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Blenheim man wins CKHA jackpot By Mary Beth Corcoran

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Mayor Darrin Canniff, left, and Habitat for Humanity board president Richard Drouillard, right, celebrate Habitat’s latest home building project with the benefitting family Thursday in Chatham. See story on page 2.



History was made in Chatham-Kent for the largest ever take home from a 50/50 draw, thanks to enthusiastic volunteers, generous donors and a whopping winning amount of $149,180 won by Bert Vanderheide of Blenheim. The 50/50 draw for Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation concluded with an overall pot of $294,360, half of which went to the winner. Vanderheide, 59, from Blenheim, is renting a home that he really wanted to buy and said the win hasn’t really sunk in yet, and probably won’t until he hands over the cheque to buy the house. “My landlord is retiring and selling his properties. I really wanted to buy the house and now I can,” said Vanderheide. Vanderheide bought his ticket at the Foundation office on June 25 at 10:49

am. “I’m not really sure why I bought a ticket, but my wife said I should pick some up...and well happy wife – happy life.” He was at Chatham Plumbing picking up parts when his wife texted him the winning number June 27 and asked if they won. He said he sat in his car, looking at his numbers and had to ask his wife if she was sure that was the number because he had a match. Vanderheide said she texted back to verify the number and said, “I think we just bought a house!” Vanderheide works for JoVan Mechanical Plumbing & Heating Contractors Ltd. The Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation, and presenting sponsors of the draw, Maple City Homes and Agriroots congratulated Vanderheide and thanked all of Chatham-Kent for the support. Continued on page 3

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CKHA Foundation President Mary Lou Crowley said she never imagined the amount would get that high, beating out the International Plowing Match draw in September that topped out at a total of $168,000. She credited all the volunteers that worked so hard selling tickets, the enthusiasm and support of people during the RetroFest activities, which had tickets sales soaring over the weekend, and the generosity of Maple City Homes and AgriRoots. She said the whole campaign has been incredible and they would consider doing it again next year. Crowley said the funds


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The Children’s Treatment Centre of Foundation of Chatham-Kent, Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation, and the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation all benefitted from events. “I couldn’t be more pleased with our 40th Anniversary celebration,” said Rob Myers, Founder, Chairman & CEO of RM Sotheby’s, in a media release. “When we were still in the early planning stages, I’d said that I hoped we would have more than 1,000 classic cars in Chatham-Kent for this event and we achieved that – everywhere you looked, you saw a collector car. We had such a great turnout this weekend and we not only raised a few eyebrows, but we raised an impressive amount of money for three charities

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Entertaining specatators with events such as the June 21 RM 40th parade was one element of the big RM 40/RetroFest weekend, but another was raising cash for three local charities.

that are very close to my heart. “I’m beyond thankful to all the organizations and volunteers that got involved to make this truly the best collector car weekend that Canada has ever seen. It won’t be something anyone soon forgets.” Friday night’s Sam Roberts Band show in Tecumseh Park saw an estimated 4,000 in attendance, with tickets going for $20 and $25. Proceeds supported the CKHA Foundation. On Saturday, the RM Classic Car Exhibit was transformed into the RM 40th Concours D’Elegance, featuring more than 40 of the rarest and most valuable cars in the

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“It was an amazing weekend. Seeing so many people come together to celebrate RM Sotheby’s 40th anniversary and raise funds for our community made me very proud. It couldn’t have been better,” added Mayor Darrin Canniff, who rode one of the mechanical elephants in Friday’s RM parade. The fundraising isn’t over yet. In honour of RM’s 40th Anniversary, long-time friend and supporter of the RM Sotheby’s brand, couture watchmaker Richard Mille has donated an exceptional watch, the RM 11-03, to be sold at the company’s flagship Monterey auction, Aug. 15-17, with all proceeds benefitting the Myers family’s local charities of choice. Estimated at $125,000$175,000, the RM 11-03 is the brand’s sportiest watch to date.

