Morning Coffee – By Aaron Hall

Weather forecast for Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Today – Periods of rain. Wind northeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 increasing to 40 gusting to 60 this afternoon. Temperature steady near 13.

Tonight – Mainly cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. Wind northeast 40 km/h gusting to 60. Low 10.

Job fair being held today

A total of 25 Chatham-Kent employers from 12 sectors will be recruiting for over 400 Chatham-Kent jobs at a job fair today.

The Chatham Kent Employment Resource Centre along with the Chatham-Kent Workforce Planning Board are hosting ‘CK Works! Community Job Fair’ from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at the John D Bradley Centre.

The focus of this event will be to help employers meet more applicants to more easily fill their open positions. It is also a great opportunity for job seekers to learn about a variety of career options and workplaces in Chatham-Kent.

The following employers will be ready to speak with job seekers:

Manufacturing sector: US Ecology, AarKel Tool and Die Ltd, Presteve Foods Limited, Great Lakes Food Company, On Point Precision MFG Inc, Schinkel’s Legacy

Construction sector: Bryan’s Drywall, Advanced Basement Systems

Child care sector: Growing Together Family Resource Centre

Food services sector: Subway, Tim Hortons, Swiss Chalet

Healthcare sector: Chatham Kent Health Alliance

Long Term Care sector: Park Street Place Retirement Residence, River View Gardens

Customer Service sector: YA, Concentrix Corp, TekSavvy Solutions Inc

Marketing sector: Intellitix Technologies Inc

Agricultural Services sector: Nipissing Game Farm Inc, Peeters Mushrooms Inc

Social Services sector: Community Living Chatham-Kent

Financial Services sector: SunLife Financial

Recruitment sector: Renaissance Personnel

The Employment Resource Centres have locations in Chatham and Wallaceburg, see for details. Job seekers attending the job fair can update their resumes with an Employment Resource Advisor by dropping in or by appointment. For more information please call 519-436-1123 or

CKWPB is committed to ongoing research to enhance local labour market planning in the Chatham-Kent region. One means to accomplish this, is the EmployerOne survey released each January.

Feedback from the 2017 survey led to this event.

To learn more about the Chatham-Kent Workforce Planning Board and its activities in Chatham-Kent, please visit their website at

Opioid Emergency Task Force being launched

Ontario is establishing an Opioid Emergency Task Force that will include front-line workers and people with lived experience to strengthen the province’s coordinated response to the opioid crisis.

The Task Force will ensure those closest to the crisis are providing critical insight about what is happening on the ground, to support the province’s coordinated response to the crisis and address new challenges as they emerge.

It will bring together representatives from province-wide system partners working to combat this emergency, including front-line workers in harm reduction, addiction medicine, and community-based mental health and addiction services, among others.

The Task Force will also advise the government on a robust and targeted public education campaign to raise awareness about the risks associated with opioid use and how people can protect themselves and their loved ones against the harms associated with addiction and overdose.

As a first step, Ontario will be providing all public health units in the province with consistent and up-to-date public education materials to support their efforts in local communities to ensure that everyone is receiving the same information regardless of where they live. The province is also working with pharmacists on an insert about the possible health risks of opioids and where patients can access support, which will be provided to patients when they pick up an opioid prescription.

“The devastating impact of the opioid crisis has reached every community across the province and our government is committed to using every tool possible to reverse this heartbreaking trend,” stated Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, in a press release.

“Through the creation of the Opioid Emergency Task Force, we will ensure that the people directly affected by this devastating public health emergency have a voice and the support they need to live with dignity.”

Ontario is increasing access to care, reducing wait times and improving the patient experience through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care and OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare – protecting health care today and into the future.

“If we are to make an impact and turn the tide of this opioid crisis, we must work together in an inclusive, compassionate and collaborative way,” stated Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health and Provincial Overdose Coordinator.

“Establishing the Opioid Emergency Task Force will allow for individuals with varied expertise to come together and contribute to the government’s response and move the strategy forward in a proactive and responsive way.”

More details:

– Announced in fall 2016, Ontario’s Strategy to Prevent Opioid Addiction and Overdose is ensuring people in pain receive appropriate treatment, increasing access to holistic treatment for those with opioid use disorder, and improving the safety and health of people who use opioids, including access to the life-saving drug naloxone.

– Naloxone kits are distributed for free across Ontario. Find the location nearest you.
Over the next three years, Ontario is investing more than $222 million to combat the opioid crisis in Ontario, including expanding harm reduction services, hiring more front-line staff and improving access to addictions supports across the province.

– The government has also committed to invest $20 million annually in Ontario’s Chronic Pain Network.

– The province’s 10-year funding agreement with the federal government will also help to support this plan.

Celebrating Junior Farmers for over 100 years

Opportunity for anyone in the community as well as Junior Farmers past, present and prospective to gather and learn about what Junior Farmers is all about, what the local club is doing in the community, and how to get involved.

There will be memorabilia out on display and opportunity to share memories from the past and ideas for the future.

Stick around for the dance after 9pm where you might want to watch or join in on different dancing styles including: line dance, two step, etc. There will be plenty of snack food items throughout the night as well as a cash bar. Everyone is welcome! For questions or to RSVP please contact: Brian Sterling at 519-917- 1798

Where: Ridgetown College- Wilson Hall (lower level)- 120 Main St. East, Ridgetown, ON

When: November 4, 2017

What: Social 7-9pm, Dance 9pm-1am

Cost: Canned goods from 7-9 p..m to be donated to the local food bank. $10 each for anyone arriving after 9 p.m.

Photo of the day – Union Gas donates to Hopsice

Steve Baker – President, Union Gas Ltd.; Jodi Maroney – Executive Director, Chatham-
Kent Hospice Foundation; Melanie Watson – Volunteer Coordinator, Chatham-Kent Hospice (Submitted photo)

The Chatham-Kent Hospice Volunteer Program recently received a funding boost of $20,000 from Union Gas to help support volunteer network initiatives.

“Whether it’s working together on infrastructure projects, contributing as leaders in the business community or supporting local charities and non-profit groups, Union Gas feels strongly about working with our neighbours to make our great communities even better. That’s why we support Chatham-Kent Hospice and its volunteer network initiatives, helping to make a real and lasting contribution to our community,” stated Steve Baker, President, Union Gas.

“Volunteers continue to be a key component to the success of our residential hospice. We currently have approximately 200 active volunteers who fill a number of roles but we’re always looking for more people willing to give their time and talent. We are very grateful to Union Gas for their generous support. The added funding will help us continue to offer ongoing support and training for our volunteers so they can provide the best possible end-of-life care to our Hospice families,” stated Melanie Watson, volunteer coordinator, Chatham-Kent Hospice.

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