January 2016

Clinic belongs to taxpayers

In response to Bud Pretty’s letter and the notice in the Independent dated Dec. 23, 2015:

I am not one of the recipients of that awful letter that appeared in the paper. My first reaction on reading it was “someone just flew out of the cuckoo nest”. This is the second time that I have read the message “if you don’t like the way we are doing things, take yourself somewhere else”.

Since the letter was in the paper, I have asked people I’ve met if they have read it. The answer that I am getting is no, they have not. Obviously nothing has happened in their lives at the clinic; they would rather not think about it; or they just don’t care.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


Ivan Emmerton died peacefully at the Deep River & District Hospital on Jan. 23, 2016, in his 76th year.

Predeceased by his wife of more than 50 years, Claire (Brisebois).

He will be sorely missed by his daughter Brenda Crowder (Randy) of Cornwall, sons Brian (Mary) of Bolton and Bruce of Kingston. Treasured poppa and grandpa to Jed Crowder (Angela) of Ottawa, and Nicole and Kayla Emmerton of Bolton.

Beloved uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by his sister Doris Rock and brother Lorne.

Ivan was born in Kincardine to Charles and Olive Emmerton. He moved to Deep River after attending Ryerson Polytechnic Institute to begin a distinguished career as a research technologist at Atomic Energy in Chalk River.

Was council right in rejecting the development plan near Willow West?

68% (26 votes)
32% (12 votes)
Total votes: 38

Haggis here!

David Wilson, left, and Jennifer Farrell of the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band didn't miss the chance to get into some haggis Saturday at the Kincardine Branch #183 of the Royal Canadian Legion. There was a sold out crowd on hand for the annual Robbie Burns Dinner, which featured live entertainment and plenty of great food - including the haggis, which Wilson is pointing out. (Josh Howald photo)

Refugees could arrive in Kincardine by March

By Barb McKay


Middle Eastern refugees are expected to arrive in Kincardine by the spring and efforts are well underway to help the new arrivals integrate into the community and feel at home.


Andy Burgess of the Kincardine Refugee Committee, supported by several committee members, was a delegation at last Wednesday’s Municipality of Kincardine council meeting to provide an update and timeline on efforts to welcome two refugee families.


Health Canada neonicotinoid study receives mixed reactions

By Barb McKay


A preliminary report by a division of Health Canada on the effects of neonicotinoid chemicals on honey bees is being lauded by Ontario grain producers and ridiculed by beekeepers.


The preliminary pollinator assessment into imidacloprid, a form of the neonicotinoid insecticide, was released by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) on Jan. 6. A complete document was published Jan. 18 and stakeholders and the public have 60 days, from that date, to comment on it.


KTA gears up for trail expansions

By Barb McKay


After a productive year of trail upgrades, repairs and expansions in 2015, the Kincardine Trails Association will focus its efforts this year on raising funds for the planned B-Line trail and connecting existing trails in the municipality.


Caught red-handed in Kintail

Two people were arrested and  charged with numerous criminal offences after being caught red-handed in a break-and-enter in Kintail Jan. 7.

At 10:15 a.m., Huron County OPP officers responded to a call regarding a break-and-enter in progress at a Belfast Road property. The owner of the property had encountered two suspects rummaging through his storage shed. The owner directed them out of the shed, and they immediately took off in a Ford pick-up truck.

Officers converged on the area and spotted the suspects within minutes at another small storage shed on Belfast Road. A female gave herself up to police, but a male ran away. A short foot pursuit ensued, and the male was successfully apprehended.

Officers located the getaway vehicle, the Ford pick-up, inside the storage shed. Upon further investigation, officers confirmed the truck had been stolen from a business located in Kitchener. Inside the truck, officers found break-in tools and various stolen items.

Blowing snow

Blowing snow, falling heavily at times, made it tough to navigate roads even in the downtown core of Kincardine. The weather shut down highways all around the Municipality late Sunday and into Monday. (Barb McKay photo)

Four appointed to Bruce Telecom board

Bruce Telecom past chair Holly Robinson will continue on with the company’s board of directors for another two years and will be joined by three new members.


Municipality of Kincardine council considered candidates for the municipally-owned telecommunications company board during a closed meeting held last Wednesday. Council passed a bylaw following the closed session to appoint Robinson, along with Tom Cole, Ron Larsen and Peter Risteen to the board for a two-year term.


Kincardine mayor Anne Eadie, CAO Murray Clarke and Bruce Telecom president Bart Cameron also sit on the board.