Municipality severs ties with PREDC

By Barb McKay

 

PREDC will no longer manage economic development for the Municipality of Kincardine.

 

During last Monday’s budget meeting, Kincardine council voted to terminate its contract with the corporation. The decision was made following a lengthy discussion where councillors debated PREDC’s effectiveness in drawing new business and investment to the municipality. A total of $142,000 had been included in the 2015 budget for PREDC, which was contracted by the municipality until the end of 2016 to implement recommendations from the integrated community sustainability plan.

 


Council revokes shoreline water pipeline mandatory payment decision

Debt to be paid out of health care reserves

By Barb McKay

 

Shoreline residents will no longer be required to pay for a water pipeline project that left the Municipality of Kincardine with $1.5 million of stranded debt.

 


Making a splash

It is tough to think about the splash pad in this winter weather, but OPG and the Lion's Club were on Thursday. OPG made a $10,000 donation to the Lion's Club Splash Pad project, which is hoped to be open before July. Lynda Cain, middle, of OPG presented the donation to Kincardine Lions John McManus, left, and George Ling. (Josh Howald photo)


Effort to sell Bruce Telecom cost Kincardine $1 million

The failed attempt to sell Bruce Telecom has the Municipality of Kincardine on the hook for more than $1 million in legal and consulting fees.

 

Municipal staff presented a report to Kincardine council during last Monday’s budget meeting outlining the fees accrued since 2013 for the sale of Bruce Telecom. The total cost has amounted to $1,057,000 for legal, consulting and accounting services. Of that, $387,000 was the result of intervention by the federal Competition Bureau, Freedom of Information requests and a closed meeting investigation report.

 


Playoff perfection

By Josh Howald

So far, so good for the Kincardine Minor Hockey Association.

The bantam and peewee rep teams have already swept first round opponents, while the atoms and bantams, as well as the atom AE team, hold 2-0 leads in the opening round of the playoffs.

The Miller Insurance midgets completed a three-game sweep of first place Saugeen Shores with a 2-1 Saturday evening in Port Elgin. The midget Kinucks took Games 1 and 2 of the series 8-2 and 4-1, respectively. They advance to the WOAA finals, where they will meet the winner of a Walkerton - Listowel series. Listowel held a 2-0 lead in that semi-final.


Sliding into Winter

The tobogganing hills on Durham Street near the Davidson Centre were packed with children finally enjoying the snow on Sunday when the wind stopped and temperatures became bearable. From left, Haden Richardson, Trent Courtney and Kaleb Smith, all 12-years-old from Kincardine, decided to try and ride down the slope together. For the full story on last week's storm, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)


Patient experience leads to review of emergency discharge policies at SBGHC

The South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) is taking a closer look at the discharge policies for the emergency departments at its four hospital sites following a recent patient complaint.

 

Helen Bullen of Kincardine sent a letter to the editor to The Independent last month after she visited the Walkerton hospital emergency department on the evening of Dec. 5 due to a sudden illness. In her letter, Bullen said she was treated quickly and had several tests right away to check her heart. At 9:30 p.m., she said, the doctor told her he would admit her overnight for observation. At that point, she told the friends who drove her to the hospital left and indicated that they would pick her up in the morning.

 


Flu strikes Bruce County

By Barb McKay

 

Public health officials are asking the public to use caution to avoid contracting and spreading germs in the wake of a several outbreaks of flu viruses within Bruce County.

 

The Grey Bruce Health Unit reported that at least 10 long-term care facilities in the two counties have experienced flu epidemics within the last month and a half, including at least two in Bruce County with Influenza A and two more with respiratory illnesses. Prior to the Christmas holidays schools across the region reported high levels of absenteeism due to illness and emergency departments also indicated an increased number of visits due to respiratory illnesses.


Big changes to Kincardine Relay for Life

The Kincardine Relay For Life is getting a makeover.

The Canadian Cancer Society Bluewater community office announced last week that it is making some bold changes to its Relay For Life, including Kincardine. Perhaps the most significant change is that all Relays in Ontario will now be held in June which means a date change for the Kincardine, previously in August. As well, the three 2015 events will take place on Saturdays and will now run from 12 noon until midnight. Kincardine’s Relay For Life will be held June 20 at the Davidson Centre outdoor track.


Skating circles

Sarah Austin, left, and daughter Olivia, 7, or Port Elgin had a blast skating around the outdoor ice loop at MacGregor Point Provincial Park on Sunday. (Barb McKay photo)