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Corridor gets funding boost

St. Thomas CAO/Clerk Wendell Graves indicates where the L&PS rail corridor will run.

Federal funding totalling $411,000 was announced by MP Joe Preston for the renewal of the London and Port Stanley (L&PS) rail corridor in St. Thomas. The announcement was made in St. Thomas council chambers on Tuesday, January 15, 2013. The money comes from the Government of Canada’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund and will help fund the redevelopment project. Joe says downtown St.Thomas deserves this corridor, and that it will make the downtown look much better. “It’s about looking after your community and finding good plans that are worth doing and we found one here that fits all of the roles. Congratulations, it looks like we’re going to have a beautiful looking segment of downtown there in the London and Port Stanley railway corridor.” Mayor Heather Jackson calls the project “exciting.” Construction of the L&PS Replica Train Station, on the north side of Talbot Street, will start in March. The rebuilding of Moore Street, from Talbot to Centre Street, should be finished by June.

The renewal of the L&PS corridor, when finished, would have the Port Stanley Terminal Rail running from Port Stanley to St. Thomas, ending at the Station Parkette downtown. The project will include the addition of a paved pathway and extensive landscaping as well as the Replica Train Station and the reinstatement of rail tracks. The corridor runs from Wellington Street North to Kains Street. Other funding for the project includes: $575,000 from the Dorothy Palmer estate, $120,000 in provincial RED funding, $28,000 from the Trans Canada Trail organization and $544,000 from the City of St. Thomas that was used to rebuild Moore Street. Reconstruction of the rail tracks is scheduled to take place April/May 2013. Approximately 1,200 feet of rail will need to be reconstructed. The first passenger train reached Port Stanley in 1856. Service on the line ended in 1957. Right now, the line is used by the Port Stanley Terminal Rail for hour-long rides on most weekends, murder mystery dinners and the Santa Express.

Wise remembered

John Wise, a lifelong dairy farmer and one of Elgin County’s bestknown politicians, died Wednesday, January 9, 2013 in London. He was 77 years old. Born December 12, 1935, Mr. Wise served Elgin County as Yarmouth Township Deputy Reeve, 1966-1967; Yarmouth Township Reeve, 1968-1969; Elgin County Warden, 1969; MP in Elgin, October 1972-October 1988; Minister of Agriculture, June 1979-March 1980 and September 1984-September 1988. He chose not to seek reelection in 1988, making way for lifelong friend Ken Monteith. Services for John were held at Knox Presbyterian Church on Monday, January 14, 2013 and, according to former Liberal MPP Steve Peters, there was not an empty seat. Brian Mulroney, one of the Prime Ministers John worked under, couldn’t attend because he’s in France, so he sent a taped message. Ken Monteith remembers John as being not only well respected across the country, but also a good-natured individual who was willing to listen to people. Over the last few days, Ken says everywhere he and wife Luella go people are talking about John and how they knew and respected him. “He was well respected in the community and will be missed. People like Steve Peters used to call him once in awhile. In this community, politics Liberal or Conservative, didn’t always get in the way.” Steve remembers John as someone who would help you out, whether you voted for him or not. “I think the legacy of John Wise is that he was an individual who started in the grassroots of municipal

Snoopy Says let’s all get behind the Elgin-St. Thomas United Way’s goal of $262,410. Snoopy was actually seven-year-old Christiane Kenny and the occasion was the fall campaign kickoff ceremonies held in September 1981. Pictured from the left are: Gord Campbell, chairman of the campaign; Kees Donker, president; Mayor Doug Tarry; Elgin County Warden Ken Monteith; John Wise, MP; and Ron McNeil, MPP for Elgin. (Courtesy of Elgin County Archives)

He was well respected in the community and will be missed. (Courtesy of Elgin County Archives)

politics, who worked his way through the ranks then served as MP and the Minister of Agriculture twice. I think John was a firm believer of representing people as well as having a strong commitment to his fellow man.” Ken recalls growing up in St. Thomas alongside his friend, attending St. Thomas Collegiate Institute together, even though John was slightly older. John’s wife Ann grew up on

the same block as Ken’s wife Luella. After high school John went on to the University of Guelph to study agriculture. Then he came home and continued work on his farm, looking after the family’s Jersey dairy herd. After a stint in municipal politics, that saw John hold a Councillor, Deputy Reeve and Reeve position, he turned his eye to the federal race, where he was elected as an MP and

was appointed Minister of Agriculture under both Joe Clark and Brian Mulroney. “He was elected in 1969 [as reeve] and to this day, people say ‘Have you talked to John lately,’” Ken says. Luella says when John entered politics his children, two daughters, were young. “John’s mother had to help a lot with the children in the beginning because it involved both John and Ann doing the job. It was a good, strong family that worked together.” MP Joe Preston says that through John he learned a great deal about agriculture, leadership and serving the constituents of this riding. John Wise Line and John Wise Public School were both named after him.


