Morning Coffee – By Aaron Hall

Weather forecast for Thursday, July 13, 2017

A severe thunderstorm watch is in place across Chatham-Kent, and a warning is in place in Sarnia-Lambton. More details can be found, here.

Today – Mainly cloudy. Showers with thunderstorms ending this morning then 60 percent chance of showers late this morning and this afternoon. Risk of a severe thunderstorm this morning. Risk of a thunderstorm late this morning and this afternoon. High 28. Humidex 36. UV index 7 or high.

Tonight – Mainly cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. Risk of a thunderstorm this evening. Low 18.

WAMBO 29 entertainment lineup announced

The Wallaceburg Antique Motor and Boat Outing (WAMBO) has announced their entertainment lineup for their upcoming 29th annual event.

“WAMBO is excited to announce our Saturday, August 12th entertainment at 7 p.m. on the downtown main-stage – Powerhouse!” event organizers posted on social media.

“They feature some great tunes, including hits from the band Chicago and various others. They have a horns section and some great vocals. Your’re going to love these guys and the show they will put on for you.”

Have a listen:

“WAMBO is pleased to announce our downtown main-stage entertainment for Friday night, August 11 at 7 p.m. – Jessika Rabbit Band,” organizers said.

The local group, who we watched at Kinstock last year in Dresden, put on a great performance.

Have a listen:

WAMBO 29 is August 11, 12 and 13, 2017. Get more details at www.wambo.ca, follow them on Twitter, or give them a ‘Like’ on Facebook.

Ontario seeking public input on Federal plan to legalize cannabis

The province is asking for your thoughts on how Ontario should approach cannabis legalization in a way that protects youth, prevents harm and ensures that Ontario’s roads continue to be among the safest in North America.

In April 2017, the federal government introduced the Cannabis Act, which, if passed, will legalize and regulate cannabis across Canada by July 2018. The federal plan calls on the provinces and territories to establish a framework to regulate the distribution, sale and consumption of cannabis, among other matters.

“The legalization of cannabis will mark a big change in our country,” stated Yasir Naqvi, Attorney General, in a press release.

“Here in Ontario, we have some important decisions to make – and with so much at stake, we need to get it right. That’s why we need to hear from the people of Ontario as we develop an approach to legalization that keeps our youth, communities and roads safe.”

Starting Wednesday, people across the province could have their say on important decisions related to the legalization of cannabis by participating in an online survey. Individuals and organizations will also be able to give their input by completing a consultation paper. To participate, visit ontario.ca/cannabis before July 31.

The Ontario Legalization of Cannabis Secretariat will also host a series of expert forums and engagement sessions this summer on the potential impacts of cannabis legalization.

The province will hear from a broad range of participants including municipal partners, public health experts, law enforcement, community agencies, youth advocates, Indigenous communities and licenced producers.

More details:

– The federal government has also introduced a bill that would, if passed, update the Criminal Code to include tougher penalties for drug-impaired driving, including impairment by cannabis and other drugs.

– Ontario will continue to work with Indigenous communities and organizations to inform the province’s response to the federal plan to legalize cannabis.

– Ontario recently made changes to allow police to immediately remove drivers from the road who they believe are impaired by drugs, including cannabis.

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‘Your Roots are Always in Chatham-Kent’

The fifth annual “Your Roots are Always in Chatham-Kent” initiative recently wrapped up, commemorating Chatham-Kent’s 2017 secondary and post-secondary graduating classes.

Representatives from the Municipality of Chatham-Kent’s Community Attraction and Leisure Services and Public Health departments, Municipal Council, the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority, and Chatham-Kent Youth Engagement Partnership greeted staff and students, encouraging graduates to remain connected to Chatham-Kent regardless of where their lives take them.

In the 2012 Chatham-Kent Survey of Young People (15-39 years old), conducted by the Municipality of Chatham-Kent’s Community Attraction and Promotion area, 84% of respondents stated that they would like to remain connected to Chatham-Kent regardless of where they live and what they do in the future.

The “Your Roots Are Always in Chatham-Kent” initiative aims to highlight the connection that each student has to Chatham-Kent, memorialized by a plaque at the base of each tree. It is an opportunity for our community to demonstrate support and appreciation for our young people as they move on to their next venture in life.

Each of the 2017 graduating class trees can be found at the locations listed below.

– Blenheim District High School: Blenheim Memorial Park, Blenheim

– Chatham Christian School: Chatham Christian School, Chatham

– Chatham-Kent Secondary School: Ross Babcock Park, Chatham

– École secondaire catholique de Pain Court: Centennial Park, Pain Court

– John McGregor Secondary School: Mud Creek Trail, Chatham

– Lambton-Kent Composite School: Lambton-Kent Composite School, Dresden

– Ridgetown District Secondary School: TREES Memorial Trail, Ridgetown

– St. Clair College, Chatham Campus: St. Clair College, HealthPlex

– Tilbury District Secondary School: Tilbury Splash Pad, Tilbury

– University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus: University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus

– Ursuline College Chatham: Percy Park, Chatham

– Wallaceburg and District Secondary School: Crothers Conservation Area, Wallaceburg

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