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Finding affordable recreation activities at local parks will be a little easier this summer as CKRecreation launches a new program called Play Pods. This free, recreation-based program gives children and fami-

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site and open up activities in the park all weekend.” Play Pods will open to the public, weather permitting, Friday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will rotate throughout Chatham-Kent in July and August. Admission is free, and children of all ages are welcome. CKRecreation Play Leaders will be present to facilitate and encourage spontaneous play, and maintain a safe play environment. Look for Play Pods at community parks on the following dates: July 5-7 and July 12-14 at Merlin Kinsmen Park, Thamesville Ferguson Park and Ridgetown Kiwanis Park; July 19-21 and July 26-28 at Tilbury Memorial Park, Dresden Kinsmen Park and Erieau Laverne Kelly Memorial Park; August 2-4 and August 9-11 at Wheatley Area Complex, Wallaceburg Crother’s Park and Blenheim Memorial Park August 16-18 and August 23-25 at Bothwell Victoria Park, Mitchell’s Bay Memorial Park and Pain Court Centennial Park

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Ending stigma Everyone deals with stress in their life, and many are no stranger to tragedy and trauma in some capacity. When we need help to deal with those issues, whether it is post-partum depression for new moms, coping with the death of a loved one, or anxiety and depression in our teens, we can reach out and get that help. Our first responders, however – police, fire, EMS, probation and correction officers – are expected to be always on, always tough, always ready to handle any emergency. That’s what they are trained to do and that’s what we pay them to do. Sometimes, though, we forget they are people first. They have feelings; they can be hurt; they can be traumatized by death, violence and tragedy; and they deal with it on a daily basis. As stated in our story on page 10 regarding PTSD Awareness Day, organizers discussed the need for frank and honest discussions about getting help to deal with operational stress – the day-to-day stress first responders and frontline workers face at work. Post traumatic stress can affect people in so many different ways, and the affects can accumulate over time. You may be fine the first time someone asks, but the next day, an act or event might trigger a response that requires help coping. As Staff Sgt. Gabe Tetrault explained, police officers for instance, are expected to be tough and stoic, simply burying their feelings and moving on after bad calls or difficult situations. They can mask those responses by turning to alcohol and drugs, instead of understanding they need to get to the root of their problem and treat it. The stigma attached to “tough” men and women asking for help needs to be overcome, so those who really need the help to recover and to cope with daily stress get it. Tetrault challenged people to have those difficult conversations with co-workers and not accept “I’m fine” as an answer when it is simply not true. As a community, we need to support those people that run toward danger while we run the other way. They put their lives on the line for us. The least we can do is support them when they need time to get help so they can keep on saving lives.

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Time to put taxpayers first Sir: Canada has a $1.6 trillion debt, with Ontario alone having a $350 billion debt. You and I pay about $13.5 billion each year just on the interest for Ontario and about $64 billion each year for Canada (based on 3.9 per cent interest payments). Money laundering in Canada cost taxpayers $5 to 15 billion each year. Our 46-page presentation to Ontario’s finance committee in 2016 demonstrated our province could save $5 billion to $15 billion a year by overseeing responsible managerial and investment practices by Ontario’s 444 municipalities or jurisdictions and implement responsible, accountable and effective management. The province is quick to act on the money laundering, but for whatever reason continues to allow municipal corporations to do their own thing. However, the Ford gov-

ernment did implement a review of 82 municipalities for the best use of tax dollars. So, our 2016 presentation may not have been in vain. Economic growth is simple to achieve through proper municipal management. It only requires putting more disposable income back into the hands of the majority. Each year our municipality is required by statute to provide accounting budgets to council and the taxpayer. Each year, however, taxpayers get the same gross budget overview absent of any responsible breakdowns of specifics to how and where tax dollars are spent disallowing residents and even council to view the millions of dollars annually swished back and forth under the radar. When divisional totals

are only provided, residents have no opportunity to critique the budget in order to offer constructive input. Chatham-Kent either does not know how to be accountable or doesn’t want to be. As an example, we requested an FOI (Freedom of Information) to the police chief’s tax funded PhD/EdD asking for total costs, direct and associated. The response received described only $3,841.74 for the entire PhD/EdD tax funded education and that the chief is paying for all associated costs. The response was challenged, found to be flawed and misrepresented the facts. It was later learned the PhD/EdD would cost nine times the amount provided through the FOI and that the police chief’s contract SECT: A.2.10 allows him to have all his associated costs

paid (books, parking, all fees and registrations, tuition, learning aids etc.). Additionally, his contract allows full reimbursement of the course plus associated costs plus allows the chief the required time off work with pay. Unless our budgets are articulated each year with proper breakdowns under clear and unfettered costings, these types of expenses pass easily under taxpayer radar. As does the chief’s $78,000 personal taxpayer funded vehicle. These and a laundry list of other hidden expenses continue to hide in the bushes with Chatham-Kent’s current accounting format. Our biggest beef is taxpayers not knowing financial details to costs of each of Chatham-Kent’s six departments and 21 or so divisions. John Cryderman Chatham

