June 2015

Teachers increase work to rule action

Local elementary teachers have increased strike action in response to what the union is calling obstinacy on the part of the provincial government.


Full-time and occasional teachers’ further withdrawal from administrative duties took effect on Monday. The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), which represents the teachers, said the action is designed to have minimal impact on students. The union’s collective agreements expired nine months ago. Under this phase of work-to-rule action, teachers will not participate in Ministry of Education meetings and workshops, as well as mandated meetings with principals.


Bruce Power receives five-year licence renewal

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission has renewed Bruce Power’s reactor operating licence for another five years.


The decision came after a series of public hearings in Kincardine and a review of the nuclear power corporation’s safety performance.


“We are pleased with this result and were quite frankly humbled by the support offered by the many organizations and individuals who made presentations at the public hearings,” Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power’s president and CEO, said in a media release. “We believe we require two licences – our operating licence from the regulator and our social licence, which is granted by our community, and we have to earn both of those each and every day.”


Buying local

Tonya Schmalz, right, checks ot some of the baked goods sold by Dorothy Squires-Fraser at the Kincardine Farmers' Market Saturday. (Barb McKay photo)

Kincardine revises bylaw to tighten leash on dog breeders, kennels

By Barb McKay


The Municipality of Kincardine is tightening up its dog control bylaw in an effort to address the issue of non-compliant dog breeders and kennel operators.


Deputy mayor Jacqueline Faubert and municipal building and planning director Michele Barr presented the proposed amended bylaw during the May 20 council meeting. Council had discussed making changes to the dog control bylaw back in November 2014, including limiting the number of dogs that could be housed at a kennel. Council decided to hold off on a decision until it received input from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).


What's missing?

Participants in the annual Purina Walk for Guide Dogs, hosted by the Tiverton Lions, walked their "dogs" Sunday through the village and raised about $2,000 to train guide dogs. From left are tyler Gilliland, 6, Michelle Scott, Marg Jones, Edna McTeer, Lynda Eskrick and Charlotte Henderson. Kleo, a black lab, also enjoyed the walk. (Barb McKay photo)

Relay For Life Kincardine now a daytime event

There’s a motivational saying that ‘it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey’. For Kincardine resident Melissa Bennett, there’s no better way to describe her on-going cancer journey.


Diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at just 27 years old, Bennett is still in remission but focusing on her studies to be a registered nurse.


“I am hoping to be deemed cancer-free at the end of this year,” said Bennett. “I decided I would love to help people the way I was helped while going through cancer. I have gone back to school and have been accepted into the RN program at Georgian College and York University.”


Girls edged out in soccer final

KDSS leaves CWOSSA with silver

By Josh Howald

The girls just ran out of time.

The Kincardine District Secondary School girls soccer team battled back in the second half, but were edged out 3-2 in the CWOSSA championship game Wednesday afternoon in Blue Mountains.

The Knights stretched their perfect season all the way to the CWOSSA final on Wednesday, but then found themselves trailing Woodland Christian School from Breslau in the first half of the championship final. The Cavaliers then added back-to-back goals in the second half to stretch the lead to three goals.

Play ball!

Cubbies open TVSBL season at home Sunday

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine Cubs will begin defending the Thames Valley League Senior Baseball crown on June 6 in St. Thomas.

That's when the Cubbies will kick off the 2015 campaign with a double header against the St. Thomas Cardinals at Emslie Field in St. Thomas.

Kincardine, who lost a handful of starters to the expansion Hanover Hitmen, is coming off a pair of banner seasons. The Cubs not only won the TVSBL playoff title last year, but the provincial OBA B championships as well. It was the second consecutive OBA title for Kincardine, who captured the OBA C provincial title in 2013.

The Cubs should once again be strong. Dave Robinson, Brian Maas and Matt Melessis, all former Cubs, have returned to the club. In addition, Kincardine has added a big bat in Cody Newbigging, who has been one of Listowel's top players over the past few seasons.

Luinstra cracks OFSAA West top-10

By Josh Howald

Only two members of the Kincardine District Secondary School track and field team advanced to the OFSAA West Regional Track and Field Championships, but both had respectable finishes.

However, neither did quite well enough to advance to the OFSAA provincial championship meet.

Ariel Luinstra finished sixth in the midget girls 3,000-m race, and also had an eighth place finish in the midget girls 1,500-m event.

KDSS' only other qualified athlete, Jennelle Smeltzer, finished 11th in the midget girls discus with a throw of 22.03-m.

The OFSAA West Regional Track and Field Championships were held Friday and Saturday at TD Stadium at the University of Western Ontario in London.

Knights lose in CWOSSA semi-final

An undefeated season ended in the CWOSSA semi-finals for the Kincardine District Secondary School boys soccer team on Wednesday.

The Knights were shut out for the first time this year by the Georgian Bay Secondary School Vikings in Wednesday afternoon's CWOSSA semi-final elimination game. It was a rematch of the Bluewater Athletic Association championship game played the previous week, which Kincardine won by a 3-1 margin. However, it was the Vikings who advanced to the CWOSSA title match with a narrow 1-0 win over Kincardine.

The Vikings, however, came up short in the championship game. The 2015 CWOSSA champion is Breslau's Woodland Christian Cavaliers, who defeated Georgian Bay 2-1 in a shootout.

The Cavaliers qualify for the OFSAA A boys soccer championship tournament, which runs from June 4 to June 6 in North Bay.