On the bubble

Marcus Boucher looks at his bubble wand in amazement during the annual BIA Street Party Sunday on Queen Street in Kincardine. There was also a petting zoo, live music and plenty of downtown store sales. (Andrew McKay photo)

 Water leak at Bruce Power handled according to procedure, says company

There were no impacts as a result of a water leak at the Bruce A generating station, according to a Bruce Power statement.

Last Wednesday, with Unit 3 in a planned shutdown, crews encountered an issue with a pump as they aligned the unit for an inspection program. As a result, a quantity of water leaked in the area of the pump and was contained within a diked area immediately adjacent to the pump, as designed.

“This area is in place to collect leakage if it occurs,” Bruce Power spokesperson John Peevers said in a statement. “Crews have cleaned up the water and there are no impacts to staff, the public or the environment.”

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission was notified of the incident. Bruce A Units 1, 2 and 4 and the four Bruce B units continue to provide electricity to the Ontario grid.

Regional unemployment rate at record low

The July unemployment rate for region Bruce, Grey, Huron and Perth region has hit its lowest level since 2001, dropping to a record-low 2.9 per cent.

The Four County Labour Market Planning Board released its report for July, which uses data from the latest Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey. The decrease of the unemployment rate, the board reported, was mostly due to a notable gain in employment. At the same time, the unemployment rate in Ontario increased by 0.2 per cent to 6.4 per cent.

Kincardine lighthouse to close temporarily for restoration work

By Barb McKay

The Kincardine lighthouse will be off limits to the public later this month while restoration work is being completed.

The lighthouse will be closed from Aug. 14 to Nov. 3. The work includes repairs to and repainting of the lantern and flat roof and work to the existing siding and windows. The work has been approved by Heritage Kincardine.

Bad apple

David Wilcox rocked a large crowd at Reunion Park Saturday evening. More than 2,000 people came out for the show, which was a kick-off fundraiser for the 2018 Kincardine Old Boys and Old Girls Reunion. (Barb McKay photo)

More people in Kincardine living alone

By Barb McKay

The percentage of one-person households is the highest in Canada’s history and that demographic is also on the rise in Kincardine.

New Kincardine game aimed at connecting the community and having fun

By Barb McKay

Move over Pokemon Go, there is a new game in town.


 Bruce Power awards $70,000 in post-secondary scholarships

One hundred post-secondary students from Bruce, Grey and Huron counties received their $500 Bruce Power scholarship on Friday morning.

The company, which launched its scholarship program in 2011, presented the students with their scholarship at a breakfast today at the Bruce Power Visitors’ Centre.

“Yet again, there was an unbelievable amount of talent found in the over-300 applications we received,” said Chris Mercanti, Section Manager, Community and Indigenous Relations. “Every dollar counts when you’re pursuing post-secondary education, so we’re proud to play even a small role in the success of these local students. We wish them well in their studies and hope to someday see them working in our communities or on the Bruce site.”

Summer at the lake

It was a beautiful weekend, weather-wise, in Kincardine. Beachgoers and boaters, including fishing enthusiasts in the Chantry Chinook Classic Fishing Derby, enjoyed pristine lake conditions. This picture of some anglers heading back to Kincardine Harbour as the sun sets, was taken Sundeay evening. (Josh Howald photo)

 Bruce Telecom to operate as multiple companies for tax purposes

New board of directors to be appointed to oversee financial management

By Barb McKay

The establishment of Bruce Telecom as a municipal services corporation could be completed as early as the beginning of October.

Following a lengthy closed session last Monday evening, the Municipality of Kincardine council held a special meeting to approve the new governance model for the municipally-owned telecommunications company, appoint a selection committee for a new board of directors and allow Kincardine CAO Sharon Chambers to initiate the recruitment process.