Chatham-Kent Radio | CKXSFM Wallaceburg | 99.1 FM CKXS | Your Music Variety 99.1 FM CKXS | Your Music Variety Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:50:43 +0000 en-CA hourly 1 2016-17 Strong Years For Entegrus Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:50:43 +0000 entegrusEntegrus is looking back on 2016 and has deemed it a successful year.

Jim Hogan, President and CEO says this year is looking good as well:

“We are meeting our goals we invested $9.5-millions in capital, we are doing our best to improve the service, reliability and spending more time with the customers and doing what we can there.”

Hogan says they’re working on reliability issues in Ridgetown, Blenheim, Wallaceburg, and Wheatley areas.

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Safety Doesn’t Take A Break Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:36:15 +0000 opp-268x300OPP are reminding drivers to pay attention while driving.

Recently a 54-year-old from Essex was killed when he was hit by a vehicle on Sunday in Lakeshore.

That same day, OPP responded to a multi-vehicle collision on the 402, and a 40-year-old was charged with careless driving.

Chris Avery, Commander Inspector for Lambton County OPP says most of these accidents are preventable. Drivers need to be prepared to stop at any time.

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Lewd Act Leads To Arrest Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:28:23 +0000 baseballA Chatham man is facing charges after touching himself at a local ball diamond.

Chatham-Kent Police say the man was at Sterling Park during a women’s softball practice around 6:30 last night.

Witnesses spotted the man inappropriate touching himself and called police.

When approached by officers, he gave a fake name.

The 34-year-old is charged with indecent acts and obstructing police.

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DI Equipment Comes at a Cost Wed, 23 Aug 2017 11:15:24 +0000 It’s going to be a busy seven months for officials with the Foundation of Chatham-Kent Health Alliance.

The organization has re-launched its Diagnostic Imaging Equipment Renewal Campaign with $2.4 million left to raise before the end of March, 2018.

CT scan machine, stock photo.
CT scan machine, stock photo.

Health Alliance Vice President and CFO Jerome Quenneville says the government doesn’t provide any funding for equipment.

“We’re not able to pay for that equipment out of hospital operations, so we really look to the community help renew these pieces of equipment in trying to ensure that the service is as up to date as we need.”

Once the fundraising campaign is complete, there will be 18 new DI machines to replace aging and outdated technology.

“When you have older equipment, 10, 12, 14 years old, it’s really difficult to find the right parts” Quenneville explains. “With these older units and switching out circuit boards, if it really goes it’s going to be a heavy price to get a new one in, and there’s no guarantee it will actually work.”

The Foundation will be holding a number of events over the next few months, including this fall’s annual Pumpkin Run, with all proceeds going to the DI campaign.

The Chatham-Kent Health Alliance performs 101,000 diagnostic imaging exams each year in both Chatham and Wallaceburg.


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Summer of Construction in CK Wed, 23 Aug 2017 11:01:26 +0000 When it comes to construction and traffic in Chatham-Kent, Randy Hope says there’s a lot going on. construction-map

Chatham-Kent’s Mayor is hoping to meet with officials from the Ministry of Transportation in the near future.

“To talk about traffic flow both around Wallaceburg and Chatham, but also issues that are happening on the 401, where it seems to be death row around here.”

Hope says that while recent construction projects have caused traffic delays and headaches for drivers, it’s all worth it in the end.

“It’s an inconvenience, but what it does is make the gateways or improvements or visual aspects of our community much better,” Hope says. “We apologize for those businesses or individuals that are affected, but it’s all part of progress.”


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Equipment Stolen From Chatham School Wed, 23 Aug 2017 10:45:18 +0000 Chatham-Kent Crime Stoppers is looking for information about a recent theft. police-handcuffs

Authorities say a roof membrane induction welding robot and a gas generator were taken from Queen Elizabeth School in Chatham earlier this month.

Extension cords and a blow torch were also taken. Everything is valued at over $18,000.

Any information about this theft can be called, e-mailed, or texted to Crime Stoppers.

You can call 519-351-8477 or 1-800-222-8477, text CRIMES (274637) keyword CKCS, or visit and email your tip.

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Farm Safety Day Wed, 23 Aug 2017 10:33:30 +0000 2016 Farm Safety Day. July 20 2016. Photo by Morena McDonald
2016 Farm Safety Day. July 20 2016. Photo by Morena McDonald

The Chatham-Kent Children’s Safety Village is hoping to prevent childhood injuries on the farm.

Today marks the third annual Farm Safety Day, with lessons on everything ranging from animal safety to chemicals and ATV accidents.

Statistics show that agriculture is Canada’s fourth most hazardous industry, with an average of 84 fatalities on farms each year.

Today’s event is geared towards kids aged four through 12 – a similar program is held each winter for grade six students.

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WWF Not Impressed Wed, 23 Aug 2017 10:25:43 +0000 Water Wells First is rejecting the Municipality’s efforts when it comes to water wells and wind turbines.

Water Wells First protesters.
Water Wells First protesters.

Water Wells First says that the motion Council passed on Monday is the Municipality’s ‘attempt to deflect civil lawsuits away from itself.’

Council passed a motion on Monday to cover the costs of inspections to the five wells in North Kent experiencing problems, and to ask the Ontario government to halt the turbine construction until these issues are resolved.

In an e-mail to the 99.1 newsroom, spokesperson for Water Wells First Kevin Jakubec says they’re still calling for the Mayor and Chief Legal Officer to resign.

The group is also vowing to continue its civil disobedience actions to stop the North Kent Wind project.

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Foundation of CKHA relaunches Diagnostic Imaging Campaign Tue, 22 Aug 2017 19:49:18 +0000 20170822_122641The Foundation of Chatham-Kent Health Alliance is relaunching its Diagnostic Imaging Campaign.

Candice Jeffrey, Director of Development at the Foundation, says the deadline is fast approaching.

“We have a tight timeline and a very aggressive goal. We’ve raised $4.5 million of our $6.9 million goal and we have a target completion date of March 31st, 2018 to get that completed”, Jeffrey says.

They are now raising money for 18 pieces of equipment – 5 more than before.

New campaign co-chairs were announced today, including Andy Fantuz, Dave Depencier, and Greg Hetherington.

“We’re confident that with our new campaign chairs and community representatives, combined with the overall generosity of the community, we’ll be able to reach that goal to get new equipment at both the Chatham and Sydenham campuses”, says Jeffrey.

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Hope says rebuilding trust is first step in water wells issue Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:46:12 +0000 mayor-randy-hope1Chatham-Kent’s Mayor will be meeting with officials from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change later this week to ask the government to stop any further wind turbine construction until local water well issues have been properly investigated.

Randy Hope says the first step will be to rebuild a sense of trust.

“We’ve heard about the testing done by the well water group. I think they spent around $230,000 [on it]. AECOM has done testing for Pattern – it seems like nobody trusts anyone”, says Hope.

However, Hope says he has some concerns with asking the province to halt the construction of the turbines.

“Data will support the evidence whether there is [a connection] or isn’t. Stopping the circumstances from occurring [and affecting] whatever is going on doesn’t give you the true database in which you need to get the evidence you need”, says Hope.

Hope says the first hurdle to overcome will be finding a water well investigator that is acceptable to both the municipality and landowners.


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