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For Vickie Trickett, strong women who have overcome obstacles to thrive and inspire others deserve to be recognized. And what better way to do that than to mix her own retro-couture fashion shop with a calendar shoot for a charity that helps women who need a safe haven so they can go on to thrive and inspire? “It was one of those things. The first part was wanting to give back to the community,” said the owner of Lady Blackbird Boutique and Tattoos by Vickie. “I was talking to a few friends and came up with doing a calendar with models and a retro ’50s theme. And second, why not do it for a charity here in town?” As a woman who escaped an abusive situation when she was younger, Trickett said the Chatham-Kent Women’s Centre caught her attention. “I didn’t know too much about the women’s centre, but the more I looked into it, the more it seemed perfect,” she noted. Using clothes from her shop, the business women figured if they were going to be dealing with inspiring women, she wanted the theme to be

vintage and classy, not only dressing the models up, but doing hair, makeup and jewelry in the retro style as well. The perfect backdrop for the shoot was provided by The Retro Suites in downtown Chatham, a place that had the right vibe and classy retro chic decor. In picking the women for the 12-month calendar, Trickett said she took her time finding ladies who were inspiring to the community. “I tried to find women that were inspiring to Chatham-Kent and women who inspire me,” she said. “Some people don’t know who they are, but they inspired me.” Women in the calendar include police officer and organ donor advocate Lynette Hodder, and East Side Pride founder Marjorie Crew. Trickett said the bios with the pictures were too short to do the women justice but said with two of the women, she doesn’t know how they are still strong given everything they have gone through. The whole shoot, she said, showed the women that they can go a bit out of their comfort zone and really get into the retro persona they dressed up as in a classy way as op-

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Vickie Trickett, bottom, the brainchild of the Women Who Inspire calendar, a fundraising effort for the Chatham-Kent Women’s Centre, is shown here with many of the models who appeared in the upscale calendar.

posed to the pin-up style. “These are strong, determined and classy women and you don’t need to be sexy to be inspirational.


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The shop owner said she was asked many times why she chose to do the calendar, and she doesn’t shy away from telling her own painful story of abuse and the shame and feeling of isolation that comes with it. “I was terrified. I didn’t want anyone to know,” Trickett said of her experience in an abusive relationship. “You turn into nothing and it becomes your regular routine. You worry about leaving and how to start over and you start to think maybe you are nothing.” In her own situation while living in Eastern Ontario, Trickett

was not only physically and mentally abused by her partner, she said she was also sexually assaulted by a police officer she assumed she could trust who offered to give her a ride home in the rain, only to go home and be blamed for the assault. When asked how she found the strength to escape her situation, Trickett said she got to a place mentally to make the break. “You have to keep the mindset that you are still a good person and know right from wrong and you don’t drown, you get yourself back up there,” she explained. “The only way I was able to leave is that he was

picked up by the police and I had two days to pack whatever I could fit in a backpack and get out.” She said for victims of abuse, they constantly have to answer the question of why they stayed as long as they did. “It’s easy for people on the outside to ask why you stayed,” Trickett observed. “I went from Ottawa to Toronto and had to live on the streets for three to four months. I didn’t feel like I could go home and was worried about what my family would say. I was a strong-willed child and nobody was going to tell me what I do.” In the relationship, she was worn down over time, being told what to wear, how much makeup she could put on, was called constantly at work and accused of infidelity if she even made eye contact with another male. “It was a control thing. There were a lot of trips to the hospital and I didn’t want to say anything. There was a lot of evasion until everyone knows that you are lying,” Trickett said. “I wasn’t allowed to speak my mind and ended up with a lot of repressed anger.” With places like the women’s centre, Trickett said, women have a safe place to go that is private and supportive and helps deal with all the

fears and questions about the future. Now in a relationship with a supportive, loving partner, Trickett has put her past behind her, drawing strength from the fact she survived and got out. “Every woman needs my man. He is beyond what I thought I deserved; loving and caring,” Trickett said with a big grin on her face. “He was put in front of me for a reason and not at all who people might expect me to be with, but he is perfect.” The shop owner wants wom-

en to know that if you leave, there is so much more out there for them and the supports they need to get there. In doing the calendar project, Trickett got a great deal of support from the community, with hair, make-up, photography and the sponsors who helped make the calendar possible. The calendar is $25 and can be picked up at the women’s centre or at Lady Blackbird Boutique on Fourth Street. If the sales go well, Trickett said she is considering doing a calendar again.