Appearances can be very deceptive Sir: What a sad, sad story from Bridget Goldsmith (“Some things never change,” June 27 letter to the editor) who believed in an honest police force. In the 1960s, I bought

a house in England previously owned by a retired British police inspector. I was shocked to find light bulbs throughout the house

stamped “government property,” and stories from a neighbour that I wouldn’t like to write about. Later I wrote an article

for a British magazine called “Appearances can be deceptive.” Stephen J. Beecroft Chatham

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875 CHARING CROSS $579,900

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295 GIVEN $459,000

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67 SCHOONER $289,900

Lovely fully finished 2+2br, 2 bath bi-level backing onto greenspace & walking trail. Call Deb R 519-401-5470.

305 MCNAUGHTON E $179,900

4br, 2 bath, 1.5 storey home with c/air in a good location close to schools. Call George 519-360-7334.

7774 TALBOT, BLENHEIM • $658,888

Unique 3br ranch perched on the bank of the Lake Erie Bluff. Call Brian K 519-365-6090.

187 MERCER $349,900

Beautiful 2br, 2 bath totally finished rancher with totally private rear yard. Call Wayne 519-436-4810.

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11933 FYSH $598,888

Hobby farm & 1866 sq ft 3br brick ranch on 2.42 ac property. Call Brian K 519-365-6090.

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SAT., JULY 6 • 1-3PM 503 MCNAUGHTON W $399,000 AGENT: DARREN HART Large 3+2br, 2 bath bi-level with metal roof on the outskirts of Prestancia. Call Darren 226-627-8580.

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88 HEDGE MAPLE $369,900

4br, 2.5 bath 2 storey home in the Maples with finished rec room in basement. Call Brian Peifer519-436-2669.

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21628 ADAMS CR $448,000

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

83 VALENCIA $529,900

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

New Listing 16 CABOT $439,500

Sensationally spacious 3+1br, 2+2 bath brand new 2 storey home in the Landings. Call Patrick 519-360-0141.

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3br, 2 bath brick 2 storey home re-done in the 90’s with many updates & double detached garage. Call Lisa 519-365-7325.

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16, 2br, 2 bath semi-detached bungalow homes & 2 detached homes under construction. Call Carson 519-809-2856.

15 ROSSINI $339,900

New Listing 23 DUFF $349,900

Open concept 3br, 2 1/2 bath brick 2 storey with huge salt water pool. Call Wayne 519-436-4810.

11 GOLDENROD $359,000

2+2br almost new raised ranch with bonus room & attached garage. Call Andrea 519-359-2482.

340 ROSS, ERIEAU $279,900

Quaint 3br cottage with a large front porch that leads into a bright sunroom. Call Jackie 519-436-9030.

5460 QUEEN’S LINE, TILBURY • $428,900 Beautifully maintained custom built 3br, 2 bath ranch with a park like setting. Call Lisa 519-365-7325.


5 plex in nice community having 3-1br units & 2-2br units. Great opportunity. Call Ron 519-360-7729 or Brandice 226-626-4838.

52 GRAND, WALLACEBURG • $439,900 1st time listed. 3br, 1.5 bath executive 2 storey brick home with many updates & i/g pool. Call Wayne 519-436-4810.

32 SAUGEEN $289,000

Well maintained 4+1br, 1.5 bath 2 storey on manicured corner lot. Call Amber 519-784-5310.

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New Price 150-180 WALLACE, WALLACEBURG • $350,000 8.24 ac industrial vacant lot located on the river. Call Kelly-Anne 519-365-7155.

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36 DUFFERIN $199,900

49 HOUSTON $184,900

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51 EUGENIE $219,000

3br brick rancher. Excellent southside location featuring rec room & 4pc bath. Call Mike Smyth 519-784-5310.

