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INSIDE Letters Firstly, when the township reviews a potential rezoning - in this case for a private school - the curriculum, or lack thereof, has no bearing on the merits of the application. STORY PAGE 2
Port Stanley Dickens Days Night Parade
Port Stanley Lions Club recognizes Mackie's The Port Stanley Lions Club recently recognized Mackie's for their continuing support of the club. STORY PAGE 2
The Green Shirts Out Again The green shirts were out again, the "Volunteer Gardeners" that is. Planting the last of over 600 tulip bulbs, STORY PAGE 2
Soaps Threaten Lake Water Quality Scientists remain unsure about the scope of the problem because they lack local data. But samples from Lake Superior show a troubling trend: STORY PAGE 3
Taylor Made If you live in Port Stanley on a clear night you can look out over the lake and see the glow from the lights of Cleveland. STORY PAGE 4
Inaugural Union Disc Golf Tournament With ever-changing weather in this part of the country, no round of disc golf is ever taken for granted. STORY PAGE 4
Gift-Giving With Gift Certificates VON Community Support Services provide an opportunity for those looking to alleviate some of that gift-giving stress STORY PAGE 8
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Above: Santa and helper in the Port Stanley Dickens Days Night Parade.
The Dicken’s Day Night Parade is an annual Christmas event sponsored by the Port Stanley Lions and Lioness Clubs and organized annually by Bev and Ray Filewood. The event always draws a good crowd even on an evening when it is drizzling as it was this year. The parade took place on Friday November 25th starting at 7:00 pm. Parents and children lined the parade route that started behind Foodland on Frances Street and continued along Stanley Street, then left on Colborne to Bridge Street, across the lift bridge and down William Street to Mackie’s. Kids were encouraged to bring their letters to Santa to be picked up, along with canned goods along the parade route by the Port Stanley Sailors Hockey Team.
Left: Port Stanley firefighters, some rode the trucks some walked. cash prizes are given out to the winning floats. Again this year the judges were Linda Hibbert and Richard Haddow. Here is the list of winners from this years parade. All prizes were given out at the end of the parade. Most Victorian/Christmas — Railway City Brewing Company. This year there were approximately sixteen floats in the parade including the fire trucks and show cars. Dicken’s Day Parade Float Winners Each year the parade is judged and
Winter Wonderland — Port Stanley Optimist. Linda abstained from voting on this one because she is an Optimist Club member. Best Youth — 1st Sparta Beavers and Cubs. Continued On Page 5
Powerful Message from Dutton Dunwich Jamie Littlejohn The citizens of Dutton Dunwich are outraged that the provincial government is continuing to support the development of an Industrial Wind Turbine (IWT) project in their community, despite the fact that the Energy Minister announced recently that Ontario has a robust supply of electricity and will “suspend” the planned LRP-2 bidding process. The IWT project approved for Dutton Dunwich, called Strong Breeze Wind Project, was approved earlier this year, just 6 months before the suspension of the LRP-2 process. Representatives of Dutton Dunwich Opponents of Wind Turbines
(DDOWT) a local grass-roots community group, will deliver the results of a recent petition-signing and letter-writing campaign to their MPP, Jeff Yurek. Media is invited to attend on: Friday, November 25th at 10AM At Jeff Yurek’s Constituency Office, 750 Talbot St., Suite 201, St. Thomas, ON Comments from DDOWT Spokesperson Jamie Littlejohn: During our recent visits to our neighbours in the community, we found the vast majority were very keen to sign the petition and add their names to the long, long list of citizens in Dutton Dunwich that are very frustrated with this LibContinued On Page 7
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LETTERS Selective Rights? Mr. Hibbert, The letter enclosed is in response to Allan Spicer's Port Burwell report from the last issue. We enjoy reading your paper and wish you all the best. Selective Rights? I was astonished to read Allan Spicer's report on the recent decision by Bayham Township to approve the rezoning on a property near Straffordville to allow the use of a privately-run school. The vitriol directed at a significant number of Canadians living in East Elgin did not escape me. Please allow me to clarify two points for Mr. Spicer. (Disclaimer: I have no connection with nor am I personally familiar with the church/school in question.) Firstly, when the township reviews a potential rezoning - in this case for a private school - the curriculum, or lack thereof, has no bearing on the merits of the application. It must be impartially reviewed on the information contained in the application and its compatibility with the official plan. The council did this and I applaud them for it. If there is a violation of that use in the future it would be addressed by the municipality and there is plenty of recourse for that. Do you want to be questioned on your eating habits before you can build a house and subsequently have your building permit denied because your salad to sugar ratio is not within the Food Guide parameters? That is absurd. Secondly, Mr. Spicer claims to have been a long time defender of the rights of humans, even Mennonite humans! Congratulations, or maybe not. He then proceeds to attack the fundamental human right of parents to be involved in the education of their children. In an era of growing dissatisfaction and/or concerns with the quality of public education in North America and Europe, many of the questions he asked are also being asked by parents of children attending public schools. If you have a curricular concern, contact the Ministry of Education instead of pillorying an entire swath of the population. As a student, I attended public schools, then was home schooled, and later graduated from a private school. As such, I take personal issue with his disparate comments and invite him to visit my friends, acquaintances, and colleagues in our "ghetto-like cocoons". Please call ahead, though, as many of them have busy sched-