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West Kent residents examine bridge options and asked for feedback from the people present on what to include in the Farmers and business submission. They opened owners in West Kent up the floor to questions. While they understand want the municipality to take a closer look at how there is only so much bridge closures are affect- money in the infrastrucing their livelihood and ture budget for bridges, approximately $7 million safety. At a meeting Thursday of the total $40 million, night in Tilbury, about Olsen said there has to be 70 residents in the area a better solution for rural of Queen’s Line, Pol- residents. Olsen, to lard Line get to his and Mer- “Before amalgamafields from lin Road tion, there was 60-80 his home expressed on Pollard their con- per cent funding for Line, has to cerns with bridges by the provtravel with how closing ince. Now, there is no his equipnine bridg- funding, zero.” ment on a es current- - Coun. Bryon Fluker Highway ly on the 401 ondivestment list for Ward 1 will impact ramp for a short distance, the farm community and which he said is a huge three businesses already safety issue for him and hurting from a bridge drivers trying to use the closure on Pollard Line ramp, not to mention the inconvenience factor. near McKinlay Road. One resident said if the Chatham-Kent director actually of engineering Adam Sul- municipality lo was on hand to answer closes all nine bridges, questions, as were Ward Ward 1 will effectively 1 councillors Marc Authi- become a gated community with the only exit er and Bryon Fluker. Organizers of the meet- point in Merlin. Also discussed was the ing Tom and Beth Olsen are making a presenta- issue with ambulances tion to council Dec. 5 and other first respond-

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The Zonta Club of Chatham-Kent led its Say No on the Bridge Rally on the Third Street Bridge in Chatham. The rally took place on Friday, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence towards Women, beginning the 16 Days of Activism, a United Nations awareness campaign

ers being able to get to per year, but we need 10 residents in Ward 1, and votes and we only have Sullo said all bridge clo- two votes for East Kent.” sure info has been given Fluker said he is “cauto EMS Medavie and all tiously optimistic” he can first responders. get the 10 votes needed. A point of A concern contention, “Agriculture is the expressed as well, single highest contribby residents was the present was notice of utor to taxes in Chathat they motion put tham-Kent. Agriculture did not f o r w a r d has already paid more trust that by Fluker, than its fair share with the money, calling for the 72 per cent preif put into an increase the infrato the farm vious combined instructure base tax crease.” budget, from 0.22 - Louis Roesch would actuto 0.25 per ally be used cent to be spent specif- just for rural bridges. ically on bridge repair, Members of the Kent representing a ballpark Federation of Agriculture $1,000 increase to the av- and the Ontario Federaerage property owner. tion of Agriculture were “Before amalgamation, also present. Speaker there was 60-80 per cent Louis Roesch said they funding for bridges by don’t agree with the farm the province. Now, there tax increase, given the is no funding, zero,” amount of increase alFluker said to the crowd. ready to the farm tax. “That will generate about $1.2 million in funding Continued on page 4

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“Agriculture is the single highest contributor to taxes in Chatham-Kent,” Roesch said. “Agriculture has already paid more than its fair share with the 72 per cent previous combined increase and it needs to stay at 0.22 per cent.” Roesch said the KFA and OFA have committed to working with the municipality to find ways to

help get the bridges fixed neered and constructed,” rather than he added. i n c r e a s e “We have more infra“New contaxes and struction structure than we have m e t h o d s believes there are money to pay for it, and are half the still gov- it is a competition beprice, less e r n m e n t tween wanting to keep time and sources that taxes low and planning with the need to be full 75-year for all our infrastructure life span.” explored. “We need needs.” Sullo said to chal- - C-K’s Adam Sullo he continulenge the ously learnway bridges are engi- ing about new methods

but would like to see more hard evidence of the longevity and safety of some of the new methods and materials being used. “We have more infrastructure than we have money to pay for it, and it is a competition between wanting to keep taxes low and planning for all our infrastructure needs,” Sullo explained. “We have 830 bridges in

Chatham-Kent and are currently working on a report to council coming Jan. 16 to discuss how we will get to full funding. Currently we would need an 18-per-cent tax increase to fix all the bridges.” After hearing concerns from business owners on Pollard Line about the road closed signs that turn people away from their location on the road,

Sullo said he made a note of it to ask about putting up additional signs letting people know Tilbury Auto Recyclers, 51-50 Speedway and Country Fresh Meats are still open for business. Municipal staff have also been directed to look over the bridge divestiture list to see if it needs to be re-prioritized, since it was done two years ago.


