Bruce County takes steps to address mental health in the workplace

By Barb McKay

Bruce County is taking a leadership role when it comes to addressing mental health in the workplace.

The county unveiled its new Workplace Mental Health Program during last Thursday’s council meeting. The program is designed to provide support to staff who are dealing with mental health issues, whether they are job related or not. The overall focus is on prevention, intervention, recovery and return to work.

The idea of initiating a mental health program for staff came from Bruce County CAO Kelley Coulter last year and wasput into action by county staff including Eleanor MacEwan, a communications specialist in the planning and development department, who introduced the program to county council.

 Women need to start supporting each other as leaders, says McCallion

By Barb McKay

When former Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion was not successful in her first run at politics, she believes it is because women did not support her. The next year, when she was elected as mayor, it was because of women.

Hazel McCallion, right, greets Kincardine mayor Anne Eadie last week. (Barb McKay photo)


 MS Walkers meet challenge

By Josh Howald

More than 100 people turned out on a sunny, but cool, Sunday morning to take part in the annual Kincardine Mandarin MS Walk.

This year's MS Walk aimed to raise $15,000. There were still more donations to come in, but as of Monday morning a total of $19, 786 had been collected. On Monday afternoon, Julie Crijen of the MS Society of Canada updated that amount to $28,055.

There was a total of 106 walkers on 10 teams that participated. The Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band directed the walkers on the right path leaving the Davidson Centre. Some walked a 2-km path, while others walked a 5-km route.

McHappy Day

Dianna Williams, left, supports McHappy Day at McDonalds in Kincardine with employee Alex Falkingham, middle, and volunteer Randy Hughes. The Kincardine location raised more than $11,000 last Wednesday. (Barb McKay photo)

 Southsiders take Challenge Walk

By Barb McKay

With a battle cry of ‘Charge!’ Keith Davidson led a group of 100 Kincardine southsiders down Queen Street to Victoria Park.

For the first time since the North versus South Challenge Walk was resurrected three years ago, the south side claimed victory. In total, 327 south side residents took the walk from their homes to the park. One third of those walkers met Davidson at Hi-Way Variety to be led by pipers and drummers into Victoria Park.

“It was great fun bringing back the old trophy to the south side of town,” Davidson said. “I am as happy as a little pig in poo! Yes, we have bragging rights for the year. Eat your heart out Krista Bell! Well done south side – way to participate. You too,northsiders – you were just a shirt-tail short.”

Celebrate Kincardine’s multiculturalism on May 16

By Barb McKay

For a small community, Kincardine is remarkably diverse.

That diversity will be celebrated on May 16 when the 15th annual Multicultural Day is held. The event has gained popularity over the years for its successful efforts to showcase the many cultures that make up Kincardine, but also for the smorgasbord of global cuisine that is provided to those who attend.

That is a highlight that one of the event’s organizers, Chandra Tripathi, emphasized when he made a presentation during last Wednesday’s Municipality of Kincardine council meeting to promote Multicultural Day.

“Come for the free food,” he declared.

Dudley Two, right?

Kincardine's Ben Scheel lifts the Dudley Cup Saturday night in Trenton after his Golden Hawks defeated Georgetown 2-1 in the Central Canadian Championship tournament final. The Hawks will now play of a national championship at the RBC Cup in Cobourg. For the full story, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (photo courtesy of OJHL Images/Amy Deroche)

 Second Sutherland Cup for Skinner

By Josh Howald

Ethan Skinner lifted the Sutherland Cup for the second time in three years Friday night.

The Kincardine native had two assists in a 4-1 win over the London Nationals in Game 5, which clinched the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League championship at Western Fair in London.

"It's pretty cool," Skinner said Monday morning. "The second (Sutherland Cup championship) was definitely a little tougher to get."

He set up Klayton Hoelscher late in the first period to put Elmira up 2-0. London cut the lead in half early in the third period, Mitch Hoelscher scored to make it 3-1 with 12:44 remaining. Skinner assisted on that goal, as well. The Sugar Kings put it away with a Jake Brown goal with 2:43 to go.

 Neighbour’s quick thinking saves teens from house fire

By Barb McKay

Several young people escaped unharmed from a house fire on Reynolds Drive Friday evening thanks to the quick actions of a neighbour.

Firefighters battle flames erupting from a Reynolds Drive home Friday evening. (photo courtesy of Lime Blu Photography)


Octavian Deaconescuwas cutting his lawn around 7:30 p.m. that evening when he noticed flames coming from the garage of the home directly across the street. He asked his wife to call 911 while he raced across the street.

“I knocked on the door but no one answered so I walked in,” he said. “Kids were in the basement and didn’t know what was going on.”

 Deer me – bones discovered in Macpherson Park

By Barb McKay

A grisly discovery in Macpherson Park turned out to be old deer bones.

A South-Bruce OPP officer guards a section of Macpherson Park where bones were discovered last week. (Barb McKay photo)


Volunteers with the Kincardine and District Lions Club discovered the bones last Wednesday morning when they were working on replacing a section of boardwalk in the park that had been taken down last year due to erosion along the shoreline.