on the vacant Navistar property for overflow parking. Mayor Darrin Canniff said the trade show was the largest event hosted by the Bradley Centre to date and a great deal



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Visitors tour the hundreds of displays at the John D. Bradley Centre last week for the 2019 Association of Ontario Road Supervisors Trade Show. Chatham-Kent landed the annual event and saw 300 vendors and 2,000 delegates take part.

of work went into the event. “We had to apply for this over two years ago. It’s a similar event to the International Plowing Match as far as industry goes,” he said. The trade show took place June 5 and 6. It’s the largest of its kind in the province, showing off everything from snowplows to traffic signals to remote-controlled grass mowers. It takes place annually, and bounces around to ~ 24 Hour Health Care different municipalities Supervision in the province. According to municipal ~ Delicious Home officials, more than half Cooked Meals a million dollars were ~ Scheduled Activities pumped into the local economy as a result of We also offer Post Hospital/Respite Stays the show. Thomas Kelly, General Contact us at 519-354-7111 for your personal tour. Manager of Infrastructure and Engineering Services, said hosting the event was a major coup for the community. “This is by far the larg97 MCFARLANE AVE., CHATHAM ON est event of its kind in

the province,” he said. “We are hosting over 2,000 visitors, with over $50 million in equipment in the Bradley Centre parking lot on display.” Canniff said the spinoff business benefitted the local hospitality industry as well. “Hotels in the area were full. Restaurants were full,” he said. “I wish we had one of these every weekend. We’d have more motels built if we did.” Dennis Chepeka, manager of Public Works for the municipality, said he heard a great deal of positive feedback from attendees. “Personally, I received comments from visitors on how wonderful the Bradley Centre is as a venue and how organized the show was planned,” he said. Chepeka said about 20 municipal staff were on site both days, handling traffic co-ordination, visitor registration and on-site cleanup. Other staff had the option to visit the show as a learning experience for a couple of hours

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“There is so much volunteerism that there isn’t any way we Bothwell’s Bob Hamilton and could put a dollar figure on the Cleata Morris of Merlin were contributions,” she said in a menamed co-winners of the Cha- dia release. “If you ask the hontham-Kent Senior of the Year orees, they would tell you that Friday at the Chatham-Kent they get back more than they Contributed image Senior Achievement Awards in give. It’s an amazing thing to From left, Mayor Darrin Canniff, MPP Rick Nicholls, winner Cleata Morris, winner Bob Hamilton and MP Dave Blenheim. watch these people continue to Van Kesteren celebrate the senior of the year awards on Friday in Blenheim. Morris, at 95 years of age, one contribute to the community, in of the oldest honourees, is active some cases into their 90s.” children at the Merlin & Area Hockey Association, serving He is currently a volunteer in the North Buxton CommuniLast year’s Chatham-Kent Se- Public School, what it was like as a hockey coach, and was for the fundraising of the Four the Past Bothwell United Way Counties Hospital Foundation. ty Church, directs the Friends nior of the Year John Lawrence to be a kid in their generation. of Buxton Male Choir that she of Chatham, was honoured by Continued on page 7 She also supports local groups Chair. co-founded in 2001 and is a the province as Ontario Senior of by attending their fundmember of the Merlin Friend- the Year 2018 for Chatham-Kent. raisers and their causes. ship Club. Morris is probably After retiring from teaching Hamilton has been a life- for 28 years, Morris moved most known throughout long contributor to the Both- back to North Buxton where Chatham-Kent for the tem, well community. A founding she immersed herself into the “Friends of Buxton Male Buy 1 i item member of the Bothwell Minor life of her community as well as Choir” that she and Lois e 2nd Get th Hockey Association, he is vice throughout Chatham-Kent and Pratt started in January president of the Bothwell Com- Southwestern Ontario. 2001. She directs the munity Boosters, a fundraiser She has always championed choir, which averages for the Four Counties Hospital Black History, whether organiz- about 100 performances Foundation and a former Unit- ing lunch for busloads of people a year. lue) ed Way chair in the community. visiting the Buxton Historical They’ve been guests at sser va al or le u q e f o ( Hundreds of spectators filled Site and Museum, or sharing most seniors’ residences the Blenheim Arena to honour her story with the media. and nursing homes in Individual Pieces at the record 71to seniors nominated Chatham-Kent and were Morris isThank known Thank you everyone who youtotoeveryone everyone who from communities across Cha- under 60supported of the TV producin Buxtonthe asThanks “AuntFor part supported the Thanks For Giving Giving tham-Kent. tion “Still Standing.” Cleata.” She is very active in Community Campaign. Community Campaign. Event chair Karen Herman, the North Buxton Community Hamilton has been a FREE GIFT WRAPPING Haven’t yet? Haven’t donated yet? who has donated been involved in the Church, and she makes sure the lifelong contributor to We can for still use your20 helpyears, can still use your helpthe - Bothwell communiawards nearly doors are We open for people to go said interest today! remains high in for prayerful reflection. Donate Donate today! ty. He previously was a recognizing those who make She is also a member of the member of the Bothwell Chatham-Kent communities Merlin Friendship Club and she Arena Building CommitHere is 32 whyyears Elisabeth donating... Here is why Elisabeth is donating... special, afteris the event recently participated with four tee, a founding member “The hospice in Windsor was a true blessing. “The hospice in Windsor was a true blessing. 64 Talbot St. W., Blenheim 519.676.5144 began in Blenheim. other seniors, sharing with the of the Bothwell Minor The Chatham Voice



