September 2016

Station Beach is a mess

Well another summer has come and gone and what a great summer it was.

My family and I own property in the Kincardine area and spend thousands of dollars in the town stores year-round as well as pay thousands of dollars in taxes every year. Yes I said thousands.

Who doesn't love going to the beach but my family has seen several laws and bylaws broken at Station Beach. Anybody with an ounce of common sense only has to look around the beach - especially on long weekends – to see it is out of control. There is nobody in any position of authority there to see what is going on.


Will you support the Terry Fox Run?

Yes
63% (12 votes)
No
37% (7 votes)
Total votes: 19

Hay!

Willis Lowe throws a straw bale during a competition at the Kincardine Fall Fair on the weekend. See this week's print edition for a full page of colour photos. (Barb McKay photo)


Aztec building to be converted into retail, office space

Developer aims to restore exterior to former glory

By Barb McKay

Rodger Crane has a soft spot for dilapidated historical buildings.


Fall Fair fun

This hen was quite comfortable on the back of a sheep in the petting zoo at the Kincardine Fall Fair. For a full page of photos from the 165th annual fall fair, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)


EQAO math results declining

While the majority of elementary students in Ontario are reading above the provincial standard, the number of students who meet the math standard is declining steadily.

Those are the findings from the recently published 2016 provincial-level results of assessments in reading, writing and mathematics for students in grades 3 and 6 by the Ontario Education Quality and Accountability Office. Local level results are not yet available.

Testing results indicate that 72 per cent of Grade 3 students and 81 per cent of Grade 6 students are reading above the provincial standard, up from 66 per cent and 75 per cent consecutively in 2012.

According to the Ontario EQAO, math results for students in both grades have been declining steadily over the past five years. This year, half of Grade 6 students did not meet the provincial standard and just 63 per cent of Grade 3 students met the standard.


Thompson launches petition to reduce energy rates

Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson is calling on constituents to sign a petition asking the provincial government to lower energy rates.

Thompson says that since the government took power in 2003, electricity rates have risen by 300 per cent – from 4.3 cents per kilowatt hour to 25.9 cents per hour in some low density areas, making Ontario the most expensive jurisdiction in North America for hydro.

In the petition, Thompson notes that Independent Electrical System Operator data shows that the market rate for electricity is less than three cents per kilowatt hour and she says, “Global Adjustment is a tangible measure of how much Ontario must over-pay for unneeded wind and solar power, and the cost of off-loading excess power to our neighbours at a loss.”

Thompson wants the government to take steps to reduce electricity costs to consumers, including the Global Adjustment, delivery charges, administrative charges and tax.


Plow queens

Krista Young of Elmwood, centre, was crowned 2016 Bruce County Queen of the Furrow Friday just east of Tiverton at the Bruce County Plowing Match. From left are contestants Hillary Kempers of Paisley, 2015 Queen of the Furrow Serena Lamont, and contestants Dakota Collins of Ripley and Laura Fullerton of Paisley. For more photos from the Bruce County Plowing Match, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)


Privacy breach investigated at GBHS

Grey Bruce Health Services (GBHS) has recently completed an investigation into a privacy breach that was initiated after four individuals came forward with concerns about access to personal information within their electronic medical records.

The GBHS issued a notice on Thursday stating that the results of the investigation indicate that a former employee inappropriately accessed the electronic medical records of 246 individuals over a seven-year period, from January 2008 to September 2015.

The GBHS said it does not tolerate privacy breaches and the individual involved in the situation no longer works for the corporation.  All individuals involved in this privacy breach have been notified in writing, and a summary of the investigation has been given to the province’s Information and Privacy Commissioner.


OBA streak over at three

New Lowell puts an end to Cubs' dynasty

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine Cubs put up a good fight, but a run of consecutive provincial championships came to an end on the weekend in Kendal.

The Cubs were defeated by the New Lowell Knights twice at the Ontario Baseball Association's AA Senior men's provincial championship tournament.

"It sucks," said Caden Allingham following Saturday night's loss to New Lowell. "But all good things come to an end. We are one or two tweaks away from at AA championship. It is a whole new level for us, even just from the A level."

Kincardine went into the weekend seeking a fourth straight Ontario championship. Nobody can ever accuse the Cubbies of sandbagging. After winning the OBA C championship in 2013, Kincardine moved up to the B tournament in 2014 and won that too. Last year, they competed at the OBA A tournament and weren't touched there either.