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ules as they own/operate local businesses and build homes that pay the taxes to fund the public education in our area. A certain tyrant banned parental choice in education in Germany in the 1930's, let's not go there. This is not a shot across the bow at Mr. Spicer or public schooling in general, but a little more education to "reach their potential" can't hurt, or can it? Herbert Hildebrandt Sparta, ON
Trudeau/Liberals true agenda continues to unfold Then it was the gun registry, now it’s surrender the way we vote. Trudeau’s expressive praise and condolences on behalf of all Canadians towards Fidel Castro’s death, in his usual grandiloquent style, continues to represent Canada as an easy target for those with a domineering mind set. It would have been better for us if he had remained silent. Despite Trudeau’s religious fervour as a feminist and human rights advocator, the Liberal pattern and his comments continue to identify with the former Cuban leader’s undemocratic and dangerous way of governing. Sincerely, Brock Turner Chatham, ON Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
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L to R: Lions Club past president John Johnstone, Ray Filewood, Cheryl, Gregg The Port Stanley Lions Club recently and David Lale recognized Mackie's for their continuing support of the club. Said Lion Ray In addition to this Mackie's also Filewood, co-coordinator of the supports us during the year on a numDicken’s Day Parade, "Mackie's contri- ber of other Lions projects". Filewood bution to our club and the community went on to say, "We rightfully brag is enormous. Each year for our Dicken’s about our blue flag beach, but Mackie's Day Parade, Mackie's have opened their is also part of what makes our beach so doors for us and donated free hot special by having a terrific business for chocolate and cookies for all." They us to enjoy. The management and staff also have provided photos with Santa of should feel very proud of their contriwhich many people take advantage of bution of making us one of the best vilto capture that special moment. It is the lages in Southern Ontario. Our club felt ideal way to end a parade where folks we needed to recognize their effort by are able to meet friends and old acpresenting them with a plaque honorquaintances, instead of a parade just ing them for major contributions to fizzling out at the end. us".
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The green shirts were out again, the "Volunteer Gardeners" that is. Planting or anything with a nautical theme, anthe last of over 600 tulip bulbs, through- chor, nets, floats etc. out the village. Please call one of the numbers They are the Celebration Tulip, Cele- below, Thank You. brating Canada's 150th Birthday in If you have any spare time, and an 2017. interest in gardening, we welcome new Improvement work on the Library volunteers. We usually meet and work wall has necessitated in re landscaping every Friday morning, spring, summer, the garden alongside. and fall. We would like to continue the fishing theme, and we are looking for a small wooden boat or canoe, any condition to maybe plant in.
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The Chemicals In Some Everyday Soaps Threaten Lake Water Quality T. J. Pignataro You may not have heard of triclosan, but washing your hands with Dial anti-bacterial soap or brushing your teeth with Colgate Total is likely polluting Lake Erie and Lake Ontario with the chemical. Scientists remain unsure about the scope of the problem because they lack local data. But samples from Lake Superior show a troubling trend: Popular antimicrobial personal products are washing down the drains of our sinks and bathtubs into the Great Lakes. Once there, the chemicals triclosan and triclocarban damage freshwater ecosystems, some scientists say. The chemicals disrupt the aquatic food chain, increasing resistant bacteria, creating toxic dioxins and contaminating marine life. “When we wash our hands, we shouldn’t be adding toxic pollutants to the Great Lakes,” said Brian Smith of Citizens’ Campaign for the Environment. The chemicals pose yet another threat to the health of the Great Lakes at a time when they’re also threatened by plastic microbeads, pharmaceuticals and dissolved phosphorous, not to mention toxic blue-green algae and invasive species. “Is triclosan making its way into the system? The answer is almost certainly,” said Bill Arnold, a professor of civil, environmental and geo-engineering at the University of Minnesota. Arnold co-wrote a seminal paper on the issue in late 2013 about triclosan in Lake Superior and several inland lakes. A 2010 joint government and industry study into emerging chemicals in the Great Lakes revealed triclosan to be among the personal care products “most frequently detected in Great Lakes waters.” Researchers detected the chemical in nearly 90 percent of surface water samples from the Great Lakes basin, according to the study. Another study confirmed triclosan to be “highly toxic to algae,” which is essential to the aquatic food chain. The chemical also affects reproduction and development in some fish species, including rainbow trout. “Given the population densities on the other Great Lakes relative to Lake Superior, there would likely be a higher concentration in those other lakes,” Arnold said. “That’s a perfectly logical leap.” Wastewater plant operators consider triclosan, along with microbeads and pharmaceuticals, as “contaminants of emerging concern,” said Joseph L. Fiegl, deputy commissioner of the Erie County Division of Sewerage Management. But local wastewater plants are not required to test for and remove triclosan – unlike phosphorus, nitrogen and ammonia among other chemicals. “The science really isn’t out there 100 percent,” Fiegl said.
