Chatham-Kent Radio | CKXSFM Wallaceburg | 99.1 FM CKXS | Your Music Variety 99.1 FM CKXS | Your Music Variety Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:20:09 +0000 en-CA hourly 1 Local MP Concerned About Legalization of Marijuana in 2018 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:20:09 +0000 MPP Bev ShipleyWith just one year left until the legalization of marijuana in Canada, Bev Shipley says there are a lot of details to work out.

From regulation to potential health effects, the Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MP says the process seems rushed.

“I think it’s very unfortunate that [the Federal government] are setting the date first, then working towards it, rather than putting all the protection elements in place”, Shipley says.

Shipley says he’s unsure how the drug will be monitored and regulated, and that he would have liked to see it decriminalized first.

He also says a lot of the regulatory responsibility will fall on other levels of government.

“[The Federal government] is going to dump all the responsibilities down mainly to the province and the municipalities. For example, in Chatham-Kent, the police services will have to take on that responsibility”, Shipley explains.

Marijuana is set to be legalized in Canada next July.

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Charges Laid in Thamesville Crash Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:10:15 +0000 policeCareless driving charges have been laid after a Chatham man crashed his car near Thamesville.

Chatham-Kent Police say the accused was driving on McKays Line just east of Scane Road around 11pm last night when he lost control, struck a hydro pole, and careened into the ditch.

Authorities say the driver suffered minor injuries.

Damage is pegged at $5000.

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C-K Celebrates Canada 150! A Local Festival Guide Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:07:04 +0000 Chatham-Kent and all of her nooks and crannies are celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday in style this year! See below for your full guide of local events:

THURSDAY, JUNE 29TH – RIDGETOWNridgetown-jan-29

  • Parade at 6:30 from Cathcart Park
  • Celebrations at Ridgetown FairGrounds
    • Live music with PowerSoundz DJ and the Ridgetown Girls Choir. Fireworks at 10pm.
  • Presented by the Ridgetown Kiwanis Club.






  • The Greenfield Energy Fireworks Celebration at St Clair College – starts at 6pm. Live music with “Under The Covers”, kids and family entertainment with fireworks at dusk.
  • Active Lifestyles Centre Canada 150 Celebration – Merritt Ave – featuring entertainment and children’s activities. Multicultural food tasting ($5 for the tasting – advanced tickets at Active Lifestyles Centre)


  • Tilbury Kinsmen Canada Day Parade – 7pm in downtown Tilbury
  • Fireworks at dusk from Tilbury’s Memorial Park
  • The Great Canadian Fiddle Show – 7pm at Darryl S. Moffat Hall – tickets at


  • wburg-july-1Wallaceburg’s Canada 150 Celebration with the Wallaceburg Family Fireworks Festival Committee – starts at 3pm in Kinsmen Park
    • Opening Ceremonies at 3 pm, Large Marge Eating Contest at 3:30
    • Kids Activities open at 4pm
    • Live music with Alyssa Doherty’s Princess Party, Three’s A Crowd, Bed By Nine and Vinyl Revival
    • Several food vendors on site
    • Fireworks at APPROXIMATELY 10:15
    • FREE EVENT for all ages!
    • Bring your lawn chair or blanket for fireworks!


SATURDAY, JULY 1st – BOTHWELLbothwell-july-1

Bothwell 150 – A Bothwell Homecoming, July 1st from in downtown Bothwell. Bothwell and Canada share their 150th birthday celebrations!

  • Minor Hockey Reunion, Car Show, Legion Refreshment Tent, Chain Saw Carving, Kids Activities, Live Entertainment, Street Hockey Tournament, Food and Craft Vendors, Chatham Concert Band, Fireman Dinner and Comedy Show. Street Dance and Fireworks wrap up the night.


18951278_1381847128570085_5570669218432280866_nCanada 150 Celebrations for the family!

  • FREE event
  • Glad Tidings Community Church (Chatham Street)
  • Starting at 6pm
  • Food vendors, entertainment, family fun and more!
  • Fireworks at dusk!

SATURDAY, JULY 1st – CHATHAMchatham-june-30-and-july-1

  • Cogeco TV Canada Day Parade @ 10AM (King Street to Tecumseh Park)
  • Tek Savvy Canada Day Celebration in Tecumseh Park starts at 11AM
    • Family friendly activities, live music including Brooklyn Roebuck, kids zone, vendors and beer garden on site
  • A Dickens Pickwick Picnic – Celebrating Canada 150 – Milner Heritage House, 75 William Street South – hosted by Chatham-Kent Museum and CK Dickens Fellowship. Featuring a box lunch, storyteller and magician as well as horse and carriage tours and museum fun inside Studio 1 (Chatham Cultural Centre)
    • Tickets are $25/person – 12 and under are $20


