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Will the Downtown Chatham Centre Mall Walls Finally Come Tumbling Down?
by Tom Slager | Jun 9, 2022 | Local, Things
Plans for Chatham’s Downtown Chatham Centre have finally been revealed. It should come as no surprise that both Phase I and Phase II will involve heavy investment by the Municipality, otherwise known as your taxes, to pull it off. In this case, that might be the...
Chatham-Kent Council: Apparently March Was Welcome Special Interests Month?
by Tom Slager | Apr 5, 2022 | Controversy, Local
Chatham-Kent learned something about Municipal Council this past March. The lesson was: “If you happen to be from the correct special interest group, your voice counts. If not, tough luck.” How else are we to interpret some recent decisions? Two important, hot-button...
Floating Homes and Big Ideas in Wallaceburg
by Tom Slager | Mar 15, 2022 | Local, People, Things
In 2019 a new company made its home in Wallaceburg, Ontario. The news around Twin Dolphin/Strong House Canada was that it intended to build floating homes, which garnered the moniker “the houseboat people” for the founders, Alex Topol and his son Mischa. Sally Joyce...
A $91,765 Donation to Charity Should Result in More Than Broken Trust
by Tom Slager | Mar 6, 2022 | Local, Controversy
Working within a charity is often draining and difficult if you are on the fundraising team. Dollars are difficult to come by, as lots of other worthy charities are asking for help at the same time. It is a non-stop song of need being sung, usually quietly, in the...
Chatham-Kent Woodlots: Asking Three Questions of Council
by Tom Slager | Nov 24, 2021 | Controversy, Local
The Issue Addressing contentious issues are part and parcel of the work that Municipal Council performs on a regular basis. The majority of issues they confront are fairly mundane; important to those that they affect, but largely not rising to the attention of the...
Municipality of Chatham-Kent: In 2021 the Glass Ceiling is Still Intact
by Tom Slager | Sep 20, 2021 | Controversy, Local
A Glass Ceiling Above the Wall of Silence The term “Glass Ceiling” was first used 43 years ago, in 1978, to describe what seemed to be an invisible barrier that kept women from getting equal pay and the top executive jobs in companies all around North America. Over...
North Buxton Homecoming 2021: A Festival of Freedom
by Tom Slager | Aug 24, 2021 | Local
Located an hour east of Detroit in the agricultural heartland of Southwestern Ontario, the small town of North Buxton has a big history. For nearly a century, it has hosted the North Buxton Homecoming. This is an annual celebration of the community’s history and the...
Chatham-Kent Tree-Cutting Bylaw 2021: Not A Battle With All Farmers
by Tom Slager | Aug 4, 2021 | Controversy, Local
Every year, countless acres of the Amazon Rain Forest are slashed and burned to make way for farmers who want to increase the acreage of their fields. Threatened and protected species of animals and plants are wiped out every year, while wetland areas are destroyed in...