W5 in town to debate DGR

Lloyd Robertson chats with the crowd at the Kincardine Branch #183 of the Royal Canadian Legion. W5 wanted to hear both sides of the argument in regards to Ontario Power Generation's Deep Geological Repository. For the full story, don't miss this week's print edition (Josh Howaldl photo)

 Council turns down south end Kerr development, again

By Barb McKay

For the third time, a planning application for a multi-unit housing development at the corner of Kincardine Avenue and Fraser Drive has failed to pass muster.

Once again, the Municipality of Kincardine council turned down an application from developer Tom Kerr to add units to a development in progress at the edge of the Willow West subdivision, where two semi-detached homes are currently under construction. Kerr was back in front of council during its planning meeting last Wednesday with a planning application that is on its third revision.

 Charges in Highway 21 crash

A 21-year-old female from Huron-Kinloss is facing several charges following a crash involving a snow plow at the intersection of Highway 21 and Bruce County Road 6 in Huron Twp. on March 11.

South-Bruce OPP officers arrived on the scene just before 10 a.m. to find a silver Honda Civic had collided with a yellow Western snow plow. The driver of the Civic was found to have been drinking.

The woman was charged with operation over 80mgs, disobeying a stop sign and driving with an obstructed window. She is scheduled to appear in court April 5 to answer to the charges.

No injuries were reported.

Kincardine Youth Council ready to get down to business

By Barb McKay

Kincardine’s new youth council members are already brainstorming ways to improve the community for their peers.

Kincardine's Youth Council, back row left, Kristen Jackson, Kate Voskamp and Autumn Lake. Front row, left, Brooklyn Lampi, Justin Noakes and Andrew McKay. (Barb McKay photo)


The council held its inaugural meeting last Monday evening with seven members ranging in age from 12 to 16 years old. The youth council is an initiative of Kincardine Youth Waves as part of its goal to make the municipality more youth friendly.

Kincardine’s deputy mayor, Jacqueline Faubert, who has been an active member of the Youth Waves committee for the past two years, led last week’s meeting and explained the objectives of the council.

 KDSS girls win CWOSSA championship

OT thriller sends Knights to OFSAA tournament

By Josh Howald

Kincardine District Secondary School is headed for the OFSAA provincial girls hockey championship tournament.

Jennelle Smeltzer celerbrates an early goal in the BAA final recently in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)


"It was certainly a goal of ours to win CWOSSA after losing in last year's final," said Madison Beishuizen, who scored twice in this year's CWOSSA title bout, including the game winner in overtime.

 Splitting atoms

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine Canadian Tire atom Kinucks and the Petrolia Oilers each won at home to leave the OMHA atom B championship series even after the opening weekend.

Kincardine swept Parry Sound in three straight games to advance to the OMHA final. (Josh Howald photo)


It is somewhat fitting that the OMHA final series is even, as either Kincardine or Petrolia could quite easily be holding a 2-0 lead right now. Both games could have gone either way, and Game 2 in Petrolia was decided in overtime.

Game 3 of the series will be played in Kincardine Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. Game 4 will be Sunday at 4:10 p.m. back in Petrolia. Game 5 in the best-of-five series, if necessary, will be played March 25 in Tiverton at 3 p.m.

Bowling for BBBS

Rylie Emmerton, 11, bowls at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl For Kids Sake fundraiser held over the weekend at the Bruce Bowling Lanes. The bowlathon featured 30 teams that together raised more than $24,000. (Barb McKay photo)

Councillor Campbell docked pay over Code of Conduct violation

By Barb McKay

Municipality of Kincardine Councillor Gordon Campbell will lose 30 days’ pay after an investigation found that he had verbally abused municipal staff.

Robert Swayze, an integrity commissioner appointed by the municipality, attended last Wednesday’s Kincardine council meeting to report on his findings from a four-month investigation to determine if Campbell had violated the Council Code of Conduct. Swayze said he was appointed in early October and soon after received applications of complaint from CAO Murray Clarke and Water and Wastewater Supervisor Shamus Anderson regarding Campbell. He interviewed the complainants, a witness and Campbell on two separate occasions before reaching his decision.

 Province commits to dropping hydro rates by 17 per cent

By Barb McKay

Relief is on the way for homeowners as the Ontario government says it will cut hydro rates by 17 per cent.

The government made the announcement on Thursday that “significant system restructuring” will provide residential hydro users with a reduced rate starting this summer. In its report, the province used the figure of 25 per cent, but that includes an eight per cent reduction on electricity bills that came into effect earlier this year.

A total of $50 billion spent on upgrades to Ontario’s electrical grid, along with high priced renewable energy contracts, have caused hydro rates to skyrocket in recent years. The government is now backing away from its original plan to fast track the debt repayment and instead repay it over a longer term.

 Airport runway tender comes in under budget

By Barb McKay

The rehabilitation of the Kincardine municipal airport runway, and associated work, could end up being under budget.

Engineers from WSP Inc. (formerly Genivar) were at the Municipality of Kincardine council meeting last year to discuss the results of a tender for the airport project. The series of work, which includes reconstruction of the main runway, the extension of taxiway Charlie, new edge lighting, taxiway electrical upgrades, taxiway paving, apron replacement and replacement of the visual guidance system is budgeted at $2.2 million.

The municipality received bids from four companies, with the lowest bid of $1.72 million coming from The Murray Group. Together with engineering costs of $183,800 and a sizable contingency of $287,800, the total cost estimate is $2.16 million.