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Residents in North Kent met Oct. 13 to vent their anger at Chatham-Kent council and the environmental tribunal process relating to the North Kent Wind 1 turbine project. More than 150 people packed into a meeting room at Countryview Golf Course to listen to Water Wells First member and activist Kevin Jakubec explain his reasons for exiting the tribunal process recently. He has been trying to bring environmental and health concerns to the province in light of the issues with well water contamination in Dover. Under a banner reading, “Mayor covers up Dover wells,” Jakubec explained his frustration with having to withdraw from the tribunal process earlier this month, given that he was not allowed a 14-day extension to get the results of a toxicity report on the black water from wells in Dover. He attributes that black water to the vibration from the construction and ongoing operation of wind turbines. He is concerned the Kettle Point black shale that is underneath a large area in Dover has heavy metals such as mercury and arsenic as well as radon gas. He added that when the mayor responded to the end of the tribunal process, which the municipality had standing in, Randy Hope quoted the

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More than 150 people showed up to learn why Water Wells First member Kevin Jakubec discuss why he pulled out of the environmental tribunal process relating to the North Kent Wind 1 turbine project. Citizens are concerned over possible water quality issues, and believe the municipality isn’t doing enough to act on their behalf.

Golder report from the wind turbine company, using that one document to satisfy him that there were no problems caused by the turbines. The document was never actually presented as evidence as the tribunal process was halted. “I’m really pissed off at Randy Hope and (legal council) John Norton. I’m under a seal not to speak about the proceedings and they jump off on the

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tham-Kent’s medical officer of health, returned phone calls by press time. North Kent Wind 1 (NKW1) is the project currently waiting for permit approval to proceed with the project. In the works is the Otter Creek project north of Wallaceburg that has yet to start the public permit process. A common theme through the evening, with Dover residents bringing in and passing around

samples of their well water with black particles throughout, was anger with Chatham-Kent and a feeling they were disrespected when making deputations to council back in August regarding the North Kent Wind 1 project. Mike deBakker, a member of Water Wells First and resident in the proposed Otter Creek project area, said the residents there are taking note of

the issues in Dover and have huge concerns with the construction of more turbines without investigation and protection for the residents and their wells. Jakubec talked about civil disobedience if Chatham-Kent council doesn’t take steps to investigate the Dover well situation, including withholding taxes and peaceful protest. Continued on page 3

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He encouraged citizens to keep watch over and take video of any actions or construction started by the turbine companies to make sure they are doing what they agreed to in the permit for NKW1. One resident, Marc St. Pierre, who lives on Bay Line in Dover, spoke about his well problem that goes back almost 10 years when turbines first went in; a problem that has gotten progressively worse over the last two and half years as more turbines surrounded his property. “I have six turbines within a quarter mile of my home and I’m here to tell you, filtration does not work. We can’t drink the water, or cook with it. We are still bathing with it and using it for laundry,” St. Pierre said. “Even our cats won’t drink it.” He said when he went to speak to council, and told them about the double filtration system he uses to try and at least get clear water, council didn’t even pay to attention to what he was saying because they were too busy texting and looking at their laptops. He spoke emotionally about the fact he and his wife have fostered 70 children in the 37 years

they have lived on that property, and at the time, his well water was tested and found clean by the Children’s Aid Society. Now we would never be able to foster and has been told by a realtor that his house could never be sold with the water issue they have. “Once I was done talking, the mayor finally looked up and waved me away, saying, ‘next’,” St. Pierre said. “That was the respect he gave me and it cut deep. I will never forget it. I told the mayor we were in a state of emergency with no usable water and he asked ‘who’s next?’” St. Pierre added that he has never been contacted by the municipality. Residents Wayne Blue and Michelle Howes, who also addressed council, said they had similar experiences, feeling like they were not only ignored, but disrespected their deputation. Blue, whose well problems include large black particles and sand in his water, said his cats won’t drink the water either, even with the filtration system he installed, and when he uses his hose to wash the mud off his truck, it dries with particles stuck all over it.