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No one is emotionally bulletproof shape or form every day, need support as well, and they need to know having a mental injury First responders that come to does not mean you are mentally our aid in our most tragic of cir- weak – it means you are human. On PTSD (Post Traumatic cumstances do their job and do it well, but for them, that isn’t Stress Disorder) Awareness Day in Chatham-Kent, the Chathe end of it. Many of the police, fire, am- tham-Kent Police Service, EMS, bulance and other personnel Fire Department and Probation that deal with trauma, in some Officers Association of Ontario joined together to educate the public on how daily stress July 8, 15, 22, 29 can lead August 5, 12, 19, 26 to in• Learn to ride, groom, visible $ lead, saddle and care +tax for ponies and horses. wounds. • Experienced instructors. Specialty Oper• Trail riding daily. Camps. a tional • Fun games, theme days, Call for stress Pricing rodeo day and lots more. injuries can inc l u d e psycho837 Gregory Dr., Chatham, N7M 5J7 logical injuries By Mary Beth Corcoran



such as post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, addictions and suicidal thoughts. Coun. Aaron Hall introduced speakers on behalf of Mayor Darrin Canniff, and praised the teamwork of the first responders working together to end the stigma of dealing with PTSD. Speaking at the event, Staff Sgt. Gabe Tetrault with the Chatham-Kent Police Service said more awareness of the effects of PTSD is needed to end the stigma associated with admitting that first responders are having trouble coping with traumatic events. “Regardless of the uniform we wear, we are all affected by trauma and we need to have a conversation about it,” Tetrault told the assembled crowd. “We can no longer accept ‘I’m OK, I’m good’ when we ask someone how they are. We can’t accept that as an answer when we know our loved ones or co-workers are not OK. First responders are not bulletproof in any way, shape or form and we need to support each other.” The idea that all first responders, male or female, are tough and can take it, or can just shake it off, is not true, and Tetrault said the effect of cumulative daily stressors in any job can take their toll on people. Feeling free to talk about and ask for advice and help in dealing with trauma and stress, he said, is key to heal-

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CKPS Staff Sgt. Gabe Tetrault spoke at the first PTSD Awareness Day for Chatham-Kent first responders held June 27 at the municipal building.

ing and coping with stressful jobs. “PTSD is not a life sentence. It can be treated and you can come back from it,” he added. “I challenge us all to have those conversations with people that we know are suffering and let them know they are not alone and help is out there.” Jill Johns with the Probation and Parole Office made the services she deals with daily aware that June 27 was PTSD Awareness Day, and Tetrault said they thought it was a great opportunity to bring attention to PTSD and those living with it and suffering silently. “I can speak from the polic-

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ing viewpoint because that’s where I come from for 27 years, but we were always told back when I started in Windsor, if you have a bad call, just go to the bar and forget about it but that was never good; not then and not now,” the veteran officer added. “We are all human beings, we all hurt and we are all affected differently by trauma and we need to talk about that because ultimately, that is what will keep us healthy – talking about it, acknowledging it and then getting treatment if we need it.” Christine Beintema, Vice-President of the Probation Officers Association of Ontario, was at the event and said the definition of first responders is expanding to include all frontline workers who deal with trauma and stress daily, including parole and probation officers, correctional workers, and hopefully in the future crown attorneys, nurses, doctors, counsellors, social service and mental health workers. She noted that probation officers deal with people who share their trauma, fears and frustrations with them daily, including some who act out against them, and they absorb all that trauma from clients and victims with nowhere for it to go. Beintema shared an anonymous quote she once heard that really stuck with her: “We shouldn’t have to break ourselves into pieces to keep others whole.” Continued on page 11

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Chatham-Kent native and YouTube scientist Kurtis Baute, left, has a new video out on climate change. Made with the help of fellow YouTuber Dom Burgess from the UK, it discusses some of the extreme proposals put forward to help cool our planet. We at The Chatham Voice helped Kurtis get his video content to Dom recently. Kurtis, who lives in B.C., was home visiting his parents at the time and could not find a good Internet connection to upload the files in a remotely timely manner. After trying various Wi-Fi locations, Kurtis put out a plea for advice/help on Twitter. We responded and offered him access here at The Voice. Problem solved. And now video created. Check it

