Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


THURSDAY, April 21/11

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***THEAYLMERNEWS WILL NOT PUBLISH TOMORROW

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 Councils

-EESS Boys Soccer Tourney, EESS at Columbus Park

-(Friday – Earth Day/ ‘Good Friday’)

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‘THEAYLMERNEWS’ sent surveys to Elgin-Middlesex-London candidates.

Responses will be printed daily.

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TODAY: (In order of being received) – Graham Warwick, Liberal

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1. Is an election necessary at this time/Why?

The Canadian people are fed up with the Stephen Harper governments and their abuses to our democratic system.   Harper was found in contempt of Parliament and needs to be held accountable.  It is unfortunate that Harper would not work with the other parties, and an election is necessary in order to remove a bad Harper government.

2. Briefly assess Joe Preston’s term.

Our present MP has been unable to forestall any plant closures. The infrastructure spending was much needed and well targeted. I remind you the program was the Liberal party’s idea. Credit should be shared with the municipalities, who came up with the projects and provided a third of the funds.

3. Is a ‘coalition’ of parties a real threat?/ Some pros and cons.

Political parties in Canada need to work together in pursuit of what is best for the Canadian people.  Coalition rhetoric is simply a distraction employed by the Harper government to cover up their jets, jails, and corporate tax cuts agenda.

4. Identify two or three issues for Elgin-Middlesex-London.

Our riding has been hit hard by the economic recession.  A Liberal government will help our families attain the skills necessary for employment in today’s economy by providing every high school graduate with a grant of at least $1000 per year of study at a college or university.  By introducing new voluntary programs and bolstering the guaranteed income supplement by $700 million, the Liberal party will ensure that our retirees and senior citizens are looked after.

5. The Conservatives plan to spend more on fighter jets and prisons. Agree-why?

The Harper government wants to waste tax payer dollars on jets and jails. Let’s stop corporate tax cuts and stop this wasteful spending.  Instead, under a compassionate Liberal government, Canadians will receive quality health care, stronger public pensions, and increased access to post-secondary education.

6.Identify two or three ‘Canadian’ issues in this campaign.

We need to recommit to democracy.  Abuses by the Harper government have threatened our democratic institutions. By investing in three Canadian Champion Sectors of the employment market, Liberals will inspire new jobs in the clean energy, health and biosciences, and digital technology sectors.

7. The Conservatives plan income splitting reforms; Liberals want more money for education savings plans? Which is better-why?

By investing in our education, Michael Ignatieff and the Liberal party are investing in our future.  Rather than income splitting measures, the Liberal plan directly supports our families and rewards our youth when they choose to go to college or university.  The Conservative plan favours the wealthier families in Canada and does nothing to assist those lower middle class families.

8.Should Canada withdraw troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2012. Why?

The combat mission is ending in 2011. However, the basic objective will not be completed. The Afghan people will still not be fully able to govern themselves and maintain their own security.  That is why the Liberal Party supports the 2011-2014 training mission, and continued development work.  A Liberal government will appoint a Special Envoy to the peace process for the region.

9.What are some Environmental priorities?

In all corners of the Elgin-Middlesex-London riding Canadians are investing in windmills, solar panels, and making their homes more energy efficient.  Harper’s environmental record is embarrassing.  A Liberal government will provide Green Renovation Tax Credits that will encourage the retrofitting of 1 million homes by 2017.  In the development of renewable energy, Liberals are committed to quadruple Canada’s low-impact renewable energy production by 2017.

10.The NDP would spend $25 million on hiring health care workers vs. money for corporate tax cuts. Agree-why?

There is no doubt that the Canadian health care system needs to be renewed, and Harper’s corporate tax cuts will not help .We need to increase the number of Canadians that become health care workers, and this requires an investment in education. Only a Liberal government can protect universal health care.

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THE SURVEY SAYS:
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PT. BURWELL BLUESFEST FOR OJIBWA

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(Rick Morgan is organizing a BluesFest in Pt. Burwell on May 14 as a Project Ojibwa submarine fundraiser. He provides the following information)

“I’ve lived in the area since I left the Navy in 1968, I was a submariner and served aboard HMCS Ojibwa.  When I heard that the Elgin Military Museum was planning to acquire OJIBWA for the museum and bring her to Port Burwell, I contacted them and volunteered my services.

The Bluesfest was my idea I suppose. The Project needs money to bring Ojibwa down here,  the museum is working to establish the project in the public eye and I guess finally we want to re-establish Port Burwell as a destination if we hope to attract a substantial number of  new tourists to the area to tour the submarine. I thought that we might be able to do something that could possibly be an annual event – after all Port Dover has Friday the 13th, why not try Saturday the 14th in Port Burwell.

“I’m a blues fan, and have some relationships with people with connections to the music industry, so with the blessing of the Museum,  I recruited some volunteer help from the The Great Lakes Blues Society and we started to put a show together.  I think we have a great show, with some real authentic Blues acts from the U.S. and a strong program of regional acts from this part of Ontario.  We’ve also happy to have some local content in the form of “Big Daddy” who is led by a Port Burwell Native – Billy Martineau”

Featured are:  Billy Branch (Chicago Blues Harmonica Legend) with Rauol & the Big Time.