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A new face will grace the Crimestoppers and Domestic Abuse Coordinator position at the St. Thomas Police force. Heather White has been chosen to replace long-time coordinator Katherine McNeil, who will return to her regular constable duties. Katherine, who has played a vital role in Crimestoppers during her six years on the job, handed the position over to Heather on Friday, January 4, 2013. “I have wanted it for a long time. I’ve been a front line office and heading to the 911 calls, and this is a different aspect so hopefully people from the community can associate my name to an office where you can keep your integrity and be honest,” says Heather. Heather has an extensive background in

community policing. She was a community services officer years ago, which involves teaching education in the schools, and she’s on the victim services board of directors and the early learning centre. The new position for Heather is called a lateral position, which Katherine says is constable to constable. “When your time is finished, they post your job. So any officer here who’s interested in doing that job puts their name forward. Then there’s an interview phase. Heather was chosen as the successful candidate.” Both Katherine and Heather started with the St. Thomas police force together 20 years ago. Community partners such as the Crimestoppers board and Disbrowe’s, Elgin Chrysler and St. Thomas Ford are imperative to the organization, says Heather. Stats for the program, Katherine says, are huge. People are arrested monthly and tipsters

are paid monthly. In the 24 years the program Crimestoppers is 100 per cent anonymous. has been going in St. Thomas, over $100,000 Anyone wishing to report a crime can call has been paid to tipsters. “Our stats are good. 1-800-222-TIPS. We get anywhere from 20-45 calls a month, either calls or web or text tips. It’s pretty good for our size and the town of Aylmer,” Katherine says. The Crimestoppers board consists of 15 people from St. Thomas and Aylmer. They help by holding fundraisers to gather the funds to pay tipsters. “The police are a partner in that we provide the coordinator and the office space here in the police department, but the board runs it. And now Heather, as coordinator, will assist them in their endeavours.” The main fundraisers include Jail or Bail, a golf tournament, and the selling of rain barrels in April.

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St. Thomas Police are investigating a daylight break and enter. On October 31st between the hours of 1:00 and 2:00 pm a residence on East Street was entered. Stolen were five Fentanyl patches, some were new and some used. A neighbor observed a tall male in a black coat with a black and white striped hat at the victim’s side door acting suspiciously during this timeframe. Police ask that if you see anything suspicious in your neighbourhood, to call them right away.

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The first Central Elgin Council meeting of the year opened on a sad note with a moment of silence at the request of Mayor Bill Walters in memory of the late John Wise. The mayor remembered John Wise as “one of Central Elgin’s finest residents.”

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some videos of Austin singing over the years. She was not expecting to hear back, so it was quite a welcome surprise when Chris called her and said he wanted Austin to fly to Winnipeg to meet with him and record some songs. “Because I sing a lot of classic rock and R’n’B, he said you’re going to be doing country with an R’n’B pop twist. So I said okay. It will be quite interesting to see how it turns out.” A fundraising performance will be held Saturday, January 26, 2013 at the Keystone

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Smallbore Tournament brings out big guns

Competitors took turns during the Lakeshore Smallbore Association Tournament held at the East Elgin Sportsmen’s Association on Sunday, January 13, 2013. Five months of the year, one weekend there’s a competition. At the end of the year the best three of five competitions are taken and scored accordingly. These competitions take place in clubs all over the province. Different categories for events include: Match Rifle, Air Rifle and Air Rifle, Air Pistol, 3 Position and Sporting Rifle Prone. Four different levels of classes for each category include: marksman, sharpshooter, expert and master. Most matches are scored out of 600, with best score on each target is a 10. In Air Rifle, the women’s division is scored out of 400. Chris Baldwin, who runs the junior program at the club with his parents, says the goal is always to have the best score.

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A Christmas gift, in a way Shortly before Christmas, I attended the myFM Christmas gathering for clients. (Here at the Weekly News, we didn’t host a Christmas gathering for clients, but I did have an invitation to the radio one . . . I’m willing to swear this on a stack of BBM ratings). I wore my Weekly News and Elgin This Month badge, and the thought occurred to me, “Maybe some people will think it’s my party.” That didn’t seem to happen. I was fashionably late, and the Joe Preston party (fashionably early) was leaving as I was arriving. I said hi to Joe & Co., engaged in a little light banter with a few other people and bumped into Art and Pat Pol who updated me on their travels. They’ve been to lands that Ruyard Kipling famously referenced as “East is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet, Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God’s great judgment seat.”

Art and Pat rode elephants into the mountains, an excursion so memorable that they did it twice. They visited The Killing Fields of Cambodia, a country in which an estimated 1.7 million to 2.5 million people were executed or died from disease and starvation during the Pol Pot and Khmer Rouge regime between 1975 and 1979. A few years ago, I ordered a book about this topic, but the story was too horrible. I had to stop reading. Because of the genocide, there are not a lot of old people in Cambodia these days. The Pols met one survivor who told them about soup made by boiling five grains of rice, the allotment for the day. Art said there hasn’t been a day since the trip that he hasn’t thought about that so-called soup. His story was a Christmas gift of sorts for me, an unexpected one that arrived in the oddest of wrappings. Since he told me, something every day has reminded me of those five grains.

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And they’re off! With the upcoming Provincial Liberal leadership race coming to a close, what’s transpiring could almost be viewed as a reality television show called Who’s Job is it Anyway? Alright, all joking aside, the most interesting part of this race is, of course, the people. Apparently, in early returns in 107 ridings, 18 campus’ and eight women’s clubs, it’s looking pretty good for female frontrunners Sandra Pupatello and Kathleen Wynne. Kathleen is the Don Valley West MPP and Sandra is the former Windsor West MPP. If one of them is voted in, it will mark the first time Ontario has had a female premier. Some would call that a remarkable feat, a coup for women’s rights. Others would say it’s about time, as Quebec, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories, Yukon, Nunavut and Newfoundland have all had a female leading the province at one time or another. Sandra is hailed as having a slight edge over Kathleen, mainly because she stepped

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out of politics before the gas plant scandal and the war with the teachers. Rita Johnson of British Columbia, and Nellie Cournoyea of the Northwest Territories, held the first female premier title. Both were elected in 1991. That puts Ontario almost 23 years late to the table with our first female premier. Guess that didn’t leave too much room at the top for Glen Murray, who dropped out to put his support behind Kathleen. Gerard Kennedy, one of four men left in the race, believes the time to address Liberal unrest is now. He calls for a “renewed commitment to grassroots democracy.” Well, I wish him the best with that, but I do have a feeling that come the leadership convention January 25-27, he, Charles Sousa, Eric Hoskins and Harinder Takhar will be consoling each other. Whether or not our next premier is a woman, all I can say is that the next person to hold this position better keep it until they get voted out. What’s the point of voting someone in, if they can just walk away when the going gets tough?