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As Tetrault noted, PTSD started with war veterans and it’s always been there. They were encouraged to tough it out, rather than acknowledge there was a problem, and that attitude can’t continue. The relationship between first responders in Chatham-Kent is a strong one, according to the sergeant, and they reach out to support one other. “We go to calls together and we get to know each other on a first-name basis, so we know when each other is working and what calls we will be going to, so we want to be there for each other. In light of PTSD, we’re also having those conversations with them because we are sharing those big calls, like fatalities where everyone is there and everyone is sharing it. We’re learning to emotionally debrief some of those incidents and we join together to do that,” Tetrault said. “We have a tight group of first responders here

in Chatham-Kent and I’m really proud of that.” Tetrault leads peer support for the CKPS and said all first responders and front-line workers need to get to the root cause of actions leading them to numb their pain through drugs or alcohol or other self-harm behaviours. “When we avoid our root issues, we tend to compound our problems, so we make bad choices and we are tough on our families as spouses… and in some ways it masks what the root issue is. We think it’s an alcohol problem and in reality, it’s a PTSD problem that needs to be treated and can be treated,” Tetrault explained. To help with the awareness day, the Optimist Club of Chatham-Kent partnered with the service associations to offer a free barbecue lunch, and Optimist Steve Tuinstra said they were happy to donate their time and some resources to help Chatham-Kent’s first responders.

“It’s always great to come out and help support our emergency services. They do so much for the community and you don’t realize they may be dealing with a stress disorder,” Tuinstra noted.


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Thursday, July 4, 2019 • Fun stories under the big tree fro the whole family at the Dresden branch of the CKPL, 187 Brown St., Dresden. 6:30pm. All ages welcome!

Wednesday, July 10 • Interactive stories, music and crafts for ages 2-5 at the Dresden branch of the CKPL, 187 Brown St., Dresden. 10:00am.

• Summer Slam with Building. Come and see just how big you can build. All ages welcome at the Thamesville branch of the CKPL, 3 London Rd., Thamesville. 10:00am.

• Mother Goose at the Chatham branch of the CKPL, 120 Queen St., Chatham. Songs, rhymes and stories for children 0-24 months and their caregivers. Drop-in. 10:00am.

• Roll with the Rocks at the Tilbury branch of the CKPL, 2 Queen St., Tilbury. Play with our story stones, then pain some cool designs on rocks to take home. Ages 4+. 12:30pm. • Let the Gardening Begin! at the Blenheim branch of the CKPL, 16 George St., Blenheim. Come and help us sow the seeds we will watch grow this summer. Ages 8+. 1:00pm. • Adulting 101: Bad Art Nailed It Edition. 6:30pm at the Chatham branch of the CKPL, 120 Queen St., Chatham. Please register by calling 519-354-2940 or online by searching “nailed it” at For young adults between the ages of 16 and 30 to come together and learn different life skills in a fun and welcoming environment.

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• All Creatures Slow & Slithery! at the Blenheim branch of the CKPL, 16 George St., Blenheim. 10:30am, ages 4-7. Learn about creepy bugs. • Pepper (1:00pm), fun darts (7:30pm) at the Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Thursday, July 11 • Fun stories under the big tree fro the whole family at the Dresden branch of the CKPL, 187 Brown St., Dresden. 6:30pm. All ages welcome! • The Race to Space. Dr. Adam Sirek will share his experiences. Registration is required. Call, click or com in. Ages 12-14.

• Euchre at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham at 1:00pm. Everyone Welcome.

• Let’s Go Buggy at the Library! at the Ridgetown branch of the CKPL, 54 Main St. W., Ridgetown. Explore the world of bugs. 7:00pm.

Friday, July 5, 2019 • Summer Slam at the Dresden branch of the CKPL, 187Brown St., Dresden. Crazy summer stories and fun games. Best for ages 5-13. 1:00pm.

• Summer Slam with Gravity at the Thamesville branch of the CKPL, 3 London Rd., Thamesville. Jumping, balancing, and freezing - oh my. All ages welcome. 10:00am.

• 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 chicken, roast beef or fish & chips for $10. Everyone Welcome.

• I Survived the Titanic at the Tilbury branch of the CKPL, 2 Queen St., Tilbury. 12:30pm. Sink or float with us on the Titanic while we learn about this maritime disaster. Ages 6+.

