Resident calls on Kincardine to tighten its animal welfare bylaws

By Barb McKay


Kincardine needs to improve its bylaws regarding animal welfare, according to a resident.


Heather Lavis made a presentation to council during its meeting Feb. 5 and urged it to consider adopting a more stringent bylaw for regulating dog kennels and also develop a bylaw for exotic pets, similar to one implemented in Huron-Kinloss Township.


“Currently, there is nothing in (Kincardine’s) bylaw that prevents the ownership of animals other than domestic or livestock,” Lavis said.


A little help?

Fort Papalia, left, and Linda Pagnotta play Hal and Cindy Saveage, self-proclaimed self-help gurus in the Kincardine Theatre Guild's production of Norm Foster's Self Help. It opens Feb. 21 and runs until March 8. Tickets are available at J'adorn or by calling 519-396-9000. (Josh Howald photo)

Township sets aside $5,000 for noise nuisance bylaw

By Barb McKay


Huron-Kinloss council has allocated $5,000 in the township budget towards the development of a multi-municipal noise nuisance bylaw.


During its budget deliberations on Thursday, council discussed a request from residents asking that the township join a coalition of municipalities to create a noise nuisance bylaw that will regulate industrial noise in rural areas. So far, Kincardine and Bluewater have passed resolutions to support the coalition and set aside funds. More than 70 municipalities that have declared that they are not willing hosts to wind energy developments will be asked to participate.


'Dogs down a pair

Game 3 tonight in Walkerton, Game 4 Friday in Kincardine

By Josh Howald

It's been a weird, wild week in the Western Junior C Hockey League.

Brett Catto beats Tyler MacGregor for the game, and series clinching goal in Game 5 against Mitchell last week. Catto and the Bulldogs dropped the first two games of the Western Junior C semi-finals to Walkerton, with Game 3 tonight on the road. (Josh Howald photo)


Hot chocolate, moose?

Charlie Kempers, 7, warms up following a free skate at the Tiverton Commmunity Centre during the weekend's Winterfest celebrations. (Barb McKay photo)

Council argues over spending but adds to budget

Projected 6.3 per cent residential tax rate increase for 2014

By Barb McKay


Kincardine residents can likely expect a 6.3 per cent increase on their 2014 tax bill.


Prior to budget deliberations Thursday evening, Kincardine council faced a projected 3.9 per cent increase over last year’s residential tax rate. However, recent adjustments to the education tax rate for industrial properties decreased municipal revenues by approximately $130,000, adding another 1.5 per cent to the residential tax rate, putting it at 5.48 per cent.


Suspended driver impaired

A 26-year-old Kincardine woman is facing three charges after she was pulled over on Queen Street at 2:40 a.m. Saturday morning.

A South-Bruce OPP officer on patrol stopped a white van driving along Queen Street in Kincardine.The officer discovered the driver had been drinking, and her driver’s licence was under suspension. The 26-year-old was charged with operation of a motorized vehicle with more than 80mgs and two counts of driving while under suspension.

She is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 24, 2014 to answer to the charges.

Government will consider a number of criteria for Bruce Telecom sale

 The final sale of Bruce Telecom will come down to a decision from the federal government, expected sometime within the next three months.


Industry Canada developed a framework for transfers and licensing of spectrum (signals sent at different frequencies by telecom operators to create communications) in June 2013 to ensure that spectrum is available where it is needed.


In its report dated June 28, Industry Canada stated, “Access to sufficient spectrum is a precondition to the provision of wireless services. Undue concentration of spectrum among a small number of wireless service providers can be detrimental to competition.”

Causing a scene

A 37-year-old man is facing numerous charges after an incident at Rexall Pharmacy in Kincardine Friday evening.

The South-Bruce OPP responded to a report of a disturbance at Rexall, on Sutton Street in Kincardine. Officers arrived to discover a male swearing and yelling at staff. The man, of no fixed address, was charged with causing a disturbance, theft under $5,000, possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substance and breach of probation.

He was held in custody pending the results of a bail hearing scheduled for Monday.

Kincardine tourism may co-locate with Team Kincardine after all

Temporary downtown location being explored during Arts Centre renos

By Barb McKay


The municipality is looking at moving its tourism staff downtown to temporarily share space with Team Kincardine while renovations are completed on the Arts Centre.


While Kincardine council made no formal decisions regarding a permanent downtown visitor information centre during its meeting last Wednesday, there was a lengthy debate about how renovations to the Arts Centre should be carried out and if the facility would be an appropriate location for visitor information and tourism services.