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The expression “Divide and Conquer” seems to work very well in keeping our First Nations off-balance. The national lobbying body for our indigenous peoples is at odds with a rising element of protesters called Idle No More (INM). The INM people are trying to play hardball and are not prepared to negotiate with Ottawa. They are demanding what they want, regardless of what the government thinks. Personally, I don’t think they are going to get it. The federal Omnibus Bill, going through without careful scrutiny of the items that are hidden within the huge document, including the slashing of some environmental funding, is what has the natives particularly upset. I understand this and I support the Idle No More protests, regardless of the hard feelings that they will temporarily cause. Environmen-

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tal work is something that affects all Canadians, native or not. I would gladly get out and stop traffic to stop the erosion of our natural wealth, but I would be arrested and thrown into the slammer for my efforts. On the other hand, the Natives can protest with impunity because there is some unwritten law out there somewhere that tells the police to back off and let them protest all they want. Now that Natives have met with Stephen Harper, something we thought would put an end to the issue, there are still Idle No More protests going on. Organizers are calling for an Idle No More World Day of Action on January 28. Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, who has been on a hunger strike since December 11, boycotted the meeting with Stephen. I support their efforts to stop portions of the unexplored Omnibus Bill, but I think the rest of their protests are doomed we see the emergence of politicians who will sit down and help kill the Indian Act and create a better way for all of us to prosper and live without constant conflict.

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Childhood obesity is a serious public health issue—and all of us have a role to play as part of the solution. Recently, the Ontario Medical Association, the voice of Ontario’s doctors, called for a number of actions to curb obesity. These included new taxes and graphic warning labels on high-calorie foods, similar to the ones seen on cigarette packages. Their proposed initiatives are based on the argument that these tactics helped reduce the number of smokers, so they will help reduce the number of obese Canadians. Opponents feel that food is not tobacco, because even one cigarette is one too many. The Montreal Economic Institute (MEI) suggests that apart from making the government “fatter”, taxing food will not really have any impact on weight. As well, a 2010 World Health Organization Bulletin report states that “the evidence supporting the use of taxes is weak”. Several countries are trying out “fat” taxes, but the evidence has not demonstrated what effect such measures will have on childhood obesity rates. Denmark introduced a “fat tax” and then promptly announced that they’re abolishing it. A concern that has been voiced is that taxes, in general, are regressive in nature – having the greatest (negative) effect on the food budget of the poorest.  Traditional thinking on the prevention of overweight and obesity is focused on the food intake and physical activity equation. While this is important, obesity is very complex and there are multiple factors to be considered. For example, environmental factors have been found to be correlated with overweight and obesity in children. These include, socioeconomic status such as family income, parental education and lifestyle habits such as whether or not children eats breakfast, and how long they spend in front of the televi-

sion. Dr. Jean-Philippe Chaput of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute’s Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group continues to explore the relationship that has been found between shortened sleep patterns and childhood overweight and obesity. The duration of sleep is believed to be linked to weight in that it affects hormones associated with appetite control. Knowing these factors does not mean we should ignore the role that the ‘energy in/ energy out’ equation plays in obesity. Initiatives designed to increase children’s physical activity, while key to developing a healthy lifestyle, will not go far enough to correct childhood obesity. For example, seeking “one-off” solutions such as taxing ‘junk foods’ or putting graphic warning labels on some foods won’t lead to a total solution. What is being proposed is the support of a holistic framework that includes continued research and tools to convert environments that contribute to obesity, into environments that combat it. Food & Consumer Products of Canada has partnered with the federal government to encourage people to use the best source of nutrition information available – the Nutrition Facts table. Through a multi-media campaign, Canadians are being encouraged to use the table, and in particular the %Daily Value column to make better product choices. More information is available online at Here are few helpful tips when using the table: 1. Look at the amount of food • Nutrition Facts are based on a specific amount of food (also known as serving size). Compare this to the amount you actually eat. 2. Read the % DV • The %Daily Value helps you see if a specific amount of food has a little or a lot of a nutrient. • This applies to all nutrients. As a guideline, 5% DV or less is a little, 15% DV or more is a lot. 3. Choose • Make better choices. Here are some nutrients you may want... Less of: Fat Saturated and trans fats Sodium More of: Fibre Iron Vitamin A Calcium

Do you have a healthy attitude towards food and weight control?

We are constantly bombarded with information about the health and social benefits of being a healthy weight. For many people, these messages are confusing and lead to over-concern about eating and weight. The following quiz is a starting point to reviewing your own attitudes. Check the statements below that are right about you. •I frequently think about food, weight or the way I look. •I’m often ashamed or feel guilty about what I eat. •I eat in secret or lie about what I have eaten. •I work, exercise or see people too much to avoid eating. •I regularly weigh myself and my mood depends on the numbers. •I obsess about parts of my body that are wrong, no matter my size or how much I weigh. •I count the calories of everything I eat or drink. •I regard foods as good or bad and feel good or bad depending on which I eat. If these statements sound like you it may be time to consider your overall wellbeing. Even if you don’t want to change anything at this time, it helps to talk to someone. You can explore the National Eating Disorder Information Centre’s website at for information. cupation.