Saturday, July 6, 2019 • Author Wendy Gilhula sharing her story Pika Bunner Has a Big Question! 11:00am at the Chatham branch of the CKPL, 120 Queen St., Chatham. • Summer meat draw (4:00pm-6:00pm) and dance (4:30pm-9:30pm) featuring the Flash Back. At The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Everyone Welcome. Sunday, July 7, 2019 • St. Andrew’s United Church South Buxton is serving a Beef Barbecue Dinner at the Merlin Community Hall, 150 Aberdeen St., Merlin. 4:30pm7:00pm. $20/adults, 6-12 $8, pre-schoolers free. Take outs available. 519-689-4408 or 519-689-7767 Monday, July 8, 2019 • The Chatham-Kent Film Group presents the renowned documentary “Sharkwater Extinction” at the Chatham Capitol Theatre. $10 cash at the door. 4;00pm and 7:00pm shows. For info: 519-359-8455. • Free brown bag lunches available to pick up at Christ Church, 80 Wellington St. W., Chatham between 11:00am and 1:00pm. • Euchre at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham at 1:00pm. Everyone Welcome. Tuesday, July 9, 2019 • Music & Movement Storytime, drop in at the Chatham branch of the CKPL, 120 Queen St., Chatham. 10:00am. Best suited for children 0-6 years of age. • Let’s Talk About Weather at the Merlin branch of the CKPL, 13 Aberdeen St., Merlin. Build a weather mobile and play “Swamp” 3:00pm. • Dive Into the Natural World at the Ridgetown branch of the CKPL, 54 Main St. W., Ridgetown. The Red Devil Diving Team share their experiences. 1:00pm. • Book Club (PG) starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda & Candice Bergen will be shown at the Chatham branch of the CKPL, 120 Queen St., Chatham at 2:00pm. A $2.00 donation is suggested at the door. • Euchre at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham at 1:00pm. Everyone Welcome.

• All Creatures Slow & Slithery! at the Blenheim branch of the CKPL, 16 George St., Blenheim. 10:30am, ages 8+. Learn about creepy bugs. • Euchre at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham at 1:00pm. Everyone Welcome. Friday, July 12 • Summer Slam at the Dresden branch of the CKPL, 187Brown St., Dresden. Crazy summer stories and fun games. Best for ages 5-13. 1:00pm. • STEAM+ at the Chatham branch of the CKPL, 120 Queen St., Chatham. For children 6 years and older. 10:00am. Explore science, technology, engineering, arts & math. • Thank You Earth! at the Highgate branch of the CKPL, 291 King St. S., Highgate. Celebrate the beauty of the planet we inhabit. 10:15am. • Let’s Go Buggy at the Library! at the Bothwell branch of the CKPL, 320 Main St., Bothwell. Explore the world of bugs. 1:00pm.

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At The Chatham Voice, we love to celebrate the giving nature of the people of Chatham-Kent. But it happens with such regularity that we set thresholds on dollar amounts required before photos make it into the paper. That level is typically $5,000. But even then, there are times where photos and stories can get a little dusty in our computer system before they make it into the paper. And there are many more that just don’t meet the threshold and don’t get into print; we just don’t have the space.

Bruce Corcoran That doesn’t mean they don’t go up on our website, however, and it certainly doesn’t mean the effort isn’t important or isn’t greatly appreciated.

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• 6th Annual Zonta Garden & Pond Tour. $20 ticket allows you to view beautiful private gardens and visit the “Let them Eat Cake” Café. Tickets at: Glasshouse Nursery, DeGoey’s Flowers, Syd Kemsley Flowers, Rubies Gifts or Flowerbed Greenhouse, Blenheim or online at https://www.eventbrite. ca/e/zonta-garden-and-pond-tour-2019-tickets-61337354679 • All About Birds at the Tilbury branch of the CKPL, 2 Queen St., Tilbury. 12:30pm. Learn about all things birds - and maybe become one yourself. 4+. • All Creatures Slow & Slithery! at the Blenheim branch of the CKPL, 16 George St., Bleheim. 10:30am, ages 0-5. Learn about creepy bugs. 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. Submit your coming events to or

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Cost less of a factor in arena design The Chatham Voice

A majority of Chatham-Kent council voted to move forward on preliminary architectural work for a multi-use recreation facility at a meeting recently, lowering the importance of cost of services tendered from 30 per cent to 10 per cent. In a report to council dated June 21, General Manager of Infrastructure and Engineering Services Thomas Kelly wrote that since council gave staff the go-ahead to look into “preliminary architectural work and land acquisition options,” he asked that council allow the reduction to the weight of

cost when picking an architectural firm. The request to council was needed as Bylaw # 3-2016 regulating procurement of good and services specifically states that cost of services are weighted at 30 per cent of the total price score unless otherwise approved by council. Some councilors, such as Michael Bondy, felt asking for architectural drawings were premature as council hasn’t even decided on what kind of facility – twin-pad or single arena – how much seating, how much land would be needed and where it could possibly go. The former Navistar

land on Richmond Street in Chatham has been touted as a good location, however, there are still questions about its status as a brownfield, what mitigation measures would need to be taken and how much it would cost. Areas outside of Chatham aren’t sold on the necessity of having a new arena complex paid for with taxpayer money, particularly since studies show arena use is down across the municipality. Kelly said in his report that to ensure a qualified architectural firm with the experience needed to design a recreation facility of the scope the municipality is looking at might

