SATURDAY, Jan. 23/10



FRIDAY SPITS HOCKEY = Woodstock 3   Aylmer 2  (shootout)

-Aylmer Goals:   North, Mullin;

-Next Game – Today, host Norwich 7:30 pm


(A current project of Pierre Oliver of St.Thomas, a Model Railroad enthusiast, is to rebuild a local rail line, starting with the old Aylmer station. He provided the following info.)

” I’ve been modelling trains most of my life. I recently decided to build a layout using the old Wabash operation in Ontario as a prototype. I will be modelling scenes between Aylmer and Cayuga. Places like the Tillsonburg interchange and steel viaduct, Courtland, Delhi, Jarvis, Renton, Simcoe and Cayuga.  I’ve laid the track for the town of Aylmer using drawings (1920) from National Archives as  a guide. The same drawing set has the Aylmer station as it was right after the addition for the express room. I managed to find a couple of photos of the station in the town’s library which helped clear up some questions about details. Soon I hope to build an HO scale model of the station along with some of the other structures that were trackside in 1951. I’m always on the lookout for good photos of the area.  I’m modeling 1951 because  that was the  year that the Wabash fully dieselized the Ontario operation. I chose that date because there are no models available of Wabash steam of the type run in Canada. I chose the Wabash because the operation is modellable and interesting for me and what I want to do right now. There were 4 Redball freights a day each way running traffic between Michigan and New York. As well as some local service.” (IF YOU KNOW OF AYLMER STATION PHOTOS, PIERRE  WOULD LIKE TO SEE THEM at )

“AYLMER IOO YEARS AGO:…..The Saturday (S)Cereal!”

(From the Aylmer Express, March 21, 1910)

“On Saturday, Homer Leach and Don Turner undertook to show Dr. Graham’s little boy the sights of the west end of town.  After they had gone nearly everywhere, one place was missed, the roof of the Canning Factory. There are several skylights on the roof and one was covered with snow. Homer fell through, 18 feet to the floor, and hit his head. He was unconscious until Monday morning and his one eye was paralyzed although it is expected his vision will return. “

x-AYLMER MEATS  OWNER,  BUTCH CLARE RECENT CONVICTION UPDATE:  (Reprinted from ‘Better Farming’ Magazine Online, Jan. 21 st)

The man at the centre of a large meat scandal seven years ago and additional offences in the years since is zapped with a $15,000 fine

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On Jan. 11, Justice of the Peace Dan M. MacDonald sentenced Richard Walter (Butch) Clare, Burford and two associated companies, to pay $15,000 in fines for dealing in livestock without a licence.

According to a news release issued today by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, for 10 weeks in the summer of 2007, Clare and the two companies —1553603 Ontario Inc. and 1648291 Ontario Inc., operating as Butch Clare Livestock, purchased 2,156 head of cattle from various licensed livestock dealers for about $1.35 million. Clare and the companies were convicted in the Ontario Court of Justice in Brantford in October.

“That’s a huge business not to be having a license,” says Bob Brander, Cheltenham, who chairs the adjudication board of the Ontario Beef Financial Protection Program. Brander describes the $15,000 fine as “fairly hefty.” He thinks it’s the maximum allowed for dealing cattle without a license under the Livestock and Livestock Products Act.

A cattle dealer license only costs $25, says Brander. But a cattle dealer must provide either financial statements or put up a bond equivalent to the value of cattle that would pass through their hands in a year.

If Clare still doesn’t have a license “anybody who deals with him won’t be covered” under the Ontario Beef Financial Protection Program if they aren’t paid for cattle, Brander warns.

Clare may be Ontario’s most notorious cattle dealer

On May 11, 2007 Aylmer Meat Packers Incorporated and its president, Clare pleaded guilty in the Ontario Court of Justice in London to offences under the Meat Inspection Act and the Food and Drugs Act. On Dec. 14 of that year, Mr. Clare was fined $5,000 and $10,000 on the Meat Inspection Act and Food and Drugs Act charges respectively. Aylmer Meat Packers Incorporated was fined $10,000 and $100,000 on the Meat Inspection Act and Food and Drugs Act charges respectively.

These fines arose from a widely publicized investigation and subsequent Meat Inspection Act charges laid by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in March 2005 and Food and Drugs Act charges laid by Ontario Provincial Police in September 2004. Clare’s abattoir was shut down by inspectors in 2003.
“I never, ever sold a piece of meat I wouldn’t eat myself, Clare told the judge. By their guilty pleas, however Aylmer Meat Packers Incorporated and Clare acknowledged that between July 23 and Aug. 21, 2003, the company sold meat that was unfit for human consumption.

On Nov. 1, 2007, Butch’s son Jeffrey Clare, on behalf of 1648291 Ontario Inc., also operating as Butch Clare Livestock, entered a guilty plea in the Ontario Court of Justice in Brantford to an offence under subsection 65(1) of the Health of Animals Act, resulting in a fine of $25,000. Clare was charged for exporting cattle to the United States on January 19, 2006, that were over 30 months of age. The age restriction was imposed on Canadian cattle when cattle trade was partly reopened following the detection of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in Canada in May 2003.

On October 21, 2008, the elder Clare pleaded guilty in the Ontario Court of Justice in Kitchener to one count under the Livestock and Livestock Products Act. He was fined $9,000 plus a victim surcharge. The court heard that between June 1 and 29, 2006, and between Sept. 15 and Oct. 16, 2006, Clare had been engaging in the business of buying and selling cattle without a dealer’s licence as required under the act.

Clare also pleaded guilty to a second count under the act, as an officer and director of 1553603 Ontario Inc., for dealing cattle without a licence between July 5 and September 14, 2006.


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