October 2015

Natural gas conversion

Again I have to react to the figures about the estimated savings when converting to natural gas.


I live in a 1,000 square foot house, all powered by electric baseboard heaters. I also have ductwork with central air installed. My total electricity bill for 2014 was $2,040 and I anticipate this year to stay below $2,300.  These figures are real and I can prove it.


For this reason, I challenge Mark Rodger to show me my actual savings of $2,500 over one year when switching to natural gas. Also keep in mind that home insurance will go up. I also have the option of adding a heat pump to my system, cutting down on heating costs.


For this reason, no natural gas for me!


Would increasing bag tag fees encourage recycling?

19% (10 votes)
81% (43 votes)
Total votes: 53

Ben Lobb re-elected for Huron-Bruce, under Liberal majority

By Barb McKay


Conservative Ben Lobb is once again Member of Parliament for Huron-Bruce.



Local Liberal candidate Allan Thompson speaks to supporters after election results became known to Ainsdale Course late Monday night (Josh Howald photo)




Future vote?

Grade 4 student Daylin Fischuk casts her ballot at the Huron Heights Public School mock-cvote on Thursday afternoon. (Barb McKay photo)

Natural gas success depends on residential consumer conversion

 By Barb McKay


The success of the regional natural gas project ultimately falls on the shoulders of residents in the three participating municipalities.


This was the message from Mark Rodger of Borden Ladner Gervais, the legal firm representing the municipalities of Kincardine, Huron-Kinloss and Arran-Elderslie during a public meeting held at the Kincardine Municipal Administration Centre on Saturday. The meeting was one of three in the region. Others were held in Ripley and Chesley late last week and were, reportedly, well attended.


Bank on it

The Bruce Power Pensioners Association made a large donation Thursday to the Kincardine food bank. The food bank expects to see a surge in people needing to use the food bank. For the full story, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)

Hydro rates to increase Nov. 1

Consumers can expect yet another increase to electricity rates as of Nov. 1.


This is the second rate hike this year. The Ontario Energy Board previously increased rates May 1. The OEB is attributing this price boost to increased utility costs. According to the report from the OEB, higher costs from OPG’s nuclear and hydro-electric power plants make up 40 per cent of the increase, while renewable generation sources including wind and solar power make up one-third of the increase.


Marriott booking large events as hotel nears completion

By Barb McKay


Management at the new TownePlace Suites Marriott in Kincardine is looking to the local hospitality industry for support to help bring economic opportunities to the community.



TownePlace Suites general manager Jackie Pawlifkowski, left, and site supervisor Bill Rotheutsch of GUPM stand in what will be the main conference facility in the new Mariott hotel. (Barb McKay photo)



Impaired driver on Broadway

A 29-year-old was charged with care or control over 80mgs after a grey Toyota Prius rolled into a RIDE checkpoint on Broadway Street in Kincardine at 11:33 p.m. last Monday night, Oct. 12.

Officers discovered the driver had been drinking alcohol. The man, from London, is to appear in court Nov. 2 to answer to the charge.

Good luck runs out for Bulldogs

Bulldogs remain in first place

By Josh Howald

The good puck luck couldn't continue forever.

The Mount Forest Patriots celebrate Sunday afternoon's win over the NIcol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)


The Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs split weekend contests at home, beating the Goderich Flyers on Friday night but dropping a close 5-4 decision Sunday afternoon to Mount Forest.