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Opinions held across 12 local schools on what should be done during the Thames Valley District School Board’s (TVDSB) Elementary Pupil Accommodation Review (EPAR) varied drastically depending on who was speaking. The schools, which are either up for potential closure or consolidation, as well as the building of two new larger schools in Belmont and southeast St. Thomas, were among the topics discussed during the Feb. 8 meeting at Parkside Collegiate Institute. Davenport Public School supporters focused on grade switches between their students and McGregor Public School. Representatives said they are in favour of a new Belmont school and understand the board’s desire to consolidate students at Davenport. McGregor Public School proponents brought forward some apprehensions whitney south photo about the school’s needed improvements, SLEEPLESS IN OUR CITY: but said they were open to having about 40 When all was said and done, Joe Preston and Tim Smart raised over $3,000 through pledges and donastudents from Davenport relocate there. tions, earmarked to support vital programs for people at risk of homelessness in Elgin County. For the See OPINIONS, Page 3 whole story, see page 5.

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Mitchell Hepburn Public School representatives talked about overcrowding, hoping a new school in St. Thomas could ease some of that burden. Advocates for New Sarum Public School accused TVDSB board members and trustees James Todd and Chris Goodall of neglecting the board’s commitment to put students first. It’s proposed students from their school be split into four different locations — McGregor, Davenport, and the two new schools, which worried parents siblings would be separated. “We think it’s a short sighted view,” said the parent speaking on behalf of the school. “Our kids are already receiving an optimal education, and there’s no evidence that students will have increased opportunities.” Supporters of Port Stanley Public School said they embrace the idea of welcoming Sparta Public School’s student body while sending the current Grade 7 and 8 French immersion children to Sparta if the school were to re-open as French track. Parent Farley See said the EPAR process put the school in a difficult position with its neighbouring community, but he noted above all else the outcome of these decisions should support students. Supporters of South Dorchester Public School agreed a new school in Belmont was needed. Their concerns for students included transportation to the new school, students’ fear of change, and the impact on existing school staff. Sparta Public School speaker Heather Derks said through public meetings at her school the community expressed a sense of confusion and frustration at the EPAR process. Parents want Sparta to remain open as an English track school, and she called on the board to hold the closure of the school until an equitable review could be conducted.

Jean Turner spoke for Springfield Public School, letting board members know the community is ready to keep the school open by any means necessary. They had already had a sponsorship offer for the replacement and installation of an HVAC system. Summers Corners Public School reps said it struggled to rationalize TVDSB’s process, while those behind Westminster Central Public School said they are hopeful a new Belmont school will come to pass. Several audience members presented at the end of the meeting as well, with Central Elgin Deputy Mayor Sally Martyn agreeing with the need for a new Belmont school while calling for New Sarum, Sparta, Port Stanley, and Summers Corners to be left alone. She advocated for placing a French Immersion program in either West Elgin Secondary School or East Elgin Secondary School (EESS), where the program would be accessible to more students around Elgin County. “Sparta has had a school since 1820 and rural schools are vital to their communities,” she said to board members. “Stop pitting schools against each other,” Alison Fleming, Sparta PTA chair said over the past five years the association has raised over $50,000 for school needs. She asked the board to re-evaluate the process to come up with a better solution. Kellen DeVos with Out There Creative Therapy in Springfield said the school played a pivotal role in his life growing up and he is working with his agency to create a partnership to utilize the school building outside of school hours. Each school was asked to take the comments from the meeting and go back to their local communities for the second school level meeting. Results from those meetings will be brought to a final public meeting on Wednesday, March 8 at EESS.

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in Elgin-St. Thomas are considered to be living in low income, struggling to afford food and housing. For some, their car may be the only shelter they can afford. For Smart, regional sales manager for Easy 101 FM and Country 107.3, spending the night away from the comforts of home was more than what he bargained for. “I thought I was going to roll in here, wrap up in a blanket and sleep until morning, and that wasn’t the case at all,” he said. “There were times last night where it was really quiet and you’re alone with your thoughts, and I can only imagine if you’re struggling with the fact this is your only option for shelter, you’re not going to be in a good place mentally.” It was a sentiment echoed by Preston, who added more often than not, he found himself awake, sometimes sleeping for only 10 to 15 minutes at a time. “You get to where you’re warm — not warm enough — but you’re in a cocoon of two or three blankets, and then the cold gets in from someplace. You want to try and fix that, but anything you do lets cold in from somewhere else,” he said. “You finally fall asleep and then some-