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International Plowing Match cookbook released two years ahead of competition the book together knew what they were doing. “These folks didn’t call us once and they did a great job.” Canniff expects to sell 15,000 of The 2018 International Plowing Match (IPM) may be two years the cookbooks between now and away, but its commemorative cook- the IPM. “I went to the 2016 match in book launched Nov. 23. “A Taste of Chatham-Kent” came Minto. I can tell you how popular out in time to be showcased and they are,” he said. The books are $15 each and all sold at the 70th annual Rural-Urban Dinner at the John D. Bradley Con- funds raised go towards the plowing match. Any leftvention Centre. over funding after the The book features “I’m very proud. The 2018 event will be disrecipes submitted by influx of recipes is a Chatham-Kent resi- testament to how many tributed to local charities that supported dents, made with inpeople want to be the event, Crouch gredients grown right here, Simon Crouch, involved in the plowing said. The recipe books are a spokesman for the match.” for now only availIPM committee said. - Coun. Leon LeClair able at North Kent “This is one of the big souvenirs that will be on the Mutual Insurance, but Crouch said roster for 2018. And you can now there will be an announcement soon about other locations where buy it locally,” Crouch said. It took two years of effort to get the they will be sold. Creating the recipe book is but cookbook from concept to reality, one small element of the efforts unCrouch said. “We got two recipes the first week derway for the 2018 IPM. LeClair and panicked,” he said. “Soon, said there are 40 active committees we had them come in by the hun- working on various logistics issues for the match. dreds.” “It’s exciting and scary,” he said of In all, they had more than 1,000 recipes to sift through, almost all the effort that will be required. Canniff said the current focus is of which came from C-K residents. The ones used in the book contain high-level planning, but for the week of the event, organizers will locally grown ingredients. “We wanted to stress the good need about 1,200 volunteers. “Basically, we’re creating a city in crops grown here,” Crouch exthe middle of a farmer’s field,” he plained. Leon LeClair, who along with said. “And we will generate $15 Darrin Canniff is chairing the IPM, million to $20 million into the Chadescribed the book, which is more tham-Kent economy.” He added organizers are confident than 500 pages, as top notch. “I’m very proud. The influx of it will be a success, and said they recipes is a testament to how many have been told they are well ahead people want to be involved in the in several elements of the planning plowing match,” he said, adding stages in comparison to past IMP the people in charge of putting efforts. By Bruce Corcoran

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Time to focus on bridges Rural Chatham-Kent is in crisis when it comes to bridges, and the finger of blame can point in several directions. First, municipal councilors will tell you that before amalgamation, bridge repair was funded up to 80 per cent by the province. Those funds have disappeared. Next, administration will tell council they have been preaching for a decade that council needed to make lifecycle funding for infrastructure needs a budget priority, something that always seems to be ignored in favour of other priorities or a demand for a zero per cent tax increase. And then you have taxpayers, who want and need our infrastructure such as bridges, roads, sewers, water treatment facilities, arenas and lots of other budget line items to be fixed and up-to-date, but don’t want to pay any more taxes to get them that way. With a $40 million infrastructure budget stretched so tight it vibrates, eeking out the $7 million needed for just the status quo for bridge maintenance and repair is a struggle every budget. And if West Kent Coun. Bryon Fluker’s notice of motion suggesting a three per cent farm tax base increase to fund bridge repair in Ward 1 goes ahead, despite opposition from the Ontario and Kent Federation of Agriculture, the road to full life-cycle funding is still a long one. Our community’s economic well-being depends on our agricultural sector, which in turn depends on a transportation corridor that helps them do business effectively and efficiently – not going kilometres out of the way to get equipment to their fields. The representatives of the KFA and OFA are correct in saying a more concerted effort must be made to get funding from the province for the unique needs of a community that has a population or more than 100,000, but is scattered over a large rural area with 830 bridges, the highest number of municipal drains in the province and a small industrial/commercial tax base. Robbing infrastructure funding to fund other endeavours is coming back to bite council in the rear, and administration from the past 10 years has every right to say, “I told you so.” If we don’t want rural Chatham-Kent to turn into a series of large gated communities, a solution is needed quickly.

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Sharing space with Ian Thomas Sir: It was great to have Ian Thomas, the Canadian musician, songwriter and author, playing the Capitol Theatre earlier this month. And it was great to read Bruce Corcoran’s extensive interview with Ian in a recent Chatham Voice. I moved to Canada in 1967 at the age of 30. At that time, Ian, who is several years younger than me, was a member of the rock band Tranquility Base. His elder brother Dave took the part of Doug McKenzie, in the

beer-swilling duo called The McKenzie Brothers, part of the SCTV fame. At the time I lived in Winona, now part of Hamilton. Not being a music expert, I could never figure out why and how the group Tranquility Base was connected with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. I know Ian toured in the United States in the 1970s. He was awarded a Juno Award in 1974 for Most Promising Male Vo-

calist and was active in clubs, concerts and on TV in Canada during the 1980s Ian lived in a lovely spot in Winona, halfway up the Niagara Escarpment. I believe my kids met his kids as they went to the same school in Winona. I didn’t hear any more about him after I moved to Elliot Lake in 2001 but when I moved to Chatham in 2009, I heard Ian had preceded me by several years, as he told

Bruce he had “performed at The Wheels every once in a while way back.” Soon after I arrived, the iconic Wheels became the John D. Bradley Convention Centre. There are still folk in Chatham who remember Ian Thomas at The Wheels. And I hope some of these people saw him when he played The Capitol Theatre. Plus, I hope Ian takes good memories of this town back to Winona. Stephen Beecroft Chatham

Third Street Bridge most important Sir: I’m hearing there is the possibility that Chatham-Kent may eventually have to chose to have one bridge to cross the Thames River in the downtown Chatham area because of the mounting costs to keep both the Third and Fifth Street bridges open may not be viable. From my own perspective, as a driver, pedestri-

an, and from riding with Chatham Transit, it would be better to make improvements on the Third Street Bridge. There seems to be more room there for expansion, and it seems to get a heavier traffic volume passing through from St. Clair Street /Highway 40 to south Chatham and back, than the Fifth Street

