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SOCIAL CLIMBERS Codey Gage and classmates hit a rock wall to make friends and get fit - p. 12

MEET THE CANDIDATES Your guide to the Ontario election - p. 3-7, 13

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Why MMP sounds good to me The View from the Strip By Casey Lessard For the most part, I am not well-represented at Queen’s Park. I’m an environmentalist and a vegan (and admittedly a bit of a hippie), and I am not aware of any sitting politicians who represent my views in the legislature. To be honest, vegans are a pretty small minority in this country, but I’m still a citizen and a voter. Shouldn’t I expect to be represented? Okay, probably not as a vegan, but we shouldn’t fault the citizens’ assembly for recommending that underrepresented people should have our ideas presented in the legis-

lature by someone who actually agrees with us. The Green party, for example, will need a lot more than three per cent to take a riding victory, but with three per cent across the province, doesn’t it make sense that someone from that party should be at the table to present their concerns and ideas? Three per cent is a lot of people: according to Statistics Canada, London is just over three per cent of the population of Ontario. Does London not deserve a place at the table? In fact, London will elect four MPPs this year. Like you, I don’t agree with everything the Green party says. In fact, I don’t agree with everything presented in any of the party platforms I’ve read this election (or any other election, for that matter). Do you? If so, I suggest you’re in the minority. I believe most people have at least one thing they don’t like about what their party of choice stands for,

and that’s equally true when we’re talking about a local candidate, even if they’re your neighbour or friend. MMP, or mixed member proportional representation, will give you the opportunity to vote for the party you like and pick a candidate from a different party if you think they’ll serve you better at home. Another plus is that it will give more people a reason to vote. If you know that there’s a chance someone with your ideals will be heading to Queen’s Park, you’re more likely to help make that happen. The proposed electoral system change has made me pay attention to this election, and I think it would be good to force the big parties to listen to the rest of their legislative colleagues. As is the case in the journalism business, you don’t get an accurate sense of reality by always listening to the same people.

Legends of the Fall Advice from mom By Rita Lessard Fall - what a great time of the year. Not too hot, not too cold. Standard time is approaching and thus we’ll fall back an hour. The word fall is used in so many ways, for example, fall in love, fall out, fall from grace, fall back, etc. This column will address the physical act of falling. Tom has had many falls in his lifetime. My first experience with Tom’s falling problem was when he was attempting to carry me over the threshold. Isn’t that the perfect time to trip and fall? I only weighed 105 lbs. at the time, so that couldn’t have been the problem. I ended up falling on top of him, and I think the fall knocked him out. I ended up dragging him over the threshold – there was no way he was going to get away from me. I was a little

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feisty even at that time. When we moved to Huron Park, Tom would ride his bike back and forth to work or to the local pub and he sometimes didn’t get home in one piece. He was in and out of the ditch; I believe he had a balance problem. One Friday night, I was watching TV with the kids and we heard this big bang on the side of the house. Sure enough, it was Tom on his bike, so I said to the kids, “Your father’s home.” The kids looked out the window and said, “Yep, you’re right, mom.” He seemed to be fine, but I suggested he should either get his brakes checked or his eyes checked. After we had five kids, we needed a bigger house, so we moved across the street to a fourbedroom. The layout of the new house was a little different. In the old house, the bathroom was on the main floor, but in the new house the bathroom was upstairs. The night before we moved in across the street, Tom and a couple of our boys decided to camp out in the new house (they slept in sleeping bags in the living room). It was Friday night, so Tom was a little tipsy. In the middle of the night,

Tom woke up and had to go to the bathroom. Thinking he was in the old house, he made a left and then a right turn to go to the bathroom. Unfortunately, in the new house, this was the way to the basement. He opened the door and stepped in, or rather dropped in, because the next thing he knows he’s falling down the stairs. I swear Tom has seven lives because all he got out of the fall was a bloody nose. He did manage to get back upstairs without peeing himself and went back to sleep, not going to the bathroom until the next morning. Amazing! One more story about falling: my friend, who has false teeth, was out shopping in the mall one day and was checking out the cosmetics and smelling the various perfumes. Suddenly, she had a sneezing fit, and before she knew it, her teeth fell out of her mouth. As the kids say, wouldn’t that bite? Hoping no one noticed, she delicately picked them up and went about her business. I hope you enjoy this nice fall weather and if you have to fall, do it on your knees in church, where at least you have padding.

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Warning (Theresa van Koeverden wrote the poem The Warning after the drowning death of Julie Marie Kovar of Fort Gratiot, Michigan in August. The 14-year old slipped under the surface as she swam in rough waters at the Grand Bend beach near the pier.)

The Warning By Theresa van Koeverden Soft warm sand Shifting shards of rock Under toes Lying, drifting, twirling Pressing against the pole Where the red flag waves Light, warm breeze Crossing over the lake Over heads Flowing, Catching against the pole Where the red flag wves Blue rolling water Capturing the sand Against bodies Jumping, curling, moving Rolling toward the pole Where the red flag waves Feet on sand Standing suddenly still Between waves Churning, enfolding, trapping Forgetting the pole Where the red flag waves No way out Curling with the cap In water Reaching, pulling, touching Missing, warning From the red flag’s wave.


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Meet the candidates - Lambton-Kent-Middlesex

James Armstrong Brad Harness Joyce Jolliffe - Green Reform of Ontario NDP FAITH-BASED SCHOOLS? James Armstrong, Green Hometown: Bothwell (45 years) Occupation: 17 years at Sarnia Suncor refinery - currently Operations Program coordinator (management’s representative on the back shifts). Twenty-five years farming. Political experience: Three years on the Lambton Kent District School Board Oct 2003. Ran as independent in the LKM riding with one school board platform. That, along with the rest of the Green Platform, is why I support the Greens this time. Six years on the executive of the Suncor employees bargaining association. Community involvement: Alvinston Fair volunteer, member of the Alvinston Hackers, hockey coach. W HAT IS THE BEST WAY TO STIMULATE THE


Lobby the federal government to lower the interest rate so our dollar value goes back down. The dollar where it is will eventually spell layoffs.

NO. There should only be one school board. I am a new member of the Green party. I am frustrated with the flip-flopping of the Liberals and the Conservatives when it comes to funding of education. In 2000 the Liberals wanted to fund faith-based schools and the Conservatives would not. Now it’s a complete switch. I feel that at some point in time the public will catch on to the misleading promises that these two parties continue to campaign with, in order to get themselves elected and find alternative parties to support. I believe that if a party comes out with a campaign promise during the election campaign and it becomes a lie, the leader must resign. W HICH ELECTORAL SYSTEM WILL YOU BE



Brad Harness, Reform of Ontario


Hometown: Strathroy & Ailsa Craig Occupation: Publisher Political experience: Ran in past municipal TO SOLVE IT? Coal-fired generating stations: we should be elections, sought Conservative nomination in riding in 2003. investigating burning corn in them. Community involvement: Active volunteering with minor soccer, hockey & baseball; W HAT IS YOUR SOLUTION FOR ONTARIO’S co-founded Ailsa Craig & District Historical ENERGY NEEDS - NUCLEAR POWER, COAL, Society. WIND/SOLAR? Wind/solar/biomass. The Green Party and I believe in conservation of energy and renew- W HAT IS THE BEST WAY TO STIMULATE THE ECONOMY IN YOUR RIDING? able fuels. By increasing the population through immigration and home building to attract city resiTAXATION: THE GREEN PARTY SAYS IT WILL dents. There is a serious shortage of labour in CUT INCOME AND CORPORATE TAXES IN the eastern parts of the riding. In Wallaceburg, FAVOUR OF PAY-AS-YOU-GO CONSUMPTION I am proposing a third bridge to cross the US TAXES. W HAT IS YOUR OPINION OF THAT? This will have to be phased in, today we are border just north of Walpole Island. living in a convenience society and the packW HAT IS THE BIGGEST ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE aging is contributing to the garbage problem FACING YOUR RIDING AND WHAT CAN BE DONE