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As Canadians, many of us love the winter — the snow, the cold, the ice. What’s there not to love?!? It’s no wonder so many people escape the cold for a warmer, more tropical climate. There is an old saying, “When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money — then take half the clothes and twice the money.” It is also important that you plan

for your medication needs before leaving. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: (CDC) maintains an excellent website that includes a wide range of information about travel issues related to health. One section of the site has an interactive map that provides access to health information for each country including recommended vaccinations. You should discuss this with your doctor long before travel, as many vaccines may need to be given well in advance. While you’re speaking with your doctor, make sure you have adequate supply of medications for

your trip. Pack all medications in their original, labelled containers and pack an extra supply of medication in case you are away longer than expected. I also recommend you book a MedsCheck review with your pharmacist. He/she can provide you with an overview of all your medications including a complete and comprehensive list to take with you. This review can help you understand which medications can make your skin more sun sensitive and also help you adjust for changes in time zone. Packing a vacation survival kit may help to deal with common annoying conditions in a timely

(and often less expensive) manner. Practical items to include are over the counter medications for common ailments such as pain, nausea, allergic reactions, diarrhea, constipation and an antibiotic ointment and bandages for minor cuts and scrapes. All medications should be packed into your carry-on luggage and kept in their original containers, ready for inspection by airport security or customs officials. While looking after your health needs may not guarantee a fantastic trip, it will help to prevent ruining your vacation. Take care of yourselves and each other.

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The board of directors of the Port Stanley Festival Theatre (PSFT) recently announced the receipt of a grant of $97,500 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) Ontario150 capital program. This grant is a major contribution to the theatre’s Expand the Experience project to improve their performance space. Like many theatres, the Port Stanley Festival Theatre exists in a building (the 100-year-old former village hall) which has been re-purposed. The Expand the Experience project was started in 2011 to provide an improved working environment for actors and technical staff, increase the auditorium capacity for patrons, and enhance the cultural experience for visitors and residents alike by allowing PSFT to present a greater range of theatrical performances. On hand to congratulate the theatre was

Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek, PSFT president Brian Welsh, PSFT vicepresident Scott Shakir, PSFT artistic director Simon Joynes, and several additional members of the board of directors. Welsh said he was grateful for the contribution, which he said will allow the theatre to complete the project in time for the 2017 summer season. The Ontario150 grant will be used to make needed improvements to the building, including upgrading the heating, air condition and sprinkler systems, and improvements to ceilings and flooring. “For 35 years, the Port Stanley Festival Theatre and its predecessors have brought live theatrical entertainment to Port Stanley visitors and residents alike,” said Joynes. “The theatre has grown — indeed outgrown — its time to expand the experience, building it bigger and better.”

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Kyle Rolph and Elgin County Area Youth For Christ are holding St. Thomas’ first ever Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 25.

Walking for youth homelessness Taking steps to end homelessness in St. Thomas and Elgin, this will be the first year Youth For Christ (YFC) is participating in the Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 25. A walk-a-thon fundraiser, participants can choose between a 2K, 5K or 10K walk that will start at the YFC building at 21 Edward St. and go through downtown before ultimately ending back at the centre. Kyle Rolph, who looks after youth homelessness initiatives, said the event is designed to raise money for charities that are working with hungry, hurting, and homeless youth in the community. The event has been running across Canada the past several years, and this is the first time it’s being held in St. Thomas. Rolph said thousands of walkers will take part in Canada and he’s hoping the local event will have 20 team captains that will look to their circles of influence to raise pledges and sponsorships for the vital services and programs his agency provides. All money raised at the event will stay local, he stressed. Once participants are finished there will be chili waiting for them.

“This is an important event because it’ll raise awareness for youth homelessness here in St. Thomas,” Rolph said. “We’re just one in a group of several agencies that are committed to taking action on youth homelessness.” Their agency partners with the YWCA, Family & Children’s Services, the Salvation Army and the Canadian Mental Health Association. The organization is approaching the 10year mark, and last April opened a youth shelter in the building, which immediately saw six young people utilize the service. “There’s a real gap in the community when it comes to youth homelessness, especially for young men between the ages of 16 to 24,” he said. The agency is run by a group of volunteers and survives on grants and donations. Rolph said there is a large need for small denomination gift cards to places such as Tim Hortons and McDonald’s that can be handed out to youth so they can stay out of the cold. Registration for the event starts at 4 p.m. and the walk starts at 5:15 p.m. Registration forms can be found online at www.cnoy. org where you can join a team, start a team, walk by yourself or pledge your support to those already signed up.