“I stand by what I said; council Clair), spend it on a well survey is a bunch of assholes,” Blue said and get us a copy of the Willing at the meeting. Host agreement signed between North Kent Coun. Leon Le- the turbine companies and Clair was the lone municipal council.” politician to attend the meeting. Chatham Coun. Mike Bondy, He faced harsh criticism from who has been the most verbal Jakubec and Water Wells First in his concern for the quality of members. water in the Dover wells, was “If there is any proof, I will look to make a notice of motion at into it,” LeClair told the crowd. Monday’s council meeting to “I did support the wind projects. No one came forward then. If I made a mistake supporting the wind turbines, I want to make it right.” He agreed to sit down with Jakubec and go over the permit for NKW1, but said as far as council is concerned, “their hands are tied. “Going forward, I’ll see what I can do,” LeClair added. “The mayor supports water wells, but he doesn’t want to jeopardize the money and neither do I.” Jakubec, speaking to Giftware LeClair said, “Leon, support us by instead 70% OFF of spending money on Grassy (an on-the-water rock concert on Lake St. Mens Accessories 30% OFF

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YA Canada officials opened the doors to 730 Richmond St. Wednesday to celebrate the company’s recent expansion in Chatham. The call centre moved earlier this year from just down the street to the new location, tripling its floor space and doubling its Chatham workforce to 160 from 85. YA president and CEO Chris Behrans credited the efforts of municipal staff for helping to make the expansion a reality, calling the mayor “a good friend of YA.” He stressed it is the staff at YA Canada in Chatham that convinced him to commit to Chatham and expand here. “None of it could have happened without the YA employees here.” Behrans said YA has come a long way in a short time. While it has had its Canadian location in Chatham for the past 14 years, there were some speed bumps. “Three years ago, the business was not doing well,” he said. “It took a lot of change to digitize the work service. We’ve been able to double revenue and triple profitability, tripling the office space here and doubling the staff.” He said YA also increased the wages to staff. “This is a place where people want to work. It’s great to see the finished product today,” Behrans said. “The wage increase is a reward for staff for hanging in there.” Mayor Randy Hope described the expansion as

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a revitalization, allowing YA Canada to compete in a global marketplace. He credited economic development personnel with helping to make the expansion in Chatham a reality, singling out Geoff Wright, an economic development officer with the municipality. “The staff at economic development has been excellent,” he said. “Our commitment to working with companies shows we will go the distance for them.” Rick Nicholls, MPP for Chatham-Kent Essex, also praised municipal economic development officials. “Economic development works very hard to bring

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the works for early next year. By the end of the first quarter, YA hopes to have sales personnel working out of a Toronto office, and hire as many as 60 more staff for the Chatham centre. “We’re serving the Canadian marketplace from within Canada.”

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Council requires counselling So, can someone please tell us exactly what the municipality has done to support residents in Dover who say their well water is undrinkable and clogged with sediment after wind turbines were erected in that part of Chatham-Kent? The mayor and council are still under fire for being willing hosts to hundreds of wind turbines across the municipality. Mayor Randy Hope says money received through negotiations never impacted his or council’s judgment. He added that the money the municipality has landed through said negotiations is a boon to the community. The cash helps offset taxes and aids local groups. Community projects have indeed benefitted from wind farm funds, no question. But if you have access and influence with some of that money, as a municipal politician, how would you use it? Would you perhaps invest some of it into checking out overall water quality in Dover Township that residents say has been negatively impacted by the erection of the turbines? Or would you instead use it to fund two parties on Lake St. Clair? Municipal council opted to fund the Grassy Rock parties. Furthermore, a number of the residents who brought their concerns before council say they felt as though councillors had more interest in their electronic devices than in what the residents – ratepayers – had to say. We understand that some people have no problem multi-tasking – listening to concerned citizens and sending out notes via social media – but doesn’t anyone around the council table realize the horrible optics one sends out with such apparent disinterest? The Water Wells First members believe they aren’t getting much in the way of representation from the municipality. It’s easy to see their point. While the province finally ordered a halt to future turbine development, that decision won’t impact projects already in the works, such as North Kent Wind 1 and Otter Creek here in Chatham-Kent. The two North Kent projects have citizens who live near them worried their wells will pump out sludge in much the same manner so many in Dover are now doing. So, what exactly is the municipality doing to support its rural residents in these areas? Not much, if you look at the optics, which smell about as bad as some of that Dover well water does.