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Double standards? In a perfect world, when a police officer is off duty, their fellow officers should treat him or her as just another member of the public. But the world isn’t perfect. When is the last time you heard of a police officer being charged with impaired driving after going through a RIDE check, for example? This past week, The Chatham Voice received an anonymous letter from a writer who says he or she is a veteran of the Chatham-Kent Police Service and is fed up with the actions of some of the service’s members, especially senior administration. The writer brought up an issue two weeks ago where he or she alleged an officer got into a serious accident after a retirement party at the Imperial Club. According to the writer, alcohol was a factor, but the officer was only charged with careless driving. That was due to pressure from an off-duty senior-ranking officer, the writer alleges. We brought the matter up with Chief Gary Conn, and he said he’s started a “chief’s complaint,” an internal investigation by the Police Standards Unit of the CKPS. Conn confirmed there were three officers involved – the driver, a senior officer and the investigating officer – and they are all subjects of the chief’s complaint. The chief says the service takes such allegations very seriously, but we can’t help but wonder if going the professional standards route is the right one to take here, at least for the driver. An officer may have been impaired. Shouldn’t the Crown Attorney’s office become involved, or at least consulted? Impaired driving is one of those offences society no longer tolerates. We’ve been educated, in no small part by police officers, to realize the dangers of driving while under the influence. Countless lives have been taken from loved ones because of the selfish actions of impaired drivers. Should police be held to a higher standard than the public in such matters? No. But we do expect them to be held to the same standards. The question is now raised as to whether that is consistently occurring.

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Protest response sadly lacking Sir: Given the state of political discourse these days, it’s hard to imagine that any public statement could surprise or disgust. That is true, unless of course our local MPP Rick Nicholls gets involved. Last Friday, a representation of nurses, teachers, steel workers, government employees and Water Wells First protesters attended a rally at Mr. Nicholls’ constituency office, protesting the policies of his government. The group looked very much like the “people” the Ford government is “for,” if you consider its election slogan, “For the

People.” What was Mr. Nicholls reaction? Did he take their concerns seriously? Did he offer to meet with them to hear their views? No, from his sinecure at Queen’s Park, he offered some well-worn party talking points, then glibly stated, “I think it’s pretty nice of them to help us celebrate our one-year anniversary, where the people of Ontario voted for change elected us.” If we can hold our collective noses and get past the tastelessness of Mr. Nicholls’ feeble attempt at humour, some

basic facts need to be pointed out. Consider the “people of Ontario” he refers to in his statement. In the election last year, 60 per cent of eligible voters went to the polls. Of that number, 40 per cent voted for the Ford/Nicholls party. So, the Ford government, in reality, got the support of one of every four eligible voters in the province. Hardly a resounding endorsement! Add to that the fact that the main opponent of the Tories was one of the most reviled leaders in recent Ontario history, and the conclusion is that

it’s more government by default than by resounding electoral victory. As the people of Ontario discover the true nature of the Ford government, and its support in the polls plummets, and as the premier daily backs away from one policy position after another, Mr. Nicholls would be well advised to look past his party talking points and start listening to the real concerns of the people in his riding. At the very least, he needs to act like he’s interested. Dennis Makowetsky Chatham

New animal shelter looks great Sir: I recently went for a self-guided tour of the new animal shelter on Park Avenue East in Chatham, an open house. Lots of people there, lots of cats, a handful of dogs and a mother dog nursing about six puppies. There was even a guinea pig near the front entrance. Big and spacious, this shelter had its official ribbon cutting and grand opening several weeks ago.

