All that jazz

The Kincardine Summer Music Festival kicked off its evening concert series on Saturday with a performance from London jazz singer Sonja Gustafson at the Best Western Plus Governor's Inn. For a schedule of upcoming concerts, visit www.ksmf.ca (Barb McKay photo)


Unit 1 sets new record

Unit 1 at Bruce A generating station set a new post-refurbishment record run today, reaching 151 days of consecutive operation.

“With this long-run record, we continue to demonstrate that refurbishment of nuclear units is an excellent investment in low-cost, clean energy that will produce reliably for decades,” said Paul Boucher, Bruce A, Senior Vice-President. “I want to thank and commend the people of Bruce A for their commitment to outstanding performance supporting the high reliability of our units.”

Bruce Power produced 47.6 terrawatt-hours (TWh) in 2015 eclipsing 2014 production of 45.58 TWh. Production was split fairly evenly at 22.8 TWh (Bruce A) and 24.9 TWh (Bruce B).


Dangerous drug stolen from vet clinic

Police warned the public that a large quantity of dangerous medication has been stolen from the Mildmay Veterinary Clinic.

Police are concerned as the stolen prescribed medication is a drug called Euthanyl, also known as pentobarvitol sodium. It is used for the euthanasia of animals. Police are concerned this drug may be taken, as it is also fatal for humans.

The South-Bruce OPP received the theft report on Friday morning. The medication was stolen from the Mildmay Veterinary Clinic, located along Highway 9 in Carrick Twp., sometime between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m.

Police said they are being assisted by the Mount Forest Identification Unit with the investigation. The value of the stolen drugs was estimated to be more than $6,000.


Bent into shape

Claire Cassidy-Byle of Magnum Fitness instructs a yoga group Sunday afternoon at the 3rd annual Health and Wellness Fair at the Davidson Centre hall. The hall was filled with vendors offering samples and performing live demonstrations. All the proceeds from the event went to Kincardine Community Living. (Josh Howald photo)


SBGHC head optimistic about Kincardine hospital plan

Seeking $440,000 from municipalities for building study

By Barb McKay

 

The head of the South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) is confident that a new plan to redevelop the Kincardine hospital will get the stamp of approval from the province and significant funding to complete the work.

 

So much so, that president and CEO Paul Rosebush met with Municipality of Kincardine and Township of Huron-Kinloss councils last week to ask for $440,000 to complete technical and architectural studies that the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care requires before it will consider the new redevelopment plan.

 


Wheel nasty weather

Winter refuses to go away this year. However, despite some recent ugly weather, temperatures are expected to warm up later this week. (Josh Howald photo)


Tennis season over early

By Josh Howald

Before it could even begin, the 2016 tennis season in Kincardine has ended.

The current condition of the Kincardine Tennis Courts. (Josh Howald photo)

 

The Kincardine Tennis Club has decided to cancel the 2016 tennis season amidst frustration with the Municipality of Kincardine over deteriorating court conditions and council's flippant attitude to the situation and club.


Landowners oppose costly municipal drain project

Huron-Kinloss Township council briefs

By Barb McKay

 

An extensive drainage project proposed for properties along Concession 12 in former Huron Township has several landowners up in arms.

 

Residents attended the April 4 township council meeting with a petition signed by 35 landowners who oppose the project, which is expected to cost roughly $1 million to complete. The petition reads, “Since all parties involved agree that the drain is working and the grade is good, the cost of this project is unrealistically excessive and of very little benefit. If the township or landowner believes that some improvements are necessary, there should be a new proposal.”


Traffic stop leads to drug charge

A 25-year-old Kincardine man was charged with possession of a controlled substance after he was pulled over on Highway 21 Saturday night.

Just after 10:30 p.m., a South-Bruce OPP officer on patrol in Huron Twp. stopped a black Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The officer discovered a quantity of illegal drugs in the car. The man was charged with possession and is scheduled to appear in court May 11 to answer to the charge.


Unit 2 outage begins

Bruce Power removed Unit 2 from service on Friday, April 1, as part of a planned maintenance outage.

“The Unit 2 outage is the beginning of an extensive investment program at Bruce A in 2016, as we will begin a concurrent planned outage in Unit 3 on May 1, before undertaking a Station Containment Outage (SCO) on May 6,” said Len Clewett, Bruce Power’s Chief Nuclear Officer.

The SCO, which fulfils the mandate of our independent regulator, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, will ensure Bruce A’s layers of safety systems are working to the highest standards. All four Bruce A units will be removed from service during the SCO.

“Bruce Power’s asset management plan will see us invest billions of private dollars into these publicly owned reactors over the next decade,” Clewett said. “Although it will be challenging, we have had success completing these tasks in the past and continue to improve our performance with each planned maintenance outage.”