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CKHA to cut staff, improve services By Bruce Corcoran

As changes continue at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, the overseers plan to cut staff, but say they will still be able to improve patient care as well as increase spending for needed medical equipment. The plan is to cull 26 full-time and 15 part-time positions at the alliance. Rob Devitt, provincially appointed supervisor for the alliance, and Lori Marshall, president and CEO of the CKHA, said the cuts would mostly come through attrition. Others will come via retirement package offerings. The CKHA goes through an annual churn of about 70 staff a year, Marshall said, so as some people leave, they will not be replaced. Cuts have already taken place at the top, Devitt said. Overall there has been a 22-per-cent reduction in management

positions, as 19 jobs were eliminated. He said the physicians led the way in the effort to increase efficiencies, as there are now fewer physician leaders with lower compensation packages. Along with other improvements, that led to the alliance saving about $2 million annually. While the pending job reductions may have some staff worried about their future at the alliance, Devitt said the level of anxiety among alliance staff currently is unwarranted, but understandable. “We’re talking about people’s jobs,” he said. “But at the end of the year, things will be a lot smoother than what people are thinking now.” Dr. Pervez Faruqi, chief of staff, believes the physicians are on board with the changes. “Physician leaders took the lead with this transformation. They helped start the restructuring process,” he said.

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ER staffing levels cut, wait times sliced too By Bruce Corcoran

As the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance looks to reduce staff and save money, cuts have already been felt in the emergency department. Cuts to staff, but also to wait times. A reduction of staff and realigning of physician hours has cut wait times in half, according to Lori Marshall, president and CEO of the CKHA. Marshall said the CKHA had ER staffing levels similar to much larger hospitals, but “the staffing patterns didn’t necessarily match when patients came to the emergency department.” Despite staff reductions there, Marshall said the alliance has been able to add about six hours of physician time in the department each day and cut

wait times. Rob Devitt, supervisor at the alliance, said other hospitals have “figured it out” and the alliance is just following their lead. “It was a wait time of four hours waiting to see a doctor the old way, and now it’s down to about two hours thanks to the changes,” he said. Dr. Anthony Dixon, chief of the emergency department, said they have matched staffing levels with patient flow. There is an influx of high-needs patients – the “very sick” who are typically resource intensive – in the morning before the workday begins and another about 4 p.m. There is also an increased flow of lower-needs patients about 11 a.m. “We were able to adjust physician staffing. For example, we upped physician staffing at 4 p.m. to have three doctors in


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In a shifting of physician work times, the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance has added six hours of physician work time in the Chatham emergency department, and that’s cutting wait times, officials say.

the emergency department instead of two,” Dixon said. Dr. Pervez Faruqi, chief of staff for the alliance, said the alteration in physician staffing was quite simple. “We’re staffed better when we have more patients and less with less patients,” he said. Dixon doesn’t see staff reductions in the ER as an issue, as long as resources are shifted to accommodate patient needs.

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“Quality and patient safety are the number one focus. We’re confident we can adjust staffing without compromising patient care,” he said. “It’s all about matching staffing with patient flow.” The effort is to tailor staffing needs to patient needs, but to also divert patients from the ER when possible. By augmenting ambulatory and outpatient care and providing more immediate access to health-care specialists, the alliance hopes

to further ease wait times in the ER. “You can avoid the emergency department if people can have rapid access to specialists,” Marshall said. Faruqi said the overall workload for ER staff is expected to decrease as a result. “There will be more support in terms of ambulatory care and access to specialists. That is going to bring a big change,” he said.

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“The new level of transparency and honesty has physicians very pleased and satisfied. “Better care, better patient experience – there’s a good feeling among the physician group.” Dr. Anthony Dixon, head of the emergency department, agreed. “There’s renewed energy and that reflects on improved performance,” he said. The cuts will result in repositioning of personnel and changes in work flow, which will increase service to patients, Devitt said. He said when he arrived 10 months ago, the CKHA was in a “precarious position” in terms of spending. “As we have said, the alliance doesn’t have a funding problem, we have a spending problem,” he said. That problem is shrinking. This past fiscal year, which ended March 31, the alliance managed to reach a “ministry balanced position,” Devitt said, explaining that occurs when revenue and expenditures balance out (but not including building and equipment depreciation). “It’s only the second time in seven years that the CKHA did that,” he said. “We want to finally hit the

proper balance this year.” And that is to be able to offset the depreciation, plus have some wiggle room to purchase needed equipment. When that is achieved, Devitt said the alliance would be able to better focus on patient care as well. “We want to ensure every dollar spent is done in the most efficient way possible,” he said. The effort is to find an additional $3 million in annual savings, Marshall said. The alliance had consultants come in and do a comparison in how it operated when compared to other similar-sized healthcare facilities. “There were hospitals that had better cost effectiveness and were getting better results,” he said. In terms of increasing efficiencies, Marshall said it is simply a matter of matching funding to patient levels. “Some areas of care have staffing levels higher than compared to elsewhere. We can move the funding into greater areas of need,” she said. “An example is in the women’s and children area where occupancy levels are below 60 per cent, yet we’re fully staffed. We can make changes and still provide the same or better quality of care.”