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Everybody will experience some type of stress at one point in their life. This is all part of being human. The stress response usually disappears once the threat causing the stress is gone. However, longterm or chronic stress has negative affects in the mind and body. What problems can stress cause? Once the body is under stress, it stimulates our ‘fight or flight’ mode. This response stimulates the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and ‘turns off’ the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS). Once the threat or stressor is removed, the nervous system and the body should begin to normalize. However, if we are under chronic stress over long periods of time due to stressors from work, family, dealing with a death of a loved one or financial worries, the nervous system goes on autopilot and into ‘sympathetic overdrive.’ At this state, we are not able to normalize our nervous system ourselves. The body stays in a state of a fight or flight response (sympathetic overdrive), even after the threat or stressor has been removed. This can cause

a whole lot of symptoms such as headaches, jaw clenching, insomnia, breathing problems, depression/anxiety, digestive disorders, high blood pressure and excessive sweating. So how can Acupuncture help? Acupuncture is wonderful for balancing and normalizing the nervous system. There are points on the body that can calm the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS). It is a very relaxing, comfortable form of treatment that can improve your sleep, decrease your pain and improve your mood. Acupuncture, in addition to a healthy diet and regular exercise program, is an excellent way to manage stress and live a happier and more balanced life!

Dr. Pooley has been a practicing Chiropractor for over 30 years in St. Thomas. He is the founder of the Soteria Centre for Health Excellence through C.A.R.E. Chiropractic & Acupuncture.

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COMPLETE HEALING: A Holistic Approach to Wellness Energy, Vitality and Health A new Holistic Healing Centre is celebrating its grand opening February 4 in the Soteria Health Centre, Room #3, 170 Wellington Street, St. Thomas. The event includes the opportunity to meet the owner, Monica Bruce, who is offering two grand opening specials that day. The vision for the business has been developed over time. Monica’s decision to set up her COMPLETE HEALING, Holistic Nutritional business at the Soteria Health Centre was grounded in personal experience and professional training. Monica is a Registered and Certified Holistic Nutritional Practitioner with the professional designation of RNCP. The journey to COMPLETE HEALING actually began when she was diagnosed with an illness, and she was given very limited options through the traditional medical system. Monica decided to attend the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in North York where she obtained a Degree in Nutrition and graduated with Honours in 2006. She took the knowledge that she attained and applied it to her own healing protocol. In doing so, she healed herself with a very holistic approach. Monica knows firsthand what it feels like emotionally and physically to deal with a diagnosis, where sometimes the treatments are worse than the disease itself. Today, she offers Individualized Nutrition Programs, Nutritional Consultations and Bio-Meridian Feedback Assessment.

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Bio-Meridian Feedback Assessment is a method of assessing energy imbalances in the body on electrical measurements taken at specific acupuncture point. This data is then processed by a sophisticated database which gives Monica the information she needs to decide on the course of the treatment. Let us find your energy imbalances in your body and set a plan of treatment to overcome these imbalances.

Accumulations of toxins can rid our bodies of energy, vitality and health. Toxicity can lead to diseases such as cancer, diabetes, allergies and other serious diseases. By eliminating toxins from our body we can regain energy, vitality and health. Toxins are substances that disrupt normal, healthy flow within our bodies. Toxicity can affect how we sleep and how much energy we have. Mental and emotional problems, eyes, ears and mouth problems, skin issues, digestive Avatar-Electrodermal Screening disorders, joint and body aches and pains and The Avatar machine is an electro-dermal screen- eating problems can all be caused by exposure ing machine that uses acupuncture pressure to too many toxins. We can teach you how to depoints on the hands and feet. These points are toxify your body. referred to as “Control Measurement Points” or “CMP” and they are an indicator of general Blood: The Life Force that Runs health within the body. Each point has a stan- Within Us All dard measurement for all healthy people. Increases from a normal reading indicate inflam- Do you know what your blood type is? Did you mation within the body and decreases indicate know that if you follow the diet for your specific fatigue or tissue degeneration associated with blood type that you may gain health and vitality? the “CMP” point. Electro-dermal screening can Let us show you how knowing your blood type screen potential natural remedies to determine can affect your health. which will help restore balance and health within the body. Monica is constantly re-educating to achieve higher standards. She does a mandatory 25 hours of training each year to keep up on her designation. To discover all the benefits of holistic healing, come to the grand opening February 4, call 226-927-6978 or visit


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an appreciated touch. If you are true enthusiast, you can add a taste of chocolate to your living space by creating your own incense. If your home is infused with the scent of chocolate, it can turn your guests into putty. There are also several candles on the market that deliver the sweet scent with the stroke of a match. A recent New York Times article suggests that dark chocolate has health benefits. Specifically, dark chocolate has been proven to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Heart health isn’t the only thing with a link to chocolate: chocolate lovers also experienced more feelings of happiness and better psychological well-being. Lastly, for those who love do-it-yourself beauty remedies, chocolate is a great alternative. Face masks can be used to purify your pores and chocolate body scrubs can be concocted to soften your skin.