Plus:  Eddie Turner & the Trouble Twins, The Tim Woodock Band, Chreyl Lescom, The Chris Murphy Band, and more! The gates open at noon and the show starts at 1:00 pm. Ticket Prices = Regular tickets $10.00 in advance and $$15.00 at the door. VIP tickets: $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door. Children under 12 $5.00 or pay what you can. For more information  contact Rick Morgan at rickmorgan@projectojibwa.ca. The fest will be located on the future Ojibwa site and is projected to last 9 hours.

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OBITUARY:

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Jessie ‘Ilene” Mayos , on April 18, formerly of Tillsonburg, in her 95th year. Survivors include:  son Fred (Lois) of Springfield. Friends are invited to Tillsonburg Cemetery Section 31, Lot 7 East where a public graveside interment will be celebrated on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 1 p.m.

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HIEMSTRA, Jeffery, on Monday, April 18th, 2011, at the age of 39 years . Survivors include:  wife Debbie (nee Vellenga),  children  Bradley, Matthew and Darren. Also parents  Andy and Minnie Hiemstra and mother-in-law  Ann Vellenga of Aylmer. Visitation at OSHAWA FUNERAL HOME,  on Thursday, April 21st from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at HOPE FELLOWSHIP CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH (1685 Bloor Street, Courtice) on Saturday, April 23rd at 11:00 a.m.

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(Every Thursday - By Dave Ferguson)

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Contact dferguson@frontrowseats.ca (Happy Easter)

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-Elgin Theatre Guild Presents:  Moon Over Buffalo: Thursday April 14th to Sunday April 17th & Thursday April 21st to Saturday April 23rd @ Princess Ave Playhouse Tickets $15/person or $10 for April 14th performance. Check out www.elgintheatreguild.ca for further details or call 519-633-8530.

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Easter Bunny Visits Sparta – Saturday April 16th 11AM-3PM & Sunday April 17th 12PM-3PM @ 11AM-3PM in the side room of the Sparta Tea Room. Come to Sparta and visit the Easter Bunny, have your picture taken and search for eggs. Donations to the Caring Cupboard would be appreciated. Contact Mary @ 519-775-0054 or Norma Roberts, 519-775-2312 for more information

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Train Rides – Port Stanley Terminal Rail – Friday April 22nd – Sunday April 24th. Come ride the train and meet the Easter Bunny! Reservations not required. Time: Departures at 11am, 1pm & 2:30pm (please arrive 30 minutes prior) Website: www.pstr.on.ca

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East Elgin Home and Garden Show – Friday April 29th to Sunday May 1st at the Aylmer Fairgrounds. Presented by the East Elgin Agricultural Society. Fresh ideas for your lifestyle and home! Website: www.aylmerfair.ca

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Home Based Business Association Show – April 30th – Aylmer at the Saxonia Hall with 60 vendors on display 1 – 4 pm. Free admission if accompanied by a donation of canned goods. www.thehomebasedbusinessassociation.com/

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-St.Thomas Performing Arts –April 29th – Lorne Elliott. Tickets: $110/5 concerts – Sold as a series but are sometimes available individually by calling the ticket convenor at 519-633-1178. Venue: Central United Church. Address: 135 Wellington Street, St. Thomas.

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WEDNESDAY, April 20/11

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*SEE BELOW FOR ANOTHER ELECTION DEBATE VIDEO:

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-(Friday – Earth Day/ ‘Good Friday’)

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EESS GIRLS SOCCER TOURNEY TODAY

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AYLMER – EESS is hosting a 16-team exhibition soccer tourney today – yes, in the rain. They defeated London Oakridge 2-1 in their opener this morning and play again at 10 am and Noon at Columbus Park. A final is set for 2 pm. The boys have a tournament tomorrow in town.

UPDATE - EESS defeated Chatham Ursuline 5-2 at 10 am and Lucas 3-0 at Noon to advance to the final against London Acquinas.

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THE LOCAL LENS:

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Aylmer residents are reminded that town workers are collecting bagged yard clippings this week. (kb)

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OBITUARIES:

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HUMPHREY, Doris Jean (Garnham) , on April 18, in her 92nd year, of Brantford.  Wife of the late Robert Humphrey (1996). Visitation at the DENNIS TOLL FUNERAL HOME, Brantford on Friday, April 22 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral service to celebrate Doris’ life will be held in the chapel on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. A family burial will take place on Monday in Straffordville, Ontario.

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EMERY, Anna Agnes – on Monday April 18,  of Tillsonburg , aged 86 years . Survivors include:  daughters Ann Marie (William) Lamb of Aylmer; Cindy Szvetecz (Christopher Brownlee) of Richmond.  She was a 27 year employee of Livingstone Industries of Tillsonburg.  Visitation at OSTRANDER’S FUNERAL HOME, Tillsonburg on Friday, April 22, 2011 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.  Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church on Saturday, April 23, at 1 p.m. Cremation to follow.  Private family internment at a later date.

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AYLMER COLLISION

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A 74-year old Aylmer woman was charged with failing to stop after her car collided with a pickup driven by a 21-year old Aylmer woman last Thursday around 11 am at the corner of Caverly and South. The older woman’s car was westbound at the corner and the other vehicle was heading north. There were no injuries and damage to both vehicles was moderate.

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AYLMER POLICE REPORT:

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-Last Wednesday a 17-year old Vienna male was caught by Police smoking marijuana around 9 am at EESS. He received a 5-day school suspension.

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-On Sunday around 1:30 am Police were called to a Talbot St. East residence to sort out a brother-sister dispute. Police charged the 28-year old St.Thomas male  with mischief after a vehicle window was damaged. He had fled on foot and also had thrown beer bottles at passing cars before being apprehended.