During the open house, there were draws for pet gift baskets, free dog and cat food samplers, a BBQ and face painting and balloon-making for the children that came. Almost anyone who made a major donation was listed for their contributions. The new shelter is run by PAW– Pet Animal Wildlife, the group appointed by municipal

council to run the facility. The facility also has a medical room and a big area for administrative work. There is a bath station for the animals, and there are separate areas to separate the feral cats from the domesticated cats. The open house ran from noon to 4 p.m. on June 8. The original shelter is right in front of the new

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Shoreline study updates approach The Chatham Voice

Chatham-Kent residents are being asked to register to reserve their seat for the next information sessions regarding the Chatham-Kent Lake Erie Shoreline Study. A total of four sessions will be held June 19 and June 20, all in the all-purpose room at Erieau Fire

Station #14, 780 Ross Lane, Erieau. The same information will be provided at each session. On June 19, there will be a session from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and a session from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. On June 20, sessions will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon and from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Due to capacity limits, space for each session is limited. Municipal officials ask that you register for a specific session by calling 519-360-1998, by June 14. Preference for seating will be given to those who have registered. The Chatham-Kent Lake Erie Study Team has now com-

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For the past ten years, the Chatham-Kent Film Group has been giving back to the community by sponsoring scholarships in film studies to deserving Chatham-Kent graduates. This year the group’s scholarship winner is Madison Koke, a student at John McGregor Secondary School. Koke is passionate about the stories that can be told, and lessons that can be learned, through animation, according to film group members.

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Hamilton is also the Founder and Chair of the Bothwell Toy and Hamper Program, which distributes dozens of Christmas hampers to area families in need, and he also hosts a free Seniors Christmas Party. Hamilton is also the Vice-President of the Bothwell Community Boosters. He is the chair and founding member of the Bothwell Area Recreation Advisory Committee. This group runs the recreation programs at the Bothwell arena, which focus on the youth, seniors and families. He is very passionate about the need to keep the Bothwell Arena

viable. He is at the arena four and five nights a week, leading programs, such as ball hockey, pickleball, fitness classes, soccer, lacrosse and roller-skating. He is hands-on purchasing and fixing equipment, assisting patrons and planning events. Hamilton even finds time to volunteer at Riverview Bingo, which supports the Bothwell Area Recreation Advisory Committee.




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Last month may have been cold and damp outdoors, but it was red hot for local realtors. According to the Chatham-Kent Association of Realtors, 153 residential units changed hands in May of this year, up 8.5 per cent from the same month a year ago, and it

represents the sixth-best month of sales ever for the association. On a year-to-date basis, home sales totalled 505 units over the first five months of the year, up 1.2 per cent from the same period in 2018. “Only five other monthly sales figures in history stand above the 153

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homes that traded hands in May 2019, so the market continues to do very well,” Steve Carroll, President of the Chatham-Kent Association of Realtors, said in a media release. “At the same time, the pool of homes available for sale is still very low, and the competition among buyers for limited listings is evident based on selling prices.” On at least one occasion recently, 10 buyers put in offers on the same home, one agent told The Chatham Voice. The average price of homes sold in May 2019

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was $254,356, rising 18.5

per cent from May 2018.

Another budget surplus, happier staff at CKHA

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Another surplus and increasing staff satisfaction have the overseers at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance smiling these days. Top administrators and the chair of the hospital board met with the media recently to discuss progress at the health alliance, confirming a $2.1-million surplus from the 2018-19 fiscal year that ended earlier this spring. Early returns on staff ratings

of the hospital in terms of a quality place to work are supportive as well, officials say. Lori Marshall, president and CEO of the CKHA, said satisfaction was quite low when the province appointed supervisor Rob Devitt in September of 2016, but as work to address the shortcomings of hospital oversight progressed, staff satisfaction improved. The first year, satisfaction numbers sat at below 58 per cent, well below the provincial average of nearly 75 per cent. The next year, 2017-2018, the numbers rose to nearly 67 per cent, and for 2018-19, the early returns have the rate at more than 82 per cent, above the provincial average of 77.4 per cent. Do date, only the first cohort has been polled, which is comprised largely of front-line personnel. The departments polled include both emergency departments, both medical units, housekeeping, finance, human resources and a number of smaller departments, Marshall said.


