KDSS showcases artistic talents Thursday evening

Kincardine and District Secondary School (KDSS) will hold its third annual Knight of the Arts tomorrow evening.

The event, held at the high school, is a compilation of artistic work by students and includes work from the media, drama, and visual art classes.

Several charges from Festive RIDE campaign

More than 600 people were charged with impaired driving during the seven-week Festive RIDE campaign held province wide by the OPP.

Of the 610 impaired driving charges laid over that period, three of them were locally, handed out by the South-Bruce OPP. The Huron County OPP, meanwhile, laid eight of those impaired driving charges. The South-Bruce OPP served another nine warn range suspensions during the Festive RIDE campaign. A total of 388 people, province wide, were served with these suspensions.

Provincially, the OPP conducted more than 7,300 RIDE checkpoints during the campaign, which ran from Nov. 21, 2016 to Jan. 7, 2017.

OPP Drug Recognition Evaluators (DRE) also took part and laid drug-impaired driving charges to 22 of the 610 impaired drivers. Police claim that DREs have the tools and expertise to test and detect drug impairment in drivers from a Drug Evaluation and Classification Program.

Ice day out there

A bulldozer does some work on the shoreline Friday west of Goderich St. in Kincardine. A wall of ice, meanwhile, helps protect the shore from the winter elements. (Josh Howald photo)

 Snowshoe walk Saturday at Stoney Island

Dust off your snowshoes because the Kincardine Cross Country Ski Club is holding its annual snowshoe walk this weekend.

The snowshoe walk will take place Saturday at 2 p.m. at Stoney Island Conservation Area, five kilometres north of Kincardine on Bruce Road 23. This is a free community event open to everyone and is sponsored by PenetangearActive and Outdoor Clothing.

Participants can choose between a shorter one mile walk and a longer two mile walk that uses the amazing ‘big root trail’. Afterwards, refreshments will be available in the heated club hut.

Time to complete Bruce Avenue soccer fields, say users

By Barb McKay

Soccer in Kincardine is growing but the facilities are not keeping pace, according to the minor soccer executive.

Police make arrest in downtown fire

Police have made an arrest in connection to a downtown house fire last week in Kincardine.

The South-Bruce OPP said they arrested a 21-year-old yesterday (Thursday) without incident. The man has been charged with arson, mischief, uttering threats and two counts of breach of probation.

Police said the man was held in custody pending the results of a bail hearing that was scheduled to take place today (Friday).

Police have been investigating since being called to the apartment fire, across from the Hawg's Breath, at 2:20 a.m. last Thursday along with the Municipality of Kincardine Fire Department. Firefighters quickly extinguished an aggressive fire in an upstairs apartment. All occupants of the building were safely evacuated and no injuries were reported.


Downtown fire deemed suspicious

Police and the Ontario Fire Marshall are investigating after fire broke out in a Queen Street residence early last Thursday morning.

Fire ripped through the second storey apartment at this Queen Street home early Thursday morning. The Ontario Fire Marshall and OPP are investigating. (photo courtesy of Jason Marsh)


Kincardine remains best location for DGR, says OPG

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has submitted the information requested last February by the federal minister of environment and climate change and stands by its proposal for a Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) in Kincardine.

Catherine McKenna had been expected to make a decision on the environmental assessment for the proposed DGR for low- and intermediate-level nuclear waste at the beginning of last year, after a federally-appointed Joint Review Panel recommended the project proceed, but the new environment minister requested that OPG provide three additional pieces of information. OPG was required to provide a study detailing the environmental effects of technically and economically-feasible alternate locations for OPG’s DGR project. Two alternate locations - one in crystalline rock and one in sedimentary rock - were studied, along with the incremental costs and risks associated with the off-site transportation.

Wicked winter weather wallops region

By Barb McKay

Two winter storms last week led to widespread road closures, power outages and event cancellations throughout Bruce County.

The load being pulled by this tractor trailer ended up in the ditch Friday morning on Highway #21 between Kincardine Ave. and Bruce Ave. Police were called to dozens of vehicle crashes and collisions last week due to whiteout conditions and slippery roads. (Josh Howald photo)


Global preference to deal with nuclear waste is DGRs, Twolan says

Mayor attended international conference in Paris, France

By Barb McKay

Deep geological repositories (DGR) are being looked at throughout the western world as the preferred option to store nuclear waste.

After attending the Nuclear Energy Agency International Conference on Geological Repositories in Paris, France, last month, Huron-Kinloss Township Mayor and Bruce County Warden Mitch Twolan said he was instilled with confidence that plans for the long-term storage of nuclear waste here in Canada are the way to go."