Hay!

Willis Lowe throws a straw bale during a competition at the Kincardine Fall Fair on the weekend. See this week's print edition for a full page of colour photos. (Barb McKay photo)


Aztec building to be converted into retail, office space

Developer aims to restore exterior to former glory

By Barb McKay

Rodger Crane has a soft spot for dilapidated historical buildings.


Fall Fair fun

This hen was quite comfortable on the back of a sheep in the petting zoo at the Kincardine Fall Fair. For a full page of photos from the 165th annual fall fair, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)


EQAO math results declining

While the majority of elementary students in Ontario are reading above the provincial standard, the number of students who meet the math standard is declining steadily.

Those are the findings from the recently published 2016 provincial-level results of assessments in reading, writing and mathematics for students in grades 3 and 6 by the Ontario Education Quality and Accountability Office. Local level results are not yet available.

Testing results indicate that 72 per cent of Grade 3 students and 81 per cent of Grade 6 students are reading above the provincial standard, up from 66 per cent and 75 per cent consecutively in 2012.

According to the Ontario EQAO, math results for students in both grades have been declining steadily over the past five years. This year, half of Grade 6 students did not meet the provincial standard and just 63 per cent of Grade 3 students met the standard.


Thompson launches petition to reduce energy rates

Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson is calling on constituents to sign a petition asking the provincial government to lower energy rates.

Thompson says that since the government took power in 2003, electricity rates have risen by 300 per cent – from 4.3 cents per kilowatt hour to 25.9 cents per hour in some low density areas, making Ontario the most expensive jurisdiction in North America for hydro.

In the petition, Thompson notes that Independent Electrical System Operator data shows that the market rate for electricity is less than three cents per kilowatt hour and she says, “Global Adjustment is a tangible measure of how much Ontario must over-pay for unneeded wind and solar power, and the cost of off-loading excess power to our neighbours at a loss.”

Thompson wants the government to take steps to reduce electricity costs to consumers, including the Global Adjustment, delivery charges, administrative charges and tax.


Plow queens

Krista Young of Elmwood, centre, was crowned 2016 Bruce County Queen of the Furrow Friday just east of Tiverton at the Bruce County Plowing Match. From left are contestants Hillary Kempers of Paisley, 2015 Queen of the Furrow Serena Lamont, and contestants Dakota Collins of Ripley and Laura Fullerton of Paisley. For more photos from the Bruce County Plowing Match, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)


Privacy breach investigated at GBHS

Grey Bruce Health Services (GBHS) has recently completed an investigation into a privacy breach that was initiated after four individuals came forward with concerns about access to personal information within their electronic medical records.

The GBHS issued a notice on Thursday stating that the results of the investigation indicate that a former employee inappropriately accessed the electronic medical records of 246 individuals over a seven-year period, from January 2008 to September 2015.

The GBHS said it does not tolerate privacy breaches and the individual involved in the situation no longer works for the corporation.  All individuals involved in this privacy breach have been notified in writing, and a summary of the investigation has been given to the province’s Information and Privacy Commissioner.


Bulldogs open season Saturday

By Josh Howald

What better way is there to kick off the season than a rematch of last year's league championship final - at home?

The Kincardine Bulldogs celebrate Dalton Hnatko's overtime goal in Game 7 of the last year's league finals in Walkerton. (Independent file photo/Howald)

 

There isn't a better way, and that's the way the season will begin Saturday night for the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs.


Mass-ive weekend party

By Josh Howald

More than 280 pipers and drummers marched down Queen St. in Kincardine Saturday night, followed by thousands of fans.

The Saturday night march was the highlight of the 25th annual Gathering of the Bands on the weekend in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)

 

The 25th annual Gathering of the Bands was held Saturday, and received a tremendous response from visiting bands, Scottish music enthusiasts, tourists and locals.

"I don't think it was the biggest one ever, but it was certainly the biggest we have had in eight or nine years," said Norm Annetts, who has helped organize the event since it first started.


Sunset cruise

The tall ships did a sunset cruise on Friday as part of Marine Heritage weekend in Kincardine. For a full page of colour photos, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Josh Howald photo)