Water levels continue to drop. This is a long-term global issue affecting Canada and in this riding it affects agriculture in a major way, as well as shipping on the Great Lakes, and to a lesser extent, the commercial and

Bill McMaster Family Coalition

Monte McNaughton - PC

Maria Van Bommel - Liberal

recreational fishing industries. Sadly solutions Hometown: Raised in rural Thamesville. are national/international in scope, geared to Residing in Strathroy for 25 years. global warming and reducing its causes. Occupation: Retired from manufacturing sector. W HAT IS YOUR SOLUTION FOR ONTARIO’S Political experience: Ran in 2000 federal ENERGY NEEDS? election to get my feet wet. Ran in 2003 proA better mix of all sources; a lesser reli- vincial election. I also served as president ance on nuclear power. Increased green power, of USWA Local 3313 for 14 years. I have in a decentralized generation format across been an advocate for Health and Safety, and Ontario, and an eventual decentralization of Women’s Rights. electrical distribution as well. Community involvement: Ser ved on a national and international women’s commitSHOULD WE FAVOUR CONSUMPTION TAXES tee and actively fundraised for local women’s OVER INCOME AND CORPORATE TAXES? shelters. Help with the local VON by serving Taxes are too high and should be cut. Large Meals on Wheels. I also sat on the labour pargovernment surpluses are not favoured by ticipation committee for the United Way. Reform (neither are deficits) and surpluses should go towards debt reduction and tax W HAT IS THE BEST WAY TO STIMULATE THE rebates to taxpayers. ECONOMY IN YOUR RIDING? In my opinion, the economy in our riding DO YOU THINK THE MINIMUM WAGE SHOULD has three major components: farming, tourism BE RAISED TO $10 PER HOUR? and manufacturing. All of these areas are in No. Established business knows what it trouble because of the high Canadian dollar needs to pay to attract the type of labour it and Canadians are not getting the benefit of requires. The $10/hour is an artificial limit more purchasing power from our higher dolthat does little except make things exceed- lars. ingly difficult for new businesses to get off the The first thing that needs to be done is to ground. put the farming community on a level playing field with U.S. farmers. We could compete DO YOU SUPPORT PUBLIC FUNDING FOR ALL with U.S. farmers if the government would FAITH-BASED SCHOOLS? give our farming community the same deal We believe the solution to this is through a the U.S. farmers get from their government. If binding province-wide referendum with three that can be done, an import tax on U.S. farm choices: status quo (four public systems), two products needs to be put in place to ensure linguistic systems, or a single public system. U.S. farmers can not dump their products in our marketplace. The rules must be the W HICH ELECTORAL SYSTEM WILL YOU BE VOT- same for everyone. The government needs to ING FOR: MMP OR FIRST PAST THE POST? encourage more companies to set up workWe do not support the MMP solution, even places that process farm products ready for though it plays in favour of smaller parties. store shelves. Our farmers should not have MMP is a means of extending party control to rely on foreign producers to process our of democracy in Ontario. We propose alter- farm products. If elected, I would work to put nate electoral reforms such as referenda, recall, our farmers on equal footing with their U.S. and citizens initiatives, as well as preferential counterparts. ballots. MMP would see 30 per cent of MPPs unaccountable and possibly unelectable indi- W HAT IS THE BIGGEST ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE viduals swept into the legislature through this FACING YOUR RIDING AND WHAT CAN BE DONE back door. MMP would also preclude any TO SOLVE IT? recall system affecting these 30 per cent of Environmental issues in this riding are as our representatives. wide ranging and varied as the riding is big. Residents of Coldstream are concerned about Joyce Jolliffe, NDP a proposed human waste dump. People in

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4 • Bothwell are concerned that they will have to pay for sewage treatment when there is no problem evident. People in Wallaceburg are concerned about what chemicals they may find in the St. Clair River. The answer in many cases is the NDP proposal to extend the Right to Know legislation. We believe the people of Ontario have a right to know what is in the river and what affects a human waste dump have on groundwater and surface water. It is through the attainment of knowledge that we can protect ourselves and our children from environmental threats.

We need wind power and to convert the ered plants, something that should have been done years ago. Where Dalton McGuinty has coal plant. failed Ontarians, we will install clean air technology, such as scrubbers where they will do SHOULD WE FAVOUR CONSUMPTION TAXES the most good. We will look at how we can OVER INCOME AND CORPORATE TAXES? I agree on cutting taxes. We already have use the latest technology to further improve high consumption taxes called GST and PST, our environment. For the environment, leadership matters. more would hurt purchasing power. DO YOU THINK THE MINIMUM WAGE SHOULD



DO YOU SUPPORT PUBLIC FUNDING FOR ALL W HAT IS YOUR SOLUTION FOR ONTARIO’S FAITH-BASED SCHOOLS? Provided that faith schools not be required ENERGY NEEDS? Nuclear power is expensive, unreliable and to teach sex education as is taught in the pubmost importantly, environmentally risky. We lic school system. need a significant boost in clean, renewable electricity such as wind, solar and water W HICH ELECTORAL SYSTEM WILL YOU BE VOTpower, including a practical and ambitious ING FOR: MMP OR FIRST PAST THE POST? plan to install 100,000 solar hot water heaters Unsure as of yet. in homes by 2012. SHOULD WE FAVOUR CONSUMPTION TAXES OVER INCOME AND CORPORATE TAXES? The Green Party, to my knowledge, has not stated what the percentage would be! This is the wrong way to go. Lower income families and middle income families will pay more in the long run. We need to remember that you will be paying a consumption tax on everything you purchase. DO YOU THINK THE MINIMUM WAGE SHOULD


Yes, I do think the minimum wage should be $10 per hour and I would go as far as calling it a fair wage. Minimum wage increases have not kept up with inflation. In real terms, the minimum wage has decreased by eight per cent since 1995 and 20 per cent since 1976.

Monte McNaughton, PC

Hometown: Newbury Occupation: small businessman Political Experience: Elected to Newbury municipal council in 1997 at age 20, serving three council terms. Community Involvement: Has ser ved on the board of directors at Four Counties Health Services and as chair of the Newbury Economic Development Committee. Board of directors for Beattie Haven Retirement Home, the Strathroy and District Chamber of Commerce; has served as Co-Chair of the Advocacy Committee on the Chamber of Commerce. General manager and co-owner of McNaughton Family Shopping Centre in Newbury and was awarded the 2005 North American Retailer of the Year Award. W HAT IS THE BEST WAY TO STIMULATE THE

DO YOU SUPPORT PUBLIC FUNDING FOR ALL FAITH-BASED SCHOOLS? I support a complete overhaul of the unfair Harris-McGuinty education funding formula – and annual hearings to ensure it’s working properly for all of our children.




