In the spirit

From left, Evey Booth, 3, Sophia Booth, 6, and Callista Griffin, 5, can handly contain their excitement as they wait for Santa Claus to arrive in Ripley at the Parade of Lights Sunday evening. The annual event drew a sizable crowd of people in the holiday spirit, despite the lack of snow. (Barb McKay photo)

Ebola scare at Kincardine hospital

Staff responded well, patient cleared, says SBGHC head

By Barb McKay

Kincardine hospital staff was quick to handle a situation where a patient with flu-like symptoms, who had recently travelled to Africa, came to the emergency department.


Proposed Ontario pesticide rules good for beekeepers, but may be bad for farmers

By Barb McKay


The province’s plan to phase out the neonicotinoids is welcome news to bee keepers, but local farmers are raising concerns about crop yield.


The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs announced last week that it aims to reduce the number of acres planted with corn and soybeans seeds treated with the insecticides by 80 per cent 2017. The government hopes this move will help reduce the over-winter mortality rate of bees to 15 per cent by 2020. There is also a plan to establish a pollinator health action plan.


Free bag tag distribution could end

 Kincardine could do away with free bag tags.


Council is being asked by municipal staff to suspend the distribution of free 2015 bag tags at the municipal administration centre because of ongoing renovations at the building. In addition, senior management is also asking council to consider eliminating free bag tags altogether.


Wanted man found in Walkerton

The South - Bruce OPP arrested a 27-year-old Bruce Twp. man without incident last Tuesday night in Walkerton. Earlier in the day, they appealed to the public in locating the man. Police received numerous tips from the public, which resulted in a large police presence in both Wingham and Walkerton.

The man was wanted by police on outstanding arrest warrants in relation to driving offences, firearms offences and property crimes.

On the afternoon of Nov. 25, cops got a tip that the man was at an address along Concession 2, Culross Twp. Members of the South - Bruce OPP, West Region Emergency Response Team (ERT) and OPP Canine Unit (K9) searched the area with negative results.

Raising voices

Sisters Gabrielle and Isabella Gebert, both 7, are two of several youngsters who will perform with the Kincardine Community Singers during their Deck the Nutcracker Hall concert on Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 8 p.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church. (Barb McKay photo)

Council meeting to discuss future of Bruce Telecom

By Barb McKay

No decisions on the future of Bruce Telecom will be made this week, says Kincardine’s new mayor.


Anne Eadie told The Independent Friday that a meeting scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday) is intended to bring new councillors up to speed on the situation involving the municipally-owned telecom.


Last week, members of the Tiverton and District Ratepayers Association (TDRA) said they believed that a recommendation would be brought forward during the meeting, at least part of which is expected to be held in closed session, to move forward with the sale of Bruce Telecom.


Magic! BBBS turns 30

JP Magic hams it up with Myla and Blake Edwards at Saturday's 30th anniversary celebrations for Kincardine Big Brothers Big Sisters at the Bruce Steakhouse. The local BBBS used the occasion to draw Lynne Bradley's name as the grand prize winner for their raffle draw for a flight to anywhere in the world West Jet flies. (Josh Howald photo)

Kincardine in danger of losing funding for Inverhuron servicing project

The Municipality of Kincardine is appealing to the province to grant an extension on the Inverhuron sewer and water servicing project to prevent it from losing a $6 million grant.


In a letter to Jeff Leal, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, mayor Larry Kraemer said delays make it impossible for the municipality to meet the project completion deadline of March 31, 2016. Kincardine received a grant of $6,076,400 in March 2009 for the project, contingent on meeting the deadline. The entire project is expected to top $9.3 million.


Export opportunities could come from businesses working together

By Barb McKay


PREDC is examining new opportunities for export that would encourage local producers to work together.


As Canada recently forged a foreign investment agreement with China, local economic development experts are looking at how Bruce County could be taking advantage of opportunities to sell their products abroad.