Waterford OTH hosts all-candidates meeting Oct. 1

By Carol Steedman

With the federal election set for Oct. 19, Haldimand-Norfolk voters will get a chance to hear from the candidates -- and ask questions -- at a meeting Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Old Town Hall on Main Street South in Waterford.

The Green Party is represented by Wayne Ettinger, founder and chairman of the board for Trillium Railway, which he started in 1997 with partners in Port Colborne, Ont. Prior to starting Trillium Railway, Wayne and his wife, Marjorie, were the fourth generation to operate a family farm in Dunnville.

Liberal Party candidate Joan Mouland is a lawyer who is a longtime resident of Villa Nova. She and her husband, Bob Speller, a former Liberal MP for the area, have two grown children who attended school in Waterford and are now both studying at the University of Waterloo.

The New Democratic Party is represented by John Harris, a local trustee for the Grand Erie District School Board. He works as an IT technician and is finishing his master's degree in political theory.

For the Conservatives, Diane Finley is seeking re-election. First elected in 2004, Finley currently serves as minister of Public Works and Government Services. She was raised in Port Dover and Charlotteville.


Other upcoming events at Old Town Hall will offer education, exercise and entertainment over the next month and longer.

On Sunday, Old Town Hall held auditions for Norfolk Has Talent. Auditions will be at Lighthouse Festival Theatre in Port Dover on Sunday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Those who are successful will compete at the Norfolk Has Talent show on Saturday, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m., at Simcoe Composite School auditorium in Simcoe. The 2014 winners of $5,000 were Lakota and McKinley Knuckle.

Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for children. Tickets and reserved seating can be purchased at the Lighthouse box office. For information, call 519-426-9070, email to or check its website.

Expanded yoga classes have started at Old Town Hall. On Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. Jenny Rice or Darleen Degrieck will lead practical and beginners yoga. These will be a wonderful complement to Martha Atkins's classes, which continue to be offered Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. Drop-in fee is $10 a class.

On Monday, Sept. 28, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Katherine Czerlau-Lima will conduct an information session about feng shui. If there's enough interest, classes may be held in the future.

Tickets are selling quickly for a concert on Oct. 3, featuring Sean McCann from Great Big Sea. The opening act is Waterford fiddler Benjamin Dakota Rogers.

For more information, contact the Old Town Hall at 519-443-0113, drop by during weekday afternoons, check the website or email:

Our Town is an Expositor feature that presents news and views from communities in our area. Carol Steedman is a freelance writer who lives in Waterford. She may be reached at