Kincardine creating a strategic plan for tourism

By Barb McKay

 

A committee is working to engage community members to improve Kincardine’s approach to tourism.

 

A meeting was held at the Kincardine Centre for the Arts on Friday to discuss why a plan is being developed and what the process will be for creating it. It was the first of three engagement sessions to gain stakeholder input.

 

“We have the skills right here at home, so let’s use what we have,” committee member Doreen Soloduka told the group Friday. “With many hands we can do a lot for tourism and the local economy.”

 


Running to Ripley

Wade Armstrong puts his horse through the paces in the open category Saturday afternoon at the Ripley Fall Fair. For exclusive photos, visit our facebook page later today! (Josh Howald photo)


Revised hospital plan more economical, includes efficiencies

Making more out of less

By Barb McKay

 

A proposal for Kincardine’s hospital redevelopment project has been revamped to be more economical and make better use of space in the hospital.

 

The revised proposal was approved by the South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) board of directors last Wednesday and submitted to the South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) Thursday. The first phase of Kincardine hospital project was approved by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in 2011, but cut from the provincial budget in March.

 


Bruce County Federation of Agriculture takes stance on wind turbines

By Barb McKay

 

The Bruce County Federation of Agriculture (BCFA) has updated its policy statement on wind energy development, stating that it cannot support the current Feed-in-Tariff program.

 

The policy statement, released last Monday following the BCFA board of directors meeting, indicates that the way wind energy is currently developed is costly and inefficient and there continues to be too many unanswered questions around the potential effects from wind turbines.

 

“We’ve been dealing with issues for awhile and we decided it was time we updated our policy statement,” said John Gillespie, president of the BCFA.

 


Gotcha!

The frog wasn't getting away after his turn in the jumping contest held in Ripley Friday night to kick off the Fall Fair festivities. For a full page of photos, see this week's print edition. (Josh Howald photo)


Military exercise in Kincardine this week

By Josh Howald

The military is in town.

Several Canadian Forces vehicles rolled into Kincardine Sunday afternoon, and were seen parked at the Governor’s Inn Best Western Sunday night.

Members of the 1st Canadian Division Headquarters are in town for training. According to a release issued by the Department of National Defence, the Division will be working with other Federal government departments to prepare to evacuate Canadian entitled persons from a failed state anywhere in the world. It is called a Non-Combative Evacuation Operation, or NEO Exercise.

Exact details of the training weren’t released, but the exercise did begin last Monday, and will continue until Friday afternoon. Similar training is also being conducted this week in Owen Sound.


Meet Miss Ripley

Megan Lowry was crowned Ambassador of the 149th Ripley Fall Fair Friday night by the Ripley Agricultural Centre. For a full page of photos from the fair, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent.! (Josh Howald photo)


Drunk driver crashes

A Huron-Kinloss Twp. man is facing several charges after a single vehicle crash Sunday afternoon in Brant Twp.

The South-Bruce OPP received a report of the crash at 3:02 p.m. Sunday along Bruce County Road 4, Brant Twp. Officers arrived on the scene to find a green GMC pick-up truck had left the roadway and become tangled in a barbed wire fence.

The driver was located nearby, and it was found the man had been drinking alcohol.

The 19-year-old was charged with impaired driving, operation over 80mgs, failure to remain at the scene and dangerous operation of a vehicle.  He is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 5, 2012 to answer to the charges.


KTTPS for Terry

Kincardine Township Tiverton Public School Grade 1 students Sydney Carefoot, left, Eden Anderson, Abby Boulton, Selena Brown and Miya Wall show off some art they drew in support of the school's Terry Fox Run last week, which raised $418 for cancer research. (Barb McKay photo)


Catholic school boards look to amalgamate

 By Barb McKay

 

The Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board (BGCDSB) trustees have approved plans to merge with the Wellington and Huron-Perth Catholic school boards.

 

The proposal to amalgamate the boards was brought forward in June and originated with the Ontario Ministry of Education, which has been trying to reduce the number of school boards in the province.

BGCDSB director Bruce MacPherson delayed his retirement in order to help with the transition, should the merger take place.