Last week’s winter storm not a record setter

By Barb McKay


Last week’s winter storm may have shut down most of Bruce County for three days, but it didn’t set any records.



Massive snow drifts and blowing snow forced the closure of Highway 21 for four days last week. Snow banks were as high as 10 feet in some arees. (Barb McKay photo)


Proposed noise bylaw aimed at wind turbines left floating in the breeze

An hour of debate and three motions later, council makes no commitment

By Barb McKay


A plan to develop a noise bylaw aimed at regulating industrial wind turbines in rural areas was debated in an unusual fashion by Kincardine council last week, but ultimately, no decision was made to support it.


MOE won’t shut down wind turbines during studies, employee reveals

Environmental review tribunal proceedings wrap up for Armow wind project

By Barb McKay

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment is not in the position to shut down industrial wind turbines that are not in compliance with provincial approvals while noise studies are being conducted, according to a Ministry employee.

Beach weather?

Icy temperatures over several days last week froze Lake Huron as far as the ice could see. Warmer temperatures on the weekend have since reduced the ice cover. (Barb McKay photo)

Cops assaulted at Court House

A 22-year-old Arran-Elderslie man is facing numerous charges after running amok at the Walkerton Court House last week.

At 3:17 p.m. on Jan. 9, OPP officers were called to the Walkerton Court House and arrived to find a male prisoner hollering and refusing to comply with court staff instructions. South-Bruce OPP officers tasked with removing the man from the court room ended up in a struggle, during which pepper spray was used to gain control. Two officers were treated and released from hospital for injuries they received during the incident.

The man was charged with assault causing bodily harm, assault, two counts of uttering threats, three counts of failure to comply with probation. He was being held in custody pending the results of a bail hearing.

Sled, ATV stolen in Kincardine Twp.

Police have already recovered one vehicle stolen from a weekend break-in in Kincardine Twp., but are searching for an ATV, as well as for those responsible.

Police received a report of an overnight break, enter and theft from a residence in the 2800 block of Sideroad 10 in Kincardine Twp. Sometime between 9 p.m. on Saturday night and 8 a.m. Sunday morning, the garage was forcibly entered through a side door. A quantity of fuel and two motorized vehicles were taken.

PSWs awarded contract

A neutral arbitrator issued a new contract on Jan. 8 for Personal Support Workers (PSWs) working for the Red Cross. The PSWs had voted down a tentative agreement in November and went on strike Dec. 11. Both SEIU Healthcare and Red Cross/Red Cross Care Partners agreed to interest arbitration to end the winter strike.


“It’s an improvement over the previous tentative agreement and proves that when we stand together, we can put pressure on employers and government for change,” says Sharleen Stewart, president of SEIU Healthcare which represents the 4,500 caregivers that were on strike in Ontario.


Novices strike Silver

Double OT title win caps 27th annual Silver Stick

By Josh Howald

It was a moment these youngsters will never forget, and easily the highlight of the 27th annual Kincardine Regional Silver Stick tournament.

Quinton Page is all smiles after scoring in double overtime of the novice B final at the Kincardine Regional Silver Stick tournament. A disappointed BCH team got something to smile about a short time later, however, when they were also invited to the International Silver Stick later this month. (Josh Howald photo)

Natural gas project could go ahead this year

By Barb McKay


The natural gas committee may soon determine the best option to carry out the project to bring the service to the region.


In December, Kincardine council agreed to form a municipal services corporation with Huron-Kinloss Township and Arran-Elderslie Township, the two other municipalities participating in the project. On Friday, Kincardine mayor Larry Kraemer said the project is ready to be taken further.


Stormy weather leads to road closures, cancellations

Up to date road closures

Kincardine and the surrounding area were walloped by heavy snowfalls and blowing snow Monday, which closed roads and extended school holidays for children.



A look at an already snowy downtown Kincardine Monday morning, prior to the storm's arrival. (Barb McKay photo)