Since 2005, Ontario has lost more than 140,000 manufacturing jobs and in 2007, a RBC forecast placed Ontario dead last in Canada in economic growth. I believe Ontario can be a world leader again but we must plan for the future. John Tory’s plan to build a W HICH ELECTORAL SYSTEM WILL YOU BE VOT- more prosperous Ontario will address two important areas: providing the strong busiING FOR: MMP OR FIRST PAST THE POST? ness fundamentals that make investors choose MMP. our province, and investing in the cultural, educational, health care and environmental Bill McMaster, Family benefits that make people choose Ontario as Coalition their home. John Tory and I will eliminate Hometown: Bothwell Dalton McGuinty’s phony, so-called ‘health’ Occupation: Self Employed Mechanic tax, putting money back into your pocket, and Political experience: Limited Community involvement: Fire department, creating jobs for Ontario. minor hockey in the past W HAT IS THE BIGGEST ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE





Dalton McGuinty promised to shut down our coal plants – but the plants are still open, the air is still dirty, and technology that could have made a difference was delayed. Ontario’s coal-fired plants are still as dirty as ever, they still contribute to 1800 premature deaths year and they still cost our health care system billions of dollars - another broken promise. John Tory and I will clean up Ontario’s coal-pow-

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meets the very same standards we all embrace. Right now, there is no way to be sure of that. There is little oversight of faith-based schools, what they teach, or who is teaching it. Our plan would invite these schools and the 53,000 kids into the public education system as long as they: teach the Ontairo curriculum; hire only fully qualified Ontario teachers; and agree to ongoing accountability W HAT IS YOUR SOLUTION FOR ONTARIO’S (student testing, inspection, etc.). We can’t go on leaving these 53,000 kids out. They need ENERGY NEEDS? We need clean, reliable and affordable ener- and deserve an education that is consistent gy in Ontario. John Tory and I have a realistic with our accepted Ontario public education and ambitious plan. It starts with expand- standards. ing the role of all renewable energy sources, including wind power, solar power, natural W HICH ELECTORAL SYSTEM WILL YOU BE VOTgas, biomass power that helps turn waste into ING FOR: MMP OR FIRST PAST THE POST? a resource, and geothermal and ground source The Ontario PC Party has no official posiheat pumps that draw energy from the Earth tion on the upcoming referendum. I believe itself. John Tory will also replace Ontario’s there are benefits to both systems and look aging fleet of nuclear stations. Nuclear power forward to reviewing each in the weeks ahead. is safe, reliable, affordable and greenhouse-gas free. Where Dalton McGuinty has dithered Maria Van Bommel, Liberal for four years, we will meaningfully advance Hometown: Our farm is located just north the process for building new nuclear capac- of Strathroy. ity right away to replace the capacity that is Occupation: Currently the MPP for reaching the end of its operational life. Lambton-Kent-Middlesex and poultry farmer with my husband Rene; mother of 5 and SHOULD WE FAVOUR CONSUMPTION TAXES grandmother of 12. Political experience: Two-term municipal OVER INCOME AND CORPORATE TAXES? Fairness is a basic value for Ontarians. councillor in former East Williams Township It means that government should respect and MPP f rom 2003 to present; former Ontarians by taxing them fairly and being Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of careful with their money – something we Municipal Affairs and Housing, and currently haven’t seen from Dalton McGuinty’s four Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of years of waste and mismanagement. In 2004, Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Community involvement: Founding memOntarians saw the biggest income tax hike in history when Dalton McGuinty broke his ber of Middlesex’s Women for the Support ‘no new taxes’ promise. Dalton McGuinty of Agriculture and the Ontario Farm increased our taxes by $2.6 billion a year with Women’s Network; past director of Middlesex an unfair, regressive tax that places a higher Federation of Agriculture and former proburden on lower-income people. That is why vincial director of Ontario Federation of John Tory and I have announced major ini- Agriculture; trustee on the board of governors tiatives to deliver more fairness to Ontario’s for the Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital, hard-working families. These include elimi- becoming its chair in 2001 and then the chair nating Dalton McGuinty’s regressive, unfair, of the joint board of the Middlesex Hospital so-called ‘health’ tax, capping property tax Alliance. assessments at 5% and being fair to rural and what is the best way to stimulate urban residents alike. the economy in your riding? Ensuring our youth are highly educated and DO YOU THINK THE MINIMUM WAGE SHOULD our workforce has the apprenticeships and BE RAISED TO $10 PER HOUR? Ontario needs a realistic minimum wage skills training available to them so that they that allows Ontarians at that income level to are able to market themselves. live with dignity and that ensures that our small businesses can grow, prosper and cre- W HAT IS THE BIGGEST ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE ate jobs. John Tory and I believe that a sud- FACING YOUR RIDING AND WHAT CAN BE DONE den increase in the minimum wage to over TO SOLVE IT? $10 will hurt Ontario’s small business owners Source Water Protection. We have impleand will result in job losses. John Tory and mented all the recommendations from the I believe that it is time to take politics out Walkerton Inquiry and are working with our of the game of setting the minimum wage communities to ensure our drinking water is by creating a special commission that would safe. determine what the appropriate wage level should be and how fast the wage level should W HAT IS YOUR SOLUTION FOR ONTARIO’S increase. ENERGY NEEDS? We need to continue to invest heavily in DO YOU SUPPORT PUBLIC FUNDING FOR ALL green energy. In Lambton-Kent-Middlesex, this has resulted in investments in both solar FAITH-BASED SCHOOLS? Today in Ontario, 53, 000 students are and anaerobic digesters (which convert animal attending faith-based schools totally outside manure to energy). our public education system. John Tory and I believe these kids deserve an education that SHOULD WE FAVOUR CONSUMPTION TAXES

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MMP OR FIRST PAST THE POST? Yes, but as our government has recommend- DO YOU SUPPORT PUBLIC FUNDING FOR ALL I have concerns about how MMP will fured, this must be phased in to allow our small FAITH-BASED SCHOOLS? I support further strengthening the existing ther reduce the representation in rural Ontario businesses the ability to afford and adapt to and for that reason, I will be choosing to suppublicly funded education system. the change. port the existing method of voting or FPTP.

Meet the candidates: Huron-Bruce

Dave Joslin Paul Klopp - NDP Christian Heritage Dave Joslin, Christian Heritage nology to use

Carol Mitchell Liberal

them all safely: we ought to use it. We are very much in favour of small, independent power generators selling their surplus to the grid for a fair market price. We should deregulate the energy industry to allow for maximum competition. This will ensure a market based, rather than politically determined energy price

Hometown: RR 2 Brussels-Grey Ward, Huron East Occupation: Pressure Welder Political experience: ran 5 times federally (Christian Heritage Party), this is the 2nd time for the Family Coalition Party Community involvement: active church member, member of Grey Ward SHOULD WE FAVOUR CONSUMPTION TAXES Deamalgamation Committee OVER INCOME AND CORPORATE TAXES? We are very much in favour of eliminating W HAT IS THE BEST WAY TO STIMULATE THE both corporate and income taxes; the former ECONOMY IN YOUR RIDING? The best way to stimulate the economy in causes job losses as companies flee our high any riding is to keep taxes of all kinds as low tax jurisdiction, and the latter discourages as possible, to eliminate unnecessary regula- saving and investment. Consumption taxes tions, permits, user fees, etc. Also, one must (like the GST) are avoidable if you keep your make sure the transportation and services spending down. They encourage frugality-a (hydro, water, sewer, phone) are all present good thing, especially if combined with savand in good shape. In short make the area ing/investment. However, the only way this as attractive for business as possible. One could be done at present would be to have a should also encourage consumers to shop very high GST-say 20%, or shrink the size of government substantially. We would favour locally when possible. a modest consumption tax and a gradual but W HAT IS THE BIGGEST ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE considerable downsizing of the government. FACING YOUR RIDING AND WHAT CAN BE DONE TO SOLVE IT?