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family and friends. According to the Ontario Dementia Profile Series published by the Alzheimer Society of Ontario and contributions from the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (a not-for-profit research institute with access to health-related administrative data), we have seen a 42 per cent increase since 2007 in the number of people with a diagnosis of dementia. In 2013, 77 per cent of people living in the community had six or more co-morbid conditions – e.g. diabetes, osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease. The complexity of dementia combined with these other conditions makes providing care even more difficult. As of 2016, (in Canada) the combined health-care system and out-of-pocket caregiver costs are estimated at $10.4 billion per year. By 2031, this figure is expected to in-

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Registry helps protect vulnerable persons By Mary Beth Corcoran

The Chatham-Kent Police Service is making good on its promise to launch a free, online Vulnerable Persons Registry to assist people who may be at risk due to physical, medical or mental health conditions. According to Const. Renee Cowell, CKPS public information officer, the registry is an online tool that will allow both caregivers and family members to submit vital information to the police if they feel that someone under their care is at risk. If the police do become involved with a person who is registered in the online system, they will have quick access to this vital information, allowing officers to respond quickly and effectively. “The registry provides critical information such as a person’s description, routines, medical needs, favourite attractions, special needs and emergency contact information should an emergency arise,” the CKPS release said. “Families and caregivers are encouraged to also submit a digital photo of the vulnerable person and to update their file online every year on the birth month of the registrant.” As an organization that supports vulnerable persons with conditions that fall under the dementia umbrella, such as Alzheimer or PIC’s disease, the Alzheimer Society of Chatham-Kent staff was happy to hear about the registry. “The Alzheimer Society of Chatham-Kent is pleased about the recent launch of the no-fee, online CKPS Vulnerable Persons Registry for those with Alzheimer disease or other related dementias, as well as other vulnerable persons in Chatham-Kent,” said CEO Mary Ellen Parker. “This secure database will allow CKPS to access personal information about those registered who may become lost and assist them in returning home.” While the society has a national database, Parker said having a local database will be a great addition to the tools they al-

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More than 240 elementary school students took part in last week’s cross-country series race at Thames Grove Conservation Area. Brock Labadie of John N. Given finished first in the boys’ grades 2-4 group while Sienna Collins of Gregory Drive won the girls’ division. In grades 5-6, Justin Ewald of McNaughton Avenue was first in the boys’ category and Sofia Makinen of Ste. Marie won the girls’ category. Jeff Carey of Georges P. Vanier won the grades 7-8 boys’ race and Genevieve Sasseville of John N. Given took the girls’ race. Event co-ordinator Sandy Blackshaw said more than a dozen volunteers, including a contingent from Blenheim District High School, helped make the day a success.

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hildren grow and develop their personalities in various ways. While many youngsters are teased or receive some good-natured ribbing at some point in their school careers, some teasing can eventually turn into bullying. Bullying can take many forms, and learning the warning signs as a parent can help prevent harassment and potentially dangerous situations. Verbal: If your child reports being called names, being the recipient of racist, sexist or homophobic jokes, or being spoken to in an offensive or suggestive way, this can be a form of verbal bullying. Cyber: Social media, email and text messaging has become a way for bullies to spread malicious messages or photos. In the era of digital media, this type of bullying has increased considerably. Physical: Some bullies engage in physical attacks, including hitting, kicking, spitting, or other forms of physical confrontation. Destroying personal property also is considered physical bullying. Indirect: Gossiping and spreading nasty rumors about a person is another form of bullying. This type of bullying may go hand-in-hand with cyber bullying. Signs your child is being bullied Parents can recognize certain signs that their child is being bullied at school. Bullied children frequently make excuses to avoid going to school. While the desire to stay home is something many children may express, those who are bullied may do so much more frequently. Bullied children tend to avoid certain places and may be sad, angry, withdrawn, or depressed. They may have trouble sleeping or experience changes in appetite, and bullied youngsters’ academic performance may suffer. Also, parents may notice that children return from school missing some of their belongings. Signs your child is the bully Parents may not want to imagine their children bullying other students, but bullies do exist. Children who bully other kids

