Smoking banned in many public areas

The provincial government has made changes to Smoke-Free Ontario Act, making it illegal to light up in many public areas.


The new legislation, which took effect Jan. 1, now prohibits people from smoking on or around public playgrounds or sports fields and surfaces, such as basketball and tennis courts, soccer fields and splash pads.


Communication a key focus of 2015, says mayor

By Barb McKay

Improving communication between the Municipality of Kincardine and the public will be a priority this year, says Anne Eadie.



Mayor Anne Eadie is looking forward to meeting the challenges of 2015 and having council form a closer bond with its constituents. (Barb McKay photo)



Kincardine considering Community Fund

By Barb McKay


A partnership with a regional charity could provide Kincardine with a new way to provide grants to local non-profit groups and events.


Community Foundation Grey-Bruce made a presentation to Kincardine council during its Dec. 17 meeting and asked the municipality to consider establishing a Community Fund to better support its residents and groups. The foundation, established two decades ago, holds 80 endowment funds, amounting to nearly $14 million that it allocates to charities and causes throughout Grey and Bruce Counties. The foundation also supplies scholarships.

Bruce Power builds ‘classroom of the future’

Bruce Power has inked an agreement with the Municipality of Kincardine to construct a futuristic classroom at the Bruce Power Training Centre.


Council approved the agreement during its Dec. 17 meeting to carry out renovations at the training centre, a building Bruce Power leases from the municipality. John Peevers, manager of investor and media relations at Bruce Power, told The Independent last week that the ‘classroom of the future’ is a prototype for a training facility that will be built at the Bruce Power site in five years time.


New tires for Christmas?

Perhaps somebody received a new knife for Christmas.

Two vehicles in a Huron Terrace parking lot had tires slashed on Christmas Day or the early hours of Boxing Day. A total of six tires were slashed, police reported after responding to a report at 1065 Huron Terrace shortly after 2 a.m., Dec. 26. Cops say the damage occurred sometime between 3 p.m. Christmas Day and the time they arrived at the scene.

There was no estimate on the value of the damages. Police ask anyone with information to call 1-888-310-1122, or if you wish to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or send a web-tip to, where you could be eligible for a cash reward.

Bantams win Silver Stick title

The Kincardine Timber Mart bantams are Regional Silver Stick champs.

The bantam Kinucks celebrate their second goal of today's bantam B final in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)


The Kinucks clinched the championship on home ice this evening at the Davidson Centre with a 3-1 win over Tavistock. Tavistock had defeated the bantam Kinucks earlier in this tournament.

Peewees burned in third

Penetang wins Peewee B title, Kincardine bantams play at 4:45 p.m.

The Kincardine Legion peewee Kinucks were burned in the third period this afternoon at the 28th annual Kincardine Regional Silver Stick tournament.

Penetang scores the go-ahead goal in today's peewee B final at the Silver Stick in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)


Kincardine carried a 1-0 lead to the third period after call-up Noah Swann broke a scoreless tie late in the middle frame. Things went downhill in a hurry for the Legion peewees, who advanced to the final with a gutsy overtime win last night at the Davidson Centre.

Peewees, bantams to play for Silver Stick titles

Title Tuesday at the Kincardine Regional Silver Stick

Kincardine has two chances today for Silver Stick glory.

The Kincardine Legion peewees are up first at 1:30 p.m. at the Davidson Centre, taking on Penetang for a berth in the International Silver Stick finals and a regional Silver Stick championship. Kincardine last won the peewee title in 2009.

Kincardine and Penetang met yesterday, with the teams playing to a 2-2 draw. The peewees then edged out Twin Centre 5-4 in an exciting semi-final match-up last night. Earlier in the tournament, the Kinucks posted a 7-0 shutout win over Parry Sound. Penetang, meanwhile, advanced to today's final with a 3-2 win over Listowel last night at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. Penetang opened the week with a 2-1 win over Saugeen Shores.

The Kincardine Timber Mart bantams, too, have a shot at capturing a Kincardine Regional Silver Stick championship. The bantams will face Tavistock in the final game of today's action, a 4:45 p.m. start.

Independent closed for holidays

The Kincardine Independent office will be closed for holidays from Dec. 23 to Jan. 1, 2015. There will be no newspaper published on Jan. 1. Our next edition will be Jan. 7, 2015.

We will still be hard at it, however, as the official newspaper of the Kincardine Regional Stick. We will have updates available on this website, and don't miss the Jan. 7 edition for full coverage.

The staff at The Independent wish you all a joyous and safe holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Ready to roll!

Wednesday night will be a busy one for "Big Red", who told The Kincardine Independent his list has been checked over - twice - and he is making some last minute preperations in anticipation of his big flight. Claus said despite the hectic chaos of the season, Christmas never gets old for him - he loves all the magic and excitement. He asked The Independent to pass along a jolly Merry Christmas to all of its readers. (Josh Howald photo)