By Barb McKay
Professional fees associated with the failed sale of Bruce Telecom and Freedom of Information requests that followed put the Municipality of Kincardine in a deficit position last year.
Matthew Betik of KPMG LLP attended last Wednesday’s council meeting to present the municipality’s audited consolidated financial statements for 2014. Last year, the municipality recorded a deficit of $638,901, mainly due to $884,835 that was spent on legal services to deal with Freedom of Information requests and issues related to the Competition Bureau intervention on the sale of Bruce Telecom to Eastlink. It is an about-face from 2013, when the municipality recorded a surplus of $363,484.
By Barb McKay
The municipality is hoping that the historical significance of Kincardine’s lighthouse will lead to a sizeable grant from the federal government.
Council took its time deciding which of its eligible projects to select for a funding application under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, when it discussed the grant during its meeting last Wednesday. The federal government announced on May 15 that it would make funding available, including $44.4 million to communities in southern Ontario, but applications had to be submitted by June 9.
From left, Jori Picard, Katelyn Chilton and Rachel Thurman, all Grade 5 students at Elgin Market Public School, sell baked goods at a party/fundraiser for Peter Sinclair last week. Peter joined the party via Snapchat on the big screen in the gym to thank the students, who also had a dance and played assorted games. (Josh Howald photo)
Police are investigating an overnight theft of copper in Ripley last week.
On June 2, police received a theft report from Current Electric, located along Queen St. in the village. Sometime between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. on June 2, a quantity of residential copper wiring was taken from the business. The value of the stolen property is estimated to be worth more than $250.
Piper Glenn Walpole plays his bagpipes at the annual Decoration Day ceremony at the Port Bruce Cemetery on Sunday. About 30 people took part in the event, which included laying wreaths on the graves of loved ones and reading the names of those who had died in the past year. (Barb McKay photo)
Local elementary teachers have increased strike action in response to what the union is calling obstinacy on the part of the provincial government.
Full-time and occasional teachers’ further withdrawal from administrative duties took effect on Monday. The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), which represents the teachers, said the action is designed to have minimal impact on students. The union’s collective agreements expired nine months ago. Under this phase of work-to-rule action, teachers will not participate in Ministry of Education meetings and workshops, as well as mandated meetings with principals.
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission has renewed Bruce Power’s reactor operating licence for another five years.
The decision came after a series of public hearings in Kincardine and a review of the nuclear power corporation’s safety performance.
“We are pleased with this result and were quite frankly humbled by the support offered by the many organizations and individuals who made presentations at the public hearings,” Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power’s president and CEO, said in a media release. “We believe we require two licences – our operating licence from the regulator and our social licence, which is granted by our community, and we have to earn both of those each and every day.”
Tonya Schmalz, right, checks ot some of the baked goods sold by Dorothy Squires-Fraser at the Kincardine Farmers' Market Saturday. (Barb McKay photo)
By Barb McKay
The Municipality of Kincardine is tightening up its dog control bylaw in an effort to address the issue of non-compliant dog breeders and kennel operators.
Deputy mayor Jacqueline Faubert and municipal building and planning director Michele Barr presented the proposed amended bylaw during the May 20 council meeting. Council had discussed making changes to the dog control bylaw back in November 2014, including limiting the number of dogs that could be housed at a kennel. Council decided to hold off on a decision until it received input from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).
Participants in the annual Purina Walk for Guide Dogs, hosted by the Tiverton Lions, walked their "dogs" Sunday through the village and raised about $2,000 to train guide dogs. From left are tyler Gilliland, 6, Michelle Scott, Marg Jones, Edna McTeer, Lynda Eskrick and Charlotte Henderson. Kleo, a black lab, also enjoyed the walk. (Barb McKay photo)