Little dogs bark for own park

KinDOG wants park for small dogs

This year is the fifth anniversary of Kincardine’s dog park and the project has been a successful one, says councillor Jacqueline Faubert.


The KinDOG Off-Leash Dog Park is a happy topic, she told council Wednesday and she added that the park is good for tourism as people bring their pets in from neighbouring communities.


KinDOG is composed of individuals who are committed to the maintenance of a recreational area where dogs and people can interact in a clean, safe and pleasant environment.



Alyssa McAllister, Brittney Weber, Ashley McAllister and Victoria Weber enjoy the free swim at the Davidson Centre during the March break last week. (Josh Howald photo)

Proposed act would hurt municipalities, business

The enactment of Bill 69, The Prompt Payment Act, would create a lot of problems for municipalities, say members of Kincardine council.


Mayor Larry Kraemer told council that not much thought has gone into this legislation, although the bill has passed second reading in the Ontario Legislature.


The bill would prohibit all holdbacks on a construction project. Deputy mayor Annie Eadie said she could not understand why a municipality would not be able to hold back payments until a contractor finished a job to the municipality’s satisfaction.


That eliminates the municipality’s control, she said.


Speeder was breathless

Instead of passing the test , he passed on the test.

A 36-year-old Burlington man is facing several charges after he refused to provide police with a breath sample after being caught speeding through downtown Kincardine.

Walking on water

Some brave souls arrive at the breakwall - one mile out on Lake Huron Sunday afternoon. THey safely made it from the end of the north pier and back, but testing the ice is never a smart idea. These folks, however, weren't the only ones exploring a frozen Lake Huron on the weekend. Snowmobilers, fishermen and skaters were also seen on the lake. The Kincardine Independent suggests you play it safe and stay on solid ground, as Lake Huron can be just as dangerous in the winter time as it can be in the summer. (Josh Howald photo)

Kincardine looking at ways to deal with hydro disconnections

Westario rep says no interest in taking on financial risk to suspend winter disconnects

By Barb McKay


Some residents are doing without electricity in the summer in order to afford power in the winter, according to a Kincardine councillor.


Jacqueline Faubert said as the issue of rising electricity costs has become more prominent, she has been approached by a number of people who say they are doing whatever they can to make it more affordable, even if that means living without it for part of the year.


Rising electricity prices was a hot topic during last Wednesday’s council meeting, when the municipality’s representative on Westario Power’s board of directors, Randy Hughes, came to explain the company’s disconnection policy.

Lake Huron a hub of rare bird activity, says bird expert

By Barb McKay


Birds that migrate south in the fall and return north in the spring follow a path along the Lake Huron shoreline, and that makes Kincardine a prime spot for bird watching, according to a member of the Friends of MacGregor Point Park.


The group is gearing up to hold its annual Huron Fringe Birding Festival at the end of May and brought a special invitation to Kincardine council at its meeting last week to check out the event. Most of the workshops and excursions that are part of the festival are already booked up, Doug Pedwell said.


Kincardine not Hockeyville, says Kraft, CBC

By Josh Howald

Kincardine will not be Hockeyville - this year, anyways.

Saturday night on CBC Hockey Night in Canada, 16 communities were named finalists in the Kraft Canada and CBC competition. Those centres will receive a minimum of $25,000 for arena upgrades and improvements, with the chance of moving on. Voting opened shortly after the finalists were named Saturday night, and was to continue until Monday night. From there, the list will be pared down again.

Eight communities from eastern Canada and eight from the West were named finalists. In the East, Kincardine was beaten by Ontario's Richmond, Prescott, Beeton and Exeter, as well as Plateau Chicoutimi in Quebec and two Nova Scotia centres, Kingston and Amherst.

Water lines continue to freeze

By Barb McKay


The Municipality of Kincardine continues to ask residents to run their taps after water lines froze on 13 properties in just two days last week.


Since the notice was issued last month 52 frozen water lines have been reported. So far, 44 have been thawed out.


“If you notice reduced water pressure, it could be a sign that your pipes are freezing,” deputy mayor Anne Eadie said during a public announcement made at last Wednesday’s council meeting.


Federal government recognizes Bruce Power

On March 3, MP Ben Lobb presented a certificate of recognition to Bruce Power on behalf of the federal government.


“I’m honoured to present this recognition to Bruce Power as not only a respected employer in my riding but as Canada’s largest public-private partnership,” Lobb said. “The Bruce Power public-private partnership model has worked and is positively recognized not only across Canada but around the world. Bruce Power also generates 30 per cent of Ontario’s electricity at 30 per cent below the average cost, and that’s good for our economy.”


Bruce Power also launched a new outreach effort last week which offers facts about Ontario’s nuclear advantage; visit for more information.