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-In Elgin court recently, a 15-year old Aylmer male was found guilty of possession of cannabis from a March 7 incident at EESS and was given six months probation.

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-Also in Elgin court recently, a 15-year old male from Pt. Burwell was found guilty of two counts of assault and given 12 months concurrent probation resulting from an attack on a 15-year old Bayham male at EESS on November 2.

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‘THEAYLMERNEWS’ sent surveys to Elgin-Middlesex-London candidates.

Responses will be printed daily.

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TODAY – CARL HIEMSTRA, Christian Heritage Pary

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1.Is an election necessary at this time/Why?

2.Briefly assess Joe Preston’s term.

3.Is a ‘coalition’ of parties a real threat?/ Some pros and cons.

4.Identify two or three issues for Elgin-Middlesex-London.

5.The Conservatives plan to spend more on fighter jets and prisons. Agree-why?

6.Identify two or three ‘Canadian’ issues in this campaign.

7.The Conservatives plan income splitting reforms; Liberals want more money for education savings plans? Which is better-why?

8.Should Canada withdraw troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2012. Why?

9.What are some Environmental priorities?

10.The NDP would spend $25 million on hiring health care workers vs. money for corporate tax cuts. Agree-why?

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RESPONSES:

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1. A election at this time is a waste of money.

2. At this point in time, we can look around us and see a lot of nice community halls and give credit to Joe for the federal tax portion, if we ignore the fact that was our money was being spent  which could have been used for modernizing the equipment in our hospitals, building nursing homes and hiring more doctors.

3.A coalition of parties is never good if it includes a seperatist party like the Bloc Quebecois. There are real advantages to coalitions if all involved are willing to set aside their differences and work for the good of Canada.

4. As your Christian Heritage Party candidate I am for rebuilding our army, navy and airforce. We also need to properly equip our soldiers.

5.I would say we first need to revamp our judicial system. Non violent criminals should make restitution and give back to their victims of crime. Violent criminals and sexual offenders, those who use firearms in crime, peddlers of drugs and child pornography should be severely punished. Once we have these issues resolved, then we can determine, if we need more jails.

6. Almost every working Canadian pays too much tax, unless they have a great accountant or work under the table. Most Canadians worry if the healthcare system will be there for them when they need it.

7.The CHP would remove income tax and replace it with the “Fair Tax system”  which is a national sales tax at aproximatley 17%. Each Canadian would receive a rebate cheque for the tax amount on necessities. Which would make income splitting unnecessary. The Liberals plan could work, I would need to see more details.

8.The CHP agrees with removing our troops by 2012, but yet still filling a democratic role.

9. We need to use real science and figure out ways to preserve our water, air and land for future generations. We need to stop spending money on “global warming”, “climate change” or “global cooling”.

10. I have a real problem with stopping corporate tax cuts, because when corporations pay more tax, they increase the price of goods. We could increase the number of available health workers, if we would make more nursing home spaces available for long term care patients, stop funding unnecessary medical procedures and provide proper mental health care services.
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WEDNESDAY, April 19/11

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ANOTHER VIDEO ON MONDAY’S DEBATE
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TUESDAY, APRIL 19/11

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*SEE BELOW FOR LAST NIGHT’s ELECTION DEBATE VIDEO:

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-(Friday – Earth Day/ ‘Good Friday’)

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SEXUAL ASSSAULT CHARGE

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Aylmer – Last Thursday,  Police arrested Bernhard Rempel, 71, of Aylmer for sex offences which occurred in February. Rempel operated a massage business in his Talbot Street east residence and is alleged to have sexually assaulted a child under the age of 16 in his home.  Rempel was released on various conditions. He will appear in court on May 3 to answer the charges of sexual assault and sexual interference. The victim was not related to the accused.

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MALAHIDE FIRE SATURDAY:

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On Saturday afternoon, 14 members of the Malahide #1 fire department responded to a Combine fire on Nova Scotia Line – the cause was a short in the battery – resulting in $6,000 in damage.

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WEATHER GETS THE FIRST KICK FOR SOCCER:

 

Soccer begins tomorrow - an exhibition boys' tourney - at EESS. But this photo yesterday afternoon showed that one job didn't get done yet...someone forgot to order the right weather. (kb) (CLICK)

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MONDAY’S AYLMER ELECTION DEBATE

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AYLMER – The Old Town Hall theatre was packed last night for a ninety-minute federal election debate. All six candidates were present – Conservative Joe Preston, Liberal Graham Warwick, NDP Fred Sinclair, CHP Carl Hiemstra,  Green John Fisher, and Canada Action Party Will Arlow- and faced a dozen questions from the audience.

Some samples of questions/responses:

 

1.Kathleen Schaaper – What are the correct figures on the spending for the new fighter jets?

Preston – “It’s the best jet there is. And we will get the jobs to build it as well. There are different ways of costing different things.  We won’t cheapen the equipment (for our military).”

Warwick – “30 Million for jets is a priority chosen. We owe Canadians transparency because the costs your party put across found you in Contempt in Parliament. And concerning jobs, there is only a memo of understanding. Let’s get the right jets at the right time.

 

2. Bill Murch – How will your party pay off the Debt?

Warwick – The Conservatives raised spending 18% in the first two years. There wasn’t much done on corporate tax cuts.  We need to spend money on the Canadian family and steadily pay down the debt.

Sinclair – We must get rid of the corporate tax credit and re-invest those monies back into paying off the debt and deficit.