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Chatham-Kent Health Alliance CEO and president Lori Marshall and supervisor Rob Devitt, with the assistance of other CKHA leaders, spoke to the media recently about increasing efficiencies at the hospital, including the paring of staff.

Shifting of resources will also result in shorter wait times for joint replacements at the alliance. Already known as one of the best places to come for hip and knee replacements in the province, local orthopedic surgeons will be able to do 73 more knee replacements a year and 14 more hip replacements with adjustments in funding, Marshall said. Ambulatory and outpatient care – ways to divert traffic from the emergency department – will receive boosts. “The focus is more on ambulatory care and less on bedded care. A commitment to a culture of performance and accountability is what you are seeing,” Marshall said. “We will continue to look

for opportunities as they arise. We want to keep abreast with best practices.” Devitt said comparisons to other hospitals indicated change would yield large dividends. “We used third-party benchmarking to see how we stacked up against similar hospitals. If we got to a little better than average, we could save $12 million a year,” he said. Instead, the immediate target is $3 million. Devitt said the changes don’t take the alliance into unchartered territory. “There is nothing in this plan that hasn’t been done elsewhere in Ontario. This is all about providing great patient care,” he said. Marshall said the alliance plans to invest up to $1

million in equipment this fiscal year. Devitt said it’s needed. “We’ve had a history of running equipment into the ground and them some because we’ve had no money,” he said. Candice Jeffrey of the Foundation of the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, said the uncertainty of the past 10 months has negatively impacted the foundation’s fundraising efforts, but there has recently been an uptick. “The changes have had an impact. We’re below budget, but we’re feeling renewed confidence with our donors. They’re recognizing the transparency (of hospital administration), she said. Jeffrey added another $2.5 million is needed by

the end of March 2018 to complete the diagnostic imaging fundraising effort. That campaign’s total goal is $6.9 million. Devitt said he understood early donor reluctance when he was tasked with cleaning up the alliance’s operations last year. “We have to prove the money will be well spent,” he said. “We needed to stabilize the ship, had to solve the spending issue and change the culture.” Devitt said he anticipates being needed until the end of the year, as he’s still developing a governance plan. “Local governance is so important. The goal is to have a highly functioning team with a board that’s providing high-level oversight,” he said.





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ly opened the Little Free Pantry on Adelaide Street in Chatham beside Family Service Kent. It’s a pilot project, brought If neighbourhoods can have small, informal libraries, why about with the help of East Side Pride, Schatz Bros. Construcnot pantries too? That’s the mindset of a group tion, Denomy’s Audio Video of students from Queen Eliza- and Family Service Kent. Based on the familiar “take beth Public School. They recenta book, leave a book” concept of a Little Free Library, the Little Free Pantry will be stocked with items for neighbours who need them. Teacher Jennifer Kranenburg said the students really impressed her. “I’m so proud of these kids. It was sort of their idea,” she A+ Rated By The Better Business Bureau said of the grades five and six students. 20 Plus Years of The students discussed food security issues during Proven Excellence . . . their social studies and the idea came about to see if Our Customers Say they could open a miniature It’s So! food bank of sorts. Bruce Corcoran/The Chatham Voice Kranenburg said the con- Ryan Carlson and Leah Doey, students at Queen Elizabeth Public School, deposit items into the Little Free Pancept first came to light back try on Adelaide Street in Chatham. Students at the school came up with the idea of a place where non-perishable • Locally owned in November, but the heavy food items and toiletries can be left for those in need. duty planning and creation and operated took place in May. the east side of Chatham. “And ty group and a Family Service is about the size of a large mailKent employee, loved the initia- box – the students also wanted One of the most difficult in a safe location.” • No Pressure, Worry Free obstacles came Enter Family tive, adding she is very proud to help fill it. They held a when it was “It was important to Service Kent. The of the students, Experience plant sale recently time to build. the students that it was pantry is located many of whom “Our group asked a at the school and Who would at the side of the live in the neigh• Best Price First Time, lot of tough questions. used all the probourhood. put it togeth- in this neighbourhood. building. Every Time And in a safe location.” Brad Davis, exWhen seeking a They (the students) ceeds to pay for er? Jennifer Kranenburg food and toiletThat’s where ecutive director grant from East had plans for sustain• Clear Professional ry items, paying fathers, uncles of Family Service Side Pride, Crew ability. I’m so proud of said the kids were all of them.” close attention and Shatz Bros. came in. Kent, said it was easy to get inQuotes grilled. to store sales to As for where the pantry volved. - ESP’s Marjorie Crew group stretch their dol. . . No Hidden Surprises would go, Kranenburg said “Family Service Kent is real- “Our lars as far as they the students knew where ly proud to support this ini- asked a lot of tough questions. They (the stucould. they wanted it in general, tiative,” he said, offering up a • Great Warranties on All With the donation of Family but they didn’t have an ex- place in the office for donated dents) had plans for sustainProducts act place for it. items if the Little Free Pantry is ability. I’m so proud of all of Service Kent staff and various them,” she said. community individuals, the “It was important to the full. • Outstanding Quality, Not content to simply build students filled the pantry, and students that it was in this Marjorie Crew, a founder of neighbourhood,” she said of the East Side Pride communi- and erect the structure – which then some. Competitivly Priced To donate, simply stop by the = Great Value! pantry and add an item. The students ask that nothing be in a glass container, however. • Experienced For more information on LitProfessional Installers tle Free Pantries, please go to http://www.littlefreepantry. org/frequently-asked-quesAgain Voted . . . tions/ By Bruce Corcoran