On store shelves Consumers who perceive antimicrobial products to be healthier and better at fighting germs spend an estimated $1 billion a year in the U.S. on antibacterial products containing triclosan. That’s resulted in a higher use of
“It is important to recognize that presence of a chemical does not At stores across the Buffalo Niagara equate to risk of harm,” the company region, shoppers can find antibacterial said in a statement to The Buffalo hand and dish soaps with familiar News. “Detailed assessments based on names that contain the chemicals: Dial, real-world environmental concentraSafeguard, Dawn and Ajax. tions – which take into account drought and other worst-case condiDrugstores offer an assortment of tions – show no evidence of harm from products: Clean foaming hand soap, Renewal liquid hand soap, Great Value the low level of triclosan entering the dishwashing liquid and hand soap, Top environment.” Care foaming hand soap, and Valu Time Others companies have also shifted hand soap. Colgate Total toothpaste away from triclosan, including Johnalso has the chemical. son & Johnson and P&G. these chemicals.
With pressure mounting from environmental groups to eliminate triclosan from consumer products, federal regulators from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration have begun assessing the chemical. In May, the EPA denied a citizen petition to ban triclosan outright on the grounds that “currently available information” did not justify a ban. The agency, however, agreed to conduct a “biological assessment” of the effects triclosan may have on some protected species. EPA officials, citing triclosan’s “rapidly developing scientific database,” pushed up its schedule for reviewing the chemical by a full decade – from 2023 to 2013. That review process is ongoing.
“Although triclosan is known to be safe through numerous studies and regulatory reviews, there are ongoing discussions about how effective it is for reducing bacteria compared to regular soap,” according to P&G’s website. “Due to our limited use of the ingredient, we have decided to eliminate triclosan from our products. We have eliminated triclosan from more than 99 percent of the products where it was used and have an exit plan for the few remaining uses.”
For its part, the industry considers triclosan safe, even as many companies now shift from using the chemical in their formulas. Colgate Palmolive Co., which markets Softsoap, switched to benzethonium chloride, an alternative antimicrobial product, a few years ago. The company called studies biased because of sampling near wastewater treatment outfalls. The company said the chemical dilutes into reduced, environmentally safe concentrations in water. “The safety of triclosan-containing products has been well-demonstrated and the science on triclosan has not significantly changed since EPA completed its comprehensive review of triclosan in 2008,” Colgate Palmolive Co. told the EPA in May 2013. As for Colgate Total, the company maintains the “uniquely formulated” toothpaste with 0.3 percent triclosan “provides an important health benefit recognized by health authorities” in promoting oral health and small amounts of the chemical in the environment are safe.
“The extent to which it’s filtered out or removed depends on the system,” said Olga Lyandres, an Alliance research manager. “Some are more effective at it than others.” Arnold’s Minnesota study confirmed triclosan concentrations in inland Minnesota lakes and Lake Superior originated from treated wastewater plant discharges. That prompted Minnesota to ban the chemical from products, except in restaurants and hospital settings, starting Jan. 1, 2017. It’s the only state to do so. Restrictions on the chemical’s use are in effect in the European Union, and clean water advocates are pressuring U.S. and Canadian governments to remove triclosan from personal care products.
Clean water advocates call that good progress, but too late.
“Many safer and effective alternatives already exist,” said Jill Jedlicka, executive director of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper.
“Triclosan, and its cousin triclocarban, as a result of widespread use in many over-the-counter, ‘down-thedrain’ products, have succeeded in contaminating waterways and wastewater systems,” said Nichelle Harriott, science and regulatory director at BeOver the last two years, the FDA – acknowledging use of products with tri- yond Pesticides. closan and triclocarban “may carry unNo local testing necessary risks” – began requiring The suds from all those products manufacturers to show triclosan is both safe and effective for use in over-thecounter consumer soaps and body washes. It exempted that rule when the products are used in health care settings.
At the plant, a large amount of the triclosan is removed – between 67 and 99 percent – depending on the treatment system. But remnants of the chemical, or byproducts associated with the process, are spilled into lakes in treated discharge water from the plant, according to a report by the Alliance for the Great Lakes.
Most recently, Dial’s “new active total clean formula” line of hand soaps and a “triclosan free” hand soap by Top Care are landing on store shelves, displacing much of the stock containing triclosan.
In 2008, the agency determined, based on modeling, that triclosan concentrations in surface water from “EPAregistered uses” did not exceed concentrations that would harm aquatic animals and plants.