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End in sight for Phragmites control commitee Fighting against an invasive species known as Phragmites, a group of St. Thomas residents are hopeful they can finish spraying the remaining plant cells in 2017. Phragmites Australis is considered by experts to be one of the most invasive species, How-to videos are great, with St. Thomas Phragmites Control Committee Chair David Collins callbut there are just some ing the plant a growing concern not things only to residential properties but also you should leave to the to the farming community. Collins said the plant lives to rePROFESSIONALS. seed itself and the root structure puts a toxin into the surrounding soil that Transmission ransmission Repairs is kills all other plants creating a monoculture which is why he said is it imone of them! portant to kill the root of the plant. “Plants can’t survive in a cluster of it, birds won’t nest in it, turtles can’t get out of it if they’re caught in it so you end up with a barren landscape,” he said. Collins first noticed the plant in the Lake Margaret subdivision where he lives in the summer of 2013. He distributed information to his neighbours and drafted a petition that was presented to council. In 2014 council struck a select committee of council that held their first meeting that April. The committee decided to hire Dr. Janice Gilbert a well-known wetland ecologist, to create a management www.elgintransmission.ca plan to exterminate the plant and en-

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by summer the area was turned over to Jamie West, Weed Control Technician in the Parks and Recreation department. With a bit more localized spraying in January 2017 Collins reported to council they could declare Lake Margaret phrag-free. “The caveat is that with the huge amounts of it (phrag) around and wind blowing and seeds still being produced it can be re-infected so this year we’re setting up a spot spray program with the city,” he said. The long-term goal is to be able to fully turn the program over to the city at no additional expense to the taxpayer since West is already employed in this capacity. Phragmites originally came from Eurasia in the early 1900s when the environmental controls were not in place to recognize the plant and prevent its spread.

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1. RRSPs are tax-free: you can receive up to 40% tax fund depending on your tax bracket, but be aware that you pay that tax when you withdraw funds before age 71 years of age. 2. Most Canadians have RRSPs. The fact is that only a little over half the population have RRSPs and that most of the available room is unused. 3. Always maximize your contribution. If you have a lot of debt at high interest rates it is better to pay off or pay down as much as possible. Your interest earned will likely be much lower than the interest that you are paying out in debt. 4. An RRSP loan is a good idea. A better and less financially painful plan than a loan is to set up a plan to put monthly payments towards your RRSP . 5. Make sure that you contribute by the March 1st deadline. It is always good to contribute but leaving it to the very end often means that borrowing funds may be necessary.

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For some, art can be nothing more than a pretty picture on the wall, but for others, it can be a way of expressing even the most difficult subjects. Partnering with Violence Against Women Services Elgin County (VAWSEC), Illumine Gallery in St. Thomas has taken one of those subjects head-on with their most recent show, SHE, running until Wednesday, March 15. The show features nine artists from Elgin County and beyond, with the goal of creating a dialogue around abuse. “All of our shows have a theme, and this one is about women,” said gallery owner Christie Brown. “We wanted it to be more than figurative work . . . we wanted it to be more conversational. As we were developing it, we found there were a lot of people who were interested in doing that too.” Throughout the show’s run, visitors are encouraged to donate pyjamas, or purchase raffle tickets with all proceeds going towards transportation costs for women and children in need of resources provided by VAWSEC. Prizes include works by six of the artists, worth about $6,000. “We had a couple of people who had talked to us about expressing what it was like to be an abused woman, but then when we followed up with them they just kind of backed away,” said Brown. “I guess it’s a pretty hard topic to talk about, but we still wanted that voice to be represented, it’s an important voice to have. We contacted VAWSEC and of course they were quite happy to partner with us, and we with them.” The show marks local artist Anne-Marie

Cheung’s first time displaying her work in her hometown of St. Thomas. She submitted her work after hearing about the gallery’s call for artists. “It’s a fabulous show, probably the best one yet,” she said. “The art community seems to be really up and coming here . . . it’s a fairly lively arts scene.” For Paula Mould, whose paintings depict different eras of the iconic heroine Wonder Woman, being a part of SHE meant getting the chance to have her voice, and voices of other female artists, heard. “Aside from the timing, which is amazing due to the marches and things all around the world, the topic is one that needs to be covered because women are generally overlooked,” she said. “We deal with a lot of micro and macro aggressions everyday . . . so to have us actually speak about that through paint is important.” Choosing Wonder Woman as her subject wasn’t much of a stretch for Mould, who has looked up to the character since she was a kid. “Wonder Woman has been there throughout the decades for me. I grew up on Lynda Carter, I think she was almost the first female superhero in the ‘70s, at least that I recall, so she influenced me,” she explained. “Lynda Carter herself even said that was her job, to go out and show women that they could stand up for themselves and deal with the bad guys. But Wonder Woman’s story never stopped, and it continues to this day.” The day after the show opened, Mould’s work was even recognized by Carter herself across social media, opening SHE to a whole new audience worldwide. For more information, visit www.illuminegallery.com.

