Patient diversion plan aims to reduce non-urgent ER visits

This is National Nurses Week. Jess Fielder, left, and Stacie Rowe are two nurses that staff the emergency department of the Kincardine hospital. For the full story on the new patient diversion plan, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)

Bluewater board set to layoff 49 educational assistants

By Barb McKay


Several classrooms within the Bluewater District School Board (BWDSB) will be without educational assistants in September.


The school board issued layoff notices earlier this month to 49 EAs and one early childhood educator. Two of the layoffs are coming through attrition, but the other 47 staff members havebeen with the board for several years, said Paula Walpole, president of OSSTF District 7, which represents the EAs.


Walpole said she was made aware in early April that there would be significant job cuts within the BWDSB due to provincial funding cuts, but did not know what the actual impact would be.


Charges laid in copper theft

Police have laid charges against three people in connection to the theft of more than 200 metres of copper wire from the former Kincardine landfill.

The wire, valued at more than $2,000, was stolen between April 25 and April 27. Through investigation, the South-Bruce OPP has identified three people involved in this incident.

A 45-year-old man was arrested May 7 and charged with possession of stolen property and breach of probation. A 35-year-old woman was arrested the same day and charged with possession of stolen property. On May 8, police arrested a 51-year-old man and charged him with possession of stolen property and two counts of breach of probation.

All three are Kincardine residents. The woman is to appear in court June 15, while both men were held in custody pending the results of show cause hearings set for May 8.

Pier jump raises $1,600

By Josh Howald

It was Ashley Schultz's birthday, but Community Living Kincardine and District got the gift.

Ashley Schultz jumps off the north pier Friday afternoon. (Josh Howald photo)

Schultz raised a total of $1,603 for CLKD by jumping off the north pier on Friday afternoon.

"It was exhilarating!" she said Monday. "The hype from the crowd and all the support from locals was inspiring. I didn't think such a huge crowd would be there, and it left me as breathless as the water did."

Fish derby kicks off Friday

The 30th annual Canadian Tire Fish Kincardine Derby begins Friday.


The 10-day family fishing event, organized by the Kincardine and District Chamber of Commerce is packed full of events, beginning with a fish fry Friday evening at the Bruce Steakhouse.


Special event days include Ladies Day on Saturday, May 16, Seniors Day on May 21, Kids Day on May 23, with games and prizes. Closing ceremonies will take place May 24.


OFSAA medals for gymnasts

Evans wins gold in Bars

By Josh Howald

Kincardine District Secondary School has some more hardware to add to its display case after an impressive performance from its gymnastic team at the provincial championships.

Rylee Evans came home from Sudbury with an OFSAA gold medal. (Independent file photo/Josh Howald)


"It was a very successful trip to Sudbury," coach Michelle Hasson said Monday morning in an e-mail.

Rylee Evans turned in an OFSAA gold medal-winning performance on the weekend in Sudbury. She finished first in the Level 3 Bars. She won the same event at the OFSAA qualifying meet held in Owen Sound last month.

"OFSAA turned out even better than we expected," said Evans on Monday morning. "We had a lot of fun."

Practice makes perfect

The pre-ballet performers from Grace Academy rehearse for their Spring Dance Recital at Kincardine District Secondary School on Saturday. Front, from left, are Coraline Henry, 4, and Emily Goetz, 6. Back, from left, are Ella Szdlowski, 5, and Katelyn Edey, 5. The recital will take place this weekend. (Barb McKay photo)

Local family fights to change repatriation laws

Kincardine man dies after waiting three weeks for hospital bed

By Barb McKay

A Point Clark woman is pleading with the government to change repatriation laws after a three-week wait for a hospital bed led to tragedy.

Jessica Cormier has launched a petition on in hopes of convincing Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins to address regulations around bringing Canadians hospitalized in foreign countries home. Her grandfather Robert Skingley, who she lovingly refers to as ‘Papa’, died April 10, one month after falling ill in the United States.

Bruce Telecom off the market

By Barb McKay

Bruce Telecom will not be sold to Eastlink.

Walking with purpose

A large crowed turned out for the 15th annual Kincardine Mandarin MS Walk Sunday. The Penetangore Pipe Band led walkers out of the Davidson Centre. Team Pearl Girls, from the Kings Pearl in Tiverton, has participated every year since 2012. From left are Kara McGuire, Marilyn Engel, Nicole Gilcreest, April Catto, Chrystal Campbell and Nancy Alexander. (Barb McKay photo)