Water is always a concern, especially since Walkerton. Low interest loans to upgrade septic systems, tax breaks to farmers who plant erosion/buffer strips and fencing to keep livestock out of watercourses are some of the ways this concern can be dealt with. Cities should prioritize their spending to ensure that infrastructure-roads, bridges, sewers, and proper capacity sewage treatment plants come well before other expenditures, i.e., arts or sports. W HAT IS YOUR SOLUTION FOR ONTARIO’S ENERGY NEEDS? Diversity is the best solution. We have been given water, uranium, oil, natural gas and coal, wind and sun, and in some areas, geothermal. We should use them all. We have the tech-



No. Studies have shown repeatedly that minimum wage laws actually hurt the very people they are supposed to help. Only the ideological utopia of the socialist can you make a job worth ‘x’ number of dollars. Forcing employers to pay unskilled labourers wages higher than the market value will force them to stop hiring entry-level positions-or move to another jurisdiction. DO YOU SUPPORT PUBLIC FUNDING FOR ALL


We support a voucher system in which the educational tax dollars would follow the child. In other words, force private and public schools to compete with each other for the academic dollar. Schools that excel in morals,

Rob Morley - PC

Victoria Serda Green

Dennis Valenta - Independent

academics and discipline would prosper, those ensure that Ontario farmers have the dollars that are substandard would go out of busi- where they need to be, when they need to be ness-as they should. there. The NDP would commit $300 million each year, starting with the 2007 crops, W HICH ELECTORAL SYSTEM WILL YOU BE VOT- and this would include a retroactive payment for the 2006 crop year. This would be a good ING FOR: MMP OR FIRST PAST THE POST? kick-start for the economy in Huron-Bruce. MMP. There would be positive ripple effects: when farmers do well, the rural economy does well. Paul Klopp, NDP Hometown: municipality of Bluewater. W HAT IS THE BIGGEST ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE Ward of Hay. Occupation: farmer FACING YOUR RIDING AND WHAT CAN BE DONE Political experience: Provincial: M.P.P. TO SOLVE IT? Huron and Parliamentary Assistant Ontario Waste management problems are the largest Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Rural environmental issues. Affairs 1990-1995. Municipal: two-term depSewage: municipalities need money to uty mayor, Municipality of Bluewater and upgrade their systems. The NDP would conHuron County councillor. Huron County tinue with more aggressive funding projects Federation of Agriculture: past-president, and for towns and villages in Huron-Bruce that past regional director; presently director-at- have been waiting in the queue for over ten large and chair of finance committee. years in some cases. Dumps: the NDP will be Community involvement: past-presi- aggressive with a strategy based on “reduce, dent and current board member of Zurich reuse and recycle.” We will help municipalities Agricultural Society; board member of Huron reach diversion goals with funding and not County Pork Producers; committee mem- just regulations. ber of Ontario Soybean Growers’ Marketing To help reduce the amount of product going Board (District 8); supporter of local hock- into the waste stream, we will extend the proey and skating clubs and other community ducer responsibility laws which would ensure events; board member Hay Communications manufacturers and distributors bear their fair Cooperative Ltd. share of the cost of dealing with wasteful packaging. W HAT IS THE BEST WAY TO STIMULATE THE W HAT IS YOUR SOLUTION FOR ONTARIO’S ECONOMY IN YOUR RIDING? One of the best ways to stimulate the ENERGY NEEDS? economy in Huron-Bruce is to get serious There is no single solution for our enerabout solving the farm income problem. Farm gy needs. First of all, we need to reduce the income has been at record low levels. Because demand for energy. Incentives to replace of high input costs, and low commodity pric- old appliances with new energy-efficient es, it is costing farmers more to produce food ones would be continued. Advancements in than what they’re getting paid for it. This solar and wind power would continue to be means that farmers aren’t investing in new explored as new technologies are being develequipment, or purchasing household goods oped and should be supported. We are comfrom the local stores, etc. Negative ripple mitted to decreasing automobile pollution effects extend to agribusiness. A risk man- through increased fuel efficiency. agement program (RMP) is a good start to

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6 • SHOULD WE FAVOUR CONSUMPTION TAXES OVER INCOME AND CORPORATE TAXES? Before I can give an opinion on this, I look forward to the Green party candidate for Huron-Bruce explaining the concept. DO YOU THINK THE MINIMUM WAGE SHOULD


The short answer is yes, the minimum wage should be increased. People should not be forced to earn below the poverty line. Minimum wage increases have not kept pace with inflation. In real terms the minimum wage has decreased by eight per cent since 1995 and twenty per cent since 1976. The Ontario coalition for social justice notes that in 1976, the minimum wage was 9.9% below the poverty line for a single person; but as of 2005 it was approximately 32% below the poverty line. In the long run, we will have a healthier economy and less social problems if working people earn enough. DO YOU SUPPORT PUBLIC FUNDING FOR ALL


Former warden of Huron County (1999, adjust to the increased costs. 2000); former Clinton town councillor, reeve and member of Huron County Council, reeve DO YOU SUPPORT PUBLIC FUNDING FOR ALL of Central Huron. FAITH-BASED SCHOOLS? This is a step backward. The British North W HAT IS THE BEST WAY TO STIMULATE THE America Act established two public systems in Ontario. I support the existing systems. ECONOMY IN YOUR RIDING? The best way to stimulate the economy Adding more religions with their schools will is to continue the programs, which we have take money away from the publicly funded started. Money invested in hospitals & fam- schools. We have just overcome the last crisis, ily health teams make our communities more which the previous Conservative government attractive for investment. Privatized health created. Increasing the number of funded care as proposed by John Tory’s Conservatives schools will segregate newcomers in our provwill weaken our community hospitals and ince and will increase the cost of education drain us of physicians. Education is essen- while taking much needed funding from small tial for the modern economy. Our invest- rural schools. ment in the existing system of publicly funded schools has produced better student test W HICH ELECTORAL SYSTEM WILL YOU BE VOTscores. Apprenticeship programs have been ING FOR: MMP OR FIRST PAST THE POST? expanded to meet the increased demands of I am opposed to the MMP system. The local industry. change will reduce the influence of rural areas & the reduction of the riding will make our W HAT IS THE BIGGEST ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE rural riding too large. It will create a two-tier class of MPPs. Those with riding to which FACING YOUR RIDING AND WHAT CAN BE DONE they are responsible will have a huge load TO SOLVE IT? Water quality is the major problem. The compared to the unelected MPPs. I will vote Water Source Protection Act plus the Clean no. Water Act will go a long way in solving the problem of water quality in the lake and riv- Rob Morley, PC ers. Hometown: Whalen Corners

I can appreciate that some faiths wish to have their own schools, but I am not in favour of funding all of them. In fact, they may not even want that funding. The real issue is fixing the unfair Harris/McGuinty education funding formula. The NDP would overhaul the funding formula. W HAT IS YOUR SOLUTION FOR ONTARIO’S ENERGY NEEDS? W HICH ELECTORAL SYSTEM WILL YOU BE VOTWe already have a mix of renewable energy sources. We are first in North America for ING FOR: MMP OR FIRST PAST THE POST? I’m supporting MMP. Please remember this production of wind energy & solar energy. is a non-partisan issue. I encourage all voters Nuclear energy is also a major part already to get informed and then to make their own and it will continue to be a major source of our electricity supply mix & a major contribudecision, regardless of their party stripe. tor in our local economy. Coal will be phased out. Carol Mitchell, Liberal Hometown: Clinton (born in Goderich twp) Occupation: MPP, business owner Political experience: MPP for Huron-Bruce (2003-present); parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Agriculture and Food; parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Public Inf rastructure Renewal; Health & Social Services Policy Cabinet Committee, Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, Conservation Action Team, Premier’s Research and Development Committee, and Government Agencies Review Committee. Carol is also the Chair of Rural Caucus and the Deputy Chair of the Liberal Caucus.