Preston – We were paying down the debt with various surpluses and then we ran into the recession. We will not raise taxes.

Hiemstra – Spending money on things you don’t have is morally wrong. We would eliminate the income tax and put in a consumption tax.  There is too much underground economy as well.

Arlow – The debt is mostly interest payments. We need to use the Bank of Canada more and private banks less.

 

3. Ryan Dolby – What are your party’s plans for health care?

Arlow – Private delivery is bad news. The biggest driver of health costs is prescription drugs. We need to nationalize drug patents.

Fisher – We support the Canada Health Act. 25% of our health costs are preventable.

Hiemstra – We need to choose adoption over abortion. We also need to lose our fear of a private health system filling in for the public system.

Sinclair – Stop the spread of private clinics.

 

4. Dave Jenkins – The Liberal leader didn’t show up for 75% of the House of Commons votes. Comment?

Warwick – The Liberal leader spent more time travelling and in special sessions than any other leader. He delegated responsibilities in the House to others.

Preston – I have one of the best attendance records in Southern Ontario. We are sent there to do a job.

 

5. Paul Faulds – What can be done about the declining assessment in Elgin?

Arlow – Cancel NAFTA.

Fisher – Shift taxes off things we want to a tax on our resource use.

Hiemstra – We have a good local food growth movement here.

Sinclair – Provide incentives to small business owners.

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AYLMER COUNCIL REJECTS EECC COMMITTEE

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Aylmer Council Resolutions from yesterday’s session:

-Resolution No. 160-11 That Town of Aylmer Council approves the following: (a)  That the East Elgin Community Complex Board of Management establish an ad hoc committee of 3 Board members, 1 from each Council and 1 citizen representative to meet with User Groups. The motion is Defeated.

-Resolution No. 161-11 – That Town of Aylmer Council approves the following: (a)  That the East Elgin Community Complex Board of Management move
forward with a visioning session at the convenience of the Board and Jeff Kinsella. The motion is Carried.
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TUESDAY, April 18/11

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--LAST NIGHT’s AYLMER ELECTION DEBATE:
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MONDAY, April 18/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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- Aylmer Council, 7

- All Candidates Night, OT Hall Theatre, 7 :30

-(Friday – Earth Day)

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AYLMER COUNCIL AGENDA TODAY:

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- TO DISCUSS:  (a)  That the East Elgin Community Complex Board of Management establish an ad hoc committee of 3 Board members, 1 from each Council and 1 citizen representative to meet with User Groups; and (b)  that the East Elgin Community Complex Board of Management move forward with a visioning session at the convenience of the Board and Jeff Kinsella.

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NEW EEC COMPLEX COMMITTEES:

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(Information from Mike Phillimore, Chairman of EEC Complex Board):

1.Why have a committee to meet user groups? – “The purpose of the committee will be to get direct feedback from the user groups ( Minor Hockey, Spitfires, Figure Skating, Seniors Groups ) for the boards info. While management does meet with the groups, they mostly discuss fees and availability.  The board would like to hear from them on ways to improve operations, possible cost savings, etc.  They are major users of the complex and should have direct imput on how the complex operates.”

2. Why a visioning session? – “The visioning sessions will enable the board to set priorities and plan for the future. I believe it will give board members an open way of putting forward their ideas and visions for the future of the complex.  Malahide recently used these services and it certainly helped with future plans and visions. This is a provincial government service ( no charge to the complex) and we should take advantage of the oppurtunity.”
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THE LOCAL LENS:

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Springwater's Jammin In The Cabin Gang sang at a Straffordville Watermelon Fest fundraiser yesterday in Straffordville. (Photo by Don Durkee) (CLICK)

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MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

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-5:57 p.m. – April 14, 2011, Station # 2, 51011 Talbot Line, Authorized Burn complaint

– 3:02 a.m. – April 15, 2011, Station # 2,  Glencolin Line, Medical Assist

– 6:55 a.m. – April 15, 2011, Station #2,  Brook Line, Medical Assist

- 12:51 a.m. – April l6, 2011, Station # 2, Walker Road, Medical Assist

– 2:23 p.m. – April 16, 2011, Station # 1,  Nova Scotia Line, Vehicle Fire

– 11:03 a.m. – April 17, 2011, Station # 1,  Calton Line, Medical Assist

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‘THEAYLMERNEWS’ sent surveys to Elgin-Middlesex-London candidates. Responses will be printed daily.

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TODAY – JOE PRESTON, CONSERVATIVE

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QUESTIONS:

1.Is an election necessary at this time/Why?

2.Briefly assess Joe Preston’s term.

3.Is a ‘coalition’ of parties a real threat?/ Some pros and cons.

4.Identify two or three issues for Elgin-Middlesex-London.

5.The Conservatives plan to spend more on fighter jets and prisons. Agree-why?

6.Identify two or three ‘Canadian’ issues in this campaign.

7.The Conservatives plan income splitting reforms; Liberals want more money for education savings plans? Which is better-why?

8.Should Canada withdraw troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2012. Why?

9.What are some Environmental priorities?

10.The NDP would spend $25 million on hiring health care workers vs. money for corporate tax cuts. Agree-why?

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RESPONSES

EDITOR:  Unfortunately, the Preston Campaign chose not to answer these specific questions as the other candidates have so far. Listed here is their comment:

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“As a small business owner, Joe understands what hard work is. As a father and husband, he understands the difficulties facing families. As a community supporter and Member of Parliament, he continues to work for economic growth and crime free neighbourhoods. Joe cares about the constituents of Elgin-Middlesex-London.

