Bus drivers poised to strike if deal not reached this week

 

School bus drivers in Kincardine could be on strike next week if a deal is not reached with First Student Canada.

 

Unifor Local 4268 representing school bus drivers in Ontario has served First Student Canada with a strike notice effective as of 12:01 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday).

 

“Negotiations are continuing and it is our hope that a fair settlement can still be reached as we are fully aware of the key service that drivers provide to school communities,” Unifor Ontario Regional Director Naureen Rizvi said in a media release. “It’s clear however that low wages and the resulting driver shortages are chronic problems that must be addressed in the Ontario system.”


John Farrell announces retirement from Home Hardware

By Chris Bianco

John Farrell is stepping away from the hardware industry after a long and distinguished career spanning 56 years. Many know John as a friendly face at Home Hardware, from his volunteer work with the Legion or in his role as quartermaster and bagpipe player in the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band.


Municipality amends DGR agreement with OPG

OPG to release $1.24 million in hosting payments to Kincardine

 

By Barb McKay

 

The Municipality of Kincardine has amended its agreement with Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to host an underground facility for low- and intermediate-level nuclear waste, and will receive $1.24 million this year as a result.

 

The municipality and OPG first penned the hosting agreement in 2004, as OPG made plans for a deep geologic repository (DGR) to store waste from OPG-owned nuclear generating stations; the waste is currently being stored above ground at the Western Waste Management Centre. The repository is to be built 680 metres deep in impermeable rock at the Bruce Power site.

 


A Winter Beacon

 

The Point Clark Lighthouse National Historic site lies covered under a blanket of snow, looking out over a frozen Lake Huron. At one time, a lonely lightkeeper would tend to the property and keep the light shining despite the harsh conditions. Nowadays, the light is automated and the lives of the people who once maintained these aids to navigation are remembered through museums like the one in Point Clark. (Chris Bianco Photo)


Kincardine woman nominated for national Mompreneur Award

 

By Barb McKay

 

Kathy Drennan’s decision to become a Pampered Chef consultant was a spontaneous one but one that transformed her life.

 

Now, nine years after starting her home-based business, the Kincardine nurse and mother of two has been nominated for a national Mompreneur Award.

 


Queen Street lots sold for residential and commercial development

 

By Barb McKay

 

Vacant lots in the north section of Kincardine’s downtown will soon be under development.

 

Lynn Clayton and Charlene Randle Clayton sold the three lots in the 800-block of Queen Street to a company that specializes in residential rentals. Lynn Clayton said the purchaser plans to develop the properties according to a design plan that he and Randle-Clayton developed. That plan was approved by the Municipality of Kincardine back in 2012.

 


Family fun

The heavy snowfall over the weekend brought families out to Alps Park for tobogganing. Mason Holroyd, 4, centre, gets ready to push his brother Reid, 5, down the hill while big sister Ashlyn, 8, waits her turn. The kids were enjoying a visit with their grandparents, Allan and Ellen Holroyd of Manitoulin. (Barb McKay photo)


Municipality eyes up 4.47 per cent tax rate increase

2018 budget includes start to Highway 9 and 21 work, community projects

 

By Barb McKay

 

The Municipality of Kincardine is looking at a relatively conservative budget for 2018 with an anticipated tax rate increase of 4.47 per cent.

 


Kincardine in desperate need of Big Brother volunteers

Some children have been waiting years to be matched with a mentor

 

By Barb McKay

 

When Nick Buchok decided to become a Big Brother he was looking for a way to immerse himself in the community and do something positive. He had no idea how much he would get out of the experience.

 


Councillor wants new discussion on Upper Lorne Beach access gates

 

By Barb McKay

 

Public access to a stretch of road that runs along the lakeshore to Inverhuron will be up for debate by municipal council, once again.

 

Councillor Gord Campbell asked that the issue be added to last Wednesday’s Municipality of Kincardine council agenda for discussion. Questions were last raised in 2015 about opening up Victoria Street within the gated community of Mystic Cove to the general public when Highway 21 is closed during winter storms.