SHOULD WE FAVOUR CONSUMPTION TAXES OVER INCOME AND CORPORATE TAXES? We have been down that road before. Tax cuts means closing schools and hospitals. There has to be a balance in the tax load. The last cuts in income taxes (the Mike Harris cuts) resulted in a shift to property taxes.

Occupation: Cash crop farmer, former trucking company owner. Shop supervisor at Lavis contracting in Clinton Political experience: 18 years municipal: nine as councillor (Usborne Twp.), three as reeve (Usborne), six as mayor (South Huron). The last year I was mayor (2006), I was also the warden of Huron County. Community involvement: Cemetery board, Zion West United church committees, OFA W HAT IS THE BEST WAY TO STIMULATE THE ECONOMY IN YOUR RIDING? Stabilize the economy for agriculture. There’s a risk management plan for farmers. We need to promote tourism in our riding – that’s a big thing. Promote nuclear power… that’s a big thing in the north of our riding.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007 going through is to get all the environmental hotspots cleaned up by 2015. As far as water’s concerned, we need to enforce al the recommendations that came out of the o’Connor report. There are a lot still standing from that. We need to be looking at the lake shore and see what’s going on there and the reasons for lake shore issues. That will keep us busy the first four years for sure. We’re also looking at implementing a waste management strategy. We need to figure out how we’re going to deal with all this waste and figure out diversion. There’s a lot of energy from waste technology that we might need to get into. W HAT IS YOUR SOLUTION FOR ONTARIO’S


Nuclear. That’s the cleanest source we have. Unfortunately, the wind power just doesn’t produce enough and it’s not constant enough. It’s destroying our shorelines and using up a lot of agricultural land. I think we need to stop and look at wind turbines and learn more about it than we know. There’s a lot of technology out there. There are 3000 wind turbines proposed in our riding. We need to step back and take a ahrd look at what’s going on. It’s a very expensive source of power, too. SHOULD WE FAVOUR CONSUMPTION TAXES


I’d have to know a lot more about this before I could comment on it. DO YOU THINK THE MINIMUM WAGE SHOULD


Minimum wage needs to be raised, there’s no question. But we need to go to industry and see whether it’s a good idea. It needs to be discussed with business because every time it’s been raised, it has hurt industry. DO YOU SUPPORT PUBLIC FUNDING FOR ALL


If they meet the criteria. They have to become part of the public system, they have to use the curriculum and hire certified teachers. They have to go through the standardized testing programs and agree to publish the W HAT IS THE BIGGEST ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE results. If they do all that, I believe it’s fair to fund them. Otherwise, no. It’s a matter of DO YOU THINK THE MINIMUM WAGE SHOULD FACING YOUR RIDING AND WHAT CAN BE DONE integration, not segregation. They have to join BE RAISED TO $10 PER HOUR? TO SOLVE IT? The minimum wage will be increased to Clean air and water. One of the things we the public system. It’s about fairness. $10.25 per hour by 2010. It is being done need to do is clean up these coal plants for over a period of time to allow employers to hydro production. Part of the process we’re W HICH ELECTORAL SYSTEM WILL YOU BE VOT-


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I’ll be first past the post, which is status quo. MMP calls for more MPPs, larger ridings, and appointed politicians. I don’t think that’s a good representation of what people want.

Victoria Serda, Green Hometown: Port Elgin, raised: Owen Sound Occupation: Homeschooler, municipal councillor; was an organic farmer, private school teacher, personal care attendant for the disabled Political experience: Lobbying of municipal government on pesticide by-law 2001-5; past federal Green Party candidate, 2006; policy coordinator for the Green Party of Ontario 2006; deputy leader of the Green Party of Ontario 2006-present; municipal councillor 2006-present. Community involvement: One of six Ontario Climate Change Messengers trained by Al Gore, having given 64 presentations to date, speaking to over 11,000 this year across Ontario. Board member of the Lake Huron Learning Collaborative; membership secretary for the Saugeen Speakers Toastmaster Club; core group member of the Creating Community Network; past member of the Owen Sound Little Theater; pianist/singer, fundraisers for charities & community groups, homes for the aged, the Bruce County Museum; founder/spokesperson for Green Horizons Eco-Action

Strip Special: Ontario Election tal issue, and we need to encourage everyone Dennis Valenta, Independent to become more efficient by using the taxaHometown: Clinton tion system to shift taxes off of income onto Occupation: Truck driver for 27 years pollution and resource use (pay for what you Political experience: Past member of Reform, burn, not for what you earn). Alliance, Conservative parties. Worked with Alliance riding association. Worked extenW HAT IS YOUR SOLUTION FOR ONTARIO’S sively in Perth-Middlesex by-election 3-4 ENERGY NEEDS? years ago. This experience opened my eyes for Energy efficiency in homes, businesses, the need to run as an independent. industry; more small water power generation, Community involvement: Raised money for more small wind and solar, better standard Juvenile Diabetes for several years. Did visioffer contracts, raise the electricity prices to tation at Huron View for about eight years. what the real cost is and help people of low Currently developing the former Triangle income to become more energy efficient as Discount in Clinton into an office which, well as ensuring that all people have their when finalized, will be used to lobby governbasic needs met. ment to reform so-called “family law.” SHOULD WE FAVOUR CONSUMPTION TAXES W HAT IS THE BEST WAY TO STIMULATE THE OVER INCOME AND CORPORATE TAXES? ECONOMY IN YOUR RIDING? I agree ;-) Al Gore supports this concept, Work at eliminating the waste of our tax and it works well in European countries. Tax dollars, and then reduce personal and busithe bads, not the goods. ness tax by same amount. Building a couple of highways connecting us to other major highDO YOU THINK THE MINIMUM WAGE SHOULD ways to London and Toronto would also be BE RAISED TO $10 PER HOUR? quite helpful. Which in turn would encourage Yes, and even higher until all workers in business to locate here. While we’re at it, why Ontario have a living wage. not set up a community college to teach youth at home? DO YOU SUPPORT PUBLIC FUNDING FOR ALL FAITH-BASED SCHOOLS? W HAT IS THE BIGGEST ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE No, I believe that our education system FACING YOUR RIDING AND WHAT CAN BE DONE needs money so our students are receiving TO SOLVE IT? a good education while having the funding This is a farm riding that uses a lot of sprays they need to have textbooks, as well as envi- on the land. I think the government should ronmental education and other subjects like be looking for ways to change that. We also music that were dropped in the past. We need border Lake Huron, which is a large source to have one school system that is secular so we of fresh water. We should prosecute polluters can cut administration costs, keep more rural and make them pay for cleanup. Also work schools open, and have the money to properly with business to ensure there is a way to deal fund our students. with environmental waste safely.

