Pleased with policing

The South-Bruce OPP released data last week that indicates residents in the detachment area think they are doing a good job.

Residents were asked to rate police service in a survey conducted by R. A. Malatest & Associations Ltd. between Jan. 14 and March 31, 2014. An analysis of the data showed the South-Bruce OPP received an overall satisfaction rating of 92.6 per cent.

Police highlighted that 98.9 per cent of residents felt safe or very safe in the community, and that 93 per cent of residents felt the OPP maintained good visibility on the highways. For ability to solve issues, 92.2 per cent of residents were satisfied, at 90.1 per cent felt that the OPP was visible enough in the community. The study showed that 87.7 per cent of residents were satisfied with the enforcement of aggressive driving and the same percentage was satisfied with the enforcement of impaired driving.

Thompson launches campaign

Glammis native Allan Thompson launched his bid for the Liberal nomination in the Riding of Huron-Bruce Wednesday evening at the King’s Pearl Pub and Eatery in Tiverton.


Dorne Fitzsimmons, who spent many years on the Village of Tiverton council, introduced Thompson to the Liberal-leaning crowd. Fitzsimmons noted there were a number of ex politicians in the room, including Paul Steckle, Murray Elston and Gord Thompson (Allan’s brother).


Allan Thompson asked those in attendance to support his bid for nomination by buying a Liberal membership and then attending and voting for him at the nomination.


One charged in passing crash

A Saugeen Shores man was charged after a two-car crash on Highway 21, Bruce Twp. on July 16.

The South-Bruce OPP received a report of the crash at 3:48 p.m. They arrived on the scene to discover that both vehicles had been driving north on Highway 21, when a white Jeep attempted to pass a black Nissan 370. The Jeep struck the Nissan when it moved back into the northbound lane to avoid a southbound vehicle. The driver of the Jeep, a 43-year-old man, was charged with attempting to pass when roadway not clear.

There were no injuries reported at the scene.

Lions host exchange students

From left, Jeannette Fleischer, Isabel Maria Ximinez, Karolina Kahankova, Alexandra Abein, Damir Delamaric and Diane Simpson shared their first impressions of Bruce County, and Canada, with the Independent's Barb McKay. Don't miss the full story in this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent! (Barb McKay photo)

KSMF faculty members are Juno winners

Music festival to run Aug. 3 to 16

By Barb McKay

Kincardine Summer Music Festival (KSMF) faculty members have received national recognition.


Guitarist Mike Rud and bass player Mike Downes were awarded Juno Awards this past spring in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Rud won the Vocal Jazz Album of the Year for Notes on Montreal with vocalist Sienna Dahlen and Mike Downes won Traditional Jazz Album of the Year for Ripple Effect.


Inverhuron to host mountain bike bonanza

Arrow Racing Team and community supporters are hosting a Mountain Bike Bonanza at the Inverhuron Mountain Bike Park on July 27.


Riders are invited to bring their bike and helmet for a free fun filled day.


Missed a spot!

Mackenzie Deer gets her car cleaned up by firefighter Seamus Small at the car wash fundraiser run by the Municipality of Kincardine Fire Departrment in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters Kincardine and District. (Barb McKay photo)

Man arrested in break-and-enters

A 38-year-old man has been charged in connection to several break-and-enters in Kincardine.

Numerous homes and businesses, many in the downtown core, have been victimized in the past two months. Last Tuesday afternoon, South-Bruce OPP officers made an arrest stemming from that investigation, which was being assisted by the South-Bruce OPP Crime Unit.

A 38-year-old Lucknow man has been charged with three counts of break and enter, as well as one count of breach of probation. He was held in custody pending the results of a show cause hearing that was scheduled for July 9 at 2 p.m.

The South-Bruce OPP continues to investigate the break-ins, and request anyone with information that could be of use to contact them at 1-888-310-1122. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or send a web-tip to, where you might be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Provincial funding earmarked for rural natural gas projects

By Barb McKay


The race is on to complete a natural gas business case now that the province has announced significant funding for infrastructure.


Councillor Guy Anderson told Kincardine council during its meeting last Wednesday that he had learned that Premier Kathleen Wynne had announced that the Ontario government has earmarked $135 billion for infrastructure over the next decade. Anderson said Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Jeff Leal had further revealed that a large portion of the money would go to extending natural gas service to rural areas.

Mock disaster puts emergency personnel to the test

By Barb McKay


Smoke spewed from the cockpit of a small aircraft as it came to rest in the field beside Kincardine airport’s main runway.



Shelbi-Lynne McLelland of Kincardine is carried to safety by South-Bruce OPP Cst. Kevin Martin, left, and deputy fire chief Mike Moore during the MedLINCS mock disaster last Wednesday. (Barb McKay photo)