Kincardine development charges to double

Increase to be phased in over five years

By Barb McKay

It will soon cost significantly more to build a home in Kincardine, but the municipality says the increase is necessary in order to pay for new infrastructure.

The Municipality of Kincardine held a public meeting last Wednesday prior to its council meeting to review proposed changes to development fees. Representatives from Hemson Consulting, the firm hired by the municipality to conduct the review, were there to present their report and answer questions.


Fourth new doctor coming to Kincardine

Another family doctor will be joining the Hawthorne Community Clinic later this year.

Municipality of Kincardine CAO Murray Clarke confirmed in a media release Thursday that Dr. Jason Murray will join the Kincardine Physicians Group in October. He said Murray grew up on a farm just outside of Ripley and is happy to be returning home. He attended medical school at Western University in London and is in the process of completing his family medicine residency at Queen’s University in Kingston.

The new doctor is no stranger to the Kincardine medical clinic.

“He did rotations in Kincardine both in medical school and in residency and really enjoyed his experience and learned a lot from working with the physicians,” Clarke said. “He knows he will be well supported in this collegial environment and looks forward to starting his new practice in the fall.”


Powerless Sunday

By Josh Howald

More than 3,500 people spent Sunday in the dark.

The power went out in Kincardine just before 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Residents of Huron-Kinloss and Tiverton were also without power for much of the day.

The power was finally restored in the former town of Kincardine at about 7:30 p.m.

Westario Power declined to answer any questions about the outage. Hydro One, meanwhile, blamed the power outage on Sunday`s high winds. Apparently, a tree was knocked into a power line.

At one point in the early afternoon, more than 6,000 homes had no power in an outage that stretched all the way to Durham. Tiverton, Ripley, Amberley and Point Clark were all affected.

Because of the power outage, the Municipality of Kincardine issued a Precautionary Boil Water Alert for the former village of Tiverton.


Got that swing

There was a full house at the Kincardine Pavilion Sunday, despite the power outage. People came from as far away as Ohio to take a spin on the dance floor. Here, centre, is Wilfried and Joan Kleser of Clinton. The Lighthouse Swing Band will hold dances at the pavilion throughout the summer. For a schedule, visit www.lighthouseswingband.com. (Barb McKay phot)


Nuclear important to climate change plan, says Bruce Power

By Barb McKay

Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan confirms the province’s continued commitment to nuclear, according to Bruce Power officials.

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change released its new action plan last Wednesday. The plan has generated a fair amount of controversy in recent weeks amid rumours that the province would phase out natural gas as a home heating source, beginning in 2030; something Premier Kathleen Wynne has since debunked.

A key component of the plan is a new cap and trade program that will impose penalties on industries that are high emitters. The plan includes ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 15 per cent below the 1990 level by 2020, 37 per cent by 2030 and 80 per cent by 2050.


No yard waste pickup in Lucknow

The township will not reinstate curbside yard waste pickup in Lucknow.

Council debated the issue during its meeting last Monday after receiving a report from public works director Hugh Nichol. Council had requested a report on the costs associated with bringing back the service to Lucknow and the rest of the township after hearing from frustrated Lucknow residents last month and receiving a petition with 230 signatures calling for the return of yard waste collection. The service was left out of the 2016 municipal budget as a cost-saving measure.

In his report, Nichol provided the cost to provide the service monthly in Lucknow ($1,250), weekly for 30 weeks ($7,622) and weekly throughout the township for 30 weeks ($77,400). He included a cost estimate to operate the Lucknow drop-off depot for yard waste ($1,900 for 30 weeks) and the cost of an annual fall leaf pickup for the entire township ($9,680).


New Western League name honours Clarke, Kevin Pollock

OHA Junior C becomes PJHL, West is now Pollock Division

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine Bulldogs are the last team that will ever win a Western Junior C Hockey League championship.

The Western League no longer exists - instead, next season the Bulldogs will play in the Pollock Division of the Provincial Junior Hockey League.

 

OHA Junior C made a name change to the PJHL, and the Pollock Division was named to honour local refereeing legend Clarke Pollock, as well as son Kevin, currently a National Hockey League referee.


Three men and a bear

There was plenty of excitement in the south end of town last Wednesday when this black bear was spotted on Adelaide Street early in the morning, and then on Kincardine Ave. South-Bruce OPP officers and conservation officers captured the bear in a tree near the dog park off Bruce Ave. just before noon. They were helped by Municipality of Kincardine fire chief Kent Padfield, right, and municipal emergency management co-ordinator Frank Merkt (not shown, to Padfield's left). The bear was tranquilized and relocated to the Bruce Peninsula, where he was released. (Barb McKay photo)


CRA decision puts squeeze on family-run campgrounds

By Barb McKay

Small, private campground owners received a shock when they opened their tax bills this year. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has removed the small business tax deduction for many, indicating that they are too small to qualify.

According to CRA criteria, to receive the tax deduction businesses must employ more than five people. Family-run campgrounds generally operate seasonally, closing in the winter, and are unable to meet that employment threshold. As well as not qualifying for the tax deduction, the campgrounds are required to pay thousands of dollars in back taxes.


Energy Ministry official puts natural gas rumour to bed

Bob Delaney, EPCOR in Kincardine last week

By Barb McKay

 

A representative from the Ontario Ministry of Energy was in Kincardine last Wednesday to re-assure the municipality that the province is not abandoning natural gas.

 

Mississauga MPP Bob Delaney, parliamentary assistant to Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli, met with Kincardine deputy mayor Jacqueline Faubert, municipal treasurer Roxana Baumann and EPCOR executives at the municipal administration office prior to the municipal council meeting. EPCOR CEO Stuart Lee addressed council and the media to say that Delaney’s visit, as well as a discussion with Finance Minister Charles Sousa, left him feeling confident that natural gas will be a part of Ontario’s energy mix for years to come.