September 2015

Medical marijuana plant could be operational this year

By Barb McKay


AMMCan could be producing medical marijuana by the end of this year.


The company’s executives attended last Wednesday’s Municipality of Kincardine planning and corporate services meeting to provide an update on AMMCan’s progress in securing an operating licence from the federal government. The company, established in 2013 under Supreme Pharmaceuticals Inc., has been converting more than 300,000 square feet of greenhouse space at the Bruce Energy Centre to grow medical grade marijuana. When the company begins producing it will use a portion of the building and ramp up production over the next few years.


KCMC hires new nurse practitioners

The Kincardine Community Medical Clinic and Family Health Team have recruited two additional nurse practitioners to help provide patient coverage while physician recruitment efforts continue.

The KCMC and FHT announced last week that Melissa Wright and Hailey Walsh have been hired and will provide healthcare services to patients with non-acute medical needs. In Ontario, registered nurses in the extended class, also known as nurse practitioners (NPs), are registered nurses with additional education (typically a Master’s degree coupled by practicum hours) and experience who are able to order and interpret diagnostic tests, communicate diagnoses, prescribe pharmaceuticals and perform specific procedures.

Super afternoon

More than 100 people walked in Sunday afternoon's Parkinson SuperWalk in Kincardine. Together, they raised more than $18,000 for Parkinson research. Here, those walking the 2-km route begin their trek from Victoria Park, led by Jennifer Farrell of the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band. (Josh Howald photo)

Engineers hired for wind turbine infrasound study

By Barb McKay


Acoustics engineers are set to begin sound level testing in the area of the Armow Wind Project.


The Municipality of Kincardine council gave staff the green light to hire Swallow Acoustics Consultants Ltd., based in Mississauga, to do the work before construction on the wind energy project is complete and the turbines become operational. Engineers will perform baseline acoustic sound and infrasound testing on five properties within the boundaries of the wind farm.



Venra Munro turned 102 last week at Tiverton Park Manor. Staff and residents gathered for a part Friday afternoon for Munro, who was born in 1913 and grew up on a farm in Bruce Twp. Munro stays sharp by playing euchre and doing puzzles. (Josh Howald photo)

Hunting on lakeshore remains a ‘grey area’

By Barb McKay 

It remains unclear who is responsible for regulating hunting along the shoreline of Lake Huron, but Huron-Kinloss will monitor the situation this fall.

The issue of hunting along the lakeshore, particularly in the Point Clark area, has been a cause of contention for residents who cottage and live in that area and has brought several of them to township council meetings over the past few months. The township has consulted its solicitor whose opinion is that while the township can regulate hunting inland in residential areas with its bylaws, it has no jurisdiction over Crown lands, namely the beaches, and if it were to pass a bylaw it would not be enforceable.

On Aug. 20, the township received an email from resident Jill Gausden informing staff and council of correspondence she had received from the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), Bill Mauro, on the issue.

Fatal crash Tuesday morning

One person was killed and two others were seriously injured in a head-on crash at 7:18 a.m. last Tuesday morning.

The South-Bruce OPP received a report of the two-vehicle crash on Bruce County Road 20 in Greenock Twp., and arrived on the scene to find a black GMC pick-up truck and a white cube van had been involved in a head-on collision.

A passenger in the cube van was pronounced dead at the scene. The identity of the deceased was being withheld pending next of kin notification. The driver of the cube van was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Both occupants of the pick-up truck were taken to hospital with life threatening injuries.

Twice the fun on opening weekend

Bulldogs go to double-OT twice, get three of four weekend points

By Josh Howald

The Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs kicked off the Western Junior C League regular season with a bit of style. Kincardine took three of four possible points in back-to-back double-overtime hockey games.

Referee Dean Grahame emphatically waves off a Bulldog goal Friday night in Walkerton during the opening game of the 2015/16 Western Junior C regular season between Kincardine and the Walkerton Hawks. THe 'Dogs and Patrick Weijak, standing on top of Hawks goalie Tristan Lewis, didn't dispute the call. (Josh Howald photo)


Gregory wins junior tennis tourney

Robert Gregory was the first person at the tennis courts Saturday morning. When the 12-year-old left the Kincardine Tennis Club’s inaugural junior tennis tournament, he did so a winner.

Robert Gregory, 12, during the championship final of Saturday's junior tennis tournament at the Kincardine Tennis Club. (Josh Howald photo)


Gregory cruised through the round-robin portion of the tournament undefeated before beating underdog Malcolm Lane in the final match of Saturday’s junior event in Kincardine. The pair played an entertaining, hard-hitting match to wrap up the tournament in style. They had many good rallies, but Lang, the youngest competitor registered at only 8-years-old, couldn’t match Gregory’s strong ground strokes.

Highlanders lose in OMLA C final

Great season for Kincardine team

By Josh Howald

It was a breakthrough season for the Kincardine Highlanders Junior Masters lacrosse team.

Few expected to see the local lacrosse team improve so quickly. In fact, Kincardine went into the weekend's Ontario Masters Lacrosse Association provincial championship tournament in Toronto as the fifth seeded team in the 12-team Junior Division.

The Highlanders put up plenty of fight, as they have all summer long, in Toronto, but ended up on the wrong end of a 5-3 decision against Brampton in Sunday afternoon's Masters Junior C Final.