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Two local high school students are off to enjoy a challenging month as part of an award-winning enrichment program. Geetha Samy and Megan Gooch headed to Lakehead University in Thunder Bay and the University of Waterloo respectively July 2. They are two of 801 Canadian students partaking in SHAD, a program that fosters innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership among Canada’s best and brightest youth who compete for coveted positions Geetha Samy in the program Four local students, three fate as well. “I heard back in February from Chatham and one from and I was really Pain Court, apsurprised,” the plied this year, ac- “I always look for a daughter of two cording to SHAD challenge. I heard doctors said. “I spokesperson Kathe camp was about felt like I didn’t tie Kocher. show enough exA total of 13 uni- challenging bright tracurriculars on versity campuses high school students. paper.” across the country I personally want to Gooch said she are hosting SHAD be a doctor, but I’ve learned about this year, with the SHAD through focus on STEAM: been surrounded by the school anscience, technol- medicine my whole ogy, engineering, life. By going to SHAD, n o u n c e m e n t s in the fall and it arts and math. I’ll be open to a whole piqued her interAfter the pronew experience and est. gram, partici“It involved the pants become learn about so many connected to the other careers. I want to STEAM subjects and that’s what SHAD network broaden my mindset.” I’m interested featuring some - Geetha Samy in,” she said. “I of the brightest peryoung minds in the country including 16,000 sonally love math engineering. alumni and 32 Rhodes Schol- and ars who have participated in I’m not an artsy person, but arts help the program. Samy, reached last week be- with your creativifore she had to fly out to Thun- ty.” So too is an early der Bay, couldn’t wait. She just completed Grade 11 exposure to univerat Chatham-Kent Secondary sity. “Being immersed School, and said she first heard about SHAD through her fam- in the culture and of ily. In fact, an older brother ap- environment plied when he was Samy’s age, university sounded pretty cool, so I debut didn’t get accepted. She worried that would be her cided to apply,” she

said. “I’m not sure what to expect, Gooch admitted the applica- but I’m sure it will be great.” tion process was Gooch, who just a challenge in its “It involved the completed Grade own right, as she 10 at Ursuline STEAM subjects and had a great deal College Chatham, to say, but only that’s what I’m interest- plans on embraced in. I personally love ing the opportuso much space. And then she math and engineering. nity SHAD will had to wait to I’m not an artsy perprovide. hear if she would “I’m looking son, but arts help with make the cut. forward to meet“I was so hap- your creativity.” ing new people py when I heard - Megan Gooch and building a I got accepted,” network, making she said. new connections with people Samy said SHAD looked chal- with the same mindset as I lenging, and that’s something have – academics as a priority,” she embraces. “I always look for a challenge. I heard the camp was about challenging bright high school students,” she said. “I personally want to be a doctor, but I’ve been surrounded by medicine my whole life. By going to SHAD, I’ll be open to a whole new experience and learn about so many other careers. I want to broaden my mindset.” Samy said she expects she’ll miss her friends and family, including a new dog they got just before she left. “But I’m really excited. We’re going to do a lot of fun stuff too. We’re going camping for a 210 Richmond St., Chatham weekend,” she said.

