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Local news in and around Aylmer and Elgin County

Vecchio still ahead at 10:30 p.m.

September 20, 2021 | 0 Comments

Incumbent Conservative Karen Vecchio maintains a substantial lead in Elgin-Middlesex-London voting in the federal election, with 1,691 votes or 53.1 percent of the total votes cast from 17 out of 181 polls at 10:33 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20. Liberal Afeez Ajibowu is in second with 637 votes or 20 percent, Katelyn Cody of the NDP…

Election: Vecchio takes early lead

September 20, 2021 | 0 Comments

At 9:50 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20, with seven of 181 polls reporting in Elgin-Middlesex-London riding, incumbent Conservative Karen Vecchio took an early lead with 112 votes or 61.2 percent of the total. Liberal Afeez Ajibowu was second with 48 votes or 26.2 percent, Katelyn Cody of the NDP third with 10 votes or 5.5 percent,…

COVID-19 numbers plateau

September 20, 2021 | 0 Comments

The number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford seemed to plateau over the weekend with 28 over three days, for a total number of ongoing cases of 82 Monday, Sept. 20, down from 85 last Friday. Three Southwestern Public Health (SWPH) residents are hospitalized with COVID-19, two of them in…

SWPH cases continue to increase

September 17, 2021 | 8 Comments

The number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford is continuing to rise, with 34 new cases in two days, for a total number of ongoing cases of 85. Almost half those cases involve persons under 30 years old. Three SWPH area residents are hospitalized with COVID-19, two of them in…

Over 1,000 attend People’s Party rally in Aylmer

September 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

A large crowd of People’s Party of Canada supporters rallied in Aylmer’s Steen Park on Wednesday night, Sept. 15, prior to the federal election in Elgin-Middlesex-London riding on Monday, Sept. 20. Leader Maxime Bernier and local candidate Chelsea Hillier were among the speakers. (AE/Rob Perry)

Southwestern case numbers on the rise

September 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health was reporting 16 confirmed new cases of COVID-19 in Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford on Thursday, Sept. 16, up from 10 on Wednesday. The number of ongoing cases being tracked by the health unit also rose, to 72 Wednesday from 60 Tuesday. Just under half of all ongoing cases involve those 29…

Church ordered unlocked

September 15, 2021 | 2 Comments

Justice Bruce Thomas on Wednesday morning, September 15 announced he would sign an order agreed to by the province and a lawyer for Aylmer Church of God (Restoration) and its directors that would allow the church to be reopened to its congregation. The church, as part of a sentence for contempt findings against it and…

Anti-vaxx badges are “a profound insult to the Jewish community”

September 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

Yellow, six-pointed star stickers declaring “UN-VAXXED” offered for sale online by a local anti-restrictions activist closely mimic the yellow badges used to identify Jews in Nazi-controlled Europe during the Second Great War. A spokesperson for a national Jewish advocacy group said selling and promoting an item like this “is an exploitation of our community’s tragedy…

Ten new cases on Wednesday, Sept. 15

September 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health was reporting 10 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford on Wednesday, Sept. 15, up from six new cases on Tuesday. The number of ongoing cases being tracked by the health unit rose to 60 Wednesday from 50 Tuesday. Out of those cases, 63.3 percent involve individuals 39…

Body of missing swimmer found

September 14, 2021 | 0 Comments

The body of Daniel Sosa-Zerebecka, 25, of St. Catharines, a swimmer missing from Port Burwell Provincial Park beach since Saturday, Sept. 11, was found by searchers on the Lake Erie shoreline 13 kilometres east of there on Monday, Sept. 13, at 12 noon. Ontario Provincial Police Acting Sergeant Ed Sanchuk said members of the OPP’s…

Water “discolouration” warning

September 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

The Town of Aylmer issued a brief statement Monday, Sept. 13, warning that residents might experience “slight discolouration and/or odour in their tap water.” Other municipalities with public water distribution systems have done the same, blaming the violent storm that went through the area on Sunday night churning up Lake Erie in the area where…

Southwestern: 28 new cases from weekend

September 13, 2021 | 25 Comments

Southwestern Public Health was reporting from the weekend 28 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford on Monday, Sept. 13, or an average of just over seven a day. Seven new cases had also been confirmed on Friday. The number of ongoing cases being tracked by the health unit stood at…