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Railway City Arts Crawl back for fourth year party will be held at the St. Thomas Elgin Public Arts Centre on the Saturday, starting at 7 p.m. St. Thomas Economic Development Corporation tourism coordinator Megan Pickersgill said the engaging event allows people to see the creative process in action, making it an interactive experience. “We require all the artists to be creating onsite, so that’s what

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A free winter event celebrating the local art scene is gearing up once again. The Railway City Arts Crawl, now in its fourth year, will showcase more than 50 regional artists in 15 venues during the two-day event that runs Friday, Feb. 24 and Saturday, Feb. 25. An open to the public after

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Please submit by 5pm Fridays frontdesk@theweeklynews.ca February 16 - The London, St. Thomas Chapter of the Canadian Association of Retired Persons will hold its monthly meeting from 3-5 p.m. CARP advocates on behalf of seniors issues in our community. The meeting will be held at the Kiwanis Seniors Community Centre, 78 Riverside Drive, at Wharncliffe Road in London. Our guest speaker will be the Canadian Red Cross, First Aid for Seniors. All members and non-members are welcome to attend. For more information, call Pat at 519-679-3069. February 17 - Italian Night, Tickets $12 Advance $14 Day of, Dinner 5:00pm. St. Thomas Seniors Centre February 18 - Lions Valentines Dance and Yellow Perch Fish Fry; 5:30PM doors open, dinner served 7 PM & dancing 8 PM till ?? with Music by BILL the DJ. Tickets $25 each in Advance from any Dutton & District Lions member; with door prize and 50/50 draw. February 19 – 1:30 p.m. Field Naturalist Walk at Fingal Wildlife Management Area, main parking lot, 34481 Fingal

Community Events www.williamsfuneralhomeltd.com Line. Info 519-631-5279 February 20 - 4-7pm Family Day Spaghetti and Meatball Dinner $10, West Lorne Legion Br 221,142 John St. West Lorne. Includes Garlic bread, dessert, coffee, tea or juice. Take outs available. 519-768-1890 February 21 - Creating into a Mystery, 10:30 a.m., St. Andrew’s United Church, 60 West Avenue February 22 - Nurses Retired or Not - Noon luncheon. Deadline to RSVP by Sunday February 19. Phone: 519.633.1796 or 519.769.2822. Bring any donations for Inn out of the Cold February 22 - St. Thomas Horticultural Society Meeting, 7 p.m., CASO Station, 750 Talbot St. Speaker, Steve Peters on “St. Thomas Parks”. Also a seed exchange. February 22 - Rotary Music Festival at Salvation Army, St. Thomas Christian Church and Fellowship Christian Church, 9 am to 4pm. Senior Scholarship program Feb. 24, 7pm. Info 226-377-2958; ronsom@bell.net February 23 - Euchre Games &

Dessert, 1:30 p.m., St. Andrew’s United Church, 60 West Avenue February 24 - Come on out and join us for Lasagna Dinner $15 for Adults /$ 7.50 for Kids under 12 / 5.00 pm. till 7.00 pm. At the Aylmer Optimist Club House, 30 Queen Street, Aylmer Ontario. Menu Home made Lasagna, Garlic Bread, Cesar Salad and Desert. Come out and support the Kids Programs in Aylmer and East Elgin.TICKETS AT THE DOOR February 24 - Euchre Night at Union Community Centre, Fund Raiser, Doors open at 7 p.m. and Cards start at 7:30 p.m., there will be munchies, cash prizes and a licenced bar. Cost: $10 per person. Call 519-631-3840 for tickets February 25 - 9am – 6pm. Healthy Aging Fair, at Elgin Mall. All Welcome, lots of information, prizes and fun! Free of Charge! February 25 - St. Thomas Community Christian School Annual Dinner & Auction. Tickets $30pp or $200 for table of 8. Contact Judy for details: 519-633-0690; info@stthomaschristian.org. February 26 – 1-3 p.m. St. Thomas Curling Club Open