Bridge does. Perhaps if the Third Street Bridge does in fact get overhauled or rebuilt to accommodate heavier traffic, Fifth Street Bridge can be restricted for use by only city vehicles, such as city transit, taxis, police and ambulance, as well as pedestrians, and bicycle traffic, assuming these

vehicles would be less of a burden on this bridge’s existence. How this can be accomplished would be up to city planners and engineers, but again, these are only my suggestions on the subject, based on what I have read on the basic facts of this subject. Frank Doyle Chatham

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Ag efforts lauded at gathering Chamber of Commerce’s Rural-Urban dinner celebrates 70th year

By Bruce Corcoran

A capacity crowd took in the 70th annual Rural-Urban Dinner Nov. 23, which honoured an interesting cross-section of individuals and companies for their contributions to local agriculture. The annual event is put on by the Chatham-Kent Chamber of Commerce. Dave Baute, founder of Maizex Seeds, earned the Agriculturalist of the Year award, but he was quick to share any accolades with his wife, Brenda. He said the award recognized “a lifetime of very hard work.” Baute grew up on a farm, more specifically on a tractor. He said he was on one by the age of 12 on his father’s farm near Jeanette’s Creek, and by age 16 was share cropping with one uncle. But Baute also got into the seed business, beginning with King Grain 37 years ago, and working for Pride Seeds as well. Bruce Corcoran/The Chatham Voice “King Grain was family From left, Tom Storey and David French of Storey Samways Planning; Tim Schinkel of Schinkel’s Legacy; 4-H member Shaun Sullivan; and Dave Baute of owned and had integri- Maizex Seeds – who were all honoured at the Nov. 23 4-H dinner at the Bradley Centre. ty,” he said. “They emso generous with their have been successful in Sullivan took home the by the honour. “I think it’s a recognition powered their staff.” “It was two weeks ago; of my leadership skills Because of that encour- enthusiasm is appreciat- that field and share your honour of being named ed,” he said. passion. They will share the 4-H member of the I was in my dorm room working with the youngagement, year. The St. Clair College at college,” he said when er members. Baute re- “The help and encour- “Success is theirs with you.” Continued on page 8 On the youth end, Shaun student was blindsided he learned of the award. a result of a alized he agement from all the lot of people wanted to turn it into people who have been picking you up off the a career. so generous with their ground.” The sup- enthusiasm is appreHe advises port over ciated. Success is a to the years result of a lot of people people stick to their h e l p e d guns and m o l d picking you up off the pursue their Maizex and ground.” dreams. Baute into - Maizex’s Dave Baute “ H a v e what they the courage to follow are today, he said. “The help and encour- your passion. Do what agement from all the you love doing,” he said. GOT BETTER. T S JU people who have been “Reach out to people who E W , D E G BOTH!! N

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Sullivan has been part of 4-H for seven years as part of the Merlin Field Crop 4-H. His parents farm near Blenheim. “4-H, a big part of it is that it helps prepare you for the future, with public speaking, etc.,” he said. Schinkel’s Legacy received the

Agricultural Innovator of the Year award. The company has operated on McGregor Place in Chatham for 24 years. Tim Schinkel said receiving the award is an honour. “It’s always nice to get recognized for your efforts. This originated as a small family business,” he said. “One

The composition of the Board is four members of Council plus two volunteer citizens appointed by the Municipality of Chatham-Kent Council. The two volunteer citizens are appointed for a four year term. In addition, Provincial appointees may be appointed at any time by the Lieutenant Governor. Applicants must complete a Volunteer Profile Application Form and may submit a brief bio and/or resume highlighting relevant experience and qualifications. The application form is available at any Chatham-Kent Municipal Centre or Municipal Information Desk and on the CK website The application form must be received by the end of the business day Friday, December 16, 2016 at any Municipal Centre or Municipal Information Desk, or by mail to the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, 435 Grand Avenue West, P. O. Box 1230, Chatham ON N7M 5L8, Attention: Dr. April Rietdyk, General Manager, Health and Family Services. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Request for information must be directed to

