June 2017

 Huron-Kinloss council looks at impact of proposed provincial legislation

By Pauline Kerr

Huron-Kinloss council had the opportunity to look at and discuss changes coming from the province regarding planning.

Matt Farrell, chief building official for the municipality, presented a report that outlines the proposed changes and their impact.

The report stated that Bill 139, Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017 received first reading on May 31 and proposes major changes to both the Planning Act and Conservation Authorities Act. The legislation is still in its early stages.

Farrell’s report indicated the proposed changes, if implemented, would give more control to municipalities. One area where this would have a profound impact would be replacing the Ontario Municipal Board with a Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, to provide faster and more affordable hearings.

Firefighters fight dirt

Members of the Municipality of Kincardine Fire Department held a charity car wash on Saturday at the municipal fire hall in Kincardine. The proceeds from the car wash were donated to the Kincardine Trails Association. (Pauline Kerr photo)

 Council votes to foster youth entrepreneurship

By Pauline Kerr

Although some members of council weren’t too sure why a special resolution to waive business licensing fees for youth is needed, the council of the Municipality of Kincardine voted in favour of a motion to do so.

Deputy Mayor Jacqueline Faubert gave a notice of motion at the previous council meeting. Wednesday night, June 14, the motion, “that municipal business licensing fees for licences such as refreshment vehicle, seasonal mobile water sport equipment rental, taxi, hawkers and peddlers be reduced for youth aged 10 to 19 years….” was discussed and finally passed.

Faubert told council it had come to her attention through her work with youth that half the summer’s profits could be eaten up by licence fees.

 Fatal crash east of Dungannon

A 76-year-old from Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh was killed in a single vehicle crash last week east of Dungannon.

Last Tuesday, shortly after 7 p.m., Huron County OPP officers, Huron County paramedics and the North Huron Fire Department responded to the crash scene on St. Augustine Line, just north of Dungannon Road.

Investigators determined the driver was heading south on St. Augustine Line when he lost control of a Ford F-150 pick-up truck and left the gravel road and rolled into the east ditch. The vehicle came to rest on the driver's side.

The driver was ejected when the vehicle rolled. William Showers was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem examination was scheduled to take place. Investigators from the West Region OPP Technical Collision Investigation Team responded to the scene to assist with the collision investigation.

 Huron United beats Orangeville 4-1

Despite a noticeable lack of finish from Huron United, the team continued an unbeaten run at home in SWRSA Premier League soccer Sunday evening against an understaffed Orangeville Storm.

Huron United used strength in numbers to defeat the Orangeville Storm Sunday afternoon at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)


The Storm showed up with just seven players – the minimum number of players necessary to play a game. The players they did have put up a plucky effort, and that combined with a lack of attention to detail by the home team led to a much closer game than a 4-1 score indicated.

Cubs smoke Hitmen

The Kincardine Cubs remained undefeated in Midwestern Ontario Senior Baseball League play with a one-sided 14-3 win last Wednesday night at the Hanover Raceway.

Scott Austin had a hot bat for the Cubs. He socked two home runs in this game, which moved Kincardine to 6-0 on the season.

Austin also made a great running catch into centre field from his shortstop position.

Tyler Middleton had his best start of the season on the mound. He struck out the first three batters he faced, and was still tossing a no-hitter heading into the fifth inning.

Former Cub Jimmy Kritz started for the Hitmen, whose roster is dotted with former Kincardine players.

"They are a young, talented team that just needs some experience," said Kincardine's Ryan Fraser on Monday.

"They just don't have the veterans that (we) do."

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


George Leslie Manners of Kincardine passed away at the South Bruce Grey Health Centre - Kincardine on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in his 79th year.

Dear brother of Ian (Dixie) of St. Marys, Archie of London, Isabel Dedman of Minden and Janis of Kincardine. Missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

That ain’t classy

My comments are in response to Josh Howald’s opinions in the June 7 edition of The Independent.

One thing this world could use a little more of these days is positive news. Kincardine has so many awesome organizations and groups doing great things to help in the betterment of our community and the people in it. What all of these organizations and groups need to function are volunteers.

I have been an active volunteer in our community for years and I love it. Through volunteering I have made many friendships with people who I likely would have never met otherwise. I have also gained an appreciation and respect for the amount of time and hard work it takes to execute events, specifically fundraisers.

Will you participate in, or watch, Kincardine's Pride Parade?

29% (19 votes)
71% (46 votes)
Total votes: 65

Hangin' around

Hilary Newkirk of Mistras Services Inc. provides a high angle rope demonstration during the Lake Huron Learnign Collaborative open house recently. Mistras has an office at the Municipal administration centre but its training facility is located in Burlington. The company provides services where rope access is required, including wind turbines, dams, bridges and high buildings. (Barb McKay photo)