Focus and/or Party’s Focus

Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!

My priorities and that of the Conservative Party are:

  • Create Jobs, through training, trade and low taxes;
  • Support families, throughout our Family Tax Cut, and more support for seniors and caregivers;
  • Eliminate the deficit by 2014-2015, by controlling spending and cutting waste;
  • Make our streets safe, through new laws to protect children and elderly; and
  • Stand on guard for Canada by cracking down on human smuggling and strengthening the Canadian Armed Forces

We feel that information that we have provided would answer your questions. Our priority remains the economy.”

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SATURDAY, April 16/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-(Monday – Aylmer Council, 7)

-(Monday – All Candidates Night, OT Hall, 7 :30)

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OBITUARIES:

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Jason David Mark Tuff, of Aylmer and St. Thomas in his 42nd year, on April 14.  Survivors include: father David Tuff and wife Lorraine of Aylmer and grandmother Louise Shackleton etc. Jason worked at Formet for a number of years. Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Sunday 2-4 & 7-9 pm where the service will be held on Monday, April 18, 2011 at 11:00 am.

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FROM ‘TOWN HALL MEETING’ THURSDAY (Greg Currie):

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‘THEAYLMERNEWS’ sent surveys to Elgin-Middlesex-London candidates. Responses will be printed daily in the next week.

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TODAY – John Fisher, Green Party

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QUESTIONS:

1.Is an election necessary at this time/Why?

2.Briefly assess Joe Preston’s term.

3.Is a ‘coalition’ of parties a real threat?/ Some pros and cons.

4.Identify two or three issues for Elgin-Middlesex-London.

5.The Conservatives plan to spend more on fighter jets and prisons. Agree-why?

6.Identify two or three ‘Canadian’ issues in this campaign.

7.The Conservatives plan income splitting reforms; Liberals want more money for education savings plans? Which is better-why?

8.Should Canada withdraw troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2012. Why?

9.What are some Environmental priorities?

10.The NDP would spend $25 million on hiring health care workers vs. money for corporate tax cuts. Agree-why?

RESPONSES:

1.We cannot ignore ‘contempt of Parliament’ by the Conservatives.

2.Joe Preston has done a decent job but he is part of a government that is taking Canada in the wrong direction.
3.No: The Connservatives were part of a ‘coalition’ in 1917 to bring in conscription.  A minority Liberal government (Pearson) gave Canada many good policies (ie public health).  Most of the world’s governments have some form of proportional representation (ie coalitions)
4.Diamond Inc. should be supported.  Poverty/homelessness (it is quite visible in St.Thomas)
5.Fighters, yes, but cheaper (tendered) and determined by our needs not those of the USA.
Jails, no, Most crime stats are down and bigger is not necessarily better (this also applies to governments etc.)
6.Health Care costs must come under control by reducing monopolies (ie drugs) and encouraging prevention.
Untaxing labour and business (the things we want) and uptaxing the community value given to the free gifts of nature would discourage resource speculation, create jobs, make housing more affordable etc.
7.Both are good and with a revenue neutral tax shift both are possible.  The Green party would reduce taxes on income, sales and other taxes on production in favour of capturing the community created value of natural resources which are limited in nature (minerals,locations,magnetic spectrum etc.)
8.Yes: Our foreign policy is not consistent with similar circumstances around the world. In Afghanistan we have just shifted corrupt power from one set of bad guys to another with very little achieved especially when we include reintegrating our military into society.
9.Climate change, Pollution (land, air, water)
10. Both objectives are good and over time possible but not without tax reform (More info is available by s-mail after the election if interested)
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THE SURVEY SAYS:

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1. Of 110 respondents, 73 % agree with France’s new policy of banning religious facial veils in public,  with 17% being opposed on grounds of religious freedom.

2. And of 107 surveyed, 55% feel that the economy is still the foremost election issue and 20% believed health care is the priority.

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REVIEW OF THIS WEEK’s TOP STORIES:

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OPEN AIR BURNING IN AYLMER

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(From Fire Chief Sam Taylor) – Aylmer residents should be aware that there is an “Open Air Burning By-law” in the town that places restrictions on outdoor burning. The Fire Department has been issuing verbal warnings when responding to unauthorized open air burns, but we do have authority to issue fines for by-law violations under the Provincial Offences Act or to lay charges under the Fire protection & Prevention Act which will require a court appearance.

Responding to nuisance calls such as unauthorized open air burning affects our Volunteers. They often have to leave work or family for an emergency call, to find out that it is a nuisance call. This also affects the employers of our Volunteers, they are considerate and thoughtful to let their employees leave work to protect the town, but when we start to get too many false alarms and nuisance calls and the employees have to leave more often just to find out that there is no emergency the employer becomes less willing to let the volunteers leave work as this does have an impact on their business.

We will be using our authority to lay fines or charges for repeat offenders of the “Open Air Burning Bylaw”, and should the problem continue to worsen, we will have little choice but to lay charges on the first offence. Residents can obtain a copy of the bylaw from Town Hall or can view or print the bylaw and set fine schedule from the Town’s website (www.aylmer.ca), or they can call the fire station with any questions -Monday – Friday 8:30-4:30 at 519-773-4905.