were just municipalThe firm has had a ly inspected,” he said. hand in most major “We’re federally inland-use planning efspected now.” forts in Chatham-Kent. Local pork, beef and Everyone in attenturkey is still utilized, dance at the Rural-Urbut Schinkel said they ban Dinner also heard are drawing in goods from guest speaker Nifrom a wider area, just cole Vanrabaeys, a duas they are delivering to al-degree graduate of Nicole more distant locations. the University of WindVanrabaeys “Our distribution area sor. keeps growing, with the She has a degree in pobusiness reaching as far as Otta- litical science and digital jourwa and outside the province,” nalism. he said. “We buy all our product It is the latter that led her to put from Ontario.” together a documentary on the As for the future for the busi- life of a farmer. It was a school ness, Schinkel’s said project; one into which she put with four children at more effort than her professor the facility, there is a said was necessary. Still, VanMusicians of the former solid succession plan rabaeys persevered. Orchestra London in place, and eyes are “It took about a year to put toconstantly shifting to gether. I wanted to capture all the horizon. the different seasons,” she said. A Family Christmas Concert “We are always Vanrabaeys enjoyed her time at looking forward to school in Windsor, but relishes the next collabora- her time in small-town Ontario. Conductor tive effort,” he said. She grew up on the family farm Brian Jackson S t o re y - S a m w a y s near Thamesville. Planning earned a “I just love living on the family Soloist nod as a Friend of farm in a small town,” she said. Sonja Gustafson Agriculture for its “I grew up with that. I want to many years of work- keep it. Family matters a lot.” A Full Orchestra Performing A ing with farmers and What also matters to VanYuletide Program That Will Bring the municipality. rabaeys is for urbanites to unThe company came derstand the rural realities. Your Holiday Memories To Life! together in 1989 with “Two per cent of the popuSaturday, December 3, 2016 the merging of two lation makes the food for the 8:00pm existing companies, other 98 per cent. People don’t The Chatham Cultural Centre Thomas A. Storey realize where their food comes Tickets $40 at the Planning and Plan- from and that it is a hard job,” Chatham T:10”Cultural Centre Box Office, ning For People. she said.


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Chatham-Kent council wants to get the flock out of here, and Mayor Randy Hope is advocating a crow cull to get the job done. The issue came up to council – again – with a motion from East Kent Coun. David VanDamme who asked that council seek help from the province and local hunt clubs to “eradicate” what he said is an estimated two million to 20 million crows that roost in trees and fields in and around Chatham. Hope weighed in on the issue, and said it was time to stop “fooling around” and “shoot a bunch of them out of the sky.” Before any drastic action is taken, Chatham Coun. Bob Myers suggested council ask staff to report back on any previous action taken to deal with the crow problem so council can have a better understanding of the issue. A local Chatham man,

John Cryderman, who has raised and researched crows, said council needs to stop wasting money on ineffective crow control measures and consider the liability and safety issues associated with a crow cull. “You can’t guess at this; you need to know what you are talking about or you are going to make mistakes,” Cryderman told The Chatham Voice. His main point of contention with the motion to council is VanDamme’s estimate on the number of crows. In a “professional and forensic count” on the size of the flock done by him in the late 1990s, he said the average number of crows roosting was between 12,000 to 14,000. Cryderman said the only way to do an accurate count is after dusk when the crows are roosting, a process he was involved in over a 12-week period. As a member of several organizations that studied the behaviour, nesting and feeding habits


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Crows may not have access to the full smorgasbord on the streets of Chatham on garbage day thanks to residential garbage totes, but they will pick apart garbage at every opportunity, especially from local businesses.

of crows, he said people need to understand crows in order to know how to get rid of them. According to his research, crows split into groups to feed and then send scouts back to the roosting area to ensure the area is safe before the flock comes back. Crows also will go back to the area they were hatched,

and older crows will come back to take care of the newly hatched birds. “Each group has its own distinctive habits,” he explained. Many people are wondering why the new garbage bins haven’t helped by taking away a source of food from the crows. Cryderman said that crows are intelligent and will

adapt to find a new source of food, and as predators, they will eat from backyard bird feeders, road kill or the eggs of smaller birds and newly hatched baby birds for food. “I think you are going to see a decline in the number of songbirds as the crows will turn to them as a food source,” Cryderman noted.

He also said that people like Scott Heuvelmans, who spoke to council about how the droppings from crows are adversely affecting his car dealership, are absolutely right. “The guano from crows is made up of phosphate and concentrated uric acid and will eat through paint,” Cryderman said.

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Quick thinking and determination likely saved a life and earned a Chatham-Kent police officer a provincial medal of bravery. Const. Fraser Curtis received the medal Thursday at a ceremony in Toronto. Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth

Dowdeswell handed out the hardware at a ceremony at Queen’s Park. Fraser earned the medal for how he responded after learning of a fire. According to police, in the early morning of May 7 of this year, Curtis and his partner were responding to a call of a house fire. The exact address was unknown. A passerby

flagged down their patrol car and directed them to the fire, also advising them that someone might still be in the building. A large amount of thick black smoke was pouring from some of the second-storey windows when they pulled up. Several police were on scene trying to gain access to the upper apart-

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The apartment was quickly filling with smoke and fire. Curtis saw a small gap in the fire and crawled on the floor along the hallway. The man was conscious and lying on the floor wearing nothing but a pair of boxers, covered in soot, very intoxicated, belligerent and disoriented, police say. He was initially confrontational with police and kept asking for the Curtis to let him back into his burning apartment. Curtis grabbed the man and physically carried him out of the building. A few more minutes could have ended tragically for the victim. Cur-

tis put himself in harm’s way and entered a dangerous situation unprotected, police say. Gary Conn, chief of the Chatham-Kent Police Service, commended Curtis’ actions. “I was very pleased to endorse and nominate Constable Fraser Curtis for the medal of bravery. All our officers are heroes amongst us, but clearly Const. Curtis’ actions went beyond the call of duty in saving this individuals life,” he said in a media release. “His actions further support and exemplify why we chose to become police officers and enter into such an honourable vocation.”

