Former Kincardine resident appointed to new World Refugee Council

By Barb McKay

Though her roots are undeniably small town, Jessie Thomson’s view of the world and humanity is anything but.

The Kincardine native is a Canadian leader when it comes to humanitarian aid work as senior director of CARE Canada’s Humanitarian Assistance and Emergency Team, earning her an appointment as a councillor to the newly-formed World Refugee Council. The council was established to build on the New York Declaration, which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2016 and the process to negotiate a Global Compact on Refugees, being led by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees where Thomson began her work with refugees as a volunteer.

The World Refugee Council is chaired by former Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Lloyd Axworthy and supported by the Government of Canada.


Water walk

Sharon Manitowabi of Manitoulin Island walks Highway 21 South Monday morning as part of the Water Walk 2017. An Anishinaabe Ceremonial Teaching, the walk honours all water spirits in support of healthy rivers, lakes and oceans. The walk makes stops in Minnesota and Matane, Quebec. For more information, go online to www.motherearthwaterwalk.com. (Josh Howald photo)


 Kincardine hosts OPP Veterans’ conference

By Barb McKay

More than 140 retired Ontario Provincial Police officers and their families descended on Kincardine last week for the annual OPP Veterans’ Association Conference.

The association formed in 1989 and holds a gathering each year in the week following Victoria Day as a way for retired police officers to reconnect and socialize. The Ontario Provincial Police Veterans’ Association is made up of 23 chapters and has more than 1,600 members.

“Policing is like family,” said retired officer Rick Sinnamon, one of this year’s conference organizers. “If you spend 30 years you form a lot of bonds that carry on into retirement.”


Youth mission trip to Haiti strengthens faith

From left, Jenna Franklin, Cailyn McKay, Chelsea Ferguson, Olivia Convay, Danielle McBride and Jill Brown recently returned from Haiti. For the full story, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)


 Belleville bound!

Eybergen and Fitzgerald off to OFSAA

By Josh Howald

Madelyn Eybergen is jumping all over the province.

Eybergen and Liam Fitzgerald were the only two Kincardine District Secondary School athletes to qualify for last week's OFSAA West Regional Track and Field Championships at the University of Western Ontario in London.

And both qualified for the OFSAA provincial championship meet in Belleville, Eybergen with a first place in junior girls high jump at the OFSAA West meet.

"I'm so pumped up," said Eybergen of the OFSAA berth.

A first place finish in high jump is nothing new for Eybergen. She set a new Bluewater Athletic Association record earlier this season before winning a gold medal at the CWOSSA Track and Field Championships. Both those meets were held at the Davidson Centre track in Kincardine.


 Cubs to get a game in tonight?

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine Cubs may finally get to open baseball season tonight (Wednesday).

Kincardine pitcher Nate Kramer threw during an intrasquad game Sunday afternoon on Tout Field at Connaught Park in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)

 

Kincardine is scheduled to host the Hanover Hitmen tonight at 7:30 p.m. on Tout Field at Connaught Park in Kincardine.


What a catch

Stuart Clarke holds up a 14.3-pound trout Saturday. The 32nd annual Fish Kincardine Derby kicked off Friday and continues until May 28. (Pauline Kerr photo)


 Province to dismantle Ontario Municipal Board

Board to be replaced with local planning tribunal

By Barb McKay

Small, rural municipalities, including Kincardine, are cautiously optimistic about the provincial government’s plan to get rid of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) and replace it with a Local Planning Appeal Tribunal.

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs made the announcement last Tuesday that it has introduced new legislation that, if passed, will completely revamp the province’s land use planning appeals process to give communities more say and create a faster and more affordable process.


BSP looks for financial assistance from municipality

By Barb McKay

The Bluewater Summer Playhouse (BSP) is looking for a financial reprieve from the municipality on its rent debt and would like to become a fixture in the annual tourism or economic development budget.

Jennifer Web and Marilyn Clarke of the BSP appeared in front of the Municipality of Kincardine council during its meeting last Wednesday to make a case for receiving loan forgiveness for $10,000 of the $15,000 the theatre company owes for rent arrears at the Kincardine Centre for the Arts. The BSP would set up a three-year repayment plan for the remainder.

Webb said the professional theatre company is celebrating its 24th season in Kincardine.


 Hockey legend Paul Henderson to celebrate Canada Day in Kincardine

By Barb McKay

He was flush with invitations to mark Canada’s 150th birthday, but Canadian hockey hero Paul Henderson wants to celebrate the occasion in Kincardine.

Keith Davidson, left, and Canada Day chair Brad Kirkconnell announced Paul Henderson will be a special guest for this year's Canada Day celebrations. (Barb McKay photo)