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Are cuts good? Call us cautious optimists when it comes to the ongoing changes at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance. So far, the new overseers have cleaned up a lot of poor spending habits by their predecessors. More importantly, their culture of transparency seems to have won over the staff. We’re not sure how the announced cuts of 26 full-time and 15 part-time positions will sit with them, however. Alliance officials made the announcement last week, tempering it with the reality that they will be offering a number of retirement packages, and mentioning the fact the annual turnover at the alliance is about 70 people. It is hoped that when the dust settles on this announcement in several months that no one will be out of work there who doesn’t want to be. We’ll see. Still, in 10 months, the oversight group, including provincially appointed supervisor Rob Devitt and permanent CEO and president Lori Marshall, have radically changed the administrative face of the hospital. They’ve cut 19 management/leadership positions – a 22-per-cent reduction – and culled spending by $2 million. The next goal is another $3 million in trims, with $1 million of that headed towards purchasing new equipment. Under previous regimes, the alliance was trying to tread water with a cinder block tied around one ankle. That cinder block was getting bigger as the hospital debt increased. Devitt, Marshall and company have been chipping away at that block, and managed to achieve a “ministry neutral” position for the CKHA this past fiscal year. It was just the second time in seven years that has occurred. They get it – senior levels of government aren’t just going to keep tossing money at hospitals with no expectation of return on investment. In this case, it’s not about profit, but proper patient care and operation of the health-care facility. Previous administrations spent the cash, borrowed more and expected handouts when they overstepped in terms of spending, running with bloated administrative teams. That’s just unacceptable. On top of the dysfunctional boards, that was why Devitt got called here. He had a major mess on his hands, and with local support has accomplished a great deal so far. With that in mind, we think the latest effort – including staff cuts – deserves some latitude before being judged.

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Tidy up, please, teenagers Sir: While my husband and I were out for a walk behind the Chatham hospital recently, we were enjoying it and all the new rabbits running around. Kudos to the lady we met who also was enjoying a walk it seems. There she was with a bag in

her hand picking up garbage that many untidy people threw down. We notice on our walks along Ursuline Avenue, there are a couple of benches near the entrance there to The Pines school. There is a garbage container there

where most of the students sit and eat. The garbage container is only a short distance from these two benches, but they leave their garbage on the ground at these benches. So, when it’s windy, those people on the east

side of Ursuline Avenue will get most of that garbage. So, guys and girls, please use the containers and any others that are around The Pines for your use. Ruth Draper Chatham

Rail trails are nothing new Sir: In April I wrote a letter to the editor headed, “Turn the rail trail into a trail line.” I was, of course, referring to our former CSX tracks which the city owns and are oxidizing away. It seems there are rail trails made from the disused tracks all over the world. The United Kingdom, where railways originated, currently has almost 150 tracks in use, making it the second-largest network of rail trails in Europe

after Germany. It all started with a major program of railway line closures in the 1960s known as the Beeching cuts. Dr. Beeching was chairman of the nationalized British Railways. His scheme, which upset many rail enthusiasts like me, decommissioned approximately 5,000 miles (8,000 km) of railway lines all over the country. Many rural and suburban lines were closed along with selected main

line trunk routes. That later morphed into a network of rail trails. Mostly run by local municipalities. Interestingly enough, the Brits are considering a most unusual scheme to convert some disused London Underground tunnels into subterranean rail trails under the city. Stephen J Beecroft Chatham Editor’s Note: Rail trails are utilized in many parts

of Ontario. For example, through the Kawartha Lakes region, the rail beds are used as walking and biking trails in the summer and snowmobile trails in the winter. The trail system includes swing bridges, which are left open in the summer to allow for boating traffic and are closed in the winter to accommodate the snowmobilers. The trail system actually begins south of the City of Kawartha Lakes and runs up north of the Muskokas.

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Chatham-Kent Firefighters sweat it out recently during a mock disaster at the municipal airport.

Mock disaster staged at airport

vices Assistant Chief Bob and prepared a scenario, Davidson in a release. which tested the ability More than 90 first re“It was a great opportu- of fire, EMS and police to sponders, municipal staff nity for all respond to and partners took part reagencies to “The event was held a major incently in a training exerwork tocident. in order to test the cise, which simulated the gether and Officials collision of two airplanes practice the readiness of municwere only at Chatham-Kent’s mup r o t o c o l s ipal emergency ditold in adand proce- saster plans. It was a vance that dures that great opportunity for the simuare there lation inall agencies to work in case our volved a Infrastructure, Bridge, Culverts and Roads Innovation community together and practice plane crash. Committee ever needs the protocols and proOnce there, MUNICIPALITY OF CHATHAM-KENT them.” Chatham-Kent Council approved the establishment of cedures that are there information an Infrastructure, Bridge, Culverts and Roads Innovation A s s i s t i n g in case our community was relayed The Municipality of Chatham-Kent will be holding a Committee. in stagto first rePUBLIC INFORMATION CENTRE ever needs them.” The Committee will help set the framework and guidelines ing and sponders Regarding the upcoming planned work related to the of its mandate and report back to Council for support and a s s e s s i n g - Bob Davidson by Trent direction by October 2017. the event Gervais, PARRY BRIDGE 2016 REHABILITATION PROJECT This strategic force, to be appointed by Council, will be was the Loomex Group, CEO for the Loomex Keil Drive over task the Thames River (Community of Chatham) made up of: which brought part of a Group, and his team. The purpose• of Public Information Centre is to inform stakeholders of the scope of work, traffic detour 4 this council members plan and timing of construction activities associated with the above mentioned project in the Communityjet fuselage to the airport The single plane inci• 3 members of the public with infrastructure/capital expertise The Chatham Voice

nicipal airport. Local media were not invited to attend. “The event was held in order to test the readiness of municipal emergency disaster plans,” explained Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Ser-

of Chatham.