C-K welcomes Ukrainian mayors The Chatham Voice

Chatham-Kent will host a delegation of 13 mayors from Ukraine July 4-5 as part of an international study tour organized by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) for the newly elected heads of Ukrainian amalgamated communities. During their visit, the mayors will meet with municipal officials, tour Chatham-Kent and discuss items of interest including municipal amalgamation, government operations and economic issues. Chatham-Kent Mayor Darrin Canniff said he is looking forward to meeting with other mayors. “Getting perspective on how mayors in other nations perform their duties will be helpful,” he said in a media release. “It is an honour for Chatham-Kent to have been selected to host the delegation,” said John Norton, General Manager of Community Development for Chatham-Kent. “We’re delighted to be able to show off our community and provide in-

sight into how Chatham-Kent has developed since we amalgamated in 1998.” The mayors are in Canada as part of their participation in the third Ukraine Reform Conference in Toronto. This conference supports the implementation of Ukraine’s Agenda 2017-2020, an ambitious medium-term road map for reform, as part of Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic vision. Ukraine, with a population of 44.4 million people formally became a sovereign state in 1990. Canada was the first Western nation to recognize Ukraine’s independence and the two nations have enjoyed close bilateral relations. July 4 will be declared Ukraine Day in Chatham-Kent with a ceremony and raising of the Ukrainian flag at the Civic Centre at 11:45 a.m. At 6:30 p.m. that day, the mayors will attend the ribbon cutting of the SOAR (Startup, Operate, Accelerate, Replicate) business accelerator facility on King Street in Chatham.

Nice work, Fran and Harold! Continued from page 12

But there are also times where the circumstances of the fundraiser or of the people behind it warrant coverage in our paper, even though the dollar amount raised falls short of our $5,000 threshold. That’s the case for a recent dinner for the Chatham-Kent Hospice. It raised just over $1,800. Two people, Harold and Fran Baughman of Chatham, parishioners of St. Andrew’s United Church, organized the event. Fran volunteers at the Hospice

and both she and Harold know of friends whose last days were at the Hospice. They wanted to help out, and managed to host a dinner, raising $1,805 in the process. “There is just a real need for it,” Harold said of the hospice. “I had a friend there. The care they give...” Fran added that to date, more than 600 families have used the hospice to allow a loved one to die with dignity. “Somebody in everyone’s family will use it,” she said.

cost more money than the quote from a less experienced firm. He said the RFP requirements would focus on high level concepts for Phase 1 and include a conceptual site plan that addresses traffic and civil servicing considerations, layout, location and parking for site facilities, as well as minimum property area required for specified amenities and detailed cost estimates based on other projects of the same size. Kelly said at the council

meeting that the size of seating area of the facility wouldn’t necessarily affect the footprint of the building but would

impact the amount of parking area needed, something he said the conceptual site plan would address.

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EA Update At the Open House in December 2018, Waste Connections of Canada presented the preferred approach to expand the site, manage landfill gas and to treating leachate. Since that time, the team has been refining the design of the proposed expansion and identifying opportunities to reduce or eliminate potential effects on the environment and neighbours.

You are invited to our third Public Open House! The purpose of the Open House is to get your input on the results of the detailed impact assessment of the preferred alternative for the Ridge Landfill.

Time & Date: July 11, 2019 from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm Location: St. Mary’s Hall, 94 George St, Blenheim, ON We would like to invite you to the third Open House for the expansion to learn about and discuss potential effects and proposed mitigation measures. As part of the proposed expansion, Waste Connections of Canada will seek changes to the Chatham-Kent Official Plan and Zoning By-law to implement the proposed land use changes. Notice of a Complete Application and Public Meeting to consider these changes will be provided in accordance with the Planning Act. Municipal staff will be present at the Open House to answer any questions you may have on the proposed land use changes.

