Community News from St. Marys and area.

Committee and Board appointments

Council passed the following appointments, which are for four year terms, concurrent with the term of Council Strategic Priorities Committee Mayor Strathdee, Councillor Craigmile, Councillor Edney, Councillor Hainer, Councillor Pridham, Councillor Winter BIA Lanny Hoare, Chantal Lynch, Mary VanDenBerge, Amie Rankin, Emily Lagace, Councillor Winter BIA Public Art Committee Councillor Edney St. Marys Museum Board…

St. Marys Cement announces odour abatement progress

By Jennifer Thorpe St. Marys Cement announced at their fourth quarterly Community Liaison Committee meeting last Thursday that they have identified limestone as the source of odour in their raw material feed. During their search to identify the odour-causing component of their production process they made a significant investment in new technology which required training…

Mayor and Council sworn in

Mayor Al Strathdee and Councillors were sworn in at the Town Hall last Tuesday in front of family and friends. The Invocation was given by Rev. Gwen Ament and the national Anthem was sung by Rachel Strathdee. Warden Walter McKenzie was on hand to bring greetings from the County of Perth and Mayor Robert Wilhelm…

Kevin Hyatt retires

After an exemplary career as Cemetery Caretaker, Kevin Hyatt has retired after 31 years on the job. With a presentation from Mayor Al Strathdee at Council on Tuesday, and tributes from Brent Kittmer and Jed Brown, all agreed that St. Marys Cemetery has always been known as one of the best kept anywhere. Replacing Kevin…

Cannabis question

On October 17th, the federal government lifted criminal prohibitions on cannabis subject to certain limits. Under federal legislation, provinces are responsible for establishing wholesale and retail distribution systems. The first legal cannabis retail storefronts will open on April 1, 2019, and will be licensed by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO). Although the…

The Closing of the Oshawa GM Plant

By Phil West As a youngster, I was born in and grew up in Oshawa, Ontario. A proud community as it should be … with the start of GM as we know it today. Robert Sam McLaughlin teamed up with Buick and later on Chevrolet to make vehicles for North America in the early 1900’s.…

What is SouthwestLynx?

By Greg Gormick Quite simply, it is a plan Oxford County commissioned me to produce to demonstrate how the overlapping and inadequate VIA Rail Canada and GO Transit services into Southwestern Ontario can and should be incrementally upgraded to high-performance rail standards. It includes new trains to increase comfort and reduce costs, track improvements to…