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dent turned into a collision with two planes, one of which was later found to have had radioactive materials on board. The incident was further complicated by reports that one passenger had a weapon and a hostage, leading to concerns of terrorism. Finally, a tornado watch was thrown into the mix. Emergency personnel responded in real-time to the incident, putting out fires, dealing with medical aid for the injured and securing the airport. After the simulation, participating staff were evaluated, de-briefed and discussed ways to improve. The event highlighted

a high degree of collaboration and teamwork between emergency responders and the entire municipal team,” said Chatham-Kent CAO Don Shropshire. “I was pleased with the result and the municipality remains committed to continual training and improvement of our emergency response capabilities.” The Municipality of Chatham-Kent participates annually in mock emergencies. The Chatham-Kent Airport completes a paper tabletop emergency annually and a full simulation every four years as required by Transport Canada.

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Stormy weather by the bay Tim and Deb Mifflin/ Special to The Voice

Clouds swirl over Rondeau Bay recently, showcasing some strange colours and nature’s beauty and power at the same time.

Parr retiring from St. Clair board

4th Generation Buyer! John Montgomery of Chatham knows good customer service. John is seen here with Luce Cools picking up his new 2017 Ram Crew Cab Black Express Truck. This is John’s 2nd vehicle purchased from Luce at Chatham Chrysler and John is a 4th generation buyer from Luce Cools. Enjoy your new 2017 Ram Crew Cab Truck John. Thank you and safe travels.

Director of education calling it quits after three decades in education In 2013, he accepted the position of Director of EducaAfter more than three de- tion for St. Clair Catholic. cades in education, Dan Parr “I am very grateful to the recently announced his plans trustees of the St. Clair Cathto retire. olic District School The director of the Board, who entrustSt. Clair Catholic ed me with the leadDistrict School Board ership of the Board,” has spent the past 31 he said. “I cherish all years in education. of the blessings “I have been honthat Catholic oured and humbled education has to serve and lead in provided me.” Catholic education “Dan has both in the St. Clair served St. Clair Dan Parr and Huron-Perth Catholic with Catholic district distinction and school boards,” Parr said a steadfast focus on in a release. “It has been a the mission of Catholic great privilege to work with education,” says John so many good people – stu- Van Heck, Chair of the dents, parents, colleagues, St. Clair Board, in a retrustees and priests.” lease. “His passion was Parr began his career in to bring our students to 1986, serving in the Hu- achieve their very best ron-Perth Catholic District in a learning environSchool Board as a teacher, ment built on Catholic vice-principal and then prin- values.” cipal of St. Michael Catholic Parr looks forward to Secondary School. more time with his famHe then became Superin- ily. He and his wife Ditendent of Education in Hu- anne have three grown ron-Perth. The Chatham Voice

children, two of whom are married, and one grandchild. He also looks forward to more time for travel and other opportunities that may arise. The Board will now begin the search for a new director, to take up the leadership of the Board on Jan. 1, 2018.

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Phosphorus reduction group formed Group to find ways to cut phosphorous amounts flowing into Thames River The Chatham Voice

A group comprised of municipalities, conservation authorities, agricultural associations and others has been formed to find ways to reduce phosphorus in local waterways. The Thames River Phosphorus Reduction Collaborative plans a multi-level approach to reducing phosphorus, which degrades water quality and causes algae blooms in Lake Erie. The Ontario Federation of Agriculture and the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative are creators of the collaborative which formally launched its effort with a tour of Chatham-Kent June 27. Co-chair of the collaborative, Chatham Mayor Randy Hope, said the group realizes that a “one size fits all” approach isn’t going to work. “Each watershed, and even portions of the same watershed, have different challenges,” he said in a release. Mark Reusser, vice-president of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, said the group has gathered global research and is determining what

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Members of the Thames River Phosphorus Reduction Collaborative recently toured parts of Chatham-Kent. The group is working to cut the amount of phosphorous that is released into regional waterways, which in turn will reduce algae blooms in Lake Erie.

methods best suit Southwestern Ontario. The majority of phosphorus enters waterways

through rapid ice melting in spring and heavy storms in summer. An algae bloom in Lake

Erie in 2014 forced the closure of Toledo Ohio’s water intake system. South Kent Coun. Trevor

Thompson, who took the tour, said he learned a lot. “We’re not here to point fingers at any particular

group but to work together to find solutions that will benefit all of us,” he said in a release.

