Energy Minister officially opens Enbridge wind generation project

Protesters left out in the rain

With the push of a button, Ontario’s Deputy Premier officially ended three years of controversy as the 115-turbine Enbridge Wind Power project officially came to life.

Energy and Infrastructure Minister George Smitherman, Huron-Bruce MPP Carol Mitchell and officials from Enbridge and the Municipality of Kincardine celebrated the opening of the project in the pouring rain just outside of Underwood Friday afternoon.

“Today is a milestone for the people of Ontario,” said Enbridge’s Janet Holder. “We’re proud we’ve made progress towards sustainable energy. Kincardine has re-affirmed its reputation as the sustainable powerhouse of Ontario.”


Pesticide ban comes into effect April 22

If you have a rodent problem or want to green up your lawn, you had better do it in the next two weeks.

A provincial government ban on cosmetic pesticides takes effect April 22. More than 250 products and 80 ingredients have been banned from sale or use in Ontario.

“We got pages and pages of products that we’ll have to remove,” said Jim Hamilton, owner of Kincardine’s Country Depot Friday morning. “Just about every product of that nature will be off our shelves.”

The Ontario government says the ban protects families and children from unnecessary health risks. Golf courses and the forestry industry are exempt from the ban.


Parking problems unavoidable

Road project to take six to eight weeks

Kincardine District Secondary School students will have to roll out of bed a little earlier for the next two months.

But a road construction project near KDSS shouldn’t hamper day-to-day life at the high school, Principal Dan Hobler said Thursday morning.

The plan calls for the reconstruction of William, Wall, Charles and South Streets to urban road standards, with sidewalks on Charles and South Streets and a new water main and storm sewer on South Street. Public works manager Jim O’Rourke said Thursday the work will is expected to take about six to eight weeks. Omega Construction Ltd. of London is doing the work.


Flippin' fun

Six-year-old Lucy Thorpe literally flipped over the spring temperatures Saturday. She spent time on the monkey bars at the Tiny Tot playground in MacPherson Park. (Kiel Edge photo)


Young helper

Saturday's nice weather brought Kincardine residents outside to get a headstart on spring yardwork. One of the youngest lawn maintainers was two-and-a-half-year-old Miya Wall, who helped her grandfather rake the lawn Saturday afternoon. (Kiel Edge photo)


Education minister backs new school board chair

Ontario’s education minister is stepping in to help clear up the controversy surrounding the Bluewater District School Board.

 

Kathleen Wynne has announced she will be meeting with Jennifer Yenssen, the new board chair, to discuss how the ministry can support the board in restoring public confidence in its actions.

 


Bluewater board in crisis, says Kincardine trustee

The Bluewater District School Board has elected a new chairperson to steer the group through a situation that one trustee calls a crisis.

Jennifer Yenssen was appointed to the vacant chair position at a special meeting early last week. As a former chair of the Bruce County School Board prior to amalgamation, trustees believe Yenssen’s experience is sorely needed in the coming months.

“It’s important for us to have someone in the chair position who has past experience,” said vice-chair Jan Johnstone, trustee for Kincardine and Huron-Kinloss. “This board of trustees is very much interested in restoring the public’s confidence. That’s extremely important.”


Huron-Kinloss council has two options for budget

Huron-Kinloss council is split on two options for the 2009 tax rate following a budget meeting early last week.

Council is considering two different tax rates, the options mean a difference of $26 on the average municipal tax bill.

The first option would result in a two per cent decrease in the total tax rate. The total tax rate includes the education, Bruce County and municipal tax rates. Although the total tax rate would be lowered, the municipal rate would increase 1.76 per cent. For owners of homes worth the median assessment of $200,000, this option would mean a $120 increase in taxes this year.


Chamber presents community achievement awards

Dwight Willet presents the Bruce Power Citizen of the Year Award to Shirley Burnham


A haircut for cancer

Morgan Colling, 8, holds up the hair she is donating to Locks of Love, which makes wigs for cancer patients. Colling, a Ripley Central School student, had her hair chopped off Friday afternoon at Dynamics hair salon in Kincardine. The hair is headed for the Continental Hair Program ofr Kids in Toronto.