W HAT IS THE BEST WAY TO STIMULATE THE ECONOMY IN YOUR RIDING? Bringing post-secondary education into our communities, encouraging green-collar jobs by promoting renewable energy sources and technological advancement, implementing good agricultural policies to ensure that farmers get a living wage and have opportuni- W HICH ELECTORAL SYSTEM WILL YOU BE VOTties to make money on value added products ING FOR: MMP OR FIRST PAST THE POST? produced locally. I will be voting for MMP. It will engage more people in our democracy, because they W HAT IS THE BIGGEST ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE will be able to vote with their head and their heart: for their favourite local candidate and FACING YOUR RIDING AND WHAT CAN BE DONE the party with which they connect. TO SOLVE IT? Climate change is the biggest environmen-

W HAT IS YOUR SOLUTION FOR ONTARIO’S ENERGY NEEDS? Not so sure I have the right answer for this other than to say, as long as people expect the lights to come on at the flick of a switch, we need hydro. Common sense should tell us that if wind or solar will supply our needs then we can shut down nuclear and coal-fired plants. • 7 If not, we better keep going with nuclear and coal until a better way is developed. SHOULD WE FAVOUR CONSUMPTION TAXES


I think it is a good start. We should at the same time be looking at eliminating all government waste of our money. Pay as you go taxation would give us a measure of choice, which is a good thing. I would think that food and necessities would not be taxed so they would remain affordable for the working poor. DO YOU THINK THE MINIMUM WAGE SHOULD


The concept for the increase is to help the low-income earner. I believe an increase would have the opposite effect. It would just force employers to raise the price of their goods to cover the increase. A much better way to help the low-income earner would be to reduce or eliminate the income tax they pay. DO YOU SUPPORT PUBLIC FUNDING FOR ALL




I will be voting for FPTP, not because I like it, but I think the MMP system will further erode the little bit of democracy we currently enjoy. The bottom line is I don’t like either, and that’s why I am running as an independent, free of the party line, to give the majority a voice at Queen’s Park.

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Strip at the Fair

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Hailey Evans steals the spotlight away from Rylie McRae (who is being interviewed by Marysia Coutts) during the junior prince and princess competition at the Parkhill Fall Fair Friday night.

All’s fair in Parkhill Photos by Casey Lessard

Eighteen year old Jenn Ritchie won the fair ambassador contest, narrowly defeating runner-up Sarah Kennedy.

Hailey Evans plays around while the crowd is paying attention to another contestant.

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Strip Outside

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

It’s all over for Parkhill’s boys of summer

The Parkhill men’s slo-pitch league wrapped up its season last week with a showdown between the Parkhill Smoke and Sylvan. Left: Sylvan had the home advantage for the game, and almost pulled out a last-minute win with a solid run from an 8-3 deficit to an 8-7 final score in favour of the Smoke. Above: Justin Michielsen of the Smoke shows the tension of the championship game. Right: Sylvan’s Steve McClinchey takes off from first base. Below left and centre: Donnie Park brings in what was ultimately the winning run for the Smoke. Below right: Jeremy Bowman examines the trophy, which his team has never won.

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Gina Phouttharath of Centralia plays rugby during a Grade 9 welcome week activity day.

Shawn Kerslake of Winchelsea, Todd Lightfoot of Mt. Carmel and Laura Godkin of Exeter play a game at the other end of the field.

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Walter Matena of Rock Solid Recreation climbing walls prepares Amelia Ward of Zurich for her climb later in the week. The climbing wall allowed students from other grades to participate and interact with the Grade 9s.

Dave Muller of Shipka hangs out on the “waterfall.” “It was pretty cool,” he said. The activity was funded by the Communities in Action Fund through a partnership between South Huron District High School and the Huron County Health Unit.

Getting comfortable at high school and planning for the future Principal’s Page By Jeff Reaburn, SHDHS Although it is still quite early in the school year, it is already time for senior students to start thinking about post-secondary life, especially if they are planning to attend university or college. The annual University Information Program takes place Monday, October 1, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Goderich District Collegiate Institute. This program is open to students in all grades, but it is especially important for Grade 11 and 12 students who are considering university as a post-secondary destination. All of Ontario’s universities will be represented at the UIP, and this will be a great opportunity for students to speak to university representatives. While many universities will be sending representatives to South Huron this fall, not all of them will; so, for many of our students this will be the only local opportunity to ask questions about programs in some

of these schools. Fanshawe College will be holding its College Information Program two weeks later, with an evening session on October 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. and a morning program from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on October 17. This will be a good opportunity for students and parents to see what community college programs have to offer. We encourage students and parents to explore these options. During that same week, from October 15 to 19, our School Council, in conjunction with the school, will be holding a “Futures Week,” during which students and parents will have the chance to gather some very important career planning information. We have a series of afternoon and evening sessions planned, focusing on many different career areas, from entrepreneurship and small business to industry and agriculture. There are events planned for every day that week and we encourage parents and students to attend the sessions, which we hope will provide some very valuable information. More information on the sessions can be found on our school web page: Just click on the link “Career Week at SHDHS.”

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After you have perused the Career Week information, you might want to check out a new feature on our web-page - the Panthercasts. So far, we have three studentcreated podcasts posted on the site, featuring interviews with some of our staff about extracurricular program opportunities at SHDHS. More episodes will be added each week as we explore the communication possibilities of podcasting. We also have two other important events coming up in the new future, both on Friday, October 5. In the morning we will be holding our annual Academic Awards assembly to recognize last year’s achievements for students in Grades 9 to 12. On Friday evening, we will hold our annual Commencement ceremony, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the large gym. Students who graduated last year will receive their Ontario Secondary School Diplomas, and we will hand out scholarships, awards, and bursaries for outstanding achievement, leadership, and citizenship. Finally, I would like to remind everyone again of the upcoming School Council fundraiser, the Parachute Plunge. On October 19, a skydiver will land on the soccer field at

SHDHS and five lucky individuals will win prizes based on where he touches down. The field will be divided into 529 squares, each of which we hope to have sold for $20: the person who “owns” the square on which he lands will win an all-expense paid trip for four to Toronto to see Dirty Dancing, courtesy of Ellison Travel (a $1500 value with travel on Via Rail, four tickets to the show, accommodations at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, and a Keg Restaurant gift certificate.) Additional prizes of $1000, $500, $200, and $100 will be awarded, again based on where the parachutist touches down. The squares will be assigned by a random draw following the closure of ticket sales. All proceeds from this event will be used to support ongoing School Council programs: Commencement Awards, Student of the Month Awards, and our community forums. Tickets may be purchased f rom School Council members, at the main office in the school, and at Curves. We hope that you will support this venture and join us to watch the “plunge” on October 19 at 11:45 a.m. (inclement weather date - October 22.)