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While he doesn’t personally want to participate in a cull, Cryderman said the only way to get rid of crows is to go to where they roost, and systematically shoot one or two birds to disrupt the roost and make it an unsafe place, over a period of days, and do that in conjunction with watching for the scout crows and shooting them before the entire flock returns to roost. This method, over a period of time, he said is the only way to disrupt the

roost on a permanent basis. “The natural distress call of the crow is the best way to disrupt the roost,” he noted. Cryderman was to meet with municipal officials Wednesday (Nov. 30) to encourage the municipality to not waste time and taxpayers’ money on ineffective methods of crow control. Council will address the issue again when the report comes back from staff for the Dec. 12 council meeting.



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YMCA hands out Peace Medallions to two recipients By Mary Beth Corcoran

As part of the YMCA World Peace Week, two Chatham-Kent residents were awarded the Peace Medallion for their efforts in building community and acting for peace recently. For the past 30 years, the YMCA has been recognizing people in the community who put their own time and money into projects that make a positive difference in the world. At a ceremony at the Chatham-Kent YMCA last week, Emily Hime, founder of Hime for Help; and Elaaf Siddiqui, McMaster University stu-

dent and Chatham-Kent “In Grade 9, 10, 11, I alSecondary School grad- ways had all these ideas uate were awarded their but I never know to exemedals. Hime couldn’t cute them, but in Grade be there in 12, I took person but “In Grade 12, I took a course in sent a vid- a course in equity and equity and eo, and her the entire father, Phil the entire moral of the moral of Hime, ac- course was to get out the course cepted on of the classroom and was to get her behalf. out of the make a difference. It As the wasn’t even a class to c l a s s ro o m youth cateand make a gory recip- me anymore.” difference,” ient, Sid- - Elaaf Siddiqui Siddiqui diqui has a explained. long history of advocat“It wasn’t even a class ing for social justice local- to me anymore. It was, ly and now in university, ‘Think of an idea and crediting her high school how can we help anyteacher, Stephanie Ken- body in our community,’ nedy, with making her and just getting out and aware of what she could doing it.” Continued on page 12 do to make a difference.

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Liz Fletcher, YMCA vice-president, presents the 2016 Peace Medallion to youth category winner Elaaf Siddiqui of Chatham, who is currently attending her first year at McMaster University.



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“That was my only motivation – who can we help and what can we do to make a difference because there is so much we can do every single day.” Last year Siddiqui did a fundraiser for the Syrian refugees at William St. Café and raised about $1,300 in donations. She said her entire year was structured around helping that Syrian family adjust and move into the community. The student also organized a multicultural day at CKSS, a day for people to wear their traditional clothes, and help others understand and respect diversity.



For Hime, the 24-yearold began her dedication to community service at age 17 during a trip to Ghana, Africa where she volunteered at an orphanage, and then in 2011, she traveled to Haiti to help after the hurricane destroyed the island. By 2012, she had founded Hime for Help, a not-forprofit corporation supporting projects in Third World countries. She currently runs an orphanage in Port au Prince, Haiti, where she supports children and families living in poverty and teaching English to the community at no charge. Hime’s father, Phil, said he couldn’t be prouder.

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Grant extends transition program for youth By Bruce Corcoran

The Children’s Treatment Centre (CTC) of Chatham-Kent received a huge boost from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, one that will extend a key program. The Children’s Treatment Centre’s Life Links program received a grant of $287,000. The program supports children and youth with special needs, transitioning into adulthood, with discovering and pursuing their unique interests of becoming active and contributing adult members of their community. Life Links staff assist clients with exploring employment, continued education, volunteerism, independent living and planning life after high school. The program has, until now, stopped when clients reach age 18, but thanks to the funding boost, it will continue until a client reaches age 21. Life Links staff assist clients with exploring employment, continued

education, volunteerism, independent living and planning life after high school. Christian Picard, who is in the program, said the extension is appreciated. “The Life Links program at the Children’s Treatment Centre is just a wonderful program,” he said. “I cannot say enough how it impacted my life. The staff lifted me up when I was down. They gave me so much care and attention.” Katie McCall, a social worker in the Life Links program, said the funding will help young adults in their shift from teen to working adult. “At the age of 18, youth would transition to adult services,” she explained. “There was a gap; no one to help transition them. We did a pilot project to see what was needed.” The program co-ordinates with community supports and services. Rick Nicholls, MPP for Chatham-Kent Essex, delivered news of the grant. “This funding will directly help local families by alleviating wait times for