In our kitchens, we like to ensure that we have a pantry stocked with the basics. These often vary by household, but typically include milk, eggs and other essentials. What many of us may not realize is that chocolate – yes, chocolate – is a versatile food item that can be adapted for many uses. When it comes to sweet treats, chocolate is in a class of its own. Over the past 100 years, chocolate has taken several different forms, with white, milk, and dark variations. Canadian companies such as Laura Secord have converted this cult-classic into many delicious snacks: chocolate bars, ice cream, hot chocolate and more. It is also sensational in cupcakes, cookies and pies. Chocolate is also a great gift idea. A box of chocolates goes a long way when used to celebrate events or milestones, and is often a great option for those on a budget. Laura Secord has a vast array of boxes of chocolates that can be personalized to a person’s taste, always

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Shedden Womens’ Institute Notes The December meeting of the Shedden WI was held at the home of Ethel Miner-Clare. Pat Palmer opened the meeting with a reading about home made crafts as the December meeting is where members are challenged to making something for our Christmas tree.  Motto for the meeting was “Genius is eternal patience.”  The roll call “Bring a hand-crafted Christmas gift you have received or created.”  Lots of talent was displayed by members who had received gifts from friends over the years.  The business was dealt with and volunteers were found for the tuck shop at Elgin Manor in January.  Program for the evening was presented by Ethel who shared her love for beading that she began as a teenager in British Columbia where she was taught by her First Nation friends and community. She displayed an

African scarf made from beads and demonstrated her loom beading necklace project. She had moccasins with beading as well as gloves made from rabbit fir. She also had a vest made from deerskin that had approximately 100 hours of beading on it. The native ladies worked in groups where most of them made their projects without patterns. Then Ethel had us all make some easier bead projects that we  could display on our trees.  Lunch was served and a time of fellowship was enjoyed.

The next meeting will be at the home of Connie Silcox on January 23. All are welcome.

Christmas donation

Canadale Nurseries held three Christmas open houses and each time the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Auxiliary was selling hotdogs and drinks.  In addition to proceeds from their food booth, money was generated through a raffle plus a collection from crafts available for children. Pictured presenting a gift of $6,836 on behalf of Canadale Nurseries is, from left: Pauline Intven-Casier, Co-owner of Canadale’s and Diane Vaughan, Auxiliary Past President. 

Junior and Senior Kindergarten Registration

Letter to the Editor

January 21 to February 8, 2013

Thames Valley’s Early Years Learning Program is designed to help your child acquire the necessary skills to begin a lifetime of successful learning. Now is the time to find out the facts and register your child for September 2013. By September 2014, all of our schools will offer full-day, every-day Kindergarten. Most schools offer before- and after-school programs. Call your school today to make an appointment to discuss your child’s learning needs and familiarize yourself with our Early Years Learning Program. Registration for French Immersion education beginning in Senior Kindergarten and Grade 1 is also taking place.

Deadline is February 8, 2013 Eligibility requirements for entry in September: • Students must be four years old by Dec. 31, 2013 for Junior Kindergarten. • Students must be five years old by Dec. 31, 2013 for Senior Kindergarten. • Students must be six years old by Dec. 31, 2013 for Grade 1. • Parents or guardians must present proof of age and primary address. Acceptable documents include birth or baptismal certificate, birth registration or passport, lease agreement or utility bill. Joyce Bennett Chair

Bill Tucker Director of Education

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Editor, It would appear, judging by his comments in the December 20th issue of The Weekly News, and by others that he has made at previous times, that Mr. Sandison is not happy with the way that St. Thomas is, and has been, governed by the respective Councils of the day. One wonders why he doesn’t move to Belleville if he is so enamored with

that things are done there. He has to remember that no municipality is perfect, and all will do what they can with the resources that are available to them. Eric Lowe St. Thomas, ON

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By Becky Ahrens, VON Coordinator Hospice Volunteer Visiting program

It takes special people to volunteer, this I am certain of. Linda Cryderman is one of those special people in Elgin’s Hospice Volunteer Visiting Program. Linda was matched with Ben Popp in April 2010 on a beautiful spring day. Linda shares a lovely story regarding that first visit with Ben as follows… “Right after you left, Ben and I set out for a “walk” and spent an hour and a half touring the many acres of his property. We walked through mud, through bush, up hill and down, forded a stream, through pastures dotted with cow pies (old - not fresh, thank goodness), culminating in a climb along a cow path up a hill so long and steep I thought my legs wouldn’t carry me to the top! But there was Ben, old and sick, charging ahead of me – I was not going to be outdone! When we traipsed through the bush, he went ahead and held the branches so they wouldn’t hit me in the face, bless him. We arrived back at the house at noon, greeted by an enormous German Shepard that was clearly delighted to see us. And Ben showed me the trophies he’d won racing his pigeons. My black pants and shoes are spotted with mud, my hand was scratched from an encounter with a bramble, and I

had the best time.” Linda quickly became part of the Popp family, all would look forward to her visits and the respite she was providing to Ben’s wife Hilde was an important part of the care. Ben lost his battle in April 2012. The support Linda was providing to Ben quickly transferred to Hilde. Being there for Hilde as a consistent support is an integral part of the Hospice Volunteer Visiting program with VON. Grieving the death of someone loved is one of the hardest experiences for an individual to

go through. Ensuring that person is supported through their grief is what makes our program successful. Hilde feels ready to continue with her grief work and plans to attend VON’s Grief Support Group that will be held this winter in St Thomas for a period of eight weeks. Support through the grief journey is available to anyone in Elgin County regardless of where they are in that journey. For more information on this program, please plan to attend VON’s

Awareness Event being held at the St Thomas Senior’s Centre on January 24th from 11-2pm. There you will learn about all of VON’s programs and services available in Elgin County. If you would like to share your time and compassion like Linda has, please call VON as soon as possible to register for the hospice volunteer training held in January 2013 in St Thomas. Please call 519-637-6408 for more information.