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Supervisor Jason Wintermute, it is hoped that by using this dedicated account, flood advisories will not get lost in the flurry of other activities going on in the watershed posted to Twitter. He cautioned that because it is an account just dedicated to issuing flood advisories, the account will not be monitored on a continuous basis for feedback. Check it out @LTVCA_ Flood.

Flood app created

When spring or heavy rain brings the chance of flooding in and around Chatham-Kent, and you’re looking for information, there is an app for that. The Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority has created a dedicated Twitter account to which only flood advisories will be posted. According to the LTVCA Water Management

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With a year under its belt, the fledgling 100+ Women Who Care group in Chatham-Kent has increased its membership to 96 and has provided more than $32,000 to four local charitable organizations. Chapter leaders Quinn O’Hara Lassaline and Rachel Raspbuerg were at the Adult Language and Learning Centre in Chatham recently to give out the final and largest cheque of their first year; $10,550 for the Newcomer Youth Syrian Refugee program. Raspburg said the orga-

nization recruits women to gather four times a year to nominate a charitable organization. Three names are chosen randomly from a hat, and those three people make a presentation on behalf of the charitable group, explaining why that group deserves the funding. All the members vote for one of the three and the winner is the recipient of $100 from each member. “It’s been one year and we’ve had four meetings so far,” O’Hara Lassaline explained. “We are continuing to grow and encouraging people to join. Being able to see the impact it

Gooch, said they were so impressed with the Care group, they decided to become members. “All the money goes directly to the charity,” Cal-

makes – that’s why we do it. It’s an amazing group to be a part of.” Raspburg said they are always looking for more members and sponsors like The Retro Suites, who provide the meeting room four times a year for the group. Tracy Callaghan, executive director at the Centre, and board chair Anne

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Wind and high water led to the closure of a portion of Erie Shore Drive in South Kent Thursday afternoon. The municipality closed the road between Bisnett Line and Erieau Road due to flooding caused by strong winds and the high water level of Lake Erie. Tim Dick, director of Director, Drainage, Asset and Waste Management for Chatham-Kent, said about 20 homes in the 18,000 section of Erie Shore Drive were affected by the closure. Forty-kilometre winds from the southwest forced water onto properties and across the roadway. No residents were asked to evacuate. Dick said clay berms were been placed along the south side of the roadway to divert water into specific areas to allow it to flow into municipal drain north of the roadway. The same stretch of roadway was shut temporarily in early May for the same reasons.

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Farewell, Momma Bear Thursday, July 6, 2017 • Open euchre and bingo at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Open euchre at 1:00pm and bingo starts at 7:00pm. • Oh Canada! Canada expands across high mountains, forest, prairie grasslands and artic tundra! Explore the maple leaf, the Canadian flag, and what makes Canada great at the Thamesville branch of the CKPL at 10:15am. Friday, July 7, 2017 • The Mitchell’s Bay Area Association will host the “2017 Canadian Tire Mitchell’s Bay Open Bass Tournament on July 7 & 8. Guaranteed 1st prize of $5,000 and biggest fish prize of $1,000. $400 entry fee per boat. • Meal and darts at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St, Chatham. Dinner from 5:30pm-7:00pm with choice of cabbage rolls, roast beef or fish and chips for $9.00. One meat draw. Open darts starts at 7:30pm. Saturday, July 8, 2017 • Meat draw and dance at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Meat draw from 4:00pm-6:00pm, dance from 4:30pm9:30pm featuring Exit 31. • Saturday Morning Breakfast at First Presbyterian Church, Chatham (corner of Fifth St and Wellington). A delicious nutritious breakfast served free of charge every Saturday morning from 9:30am-11:00am. Everyone is most welcome! Sunday, July 9, 2017 • Jamboree at the Merlin Legion, 2 Stanley St., Merlin. Host band The Marques. 3:00pm7:00pm. Cold plate dinner served from 5:30pm7:00pm. Pre ordering is encouraged. • St. Andrew’s United Church, South Buxton is holding a Beef Barbecue at the Merlin Community Hall. A full course dinner will be served from 4:00pm-7:00pm. Tickets are $20 and can be obtained by calling 519-689-4408 or 519689-7767. Monday, July 10, 2017 • Open euchre is at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham at 1:00pm. Tuesday, July 11, 2017 • Open euchre and open shuffleboard at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Open euchre at 1:00pm and shuffleboard at 7:00pm. Wednesday, July 12, 2017 • Sing-along with Deb and Amelia in the main dining room of Meadow Park, Sandy St., Chatham at 2:00pm. • Blood Donor Clinic at the Spirit and Life Centre - St. Joseph site from 1:00pm-7:00pm. To book an appointment or for info call 1-888-2-DONATE or • Pepper and fun darts at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Pepper at 1:00pm and darts at 7:30pm.