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From left, Donna Litwin-Makey, CEO of the Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent; Life Links program member Joey Demais; Rick Nicholls, MPP for Chatham-Kent Essex; and Christian Picard, program member. The Ontario Trillium Foundation donated $287,000 towards the Life Links program recently.

support services allowing for specialized one-on-one counselling for children and young adults,” he said. According to CTC staff, the centre is the only provider of one-on-one transition facilitation in Chatham-Kent for children and youth with special needs, and there is very limited advocacy and resources for connecting and transitioning children and youth with special needs

to appropriate community resources. Donna Litwin-Makey, head of the CTC, said the funding will extend the program. “Funding from OTF will allow Life Links staff to more efficiently serve its growing caseload, older clients, and youth with diverse needs,” she said. “This is a huge enhancement to services and will increase our time to work with youth.”

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Giving back is a life model By Mary Beth Corcoran

Modeling her life by the philosophy that you live not by income, but outcome, Christine Fairbairn is using her education and career choice to give back to the community. A registered dental hygienist, Fairbairn official-

ly opened the doors to her new clinic, Bright Smiles Community Dental Hygiene, in July of this year and started Give Where You Live. The program is designed to provide dental hygiene services to people in the community who may not have the resources to get proper dental care.

Fairbairn said the first free clinic this week for the Chatham-Kent Women’s Centre went very well. People referred came to her clinic to receive a check up and if needed, referral to a dentist. “I think the first Give Where You Live clinic went extremely well.

All the women left with smiles on their faces and my heart is full,” Fairbairn said. “Just over $1,289 worth of treatment was provided, five new patient exams were performed, scaling, polishing, fluoride treatments, countless dental supplies were handed out and seven oral hygiene instruc-



tions given.” She is also in contact with a dentist who has been a mentor to her, Dr. Mark Luvisotto of Windsor, who has offered to provide free fillings to two women who need them and two others who need further review and treatment. Sitting in a comfy waiting room that Fairbairn designed herself to be welcoming new patients, the Chatham native talks about being born and

raised here and wanting to give back, and to make basic dental care available to as many people as possible. “I keep costs low because I want to make access to dental care more affordable,” Fairbairn explained. “My fees are 30 to 40 percent less than traditional offices. If you have no insurance, it can get very expensive and that important for even people with co-pay.”

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The annual Community Living Chatham-Kent’s Annual Christmas Concert at St. Paul’s Congregational Church is slated for Friday at 7 p.m. The Christmas Concert performers will entertain, and inspire, putting everyone in the Christmas spirit. The Community Living Chatham-Kent Choir and Blacklight Group will take to the stage to delight and entertain. Be inspired by local performers such as Olivia Hunter, Bailey Baggio,



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Giving people a less expensive alternative to care is a big part of her business plan and she does a PowerPoint presentation for the group on proper oral hygiene to help with prevention of bigger dental issues down the road. Doing all the jobs in the clinic makes for a long day for Fairbairn, from reception to patient care to cleaning, but for her it’s a labour of love as she slowly builds up her practice. Once she is more established, her next steps are to hire another hygienist and a receptionist. Moving back to Chatham from out west, Fairbairn said she spent the last seven years in Calgary in a job she loved. “All my family is here and it was a tough decision. I worked for a not-for-profit in Calgary doing free dental care,” she noted. As a dental hygienist, she knows the importance of having regular dental checkups. “Oral health is a huge part of overall health with diseases like Alzheimer’s and diabetes, and it’s more necessary in communities like this one with an aging population,” Fairbairn said. “I am a huge proponent of prevention. I have found two cases of oral cancer in my career and I was able to catch it early on because they came to the dentist regularly.” She said on average people come for a check up between six to nine months, depending on their overall oral health. Access to care here is something people don’t always take

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To what standards should teachers be held accountable? I have a lot of friends who are teachers in Chatham-Kent, and beyond. Like all teachers, they have a responsibility to be good role models for their pupils. But how far should that responsibility go, and who sets such guidelines? Did you know the Supreme Court has ruled that how teachers behave away from work is relevant in terms of their ability to educate? As for social media, the Ontario College of Teachers warns its members on how they use it. The public school board in Ottawa has a guideline warning teachers against posting photos on social media containing certain topics. One is people doing drugs (duh!) another involves alcohol, and a third pertains to “scantily clad photos on the beach.”