have strong needs for power and negative dominance. They may find satisfaction in causing suffering to others. Some signs that your child may be a bully include: • easily becoming violent with others, blaming others quickly • having friends who bully others • comes home with belongings that do not belong to him or her • getting in trouble with teachers or school administrators • picking on siblings • not accepting responsibility for actions There are ways parents can teach their children to act properly when faced with a bully. First, parents should explain that bullying is not the child’s fault and he or she does not deserve to be picked on. Next, parents can let children know that being assertive but not violent with bullies may diffuse the situation, as some bullies thrive on the fear of their victims. If the bullying behavior continues, the student should speak to an adult or authority figure. Parents of bullies may need to be especially mindful of their children’s behavior. Counseling could be necessary to determine what is compelling kids to bully other students.

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Blenheim’s Savannah Emmott is suiting up this year as a member of the UCC junior football squad.

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When Savannah Emmott made her first catch recently as a member of the UCC Lancers junior football team, there was a slightly louder cheer from the sidelines from her teammates. Although not the first girl to play football locally, it’s been a few years since Chatham-Kent saw a woman competing in the LKSSAA

football ranks. Emmott made her regular season debut recently in UCC’s 33-3 win over the St. Patrick’s Fighting Irish. She made a two-yard reception in the fourth quarter. What started as a challenge from friends became a reality after Emmott, who had played rugby for the UCC’s girls’ team the previous semester, was looking for a sport to play. “I didn’t have a fall sport to

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play so my guy friends and I would joke around saying that I should try out for football, and after many conversations it became a serious consideration. My dad has always played football and for the past four years my little brother has played for the (Chatham-Kent) Cougars and my dad has coached. So I have always enjoyed watching the games and cheering them on,” explained Emmott. Continued on page 12

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Emmott enjoys the challenge Continued from page 11

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Friday, October 21, 2016 • Crazy about Cats from 2:00pm-4:00pm at the Tea Connection, 15 King St. East, Chatham. Call for more details 226-671-0081. • Meadow Park Chatham welcomes back The Reids entertaining in the West Lounge at 2:00pm, 110 Sandys St., Chatham. • Meal and fun darts at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Dinner from 5:30pm-7:00pm with choice of chicken, roast beef or fish and chips for $9.00. One meat draw. Fun darts starts at 7:30pm. Saturday, October 22, 2016 • Meat draw and dance at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Meat draw from 4:00pm-6:00pm, dance from 4:30pm-9:30pm featuring Unity. Monday, October 24, 2016 • Meadow Park Chatham welcomes Ryan St. Denis performing in the West Lounge at 2:00pm, 110 Sandys St., Chatham

• Meadow Park Chatham welcomes Mike and Melody entertaining in the West Lounge at 2:00pm, 110 Sandys St., Chatham • Spooky 1905 Halloween PD Day at the Chatham Cultural Centre from 9:00am4:00pm. $35/child. Children age 7-10 will spend time at the Milner Heritage House and Studio One. • Monster Mache PD Day at the Chatham Cultural Centre from 9:00am-4:00pm. $40/ child. Ages 6 and up. Dress for a mess and create your own 3D monster. All materials supplied. Saturday, October 29, 2016 • Sprucedale United Church Garage Sale from 8:00am-11:30am at 493 Victoria Ave. Chatham. Great variety of items! • Meat draw and dance at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Meat draw from 4:00pm-6:00pm and dance from 4:30pm-9:30pm featuring The Marques.

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

• Water Street Dog Park Howloween event from 10:00am-11;00am at the dog park. Feel free to dress up your dogs and yourselves and join us for an hour of walking and socializing.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 • Book Club from 2:00pm-4:00pm at the Tea Connection, 15 King St. East, Chatham. Call for more details 226-671-0081.

Monday, October 31, 2016 • Senior euchre at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham at 1:00pm.

• Open Euchre, 2 person euchre and shuffleboard at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Open euchre at 1:00pm. 2 person register at 6:30pm and play at 7:00pm. $5.00 per person. Shuffleboard at 7:00am. Wednesday, October 26, 2016 • Meadow Park Chatham welcomes Ernie Miller entertaining in the West Lounge at 2:00pm, 110 Sandys St., Chatham. • Pepper and fun darts at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Pepper at 1:00pm, darts at 7:00pm. Thursday, October 27, 2016 • Open euchre at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham at 1:00pm.

