June 2017

 Inaugural Kincardine Pride Parade exceeds expectations

By Barb McKay

It was a day that will go down in history. To say the inaugural Kincardine Pride Parade was a success would be an understatement.

Travis Brown, 3, had a great time blowing bubbles in Victoria Park following the inaugural Pride Parade. For a full page of colour photos, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)


Kincardine Pride founder Fort Papalia was overcome with emotion as he and co-founder Sandy Blackwood led the first annual parade down Queen Street on Saturday morning. He waved to the crowds of spectators as he passed them, thanking everyone for coming out in support of the local LGBTQ community.

 EPCOR opens customer care office downtown Kincardine

By Barb McKay

EPCOR has taken another step forward in the process to bring natural gas to the region by opening an office in Kincardine where residents can meet face to face with a representative to learn about the cost and process to convert home energy systems to natural gas.

EPCOR officially opened its doors on Friday at 735 Queen Street, where it will share office space with Bruce Telecom. Residents can bring their utility bills into the office and meet with an EPCOR staff person to learn more about natural gas and the details around conversion.

While EPCOR CEO Stuart Lee said the company is very close to being ready to put pipes in the ground, the decision of whether the project will ultimately proceed is in the hands of the Ontario Energy Board (OEB).

Summer debut

Brian Fry helped keep the beat for the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band Saturday night during the band's first march of the season. (Barb McKay photo)

Plenty to do on Canada Day

By Josh Howald

You have to go all-out for a 150th birthday party.

There will be no shortage of things to see and do in Kincardine on Canada Day, this Saturday.

It starts at the hospital hill with hockey legend Paul Henderson and ends with a bang - actually with several bangs - with a Canada Day 150 spectacular fireworks display over Lake Huron.

And there are plenty of fun activities planned for people of all ages in between.

Paul Henderson, who scored the game-winning goal for Canada in the 1972 Summit Series between Canada and the Soviet Union, will be Kincardine's special guest for Canada Day. He will be honoured with a plaque dedication at 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning at the Kincardine hospital hill.

Bus, car collide

This car and the bus seen in the background collided at the intersection of Highway 21 and Kincardine Ave. last Wednesday morning. Minor injuires were reported at the scene, said police. (Josh Howald photo)

 Municipality wins provincial award for waste treatment

By Barb McKay

The Municipality of Kincardine has been recognized by the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) for its new leachate treatment facility.

AMO has selected Kincardine as this year’s recipient of the Gas Tax Innovation Award for municipalities with a population of less than 15,000. The municipality decided in 2013 to build a leachate treatment facility at its waste management centre to deal with leachate – the water that comes in contact with landfill waste. Leachate had previously been trucked to the municipality’s wastewater treatment plant.

 $15,000 scam in Kincardine

A Municipality of Kincardine resident is out $15,000 after falling victim to a telephone scam on June 19.

At 9:36 a.m. last Monday, the South-Bruce OPP were told of the scam. A "Visa security call" was received to report credit card transaction concerns, and the ensuing "investigation" resulted in a significant financial loss - to the tune of $15,000.

Modern, tech-savvy scammers have the ability to create very convincing scams. They won't hesitate to use the name of a legitimate company in an effort to gain your trust and trick you into paying them.

Police remind people to always be cautious with unsolicited emails, phone calls, letters or visits to your door. Be certain who you are dealing with before considering sending money or sharing personal information.

To learn more about fraud, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or visit them online at www.antifraudcentre.ca.

 7th annual McLelland Memorial set for Sunday

By Josh Howald

The seventh annual Mike McLelland Memorial Cubs Classic is set for this Sunday, July 2, at Connaught Park in Kincardine.

Greg Stepaniak singles up the middle Sunday against London Area. (Josh Howald photo)


The Classic has taken on a variety of different formats over the years. This year's event will be a mini-tournament featuring some top notch opposition. Greg Stepaniak said that Sunday's action could feature some of the best baseball ever played at Connaught Park.

"There's a ton of work going into the Classic this year," said Stepaniak on Monday.

 Kincardine to light up Bruce Avenue soccer field

By Barb McKay

After 10 years of asking and waiting, Kincardine’s soccer clubs’ wish for lighting at the Bruce Avenue soccer fields will finally be granted.

The Kincardine Adult Soccer association and Kincardine Minor Soccer have been vying for improvements to the fields since 2008. Minor soccer would like to see a canteen and washrooms constructed at the fields while the adult league has been asking for lighting to be installed to allow for later games, but neither request has found its way into the municipal budget.

 Jumps, skills features to be removed from Inverhuron bike park

By Barb McKay

Mountain bike enthusiasts will no longer be able to enjoy the thrills of the jumps and features of the skills area at the Inverhuron Mountain Bike Park after the Municipality of Kincardine was forced to remove it, at least for this season

Council learned during its meeting last Wednesday that the skills and technical area of the park does not comply with industry standards which could leave the municipality open to liability. The park had been inspected by the municipality’s insurer risk management consultant following a decision by the Supreme Court of Canada that found that the County of Bruce was entirely to blame for an accident that left a man quadriplegic. The county appealed the decision in February but lost.