Thefts, assaults up, drug crimes down in region

By Barb McKay

Statistics for the year to date from the South Bruce OPP show that violent crime in the region has risen by 23 per cent and drug-related crimes have dropped significantly by 71 per cent.

Detachment commander Insp. Dana Earleyprovided a year-to-date report on policing statistics to the Municipality of Kincardine council last Wednesday on behalf of the Kincardine Police Services Board. She said reports of assaults increased 18.5 per cent from 27 reported incidents in the first 10 months of 2015 to 32 in the same time period this year. Many were domestic incidents. Reports of sexual assault were unchanged from last year, with four reports.

Other crimes against a person (intimidation, criminal harassment and threats) have risen by 54 per cent this year, mainly due to text threats involving youth, Earley said.

Lest we forget

Second World War veteran Alfred Rackley enjoys a visit with his granddaughter Ella Treacy, 3, of London before the Nov. 11 Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Branch #183 of the Royal Canadian Legion cenotaph. (Barb McKay photo)

Don’t ban beach fires, say Bruce Beach residents

By Barb McKay

Residents and cottage owners at Bruce Beach are calling on Huron-Kinloss council to put off making a decision on a bylaw that would ban fires on the beach.

Four representatives from the Bruce Beach Association attended last Monday’s council meeting to have their say about a proposed addition to a current bylaw. Joan McLaughlin said residents and cottagers have been having recreational fires on the beach for decades and, in fact, there is a detailed passage in the association’s handbook that provides instructions for how to properly build a fire, where to build it and how to extinguish it. The book also quotes the municipal bylaw regarding recreational fires.

New voting methods available under Municipal Elections Act

By Barb McKay

Municipalities now have the choice to use a ranked ballot system after changes were made this year to the Municipal Elections Act.

Municipality of Kincardine clerk Donna MacDougall explained what some of the key changes are to the act during last Wednesday’s council meeting. For the 2018 municipal election municipalities will be able to use a ranked ballot system where voters can rank candidates in order of preference. If Kincardine decided to use ranked ballots it would be required to hold a public meeting first to get feedback.


The Super Moon was extremely visible just north of Tiverton at roughly 5 p.m. Sunday. (Josh Howald photo)

 Travel trailer stolen in town

The South-Bruce OPP is investigating the theft of a travel trailer that happened between 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 10 and 8:15 a.m. on Nov. 11.

The white and black 19-foot Sportsman Classic travel trailer was stolen from the driveway of a Park St. residence. Also missing with the trailer is a red Coleman barbeque, two stand-up paddleboards and a Honda generator. The licence on the travel trailer is #L77 61H. The value of the stolen items is estimated to be more than $19,000.

Police ask anybody with information to contact them at 1-888-310-1122. If you want to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a secure web-tip to and you might be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

 Municipal CAO recruitment process gets underway

By Barb McKay

The Municipality of Kincardine will contract a professional recruiter to assist with the hiring process for a new chief administrative officer (CAO).

Council agreed with a recommendation from its current CAO Murray Clarke during its Nov. 2 meeting to obtain outside help to fill the position that Clarke will vacate at the end of June 2017 when he retires.

 Knights cruise to BAA title at home

Senior girls off to CWOSSA Friday

By Josh Howald

For the first time in more than a decade, the Kincardine District Secondary School senior girls basketball team won a Bluewater Athletic Association championship.

Flavie RiVollier of the Knights stuffs a shot from Hana Schnurr of GHSS in the BAA final Friday evening at KDSS. (Josh Howald photo)


"I'm not even sure when the last (BAA title) was," said coach Vince Yenssen Monday morning. "It isn't on this plaque here, so it has been at least 15 years. It has been a long haul. We have lost in the final four or five times. The team knew that, and it was a very satisfying win."

Satisfying, yet expected.

Time to remember

Bugler Ray Kester, left, and Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band pipe major Jennifer Farrell play for the assemebled crowd at the Tiverton Cenotaph Sunday afternoon. Kincardine's Remembrance Day services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Branch #183 of the Canaidian Royal Legion. (Josh Howald photo)

OPG optimistic for DGR decision next year

By Barb McKay

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is hopeful that the federal government will render a decision next year on the environmental assessment for a deep geologic repository (DGR) to store Canada’s low and intermediate-level nuclear waste.

Kevin Powers, director of nuclear public affairs for OPG, attended last Wednesday’s Municipality of Kincardine council meeting to provide an update on operations at the Western Waste Management Facility (WWMF) and the process to obtain a licence to construct the DGR at the Bruce Power site. It has been 15 years since OPG first came in front of council to talk about its plans for the long-term storage of low and intermediate-level waste and the environmental assessment process has spanned a decade.