Lest we forget

Red Larsen salutes the flags while trumpet player Ray Kester plays at Remembrance Day services Sunday afternoon in Tiverton. Next to Kester is Jennifer Farrell of the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band. Services were also held today (Wednesday) at the Kincardine Branch #183 of the Royal Canadian Legion. (Josh Howald photo)

Teachers vote on tentative agreement

Members of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) have until tomorrow (Thursday) to vote on a tentative agreement, reached with the province and the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association after more than a year of grueling negotiations.


The teachers’ union advised its members last Monday to suspend strike action after the tentative agreement was reached. The teachers have been without a contract since August 2014.


Mayor wants further efforts to obtain public feedback on municipal service

By Barb McKay


The results of a customer service survey indicate that the Municipality of Kincardine provides good customer service, for the most part, but there is work to be done.


Clerk Donna MacDougall presented the results of the survey, undertaken between July and September, and said overall the results are positive. In total, 110 surveys were completed online and 40 hardcopies were filled out. More than half of respondents gave the municipality top marks for providing timely and efficient service; for courteous, knowledgeable staff; and for readily available information.


Away from the battlefield

Wesley Giesz displays medals from his service during the Second World War. For the full story, see this week's special Remembrance Day pull-out in this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)

CWP calls on women to consider political careers

Canadian conference held in Tiverton

By Barb McKay


Women need to act as role models to encourage each other to pursue their aspirations.


That was the messaged echoed by several panelists who took part in the Canadian Women Parliamentarians (CWP) outreach program held at the Bruce Power Visitors’ Centre on Friday. The event was organized by Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson, who is chair of the program steering committee and Ontario representative for the CWP.


Drug raid in Dungannon

Police seized a cornucopia of illegal drugs last Wednesday in Dungannon.

Five Huron County residents were arrested and are facing numerous charges as a result of the raid on a Southampton St. home in the hamlet.

Police said they seized methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana, morphine pills, hydromorphone pills, codeine pills and oxycodone pills at the home. The estimated street value of the drugs was pegged at $10,000. Cops also left with $650 in cash, as well as drug trafficking paraphernalia.

A 42-year-old from Dungannon was charged with possession of methamphetamine, marijuana, hydromorphone and morphine for the purposes of trafficking, as well as possession of heroin and codeine.

A Clinton man, 30, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, marijuana, hydromorphone and morphine for the purposes of trafficking, as well as possession of oxycondone.

Knights clinch first, advance to BAA Final Four

Juniors and Seniors eliminate SDSS

By Josh Howald

Both the junior and senior Knights are off to the Bluewater Athletic Association’s Final Four championship tournament.

Jenna Dennis, left, of the KDSS junior girls basketball team looks for an open player while being pressured by J. Fey of the Sacred Heart High School Crusaders last week in BAA regular season action at the high school. (Josh Howald photo)


Both teams punched their tickets to semi-final contests that will be played Monday in Wiarton. The BAA finals will also be held later the same day at Peninsula Shores District High School.


There were plenty of Halloween trick-or-treaters out Saturday night despite the damp weather. Here, from left, Chase Anderson, Carson Fletcher, Cody McLelland and Spencer Humber pose for a spooky photo before digging into their loot. (Barb McKay photo)

Interim patient coverage is working, says FHT head

Patients asked to continue to avoid ER if needs are non-urgent

By Barb McKay


Since three family physicians and one general surgeon announced earlier this year that they would be leaving Kincardine, speculation has been swirling as to why.


The have been plenty of assumptions made, primarily that the doctors were leaving for the same reason and that there is a mass exodus from the medical clinic. On Friday, Kincardine Family Health Team CEO Gerry Glover sat down with The Independent to address the rumours that have been circulating and talk about the efforts that the FHT and the medical clinic have undertaken to maintain patient coverage.


OPG DGR project approval hinges on new Environment Minister

 By Barb McKay

A decision on whether or not OPG’s project to construct a deep geologic repository for the storage of low and intermediate-level waste will go ahead is still expected to be made Dec. 2, but will ultimately be up to the new federal environment minister, according to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA).

“The incoming Minister of the Environment, who is yet to be appointed, will make a decision on the proposed project,” CEAA spokesperson Anita Szerze told The Independent Friday. “At this time we cannot speculate on the outcome of a future ministerial decision or on the timing or format of an announcement.”

Szerze said once the decision has been made and posted on the online registry the public will be notified.