Local news in and around Aylmer and Elgin County

SIU releases information on OPP firearm discharge

November 30, 2023 | 0 Comments

Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit announced preliminary information on an Elgin Ontario Provincial Police officer-involved shooting on Highway 3 (Talbot Street) at the west end of Aylmer on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at about 3 a.m. No one was hit by the discharge, SIU stated, but three investigators and one forensic investigator have been assigned to look…

SIU investigating OPP shooting-updates

November 29, 2023 | 0 Comments

Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit is looking into an incident described as police “discharging a firearm at a person” involving Elgin Ontario Provincial Police on Highway 3 (Talbot Street West) west of Aylmer, not far from East Elgin Community Complex, on Wednesday morning, Nov. 29. The only information shared by Elgin OPP Constable Brett Phair that…

Big crowd out for Remembrance Day

November 11, 2023 | 0 Comments

Eyes snapped to the right as a Remembrance Day procession passed in review in front of Aylmer’s Cenotaph on Talbot Street West following a service on Saturday morning, Nov. 11. A large crowd of spectators attended the event. More pictures in the Nov. 15 edition of The Aylmer Express. (AE/Rob Perry)

Longtime DU volunteers saluted

October 18, 2023 | 0 Comments

Herb Kebbel, left, Percy Whitcroft and Duncan Sinclair of Aylmer were saluted at the annual Ducks Unlimited fundraising banquet at Saxonia Hall in Malahide on Wednesday night, Oct. 11. They were recognized for 50 years each of volunteer service to the wetlands preservation and education agency. Fellow Aylmer Committee member Kim Black said the men…

Mayor opposes county MRI donation

October 18, 2023 | 0 Comments

Malahide Mayor Dominique Giguère, at an Elgin council meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 10, made clear her strong opposition to the county using money from local taxpayers to donate to a St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital fundraising campaign for a new MRI (magnetic-resonance imaging). While she had no doubt the MRI was needed, she believed that…

Open house at Straffordville fire station

October 11, 2023 | 0 Comments

Youths check out fire hats and other giveaways during a fire safety open house at Bayham’s Straffordville station on Tuesday night, Oct. 10. The event included fire safety demonstrations as well as presentations by Elgin Ontario Provincial Police and Elgin County paramedics, and a barbecue. A similar event is being held at Bayham’s Port Burwell…

Pumpkin sale fundraiser in Straffordville

October 11, 2023 | 0 Comments

Front, from left, Grade 8 parent Alysha Armstrong, Miriam Chibueze, parent Janette Hill, parent Justine Briggs, parent Trudy Bueckert, Gr. 8 teacher Megan Schned: middle: Nathan Hill, Damien Armstrong, Hayden Willmott, Seth Bridgeman, Jackson Stubbs, Cali Newcombe, Lyla Martens, Vice-Principal Catarina Schmitt; and, back, Maverick Weil were selling pumpkins in front of Straffordville Public School…

Ojibwa debt Bayham’s top focus

October 11, 2023 | 0 Comments

Elimination of the Ojibwa debt was the main focus when Bayham council endorsed a 2024 draft capital budget of $3.7 million at a special meeting on Oct. 3. Capital budget refers to spending on assets such as roads, bridges, buildings, fire equipment, public works equipment and other tangible items. It is paid for through a…

Possible black bear in Central Elgin

October 7, 2023 | 0 Comments

A potential black bear was captured on video footage from Kettle Creek Drive in Belmont on Friday, Oct. 6, between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Elgin Ontario Provincial Police Constable Brett Phair said the animal, in a tree, resembled a bear. The bear, if confirmed, was not considered an immediate threat to public safety, but…

Malahide-Aylmer relationship deteriorating

October 4, 2023 | 0 Comments

Tensions ran high at the first meeting of the East Elgin Community Complex Board on Thursday, Sept. 28, the first session since Malahide withdrew from a joint committee formed with Aylmer to review the facility’s governance. Early in the meeting, Malahide Mayor Dominique Giguère sought to insert a “personnel” item involving a municipal or joint…

Food drive response “phenomenal”

October 4, 2023 | 0 Comments

Aylmer Express driver Scott Hildering, left, with help from colleagues Caitlyn Dyck and Bonnie Josten loaded up a van with donations to this year’s 30th annual Aylmer Express Thanksgiving Food Drive for Corner Cupboard food bank in Aylmer and Caring Cupboard food bank in St. Thomas on Tuesday, Oct. 3. The response from local residents…

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…