Local news in and around Aylmer and Elgin County

Malahide wants business plan for EECC

May 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Malahide councillors on Thursday, May 1, unanimously asked a joint township-Aylmer committee to commission a business plan for moving the town library to East Elgin Community Complex, as well as other possible changes to the facility. They had just received formal confirmation that Aylmer councillors were willing to put the library there, and a suggestion…

MPP Yurek only candidate so far

May 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Incumbent Jeff Yurek is the only candidate so far known to the Express in the June 12 provincial election in Elgin-Middlesex-London riding. Meanwhile, Kathy Cornish of St. Thomas, who ran for the New Democratic Party in the 2011 provincial election, was seeking the nomination to challenge MPP Yurek. The local Liberal candidate in the 2011…

Anne of Green Gables to open at EESS

May 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Abigail Reid as Anne Shirley, left, and Cassy Dyck as Diana Barry rehearsed a scene from Anne of Green Gables at East Elgin Secondary School, Sunday, May 4. Their characters were just home from a Christmas ball, and they were reliving the night. This non-musical version of the classic Prince Edward Island story involves about 45…

Elgin OPP looking for “suspicious” man

May 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Elgin County Ontario Provincial Police requested assistance from the public on Monday, May 5 to find a “suspicious” man who was encountered by a Port Stanley resident on Tuesday, April 29 at about 2:45 p.m. On that day and time a man approached a residence on the outskirts of Port Stanley “in a suspicious…

Ontario election June 12

May 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

A provincial election will be held in Ontario on Thursday, June 12. Premier Kathleen Wynne asked the Lieutenant Governor Friday, May 2, to dissolve the Legislature after the New Democratic Party and Progressive Conservative Party made clear they wouldn’t support her government’s budget, which was presented on Thursday, May 1.  

Wayne Casier running for re-election

May 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Long-time Bayham Councillor Wayne Casier is hoping to retain his position in the Oct. 27 municipal election. He filed his nomination to run in the fall vote on Wednesday, April 30. He served on the former Township of Bayham council from 1991 to 1997 before it was amalgamated into the Municipality of Bayham with the…

Plug pulled on Essay House Facebook page

May 2, 2014 | 1 Comment

The only known public access to information on the now ended contest to win a Malahide house through an essay writing contest has been removed. The Essay House Facebook page was taken down on Thursday, May 1 sometime after mid-morning. The couple who put up their home and property as the prize in the contest…

VanRaes top agricultural reporter

May 1, 2014 | 1 Comment

Aylmer-area native Shannon VanRaes was named the Agricultural Journalist of the Year by the North American Agricultural Journalists Association (NAAJ) at a recent conference in Washington, D.C. She won the honour for her series of investigative stories for the Manitoba Co-operator on a failed hemp-processing venture. She was cited by the judge for chronicling how…

Essay House contest called off

May 1, 2014 | 20 Comments

The couple who put up their Malahide home and property as the prize in an essay writing contest announced via Facebook on Thursday, May 1 that the second round had ended without a winner. “It is with regret that we inform everyone that our Essay/Story contest did not meet the required number of entries to…

Essay House status unclear

April 29, 2014 | 1 Comment

The essay-writing contest to win a Malahide house was to close on Wednesday, April 30 but the homeowners have provided little information on the contest’s status. Reached by telephone on Tuesday morning, Calvin Brydges was asked if the contest had concluded. “I have no comment for you people, thank you very much,” Mr. Brydges responded…

Former Brookside operators fined

April 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

The former owner of Brookside Manor Retirement Home in Aylmer – now closed and for sale – and a company involved with the facility last fall were fined a total of $50,000 after they were found guilty of Ontario Fire Code violations in provincial offences court at the Elgin County administration building south of St.…

Immunization complacency?

April 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

From 2011 through 2013, East Elgin was the epicentre of a pertussis (whooping cough) outbreak that spread to other parts of the province. Over the two years, Health Protection Director Cathie Walker said at Elgin St. Thomas Public Health Monday, April 28, over 120 cases were confirmed. She told those attending a kickoff ceremony for National…