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“We’re exceeding the provincial average at this point and also in the top 25 per cent,” she said. “Everybody in this organization can be proud.” Marshall said there is a high correlation of staff satisfaction to patient satisfaction. Greg Aarssen, chair of the hospital board, agreed, adding he experienced it firsthand as a patient in recent months. “From a user perspective, I engaged with everybody I interacted with here, and there is a culture of improvement here. There has been a great deal of change where staff feels like their opinion matters. Everybody was saying the same thing,” he said. “Under Lori’s leadership, it has created an environment where it’s safe for employees to speak out. This has created a culture of communication – from the top down and the bottom up.” In terms of the surplus, Aarssen said everything is tied together and that the surplus is due “almost entirely to the people who work here. Good management and good execution by the people who work here.” The bulk of the surplus will fund ongoing capital projects and purchases. A total of $1.8 million will go towards it, in fact, Aarssen said. Much of that will be to help reintroduce urology to the CKHA in the spring of 2020. Funds will also be utilized to bring in a staff duress system, “sort of a personal alarm system,” Aarssen said. Added to that is spending on hospital beds and ongoing infrastructure replacement, new anesthesia machines, and a health information system. Marshall said solid fiscal standing is important for a hospital. “I believe the fiscal health means you have dollars available to pay staff, dollars available for upkeep and dollars available for equipment,” she said.




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Members of the Chatham-Kent Municipal Heritage Committee and Mayor Darrin Canniff presented a gift basket to the purchasers of a historically-designated home in Chatham recently. Former Toronto residents Natalie Fitzgerald and Devin Schaffner have purchased 90 Park St., known as “Haddington Villa,” and moved with their family to their new home in April of this year. Susan Simpson, a member of the heritage committee, said the structure was built over the course 1877-78, and was the first home on the street. Owned by several prominent Chatham families during the past 140-plus years, the architecture is considered to be an amalgamation of Italianate and Gothic styles. Heritage committee chair Chris Williams said pres-

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The new owners of this heritage home on Park Street in Chatham received a warm welcome recently as they relocated to Chatham-Kent from Toronto.

centres. Fitzgerald said, “good things have been happening” since the couple purchased the home. “People have been incredible to us and we couldn’t be happier with living in Chatham.” The couple was amazed at how well the home was built and the quality of maintenance in the intervening years.

ervation of the community’s heritage homes is an important part of what makes Chatham-Kent such an attractive place to live. Canniff said more and more people are discovering the charm of living in a community where residents are connected with their neighbours and feel “at home” in a way they don’t in some large urban


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Still no answers on well water concerns By Mary Beth Corcoran

Families depending on water wells in the Chatham-Kent area for their water supply travelled to Toronto recently to collect on the commitments Ontario Premier Doug Ford made to investigate the sediments polluting the area’s water wells. Essex MPP Taras Natyshak held a press conference June 5 at Queen’s Park with representatives of the families that struggle with contaminated water wells, as well as Dr. Joel Gagnon, head of the Heavy Metals Lab at the University of Windsor, Great Lakes Institute of Environmental Research, and Matt Wilson, President of the Ontario Groundwater Association. Both GLIER and OGWA support the urgent need for a Health Hazard Investigation into the polluting sediments. During his election campaign last summer, Ford gave the members of Water Wells First a written commitment that his government would conduct a Health Hazard Investigation into the polluting sediments and hold the polluters accountable who caused the disturbance. Natyshak said the families are still waiting for Ford to make good on that promise after a year of no response. Many families, such as Marc St. Pierre’s in Dover Township, are dependent on well water and he said the sediments so far analyzed by the community are raising more concerns than ever before. St. Pierre’s wife, Marilynn, a cancer survivor, spoke at the press conference about her fears of what is in their water, and if drinking the water will cause her cancer to return. The St. Pierres well has been contaminated with black shale particles since the wind turbines were constructed around his home on Bay Line more than 10 years ago. The sediments that have been continuously discharging into a number of water wells since wind farms were constructed in north Chatham-Kent have been found to contain Kettle Point Black Shale. According to research by Water Wells First, the black shale is a material considered an Environmental Hazard in Canada because it has been shown the particles contain heavy metals such as arsenic, mercury, lead and uranium. The toxins in the particles may become bioavailable when digested in stomach acid. In a press release, WWF spokesperson Jessica Brooks said patience with Ford delivering and making good on his promise of an investigation are

