April 2010

Armow Wind Power Project open house

More than 15 protesters campaign against wind turbines outside the Armow W.I. Hall Tuesday evening where Acciona Wind Energy Canada held its first open house on the proposed Armow Wind Power Project. For full coverage, see the paper version of The Independent. (Kristen Shane photo)

Anger, accusations and acrimony over learning centre

Deputy mayor accuses mayor of conflict of interest

By Kristen Shane


Weeks of tensions over how the Lake Huron Learning Collaborative aims to bring a learning centre to Kincardine erupted last week in a heated council meeting in which the deputy mayor accused the mayor of a conflict of interest, and council members questioned the learning collaborative’s proposed use of the former Westario Power building.


The fiery meeting concluded in mayor Larry Kraemer and deputy mayor Laura Haight each slinging mud at each other, calling the other “deluded.”


Glammis native Allan Thompson receives medal from Governor General

By Kristen Shane


Governor General Michaëlle Jean last week gave journalism professor and former Glammis resident Allan Thompson a medal to recognize his work to help rebuild the media sector and work toward freedom of the press in Rwanda.


New challenge for Barbs

New league, new women‘s program

By Josh Howald

A new chapter is set to unfold in the brief, but eventful history, of the Bruce County Barbarians.

The club, now entering its third season, has been promoted to a new league after winning the Niagara Rugby Union (NRU) B League title last year. They have also added a women’s program to the mix.

Bob Cureton powers through a pair of tackles during Saturday's exhibition game in Walkerton. The St. Catharines player to the left was called for a high tackle on the play. (Josh Howald photo)

Powerful start to soccer season

Boys, girls teams win in routs

By Josh Howald

The scoring touch didn’t disappear over the winter.

Both the Kincardine District Secondary School boys and girls soccer teams had no problems finding the back of the net Thursday as they opened the Bluewater Athletic Association (BAA) regular season at the Davidson Centre.

KDSS goalkeeper Sam Bianco makes a nice stop during BAA girls soccer action Thursday afternoon at the Davidson Centre. (Josh Howald photo)

Both teams are now 1-0 in BAA play after hammering the Saugeen District Secondary School Royals of Port Elgin.


Looking at decisions made over the past couple of years, I’ve always wondered if Kincardine council bordered on the delusional.


Now we know.


Wednesday evening, deputy mayor Laura Haight told mayor Larry Kraemer he is deluded.

Kraemer replied that Haight too is deluded.




Perhaps Kraemer is delusional about his powers of mayor.


April 28, 2010


Isabella (Bell) McKenzie Hignett,of Kincardine, died Thursday, April 15, 2010 at the University Hospital in London following a brief illness,in her 90th year.

Against wind farm

I live inside the boundaries for the new Armow wind project.


While I understand that as property owners, my neighbours are free to make decisions about their land, the degree to which their decisions affect surrounding properties is astounding; from a real estate value perspective, an aesthetic perspective, a health perspective and an ecological perspective.


We all have to jump through so many hoops with the municipality to build say, a shed on our private property; something which will only affect the homeowner. Yet people are allowed to erect these monoliths without any discussion from the community around them, without even adequate testing?


Should council rent the old Westario building to the Lake Huron Learning Collaborative?

74% (35 votes)
26% (12 votes)
Total votes: 47

Going, going, gone

Jonathan Boese of Sarnia was among six or more lake surfers from as far away as Ann Arbor, Michigan to drive to Kincardine Saturday afternoon to ride the waves. Boese is pictured here jumping into the choppy waters off the south pier. (Kristen Shane photo)