Local news in and around Aylmer and Elgin County

Face-masking returning to STEGH

October 2, 2023 | 0 Comments

St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital announced Monday morning, Oct. 2, that effective Wednesday, Oct. 4, mandatory face-masking would return in patient care areas for staff, physicians and volunteers. The change was based on Public Health Ontario’s guidance, as well as practices being adopted by other hospitals in Southwestern Ontario, STEGH said in a statement. Patients…

Journey for Change raises $165,000

September 27, 2023 | 0 Comments

Several of the cyclists participating in the Journey for Change line up for the ride, starting in Steen Park in Aylmer, on Saturday morning, Sept. 23. The event, which was also open to walkers, runners and motorcycles (who followed a different route), raised just over $165,000 for The Family Central, which offers housing, food and…

Wanted man found

September 27, 2023 | 0 Comments

Elgin Ontario Provincial Police reported Thursday, Sept. 28, that a “potentially dangerous” Malahide man, 42, who was considered “unlawfully at large” was found with help from London Police on Wednesday, Sept. 27. Police had issued a public appeal for help finding him on Sept. 27.    

Firefighters gear up for Saved by the Beep

September 20, 2023 | 0 Comments

Fire departments across Elgin and St. Thomas are preparing for the first-ever annual “Test Your Smoke Alarm Day” on Thursday, Sept. 28. Firefighters will be going door-to-door asking to perform volunteer checks of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, and helping residents who didn’t have the protection to get them. Fire chiefs from St. Thomas…

Springwater Packers “Mild Pepperonistix” recalled over listeria concern

September 15, 2023 | 0 Comments

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has ordered a recall of all “Mild Pepperonistix” labelled as being from Springwater Packers made on June 21, 2023 from markets selling, and is advising anyone who has the product to either dispose of it or return it to the place of purchase because of potential listeria contamination. The recall…

CE council tosses complaints against mayor in 4-2 vote

September 13, 2023 | 0 Comments

In a decision that might be unprecedented in Ontario municipal Integrity Commissioner (IC) adjudications, Central Elgin council on Monday, Sept. 11, rejected a Code of Conduct report and so thwarted an independent investigator’s findings of code violations by Mayor Andrew Sloan. Council also decided at its September 11 meeting to to accept a separate but…

Express launches annual Thanksgiving food drive

September 13, 2023 | 0 Comments

Next week, readers will find a donation bag inside this newspaper for The Aylmer Express’s 34th annual Thanksgiving Food Drive for Corner Cupboard food bank in Aylmer and St. Thomas Caring Cupboard food bank. “Demand is up for sure,” said Penny Hilliker, manager of the Aylmer food bank, which is part of the East Elgin…

Remains of London swimmer found in Lake Erie

September 7, 2023 | 0 Comments

Elgin Ontario Provincial Police Constable Brett Phair reported Thursday, Sept. 7, that the remains of a missing London resident last seen taking a swim from a boat near Port Stanley had been found in Lake Erie. The body was about 6.5 kilometres east of where he had gone into the water. Police, firefighters, the Canadian…

Retired doctor recalls career, speaks out on state of medical care

September 6, 2023 | 0 Comments

Dr. Mike Toth, an East Elgin native who’s practised since 1988 in Aylmer, retired earlier this year, but still has a great deal to say on the state of medicine in this area and across the province. He’s a former president of the Ontario Medical Association. He recalled fondly the great support he received from…

Search on for missing swimmer

September 1, 2023 | 0 Comments

Elgin Ontario Provincial Police, Central Elgin Fire and Rescue and the Canadian Coast Guard are searching for a swimmer reported missing from a 25-foot sailboat in the waters of Lake Erie, near Port Stanley. Const. Brett Phair of Elgin OPP said a London resident, 64, had gone swimming from the boat at 3:48 p.m. on…

Boat abandoned in Port Stanley

August 31, 2023 | 0 Comments

Elgin Ontario Provincial Police officers are trying to determine why a sailboat was abandoned docked to a pier in the Port Stanley. Const. Brett Phair said police received a report Wednesday, Aug. 30, that a boat had been docked alongside the pier on the west side of the harbour on Friday, Aug. 25, at about…

Over 300 riders turn out for 3 Port Tour

August 23, 2023 | 0 Comments

The over 300 riders who participated in the 11th 3 Port Tour on Saturday, Aug. 19, enjoyed “a perfect day for riding,” Aylmer Bicycling Club President Brett Hueston said afterward. The day before the bicycle ride, covering routes of 50-, 100- and 160-kilometres, had been very windy, the day after was much warmer and humid.…