that drinking the particles in tical increase in the disease/ the water is like drinking sand; cancer rate. Sampling the envithat’s a textural observation, ronmental media is needed, but and doesn’t address the com- he said it’s the people and their position of the particles. This disease rate that need to be asis not sand, this is Kettle Point sessed. Black Shale, known to contain Gagnon said he and his stutoxic heavy metals. In the gut, it dents will be looking at decan become bioavailable and be fining research questions reabsorbed by the body.” lated to the black shale in Colby has previously stated Chatham-Kent wells, and will the drinking water poses no be pursuing grant applications health risks, despite no inves- for those questions. tigation into the particles in the water. He said if you professional corporation think in t e r m s of the Emily Spagnolo, human MSW, RSW, popuRegistered Social Worker lation, experts looking Emily is accepting at the sitnew clients aged 14 & up uation in the area 5 Raleigh Street Tel: 519-355-0282 and ask Chatham, Ontario Fax: 519-355-0488 is there N7M 2M6 Email: a


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Chatham-Kent residents with well water concerns recently went to Queen’s Park to demand answers.

now exasperated. “Chatham-Kent families are realizing the Ford government is holding help away from coming into the community. To date, no experts or resources have been brought into Chatham-Kent to deal with the water problem by the Ford government,” the release stated. “A 2016 joint report between Cancer Care Ontario and Public Health Ontario acknowledged that Ontarians are in fact getting cancer each year from environmental carcinogen exposure. The report specifically acknowledged the heavy metal arsenic, which causes a cancer burden on Ontario’s beleaguered health care system each year.” Brooks said cancer survivors that continue to use the area’s water wells are outraged and want answers now as to the safety of the well water. “Given Public Health Ontario has acknowledged arsenic as a proven carcinogen and given arsenic is associated with the Kettle Point Black Shale found polluting the water wells, families are demanding the promised Health Hazard Investigation be done immediately to determine if Chatham-Kent’s water wells can cause or contribute to cancer,” Brooks added in the release. The Ontario 2016 Environmen-

tal Burden of Cancer report specifically talks about arsenic as a cause of cancer in the province, specifically lung, liver, bladder, prostate, skin and kidney cancer. In the report, arsenic is fourth on a list of 10 environmental causes of cancer in the province. Gagnon, who is a Chatham native and worked on farms in Dover as a youth, said he is looking at the well contamination issues in Chatham-Kent from a research point of view and a learning opportunity for his students. He said the day-to-day struggle of the families to get clean drinking water aside, the possible long-term health risks of ingesting the black shale are disturbing to consider in a First World country such as Canada. “Leaving these people to their own devices is troubling and the question needs to be addressed of does the water pose a risk to human health,” Gagnon said in an interview. “For (Chatham-Kent Medical Officer of Health) Dr. (David) Colby to say at a public meeting last year

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verbal (e.g. name calling), financial (e.g. taking money or property), sexual and spiritual. Some types of abuse of older adults involve violation of their rights. Financial abuse is considered the most common form of abuse of older adults. Neglect can be part of abuse. Neglect involves not doing something, such as not providing the older person with food, shelter, medication, or care.

Social Effects The effects of abuse and neglect can carry from generation to generation. For example, grandchildren who witness such abuse may come to view negative behaviours toward older adults as acceptable and perpetuate disrespect. Abuse and neglect of older adults is not a private matter. If affects individuals, families, communities and ultimately society at large.

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If you know someone who is being abused, you can help: • Believe the abused older person. Do this even if the abuser seems nice, or if the abuser is your friend. Do not deny or underestimate what is going on. Abuse is never acceptable and should never be ignored. • Listen without judging. Let the abused person know that you care and have respect for their decision making. Listen to them first and talk to them about how you might assist. • Educate yourself. Realize that abuse and neglect exist in your own community. Learn about local resources. • Encourage the person to seek support and assistance. • Do not confront the suspected abuser. This could put you or the person who is being abused in danger.

If you discover a crime or dangerous situation is occurring to an older adult, call 911, your local or provincial police, RCMP or tribal police immediately. If you are not sure if an older person is being abused or neglected, you may want to talk to a health professional or community agency.

