Effort to sell Bruce Telecom cost Kincardine $1 million

The failed attempt to sell Bruce Telecom has the Municipality of Kincardine on the hook for more than $1 million in legal and consulting fees.

 

Municipal staff presented a report to Kincardine council during last Monday’s budget meeting outlining the fees accrued since 2013 for the sale of Bruce Telecom. The total cost has amounted to $1,057,000 for legal, consulting and accounting services. Of that, $387,000 was the result of intervention by the federal Competition Bureau, Freedom of Information requests and a closed meeting investigation report.

 


Playoff perfection

By Josh Howald

So far, so good for the Kincardine Minor Hockey Association.

The bantam and peewee rep teams have already swept first round opponents, while the atoms and bantams, as well as the atom AE team, hold 2-0 leads in the opening round of the playoffs.

The Miller Insurance midgets completed a three-game sweep of first place Saugeen Shores with a 2-1 Saturday evening in Port Elgin. The midget Kinucks took Games 1 and 2 of the series 8-2 and 4-1, respectively. They advance to the WOAA finals, where they will meet the winner of a Walkerton - Listowel series. Listowel held a 2-0 lead in that semi-final.


Sliding into Winter

The tobogganing hills on Durham Street near the Davidson Centre were packed with children finally enjoying the snow on Sunday when the wind stopped and temperatures became bearable. From left, Haden Richardson, Trent Courtney and Kaleb Smith, all 12-years-old from Kincardine, decided to try and ride down the slope together. For the full story on last week's storm, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)


Patient experience leads to review of emergency discharge policies at SBGHC

The South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) is taking a closer look at the discharge policies for the emergency departments at its four hospital sites following a recent patient complaint.

 

Helen Bullen of Kincardine sent a letter to the editor to The Independent last month after she visited the Walkerton hospital emergency department on the evening of Dec. 5 due to a sudden illness. In her letter, Bullen said she was treated quickly and had several tests right away to check her heart. At 9:30 p.m., she said, the doctor told her he would admit her overnight for observation. At that point, she told the friends who drove her to the hospital left and indicated that they would pick her up in the morning.

 


Flu strikes Bruce County

By Barb McKay

 

Public health officials are asking the public to use caution to avoid contracting and spreading germs in the wake of a several outbreaks of flu viruses within Bruce County.

 

The Grey Bruce Health Unit reported that at least 10 long-term care facilities in the two counties have experienced flu epidemics within the last month and a half, including at least two in Bruce County with Influenza A and two more with respiratory illnesses. Prior to the Christmas holidays schools across the region reported high levels of absenteeism due to illness and emergency departments also indicated an increased number of visits due to respiratory illnesses.


Big changes to Kincardine Relay for Life

The Kincardine Relay For Life is getting a makeover.

The Canadian Cancer Society Bluewater community office announced last week that it is making some bold changes to its Relay For Life, including Kincardine. Perhaps the most significant change is that all Relays in Ontario will now be held in June which means a date change for the Kincardine, previously in August. As well, the three 2015 events will take place on Saturdays and will now run from 12 noon until midnight. Kincardine’s Relay For Life will be held June 20 at the Davidson Centre outdoor track.


Skating circles

Sarah Austin, left, and daughter Olivia, 7, or Port Elgin had a blast skating around the outdoor ice loop at MacGregor Point Provincial Park on Sunday. (Barb McKay photo)


South Bruce OPP detachment commander retiring

By Barb McKay

 

After 30 years in policing, Insp. Scott Smith is ready to hang up his hat.

 

The veteran officer confirmed Monday that he will retire from the Ontario Provincial Police in March. Smith joined the South Bruce OPP as detachment commander in July 2012 and immediately began forging a closer relationship between police and the community. He led the charge to create a Safe Communities committee in Kincardine that encourages community stakeholders to take a more active role in addressing issues that are specific to the community.

 


Snow, snow and more snow

Kincardine area hit hard by winter storm

Stay inside.

There isn't much to do in Kincardine today anyways, except maybe shovel.

A look down Kincardine's main street this afternoon. (Josh Howald photo)

 

Pretty well everything scheduled for this evening, from hockey games to choir practices, have been cancelled due the most recent winter storm hitting the region. Buses did not run to any Kincardine area schools today, and both Highway 21 from Grand Bend to Port Elgin and Highway 9 to Walkerton remained closed as of 3:30 p.m. Most Bruce Power employees were told to stay at home this morning, and several businesses have also decided not to open their doors today.


Bantams keep Silver Stick banner in town

Peewees lose in final, novices ousted in semis

By Josh Howald

They saved the best for last.

 

The 28th annual Kincardine Regional Silver Stick ended with the host Kincardine Timber Mart bantam Kinucks winning a title and claiming a spot at the International Silver Stick.

Kincardine clinched the Bantam B championship in front of a near-capacity crowd at the Davidson Centre last Tuesday with a 3-1 win over Tavistock.