Draft Environmental Assessment Waste Connections of Canada has prepared the draft Environmental Assessment Report for the proposed Ridge Landfill Expansion which includes the work being presented at the third Open House as well as other work completed to date. The draft Environmental Assessment Report will be available for review beginning on July 23, 2019 and ending on September 6, 2019. You may review the draft report at the following locations: Ministry of the Environment, Conservation & Parks, Environmental Assessment and Approvals Branch 135 St. Clair Avenue West, 1st Floor Toronto, ON, M4V 1P5 Tel: 1-800-461-6290/ 416-314-8001 Monday to Friday: 8:30am – 5:00pm

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Chatham Branch, Chatham-Kent Public Library 120 Queen Street, Chatham, ON, N7M 2G6 Tel: 519-354-2940 Monday to Thursday: 9:30am – 8:30pm; Friday: 9:30am – 6:00pm; Saturday: 9:30am – 5:00pm

Blenheim Branch, Chatham-Kent Public Library 16 George Street Blenheim, ON, N0P 1A0 Tel: 519.676.3174 Tuesday and Thursday: 12:00pm – 8:00pm; Wednesday and Friday: 10:00am – 3:00pm; Saturday: 12:00pm- 4:00pm

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All comments received by September 6, 2019 will be incorporated in the final Environmental Assessment Report. For any information regarding the project, please feel free to visit our website at All personal information included in a submission – such as name, address, telephone number and property location – is collected, maintained and disclosed by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks for the purpose of transparency and consultation. The information is collected under the authority of the Environmental Assessment Act or is collected and maintained for the purpose of creating a record that is available to the general public as described in s.37 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Personal information you submit will become part of a public record that is available to the general public unless you request that your personal information remain confidential. For more information, please contact the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks’ Freedom of Information and Privacy Coordinator at 416-327-1434.



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Phosphorous reduction efforts continue across our region

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Experts project the potential for a nasty year for an algae bloom on Lake Erie. This despite the fact we’ve had a colder than normal spring. Charles Lalonde, project co-ordinator for the Thames River Phosphorous Reduction Collaborative (PRC), said while the spring was cooler, it was much, much wetter as well. “We had so many huge rain events that it has probably flushed out more soil particles and more nutrients. It may not be a peak year for an algae bloom, but it’s not going to be a minimal year,” Lalonde said. He added government predictions, on a scale of one to 10 with 10 being the highest, has this year pegged at between six and seven, whereas last year was a four. Lalonde said the telling signs begin well before the bloom actually occurs. “What people tend to say is we have an algae

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more than 99 per cent efficient in your use of fertilizers. That small amount that you would lose per acre is difficult to garner, but when you factor it over millions of acres, it becomes significant,” he said. The PRC is attacking the issue from several directions. “We’re developing and testing various ways to mitigate phosphorous loss through the drainage system. Others are looking at how to introduce best-management practices to limit soil erosion. All of these efforts are being introduced to try to mitigate a very small amount

of fertilizer that is lost,” he said. Most of what is lost occurs in late fall and through the winter. Lalonde said the loss is typically associated with extreme weather events. Lalonde credits local farmers with being proactive in the phosphorous fight. “The farming community is working with the drainage industry, with cities, with conservation authorities and with environmental groups to see if we can address the water issue that is leaving the farms. Lalonde said over the next couple of years, the

partners on the PRC will be looking at all the testing and generate results to see what is the most effective form of reduction. Even with the reduction effort, he pointed to the fact there is already a significant amount of “legacy” phosphorous in our watershed. Nasty summer storms only serve to stir things up. “It’s the violent storms – not only do they do damage to the lakeshore properties, but the huge waves keep churning up what’s in the bottom of the lake and re-suspending it,” he said. “And that’s what the algae needs to get a fresh dose of phosphorous to

support their growth.” Lalonde said farmers are also working to limit soil erosion by using more cover crops for the winter, as well as leaving crop residue on fields over the winter rather than plow it under. That is obvious in Chatham-Kent where many cornfields see the stalks left in place after harvest. “Our farmers are aware wind and soil erosion costs them money. They can’t continuously lose soil to erosion,” he said. The Thames River PRC is led by the Ontario Federation of Agriculture and the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative.

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The Chatham Voice, July 4, 2019  

The July 4, 2019 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent community newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. since 2013.

The Chatham Voice, July 4, 2019  

The July 4, 2019 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent community newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. since 2013.