A bottle of wine and block of cheese for culture minister Aileen Carroll


The chapel at Alma College

The chapel at Alma College

Ms.Carroll,
For exactly 14 months,the supporters of 96 Moore Street in St.Thomas have been trying in vain to obtain provincial heritage designation for this historic property,but have yet to get a response from the culture ministry since the horrific fire that completely destroyed Alma College in May of 2008.The property has 130 years of rich history behind it,and 2 of the original buildings (the chapel & music building) still remain standing,and are in need of protection from the Ontario government.
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Volume decline drives Timken loss for the quarter and reduced full-year earnings outlook


CANTON, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Timken Company (NYSE: TKR) today reported sales of $828.9 million for the second quarter of 2009, a decrease of 46 percent over the same period a year ago. The decline in sales was due to weaker demand across most of the company’s end markets, lower steel surcharges and currency, which were partially offset by improved pricing.

For the quarter, the company incurred a loss of $64.5 million, or $0.67 per share, compared with income of $88.9 million, or $0.92 per diluted share, a year ago. Excluding special items, the second-quarter loss was $20.6 million, or $0.21 per share, compared with the prior-year’s income of $92.4 million or $0.96 per diluted share. The results reflect lower sales volume and manufacturing utilization, which were partially offset by favorable pricing and cost-reduction initiatives.
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Stalemate continues at Navistar’s Chatham plant


The lights remain out at Navistar’s Richmond Street truck assembly plant in Chatham.

No new talks are scheduled between CAW Locals 127 and 35 and the Chicago-based company regarding a new collective agreement.

Negotiations broke off at the end of June when the two union locals rejected company plans to downsize the Chatham operation.

“We really haven’t heard anything from the company,’’ Joe McCabe of Chatham, a CAW national representative.

McCabe said CAW president Ken Lewenza has written to the company asking for a resumption of talks.

He said company president Dan Ustian did reply to a letter from the CAW but made it clear the company was only willing to talk about its proposal.
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