Groundbreaking infrasound study results unveiled

Engineer questions government wind turbine sound testing methods

By Barb McKay


An acoustics engineer is questioning the Ontario government’s methods for setting baseline sound limits for wind turbines after field testing was recently conducted in Kincardine.


McKenna requests further information from Ontario Power Generation

By Barb McKay

Federal Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna will not be making a decision next month on the proposed plan by Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to store low- and intermediate-level waste undergroun

Instead, McKenna has asked OPG for additional information and further studies on the environmental assessment for the proposed deep geologic repository (DGR). The company is expected to present the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) with a timeline to meet the request by Apr. 18. OPG has been asked to provide information on alternative locations for the project, cumulative environmental effects of the project and an updated list of commitments to mitigate adverse effects that have been identified.

KTTPS students get real life history

Norm Lansdell, 100, playhs his mandolin for students at KTTPS last Friday. For the full story, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)

Township wants province to change criteria for infrastructure funding

Huron-Kinloss Township council briefs

By Barb McKay


Municipalities are finding themselves in a catch-22 position when it comes to seeking upper tier government funding.

Closed roads charges

A 48-year-old from Grand Bend is facing numerous charges after being stopped on Highway 21, which had been closed due to poor visibility and blowing and drifting snow.

On Feb. 13, a Huron County OPP officer saw a GMC Sierra driving south on Highway 21. The officer initiated a traffic stop south of Blue Buff Road and detected the presence of alcohol on the driver's breath. A roadside screening test demand was given, and the driver refused to provide a breath sample.

Further investigation revealed the driver held a suspended licence and was currently bound by court release conditions to abstain from drinking alcohol. After failing to provide a sample, the driver was arrested and transported to the Huron OPP detachment.

Meurs sets new ECHL record

By Josh Howald

Garrett Meurs set a new franchise record and an East Coast Hockey League record Sunday night.

Ripley native Garrett Meurs scores his second goal in four seconds Sunday night in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The feat set a new franchise record and a new league record - thought it wasn't enough to get the Komets a win. They were defeated in a shootout. (photo courtesty of J. Gales of  www.eye2eyeportraits)


Atoms, Elmvale open semi-finals with 3-3 draw

Game 2 Saturday in town

Game 1 of the OMHA atom B semi-finals settled nothing.

The Kincardine Canadian Tire atom Kinucks played Elmvale to a 3-3 draw in Saturday's series opener on the road. That means this series now becomes a race to six points. Game 2 is at 5:45 p.m. Saturday at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine.

Elmvale wasted no time in welcoming the Kinucks to town on Saturday. The home team scored just 15 seconds after the opening face-off, putting the atoms on their heels. It remained 1-0 until midway through the second period when Nathan Arnold blasted a shot from the point to tie the game. Quinton Page assisted. Elmvale scored with 5.5 seconds left in the period to take a 2-1 lead into the third period.


Jeremy Kuss of Port Elgin couldn't duck away from this dodgeball at the 6-on-6 co-ed dodgeball tournament held Sunday in the gymnasium at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. Nine team participated in the event, while a women's volleyball tournament was also being held in the gym. (Josh Howald photo)

Union Gas announces public meetings on gas line proposal

By Barb McKay


Union Gas will hold public meetings in Kincardine, Lucknow and Chesley next month to discuss a proposal to extend natural gas lines to the region.


The announcement comes as three local municipalities are wrapping up a proposal to present to the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) with Edmonton-based utility corporation EPCOR. The municipalities of Kincardine, Huron-Kinloss and Arran-Elderslie had elected not to pursue a project with Union Gas back in 2011 when the utility wanted the municipalities to pay to construct approximately 300 kilometres of pipeline at a cost of roughly $100 million, of which the municipalities would be expected to pay more than $80 million.


Kincardine settles on 6.5 per cent tax rate increase

Funding focused on roads, water and wastewater projects

By Barb McKay


The Municipality of Kincardine will concentrate the bulk of its spending on upgrades and repairs to roads and water and wastewater infrastructure this year.


Council held its final budget meeting last Wednesday and approved the 2016 municipal budget with a 6.5 per cent residential tax rate increase. That amounts to approximately $84 more this year for the average residential property. The estimated blended rate increase of four per cent - the municipal rate combined with the Bruce County levy increase of 2.66 per cent and the education rate, which has yet to be finalized - will lead to an average rate increase of $109 this year.