Local news in and around Aylmer and Elgin County

Aylmer ignores request to cut costs at Complex

March 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Aylmer councillors took no action on a Malahide council request to find $60,000 in East Elgin Community Complex efficiencies for 2014. After some discussion at their March 10 meeting, councillors voted to receive and file the request. That means nothing further will be done with it. Two councillors, Pete Barbour and Arthur Oslach, supported finding…

Attempted abduction in St. Thomas

March 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

St. Thomas Police have asked for the public’s assistance in identifying a man who allegedly tried to abduct two 8-year-old girls at about 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 8 on Owaissa Street. The girls were approached by a man in an older model, full-size red pick-up truck. The man asked the girls if they wanted…

Springwater Maple Syrup Festival begins

March 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

East Elgin Secondary School co-operative education student Blayne Armstrong, left, explained how to tap a tree to Gabriel Caron and Baylee Mancuso, both of St. Thomas, at the Springwater Maple Syrup Festival on Saturday, March 8. Saturday marked the first day of the annual festival where visitors can find out how maple syrup was made…

Yurek expects late May election

March 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek told an audience of service club members in Aylmer Thursday, March 6, that a provincial election would probably be called for late May. He expected the election would be triggered as the result of a coming budget from the Liberal minority government being voted down after Easter by a combination of his…

Residents warned to stay away from gas leak

March 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Bayham residents continued to be warned to stay away from a natural gas well leak northwest of Port Burwell while a contractor continued to work at the site. The Bayham Municipal Control Group met with representatives of community agencies on Thursday, March 6 to review the gas leak issue. Ministry of Natural Resources officials confirmed…

Fire contained to attic in Straffordville

March 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Firefighters managed to contain a fire that started in the attic of a home in Straffordville on Tuesday, March 4. Bayham Fire Chief Randy White said more than a dozen firefighters from the Straffordville and Port Burwell stations with support from the Tillsonburg Fire Department were on scene on Sandytown Road just off of Plank Road…

Aylmer budget reduced to 0.24% levy increase

March 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

A 7.39-percent levy increase for Aylmer in the draft 2014 budget was cut to 0.24 percent during a finance committee meeting held Monday, March 3. In all, $346,565 in cuts was approved, reducing the proposed levy from $5,318,642 to $4,972,077. The total levy in 2013 was $4,952,625.

Impaired charge against Aylmer man

March 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

An Aylmer man, 62, was charged with impaired driving after being arrested in the parking lot of a Liquor Control Board of Ontario store in St. Thomas Monday, March 3, at 9 p.m. The man failed a roadside sobriety test and was subsequently charged with having a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit for a…

OPP accused of racial profiling

March 3, 2014 | 2 Comments

A complaint filed over the Elgin County Ontario Provincial Police collecting DNA evidence from migrant workers during a sexual assault investigation last fall has resulted is being scrutinized by the Office of Independent Police Review Director. Justice for Migrant Workers filed a formal complaint with the OIPRD on Dec. 12. Elgin OPP officers and the…

Car fire quickly contained west of Aylmer

February 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

A silver Saturn Ion caught on fire in the parking lot at Elgin Auto just west of Aylmer on Friday, Feb. 28. Malahide Fire Chief Paul Groeneveld said firefighters were called to the scene at about 8 a.m. The cause of the fire was undetermined and 10 firefighters were on scene for an hour.

Malahide powerless to speed Complex review

February 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Malahide Mayor David Mennill told township councillors Thursday, Feb. 20, they were helpless when it came to how quickly a much-delayed operational review of East Elgin Community Complex would be completed. He suggested trying a stiffly-worded letter to LeisurePlan International, the consultant doing the work, if the review wasn’t in by the end of February. LeisurePlan was hired even…

Aylmer medical marijuana plant near approval

February 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

The developers of a medical marijuana growing operation have taken possession of 250 Elm Street in Aylmer and are awaiting the approval of their cultivation license by Health Canada. WeedMD Rx Inc. Chief Executive Officer Bruce Scully said the start up of the project is a $3-million investment and when operational will employ 15 workers…