November 2016

 Bruce Telecom looks to distance itself from municipality

By Barb McKay

Bruce Telecom must convert to a municipal services corporation if it is to compete in the marketplace or else it will lose value over time.

That was the message to a small crowd gathered at the Davidson Centre on Thursday for a public meeting to discuss the future of the municipally-owned telecom. Approximately 40 people, including Bruce Telecom executives, board members, Municipality of Kincardine councillors and staff and members of the public came out to hear what the municipality and Bruce Telecom board intend to do with the company.

The company has essentially been in limbo since its planned sale to Eastlink was cancelled early last year – after the federal Competition Bureau determined that the sale would create a monopoly in the region – and was followed by a lengthy and costly arbitration (the last reported figure was $750,000).

Sobeys to sell wine, beer and cider

By Barb McKay

Kincardine Sobeys has been selected as one of 67 grocery stores in Ontario to begin selling select wine, beer and cider products.

Kincardine Sobeys workers unionize

By Barb McKay

Employees at Kincardine Sobeys voted last Tuesday night to join Unifor.

Representatives at the national office of Canada’s largest private sector union confirmed last Wednesday that staff voted to form a new bargaining unit that will include full-time and part-time employees, as well as students. Kincardine is only the second Sobeys location in Ontario to unionize. Unifor also represents workers at the Sobeys distribution centre in Whitby.

Jenny Ahn, assistant to the national secretary-treasurer of Unifor, said employees contacted the union back in the summer with concerns about their work environment.

“The scheduling and hours of work are all over the place,” she said. “Pay scales and wages are all over the place and unfair.”

Food bank visits expected to increase as winter approaches

By Barb McKay

As winter approaches and utility costs increase, so does use of the Kincardine food bank.

While the number of visits to the food bank at the Kincardine Anglican Church on Russell Street were not as high for the first 10 months of this year as they were for the same time period in 2015, volunteers expect to see an increase in traffic in the coming months.

Break and enter in Huron Twp.

Several big ticket items were swiped in a break, enter and theft at a rural property along Bruce County Road 6 in Huron Twp.

The South-Bruce OPP is investigating the theft, which happened sometime between 9 p.m. on Oct. 22 and 10 a.m. on Oct. 23. A detached shed on the property was forcibly entered and numerous items taken. This list of stolen items includes a Hummingbird fish finder, a Mastercraft welder, a 6,500-watt generator, a 2,000-watt inverter and a Logistics speaker system with subwoofer. The value of the stolen property is estimated to be worth more than $2,000.

 Weekend split for Bulldogs

By Josh Howald

The Bulldogs got into the Halloween spirit on the weekend and put on an excellent Jekyll and Hyde act.

Keegan McLelland sets to fire a shot from the slot during first period action Sunday in Kincardine's 6-4 win over the Hanover Barons at the Davidson Centre. (Josh Howald photo)


On Friday night, the Goderich Flyers knocked off the Bulldogs 6-3 in Goderich. The win gives Goderich two on the season - the only other win they have also came over Kincardine earlier this season. Head coach Shawn Burrows was less than impressed.

"We had way too many passengers," he said. "There was no effort - they completely outplayed us and (Goderich) deserved the win."

 Major League Curling opens tonight

By Josh Howald

No need for hollers of hurry hard - curling season has arrived.

The 2016-17 Brokerlink Insurance Grey-Bruce Major Curling League kicks off the regular season tonight (Wednesday) in Hanover. The area's premier curling league will open the season with draws at the Hanover Curling Club beginning at 8:30 p.m. tonight.

The eight-team league looks quite strong, balanced from top-to-bottom and should provide some competitive and entertaining curling.

Kincardine will be represented by two rinks again this year. Les Shane's BDO Dunwoody rink returns for another season of Major Curling League play, as does Craig Milburn and his McNain Communications team.

Senior Knights still undefeated

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine District Secondary School senior girls basketball team is still undefeated after a big win last Wednesday over the Sacred Heart High School Crusaders.

Cassidy Murray-Collins is knocked down by a Sacred Heart player last week at the high school during BAA senior girls basketball action. There was a charge called on the play. Murray-Collins and the Knights defeated SHHS to remain undeefeated in regular season action. (Josh Howald photo)


The Knights ran all over the rival Crusaders last Tuesday afternoon at home. KDSS led 21-7 at the half and cruised to a 48-13 win.

Wolves lose in Petrolia

Meet the team Saturday night

By Josh Howald

The Ripley Wolves continue to hover around the .500 mark after a loss in Petrolia on the weekend.

The Wolves are now 3-3 in WOAA Senior AA hockey action after letting a 2-0 lead slip away on the road Saturday night.

Tyler deVos had the only goal of the first period, scoring from Cody Britton and Tyler McCarthy less than two minutes after the puck dropped. Ripley took a two-goal lead midway through the second period when Tyson Soers scored a power play marker from deVos and Dylan Sayle. Petrolia got on the board with less than a minute left in the second period with a Shawn Waldie goal.

Congratulations Lynn

In last week’s edition, there appeared a small thank you from Lynn Evans which seemed to me to capture the true, old-fashioned spirit of Kincardine. It is surely the sign of a gentleman that he be thankful for the job he is given and that he quietly goes about it in a devoted, dignified manner.

Lynn has kept our downtown clean and tidy all summer and into the fall. The local businesses appreciated his effort with a shower of gifts. Tourists noticed and commented, and people of the community were proud.

At the end of the day, doesn’t it come down to good manners and thankfulness that really count?

We thank you, Lynn.

Catherine Hopkins, Kincardine