CAW plans battle for Ford’s St. Thomas Assembly Plant

Ford may feel political pressure to add a new product to its sprawling St. Thomas assembly plant to help keep the factory alive.

Canadian Auto Workers union officials met with area politicians about the future of the 40-year-old plant this week.

Ford has said there’s no product for the 40-year-old plant — which builds large sedans — beyond 2011.

“I’ve certainly not given up any hope until they put the padlock on the door,” said Scott Smith, chairperson of CAW Local 1520 at the plant.

The union wants Ford to build another product at the plant or extend the production of cars it builds there until the market turns around.
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Elgin Horizons — what might have been the future in mental health care

A month ago in City Scope, we talked with James Mendonca, who retired as director of the Crisis and Relapse Prevention Service (CRPS) in St. Thomas in 2003.
At the time, he warned the crisis portion of the service housed at Regional Mental Health Care, St. Thomas will soon be eliminated and crisis calls will now be fielded by the local Canadian Mental Health Association office, resulting in a fragmented service in lieu of the multi-disciplinary integrated service that has admirably served St. Thomas and Elgin residents for more than 30 years.
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