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That one idiot who held to a higher standard. are sad affairs, they do Many have partied with community, you are hurtindeed tend to bring The response to my hasn’t been out east? The public is paying and friends in front of the kids entrusting teachers to ing it. family together. For the comment was huge, and Yours truly. Thanks for – I’m talking New Year’s, If you are harping about first time ever, and this the vast majority of it was outing me, Geordie. help shape our children. Super Bowl, etc. Unfortuhigh property taxes and unfortunately includes a in agreement. I guess we’ll have to But law-abiding activity nately, some get blitzed in is difficult to make prohigh unemployment, regood many funerals, all We all shop out of town, change that, won’t we? front of their offspring on think how you shop and the first cousins from my and many of us shop fessional judgment upon. an all too regular basis as Buy local, shop local you can help contribute online. 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And many folks enjoy a even all three from Nova Smoking weed, snorting is telling its teachers to coke – well, such activity make sure there’s no is pretty black and white, booze in any imagery as it is illegal. they put up on their own As for what someone personal social media is wearing on the beech, Onunless December 1989, a man accounts. it is to6,the point of went into École Polytechnique de Montréal and systematically murdered And then there is there is no 14illegality, women, then for no other reason except were women. 1991, theinto Parliament of Canada officially Onthey December 6, 1989, aInman went École Polytechnique de Montréal and systematically murdered “scantily clad” to address. place for judging. 14 women, for no other reason except they were women. In the Parliament of Canada officially proclaimed this day, known as the Montreal Massacre, as the National Day of Remembrance and1991, Action That’s extremely subImagine the trouble proclaimed day,the known as the Montreal Massacre, as the National on Violence Against ~ In Ontario andthis across nation, more than 1,000 Aboriginal women Day of Remembrance and Action on jective. And is a woman – and wrongly so – Women. an Violence Against Women. ~ In Ontario and across the nation, more than 1,000 Aboriginal women and girls in a bikini, especially a and girlsteacher have now gone Ottawa might get missing or murdered. ~ On December 6, 2016, we will commemorate the teacher, considered to fall lives have now gone missing or were murdered. ~ On December 6, 2016, we will commemorate the lives of the into he or killed she beat at École Polytechnique; remember missing and murdered Aboriginal women ofshould the women into the faux pas categoa beach party on a warm killed at École Polytechnique; remember missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls, girls, evening, and all who have died as awomen result of gender-based violence in our communities and across ry? What about a guy in a and summer sitting and all who have died as a result of gender-based violence in our communities and across our nation. Speedo? Is there a double nation. We Will Remember and Act for Change to End Violence Against Women. aroundour with other folks We will Remember and Act for Change to End Violence Against Women. standard? enjoying an adult bevChatham-Kent Domestic Violence Community Coordinating Committee Presents: Would a topless womerage, and opt to take a Chatham-Kent Domestic Violence Community Coordinating Committee Presents: an qualify as “scantily group photo? That’s a fine A documentary about the women and girls, clad” despite the fact it is gathering of friends for legal for women to walk most everybody, but now missing and murdered along a 724 kilometre stretch of around topless if they so a school board could take highway in northern British Columbia. please in Ontario? issue with capturing and This film contains graphic content and may be upsetting Chances are, if you sharing the moment? and triggering for some. Viewer discretion is advised. put up photos on social Too far. media, people you might not want or anticipate Family gatherings, seeing the images will be happy and sad exposed to them. Given I attended the memorial how so few people pay service for my Aunt Jane attention to their privacy on the weekend. She was settings on their social 93, and was never quite Refreshments will be provided. media accounts, kids herself after losing her Continued from page 16

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ACROSS 1 Timber wolf 5 U.K. television option 8 Lily variety 12 Opposed to, slangily 13 Always, in verse 14 Mimicked 15 Get bigger 16 Banner

18 “-- Street” 20 Leads 21 Edges 23 Adam’s mate 24 Recklessly 28 Book after Joel 31 Sphere 32 “SNL” alumna Cheri 34 Debt notice

DOWN 1 Trails behind 2 Shrek is one 3 Life stories, for short 4 Ahead 5 Huge monster 6 Spelling contest 7 Rugged cliff 8 Digestive aid 9 Widespread illness 10 Kelly or Hackman 11 Rhyming tributes 17 Payable

19 Venus de -22 Old daggers 24 Bounce 25 Blunder 26 Especially 27 Baby-sitters, often 29 Partner of aah 30 Take to court 33 Personal (Pref.) 36 Paid heed to 38 Attraction 40 Atmosphere 42 Thin wedge 43 Relinquish 44 Buffalo Bill’s last name 46 Capri, e.g. 47 Siestas 48 Sudden rush of wind 50 Individual

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IODE Captain Garnet Brackin Members thank the florists, landscape businesses and decorators, the home owners, St. Thomas Anglican Church, Goodwill Industries, Comfort Inn, print media and radio, all volunteers and ticket holders for making our 12th Annual Christmas House Tour a success. Decorating by: Home Interiors by Laurie Clark, Glass House Nursery and Garden Centre, Syd Kemsley Florist, Country Comforts, Bricks and Blooms, The Purple Pansy Flower Boutique, MP Designs @ Work - Sherry Piens, Ross’ Nurserymen. Sponsors: Alexander and Houle Funeral Home Ltd., Victory Ford, Dean and Barbs No Frills, Sparks Carpet One, J & R Signs, Windmill Cabinet Shop, BioPed Chatham, Lundy Insurance, James D. Wickett, Barrister and Solicitor, Ewald Homes Ltd., Commercial Copy Centre.

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The Dec. 1, 2016 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent community newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. and area since 2013.