September 2015

Talk about the problem

Your Sept. 9th headline announced: "Fourth doctor leaving Kincardine."

I think two leaving may be a coincidence, but four leaving is a situation.

Yes we have a lighthouse, a beach, a pipe band and a cute mascot but that does not seem to be enough to keep the talent here. Everyone I talk to is convinced that contract disputes are the cause of this exodus. But no one will ask the awkward question - why?

Rather than simply quoting the rhetoric in the media release, how about some good old-fashioned investigative reporting to find out what the problem is? We deserve answers, not just a phone number to call to see if you want to see a doctor in the next six months. It's time we started to talk about the problem.

Russ Coultrup

Limit offensive smell

To Ms. Becky Ogilvie:


Joseph Benjamin “Joe” Blanchard of Windsor, Nova Scotia and formerly of Ellershouse passed away at Camp Hill Veteran’s Memorial Building, QEII, in Halifax, with his family by his side on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, at age 89.

Born in Milford, Hants County on March 30, 1926, he was the eldest child of S. Shelburne and Florence (MacDonald) Blanchard.

In the early thirties, he and his family moved to Ellerhouse. Joe went to school in Ellerhouse and at Windsor Academy. In 1943, he joined the Canadian Army as a Boy Soldier. When he became of legal age, he joined the Army’s Royal Canadian Regiment and saw service in Canada. He was discharged in the early 1950s. After a few years as a civilian, he rejoined with RCEME for another six years, being discharged in 1961. Upon discharge, he worked for various companies, finally retiring from Ontario Hydro.

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.

Did you see the lunar eclipse?

30% (14 votes)
70% (32 votes)
Total votes: 46

Good eats

Piper Robertson, 3, of Inverhuron digs into the hors d'oeuvres at the Bruce Botanical Good Gardens annual Harvest Dinner last Thursday at the Ripley Huron Community Centre. The event was sold out, and those with tickets were treated to local foods prepared by chefs, as well as wine and beer tasting and a silent auction. (Barb McKay photo)

Municipalities sign utility partner for natural gas project

Public meetings to be held next month

By Barb McKay


The three municipalities participating in the regional natural gas project have acquired a utility partner and expect to know what the cost to consumers will be within six months.


For Terry

Jessica Tyler, left, and Alyssa McPherson were among the dozens of people who took part in the 35th annual Terry Fox Run in Kincardine. THe event was held Sunday morning at the Davidson Centre, with pledges raising more than $15,000. (Sandra Christison photo)