Thursday, July 13, 2017 • Misty Melodies karaoke in the West Lounge of Meadow Park, Sandy St., Chatham at 1:30pm. • Open euchre at 1:00pm at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Open euchre. • Celebrate Canadian Authors” Canada has the ‘write’ stuff! Do you love Robert Munsch, Melanie Watt and Kathy Stinson? Learn more about your favourite Canadian authors at the Thamesville branch of the CKPL at 10:15am. Friday, July 14, 2017 • The Reids will perform in the West Lounge of Meadow Park, Sandy St., Chatham at 2:00pm. • Meal and darts at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St, Chatham. Dinner from 5:30pm-7:00pm with choice of roast pork, roast beef or fish and chips for $9.00. One meat draw. Open darts starts at 7:30pm. Saturday, July 15, 2017 • Saturday Morning Breakfast at First Presbyterian Church, Chatham (corner of Fifth St and Wellington). A delicious nutritious breakfast served free of charge every Saturday morning from 9:30am-11:00am. Everyone is most welcome! • Blenheim Horticultural Society container contest at Cherryfest located in the park on Ellen St. Check out our facebook link to see multiple categories you can enter. Come out and enjoy! • Mitchell’s Bay 6th Annual Antique Car, Truck, Motorcycle and Tractor Show (Pre-1997) from 11:00am-4:00pm. Mitchell’s Bay Park, Mitchell’s Bay. Vendors, food concession, bouncy castle and more! Admission is free! Only $10 to register your vehicle. • Evangel Villa annual yard sale. 9:00am12:00pm, 50 Sandy St., Chatham. Misc items. • The Youth of Zion Christian Church will be holding a BBQ and car wash fundraiser from 11:00am-2:00pm at Zion Christian Church, 820 Park Ave. West., Chatham. Friends for Life is a two-week, 12 hour session and is a world-leading program proven to be effective in helping children and youth cope with feelings of fear, worry, anxiety and depression and build emotional resilience and self-esteem. For ages 8-12. $10/hour. Phone 519-352-2024 or email July 24-Aug.3. PAWR at the animal shelter phone number for lost and stray pets and issues at the dog parks: 226-996-9969 daytime. Emergency and after-hours number: 519-784-6146. Animal Cruelty and neglect cases call direct 310-7722 or 310-SPCA.

Chatham-Kent lost a really great person way before her time recently. Andy Brush, just 46 years young, passed away last week. I had known Andy for most of my time in Chatham-Kent, dating back to the early 2000s. I believe I first encountered her as a server at Bobby Dee’s before she moved over to Crabby Joe’s. I will always remember her as a vibrant, loving person, who opened up her house to everyone, especially her children’s friends, or pretty much anyone in need. Hence her nickname “Momma Bear.” There were long stretches where her house was overflowing with kids. It didn’t matter how busy the house was – she knew where the kids were and that’s what mattered. Andy had many positive traits – being kind, compassionate, understanding, non-judgmental and, of course, motherly. It didn’t matter if you were older than Andy, she still took care of you, sometimes without you realizing it. If any of her friends had too many beverages while at Crabby Joe’s and had car keys in their pockets, she, like a responsible server, made sure they weren’t going to drive. But she regularly offered people rides home when her shift was done. It didn’t matter that they lived in the opposite direction as to where she was headed. It just mattered to her that they got home safe and sound. Thanks for the rides, Momma Bear. My pickup spent a few nights in parking lots around Chatham, and I’d say about half the time it was Andy who drove me home. Andy was the kind of person that if you had paid your bill and were about to leave, but learned she just got off work, you’d stay while she had a beverage and unwound. It was the least you could do to hang out and listen to her, for once. Her smiles were genuine. Her comments, honest and thoughtful.

