May 2016

West Ridge on the Lake retraction

Having spent a considerable amount of time researching the history of the WROTL project, I would like to retract my suggestion last week that council, through intervention in the planning process, is somehow responsible for the final lacklustre subdivision plan.


In fact, it appears that council worked hard to influence the developer to submit a plan more in keeping with our community. In the end the developer, working with Mitchinson Planning, has forced the final plan through via an arbitration process related to delays in the approval process.


Golden Hawks off to Dudley Cup final

The Trenton Golden Hawks will play a one-game showdown for a berth at the national Junior A championship tournament on Saturday night.

Daniel Urbani makes a stop as Josh Allan looks on in the Game 4 of the OJHL Buckland Cup finals in Georgetown. (Josh Howald photo)


Ben Scheel and Ethan Skinner of Kincardine both play for Trenton, the Ontario Junior Hockey League champions.

Opening day smiles

Bethan Killin, left, and Taylor Hasson celebrate Killin's second half goal in KDSS' soccer opener at the Davidson Centre last week. THe Knights pasted Chesley 6-0. (Josh Howald photo)

MRI would be good fit for Kincardine hospital, says SBGHC head

By Barb McKay


The head of the South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) is hoping that a regional review of hospital equipment could lead to MRI technology at the Kincardine hospital.


Paul Rosebush made a presentation during the SBGHC board of directors meeting in Kincardine last Wednesday and said a review of CT and MRI equipment in the region will be underway shortly. The review is funded by the South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and will look at utilization and distribution of technology, where needs exist, as well as best practices. It is expected to take two years to complete.


Arrest made in fraud investigation

A Kincardine man may have pulled a fast one on a number of downtown businesses, but he couldn't elude the South-Bruce OPP.

Two South-Bruce OPP officers make an arrest Thursday morning at the intersection of Queen and Lambton Streets. Police arrested a 42-year-old Kincardine man and charged him with more than 20 offences. (Dianna Martel photo)


Police arrested a 42-year-old at the intersection of Queen and Lambton Streets in the downtown core at about 9 a.m. Thursday morning. The arrest concluded an investigation that began the previous afternoon.

Off with the hair!

KTTPS teacher Denice Kirk cuts the hair of fellow teacher Sarah Bishop last week at the school's Heroes For Hope campaign for the Canadian Cancer Society. The school raised more than $4,000. Parent volunteer Melanie Roppel, six female students and four male students also shaved their heads. Hairdressers from InStyle donated services for the event. (Barb McKay photo)

Bruce Power challenges community to end stigma around mental health

Break the Silence campaign aims to raise $80,000 for mental health initiatives

By Barb McKay


Bruce Power wants you to break the silence around mental health.


The company launched a social media fundraising campaign Monday, Break the Silence, which will run throughout Mental Health Awareness Week. For every share and like on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin of the hashtag #BreaktheSilence, Bruce Power will donate $1 to organizations in Bruce, Grey and Huron counties to target mental health. The goal is to raise $80,000 by Friday.


Ready, set, go!

Lacey-Mae Holtby, left, 3, Claire Ferguson, 3, and Kaitlyn Ferguson, 7, race at the annual Kincardine Hike for Hospice Sunday at the Davidson Centre. This year, $430 was raised for the Residential Hospice of Grey-Bruce. (Barb McKay photo)

Two of Kincardine’s tennis courts back in action

By Barb McKay


Two out of three tennis courts on Harbour Street will be open for play this week.


Municipality of Kincardine CAO Murray Clarke told The Independent last week that nets would be installed this week on two courts. He said it was never the municipality’s intention to close the courts, which will now remain open for the season. One court on the west end will not be set up as it has surface issues.


Early last month, the Kincardine Tennis Club decided to suspend its programming for the season and would not operate the courts citing safety issues and liability. The courts have not been resurfaced since 2003.


Winning start for soccer teams

By Josh Howald

It was a sweet start to the soccer season for Kincardine District Secondary School last week.

Ethan Primeau makes a move on a Chesley defender Thursday at the Davidson Centre. Primeau scored twice in a 6-0 Kincardine win over the Cougars. (Josh Howald photo)


Both the KDSS boys and girls soccer teams opened the Bluewater Athletic Association regular season with lopsided wins at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. The boys first hammered Chesley District Community School 6-0, then the girls took a turn and beat the Cougars by the same score.