Morning Coffee – By Aaron Hall

Weather forecast for Monday, December 4, 2017

Today – Cloudy. Wind becoming south 30 km/h gusting to 50 this morning. High 10.

Tonight – Cloudy. Periods of rain beginning this evening. Wind south 30 km/h gusting to 50 increasing to 50 gusting to 70 near midnight. Low 8.

New volunteers at Wallaceburg Animal Shelter

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The Pet and Wildlife Rescue (PAWR) group, who now runs the Wallaceburg Animal Shelter, has welcomed some volunteers to the facility.

“We are thrilled to welcome Stephen Puskas (and his helpers!) to the PAW Rescue family,” the group posted on social media.

“Stephen (aka Santa) will be taking care of our animals and the front desk. Stephen is a huge animal advocate in the community and spends countless hours volunteering for several organizations. Welcome aboard Stephen!”

PAWR took over operations at the Wallaceburg Animal Shelter on an interim basis on December 1.

Larry Benoit, the long-time operator of the Wallaceburg location, was looking to retire and he told the Municipality he wished to terminate his agreement for animal control service in Wards 4 and 5, effective November 30.

PAWR has agreed to provide shelter services out of the Wallaceburg shelter with the same operating hours, and at the same costs.

The new arrangement will conclude on March 31, 2018, the same date all animal control contracts in Chatham-Kent are due to expire.

For more details, click here.

Toys gathered for the Salvation Army

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Southside Fitness, The Co-Operators and The Stubby Goat teamed up together for a ‘Breakfast With Santa’ event on Saturday morning in Wallaceburg.

Donations of toys, food and money were collected for the Wallaceburg Salvation Army.

Items had also been collected throughout the week.

Also, The Glen Jackson Memorial Association donated an XBox One to a local boy through the Clarance Fields Christmas Facebook group.

Art on display at LKCS

Wallaceburg Skating Club ‘Christmas Pop Concert’ on Thursday

The Wallaceburg Skating Club is holding their annual Christmas Pop Concert on Thursday, December 7.

The show will start at approximately 5:45 p.m. and run until 7:30 p.m.

All Wallaceburg skaters are slated to participate in the show.

Santa Claus parade and Christmas events in Dresden

The Dresden Santa Claus parade, with the theme “A Truly Canadian Christmas” is taking place on Saturday, December 9 at 6 p.m.

It will coincide with Dresden’s ‘Christmas Night Market’ running from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

There will also be ‘Breakfast with Santa’ at the Dresden Legion on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., a Christmas Craft Show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

China mission to create more than 2,100 new jobs

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne concluded her visit to Shenzhen, China on Friday, delivering new agreements between leading Ontario and Chinese partners that will create jobs, fuel economic growth and enhance research collaboration.

“At a time of global change and uncertainty, seeking new opportunities for growth, diversifying trade and strengthening international partnerships are vital to Ontario’s economy,” Wynne stated.

“That’s why missions like this one are so important. Connecting Ontario companies with the global market and setting the stage for collaboration is good for their businesses and good for Ontario. The partnerships forged on this mission and my previous two missions to China are proof of how much we can achieve when we work together.”

In Shenzhen, Premier Wynne met with BYD, the world’s largest electric vehicle manufacturer. BYD is planning a major expansion into the Ontario market with the company’s zero emissions commercial and transit vehicles, including auto assembly and finishing operations, government officials stated.

The Premier also visited the headquarters of Huawei, a leading Chinese tech firm that employs more than 700 people in Ontario. The company is partnering with Seneca College to deliver industry-leading training programs in Huawei Enterprise products and solutions, designed for Canadians. Huawei will also extend its 5G advanced communications research partnership with Carleton University. Finally, Huawei Canada announced it is now a full member of Canada’s Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks.

On Thursday, the Premier delivered a keynote speech on the importance of Ontario’s economic and innovation partnerships with China, after a signing ceremony announcing more than $11 million in new investments with the potential to create 52 new jobs in Ontario. The new business agreements include:

– Ontario’s iNano Medical signed a $6 million agreement with China’s Medihealth Limited for iNano to provide vitro diagnostic device technology used in the diagnosis of colorectal cancer

– Futurevic Global Sourcing signed a Memorandum of Understanding with China Titanium Group, valued at $2 million, to research, develop and introduce sewage-treatment projects using Ontario technology and innovation.

The Premier met with representatives of the world’s largest genomics organization, the Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI), to discuss the company’s collaboration with the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, part of Ontario’s Sinai Health System, on the development of a genomics-based diagnostic test for the early identification of women at risk for pre-term birth and other pregnancy complications.

At Shenzhen Polytechnic, the Premier spoke with its President along with leaders from Humber College and students from both institutions. Together, the students are producing a documentary about Canadian-born comedian Mark Rowswell — who is well known in China as “Dashan.”

Also on Thursday, the Premier met with the Mayor of Shenzhen, Chen Rugui, to discuss opportunities for Ontario and Shenzhen to work together in areas important to both regions, including postsecondary education, and water management and technology.

Creating opportunities for Ontario businesses to grow and access new markets is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

More details:

– Shenzhen has a growing innovation sector, spending over four per cent of GDP on R&D. In April 2017, The Economist profiled the city, referring to it as Silicon Delta.

– Since arriving in China, the Ontario mission has facilitated almost 1,000 business meetings between Ontario and China.

– In total, Premier Wynne’s three business missions to China since 2014 have secured more than $5.6 billion in agreements and created 5,200 Ontario jobs.

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