Bruce Corcoran As another friend, Jeff, said recently on social media, she truly gave out the best hugs. They came from the heart, as did pretty much everything else with Andy, and really meant something to the recipient, as well as the giver. Andy leaves behind three adult children, Taylor, Sarah and Jake. Cat acceptance Finn, the cat, is still working on fitting in around our house. I have to admit, I’ve taken a liking to the little maniac. At his worst, he’s clawing furniture or trying to attack the blinds in the living room or jumping on my wife’s head (OK, knock on wood, he hasn’t done that in a while). But mostly, he’s just looking to play with anything he can get his paws on. And for being a cat, this little dude isn’t exactly a smooth operator. I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve seen him fall off things. He could be playing on the couch, roll over and not realize he was at the edge. Plunk. Or he tries to jump on a table and only get one paw on it. How about trying to clean a hard-to-reach patch of his fur while sitting on the back of the couch? Thankfully, he manages to be catlike and land on his feet. He’s taken a liking to shoes and slippers, which shouldn’t be surprising given his interest in human feet in general. He’ll nip at our toes first thing in the morning or when he’s ramping up his chaotic evening play mode. But he’ll play with my slippers, gnawing on the soles, or play with the laces in my sneakers. Continued on page 17

Chatham-Kent Metal Detecting Club - Meets last Thursday of the month. 7:00pm. Kinsman Room. Erickson Arena, new members welcome!

NOTICE OF BY-LAW EXEMPTION REQUEST The Municipality has received a request for an exemption under Schedule MUNICIPALITY OF CHATHAM-KENT 2, Clause 2 of the Chatham-Kent Noise By-law 41-2004. The request is to Municipality of Chatham-Kent will be holding a allow a band at the The Erieau Fire Hall located at 780 Ross Lane until 1:00am. The specific date of this request is Saturday, July 22nd, 2017. PUBLIC INFORMATION CENTRE

Submit your coming events to or

Citizens wishing for more information, or wishing to file an objection to PARRY REHABILITATION PROJECT the exemption are BRIDGE asked to2016 call Paul Lacina, C.B.O., Director, Building, Keil Drive over ThamesServices River (Community of Chatham) Enforcement & the Licensing at 519-360-1998 et 3242.

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One less municipal building in Chatham-Kent

By Bruce Corcoran

Municipal economic development personnel have until the end of September to get out of their Grand Avenue West building after it sold recently. Stuart McFadden, acting director of economic development, said Skyline purchased the property. “They own the property around it,” he said. “It’s a good place for a business,

with lots of parking.” The economic development department will move into the Civic Centre downtown, which McFadden sees as a smart fit. “We’ll be in the first floor at the Civic Centre. I think it makes a lot of sense. Fifty thousand people a year go to the Civic Centre. What better way to showcase the services available through our Small Business Centre than being there,” he said. “There is lots of foot traf-

fic.” McFadden said the municipality opted to put the economic development building up for sale for several reasons, the first being interest in the property and the second cost efficiency. “We had been approached about the property’s availability a couple of times,” he said. “But it’s also very well known that the municipality has 190-some-odd buildings. We talk about the costs

of maintaining them every year at budget. That we were able to sell the building and reduce our

overhead is a win-win. New taxes, new jobs and reduced municipal inventory.”

McFadden said the municipality received multiple offers on the 3,500 square-foot building.

Integration Hub, received Feature Act Recognition on June 26 as part of the CK Plan 2035 Progress Update. The recognition came just two days before Watkinson moved to Barrie in a Salvation Army trans-

fer. In 2014, the Salvation Army had outgrown its space and moved to 19 Raleigh St. in Chatham where Watkinson ensured that it could be a place of integration for people. This location includes

a food bank, staff from Employment and Social Services, youth programming with a homework room, budgeting, job preparation and life skills. It also offers food skills with the Food Policy Council, fresh produce

through the CK Gleaning program, housing and homelessness supports. In addition to this location, the Salvation Army provides resources to Wallaceburg, Ridgetown and Blenheim locations. Co-Chairs of the Chatham-Kent Community Leaders’ Cabinet, Mayor

Randy Hope and Stephen Doig, presented a certificate of recognition and expressed their appreciation for Watkinson’s efforts, and highlighted that when services are based on how best to meet people’s needs, it shows community collaboration.

extends to our shoe storage shelves beside the stairs to our basement. He’ll slip in there and just hang out for long stretches. You’ll forget he’s there until a solitary shoe pops off the shelf and clunks

its way down the stairs. His clutzy side showed up there recently, as two shoes and a cat fell off the shelf. Only the shoes fell down the stairs, however. Finn just looked at me as if to say, “I meant to fall out, so

don’t think otherwise.” I admit it; he cracks me up at times, and is darned cute when he finally settles in the late evening and sleeps on or near me as I snooze in the recliner.

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Economic development staff for the municipality have until the end of September to vacate their Grand Avenue West building, after it sold recently. The department is moving to the Civic Centre on King Street West.

Feature Act recognizes Watkinson’s contributions The Chatham Voice

Capt. Stephanie Watkinson, Community Ministry Director and Assistant Corps Officer of The Salvation Army and the visionary behind the Salvation Army Community

Finn, the furry member of the family

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With the latter, he’ll attack those when they’re just sitting there by the door, or when I’m trying to lace them up on the way into work in the morning. But his love of shoes

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The July 6, 2017 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent community newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. and area.

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