In the heart of chaos

Kincardine native saw riot unfold

By Josh Howald

When the Vancouver riot broke out Wednesday night, Kincardine native Scott Wilson was in the middle of it all.

He thinks his current home is getting a bad rap – that outsiders are to blame for the majority of the damage – and civic pride is alive and well on Canada’s west coast.

“It’s definitely tainted Vancouver’s image,” said Wilson Sunday afternoon in a telephone interview. “Fact is, it wasn’t that many people rioting. Police made 100 arrests, and most of them were from outside the city. On TV, nobody saw the things like people linking arms to protect the injured until help could arrive.”


Municipality will fund PREDC

Councillors question transparency, how funds will be spent

By Barb McKay

Kincardine council has agreed, in principle, to give a new economic development corporation $100,000 despite questions about how the money will be spent.

While a number of councillors were quite willing to fork over the municipal funds last Wednesday night, councillor Maureen Couture said she felt uncomfortable giving away funds that are simply not in the municipal budget, especially without a clear indication of what they will actually be used for.

“My primary problem with this is not only was this introduced when the budget was finished, but we don’t have $100,000 to spend,” she said. “I don’t see any substance in this agreement that assures me that this money will be well spent.”


Fire hits William Street home

By Josh Howald

By Josh Howald

As cars were set ablaze in Vancouver Wednesday night following Game 7 of the Stanley Cup, flames also lit up the Kincardine sky.

Fire fighters at the scene of a William Street fire that caused $180,000 damage Wednesday night. The fire is beleived to have started by a lamp with a faulty cord. (Josh Howald photo)


Independent available now

This week's Kincardine Independent is now available.

Subscribers can pick up a copy of tomorrow's paper at our office, 840 Queen Street, until 6 p.m. both today and tomorrow. There are also selected locations in Ripley and Tiverton for subscribers to get their paper.

For out of town subscribers, you should know the papers have been labelled, but will not be mailed until the lockout of Canada Post ends. The paper is also available at all the usual locations in Kincardine.


Sun and sand between storms

There was some sun in Kincardine last week in between several large storms. Taking advantage of a little beach weather last Wednesday are Theresa Johnson, left, who buried her freind Ashley Steen. The Guelph women were in town last week on a day-trip on a week off between university and work. (Josh Howald photo)

 


KDSS loses five in BWDSB layoffs

Classes cut, tech and art take hit

By Josh Howald

The staff room at Kincardine District Secondary School is not a happy place.

Projected figures from the Bluewater District School Board have left five young teachers without a job, the school’s tech and art departments hurting and the world-class robotics team without a coach.

Across the BWDSB, a total of 38 full-time equivalents have been cut, which affects 51 teachers. That includes five teachers at KDSS. There is a chance some of the teachers could be reassigned in October.

“Every year there are layoffs,” said Dan Ogilvie, branch president of the teachers’ union. “But not to this extent. It’s gloomy. Nobody’s safe anymore. Every teacher to be hired since I was (six years ago) is gone. There’s no safety.”


Tech centres won’t run next year - but trustee says program not on chopping block

By Barb McKay

The Bluewater District School Board’s (BWDSB) technology centres have been suspended for a year.

The school board made the decision during a budget meeting last Monday not to offer the program to grades 7 and 8 students at four centres next year, including one at Kincardine Township-Tiverton Public School. Trustee Jan Johnstone said the board has no formal plans to axe the tech centres.

“We have put them on hold for a year,” she said. “It’s not that we said ‘no’ to tech centres, it really has to do with the funding piece.”


Storm leaves pair wrapped in live wires

By Eric Howald

The gods were smiling on Keith Battler and his son Easton Tuesday night.

 

Keith Battler's corvette sits in the devestation on Highway 21. (photos courtesy of Keith Battler)

 

Easton had played with the Kincardine Midget ball team in Owen Sound that night and he and his father were returning home when disaster struck.


Mail delivery today

Subscribers of The Kincardine Independent should receive their newspaper in the mail today.

Although Canada Post locked out workers early this morning, mail already in the system is to be delivered.

Route carriers at the Kincardine Post Office were waiting for a Canada Post supervisor from Listowel to arrive to open up the post office to allow the carriers to pick up their mail.

No new mail is bering accepted dcuring the lockout.

 


Scooping up money for autism

Point Clark's Noah Babbitt, 10, gets a a hand scooping ice cream from Jason Liddle of the Bruce County Barbarians Sunday afternoon. Babbitt has a goal of raising $10,000 for autism research and was hoping to pull in $2,000 with his ice cream fundraiser. All proceeds from the Ice Cream Booth in Kincardine were going to his cause, and St. Anthony's will have a barbecue fundraiser this weekend. (Josh Howald photo)