“New data suggest that the risks associated with long-term, daily use of antibacterial soaps may outweigh the benefits,” according to FDA lead microbiologist Colleen Rogers on the agency’s website.
get washed down the drain and into the sanitary sewer and then the wastewater plant.
There’s no data showing how much triclosan sewage plants release into Lake Erie or the Niagara River. The Buffalo Sewer Authority is not required to test and monitor triclosan as part of its environmental discharge permit, according to Julie Barrett O’Neill, the authority’s lawyer. Continued On Page 6
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TAYLOR MADE Jim Taylor Speaks Out
They Are Still Our Friends If you live in Port Stanley on a clear night you can look out over the lake and see the glow from the lights of Cleveland. Even smoke from industrial stacks. Okay, I forgot. My fisherman father once explained to me that it’s not Cleveland that’s aglow in the night sky, it’s Ashtabula.
Ashtabula? Well, whatever. It is an American city, now part of Donald Trump’s United States of Hysteria, and it makes you realize just how close the American Empire is to our great white north. Closer than Detroit even. Well, sorta. I mean there is no bridge. I only mention this because I am slowly, nervously, reluctantly, coming to the inevitable conclusion that our American … friends? … have lost it. Big time. And it worries me. It should worry all of us. But, hey, they are still our friends. Are they not? Think I’m just a nervous nellie? A cowering Canuck? Anyone catch the American television commentator who said recently that the whole Donald Trump phenomenon was about white supremacy? That the American Empire was under threat and it was time for the American Eagle to fly. Over all of us one would presume.... And all that other gung-ho stuff you hear from our American, ah, neighbours these days?
Any clear thinking Canadian most of us, right - likely looks on Trump as true American. You know, loud, arrogant, brazen and full of …… . I know, I know, I’m not being fair and I’m sure my U.S. cousins would disagree. I think. Still …. kill NAFTA? Build the Mexico wall (and Canada?). Oh, and about those Muslims. Put yourself in Justin’s shoes. I mean how could you hold an intelligent conversation with this guy. Or any kind of chitchat for that matter. I’d like to think the U.S. citizenry is cringing at the wild protestations of this egocentric blatherer. Well, some of them anyway. Yet so far, despite some nervous
Inaugural Union Disc Golf Tournament Megan Pickersgill Tourism Coordinator With ever-changing weather in this part of the country, no round of disc golf is ever taken for granted. But one thing is for sure; if the temperature is above freezing (or even hovering right around it) enthusiastic disc golfers in Southern Ontario are out on the course. This passion for the sport is the norm in and around Elgin County, and it grows tenfold when a Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) event comes to town. This will be the case Friday December 2 to Sunday December 4 at the St. Thomas Golf & Country Club (which is nicknamed Union) when it hosts a PDGA A Tier event, Union—Presented by Sun Life Financial. The event is the first of its kind in the country club’s 120year history. It is expected to draw disc golfers from all over North America. The tournament is being held in support of the Brain Injury Association of London and Region, which will receive all proceeds of the event.
tittering, there seems to be no broad demonstration of unease between Mr. and Mrs. U.S.A. I think it’s an American thing. To our cross-border friends, (hey I have several ... I think), it’s America, right or wrong. And they’re never wrong. The eagle rules. And on and on and … well, you get the picture. Problem is, and I think we all know this - except perhaps Mr. Trump - the world is a very dangerous, not to mention nervous and edgy, place. Made even more dangerous as more and more nations become armed to the teeth with weapons that can include nukes. And who knows what else. Not to mention religious wing nuts who say they would delight in slaughtering “unbelievers.” That’ll teach yah! And war trumps peace. (Sorry) You bet I’m nervous and I’m willing to bet I’m not alone. Let’s hope the American eagle is still a noble bird. If, indeed, it ever was.
