New Hydro rates in effect May 1

New Hydro rates in effect May 1

The cost of electricity rises across the province May 1 and better reflects the real cost of producing electricity, says a media spokesperson at the Ontario Energy Board. Consumers who do not have a contract with an electricity retailer will see the increase take effect at midnight. For customers who are on time-of-use billing (those with smart meters) and […]

Transcom leaves Chatham

Transcom leaves Chatham

Transcom is closing its doors on April 27. Photo CKReview By Greg Holden Transcom’s doors on Richmond Street closed for the last time on Friday. The call centre had opened in Chatham in 2005 and employed 186 people when it was announced to close on February 27. Former employees held a memorial at Big Shots on King Street. Aaron Galbraith, a […]

Ontario downgraded by Moody’s

Ontario downgraded by Moody’s

Moody’s Investors Service has today downgraded the Province of Ontario’s  issuer and debt ratings to Aa2 with stable outlook from Aa1 with negative  outlook, affecting approximately $202 billion in debt securities. Ratings Rationale “The downgrade of Ontario’s rating reflects the growing debt  burden and the risks surrounding the province achieving its medium-term  fiscal plan given the subdued […]

Ontario credit rating takes a hit

Ontario credit rating takes a hit

Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan. Photo ontarioliberal.ca By Greg Holden Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan said Wednesday that Standard and Poor’s, a credit rating agency based in New York, has changed Ontario’s outlook from stable to negative. One day after the minority liberal government got their wish and had their budget passed, they now face […]

Seniors award seeks nominations

Seniors award seeks nominations

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent is acknowledging the achievements of local seniors with the 26th Annual Senior Achievement Award. The purpose of this award is to recognize and honour outstanding seniors. To qualify, nominees must be residents of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent and be 60 years of age or older. During their retirement years, they must have achieved […]

Costs may rise when jail closes: Mayor

Costs may rise when jail closes: Mayor

By Greg Holden The 2012 Ontario provincial budget on Tuesday held omninous news for workers at the Chatham jail when plans were revealed to close the facility. A worker at the jail confided that they were taken by complete surprise by the announcement and that they had no word from the province if they would keep […]

Kingston Park wins provincial award

Kingston Park wins provincial award

 TORONTO / March 23, 2012 Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 PRO Awards. The awards recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that have enhanced the quality of life in communities across Ontario by advancing the values and benefits of parks, recreation and sport. The awards will be presented at the 2012 […]

Union Gas responds to fracking claims

Union Gas responds to fracking claims

By Steve Baker, President, Union Gas Limited It is regrettable that your article “Don’t Frack Chatham-Kent” presents such an extreme and alarmist view of natural gas extraction from shale formations. What is also regrettable is that the author did not even attempt to contact Union Gas, a company that just celebrated 100 years of existence in […]

Transcom closing. 180 jobs lost

Transcom closing. 180 jobs lost

By Greg Holden Workers at Transcom, a call centre on Richmond Street, were told yesterday the bad news. The centre is closing its doors for good on April 27. Some of the employees gathered outside today and spoke with the CKReview. Clearly upset by the news they spoke of the challenge of finding work in […]

Don’t frack Chatham-Kent!

Don’t frack Chatham-Kent!

By Joanne Lefebvre Can we say “shale fracking” Chatham-Kent? I guarantee it will be on all our lips in the next few years. In March 2010, the Toronto Star said Ontario was laying the groundwork to allow oil and gas companies out of Calgary to lease private land in our area to explore deep shale fracking. Chatham-Kent […]