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Bike party returns to ’Burg The Chatham Voice

This summer, Community Living Wallaceburg is at it again, the third year in a row, hosting the 3 Rivers Roll Bike Party. The event brings together people of all ages, abilities and bikes to have fun and discover more about the agency and Wallaceburg, going to areas that they otherwise may not

have visited before. The first event is June 18 at the Wallaceburg Legion with a BBQ at 5 p.m. and the ride leaving for 7 p.m. “We are excited for this year as we have added a new element of theming each event. This gives the bike riders a unique experience throughout the summer. Our first ride is themed Health and Wellness with activities such as yoga,

exercise demonstrations, a gymnastic centre, a sensory area and much more,” Alisha Allaer, communications and fund development associate at Community Living Wallaceburg, said in a media release The event is not a race, but rather a slow roll promoting inclusion, socializing and community camaraderie. And it’s free. “We’re so pleased that the

community embraced the idea of this event the past two summers. Everyone had a great time and really got into it by bringing their own music,” Allaer said. “This event is all about inclusion and welcoming everyone.” While there is no fee to attend, donations are being accepted to help continue to raise funds to find ways to overcome barriers for people with develop-

mental disabilities. Support helps Community Living Wallaceburg continue to invest in creating opportunities for people to participate in recreational and social activities. The organization has plans under way to host two more 3 Rivers Roll bike parties, one on July 17 at The Oak Retirement Village and one Aug. 15 at Eternities Touch. Further information can be found at

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Thursday, June 13, 2019 • Father’s Day Perch Luncheon at the Active Lifestyle Centre. Doors open at 11:00am. $19.95 includes perch, baked beans, baked potato, coleslaw and homemade desserts. Pick up your tickets today or call the Centre at 519-352-5633 for more details. • Open euchre at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham at 1:00pm. Everyone Welcome. • Chatham Horticultural Society will be meeting at 7:00pm at the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority office, 100 Thames St., Chatham for a “Greening Your Grounds Naturalizing Project”. Mark Peacock will provide a garden tour and info session. All are welcome! • Lawn Summer Nights invites you to a showing of the film 65 Red Roses. A look into life with Cystic Fibrosis. Come out and learn more about LSN and CF. Doors open at 6:30pm. Show is at 7:00pm. $5 at the door. Cash bar. Friday, June 14, 2019 • The Kent Branch of The Ontario Genealogical Society invites you to our presentation “CZECH IN KENT COUNTY” Allen Kominek and Frank Vajdik, from the Olde Czech Hal will discuss the history of local Czech families and their unique stories. McKinlay Funeral Home Reception Centre, 7:00pm. Parking available in the St. Clair Plaza, 463 St. Clair St., Chatham. Open and free to the public or watch via You Tube. • Free Movie Night: BumbleBee at the Wallaceburg and District Museum in the Jeanne Gordon Hall. Doors open at 6:30pm. All welcome, donations welcome, snacks available. • Meal (5:30pm-7:00pm), open darts (7:30pm) and Catch the Ace (drawn at 6:30pm) at the Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Choice of cabbage rolls, roast beef or fish & chips for $10. Everyone Welcome. Saturday, June 15, 2019 • Rent Smart - Landlord Course. 9:30am-12:30pm. Rent Smart is an innovative education program that offers education to tenants and landlords with one goal: Successful Tenancies. Courses are offered most months. Pre-registration is required. Contact • Big Fix Grassroots Cat Rescue presents Arts & Vendor Sale at Lions Community Park, Lighthouse Cove, 248 Quenneville Drive. BBQ & Sale. 9:00am3;00pm. Donations of dry or canned cat food appreciated. • 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 9:30am11:00am. Everyone is most welcome. • Summer meat draw (4:00pm-6:00pm) and dance (4:30pm-9:30pm) featuring Catchin the Groove. At The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Everyone Welcome. Monday, June 17, 2019 • Positive Thinking: Affirmations Workshop. Jackie Lefebvre, of Enchanted Harmony will discus how you can use affirmations to make positive changes in your life. Chatham Branch of the CKPL, 120 Queen St., Chatham. Drop In. • Open Euchre (1:00pm) at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Everyone Welcome. • The Blenheim Horticultural Society is hosting Cultivated Blooms with Kim who is a specialty expert in floral arrangements and herbal planters. If you