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AYLMER SIDEWALK REPAIR POLICY

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(Some sidewalks in town appear needy – some are just recovering from the long winter. Information on Aylmer’s sidewalk repair policy is supplied by Rod Tapp, Director of Operations for Aylmer):

“The Town has a Sidewalk Policy which can be found on the Town’s website. Approximately $18,000.00 – $20,000.00 (annual interest) from the Eggleton Fund is spent each year on town sidewalk repairs and/or replacements.

There is $20,000.00 included in this years (2011) Operating Budget for Sidewalks and $24,417.40 was spent last year (2010) under this account. Additional funds, over and above those listed and included in the annual operating budget are earmarked and used for the construction of any new sidewalks or for replacements on any of the larger Capital Projects, those recently being;

2008 – South Street Combined Sewer Separation Project.

2009 – Rutherford Ave Combined Sewer Separation Project; St. Andrew Street Combined Sewer Separation Project; Section of Talbot Street West in conjunction with the St. Andrew Street Combined Separation Project.

2010 – Fourth Ave Combined Sewer Separation Project; A portion of Talbot Street West under the Catfish Creek Sanitary SewerCrossings Project;  A portion of sidewalks on Sydenham Street under the Townhall Parking Lot Project.

Town staff inspects and reviews all sidewalks annually as per provincially legislated standards.  An annual repair/replacement schedule is created from the results of the annual inspections. Keep in mind that in the spring of every year when the frost comes out of the ground many of Town’s sidewalks are heaved (uneven) but will settle back down. That is why in Canada we have expansion joints constructed when the sidewalks are installed.

This year has been a particularly bad year for heaving due to the frost, so many of the Town’s sidewalks may appear to be in rougher shape than other years, but keep in mind that this is temporary in the majority of cases and the sidewalks will settle back down within the coming weeks.”

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FRIDAY, April 15/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-(Monday – Aylmer Council, 7)

-(Monday – All Candidates Night, OT Hall, 7 :30)

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*SPECIAL: Election Survey Response Below!

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HERB KEBBEL 50 YEARS In AYLMER

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Aylmer – Herb Kebbel is celebrating 50 years in the funeral business in Aylmer this month. He came to Aylmer in April, 1961.

He was born in Kitchener but grew up in Rodney and attended West Elgin High School. As a boy he wanted to be a “Game Warden, just like Al Streib” – the late Mr. Streib was formerly of Aylmer and a resident of West Elgin at that time.  However Herb was asked to assist a family friend’s local funeral business while in high school and that captured his interest. He later attended the Canadian School of Embalming in Toronto. His first two jobs were working at funeral homes in Toronto and he was most nervous about…. answering the phones as he had never taken messages before!

In 1961 there were two funeral homes in Aylmer. Gord Hughson operated the present Kebbel Funeral Home and Jim Barnum had established another facility  in a two-storey brick residence at the corner of Pine and King (it later burned down). Barnum was getting busy as Secretary-Treasurer of the East Elgin High School Board so he was looking for an assistant. So Herb and his wife Jeannette and the first of his four children moved here. In his early years, Herb also had to provide an Ambulance service in the area as there was no provincial service then so  he did both jobs with separate vehicles. Barnum sold to Herb in 1963 and then he bought Hughson’s building and sold his funeral home as a residence in 1967. He added a Chapel Room and front office over the years and then completed the major renovation at the back recently.

He said the biggest change in his 50 years here has been the increase in the number of cremations. He said the greatest benefit of living in Aylmer, became originally he thought there “wasn’t anything to do here” – was the reward of joining the Kinsmen Club. And plans for retirement – “Not yet.”

 

Herb Kebbel, pictured here yesterday in the foyer of the Funeral Home, has served Aylmer 50 years in the funeral business. He still comes to work daily to help his son Bob. (kb) (CLICK).

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Aylmer – About 35 persons attended Aylmer’s ‘Town Hall Meeting’ last night in the Old Town Hall theatre. Moderator was former Bayham Mayor Lynn Acre and questions were fielded by Mayor Jack Couckuyt and Deputy Gerry Richer.

In the first hour the speakers/main topics were:  Bill Murch asked about trying to colour code signs in town, Greg Currie and Bob Warnock said the town tax rate is too high compared to other towns,  Stephen Douglas spoke about the advantages of a Splashpad,  Harold Tuthill felt some intersection site lines were a problem,  Bill Murch asked about bringing noted Speakers to town,  Penny Tolmie said the town needed to stay the course with good infrastructure, Tracy Tiersma said Culture Days and recognizing Youth were needed, Stephen Douglas said the town should do more to promote art and culture, Mary Jane Lampman cited the need for more parking and police on foot patrols and John Hueston felt the town should provide incentives for employees who live here and the town had removed too many trees recently.

Commented Mayor Couckuyt: “The Town Hall meeting was a great experience for me. There were so many good suggestions and comments.  I was impressed that people came with written proposals and ideas.  There were about 50 people there, including all Councillors and some Town staff ( and a few from Malahide).  All suggestions will be compiled and presented to Council.  Thank you to the people of Aylmer. It was a very positive evening.”

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OBITUARY:

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Lucas “Luke” Tenhor, of Aylmer, on April 13,  in his 74th year. Survivors include: wife Nelda (Mulder) Tenhor, daughter Cindy Rose Berkelmans , both of Aylmer etc.  He was born in Friesland, the Netherlands and owned and operated Aylmer Gas Fitters. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation or funeral service. A private family service will be held.

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-Thursday, April 14, 2011. Jason David Mark Tuff of Aylmer and St. Thomas in his 42nd year. Arrangements through Kebbels.