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“My guy friends were the ones who really encouraged me to try out though and I thought it would be a great challenge and experience and keep me in shape for the upcoming rugby season.” According to UCC Lancers head coach Jim O’Brien, Emmott’s arrival on the football roster is historic for the school. “She is the first female player in school history,” said O’Brien. “Like other rookies to the program, she is adjusting well to a steep learning curve and so far she has done well with the limited opportunities that she has had having just begun our season.” The learning curve, and the demand to learn new rules and tactics, have been both fun and challenging, according to Emmott. “So far it has been a great experience,” said Emmott. “I have met a lot of new people and have been having a lot of fun. I started with a very basic understanding of the game so it has taken a lot of effort to learn all of the rules, positions, and plays, but I am always up for a challenge. We are also lucky to have

some great coaches who put in the time and effort into making sure that we understand what is expected from us.” While some, including Emmott, might see challenges, O’Brien and the rest of the Lancers have embraced the Blenheim girl as a valued member of their team. “Her teammates have welcomed her unconditionally and share in the enthusiasm of seeing her succeed,” said O’Brien. For Emmott, that support and the inclusive nature of her team have made the experience worth the challenge and continued hard work she knows is necessary. “A lot of the guys on the team were already friends of mine and they were the ones who initially challenged me to try out for the team,” said Emmott. “They obviously have been very supportive. The rest of the team’s reaction has been very positive they have been incredibly supportive, friendly, and encouraging. I feel like they treat me like one if the guys and expect just as much out of me as they do out of each other.”

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Bruce Corcoran formed up and became one large, undulating mass, flowing west and then east across the road before settling behind me

October is a great month to be a couch potato. Well, you have to pick your spots, really, as it’s also yardwork season too. Baseball playoffs, football, and now hockey. That’s the October sporting front on the tube.

I’m a huge Chicago Cubs fan and they’re embroiled in the National League Championship Series. But I also cheer for the Toronto Blue Jays, as do my wife and daughter, and the Jays are in the ALCS as I type this (they didn’t fare too well to start their series against Cleveland). And I’m an Oakland Raiders fan, as most of you also know. They’re actually off to a decent start this year in football, after more than a decade of stinking


At this time of the year, starlings tend to flock together in the thousands, and sometimes millions to form mega flocks, which are known as murmurations. In Europe, there are areas where these massive bird formations draw onlookers every evening. Pretty awesome sight. Well, you can see smaller versions of these murmurations locally too. For the past couple of weeks, while driving along Merlin Road just south of Fletcher, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing the starlings perform their aerial ballet firsthand, and in the middle of the day. Most recently, thousands of these birds were straddling the road and I had to slow right down to allow the starlings to get out of the way. They quickly

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I’m the first to admit I know very little about gasoline engines. Something goes wrong under the hood of one of our vehicles, and I am of no use. But I like to think of myself as knowing at least a little bit about how to tinker, as in how to see a problem and fix it on many a basic machine or item. OK, so that’s not always the case either. Recently, while cutting our back grass, I noticed the mower wasn’t giving me as consistent a cut as it normally does. Then I spotted a piece of black metal in the backyard lying in the fresh-cut grass. It was one of the height adjustment levers from the mower. It turns out it was from the rear left wheel. The thing must have just come loose, I pondered as I picked it up and continued to cut the lawn, and now noticing that the wheel was flopping around a bit. It also left the mower on an odd angle, causing the inconsistent cut. When I went to put it back on, I realized the lever had actually broken off. How the heck does that happen? I don’t even adjust the mower anymore. Regardless, a trip to the supply store and a quick explanation to the dude at the desk, along with the make and model of my mower, resulted in him handing me a new lever. But it didn’t end in a stubby Y like the one that came off the mower. I mentioned that to him. I got a bit of a long look, and before he patiently explained, I realized the reason mine ended in a Y and the new one just had a hole at that spot was because – wait for it – mine had broken off. Duh. As I said, I’d like to think I’m a good tinkerer. Perhaps if I’d actually pulled off the wheel in the first place...

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