Wingham, Ontario

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Wingham
Community
Town hall
Town hall
Wingham is located in Southern Ontario
Wingham
Wingham
Coordinates: 43°53′N 81°19′W / 43.88°N 81.31°W / 43.88; -81.31
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
County Huron
Municipality North Huron
Area
 • Total 2.57 km2 (0.99 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 2,875
 • Density 1,118.0/km2 (2,896/sq mi)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal code N0G 2W0
Area code(s) 519

Coordinates: 43°53′15″N 81°18′37″W / 43.887441°N 81.310415°W / 43.887441; -81.310415 Wingham (2011 census population 2,875) is a community located in the municipality of North Huron, Ontario, Canada, which is located in Huron County. Wingham became part of North Huron in 2001 when the Ontario government imposed amalgamation on the former township of East Wawanosh, the village of Blyth, and the town of Wingham.

Wingham is located at the intersection of County Roads 4 & 86. Most of Wingham is located between County Road 86 to the south and the Maitland River to the north.

Contents

  • 1 Business and industry
  • 2 Radio and television
  • 3 Education
  • 4 Transportation
  • 5 Attractions
  • 6 Notable people
    • 6.1 Politicians
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links

Business and industry[edit]

Josephine Street

Wingham has a number of manufacturing businesses, and a variety of retail and service businesses. Wingham supports two grocery stores, and a main street with retail stores and restaurants. The town has branches of the Bank of Montreal, CIBC, and TD Canada Trust banks, and a branch of Libro Financial Group credit union.

The industries with a presence in the town include:

  • Wescast Industries, three manufacturing facilities for this auto-part producer.
  • BI-AX International produces plastic film for use in food packaging and industry.
  • Royal Homes is a manufacturer of pre-fabricated homes.
  • Britespan Building Systems Inc. is a manufacturer of fabric covered steel structure buildings.

Radio and television[edit]

Wingham has three radio stations: CKNX 920, CKNX-FM 101.7, and Classic Rock 94.5, all owned by Blackburn Radio. There is also a television station CKNX channel 8, owned by CTVglobemedia. It rebroadcasts the master signal of CFPL-TV from London, with the exception of local advertising. CKNX became a rebroadcaster of CFPL London on August 31, 2009.

On April 9, 2007, it was announced that Rogers Communications has filed with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to purchase all of the A-Channel stations, including CFPL, CKNX, CKX-TV, Access Alberta and several cable channels being put up for sale by CHUM Limited in the wake of CTVglobemedia's pending acquisition of the CHUM group. CTV said it would not renew the licence for CKNX-TV in Wingham upon expiration at the end of August 2009.[1] On May 1, 2009, Shaw Communications offered to buy the station for $1 from CTV (along with other underperforming stations in Brandon and Windsor),[2] but scuttled the deal two months later.[3] As of July 2011, the station remains on the air. However, the station's future remains in doubt, as in 2016, owner Bell Media filed a proposal with the CRTC to shut down 40 of its television transmitters nationwide - including CKNX-TV - due to failure to generate revenue.

Wingham was also served by a CBC English TV station (Channel 45), which retransmitted CBLT-TV Toronto via CBLN-TV London. This transmitter, along with CBC/Radio-Canada's other remaining analog transmitters, was shut down permanently on July 31, 2012, leaving over-the-air viewers in the area with no free CBC television service.

Education[edit]

  • F. E. Madill Secondary School is located in Wingham. Approximately 800 students from grades 7-12 attend; most are bused in from the surrounding area. Madill is known for its Senior Boys' Basketball team and its Track and Field team.
  • Maitland River Elementary School is located in Wingham beside F.E. Madill Secondary School. Approximately 400-500 students attend from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6.
  • Sacred Heart School is a Catholic elementary school located in the town's east end.

Transportation[edit]

Wingham is located to the north of County Road 86 which connects to Kitchener-Waterloo to the east. The main thoroughfare is County Road 4, called Josephine Street within Wingham, which connects to London, Ontario to the south.

Wingham/Richard W. LeVan Aerodrome is a general aviation airport to the southeast of Wingham with fuel services and private hangars.

Wingham is served by scheduled bus service to London, Owen Sound, and Stratford.[4]

Attractions[edit]

Founding plaque

The North Huron Museum provides an overview of the history of the Township of North Huron beginning in the Paleolithic era and continuing into modern times.

Notable people[edit]

  • Dave Farrish - NHL hockey player and current assistant coach of the Colorado Avalanche
  • Honoré Jackson - A leader of the North-West Rebellion
  • Andrew Kaufman - Writer/film director, raised in Wingham
  • Bob McDonald - Science journalist; Officer of the Order of Canada, raised in Wingham
  • Alice Munro - 2013 Nobel Prize laureate for literature, short story author, born in and wrote about Wingham
  • George Agnew Reid - Artist, raised near Wingham.[5]
  • Doug Wood - Canadian record holder in pole vault, raised in Wingham

Politicians[edit]

  • William Aberhart - Premier of Alberta, 1935-1943. Taught public school in Wingham.
  • Murray Elston - Ontario MPP, 1981-1994. Born in Wingham.
  • George Johnston - Alberta MLA and Speaker, 1921-1936. Born in Wingham.
  • Robert Mooney - Manitoba MLA, 1922-1953. Born in Wingham.
  • George Spotton - MP, 1927-1935. Wingham businessman.
  • Robert Weir - MP, Minister of Agriculture, 1930-. Born in Wingham.

References[edit]

  1. ^ London Free Press, Wed, February 25, 2009 || CTV shuts A stations in Wingham and Windsor[dead link]
  2. ^ Shaw wins three CTV stations - for $1 each Archived May 4, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Shaw cancels purchase of 3 CTV stations". The Star. Toronto. July 1, 2009. 
  4. ^ "ABOUTOWN NorthLink". ABOUTOWN. Retrieved 2011-08-11. 
  5. ^ "George Agnew Reid". Museum London. 

External links[edit]

  • North Huron Museum
  • Wingham Advance-Times

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