PDGA Member and Innova sponsored professional Martin Hendel is the highest rated Canadian player and has seen a lot of events come rolling through Elgin County. However, he believes none of them compare to a weekend of competition at Union. “People from St. Thomas are nuts about disc golf, and this event is truly unique, ” said Hendel. “Our enthusiasm will get everyone’s attention. I sincerely hope we get great weather but if we don’t, it won’t matter to us. We will show up no matter what it’s like.” Christopher Abbey, an Advisor with Sun Life Financial was one of the first sponsors to jump on board. “I’m excited. This is a tremendous opportunity for to be associated with a growing sport and a tournament the first of its kind. It is a sport that eschews the same values as we hold at Sun Life. We advocate healthy lifestyles and programs that are sustainable, inclusive, and accessible to everyone. It’s going to be a great weekend." Many other local business and individuals have also had a hand in helping with sponsorships, including:
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Director of Variable Operations at London Honda, Peter Park; John Shamoon of Stride Rehabilitation Services Inc.; the partners of Wallace, Smith Lawyers LLP; Karen Hurley and Karen Greason of Remax; Alicia Christiaen; Agnes Agnelli of DMA Rehability; Dr. Brad Carson and Dr. David Aiello of Sunningdale Dental; Ken Hou of Innercore Health; and Dr. Maciej Suwala of IRIS. In addition, International brain injury specialists Dr. Ted Carrick of the Carrick Brain Institute and Dr. Nathan Keiser of Innova Brain Rehabilitation Services have also lent a hand in sponsorship. Assistant Tournament Director, Colin Fitchett, notes, “It is amazing to see so many people come together to help showcase disc golf, promote brain injury awareness, and to do some good in the community. Andrew Pearson, the Head Pro at Union, has graciously allowed us the use of this amazing property. Paul Rosen, Canadian Para Olympic Gold Medal Sledge Hockey Goalie, is giving his time on Saturday morning to send us out to compete with a motivational speech. Competitors are travelling from all over Ontario, as well as Manitoba, New York, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Florida, and California. We also have support from traditional disc golf companies like Latitude64, Dynamic Discs, Innova, Discmania, GRIP, Prodigy, Zuca as well as folks from Sun Life, London Honda, and Adidas. It’s all pretty amazing.” Everyone is invited to come out to the St. Thomas Golf and Country Club on Saturday and Sunday to watch the competition. Paul Rosen is scheduled to speak at 8:45AM in the Clubhouse and the tee off time for the shotgun start is 9:15AM. Everyone is also invited to try their hand at playing the course on Friday. The cost of admittance is $10 on the weekend and $10/round on Friday. Just head into the clubhouse for instructions. Information will also be available on the tournament website: http://uniondiscgolf.webflow.io DATES: December 2-4 LOCATION: St. Thomas Golf and Country Club
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The Corporation of the Municipality of Central Elgin
Municipal Winter Control Operations OBJECTIVES
The Port Stanley Dicken’s Day Night Parade Continued From Pg. 1 Best Illuminated Float — Verburggen Trucking. Linda’s notes included the following; Honourable Mentions. The float Santa was on is always an eye catcher, and Jims' Lawn Care Port Stanley. There was also the 1937 Fire Truck, which was really appreciated by Richard Haddow. The chap driving it said that it was Port Stanley's first fire truck. So all in all, despite the drizzle, it
was a good night. It was really a lot of fun. We both enjoyed being judges and hearing all the comments as we walked by. Every year Bev and Ray Filewood outdo themselves. Some of the float operators said that the Port Stanley parade was even better than London or St. Thomas. Above: Most Victorian/Christmas — Railway City Brewing Company Below: Winter Wonderland — Optimist. Middle: Best Youth — 1st Sparta Beavers and Cubs. Bottom: Best Illuminated — Verburggen Trucking.
Through our policies and procedures, the Municipality of Central Elgin is making every effort to ensure we not only meet our winter control obligations but to do so as effectively and as economically as possible. Through good operations, we are trying to facilitate the handling of emergencies by our fire, police, and ambulance officials. It is our goal to maintain safe passable transportation routes and to minimize the economic losses of the community and industry during the winter season. Your co-operation is appreciated.
PRIORITIES The Municipality’s winter control procedures are in place to meet or exceed the Minimum Maintenance Standards as set out in the Municipal Act. As such, some streets are given a higher priority. Not all streets will be maintained in the winter to the same degree. The degree of winter maintenance will vary in accordance with the roll the road/street plays in the transportation network and its classification according to the Minimum Maintenance Standards.
SIDEWALK MAINTENANCE The municipality will undertake sidewalk winter control as per the Municipal policy. The policy states: •
All commercial property owners are responsible for the clearing of snow and ice from the sidewalks adjacent to their properties or businesses.
Plowing will commence when snow has accumulated to 80 mm and the storm is substantially over. This time may vary due to the availability of manpower. Plowing will be carried out during normal working hours.
If required, the maintained sidewalks may be treated with salt or sand as soon as possible after the storm or when manpower/equipment becomes available and during normal working hours. The Municipality will not perform winter maintenance on any sidewalk that is less than 1.2 meters wide.
Although we all look forward to having the streets plowed, no one really looks forward to that pile of snow left at the end of the driveway. Plows push most of the accumulated snow along the roadway. Some snow normally travels alongside the blade. As the plow moves past driveways, that snow falls to one side forming a windrow. It is unfortunately up to the home owner to clear this snow left behind by the plow.
If you have any questions, please contact the Physical Services Department, Municipality of Central Elgin at
ATTENTION The Municipality will be enforcing the relevant sections of the Highway Traffic Act and Municipal By-law EG1.
Traffic Laws Section 170(12) of the Highway Act which prohibits parking so as to interfere with the clearing of snow from the highway and Section 170(15) provides for the removal of offending vehicles at the owners expense.