would like to create your own artistry then bring a vase or two along with some of your garden flowers. 7:30pm. Trinity Anglican Church, 59 Ellen St., Blenheim, lower meeting room. Call 519-6769476 or 519-380-9386. Tuesday, June 18, 2019 • Open euchre (1:00pm) at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. All Welcome. • Strawberry Social hosted by St. Andrew’s Auxiliary. A free will offering will be appreciated. 1:30pm3:30pm. Everyone Welcome! 99 Park St., Chatham. Tea room, Jazzy Jewels, Bake Sale. • Third Annual 3Rivers Roll Bike Party. Community Living Wallaceburg invites you to the Wallaceburg Legion for a BBQ at 5pm and a bike ride. It’s not a race but a slow roll promoting inclusion, socializing and community comradery. This even is free but donations will be accepted to help continue to raise vital funds to find ways to overcome barriers for people with developmental disabilities. Wednesday, June 19, 2019 • Pepper (1:00pm) and fun darts (7:30pm) at the Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Everyone Welcome. Thursday, June 20, 2019 • Open euchre at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham at 1:00pm. Everyone Welcome. • Strawberry Social. Holy Trinity / St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Victoria & Selkirk St. 5:00pm-7:00pm. Strawberries, Cake & Ice Cream. Adults $6, children 12 and under $3. Hot dogs and hamburgers also available. Friday, June 21, 2019 • Free Movie Night: The Upside at the Wallaceburg and District Museum in the Jeanne Gordon Hall. Doors open at 6:30pm. All welcome, donations welcome, snacks available. Saturday, June 22, 2019 • TD Summer Reading Club Registration begins! 10:00am at the Thamesville branch of the CKPL, 3 London Rd., Thamesville. You can register all summer long but the sooner you sign up the more chances you have to win prizes donated by Thamesville LaSertoma! • Meal (5:15pm-6:30pm), open darts (7:30pm) and Catch the Ace (drawn at 6:30pm) at the Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Choice of meat loaf, roast beef or fish & chips for $10. Everyone Welcome. FREE TUTORING - Every Tuesday night from 5:30pm-7:30pm at First Reformed Church. For info call Betty at 519-354-8902. CK Metal Detecting Club. Last Thursday of the month. Erickson Arena. 7:00pm. Guests welcome. Kent Coin Club. Third Wednesday of the month. Library at John McGregor Secondary School. 7:30pm. Al Oulds - president - 519-695-5131. Chatham Lawn Bowling - Come out and give it a try, three lessons free. Mention this and we will give you a coupon for the 2019 season (ages 12 to 99 years) Tecumseh Park in Downtown Chatham. Starts May 15th (weather depending) until end of September. Every Monday at 1:00pm. Wednesday, Thursday starting at 6:00pm. Please arrive 15 minutes early! Submit your coming events to or

Texted typo causes a scare On a recent morning, one where the sun was actually shining, I gave the wifey a scare via a text message. I went out to get in my truck, which was parked across the street, to wait to drive my daughter to school. Finn, the cat, came outside with me. He proceeded to pose like he was in a photo shoot for Playcat Magazine in the middle of the driveway. Instead of showing off his naughty bits, he lounged and cleaned himself. After that, he sat up and stared at me. But then on a beautiful, quiet morning, he decided to walk over to me. Finn stopped right in the middle of the road, lay down and rolled in some maple keys. I’m telling him to get his butt off the road, and he’s just looking up at me. But he listens. Instead of heading back home, he comes right up to the truck and proceeds to roll around some more, all while eyeballing me. So far, our quiet street had remained quiet. But I worried for his safety. So I texted Mary, figuring if she just opened the door, he’d go running off to her. But I sent her a message with a typo. “Can you call the vat? He’s lying in the middle of the road.” It should have read “cat.” She read it as “vet.” Naturally, she panicked and the door flew open. Finn responded as I thought, and flew over to her. She gave me a rather incredulous look and explained her concern about the text. Ooops. Big thumbs, bad texting. But the cat is fine and dandy, if not a bit of a moron. Perhaps he’s better at texting than yours truly. He’s certainly better at getting people up in the middle of the night. This guy earlier in the spring would pester to go outside as the sun set, and didn’t want in until the next morning. But something may have spooked him. He now is a daytime outdoor cat – mostly. When I wake up in the recliner in the middle of the night, he’s usually in my lap or on my chest. As I head to bed, I offer him the chance to head outdoors. Typically, he’ll turn me down. But as the birds start chirping, he gets brave. Lately, at 4:30 a.m. or so, he starts meowing loudly for attention, waking us up in the

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All this wet weather is not good for my barbecuing. I went out on a recent damp day, however, and fired up the Big Green Egg, despite the fact it was raining. But I had to heat that sucker up a bit before putting on our dinner. It’s been so long since I had last barbecued and so wet that there was a bit of mold around the lid. I wiped off what I could and heated the Egg up to torch the rest. The grill got an extra cleaning as well before the chicken went on. Even the barbecue table I built for the Egg is impacted by the weather. It actually had moss growing on the wood tabletop! I’m going to have to suck it up and cook more regardless of the weather (OK, no downpours). The chicken breasts were awesome, with some Montreal Smoked Chicken glaze applied. We enjoyed them with grilled peppers, broccoli, rice pilaf and a yummy spinach salad with strawberries, goat cheese, pine nuts and raspberry vinaigrette. My sister-in-law and her son were over. He’s a competitive swimmer with a huge appetite, but we all got our fill and there were still leftovers. I cheated and ate my salad last, treating it as a dessert.