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House. Bring your family and friends and try curling. Coaches will be available to introduce you to the game and teach you how to play. This is a great opportunity for you to add another sport to your PARTICIPATION 150 PLAY LIST. Dress warmly and bring clean footwear for the ice. No other equipment is needed. Call 519631-1770 for more information. February 27 – 9:30 a.m. at St. Andrews United Church. The final gathering of the Elgin Presbyterial UCW. Come and bring your memories as we pay tribute to our past. Video “Right Relations” $15 includes lunch. Call Marg 519-633-8052 February 28 - Pancake Supper with Sausages and Back Bacon in Holy Angels’ Church Hall, 502 Tal-

bot Street, St. THOMAS, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Adults $5.00, Children 12 and under $2.50. Please join us! February 28 - 5:00 - 7:00 P.M. Port Stanley United Church Pancake Supper Pancakes, Sausage, Real Maple Syrup, Beans, Relishes, Ice Cream Sundaes with Delicious Toppings. Call 519-7824126 for more info. Barrier Free February 28 - Port Stanley United Church is having a Pancake dinner. The cost is $10 for adult, $5 for kids, 5-12 and free for children under 5. It will run from 5-7pm. Contact Don Bell 519-782-4126 February 28 - PANCAKE SUPPER at Central United Church, 135 Wellington St., Dessert Incl/ Music by Kim Ladd. Two Seatings 4:30 or 6:00 p.m. Tickets $7.50 Under 6 Yrs Free. 519-631-3503

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BOWES - Heather Merle-It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing or our dear mother Heather on Tuesday, February 7th, 2017, at her home in St. Thomas. Born in Halifax, N.S. on September 27th, 1937. BRAD - Allan Stanford of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully, on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, at the age of 80. CHAMBERS - Robert Edward “Tank” passed away peacefully at home on February 8, 2017 at the age of 57. COLEMAN - Sharon (nee Mayhew) of West Lorne passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 at the age of 66. HOLLINGSWORTH - Ciaran Thomas of St.

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Thomas, passed away on Sunday, February 5th, 2017, at the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, at the age of 62. HUGGETT – Walter Frederick of Extendicare, Port Stanley, passed away on Friday, February 10, 2017, at his late residence, at the age of 82. JONES - Derrick Clive of Port Stanley, passed away peacefully, on Tuesday, February 7th, 2017, at the L.H.S.C. (University Campus), at the age of 72. JONES - Robert Charles of St. Thomas passed away peacefully at the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, surrounded by his loving family, on Tuesday, February 7th, 2017, in his 83rd year. LAUR – Betty Ann of Aylmer passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, February 5, 2017 in her 80th year. LeCOURTOIS Mabel of Goodness Home, St. Thomas, passed away peacefully, on Friday, February 10th, 2017, at her late residence, at the age of 104. McDONALD – John “Stanley” of London and formerly of Union passed away suddenly on February 8th, 2017, in his 77th year.

PROVINCE - Chantel Margaret of Sarnia passed away at Blue Water Health Centre on Sunday, February 5, 2017 in her 29th year. SCAFE - Margaret Marion (née Fairles), known as Marg, passed away peacefully on February 10, 2017, at her home in Caledonia Gardens. SIZE, RAYMOND K. “RAY”, formerly of St. Thomas, passed away on Thursday, February 2, 2017, in his 95th year. A funeral service was held on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. Sifton Funeral Home. SPARENBERG - William “Bill” passed away peacefully with his family by his side at Elgin Manor on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at the age of 82. THOMAS - Sandra Fay of Bobier Nursing Home, Dutton, passed away peacefully, on Thursday, February 9th, 2017, at her residence, surrounded by her loving family, at the age of 73. VANDENDRIESSCHE - Margaret Rose (Budai) of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at her residence, on Tuesday, February 7th, at the age of 89. VERNHAM – Peter of Caressant Care Bonnie

Place passed away peacefully at his late residence on Thursday, February 9th, 2017 in his 71st year. WOJTECKI, STANLEY, of St. Catharines, ON, formerly of St. Thomas, passed away on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, in his 98th year. He was a retired employee of GM Diesel, London, and also worked as a carpenter. A public memorial mass will be celebrated at St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church, St. Thomas, and the details will be announced at a later date in the summer. Sifton Funeral Home. WOLF - Anna of Terrace Lodge, Aylmer. The lord quietly wrapped his child, Anna in his arms and took her home on Saturday February 11, 2017 in her 92nd year.

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