Chatham-Kent Radio | CKXSFM Wallaceburg | 99.1 FM CKXS | Your Music Variety 99.1 FM CKXS | Your Music Variety Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:59:23 +0000 en-CA hourly 1 Wallaceburg Man Biking to Ronald McDonald House Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:59:23 +0000 ronald-mcdonald-houseRick Bernard is riding his bike from Wallaceburg to London to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House this August.

The Wallaceburg man has benefited from the use of the facility when his boys were born in 2008.

Bernard says, “The twins were born 6 weeks early, which was a bit of a surprise. One of them was diagnosed with a diaphragmatic hernia in the womb, so he had to be bnorn in London. At 3 days old he had surgery to repair that and spent 8 weeks in hospital. Now he’s fully recovered, and they’re both happy and healthy nine-year-old boys.”

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Hospital Cafeteria Names Mac and Cheese After Ken Deane Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:08:06 +0000 ken-deane
Former Interim CEO Ken Deane (L) and Supervisor Rob Devitt (R)

It’s Ken Deane’s last day at the Health Alliance, but he won’t be forgotten anytime soon.

Deane took over the role of CEO of the CKHA 7 months ago until a new CEO could be found.

He says it’s an honour to work with staff and the Chatham-Kent community.

“To give you a measure of just how warm the organization is, every Wednesday, Rob Devitt and I go over to our cafeteria for mac and cheese. So in honour of that, they’ve named it “Ken’s Mac and Cheese”.  So that’s my legacy here – that’s there’s a dish named after me.”

Now that Lori Marshall has taken over as CEO, Deane will begin working from his home in London.

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CKHA Open House Allays Concerns Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:00:52 +0000 “Refreshing” is the word some Wallaceburg residents are using to describe the direction the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance is heading. lori-marshall-at-open-house

More than 100 people came out to the Alliance’s open house in Wallaceburg last night, where they got the chance to chat with the new leadership team.

CEO Lori Marshall says she heard a lot of concerns.

“Trust is developed over time,” Marshall explains, “and that’s something that I’m committed to working through with the community.”

Marshall says it boils down to building a new kind of relationship between the hospital and area residents.

The Alliance will continue to hold similar community engagement sessions in the future to ensure the lines of communication are open and easily accessible.

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Hospital Board Structure Discussed Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:33:28 +0000 Members of the former Sydenham Hospital Board are concerned about where they stand within the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance.

Supervisor Rob Devitt says he’s in the process of finding a board structure that will work in Chatham-Kent, as the past three boards have had very different structures.

“We have the Sydenham model, where citizens pay a fee and in return for that fee, they get to vote at an annual meeting, “That’s one that some people say is democratic, I would suggest to you about a year and a half ago we had a federal election, I don’t recall having to pay to vote.”

Devitt says the new board may be a blend of the past three boards, or a completely new structure.

I haven’t landed on the structure I’m going to use yet,” Devitt says. “I don’t think it’s black and white, it’s not paid versus just skilled based, there’s some hybrids in there as well.”

The three hospital boards were dissolved following last summer’s provincial investigation into the Health Alliance’s governance.

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Looking for Boarding House Rules Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:06:06 +0000 A Chatham Councillor is hoping to put regulations in place when it comes to boarding houses. michael-bondy

Ward 6 Councillor Michael Bondy is concerned that boarding and rooming houses are causing disturbances in residential areas:

“Most of these homes are built for single families, so they have one or two working washroom, one working kitchen,” Bondy says. “You then install 15 to 20 individuals that have their own cars and friends and creates some neighbourhood chaos. I’m not against this happening, but it needs to be regulated.

Bondy is asking municipal administration to look into existing zoning by-laws, and whether these types of dwellings can be regulated.

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Conservative Leadership Debate Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:54:59 +0000 Almost all of the 14 candidates in the running to lead the federal Conservative Party will be facing off in Komoka tonight. conservative-party-of-canada-logo

Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MP Bev Shipley is hosting an all-candidate debate at the Komoka Wellness and Recreation Complex.

“We’re fortunate to have a party that is open to having everyone, men (and) women, the difference is in some of the policies,” Shipley says. “It’s been a bit of a long campaign, but on the other part the reason for that is to give people, over a period of time, (a chance) to get to know the candidates.”

Tonight’s debate gets underway at 7 o’clock.

Federal Conservatives vote on a new leader on May 27th.

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WWF Appeals to the UN Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:47:09 +0000 A group of environmental activists says concerns over water well safety in Chatham-Kent has reached crisis levels.

Kevin Jakubec, Water Wells First spokesman
Kevin Jakubec, Water Wells First spokesman

Water Wells First plans to ask the United Nations to declare Chatham-Kent a Water Crisis Zone, as well as approaching the Pacific Institute, which monitors water loss around the globe, to record the municipality as a significant loss of freshwater resources.

Spokesman Kevin Jakubec believes protecting natural water resources has taken a back seat to financial gain when it comes to large-scale wind turbine projects.

Jakubec says fewer than two dozen homes have reported turbid water in their wells, but with more turbines being built in the area, Jakubec says that number could soon be in the hundreds.

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Driver Hits Bus Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:27:46 +0000 school-bus-300x203Charges are pending after a Dodge Journey collided with a school bus in Rodney.

Authorities say the bus was stopped when it was rear-ended yesterday afternoon.

Close to 50 students were on board the bus at the time, luckily no one on the bus was seriously hurt.

The driver of the SUV was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Elgin OPP continue to investigate.

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Shipley Budget 2017 Reaction Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:53:15 +0000 bev-shipleyLambton Kent Middlesex MP Bev Shipley isn’t a huge fan of the 2017 Federal Budget.

Shipley says his troubles start right at the beginning, because it’s simply hard to read.

“There’s a lot of verbiage but not much that talks to you directly about infrastructure or agriculture or business or employment and lays that out,” says Shipley. “What they’re doing what they’re going to take away. The personal income tax is going to go up $9-billion over the next two years.  The infrastructure for our rural communities, when you look at it for this year, basically, a lot of zeros.”

Shipley says if there is a bright spot, it’s the continued international trade agreement support and support for athletes who compete on the international stage.

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Drug Charges For Sarnia Man Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:43:07 +0000 police-lights-500x500A Sarnia man is facing drug charges after a traffic stop in Chatham earlier this week.

Authorities say the 26-year-old was under a court order from a previous arrest last month, after he and another man were found with meth, cocaine, and cannabis marijuana.

The man has now been charged with three counts of failing to comply with his bail conditions and possession of a controlled substance.

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