November 2016

Wednesday, November 16, 2016



William Arthur “Bill” Halbert of Kincardine passed away at Grey Bruce Health Services - Owen Sound on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, in his 68th year.

Beloved husband of Anne Halbert (née Smith).

Dear father of Mary Halbert of Southampton, Kerry (Mike) Maus of Barrie, Ian (Andrea) Trumble of Kincardine and Jean (Travis) Breton of Point Clark. Missed by his grandchildren Kelsey and Darcy.

Fondly remembered by his sister Susan (Grant) Hunter of Barrie, brother Larry (Judy) Halbert of Barrie, sisters-in-law Peggy (Steve) Wilson of West Vancouver and Cathie (Kaz) Orlanski of Oakville and brother-in-law Doug (Robin) Irvin of Edmonton. Also missed by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Return decorations

Would the person who “borrowed” our Star Shower laser light system during last year’s Christmas season please return it. (I could offer the empty box!)

Thanks for leaving the extension cord.

Eva Wilken,

James Street, Kincardine


Did you see the Super Moon?

84% (27 votes)
16% (5 votes)
Total votes: 32

BAA champs!

Kincaridne District Secondary School won a BAA Sr Girls Basketball championship Friday at home. For the full story, don't miss next week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Josh Howald photo)

Knights play for BAA title at 530pm

By Josh Howald

Kincardine District Secondary School has a chance to win a Bluewater Athletic Association senior girls basketball championship this evening at home.

Ariel Luinstra, left, and Massie Lowden of OSDSS battle for possession in today's BAA semi-final match-up at Kincardine District Secondary School. KDSS will face Grey-Highlands in a 5:30 p.m. final. (Josh Howald photo)


The Knights will take Grey Highlands Secondary School of Flesherton for a BAA title at 5:30 p.m. today (Friday).

Time to remember

Bugler Ray Kester, left, and Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band pipe major Jennifer Farrell play for the assemebled crowd at the Tiverton Cenotaph Sunday afternoon. Kincardine's Remembrance Day services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Branch #183 of the Canaidian Royal Legion. (Josh Howald photo)

OPG optimistic for DGR decision next year

By Barb McKay

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is hopeful that the federal government will render a decision next year on the environmental assessment for a deep geologic repository (DGR) to store Canada’s low and intermediate-level nuclear waste.

Kevin Powers, director of nuclear public affairs for OPG, attended last Wednesday’s Municipality of Kincardine council meeting to provide an update on operations at the Western Waste Management Facility (WWMF) and the process to obtain a licence to construct the DGR at the Bruce Power site. It has been 15 years since OPG first came in front of council to talk about its plans for the long-term storage of low and intermediate-level waste and the environmental assessment process has spanned a decade.

Tour this weekend

Kincardine Hospital Auxiliary volunteers Nancy Potter, left, and Tracy Robinson display a decorated tree in the home of John and Judith Bond on Caroloway Trail - one of five properties on this year's Christmas Tour of Homes. The event will run Saturday and Sunday. (Barb McKay photo)

Regional unemployment rate on the decline

New jobs in service industry, cuts to manufacturing, utility sectors

The unemployment rate continued to decline for the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula economic region from 4.4 per cent in September to 3.9 per cent in October, according to statistics from the Four County Labour Market Planning Board. The province also saw a decline of 0.3 per cent from 6.9 per cent to 6.6 per cent.

The board reported last week that job numbers in the region jumped by 4,000, from 146,300 in September to 150,300 last month. This growth was mainly driven by gains of 3,800, with a slight increase in full-time jobs.

The goods-producing sector saw a slight increase in jobs (300) while the service-producing sector saw an increase of 3,700 jobs. The goods-producing sector saw job gains (700) in both agriculture and construction, while manufacturing took another hit with 1,400 losses and utilities lost 300 jobs. Numbers for this sector will not tally, the board says, because of suppression of data in forestry, fishing, mining, quarrying, oil and gas.

 Pinned in at carwash

Police responded to a theft report at the Walkerton Car Wash along Durham St. West in Walkerton just after 10 p.m., Nov. 1.

Officers arrived to find a black Volkswagen Jetta was in a wash bay and a white GMC pick-up truck was parked across the entrance of the wash bay. The Jetta’s tires were squealing, and it was up against the GMC pick-up truck.

The driver of the Jetta, a 24-year-old from Hanover, was arrested and charged with dangerous driving, assault with a weapon, possession of break-in tools and two counts of theft under $5,000. He was held in custody pending the results of the bail hearing scheduled for Nov. 2.