Municipal By-Law By-Law EG1 prohibits the parking of any motor vehicle on municipal streets between the hours of 3:00am to 5:00am. Owners of vehicles which are in contravention of this by-law are subject to a fine. Any vehicles in contravention of this by-law are subject to removal at the owner’s expense.
Mailboxes The Municipality of Central Elgin will replace broken mail boxes only if snow removal equipment makes physical contact with the mailbox. Landowners are responsible to ensure mail boxes are securely attached to their post.
The Municipality will not be responsible or held liable for damage to private installations which encroach on the Municipal Right of Way. Further that, the Municipality would encourage landowners to remove any existing items that may encroach onto the right of way. Any items that are fixed such as boulders or posts that pose a threat to public safety will be required to be moved at the landowner’s expense.
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day school/nursery 10 am. For info (519) 769-2157. Come and worship with a warm and friendly group of people, we are barrier free. Knox Presbyterian Church, Christmas Eve Service, 7:00 p.m. Minister: Rev. Jon Van Den Berg; church accessible for all. Please join us. Knox Presbyterian Church, Christmas Day Service, 10:00 a.m. Minister: Rev. Jon Van Den Berg; church accessible for all. Please join us. Knox Presbyterian Church, New Year's Day Service, 10:00 a.m. Minister: Rev. Jon Van Den Berg; church accessible for all. Please join us. 36th Annual Fingal Santa Claus Parade - Sunday Dec 4, 2pm, presented by the Fingal/Shedden Optimist Club. Canned goods donations for the Caring Cupboard will be collected at the parade. For more information, or to enter a float, call Steve Garvin at 519-764-2436.
PORT STANLEY 2016
Port Stanley Community Policing Requires volunteers. To help protect your village, call 519-782-3934 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Port Stanley Library 782-4241 304 Bridge St. Mon, Tues, Thurs, 10 - 8:30 Fri 1 - 5, Sat 9 - 1. Port Stanley Optimists meet the first and third Wednesday of the month, 7 pm at the Port Stanley Library. Everyone welcome. We are looking for new members. Christ Anglican Church Sunday Morning Service, 9:30 am with Eucharist. We invite all to join in worship with us. Coffee follows downstairs. St. John's Presbyterian Church Tom Jeffrey Pastor. Sunday Worship 10 am followed by Fellowship Hour. The Door is always open, why not join us? Port Stanley United Church Service of Worship at 10:30 am followed by a time of fellowship. Come join us. We are now wheelchair friendly and barrier free. Port Stanley United Church Christmas cheer is guaranteed when you listen to the cantata JOY sung by the Port Stanley United Church Choir and friends under the direction of Lindsay Traichevich Smith. All are welcome 11 am Sunday, December 18 at the Port Stanley United Church. Heritage Port meet the 4th Thursday of the month at the Festival Theatre - Harbourview Room. 1:30 pm. Port Stanley the First 100 Years Book, $25 at the Lake Erie Beacon, 204-A Carlow Road, side door, 1-5 pm. All proceeds to Heritage Port. 519 782-4563. Port Stanley Village Association meets the second Thursday of the month 7- 8:30 pm at the Legion. All welcome. Al-Anon Meeting, Christ Anglican Church 7:30 pm every Friday. If there is an alcohol/drug problem of a family member or friend that is affecting you, the Alanon Family Groups may be able to help you. Port Stanley & Community 55+ Club Meets every Monday 1:30 -4 pm to play Euchre at the Port Stanley Arena. For info call 519-782-4801 (John Brenders) or 519-685-2101 (Marie Geerts). Port Stanley Legion Branch #410 Winter Hours: Sat., Sun., 12-7, Mon. 12-7, Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri., 12-10. Don’t forget the Legion offers the following: Seniors Bridge, Tues. night, Euchre:Wed. night Legion Darts Tuesday night 8 pm Men’s Darts Saturday Afternoon Meat Draws 3-5 pm Port Stanley Legion Bottle Returns Mon & Thurs- Closed, Tues, Wed., Fri, Sat 12-4 pm. Port Stanley Legion Ladies MahJongg, Fridays 1:30pm. We are looking for beginners as well. If you like to play MahJongg come on out! Port Stanley Legion Port Stanley Karaoke, Every 3rd Friday of the month, 7pm - 11pm. Come for the fun.
Rodney Legion The first Friday of every month is our Friday Luncheon The second Sunday of the Month is our meat bingo doors open 12. Bingo starts at 1 Must be 19 Yrs to play The third Sunday of the month is Brunch 9 am-12pm The fourth Sunday of the month Money Bingo 1pm Must be 19 Yrs to play Every Saturday meat draw Early bird 4:30pm Regular 5pm. Santa Claus Parade is Dec 3rd, a night one, after parade kids go to the Legion and see Santa and get a bag of candy.