  • Clearville Fireworks @ Dusk – Clearview Park
  • Canada Day At The Cabin – Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Dresden – starting at 11AM
  • Canada Day At The Raceway – Special Canada Day races at Dresden Raceway
  • Fireworks On The Beach – Erieau @ Laverne Kelly Memorial Park on Mariner’s Road – Events begin at 5pm with Fireworks at 10pm
  • Highgate Canada 150th Celebrations – event opens at 5pm in Highgate Ball Park
  • A Day In The Settlement @ Buxton National Historic Site and Museum – A.D. Shadd Road. Starts at 1pm
  • Ridgetown Canada Day Celebrations @ Royal Canadian Legion Branch #234 with ManPower and Dirt Country. Cash bar and food available
  • Tilbury Street Party – 11AM at Carrick Corner Park. FREE Admission. Live, local music, food and craft vendors and beer garden. “The biggest kitchen party Tilbury has ever seen”. Bring your lawn chair!


  • Canada Day 150 @ Evangel Community Church in Chatham – featuring music from “New World Son”, a community BBQ fundraiser, children’s activities and fireworks! Starts at 6pm
  • Hog Roast Dinner @ Ridgetown’s Emmanuel Congregational Church – 5pm – family event with children’s entertainment . Concert is free. Dinner is $20.
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Crossing Guards Hanging Up Their Vests Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:47:57 +0000 This week marks the end of an era in Wallaceburg and Dresden.

Al Welsh is leaving his crossing guard post in Wallaceburg after 28 years.
Al Welsh is leaving his crossing guard post in Wallaceburg after 28 years.

Students at Holy Family School in Wallaceburg will be bidding farewell to their crossing guard when school lets out this Thursday.

Al Welsh, who has manned the post for the last 28 years, will not be returning in the fall.

After the municipality cancelled the adult crossing guard program last year, Welsh stayed on, thanks to sponsorship from A DeBot and Sons, to help kids get across Murray Street safely.

But with the addition of a lighted crosswalk at the intersection with Reaume, the four-way stop will be removed at the end of the summer and Welsh will be hanging up his safety vest.

A similar situation is playing out in Dresden, where Jim Cracknell is leaving his post on Highway 21 near Dresden Area Central School.

Students bid farewell to Dresden crossing guard Jim Cracknell. Photo courtesy of Jenelle Jackson-Finley.
Students bid farewell to Dresden crossing guard Jim Cracknell. Photo courtesy of Jenelle Jackson-Finley.

Cracknell was able to carry on his crossing guard duties this spring thanks to the support of a number of businesses and local families.

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Aar-Kel Celebrates 40 Years Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:32:16 +0000 One of Wallaceburg’s largest employers is celebrating a milestone. aarkel-anniversary

Aarkel Tool and Die celebrated its 40th anniversary over the weekend.

Chairman Iqbal Kassam says the organization is like a family.

“I like a community which number one, is committed to hard work; number 2, that acts as a family when they’re working so they’re happy people,” Kassam explains. “I say happy employees make happy customers make happy shareholders.”

President Larry Delaey says the company has a bright future in the community.

“We have a lot of opportunity for different positions from engineering, accounting, tool making, machinists,” Delaey says. “A lot has changed in the past 10, 15, 20 years and it’s going to continue to change with the automation. Computers, automation, technology is really driving the business today.”

The staff were given a bonus from the company, sharing in $110,000.

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5th Street Bridge Work Delayed Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:21:53 +0000 Work on Chatham’s Fifth Street Bridge has been delayed by a few days. 5th-bridge1

The municipality announced late last week that construction on the Thames River crossing would be put off until July 4th, after the Canada Day long weekend.

Officials say the work is still expected to be completed just before Christmas.

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Community Hubs Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:14:22 +0000 The Municipality continues to toy with the idea of community hubs. civic-centre-chatham-768x576

Last fall, the Municipality invited Ridgetown residents to a public meeting to discuss the idea of a community hub in the town.

These hubs could offer recreation, municipal services, common areas, libraries, or other community-related services all in one building.

Tonight, a televised discussion will be held, detailing the progress that has been made on potential community hubs in Chatham-Kent.

You can attend the event in person at the Civic Centre at 6 o clock tonight, or watch it on CogecoTV.

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Charges Laid in Wheatley Crash Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:07:18 +0000 Charges have now been laid in connection to a crash in Wheatley a month ago. police lights

Chatham-Kent Police responded to a single vehicle collision on Talbot Trail on the evening of May 26th.

Two people were taken to hospital with serious injuries after the car they were in struck a hydro pole.

The driver, a 64-year-old Wheatley man, has now been charged with dangerous driving causing bodily harm, having a blood alcohol level over the legal limit causing bodily harm, and stunt driving.

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Truck Stolen in the Burg Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:04:36 +0000 Police are looking for the public’s help in tracking down a stolen truck.

CKXS File Photo

Authorities say someone took a 2006 Dodge 3500 diesel truck from a Dufferin Avenue property in Wallaceburg over the weekend.

The truck has a green cab and black deck and box, and contained a variety of tools.

Police say the total value of the vehicle and its contents is estimated at $50,000.

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