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You took this picture 43 years ago We still are a close family looking out for each other “at times”, but we miss you more and wish you were still here. Keep watch over us. We all love you and miss you!

Love wife Margaret, John, Victoria, Sandy.

Adelor Toulouse January 23, 1973

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For Sale 2 decorative wagon wheels $150/pr obo. 36” circular glass for coffee table, etc. $35. 519-352-7679 after 1pm. Single bed, exercise machine electric fireplace, storage cabinet, chord organ & portable sewing machine. 519354-3887 after 5pm. Digital Electronic WW Food Scale as new $25. Portable CD player with AM/FM radio, as new $25. Queen size reversible 3 piece bedspread, grey, new in package. $35. Phone 519359-7115.


All claims against the Estate of Kenneth Lyle Houston, late of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, who died on or about the 10th day of March, 2018, must be filed with the undersigned personal representatives not later than July 22, 2019, after which date the estate will be distributed having regard only to the claims of which the Estate of Trustees then shall have notice. DATED at Chatham-Kent, this 29th day of May, 2019; Susan Elizabeth Houston and Andrea Timmers, Estate Trustees With a Will, by their lawyer Hinnegan Law Professional Corporation 75 Thames Street, Box 428 Chatham, Ontario N7M 5K5


KELLY, Barbara Dianne (nee Hughson) Passed away peacefully on June 2, 2019 at Sun Parlour Home in Leamington at the age of 75. She has been reunited with her dear Bud (2011) and leaves behind her sons Jeff (Lori) and Ian (Dave). Cherished grandma of Glenn and Kyle. Daughter of the late Blanche and Alvin Hughson; Barb is survived by her siblings Glenda (Alf) Maynard, Nancy (Gary) Melnyk, John (Brenda) Hughson and sister in law Fay (Kent) Antaya as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to SIMPLE CHOICE CREMATION CENTRE (519-354-2585) and a private service to celebrate Barb’s life will take place at a later date. If you so desire, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated in her memory. Condolences and shared memories may be shared with the family at




David Kieth Fowler 59, Sunday, June 9, 2019 Hinnegan-Peseski Funeral Home

Lucky Frederick Cable 2019 Life Transitions

Ian Frank Tilley 84, Tuesday, June 4, 2019 McKinlay Funeral Home

Theresa Geniole Monday, June 3, 2019 Life Transitions

Ruby Rice 96, Thursday, June 6, 2019 McKinlay Funeral Home

William Syrie 35, Monday, May 27, 2019 Life Transitions

Harry Brouwer 86, Friday, June 7, 2019 McKinlay Funeral Home

Mr. Bill Allen 72, Wednesday, June 5, 2019 Alexander & Houle Funeral Home

Stephen Sinden 80, Friday, June 7, 2019 McKinlay Funeral Home

Mrs. Barbara Watson 73, Saturday, June 8, 2019 Alexander & Houle Funeral Home

Jeen “Jim” Wobbe Aukema 98, Sunday, June 9, 2019 McKinlay Funeral Home

William John (Bill) Smith 78, Tuesday, June 4, 2019 Alexander & Houle Funeral Home

Fay Heatherington 89, Saturday, June 8, 2019 McKinlay Funeral Home

William Knight 92, Tuesday, June 4, 2019 Blenheim Community Funeral Home

Grenda Bruinsma 89, Tuesday, June 4, 2019 Denning’s

Max A. McLeod 84, Sunday, June 2, 2019 Blenheim Community Funeral Home

JoAnn Albertha Simons 60, Wednesday, June 5, 2019 Denning’s


Louise Marie DeLong 74, Thursday, June 6, 2019 Denning’s


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The Chatham Voice, June 13, 2019  

The June 13, 2019 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent community newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. since 2013.

The Chatham Voice, June 13, 2019  

The June 13, 2019 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent community newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. since 2013.