ST. THOMAS 2016
Parkinson's and Care Partners Monthly Support Group Meeting meets the second Tuesday of the month, 2-4 pm. Knights of Columbus Hall 265 Wellington St. Call (519) 782-4533 The Holly & the Ivy Dec 3 from 8:00 - 2:30 at the Community of Christ, 105 Fairview Ave. Central United Church - Carols by Candlelight, Sunday, Dec. 4th at 7:00 p.m. Join us in singing Christmas Carols, and enjoy some special Christmas music presented by our church choirs Free Will Donation with all proceeds to Women’s Place. For Information call 519-614-3249 New Year's Day Levee, at the Masonic Centre, 42703 Fruit Ridge Line [at Sunset] January 1, 2017, 12:00 noon 4:00pm Light Lunch Provided, Cash Bar, Everyone Welcome. Christmas Dinner, at the Masonic Centre, 42703 Fruit Ridge Line, [at Sunset] December 17, Dinner 6:30pm, $25pp. - Turkey & Ham, for tickets 519-637-1606, Everyone Welcome Hi Ro Shrine Club, Christmas Cakes, are now available, Masonic Centre, 42703 Fruit Ridge Line, [at Sunset] Call 519-637-1606
PORT BURWELL/VIENNA 2016
Port Burwell Legion, Branch 524, Christmas Craft and Bake Sale, December 10, 9am-4pm. Light Lunch available. 1st Port Burwell Scouting Groups will be collecting food items and new toys for the area CHRISTMAS CARE BASKETS, during the Annual Christmas Parade, Dec 3, 6:30 pm. Look for the wagons!A huge Thank You to all those who help make Christmas special for everyone! Port Burwell Trinity Anglican 11:30 am Port Burwell Lighthouse Gospel Church 10:45 am Trinity Anglican Perish Hall 25 Pitt St. Port Burwell Order of the Eastern Star Areme Chapter #15, OES meets the first Tuesday of every month, at 7:30 pm at the Vienna Community Centre, Vienna. Otter Valley Naturalists Monthly Meeting is the second Monday of the month, 7 pm to 9 pm. Please call 519 8744028 for information. Museum Bayham meet the 2nd Wednesday of the month 7pm, Municipal Office in Straffordville. Call 519 874-4135. Port Burwell - Bayham Horticultural Society, Meets Every 3rd Monday, 7 pm at the Periscope Playhouse Cultural Centre, 42 Wellington St. Info 519 874-4260. Oriental Masonic Lodge meets the 4th Tuesday of the month at the Vienna Masonic Hall, 7:30 pm. New Members Welcome! Call 519 874-4135.
Shedden Library Hours: Tues. 2:30-8:30, Thurs. 2-5, Fri. 10 - 5, Sat. 2 - 5 764-2081.
Sparta Stitchers Every Tuesday 1- 4 pm, Sparta Community Hall. We quilt, tat, knit, embroider, smock, crotchet, etc. Everyone welcome. Cost is $5. session. Come learn a new skill. Sally Martyn (519-775-2292).
Backus-Page House Museum, 29424 Lakeview Line, 519-762-3072.
Union United Church, 6008 Stonechurch Rd., Rev. David Mitchell leads worship with Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. Everyone welcome and we are barrier free. 519631-0304 www.unionunitedchurch.ca
Bayham Historical Society meets the 2nd Thursday of the month, 7:30 pm at the Vienna Community Centre. All are welcome. Call Bruce at 519 874-1822. Photographers of the Otter Valley (POV) meet the last Monday of the month, 6:30 pm, Vienna Community Centre. All are welcome. Call Bruce for details at 519 550-1822.
Aylmer 50 + Seniors Welcome you to join them for Euchre or Bridge Every Monday 1 - 3:30 pm upstairs at Aylmer Legion Admission $2.
WEST LORNE 2016
The Treble Makers Women's Choir is presenting "Christmas in the Village" on Friday, December 16, 7:30 pm, West Lorne United Church, 273 Graham Road, (chair lift available). The concert features a wonderful collection of Christmas songs as they celebrate their Tenth Anniversary Season. This will be their final Christmas concert. Call 519-768-1717 for information & tickets.
Dutton & District LIONS Charity Bingo Wed., December 7, 7 pm Dutton Dunwich Community Centre$500 Jackpot and several Specials. Dutton & District LIONS Famous Breakfast Sunday, Dec. 11, in the DEN; behind Dutton Dunwich Community Centre. Adults $7; FULL breakfast done your way. Serving: 9 am till 1 pm.
EVENTS FOR 2017
The Rotary Club of St. Thomas is announcing the 2017 Music Festival , to take place February 21,22,23,24, 2017 . The Syllabus can be found at www.rotarystthomas.org. Registrants are urged to plan for the entry by December 15, 2016, the deadline. Some printed copies of the Syllabus are available at schools, St. Thomas Public Library and Maestros Music Academy in St. Thomas.