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To MMP or not to MMP - that is the question A community By Casey Lessard How will the legislature look in a few years? It’s a question voters have to take seriously at this election call as they face a referendum on the future of the electoral process. A move to elect members of provincial parliament (MPPs) using mixed member proportional representation, or MMP, could see more MPPs in larger ridings, with 30 per cent of our elected representatives being chosen from a list. The pros and cons are currently being debated by voters and pundits, some of whom prefer the current system of first-past-thepost. It’s a system that frequently results in majority governments that can make decisions without consulting the opposition parties. “The big benefits of MMP are that we get – for the first time – something approximating a general form of proportional representation in Ontario,” says Paul Nesbitt-Larking, chair of political science at Huron University College at the University of Western Ontario. “Everyone benefits from this, irrespective of party stripe.” Joseph Angolano disagrees. He’s the media director for a campaign to fight the adoption of MMP called No MMP. “There are accountability issues that have to be looked at with this proposal,” Angolano says. “It takes 30 per cent of seats and makes them filled by a list. Voters won’t know who fills a seat – it could be the first or fifth person on the list. In a democracy, the voter should

choose who represents them, not a party choosing them. It hurts the average Ontario voter who does not have a party affiliation. At best, the makeup of the list would be made up by the party members, but at worst it could be created by the party leader. The cititzens’ assembly made no provisions for how that list is created.” Nesbitt-Larking believes those concerns will be a non-issue. “The citizens’ assembly has said the list must be created in a transparent way,” he says. “Parties that don’t do this will suffer at the polls as a result. This will guarantee the list is a balanced mix of representatives.” But there’s also the issue of distribution, Angolano points out. “While we are getting more representatives, we are losing ridings and that’s a problem. That sort of representation could be a problem for rural and Northern Ontario especially.” Nebsitt-Larking sees the other side of the issue. “If you live in an area where the party and ideas you favour are the minority,” he says, “you’ve been out of luck for 100 years. Under the new system, you can vote for the person and the party. Some element of your choice will end up being represented at Queen’s Park. “With MMP, women’s representation does better because the makeup of the list will be more proportional with women. Minority groups can also expect to be represented on

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the list as well.” Angolano is concerned about the possibility that fringe parties – if they get enough votes – will control a minority government. “Any party that can rustle up three per cent of the vote - which is about 150,000 votes will get a seat,” he notes. Nesbitt-Larking says this is a good thing, noting that most voters want their MPPs to have more power. “Some form of cooperation will be necessary,” he says. “You avoid the propensity for executives and premiers driving too hard in extreme directions. Voters don’t want backroom people running the province.” But that’s where Angolano predicts MMP will lead, noting that it will become impossible to beat the leader of a major party because he or she will always be at the top of the list. Since they will always get more than three per cent of the vote, they’re guaranteed a seat in the legislature. “It will be very hard to get rid of the top four people on the list for a large party because this system allows for dual-candidacy – the candidate can run both locally and be on the list.” There’s a lot to this issue, and you should do your own research to make up your mind. Visit (official government information site), http://www. (pro-FPTP site), and http://www. (pro-MMP site) before you vote October 10.

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By Jenipher Appleton Fall is the best time of the year to play: the courses are quieter, the weather is cooler, course conditions are improving after an especially dry hot summer, and the green fees are usually less, so get your last few games in before the weather breaks. Fall is a good time to take stock of your game and get ready for next season. I would check your equipment first. Grips are the first thing to look at. Worn grips or smooth grips will rob you of distance; look into replacing them or give them a good cleaning with Comet or Ajax (powder form). Remember to check that putter grip. Regarding your game, do some statistics on your next few rounds. The following would be a good start: Department How Many? Fairways hit: 6 Greens hit in regulation: 9 Total # of putts: 32 Chip & putt greens: 2 Chip & two putt greens: 7 Penalty Shots: 2 Keep it simple to start. Try and identify your weak areas and work on them this fall and be better prepared for next season. Good Golfing.

The luminous yellow plumage of the American Goldfinch has begun to wane to a dusky gold. Rose-breasted grosbeaks have long since taken off to their southern climes, and no longer are we pestered by the voracious, greedy grackles at the feeders. These developments are sure signs that autumn is upon us. During my most recent late afternoon walks with Fergus the Labrador puppy, the musical honking of the Canada geese can be heard as they land in the fields to bed down for the night. The sight of the V-shaped flock is another sign of the impending season. The Common Canada goose (Branta Canadensis) can measure up to 45” in length. Its counterpart, the Lesser Canada, is much smaller, around 25” and has a considerably higher-pitched voice. The distinctive markings of these geese are their long black necks and panda-white cheek patches, contrasted by the light chest and grayish body. I have often heard the misnomer ‘Canadian Goose’. Like beavers, moose, and maple syrup, the geese are Canadian, but the correct name is Canada goose. They breed in the Arctic and northern regions of Canada and winter from

Photo: Walter Siegmund

southern Ontario through to the southern United States. A generation ago, it was more likely that most of the geese would migrate south. Now, with our seemingly milder winters and sumptuous grain fields, thousands are spending their winters in southern Ontario. Wawa, Ontario, a town on the northern shore of Lake Superior is noted for its gigantic statue of a Canada goose. The story behind this statue’s existence is chronicled in a song by Stompin’ Tom Connors entitled ‘Little Wawa.’ The Canada goose is one of the few animal species known to mate for life. In Stompin’ Tom’s ballad, Little Wawa is a goose whose gander, or mate, falls victim to an Indian arrow during hunting season. Devastated, this faithful little goose leaves her flock to stay beside the body of her mate, pining away until she subsequently starves

to death. That shows more dedication than most human couples. This sad tale is supposedly true and the statue at Wawa is in tribute to the faithful goose who refused to leave her mate. In our home a wooden carving of a Canada goose also bears the name ‘Little Wawa.’ Very few other animal species mate for life; Canis lupus, or the gray wolf, is among those animals that choose a single mate in their lifetime. The Canada goose can be an overbearing presence in places like public parks. A stroll beside the Avon River in beautiful Stratford is testament to this, where goose droppings litter the riverbank so thickly, it is sometimes difficult to avoid stepping in them. Nevertheless, the unquestionable majesty of a vast V-shaped flock, etched against a clear autumn sky, continues to be symbolic of the spirit of our Great White North…eh?

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Society of Huron County and provides supEstates port and information on the first Monday of Grand Dessert Night. Tickets $25 with tax each month. “Just For Us” is a fun supervised receipt. Contact 519-238-1395 or 235-6202 event held at the same time in the Adult Day or ask at Health Centre.  p.m. - Zion Lutheran church, wing for caregiver family members. Contact Dashwood 1-800-561-5012 for more details. Open House Grand Bend Motorplex Division 3 Team Finals Kids’ fair 4-5 p.m., free barbecue 5:306:30 p.m., outdoor concert from 7-9 p.m. TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2 Displays, tours and prizes. - p.m. - Grand Bend Legion  p.m. - Grand Bend Legion This is a chance for people who don’t Meat Draw Bingo attend the church to learn more about Zion Lutheran. Everyone is welcome. : a.m. to  noon - Port Franks SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6 Community Centre  a.m. -  p.m. - Finnegan’s parking lot Exeter, Baldwin Street/Main Street Healthy Choices. Want to live a healthier Farmers produce, crafts and baked goods. Community Thanksgiving Celebration more balanced life? Then join the Grand Vendors welcome. Hosted by The Chamber - Farm to Table Feast. Farmers market and Bend Area CHC staff on Tuesdays for 6 of Commerce. (519) 238-2001 http://www. restaurants present Taste of Huron County. weeks as we look at making healthy lifestyle Children playground, entertainment, fund changes. Contact Cindy at 519-238-1556 ext raising Thanksgiving ser vice with spe- 6 to register. Sponsored in part by Healthy  to  p.m. - Grand Bend Legion cial music and dinner. Contact Friedhelm Living Lambton. No fee! Everyone welLive music with Bob Finlay Band Hoffmann (519) 227-4045 come. Grand Bend Motorplex Grand Bend Motorplex Division 3 Team Finals WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3 Octoberfast  noon - Lion’s Park Pavilion World Record Walk. Please join us at the SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7 SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 Lion’s Picnic Pavilion in Grand Bend as we  a.m. -  p.m. - Finnegan’s parking lot Exeter, Baldwin Street/Main Street along with other communities in Ontario Farmers produce, crafts and baked goods. Community Thanksgiving Celebration attempt to break the World’s Record for the Vendors welcome. Hosted by The Chamber - Farm to Table Feast. See Sept. 29 most people walking at one time! We will of Commerce. (519) 238-2001 http://www. start registering at 12 noon and begin our 1 : a.m. to  p.m. klm walk at 12:30 sharp. Everyone is invited Pinery Flea Market to participate! Contact Cindy at 519-238: a.m. to  p.m. Live Music with Brian Dale 1556 ext 6 for more details Pinery Flea Market Live Music with Cactus Jam Grand Bend Motorplex : p.m. - Grand Bend Legion Octoberfast Grand Bend Golden Ager’s Luncheon Grand Bend Motorplex Meeting. Guest speaker Grand Bend CHC Division 3 Team Finals Community Dietitian Miranda Burgess. MONDAY, OCTOBER 1 12:30 p.m. : to : p.m. - Grand Bend CHC TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9 Cholesterol Class. Have you been recently : a.m. - Grand Bend Legion diagnosed with high cholesterol? Then join T HURSDAY, OCTOBER 4 Grand Bend Women’s Probus Meeting. us as our trained dietitians explain how you Topic “Preserving your Life Story.” Guest  to  p.m. - Grand Bend CHC can manage cholesterol. Bereavement Support Group. Please join speaker Sheila MacGregor. Contact Pat or Miranda at 519-238-1556 our Social Worker Mickey Gurbin the first ext. 235 or 222. Thursday of each month for support and Living with Breast Cancer Support. This group discussion. program is designed for women who have had breast cancer and are looking for infor p.m. - Grand Bend CHC mation, support and friendship. Call faciliAlzheimer Caregiver Support Program. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5 tator Cathy Campbell for information at This program is facilitated by the Alzheimer 519-238-5072  p.m. - Caddyshack, Grand Cove  to  p.m. - Grand Bend Legion Live music with Lindsay Morgan