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40th Annual

Honours and Awards Banquet Thursday April 18, 2013, 6 pm at Memorial Arena.


Pay tribute to the hardworking volunteers, athletes, artists, and heroes who bring pride and distinction to St. Thomas. Nomination forms and eligibility criteria are available on the City’s website: or at the Parks and Recreation Department, 2 Third Avenue (Timken Centre), the City Clerk’s Office and Mayor’s Office at City Hall. Completed forms must be received at the Parks and Recreation Department Office inside the Timken Arena, 2 Third Ave. no later than 4 pm, Thursday, February 28, 2013. For information please contact:

Parks and Recreation Department 519-633-7112

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Aylmer Community Services 25 Centre Street, Aylmer P: 519.765.2082 Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm Tues 9am-6pm

West Elgin Support Services

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Aylmer & East Elgin News

by Kirk Barons

New Year’s morning on Talbot St. east and 75 vehicles were screened. The only issue involved a 33-year old St.Thomas At their regular meeting on January 10, Malahide Township male who was issued a warning for impairment and had his Council responded to a request by the Ontario Federation of licence suspended 3 days. Anglers and Hunters to allow hunting on Sundays by referring Brian Willsie in Finland the matter to staff for more information. Malahide is the only Former NHLer Brian Willsie, 34, of Belmont, signed on with township in Elgin east of St.Thomas that still has a Sunday TPS of Turku in a league in Finland this year. He has been named Captain of TPS and currently leads the team in scoring hunting ban. ‘Happy Tail’ at Aylmer library with 19 goals in 34 games. Last year he played for the AHL The Aylmer Library is launching a new program for reluctant Hamilton Bulldogs, leading the team in scoring. He has spent young readers matching canines and kids. The “Dog Tales” the last four seasons primarily in the American Hockey League. program provides children, ages seven to 13, who are shy His most recent NHL experience was one game with Washingreaders, with an opportunity to read to a therapy dog. Each ton Capitals two years ago. 15-minute session — the children must be registered for the  McGregor construction to begin program — will be conducted in the Library with a St. John’s Aylmer’s McGregor Public School is adding four rooms beAmbulance Therapy Dog Team. Three year old Tilley is the reg- hind the gymnasium in order to host the Full Day Kindergaristered therapy dog, accompanied by her trainer from Belmont, ten Program that will begin in September. Principal Richard who will be coming to the library once a month, beginning Feb- Auckland noted that construction will begin soon: “Fencing ruary 2, for one hour to listen to the children read. One benefit has been up and construction will begin later this month (timof the program is to provide a relaxed one-on-one atmosphere ing is weather dependent).  The major change is that parents and students must now access the schoolyard from the North/ to put the reluctant reader at ease.  Aylmer police report Parking Lot side of the building only.   The students will have New Years Eve was relatively quiet in Aylmer; one man was some great opportunities to see the school construction and it arrested for being intoxicated in a public place and there were will provide great recess entertainment.  The builder is Norlon a few noise complaints. Police set up a RIDE check early on Construction and the completion date is later this spring.”

exchanging work for food and accommodation.”

Vogeljoy to Uruguay

Vogeljoy, the Aylmer area family musical group featuring Kim and Terry Neudorf and their three children, is leaving this week for an extended stay in Uruguay, Argentina and Chile. Kim says, “We want to travel to experience other cultures, weather, scenery, languages etc. ‘Workaways’ are a great opportunity to travel within a budget and experience the country in a real way. We will be starting out in Montevideo then exploring the surrounding countryside and staying pretty mobile .We sold practically everything. We will be performing often, producing music videos, releasing singles etc. You can see pictures and read all about our first show in Uruguay on February 23 on our website: We will stay with friendly hosts

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Aylmer rises to challenge Aylmer has surpassed its $45,500 United Way goal by almost $2,000, bringing the total raised to $47,000. Set in 2012, the overage was celebrated on January 10, 2013 at Cy’s Bowling Lanes and Lounge. That number will grow with the addition of Elgin-St. Thomas’ completed campaign. The Aylmer campaign committee includes: Janna Summers — Chair Andre Reymer, Kelly Rauhe, Beth Gyurindak, Alison Campbell, Tony Holcombe, Marg Hare, and Jake Sawatzky. The reason United Way exists is to ensure that those most vulnerable in the community are helped. Whether they have just immigrated

here, are children, or are one of those recently laid off, the support given to United Way will help strengthen these individuals and families, which in turn strengthens the community. The money raised does help those in the Aylmer community. Many fear that because United Way is situated in St. Thomas, the money raised goes to help those in the city. Nothing can be further from the truth. Actually 24 per cent of the people helped through United Way funding are from Aylmer and East Elgin. This is one of the reasons the Aylmer Committee is so passionate about what they do, because they know they are helping their neighbours.

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Eligibility requirements for entry in September 2013: • Students must be five years old by Dec. 31, 2013 for Senior Kindergarten. • Students must be six years old by Dec. 31, 2013 for Grade 1. • Parents or guardians must present proof of age and primary address. Acceptable documents include birth or baptismal certificate, birth registration or passport, lease agreement or utility bill. Joyce Bennett Chair

Bill Tucker Director of Education

Al Mintz, co-coordinator of Christmas Care, is presented with a cheque for $3,500 from Tim and Cathy Kostendt, members of the Elgin Ballroom Dance Club on Thursday, December 6, 2012.