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CHP LEADER IN AYLMER WED.

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(Jim Hnatiuk, CHP leader, spoke at the Old Town Hall Theatre Wednesday night.)

(Contributed – By Hanna Luong) –  “Canadians are finding out that the CHP is the party that is willing to tackle the difficult issues that other parties find “too hot for their political skin”, said Hnatiuk, adding that he believes this is one of many reasons that people are choosing CHP Canada.

Hnatiuk touched on the various issues that are central to the CHP platform. He stressed the fact that Canada’s immigration system needs a complete overhaul, pointing out that there are 8-900,000 immigrants waiting to be admitted, and that only 1 in 10 are checked for security.

A pro-life stance, traditional view of marriage and a monthly Family Care Allowance of $1,000 are all part of the CHP focus on strengthening the family. By offering the family unit strong support, financially and socially, Hnatiuk believes the CHP will produce a safer Canada.

He also touched on Canada’s debt, saying that the government has to get serious about paying back the $550 billion they currently owe by “reducing the size of government as well as government spending”. Hnatiuk  has run as a candidate for the party in Nova Scotia in recent elections.)

Carl Hiemstra, the local CHP candidate for Elgin, Middlesex and London, echoed Hnatiuk’s words by claiming that he’s not “a typical politician”, adjusting the claim he made during the last election, that he was “not a politician”. Like Hnatiuk, Hiemstra emphasized that he is willing to offer solutions, albeit challenging solutions, for the greater good of this country.

Hiemstra also thanked his local campaign team for helping him register and getting his signage up early. He feels that this was an important step to show the public his eagerness to win this election. CHP is running 45 candidates in this election.

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‘THEAYLMERNEWS’ sent surveys to Elgin-Middlesex-London candidates. Responses will be printed daily in the next week.

*TODAY – Fred Sinclair, NDP

1.Is an election necessary at this time? Why?

Jack Layton consistently called on the other party leaders to put the partisan games aside and work with us to end seniors’ poverty, to ensure that all Canadians have adequate pensions and to make life more affordable.  However, the Conservatives have shown that they could not be trusted.

2. Briefly assess Joe Preston’s term.

No comment

3. Is a ‘coalition’ of parties a real threat? Some pros and cons.

I strongly believe that cooperation is an important Canadian value and I hear every day on doorsteps that people in Elgin-Middlesex-London are tired of all the Conservative political games and all the childish bickering that goes on in Ottawa. NDP leader, Jack Layton has built his reputation on cooperation with others to get results for Canadians.

4. Identify two or three issues for Elgin-Middlesex-London.

Good paying jobs, health care, and HST on home heating bills

5. The Conservatives plan to spend more on fighter jets and prisons. Agree-why?

The Conservatives planned to spend $29 billion on fighter jets, according to the government budget office and billions on prisons. I believe that money should be directed towards the two issues Canadians care about most – health care and education.

6. Identify two or three ‘Canadian’ issues in this campaign.

Pensions, National Child care, Health care

7. The Conservatives plan income splitting reforms; Liberals want more money for education savings plans? Which is better-why?

Both plans do little to provide relief for families and students right away.  The Conservatives’ income splitting reforms leave out single, unattached Canadians. The plan will come into force sometime in the future, and only if certain conditions are met. Furthermore, the Liberals education savings plan does little to address rising tuition costs.

8. Should Canada withdraw troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2012. Why?

Yes. The New Democratic Party has been consistent in stating that the war in Afghanistan is the wrong mission for Canada. While Canadian troops are serving admirably in southern Afghanistan, New Democrats recognize that there are no military solutions there, only political ones.

9. What are some environmental priorities?

New Democrats are committed to building a clean and sustainable Canada. We will reintroduce the NDP Climate Change Accountability Act, defeated by the unelected Senate. This will establish hard emissions limits for Canada’s biggest polluters to ensure companies pay their environmental bills and to create an incentive for emissions reductions.

10. The NDP would spend $25 million on hiring health care workers vs. money for corporate tax cuts. Agree?

Yes, I definitely agree. Ever since Tommy Douglas created universal medical care in the 1960s it has been Canada’s most cherished public achievement. It remains a huge priority for the New Democrats. Our plan will mean thousands more health care workers, a move that will improve the overall health of Canadians, and reduce the strain on the healthcare system.”

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THURSDAY, April 14/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-Seniors Vitality Seminars at EEC Complex

-Aylmer ‘Town Hall Meeting’, 7

-Figure Skating Night at EECC, 7:30

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(Every Thursday - by Dave Ferguson)

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Contact dferguson@frontrowseats.ca
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-St.Thomas Performing Arts –April 29th – Lorne Elliott. Tickets: $110/5 concerts – Sold as a series but are sometimes available individually by calling the ticket convenor at 519-633-1178. Venue: Central United Church. Address: 135 Wellington Street, St. Thomas.
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Elgin Theatre Guild Presents:  Moon Over Buffalo: Thursday April 14th to Sunday April 17th & Thursday April 21st to Saturday April 23rd @ Princess Ave Playhouse Tickets $15/person or $10 for April 14th performance. Check out www.elgintheatreguild.ca for further details or call 519-633-8530.

