What a catch

Stuart Clarke holds up a 14.3-pound trout Saturday. The 32nd annual Fish Kincardine Derby kicked off Friday and continues until May 28. (Pauline Kerr photo)

 Province to dismantle Ontario Municipal Board

Board to be replaced with local planning tribunal

By Barb McKay

Small, rural municipalities, including Kincardine, are cautiously optimistic about the provincial government’s plan to get rid of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) and replace it with a Local Planning Appeal Tribunal.

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs made the announcement last Tuesday that it has introduced new legislation that, if passed, will completely revamp the province’s land use planning appeals process to give communities more say and create a faster and more affordable process.

BSP looks for financial assistance from municipality

By Barb McKay

The Bluewater Summer Playhouse (BSP) is looking for a financial reprieve from the municipality on its rent debt and would like to become a fixture in the annual tourism or economic development budget.

Jennifer Web and Marilyn Clarke of the BSP appeared in front of the Municipality of Kincardine council during its meeting last Wednesday to make a case for receiving loan forgiveness for $10,000 of the $15,000 the theatre company owes for rent arrears at the Kincardine Centre for the Arts. The BSP would set up a three-year repayment plan for the remainder.

Webb said the professional theatre company is celebrating its 24th season in Kincardine.

 Hockey legend Paul Henderson to celebrate Canada Day in Kincardine

By Barb McKay

He was flush with invitations to mark Canada’s 150th birthday, but Canadian hockey hero Paul Henderson wants to celebrate the occasion in Kincardine.

Keith Davidson, left, and Canada Day chair Brad Kirkconnell announced Paul Henderson will be a special guest for this year's Canada Day celebrations. (Barb McKay photo)


 Bruce Beach cottagers want extended garbage collection service

By Barb McKay

Cottagers at Bruce Beach are asking the township to extend the season for garbage and recycling collection.

Bruce Beach Cottagers Association President Brian MacEachern asked council during its meeting last Monday to consider arranging for waste collection on private roads from Apr. 1 to Nov. 30. Currently, garbage and recycling are collected at Bruce Beach from May 1 to Oct. 31. MacEachern said residents who stay longer do not know what to do with their waste.

Councillor Don Murray asked if there could be a common place established for cottagers to leave garbage and recycling for pick up.

“It’s a good solution but we pay taxes the same as Lucknow and Ripley and they get pick up year-round,” MacEachern said. “We are just asking for April and November.”

 Walk in support of dog guides this Sunday

By Barb McKay

On Sunday, bring out your four-legged best friend and join the Kincardine Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides.

Kincardine’s walk will be held at the Davidson Centre and is one of more than 240 taking place across Canada. Proceeds from the walk go towards raising, training and placing service dogs with Canadians who have a medical or physical disability. Funds are also used to train the new handlers who receive the dog guides.


What better way to celebrate World Fiddle Day than with a live performance on Harbour Street Saturday? (Pauline Kerr photo)

 Dog park proposed for Point Clark

A public meeting will be held later this month to discuss a potential site for a dog park in Point Clark.

The township will host a meeting on May 30 from 7:30-9 p.m. at the Point Clark Community Centre to provide information and receive input about the proposed park. After looking at available land in Point Clark, the township had thought that Lions Park was the only viable option, but the Huron Shores Lions Club indicated that is not an ideal location.

In a report to council last Monday, Community Services Director Mike Fair said staff discovered that the township owns land to the south of the community centre building that might be appropriate for a dog park. Both Lions Park and the property at the community centre will be discussed during the public meeting.

 Municipality may help fund private cemeteries

By Barb McKay

The Municipality of Kincardine is looking into providing annual funding to maintain private cemeteries after receiving a large grant request from one local cemetery board.

This year, the Lovat Cemetery board submitted a community investment grant application looking for $7,783 to maintain the small private cemetery and install a new fence. Municipal staff recommended in its report on grant allocations for 2017 that the board of directors receive the full amount.