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Register your child now forback French Sales Representative fromImmersion retirement. in Senior or of Grade Gary bringsKindergarten with him 40 years sales1 experience – 8 yearsCentral in automotive sales. Centennial P.S. Medway Rd., Arva, 519-660-8193 Gary14774 invites his customers, friends and family Street P.S.the to contact Colborne him to experience 25 Colborne St., Strathroy, 519-245-2044 Disbrowe Difference. Huron Heights French Immersion P.S. 1245 Michael St., London, 519-452-8230

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“The last refuge of the insomniac is a sense of superiority to the sleeping world.” Leonard Cohen

“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.” Oscar Wilde

“As you go through life, you’ve got to see the valleys as well as the peaks.” Neil Young

By Mark Wales, President, Ontario Federation of Agriculture

With Ontario’s Liberal leadership race in its final weeks, events have taken a positive turn for rural Ontario. That’s because every one of the seven leadership candidates currently in the running for Ontario’s top job has addressed rural issues and several have incorporated a detailed rural strategy as part of their campaign. This development demonstrates recognition of the importance of rural Ontario, and it means we can be assured that the awareness created in this campaign will carry forward beyond the Saturday, January 26, 2013 leadership convention to Ontario’s legislature and the next election. The OFA is focusing on four key areas in our talks with politicians and policy makers in the coming year. First, we will pursue the development of a provincial agriculture and food strategy. OFA has already done extensive work on a National Food Strategy, which incorporates the contributions of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture and our colleagues across the country. Consistent with the National Food Strategy, any provincial initiative must include agreed upon principles and measurable outcomes to guide the development of Ontario agriculture and food-related policy. Second, OFA will work with the new premier to create a reliable and affordable energy system in Ontario. Ontario farm businesses require access to sustainable energy, generated through socially and environmentally respon-

sible methods. The OFA also seeks revisions to the current regulatory environment. We will continue to request a seat at the table when new regulations that impact agriculture are developed, and we will seek improved processes for how those regulations are enforced, to ensure they are respectful of farm businesses and farm properties. Finally, OFA plans to continue to press the provincial government for meaningful investment in rural Ontario. We look for a commitment to ensuring rural Ontario residents have access to a similar range and quality of services and infrastructure as their urban counterparts.

by Pastor Cusick

Are you ready certain amount of inspiration to fight? and the knowledge that some Some things things are worth fighting for. are worth Someone recently tweeted the fighting for!  following: “Someone needs to My favourite hear this: struggle does not person, Je- equal failure. Everything of sus, was a fighter.  He was value emerges from the fight.” constantly fighting with reli- ns which I would watch with gious people.  He called them my kids —Inspector Gadget names, ignored them, picked and Hercules.  There was the fights with them, cursed moment in the Hercules plot them, and warned His follow- where he would need superers about them. Jesus was a natural strength.  It was at fighter.  (Now, He didn’t fight that moment Hercules would with everyone.  Actually, the raise his clenched fist to the classic ‘down and outers’ He sky with the “ring” on his first finger. The raised fist was folWilson’s law of commercial helped.) Jesus provides us with a lowed by a thunder crack, the marketing strategy - As  soon as you find a product  that you really like—they The Corporation of the Municipality of will stop making it.

dramatic music played and boom, supernatural power infused his body and look out evil forces — it’s Hercules! Most of us don’t have a ring, and even if we did it probably wouldn’t work as well as Hercules’ ring worked. Most of us will have to keep struggling, and in our struggles we will fail a few times.  However, struggle does not equal failure. And everything of value will emerge from a fight.  So, what is worth fighting for in your life?  What is worth the effort?  Don’t give up — keep fighting.  One of my mentors years ago told me something I have nev-

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Nominations now being accepted If you know a St. Thomas individual, team, or group that has had an impressive achievement in 2012 and is deserving of civic recognition, be sure to nominate them for the 40th annual Honours and Awards banquet. Nominations are now being accepted at the Parks and Recreation Department, located at the St. Thomas Timken COmmunity Centre, 2 Third Avenue. Deadline is 4pm Thursday, February 28, 2013. This year’s banquet will take place at 6pm at the Memorial Auditorium on Thursday, April 18, 2013. Pay tribute to hardworking volunteers, athletes, artists and heroes who bring something special to St. Thomas. Nomination forms can be found online at or at the Parks and Recreation Department.

Something to Think About

With a leadership election in sight, the OFA looks forward to getting back to the business of lobbying on behalf of Ontario farmers. We look forward to contributing to hearing the discussion from each candidate in the coming weeks on strategies for a stronger rural Ontario, and we look forward to working with the next premier on issues that matter to Ontario agriculture.



2013 Garbage Bag Tags Remember to use your pink 2013 Garbage Bag Tags. If you have not picked up your 2013 tags, they can be picked up during normal business hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm) at the Central Elgin Municipal Offices in the Elgin County Administration Building, 450 Sunset Drive. Garbage with green 2012 bag tags will no longer be collected. Proof of residency is required to pick up your garbage tags. If you are a tenant and wish to pick up tags for the property you rent, a letter from your landlord is required. Persons unable to pick up their tags can authorize in writing a friend, neighbour or family member to pick up their tags. Farmers must provide proof of a valid Farm Business Registration number to obtain additional tags.