To Do: Sept. 26 to Oct. 9 WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26  a.m. -  p.m. - Gill St. Parking Lot, Grand Bend Grand Bend Farmers’ Market : p.m. - Bluewater Golf Course Huron Countr y P layhouse G uild Luncheon Meeting. Guest speaker Virginia Walwick will speak about the Children of Chernobyl. Everyone welcome. Call Mary at 519-238-5640 for details.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 Grand Bend CHC VON Film Festival Please join us for our third annual Palliative Care film festival. Each year we feature films that explore end-of-life issues that are then discussed as a group following the movie. This year’s films are “A Walk to Remember” and “The Doctor.” Refreshments will be ser ved. Tickets $5. We will show one movie in the afternoon and one in the evening. Contact Cindy at 519-238-1556 ext 6 for tickets.  a.m. to  p.m. - Grand Bend CHC Diabetes Support Group. Please bring a dish to share for our pot luck. Call Aileen for details 519-238-1556 ext 4

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 - p.m. - Grand Bend Legion Special Meat Draw - 17 turkeys. Everyone welcome!

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Strip Feature

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Apple wine a natural fit It took 10 years of testing before the Vansteenkistes could launch their Twin Pines wine and hard cider, now available at the Thedford area farm and winery.

Visitors to Twin Pines were able to sample the newly released dry apple wine and hard apple cider, and both opened to good reviews. The Vansteenkistes are already restocking their shelves regularly.

Twin Pines Orchards and Cider House () - or () - Story and photos by Casey Lessard There’s a wonderful surprise fermenting on a dirt road northwest of Thedford, and it won’t be long before the wines being made at Twin Pines Orchards and Cider House are well-known in this area. The only winery (to our knowledge) in the near vicinity, the Vansteenkiste family at Twin Pines started stocking their signature dry apple wine and hard apple cider over the weekend. “There have been many steps to getting here, and they’re all part of the same direction,” says Mark Vansteenkiste, who lives at the property at 8169 Kennedy Line. He and his brother Mike saw an interest in fruit wines developing and incorporated it into their business as an agricultural attraction. “It was sort of something we both came up with,” he says from the store the two built four years ago that also houses the wine making facilities. “People are looking for good food and entertainment and this is more of a personal experience. People want to learn about what we do and this is where we excel. It’s forward thinking in a traditional way.” Surrounded by orchards and growing one million pounds of apples a year makes you think of new ideas to use the fruit, especially considering the current economic climate is not favourable to apples as a commodity. “You won’t go bankrupt,” Mark says, “but you won’t make any money.” “You get enough to do it again next year,” Mike says. That’s why they’ve been working for the past decade to develop their wine and hard cider (many readers will be familiar with the sweet cider they sell at the Thanksgiving weekend farmers’ market in Grand Bend). “We started pressing apples for sweet cider,” Mike says, “and eventually you more

Mike and Mark Vansteenkiste show off their signature Twin Pines hard apple cider and dry apple wine.

toward hard cider. The goal was always to create wines and hard cider.” The technology requires a large investment, but it’s one that allows for complementary processes. “Now we have the technology and the produce to start making other wines also,” Mark notes. Visitors can sample their dry wine (12.6 per cent alcohol) and hard cider (6-8 per cent) in the upstairs tasting room, and by Christmas, Twin Pines will launch a sweet wine (12.6

per cent) and an iced wine (10-11 per cent). After that, expect an apple brandy and other fruit wines using produce from their farm. There’s also the longer-term goal of producing organic products using apples from trees currently growing on a plot nearby (organic wines would be at least two years away). The farm carries grows a variety of organic vegetables, including squash, tomatoes, potatoes, onions and peppers, all available seasonally from late August to early October. The Vansteenkistes view their wines as pre-

mium products, and lean toward the natural side of processes if they have the choice. They rely on integrated pest management to avoid pesticide spraying. Plus, to increase sugar content for the fermentation process, they had the choice of adding sugar or removing water; the latter choice is more natural and preserves the quality of the product, so that’s what they’ve done. “We pick by taste for our place here,” Mark notes. “Instead of a date on a calendar, we look at how the apples taste that day. That’s completely different than what you get at a grocery store. We can pick what we want to the standard we want and that gives us a much better tasting product for our shelves here. “We have a unique climate, which goes from extremely hot to extremely cold, so that allows us to grow a wide range of apples so we can get a lot more variety in flavour for our ciders and wines.” With their recipe 10 years in the making, what can people expect from this year’s wine? “It’s a dry apple wine with a nice apple nose,” Mark says. “What we’re very happy with is that it has a very long finish. It’s something that, for a dry late harvest apple, it’s reflected the fall very well.” Considering the nature of his business, you might expect Mark to be familiar with the taste of his wine from intimate experience, but he’s not a heavy consumer. “I don’t drink much, but I love flavours, and we’ve been experimenting for 10 years. And I don’t think we’ll ever stop experimenting.” Don’t expect to see their wines on the LCBO shelves any time soon. Twin Pines is a small-scale winery and it’s going to stay that way. “We never want to be a factory. It’s not what we’re about. We always want to be small and personal.” To experience the wine for yourself, you’ll have to visit the store at 8169 Kennedy Line, which is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A 750 mL bottle of wine is $11.95 and a 1L bottle of hard cider is $9.95 (return the bottle for $1 off your next one).

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Vol. 1 #11 Grand Bend Strip, September 26, 2007  

September 26, 2007 edition of Grand Bend Strip community newspaper

Vol. 1 #11 Grand Bend Strip, September 26, 2007  

September 26, 2007 edition of Grand Bend Strip community newspaper