Second fiddle

The Walker House hosted World Fiddle Day Saturday afternoon with an outdoor performance of fiddle and acoustic music. The Irish Dancers from Celtic Academy Canada performed for the crowd. From left are Elena Dobson, 7, Walkerton; Kailynn Moyer, 9, of Mildmay and Kate Bester, 7, of Chepstow and Jie-Lynn Barrett, 10, of Port Elgin. (Sandra Christison photo)

School bus drivers’ strike looming

Bus drivers serving the Bluewater District School Board (BWDSB) and Bruce Power could go on strike tomorrow.


Unifor, which represents drivers for the First Student school bus company, issued a media release Friday indicating that it had served formal notice to the company that it would strike May 21 if a deal had not been reached by then. Unifor said negotiations have been ongoing for months.


“It is difficult to bargain in this sector, but we must ensure that this is more than a minimum wage job,” said Unifor spokesperson Len Poirier. “Retention is already a huge problem in this industry."


Municipality applies for extension for Inverhuron servicing project, again

Project likely to be scaled back to service priority areas

By Barb McKay


Kincardine council will plead with provincial and federal funding authorities to extend the deadline for the Inverhuron water and sewer servicing project, which may have to be scaled back.



The Lighthouse Swing Band held its first dance of the season Sunday at the Kincardine Pavilion. Here, James Booth and Liana Stammers of London show off some skill to the band and singer Kelda Mikalson of Owen Sound. (Barb McKay photo)

Doors Open returns with new sites

By Barb McKay


Doors Open Kincardine will feature several new sites, making the event a must for not only visitors but locals, as well.

The 2015 tour includes 17 stops, half of which are new to the event.


“We are really excited about the sites this year,” Kincardine Tourism co-ordinator Kelly McDonald told The Independent last week.


Doors Open will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1-4 p.m.  Admission is free.


Fundraising ongoing for family of Peter Sinclair

By Barb McKay


Makayla Fyke is putting her love of jewellery-making to good use by raising money for a young boy in her class battling a rare form of leukemia.



The Grade 1 student at Elgin Market Public School is making bracelets to raise funds for the family of six-year-old Peter Sinclair, who is undergoing cancer treatment at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Peter also suffers from multiple sclerosis.


Sunday night drama on Queen Street

Movie being filmed locally

By Josh Howald

There was no shortage of drama in downtown Kincardine on Sunday night.

Elysia White and Jeff Sinisac escape a mob of zombies Sunday night in downtown Kincardine. Part of Queen Street was closed so film crews could shoot scenes for the movie Red Spring. (Josh Howald photo)


Queen Street was closed between Broadway and Durham Streets for several hours. With a smashed car at rest in front of Fine Fettle, many locals believed there had been a collision or crash. However, the scene was all quite carefully planned.

NWMO looks for field study sites in township

Part of preliminary assessment for potential DGR host site

By Barb McKay


The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) could be doing borehole digging within the township as early as next year.


Representatives from the NWMO were at Huron-Kinloss’ council meeting last Monday to seek council’s help in identifying sites on municipal land or easements for small borehole digging to get a better understanding of the regional geology. The work would help the NWMO determine if it is worthwhile to conduct more site specific studies.

Elementary teachers start work-to-rule campaign

Ontario elementary teachers, including those in the Bluewater District, began work-to-rule strike action Monday.


The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) announced Friday that this is “phase one” of strike action, indicating that further action may be taken if an agreement is not reached with the Ontario Ministry of Education. That could mean cutting out extra curricular activities or even a full-scale strike.


Patient diversion plan aims to reduce non-urgent ER visits

This is National Nurses Week. Jess Fielder, left, and Stacie Rowe are two nurses that staff the emergency department of the Kincardine hospital. For the full story on the new patient diversion plan, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)