Teachers ratify central agreement

By Barb McKay


The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has reached an agreement with the province and the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) and it is now up to union locals to negotiate with their school boards.


The union announced Friday that 98 per cent of teacher and occasional teacher locals voted to ratify the central agreement.


“It does not include everything we wanted, but that’s the reality of bargaining,” ETFO Bluewater president Julie Stanley told The Independent Friday. “Sometimes you take small steps.”


No provincial money for frozen water lines

By Barb McKay


The Municipality of Kincardine’s chances of receiving government funding to cover costs from frozen water lines last winter are, it seems, a pipe dream.


Council passed a resolution in March asking the province to provide funding to help the municipality recover from the substantial money spent dealing with frozen water lines and broken water mains that occurred last winter. More than 130 water services froze over the course of the winter, some not thawed until well into March.


Veterans Row

Kincardine veterans take part in Remembrance Day services at the Kincardine cenotaph last Wednesday, Nov. 11. They were joined by a large crowd of supporters who attended the services at Kincardine Branch #183 of the Royal Canadian Legion. This year, the services were blessed with excellent weather. (Barb McKay photo)

Black jeep sought in hit-and-run

A pedestrian and their dog both suffered injuries after being struck by a black Jeep that fled the scene.

At 6:36 a.m. on Nov. 9, the South-Bruce OPP received a report of the failure to remain at a collision at the intersection of Russell and Scott Streets. Officers arrived on the scene and learned a black Jeep had been turning right while a pedestrian was crossing the road with their dog. The pedestrian was wearing a reflective turquoise jacket, and the dog had a red light on its collar. They both received injuries when they were struck.

Officers are looking to speak with the driver of a black two-door Jeep YJ with a hard top.

Police ask anybody with information to call 1-888-310-1122. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or send a web-tip to crimestop-gb.org.

Twolan invited to UN Climate Change conference

By Barb McKay


It is not every day that a local politician receives an invitation from the United Nations, but Huron-Kinloss mayor Mitch Twolan has just that.


Twolan, who also serves as Bruce County warden, has been invited to attend the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris next month as chair of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative. Twolan said the invitation came as a bit of a surprise.


“I’m very honoured to represent the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiatives and Huron-Kinloss and Bruce County, as well.”


Scout Hall transformed into hip, rustic offices

Electrical engineering consulting firm puts down roots in Kincardine

By Barb McKay


The former Scout Hall on Lambton Street has been attracting plenty of attention recently.



Darryl Robinson of Reid's Corners Antiques stands in what will be the lounge area of 2m. (Barb McKay photo)



Clarke comments on Thornton water bill issue

By Josh Howald

In last week's Kincardine Independent, "From the News Desk" noted that there had been no response to questions asked of Municipality of Kincardine CAO Murray Clarke by this newspaper in regards to the water meter bill charged to Rolly Thornton.

Clarke did respond to questions - though not until Tuesday morning, after last week's edition of The Kincardine Independent had gone to press. Clarke exchanged several e-mails with The Independent last week on the topic.

For those who missed last week's "From the News Desk", Thornton had a $360.24 fee added to his water bill for apparent contravention of the water meter by-law. Thornton has previously been targeted by the municipality for his scrap metal business.

Tools stolen from trucks

Police are investigating the theft of more than $15,000 worth of tools from a number of construction trucks parked along Valentine Ave. in Kincardine.

At 7:36 a.m., Nov. 13, the South-Bruce OPP received a report of the theft. Sometime during the late evening of Nov. 12 or in the early morning hours of Nov. 13, a number of tools were taken from several vehicles. The list of stolen property includes a number of construction hand tools and a Digitrak F5 locater. The value of the stolen items is estimated at $15,000.

The South-Bruce OPP asks anybody with information to contact them at 1-888-310-1122. If you want to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or send a web-tip to crimestop-gb.org and you might be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Junior Knights win BAA title

KDSS seniors lose in final, but earn CWOSSA berth

By Josh Howald

All in all, Monday was a good day for the Kincardine District Secondary School basketball program.

Marley Martyn defends earlier this season at KDSS. Martyn and the senior Knights were defeated in the BAA championship game Monday evening, but still qualified for tomorrow's CWOSSA tournament in Waterford. (Independent file photo/Josh Howald)


The junior Knights won a Bluewater Athletic Association championship Monday afternoon in Wiarton, while their senior counterparts sealed a berth at this week’s CWOSSA championship tournament in Waterford.

Lest we forget

Red Larsen salutes the flags while trumpet player Ray Kester plays at Remembrance Day services Sunday afternoon in Tiverton. Next to Kester is Jennifer Farrell of the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band. Services were also held today (Wednesday) at the Kincardine Branch #183 of the Royal Canadian Legion. (Josh Howald photo)