–Malahide Council, 8 pm
-(No Bayham Council)
-(Sat: APAC presents ‘Dirty Hammond Organ Band’ featuring Tom Sparks and x-Aylmerite Brian McHugh (soul, pop, jazz); 7:30 pm; Old Town Hall theatre.)
-(Sat: Elgin Canvass and Quill Open House at Trillium House, 563 Talbot St.Thomas; 1-4 pm)
“SEVERAL AYLMER TOBACCO SELLERS CHARGED WITH MINORS VIOLATIONS IN 2009”
(Elgin-St Thomas Health Unit recently released 2009 stats on Store compliance with tobacco sales laws especially on sales to minors which showed that Elgin retailers had their best rate – 90% – in several years. According to Kathy Daniel, Unit Tobacco Compliance and Education Officer, retailers are obligated to request age proof for those who appear to be under 25. Aylmer’s compliance rate at 86% was actually up but still below the county average. Stores were given the choice of being charged or undergoing more staff training. The following Aylmer stores were charged last year: Esso, and Tracys NoFrills Gas Bar (the second straight year for Esso). The Health Unit provided the following additional info to AylmerNews.)
1. All places that sell tobacco (except those with a liquor licence) are checked twice a year by test shoppers. We also do regular inspections for display ban and signage compliance.
2. In 2008, convictions and fines of $365. were registered against personnel at Aylmer Gas & Convenience, Aylmer ESSO, and Family Mart -there were others in previous years.
3. I can’t say for sure why rates are up. In theory, the display ban should increase compliance but I have not seen any studies that prove it. The Health Unit is not doing anything differently.
“NEW GROUP – ELGIN CANVASS AND QUILL – TO HOST OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY”
(Info provided by Dave Ferguson of Aylmer, member of Canvass and Quill)
“Canvass and Quill Studios is dedicated to the development of artists, photographers and writers within St. Thomas and Elgin County. Over a focused evolution path, Canvas and Quill Studios will offer comprehensive programs for everyone regardless of skill level and/or age by providing the proper resources, equipment and knowledgeable instructors. This group will create the necessary infrastructure and a plan instrumental to promote and market your talents and enhance personal growth amongst our membership. The natural progression of our programs will aid in job creation and business opportunities. Ultimately, satellite studios offering the same level of support and service will appear throughout the district. In a nutshell we are offering seminars, classes and workshops on painting, photography and writing. One of our main goals is to increase cultural awareness and diversity of the Arts in Elgin County.”
“MEMBERS OF AYLMER ATOMS IN OMHA FINALS”
COACHES – Harry Bakker, Jim Brower, Jim Cochrane, Andy Verhaege