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Cooking With Herbs Workshop (Heritage Line Herbs) – Saturday April 16th @ 1:30PM Learn how to incorporate all of your favourite herbs, both fresh and dried in your cooking. This class will include recipes and samples of appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts. Tips, suggestions, food samples and lots of handouts. Tickets: $20, preregistration required. Call 519-866-5577 or visit www.heritagelineherbs.com

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Easter Bunny Visits Sparta – Saturday April 16th 11AM-3PM & Sunday April 17th 12PM-3PM @ 11AM-3PM in the side room of the Sparta Tea Room. Come to Sparta and visit the Easter Bunny, have your picture taken and search for eggs. Donations to the Caring Cupboard would be appreciated. Contact Mary @ 519-775-0054 or Norma Roberts, 519-775-2312 for more information.

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MINI-POLL: THE TV DEBATE:

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From yesterday’s poll: Of 54 who watched the federal leaders’ debate on Tuesday, 67% felt Stephen Harper was the best, 20% were most impressed by Jack Layton and only 13% felt Michael Ignatieff was strongest.

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AYLMER SIDEWALK REPAIR POLICY

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(Some sidewalks in town appear needy – some are just recovering from the long winter. Information on Aylmer’s sidewalk repair policy is supplied by Rod Tapp, Director of Operations for Aylmer):

“The Town has a Sidewalk Policy which can be found on the Town’s website. Approximately $18,000.00 – $20,000.00 (annual interest) from the Eggleton Fund is spent each year on town sidewalk repairs and/or replacements.

There is $20,000.00 included in this years (2011) Operating Budget for Sidewalks and $24,417.40 was spent last year (2010) under this account. Additional funds, over and above those listed and included in the annual operating budget are earmarked and used for the construction of any new sidewalks or for replacements on any of the larger Capital Projects, those recently being;

2008 – South Street Combined Sewer Separation Project.

2009 – Rutherford Ave Combined Sewer Separation Project; St. Andrew Street Combined Sewer Separation Project; Section of Talbot Street West in conjunction with the St. Andrew Street Combined Separation Project.

2010 – Fourth Ave Combined Sewer Separation Project; A portion of Talbot Street West under the Catfish Creek Sanitary SewerCrossings Project;  A portion of sidewalks on Sydenham Street under the Townhall Parking Lot Project.

Town staff inspects and reviews all sidewalks annually as per provincially legislated standards.  An annual repair/replacement schedule is created from the results of the annual inspections. Keep in mind that in the spring of every year when the frost comes out of the ground many of Town’s sidewalks are heaved (uneven) but will settle back down. That is why in Canada we have expansion joints constructed when the sidewalks are installed.

This year has been a particularly bad year for heaving due to the frost, so many of the Town’s sidewalks may appear to be in rougher shape than other years, but keep in mind that this is temporary in the majority of cases and the sidewalks will settle back down within the coming weeks.”

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THE LOCAL LENS:

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Typical Spring sight - looking for a nest (on someone's front lawn?) (Photo by Deb Leblanc) (CLICK)

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WEDNESDAY, April 13/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-CHP Canada Leader at OTHall, 7-30  pm (see ad)

-(Thursday – Aylmer ‘Town Hall Meeting’, 7 )

-(Thursday – Figure Skating Night at EECC, 7:30)

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STIR MFG. IN St.THOMAS

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- (Contributed) – “The STIR Challenge offers manufacturing companies a unique opportunity to find a home; providing up to 10,000 square feet of space and a basket of services worth almost $70,000 from local companies to help them become the latest member of St. Thomas’ Industrial Revolution. “The group’s expectations have already been exceeded,” said Brian Dempsey, President of the STIR Board, an organization comprised of private business leaders and members of the community. With over 600 visits to the www.stirchallenge.ca website, we’ve had solid interest from almost 20 companies, with just under half having already submitted their Phase One applications. The St. Thomas Industrial Revolution was created by a group of business leaders and members of the community in response to opportunities presented by the recent economic downturn. Contact: Brian Dempsey, Chairman, STIR Board of Directors, 519-633-5408. ” -

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PCS WON MOST ELGIN POST-WAR VOTES

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The Progressive Conservatives have won 77% of the federal elections held in Elgin since WW2. Of 22 elections, the PCs have captured 17 and the Liberals the other 5. Elgin was its own riding until the 1997 contest when it became Elgin-Middlesex-London. Conservatives John Wise and Jim McBain have each won 5 elections with Joe Preston and Charlie Coyle next at 3 victories each – the other went to Ken Monteith.  Gar Knutson with 3 and Harold Stafford with 2 were the only Liberal winners here. Here is a list of winners and their closest opponent: (the opponent is either Conservative or Liberal)

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ELGIN:

1945 – C Charlie Coyle over Gord Newell

1949 – C Coyle over Newell

1953 – C Coyle over Charles Petersen

1954 – C Jim McBain over Harold Rodney

1957 – C McBain over James Hindley

1958 – C McBain over Peter Laing

1962 – C McBain over Harold Stafford

1963 – C McBain over Stafford

1965 – L Stafford over McBain

1968 – L Stafford over John Ker

1972 – C John Wise over Stafford

1974 – C Wise over Marietta Roberts

1979 – C Wise over Joe Tokar

1980 – C Wise over Gary Johnson

1984 – C Wise over Johnson

1988 – C Ken Monteith over Tony Csinos

1993 – L Gar Knutson over Monteith

ELGIN-MIDDLESEX-LONDON

1997 – L Knutson over Luella Watson

2000 – L  Knutson over Bill Walters

2004 – C Preston over Knutson

2006 – C Preston over Colvin Crisp

2008 – C Preston over Suzanne VanBommel

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