Jumping for joy

Callen Tailoon can't contain his excitement as he tosses hay around during the needle in a haystack event at the Tiverton Fall Fair. (Barb McKay photo)

Teachers union returns to bargaining table

CUPE increases job action

 The union representing Ontario’s elementary teachers has accepted the province’s invitation to return to the bargaining table.

The request to resume negotiations came just hours after the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) filed an Unfair Labour Practice complaint with the Ontario Labour Relations Board, arguing that the government and Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) was not bargaining in good faith. The school boards’ association and the Ministry of Education left the bargaining table Sept. 11.

Three arrested in Kincardine Sobeys parking lot

Patrons of Tim Hortons and Sobeys in Kincardine took in quite a scene last Wednesday when police swooped in and arrested three men in the parking lot.


According to a report from the South Bruce OPP, an officer stopped to check on a black Pontiac Grand Am in the Sobeys parking lot at the corner of Durham Street and Highway 21 just after 1 p.m. The vehicle’s occupants refused to co-operate and other officers were called in to assist. The three men in the vehicle were arrested and taken into custody.


Westario increases utility assistance for low-income households

By Barb McKay


Westario plans to double its contribution to its utility assistance program over the next four years.


The announcement was made during Thursday’s county council meeting. Westario is partnering with Bruce County Social Services, which will be responsible for distributing the funds to those in need, a role previously handled by the United Way. The new funding for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program will begin Jan. 1, 2016. Westario has pledged to add $100,000 to the assistance program over the next four years.


Armow Wind project construction nearing completion

By Barb McKay


Construction of the Armow Wind project is in the final stages and the Municipality of Kincardine is racing to conduct a sound level field study before the wind farm becomes operational.


SP Armow Wind, the developers of the 180-megawatt wind energy project, issued a construction update last week. All 52 kilometres of access roads to the wind turbines are now complete and all 91 turbine foundations have been constructed. Nearly all the turbines have been delivered to the site and 78 have been installed. A total of 146 kilometres out of 179 kilometres of collector cables have been installed and 56 of 91 towers have been wired.



Jiggs the dog, owned by Teri Morris of Tiverton, mugs for the camera while he takes a veiw of the exhibits on top of this display cow at the Tiverton Fall Fair on the weekend. (Barb McKay photo)

Bulldogs at the top

Kincardine knocks off Wingham, Mitchell

By Josh Howald

The Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs remained undefeated and at the top of the Western Junior C standings with a pair of weekend wins.

Kincardine and Walkerton share the points lead in the West with identical 5-0-1 records. The only blemish on either team's record is the tie game they played against each other on the season's opening weekend. Something is bound to give on Sunday, when the Hawks visit the Davidson Centre for an important 4 p.m. game.

Outpatient physiotherapy returning to Kincardine hospital

By Barb McKay

The Kincardine hospital could see the return of outpatient physiotherapy services as soon as the end of this year.

South Bruce Grey Health Centre president and CEO Paul Rosebush confirmed Monday that the health centre has had discussions with the Ontario Ministry of Long-Term Health and the South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) to take on outpatient physiotherapy services.

“In order to ensure that the patients of the area have access to stable outpatient physio services we have signaled that we are prepared to take on that responsibility,” he said. “As such, we anticipate that we will receive a funding letter in the near future. Once we have the funding letter we will complete our planning for the service to commence as quickly as possible.”

Fair fun

Holly Krebs of Tiverton and her horse Forget Me Not leap over a jump at the Ripley Fall Fair Saturday afternoon. (Josh Howald photo)

BWDSB wants province to add more Aboriginal content to curriculum

By Barb McKay

Ontario’s young people need to know the truth about Canada’s Aboriginal history and that begins with improvements to the curriculum, according to Bluewater District School Board vice-chair.

Marg Gaviller introduced a motion during the BWDSB meeting last Tuesday, calling on the province to review and expand its curriculum and resources on the history of Aboriginal people in Canada and the history and legacy of residential schools. She recommended that it be done in consultation with First Nations bands and that the request be sent to Premier Kathleen Wynne, Ontario Public School Boards’ Association president Michael Barrett, members of provincial parliament and school board chairs across the province. The motion was supported by fellow trustees.