Politicians should get out of the energy business, says wind expert

By Barb McKay

 

Industrial wind turbine developments are devaluing properties, pitting neighbour against neighbour and are simply unreliable as a source of energy.

 

These were the messages from experts from a variety of sectors impacted by wind energy, who spoke at a town hall meeting at the Davidson Centre last Tuesday to a crowd of about 200.

 

Tom Adams, an independent environmental and energy advisor, said Ontarians are essentially being scammed by the provincial government’s claims about renewable energy.


Highway 21 work on schedule

The rehabilitation of Highway 21 between Kincardine and Tiverton should be finished late this fall.

 

Mike Kelly, area contract engineer with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, said Wednesday there is still some shoulder work and a culvert to complete on that stretch of highway before paving can start. He added that the two-year contract also includes new pavement, curbs and storm sewer work in the village of Tiverton.

 

The work is being done by Miller Contracting.

 


Brockton demands cost saving numbers for Walkerton jail closure

By Barb McKay

 

Brockton council is not about to let the Walkerton jail close without a fight.

 

Municipal staff has been directed to file a freedom of information request to the province to push the government to release figures on what the financial savings will be when prisoners are transferred to prisons in Penetanguishene and Windsor.

 

“We’re going to make sure they do have their numbers,” said Brockton mayor David Inglis.

 


Police looking for missing woman

The South-Bruce OPP are on the seach for a missing Kincardine woman.

Vicki Holland of Kincardine was reported missing Wednesday night, police said today. She is described as being 5'2", 102lbs with brown hair, blue eyes and a fair complexion.

Police said in a release that Holland looks down at the ground as she walks, and normally carries a large shoulder bag.

Anyone with information is asked to call the South-Bruce OPP at 519-396-3341 of Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).


Picture perfect prom

Janelle Taylor, left, Traci Phillips, Sam Bianco and Amber McDonald test the waters of Lake Huron prior to Saturday's nights KDSS prom at the Pavilion. (Natasha Zettler photo)


Tech centre could fall on chopping block

By Barb McKay

Kincardine’s student technology centre, along with three other tech centres, could become casualties of the Bluewater District School Board’s (BWDSB) deficit.

The BWDSB announced last month that it is facing a $4.3 million deficit for the 2011/2012 year that will force it to make some tough decisions. The province will not accept a school board budget that does not break even. According to trustee Jan Johnstone, the school board will have to take a hard look at the way it delivers its programming and cuts may have to be made. Part of the problem is declining enrolment, said Johnstone. Another factor is the way the ministry allocates funding to various programs and the fact that there are four too many high schools within the school board, based on student population.


Half-hour’s grace

New hospital parking

The parking lots at the four-hospitals run by the South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) are getting new entrance and exit equipment.

 

CEO Paul Davies says the old equipment, which required drivers to deposit $3 in coins to exit a SBGHC parking lot, is obsolete.

 

The new equipment should make life easier for someone who enters the parking lot in Kincardine to drop off a patient or visit the drug store.

 

Once the new equipment is in place, you will receive a ticket when you enter the parking lot. If you stay for less than half an hour, there will be no charge when you leave.

 


CIS hockey coming to Kincardine

Davidson Centre to host the Great Lakes University Challenge

By Josh Howald

Some of Canada’s best female hockey talent is coming to Kincardine.

The Davidson Centre will host four Canadian Intrauniversity Sport (CIS) women’s hockey teams for a mini-tournament beginning Sept. 30.

The University of Regina, coached by Kincardine native Sarah Howald, will host the University of Lethbridge, the University of Guelph and York University for a weekend of exhibition contests.


Celebrating Kincardine's diversity

Shanelle Paguirggan, 4, makes a beaded necklace at the children's corner at the Multicultural Day event at the Davidson Centre. For the full story and more photos, see this week's print edition. (Barb McKay photo)


Heavy purchase

You could have found anything - including the kitchen sink, and tubs - at the Lions Club annual Rummage sale at the old Chrysler building on Highway 21. The sale went all weekend, and here Brad and Ken Willoughby cart out a bathtub with help from Lions member Jim Prenger. (Josh Howald photo)