Kincardine named one of top places in Canada to live

By Barb McKay

MoneySense has named Kincardine one of Canada’s Best Places to Live.

The Canadian finance website released its 2017 list last week of the top 417 communities in the country to call home. Kincardine was ranked 28th on the list and neighbouring Saugeen Shores was ranked 17th. Ottawa was once again declared number one.

In creating its annual list of top communities to live in, MoneySense considers prosperity, affordability, weather and how communities rate for raising children and retiring. It also considers if a community is a welcoming environment for new Canadians.

 Thomas crafted Henderson plaque

Would have loved to meet hockey hero

By Josh Howald

The plaque that was dedicated in honour of Paul Henderson on Canada Day at the Kincardine hospital was created by Rob Thomas.

Paul Henderson rode to the Canada Day festivities in style July 1 in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)


In last week’s From the News Desk...column, the creation was praised as a true work of art and The Kincardine Independent promised to acknowledge the man who created the cast iron model that depicts horses pulling a sleigh that frames the plaque dedicated to Paul Henderson on Canada Day. The plaque details the story of Henderson's birth in Kincardine after a tough trek in a blizzard from Lucknow in a horse-drawn sleigh.

 Joe Louis Walker to headline Blues Festival

By Josh Howald

Dozens of acts will take to various stages this weekend in Kincardine, but the Festival's headline act this year is certainly Blues Hall of Fame inductee Joe Louis Walker.

Walker will headline Saturday night on the main stage. And there will be no mistaking him for anyone else. His distinctive voice and unique style will stand out from the other acts, even on a card as talented as this year's lineup is.

That comes with more than 50 years of experience honing his craft on stage. He took some time Friday afternoon to speak with The Kincardine Independent from his home in upstate New York.

"I'm looking forward to coming back up to Canada," said the four-time Blues Music Award winner.


The Ontario Sailing Association held the annual BOOM mobile sailing school, hosted by the Kincardine Yacht Club,  last week. For more, don't miss this week's print editiono f THe Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)

 Kincardine’s new CAO is on the job

By Barb McKay

After just one day on the job the Municipality of Kincardine’s new Chief Administrative Officer, Sharon Chambers, was already getting immersed in her role by attending her first council meeting.

Chambers, who came to Kincardine after serving as CAO for North Huron, officially started her new job last Tuesday. She takes over from Murray Clarke, who retired at the end of June.

Mayor Anne Eadie welcomed Chambers to the municipality before the council meeting got underway. She pointed out that the new CAO has experience working in municipal government for two rural municipalities and said she is looking forward to her experience and enthusiasm. Chambers has 24 years of experience working in multiple municipal departments.

 Numerous charges for Huron Twp. man

A 31-year-old man from Huron Twp. is facing a number of charges after police stopped a black Ford pick-up truck on Charles St. in Kincardine July 4.

At 7:42 p.m., a South-Bruce OPP officer stopped the pick-up truck on Charles St. The driver refused to co-operate, and had been drinking.

Eventually, the man was charged with impaired operation, refusing a breath sample, obstructing a peace officer, driving with no ignition interlock, driving with no insurance, driving with no valid permit and driving with liquor readily available.

He is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 9 to answer to the charges.

 Sophie Hotchkiss wins 2017 Women’s Triathlon

By Barb McKay

Kincardine’s Sophie Hotchkiss overcame a rough swim to pull out front of her fellow competitors and win the 2017 Kincardine Women’s Triathlon.

Sophie Hotchkiss won Saturday's Women's Triathlon in Kincardine. (Barb McKay photo)


A total of 450 women from across Canadatook part in the triathlon, duathlon and relay events in Kincardine on Saturday morning. The triathlon kicked off at 9 a.m. with a 375 metre swim from Station Beach, followed by a 12-kilometre bike ride and a three-kilometre run, ending in Reunion Park. The duathlon event includes the run and cycling portions of the event.

Hotchkiss, 20, had a difficult start in the water but quickly made her way from third place to first on the bike and led the race for the duration. She crossed the finish line with a time of 43:37.

 Work to finally begin on Kincardine tennis courts

By Barb McKay

A contract has been awarded for repairs to the Kincardine tennis courts.

During its meeting last Wednesday, the Municipality of Kincardine council agreed to award the project tender to Multiple Enterprises Inc. of Chesley, which submitted the lowest bid of $80,309. Three companies bid on the project, which has a budget of $130,000.

The municipality also plans to take four core samples of the sink hole in the courts this month and expects to have the results before the work on the courts is complete.

*New washrooms will be built at the Kincardine marina.

Canadian crowd

Thousands of people turned out for Saturday`s Canada Day celebrations at the flagpole at the foot of Harbour St. in Kincardine. The crowd was thrilled to hear a few stories from Paul Henderson, who was born in Kincardine. For a full page of colour photos from Canada Day in Kincardine, don`t miss this week`s print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Josh Howald photo)

 Summer program expands at Bruce Power Visitors Centre

The Bruce Power summer programming started July 1 and features live theatre performances and daily service this summer. Note that the centre is closed for statutory holidays on July 3 and Aug. 7.

“We are very excited about opening Sundays and adding more tours and our live theatre performance to the summer program at the Visitors’ Centre,” said Chris Mercanti, Section Manager, Community and Indigenous Relations. “Our development students have written a fun and educational show about nuclear power, and it complements the interactive displays throughout the Visitors’ Centre and the Bus Tour Program.”