Roads, Streets and Sidewalks - Winter Control Information OBJECTIVES The Municipality of Central Elgin makes every effort to ensure we not only meet our winter control obligations, but do so as effectively and economically as possible. We facilitate the handling of emergencies by fire, police and ambulance through good operations. It is our objective to maintain safe, passable transportation routes and to minimize economic losses by the community and business during the winter season. SIDEWALK MAINTENANCE Sidewalk winter control will take place in accordance with Municipal policy: • All commercial property owners are responsible for the clearing of ice and snow from the municipal sidewalks adjacent to their properties or businesses; • Plowing will commence when snow has accumulated to 0.1 metre and the storm is substantially over. This time may vary due to the availabily of employees and equipment. 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 employees become available and during normal working hours. • The Municipality will not perform winter maintenance on any sidewalk that is less than 1.2 metres wide. ON-STREET PARKING AND WINTER MAINTENANCE Drivers are reminded of the following laws regarding on street parking during winter: • Subsection 170(12) of the Highway Traffic Act which prohibits parking so as to interfere with the clearing of snow from the road or street. Subsection 170(15) provides for the removal of offending vehicles at the owner’s expense. By-laws EG1 prohibit the parking of any motor vehicles on Municipal streets and County roads between the hours of 3:00 am and 5:00 am. 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.


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2012 Buick Regal Turbo 11,876 km

Stk 4G122

WAS $42,669

2012 Chevrolet Orlando LTZ 11,608 km

2012 Chevrolet Orlando 1LT 11,248 km

Stk 8Z1220

Stk 8Z1213

WAS $26,780

WAS $31,000

2012 Chevrolet Sonic LT Sedan 11,487 km

Stk 2S1210

WAS $21,685

2012 Buick Lacrosse Convenience Group

8,694 km

Stk 4W125

WAS $46,690

* * * * * $35,496 $19,496 $16,487 $33,494 $23,996 $0 DOWN $0 DOWN $110 $0 DOWN $272 $257 $0 DOWN $184 $0 DOWN $149

for 84 mths at 5.99% interest for 84 mths at 5.99% interest B/W for 84 mths at 2.99% interest B/W for 84 mths at 5.99% interest B/W for 84 mths at 5.99% interest B/W B/W

Stk 2F123

2012 Chevrolet Volt

2012 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible 2SS

2012 Chevrolet Traverse 1LT AWD


Stk 2V123

WAS $48,496

Stk 8E128

WAS $48,100

WAS $49,560

2012 Chevrolet Volt

2012 Buick Regal Canadian Comfort Plus


Stk 2V124

Stk 4G125

WAS $46,845

WAS $37,220

* * * * * $48,496 $40,496 $40,496 $39,496 $30,496 $368 $0 DOWN $230 $0 DOWN $310 $0 DOWN $223 $0 DOWN $234 $0 DOWN

for 84 mths at 5.99% interest B/W for 84 mths at 2.99% interest B/W for 84 mths at 2.99% interest B/W for 84 mths at 2.99% interest B/W for 84 mths at 5.99% interest B/W 2012 Chevrolet Silverado W/T 1500 Ext. CA

2012 GMC Terrain SLE-1FWD

2012 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ Turbo Sedan Stk 2C1246

Stk 8T1289

Stk 8R12101

Was $29,660

WAS $38,545

WAS $29,990

2012 Chevrolet Cruze LS Sedan

2012 Chevrolet Sonic LS Sedan

Stk 2C1289

Stk 2S1228

Was $21,055

Was $17,435

* * * * * $25,487 $25,496 $16,947 $13,995 $27,496 $0 DOWN $176 $0 DOWN $124 $0 DOWN $99 $0 DOWN $210 $0 DOWN $99

for 84 mths at 2.99% interest B/W for 84 mths at 2.99% interest B/W for 84 mths at 2.99% interest B/W for 84 mths at 2.99% interest for 84 mths at 5.99% interest B/W B/W

2012 Buick Enclave CXL AWD

2012 GMC Acadia SLT FWD

2012 Buick Regal GS

2012 Chevrolet Orlando 2LT

2012 Chevrolet Orlando 1LT

WAS $60,040

WAS $51,355

WAS $46,600

WAS $28,060

WAS $26,585

Stk 8E1222

Stk 8E124

* $ * 50,496 42,498 $387 $0 DOWN $321 $0 DOWN $

Stk 4G123

Stk 8Z1222

Stk 8Z1219

$ * $ * * 21,996 20,988 37,496 $0 DOWN $158 $0 DOWN $287 $0 DOWN $169 $

for 84 mths at 5.99% interest B/W for 84 mths at 5.99% interest B/W B/W for 84 mths at 5.99% interest B/W for 84 mths at 5.99% interest B/W for 84 mths at 5.99% interest

2012 Chevrolet Sonic LT Sedan

2012 Chevrolet Sonic LT 5 Door

2012 Chevrolet Sonic LS 5 Door

2012 Chevrolet Cruze LS Sedan

2012 Chevrolet Sonic LS Sedan

WAS $22,195

WAS $21,100

WAS $19,540

WAS $18,600

WAS $18,305

Stk 2S1229

Stk 2S1231

Stk 2S1223

* $ * 18,599 18,487 $124 $0 DOWN $117 $0 DOWN $

Stk 2C1263

Stk 2S123

$ * $ * * 15,487 15,487 16,487 $0 DOWN $105 $0 DOWN $111 $0 DOWN $105 $

for 84 mths at 2.99% interest B/W for 84 mths at 2.99% interest B/W B/W for 84 mths at 2.99% interest B/W for 84 mths at 2.99% interest B/W for 84 mths at 2.99% interest *Sale prices include all fees. Licence and HST extra.

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