Missed appointments at donor clinics leading to critical blood shortage

Canadian Blood Services is making an appeal to eligible donors to give blood after the organization reported a serious shortage of certain blood types last week.


Canadian Blood Services has what it is calling a critically low blood inventory, particularly in supplies of A and O-type blood. It is the lowest blood inventory in Canada since 2008.


Elaine St. Pierre, territory manager for Canadian Blood Services, whose region includes Kincardine, said that missed and cancelled appointments are making it difficult to keep blood supplies available for Canadians who need them.

Fair fight

Knights of Northgaedham battle during a medieval demonstration at the Annex building as part of the Tiverton Fall Fair. The combatants hail from Underwood and are members of the Barony of Ramshaven. For a full page of colour photos from the Tiverton Fall Fair, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent! (Barb McKay photo)

KFHT approved to hire physiotherapist

The Kincardine Family Health Team will be hiring a full-time physiotherapist, who will provide services at no cost to patients in and around Kincardine.

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOH) recently endorsed a proposal from the Kincardine Family Health Team to initiate development and implementation of Physiotherapy Services for the residents of Kincardine and Huron-Kinloss Township.

Council torn over future of Bruce Telecom board

By Barb McKay

Kincardine council will take a week to decide how to form the next Bruce Telecom board of directors after a suggestion from the mayor that council take over the duties.


As the term of the current Bruce Telecom board comes to an end, a new board will have to be appointed. While the majority of board members have completed two four-year terms, two members, Tom Scott and Barry Schmidt, took two-year terms with the option to renew their seats for another four years to ensure that there is not a complete turnover of the board. However, mayor Larry Kraemer explained to council during its meeting last Wednesday, Schmidt has decided not to continue his role on the board.

Green leader

Leader Resources Services was part of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association's Green Energy Doors Open event on the weekend. Leader showed off a fleet of electric vehicles, including this motorcyle from Mitchell. Leaders has a charging station that is free to use. (Barb McKay photo)

Kincardine to repair south pier

 The municipality is looking for a contractor to repair the Kincardine harbour pier.


The project was put out to tender last week with a deadline of Oct. 16 for applications. The work will include the placement of more than 1,900 tonnes of armour stone and rock materials along the south side of the south pier for erosion control and to protect the fisheries habitat.


The recreation department included $275,000 in the 2014 budget from the municipality’s lifecycle reserve fund for the project.

Hockey Day in Kincardine this Saturday

By Josh Howald

Saturday is Hockey Day in Kincardine.

An inaugural Hockey Day event was held last year to support Doug Kennedy's fight with cancer. This year, the Nichol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs have organized a full day of hockey with proceeds directed to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Last year, Saugeen Shores provided the opposition for a full day of minor hockey action, followed by Junior C and Kincardine District Secondary School alumni games. On Saturday, Wingham will bring several minor hockey teams to town to be a part of Hockey Day festivities.

Cubbies claim TVSBL title

The Kincardine Cubs are Thames Valley Senior Baseball League champions.

Pitcher Adam Marseilles and Ryan Fraser share a chuckle after sending the Oakridge Reds back to the field in Game 3 of the TVSBL finals yesterday at Connaught. The Cubs claimed the league title with two wins, both of them laughers. The mercy rule was invoked in both games. (Josh Howald photo)


The Cubs pasted the Oakridge Reds in Game 2 of the league championship series, and then again in the third and deciding game later in the day at Connaught Park.

For the full story, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent.

- Josh Howald


Oliva Little, 5, tossed out the first pitch at the Areva organized charity baseball last week at Connaught Park in Kincardine. Olivia is seen here with sister Harper and mother Erin. More than $5,000 was raised at the mini-tournament. For the full story, see this week's sports section. (Josh Howald photo)

CTC gas bar to replace Crossroads?

By Josh Howald

It looks like the Cross Roads Esso gas bar on Highway 21 will become a Canadian Tire gas bar.

Though The Independent did speak with Canadian Tire Corporate Communications in Toronto on Monday, nobody at CTC would confirm or deny that the company had purchased the parcel of land that is home to Esso gas bar, McDonald's, Lakeside Chevrolet and the Best Western Governor's Inn. Representatives said they would put a media relations staff member in touch with The Independent. As of press time, that had yet to happen.