Eagle Community Centre, (Former Eagle Public School #4) 9346 Graham Road (just south of Talbot Line)
Knox Presbyterian Church Rev. Jon Van Den Berg Worship 10 am. Coffee, cookies, fellowship follows: Sun-
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The Chemicals In Some Everyday Soaps Threaten Lake Water Quality Continued From Page 3 The same is true for Erie County’s facilities, Fiegl said. “That’s not something we specifically test for,” he said. “The plant is not specifically designed to remove it, but it may.”
‘Cocktail of chemicals’ What’s released into the water from chlorine-treated wastewater plant discharges is any triclosan not removed by the treatment process and also “chlorinated triclosan derivatives,” said Arnold, the Minnesota professor. “The issue with triclosan is once it gets into the environment, it forms a number of different things,” Arnold said. The problem is exacerbated when triclosan and byproduct molecules are exposed to sunlight. That’s when they’re photo-transformed into one of four different forms of dioxin. Dioxin, in the same family of chemicals responsible for the contamination of Love Canal in Niagara Falls, is a chemical regarded by the EPA as “highly toxic” and carcinogenic. It’s also linked with reproductive and developmental problems as well as impaired immune and hormonal function, according to the EPA. Other toxic post-treatment byproducts include chloroform or methyl-triclosan.
“You have this cocktail of chemicals that are discharged in the wastewater, and there is very little information as to the effects,” said Lyandres, of the Alliance for the Great Lakes. Officials at Colgate-Palmolive point out that the dioxins resulting from the breakdown of triclosan “are considered low in toxicity and do not demonstrate the characteristics of dioxins of concern” and that use of the term in connection with environmental and human risk is “unwarranted.” The company also said risk evaluations show the balance of the ecosytem remains unaffected by triclosan. Great Lakes advocates contend triclosan leads to unnecessary environmental side effects and human health hazards, because most antimicrobial products aren’t any more effective than formulas without the chemical. Studies suggest exposure to triclosan can have chemical effects on the human endocrine system, which regulates hormones, and promotes the rise and proliferation of resistant bacteria. What’s more, the chemicals and byproducts cling to particles in the water and then eventually the sediment of lakes and rivers. “It’s certainly a biologically active compound,” Arnold said. “We think of algae as a nuisance, but it’s also the base of the food chain.” Harriott, of Beyond Pesticides, added: “It has a trickle-up in the food web affect. It can biologically accumulate in aquatic organisms like fish.” And, for Lake Erie – which holds half of the fish in the Great Lakes basin – that matters. “It’s an example of a chemical we use in our houses by choice,” Arnold said. “The choices we make have the potential for effects well beyond our household.”
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Canada Summer Jobs Program Will Powerful Message from Dutton Be Accepting Applications MP Karen Vecchio has announced that Applications for Canada Summer Jobs, a unique funding initiative to help employers create summer job opportunities for students, will be launched on December 5th, 2016. The application period for employers will run from December 5th and go to January 20th, 2017, which will allow for students to be hired beginning in April 2017.
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Our Angel Tree Service will be in the Library Saturday, December 10th, 11 am If you would like to purchase a Remembrance Angel for a family member or friend please call Connie Arnold 519 782-5082, Marion Bishop 226 658-0226 or Linda Hibbert 519 782-4563 for details. . Please make cheque payable to: Optimist Club of Port Stanley. The cost for an Angel is $10 each. You may drop your cheque off to the Lake Erie Beacon Office, 204-A Carlow Road, Port Stanley, side door. Behind LCBO. Angels are to celebrate the lives of family members or friends who are no longer with us.
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Continued From Page 1 eral government’s disregard of their democratic rights. People out there are angry! Background: DDOWT is a grassroots citizens group that emerged in 2012 when it became known that a wind company was optioning farm land in Dutton Dunwich. DDOWT’s focus is to raise public awareness and channel opposition efforts with the goal to stop the proposed IWT developments and avoid the adverse impacts they pose to our community. In 2014, following a public referendum in Dutton Dunwich, in which
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In March 2016, through it’s LRP-1 contracting process, the IESO approved a bid by Chicago-based wind company Invenergy LLC, to build a 57.5 MW Industrial Wind Turbine project in Dutton Dunwich. September 29th 2016, Energy Minister Thibeault announced that because Ontario now has sufficient electricity to supply it’s needs for the next decade, the government was “suspending” further IWT contracting through the planned LRP-2 process. This announcement however, did not apply to the LRP-1 bids recently approved.
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It's not often that we have such young kittens at this time of year but we do - we will have some 12 week old kittens for the next month or so, at least. This weekend is another PetSmart National Adoption Weekend and you can bet you will find one of our cats or kittens to love there. We will be at the Wellington Store with lots of felines - if
you are up for more than one, we have siblings that get along, as well. We have adults galore - so don't miss out. From Ted E. Bear (kitten) to Cathy (tabby), we have some of the friendliest, sweetest cats and kittens that can't wait to go home to a family who will love them and keep them safe inside for the rest of their lives.
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