Kincardine remains best location for DGR, says OPG

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has submitted the information requested last February by the federal minister of environment and climate change and stands by its proposal for a Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) in Kincardine.

Catherine McKenna had been expected to make a decision on the environmental assessment for the proposed DGR for low- and intermediate-level nuclear waste at the beginning of last year, after a federally-appointed Joint Review Panel recommended the project proceed, but the new environment minister requested that OPG provide three additional pieces of information. OPG was required to provide a study detailing the environmental effects of technically and economically-feasible alternate locations for OPG’s DGR project. Two alternate locations - one in crystalline rock and one in sedimentary rock - were studied, along with the incremental costs and risks associated with the off-site transportation.


Wicked winter weather wallops region

By Barb McKay

Two winter storms last week led to widespread road closures, power outages and event cancellations throughout Bruce County.

The load being pulled by this tractor trailer ended up in the ditch Friday morning on Highway #21 between Kincardine Ave. and Bruce Ave. Police were called to dozens of vehicle crashes and collisions last week due to whiteout conditions and slippery roads. (Josh Howald photo)

 


Global preference to deal with nuclear waste is DGRs, Twolan says

Mayor attended international conference in Paris, France

By Barb McKay

Deep geological repositories (DGR) are being looked at throughout the western world as the preferred option to store nuclear waste.

After attending the Nuclear Energy Agency International Conference on Geological Repositories in Paris, France, last month, Huron-Kinloss Township Mayor and Bruce County Warden Mitch Twolan said he was instilled with confidence that plans for the long-term storage of nuclear waste here in Canada are the way to go."


Draining

Crews work last Wednesday making drainage improvements at the corner of Lambton and Queen Streets after it was discovered a roof drain on the HuronTel building disconnected, creating icy conditions on the sidewalk. A new drain was installed and connected to the storm sewer to fix the problem. (Barb McKay photo)


Positive economic outlook for Kincardine’s downtown

By Barb McKay

With few vacant storefronts and plenty of interest from businesses looking for prime space, the future looks bright for Kincardine’s downtown, according to the Kincardine BIA’s downtown development manager.


Bruce County to host 2017 Canadian Plowing Championship

By Barb McKay

Bruce County is gearing up to host the Canadian Plowing Championship for the first time.

The 2017 national event will be held on a property on County Road 19 in the Municipality of Brockton from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2. The Canadian Plowing Championship (CPC)will be held in conjunction with the annual Bruce County Plowing Match, to take place on the same property on Friday, Sept. 1.


International Silver Stick Champs!

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine Miller Insurance midget Kinucks are International Silver Stick champions.

The International Silver Stick midget B champions, back row from left: Lyle Brock, Jarrett Johns, Jake Fair, Chase Meurs, Jacob Bishop, Dayn Freiburger, Chris Coady, Brennan Long, Kyle Hunter, Jim Coady, Cory Hamilton, Connor Gibson and Skylar Rutledge. Front row, left, Brad Pickett, Will Graham, Rhys Vollmer, Jamie Brock, Riley Cherrett, Tanner Reid, Ryan Thede and Matt Harrison. Missing from the photo is Blake Alton. (submitted photo)

 


Bantams fall in final

Liam Colhoun of the Kincardine Timber Mart bantams is drilled by Twin Centre's Dylan Burton as Kyle Kramer keeps an eye on the puck. Burton was called for interference and Colhoun scored on the ensuing power play. Unfortunately, it was Kincardine's only goal in the bantam B Silver Stick final on Friday. Twin Centre took this championship game by a final score of 5-1. For the full story on the 30th annual Kincardine Regional Silver Stick tournament, don't miss this week's sports section. (Josh Howald photo)


Natural gas could be available in Kincardine by mid-2018

EPCOR, municipalities hoping for decision in late spring

By Barb McKay

The next three months will be crucial to the success of the Southern Bruce natural gas project.

Representatives from EPCOR, along with lawyer Mark Rodger who isrepresenting the three participating municipalities on the project, were in Kincardine on Dec. 20 to meet with municipal council and talk about the next steps in the project. The delegation met with councils in Huron-Kinloss and Arran-Elderslie the same day. The municipalities, collectively, have a franchise agreement with EPCOR to distribute natural gas to the region.

“We’ve come such a long way since we started this process two years ago, but the first 90 days of 2017 will be critical,” Rodger said.


2017 a ‘pivotal year’ for Municipality of Kincardine

By Barb McKay

This year is emerging as a monumentally important one for the Municipality of Kincardine; one that could determine its economic future.

Mayor Anne Eadie. (Barb McKay photo)

 

While much of 2016 was spent laying the ground work for significant projects in the municipality, and the surrounding region, 2017 is when local decision-makers expect to learn if those projects will proceed.