Kincardine’s Service Ontario office closed temporarily

The Service Ontario office in Kincardine will be closed for two weeks.


Cynthia Vukets, spokesperson for Service Ontario, said the branch will be closed as of today (Aug. 20) and will re-open Sept. 2. She said the office is being closed for that period for personal reasons.


During that time, residents can visit the nearest Service Ontario branches at 559 Goderich Street, Unit 119 in Port Elgin; 203 Cayley Street, Walkerton; or 185 Josephine Street, Wingham.

Lions ready to begin work on splash pad

By Barb McKay


The Kincardine Lions Club splash pad is truly becoming a community project.


Last Wednesday, Kincardine council agreed to award the contract to the project to Open Space Solutions Inc. on the basis that the company will carry it out as a Community Build project. That means Open Space Solutions will work with local contractors and even volunteers to complete the splash pad.



Braedy Collins, 20 months, of Kincardine was ready to walk the outdoor track at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine with a little help for Team Lynn Rosemary and Nancy at Kincardine's Relay For Life Friday night. The event raised more than $61,000 this year. For a full page of colour photos, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)

Emerald ash borer discovered in Kincardine

The Municipality of Kincardine has now received confirmation that the emerald ash borer infestation has reached the community.

According to a press release issued Monday by the municipality, Kincardine council, the Environmental Action Group, staff and stakeholders are in the process of developing a plan to respond to this crisis. The response plan will address removal of trees on municipal land that may present a hazard to public safety or property, short-term and longer-term options to manage the anticipated volume of felled trees, as well as a tree replacement program. Also included will be advice for residents with ash trees on their properties.

Further information on the Emerald Ash Borer may be found on the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority website:

Paddling away the day

Stella Brown, 1, and sister Parker, 3, are having a great time on the lake with paddeboarder Pam Rantz of Kincardine during West Shore's Paddle 4 Purpose event at Station Beach on Saturday. The event was a fundraiser for Kincardine Big Brothers Big Sisters. (Barb McKay photo)

Arts Centre renos expected to exceed $1.5 million

By Barb McKay


The price tag for repairs and improvements to the Kincardine Centre for the Arts is steep, but local politicians agree the work has to be done to keep the building open.


Larry Walton of NA Engineering, the firm hired to carry out the project, presented a conceptual design of a revamped interior of the 140-year-old building during last Wednesday’s council meeting, along with a scope of work report. Extensive work was done to the Arts Centre’s exterior in 2010 and since then tenants of the building, including the Kincardine Theatre Guild, Bluewater Summer Playhouse and Victoria Park Gallery, have been asking the municipality to turn its attention indoors.


Bruce County DGR meetings violated Municipal Act, says report


An investigation into meetings held between OPG, the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) and Bruce County councillors has determined that Bruce County council contravened the Municipal Act.


Pedestrian caught up at RIDE check

You don't have to drive through a RIDE checkpoint to end up with charges.

A 28-year-old Toronto man learned a little about common sense on Aug. 2, the night of the Beach Dance at Station Beach in Kincardine. At 11:32 p.m., members of the South-Bruce OPP were conducting a RIDE checkpoint on Huron Terrace when they saw a man walking along the side of the road with a styrofoam cup in his hand. Officers found that there was alcohol in the cup.

The man was charged with open alcohol other than residence.  

Tall Ship cruise is the chance of a lifetime

By Barb McKay


A few lucky individuals will have a chance to sail on the Toronto Brigantine Tall Ships when they visit Kincardine later this month.


There are 40 tickets up for grabs to embark on Pathfinder or Playfair for a sunset cruise as part of Kincardine’s Marine Heritage Festival. The tickets are up for auction with a starting bid of $50 per ticket. There are five packages of four tickets and 10 packages of two tickets available.


As part of the cruise experience, ticket holders will be welcomed as trainees for the evening and will have the opportunity to participate as members of the ships’ crews.


ATV crash on Queen Street

An ATV, a Ford F-150 pick-up truck, a utility trailer and a Ford Focus left a mess on Queen Street, Kincardine last Wednesday evening.

Police got the call at 8:03 p.m., and arrived on the scene to discover the driver of the ATV had been drinking alcohol. There had been, in fact, two occupants on the ATV, and neither had been wearing a helmet. The driver was treated at hospital for minor injuries, while the passenger reported no injuries at the scene. The driver, a 26-year-old from Kincardine, was charged with impaired driving, as well as operation over 80mgs.