Decision soon on $100 million natural gas project

 By Barb McKay


A decision on whether a proposed natural gas project will move forward may be only weeks away.


Municipal councillors and staff from Kincardine, Huron-Kinloss Township and Arran-Elderslie Township gathered in Kincardine council chambers last Monday night to hear reports from Bruce Telecom, Energy Fundamentals Group (EFG) and AMEC Environment and Infrastructure.


Gas prices report coming to Kincardine council

By Barb McKay


Kincardine residents and visitors need to keep up the fight to lower gas prices, says PREDC’s executive director.


Gerry Taylor confirmed last week that a gas price report, commissioned by the Municipality of Kincardine, has been completed and will be presented to council at its meeting tonight (July 3). The study was conducted by Team Kincardine, which is made up of the Penetangore Regional Economic Development Corporation (PREDC), the Kincardine BIA and Kincardine and District Chamber of Commerce.


Independent poets

The winners of this year's Kincardine Independent Canada Day poetry contest were Julie Brownrigg-Hayes, left, and Amber Splettstoesser, both Grade 6 students at St. Anthony's School. (Barb McKay photo)

Gas cans stolen

Kincardine area residents are fighting back against high gas prices, but some are taking things too far.

Two gas cans were stolen from a Huron Terrace residence last week in Kincardine. Sometime between 11 p.m. on June 24 and 1 p.m. on June 26, two gas cans were removed from a shed.

The estimated value on the stolen gas cans depends on where the fuel was purchased.

Underage driver had booze

An 18-year-old Kincardine resident was charged with possessing alcohol underage after police stopped a black Nissan late last Wednesday night.

The 11:45 p.m. charge was the only one reported from a RIDE checkpoint the South-Bruce OPP had set up at 11:30 p.m. that night.

In other police news, last Saturday evening, June 22, a motorcycle was stopped at a RIDE checkpoint at the intersection of Ross and Canning Streets in Lucknow at 8:20 p.m. The driver registered a warn range result at roadside screening, and was served a three day suspension as a result.

Rain dampens first Cruise Nite, but not enthusiasm

By Barb McKay

Rain didn’t deter true vintage car enthusiasts from coming downtown Friday to check out the first Cruise Nite of the year.

Scott Nicholson, left, with sons Jamie and Chris, entered his 1948 Ford truck Friday evening. He has been showing the truck, which has just 11,000 original miles, at Cruise Nite since 2011. It was restored for his daughter's wedding. Nicholson also had his beautiful red 1952 MG to show. (Barb McKay photo)


SBGHC sees $127,000 put back in its budget

By Barb McKay


The South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) will be looking at a balanced budget this year, after the province readjusted its funding allocation.


SBGHC CEO Paul Rosebush told The Independent last Tuesday during a staff barbecue at the Kincardine hospital that the province is putting $127,000 back into the health centre’s budget that it had planned to erode this year. That funding would have been in addition to a $215,000 cut last year. Rosebush said it’s good news.


Did you hear?

Kincardine's Saturday night parade is back for a 65th straight year. They made the summer debut on Saturday night, in front of Layla Clouthier, 1, and hundreds of other fans. (Josh Howald photo)

Public hearings for OPG’s DGR to begin Sept. 16

The Joint Review Panel (JRP) for the Deep Geologic Repository Project for Low and Intermediate Level Radioactive Waste (DGR) has announced that the public hearing for the project will begin Sept. 16.

A media release issued last week stated that the JRP has determined that the Environmental Impact Statement and the documents in support of the application for a Licence to Prepare a Site and Construct, along with additional information supplied by Ontario Power Generation, are sufficient to proceed to a public hearing.

The public hearing will be held in Kincardine at the Royal Canadian Legion on Lambton Street from Sept. 16 to Oct. 5, then at the Saugeen Shores Community Complex Rotary Hall in Port Elgin from Oct. 7-12. A more detailed schedule will be announced prior to the hearing.

Cops charge 18 in two hours

The South-Bruce OPP wrote 18 speeding tickets in a two-hour span in Kincardine June 13.

Police say they were responding to concerns from the community about vehicle speeds on Queen Street North in Kincardine. So, between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., police monitored the area, and ended up issuing 18 separate tickets, all of them for speeding.

Police remind the public that speed is a factor in serious injury or fatal crashes on Ontario roads. In a 2012 survey of crashes in the South-Bruce OPP detachment area, “violating rules of the road” ranked second as a contributing factor.