Council considers future of Bruce Telecom

More details expected after closed meeting Oct. 16

By Barb McKay


There is expected to be more information on the future of Bruce Telecom later this month.


Kincardine council will meet behind closed doors Oct. 16 with the municipality’s solicitor to receive advice regarding structural options for the municipally-owned telecommunications company. During last Wednesday’s council meeting, mayor Anne Eadie requested that a discussion be held about Bruce Telecom board member terms. While one member has another year remaining on the board, the terms of three members will expire at the end of December.


Mayors push province to address algae in Great Lakes

Huron-Kinloss mayor Mitch Twolan was one of 20 mayors from Ontario and the United States to travel to Queen’s Park last week to urge provincial legislators to take action against threats facing the Great Lakes.


Twolan is currently the chair of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative and said toxic algae in Lake Erie and the arrival of the invasive Asian carp in Lake Ontario are high priorities for the group. The Initiative is represented by 115 mayors with the mandate to protect and restore the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence basin.


Pie perfection

Jean Young, Nancy Thomson and Bertha Scott display some pumpkin pies at the Pine River Church Saturday during the Kountry Kitchen Bazaar. (Josh Howald photo)

Wolves win opener

Ripley edges out Lucknow in season debut

By Josh Howald

A trio of second period goals led the Ripley Wolves to a 3-2 win in the team's WOAA Senior AA home opener Saturday night.

Cody Britton watches as his shot beats Ben Dorscht of the Lucknow Lancers Saturday night in Ripley. The goal turned out to be the game winner as Ripley opened the Senior AA hockey season with a 3-2 victory. (Josh Howald photo)


Cody Britton's goal late in the middle frame was the difference in this game against the rival Lucknow Lancers. Britton showed some nice finish after Drew Davidson kept a puck in the Lucknow end and found Britton down low with a great set-up.

Saturday night's win was a good start to another senior hockey season for the Wolves, last year's WOAA Senior A playoff champions.

Jumping for joy

Callen Tailoon can't contain his excitement as he tosses hay around during the needle in a haystack event at the Tiverton Fall Fair. (Barb McKay photo)

Teachers union returns to bargaining table

CUPE increases job action

 The union representing Ontario’s elementary teachers has accepted the province’s invitation to return to the bargaining table.

The request to resume negotiations came just hours after the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) filed an Unfair Labour Practice complaint with the Ontario Labour Relations Board, arguing that the government and Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) was not bargaining in good faith. The school boards’ association and the Ministry of Education left the bargaining table Sept. 11.

Three arrested in Kincardine Sobeys parking lot

Patrons of Tim Hortons and Sobeys in Kincardine took in quite a scene last Wednesday when police swooped in and arrested three men in the parking lot.


According to a report from the South Bruce OPP, an officer stopped to check on a black Pontiac Grand Am in the Sobeys parking lot at the corner of Durham Street and Highway 21 just after 1 p.m. The vehicle’s occupants refused to co-operate and other officers were called in to assist. The three men in the vehicle were arrested and taken into custody.


Westario increases utility assistance for low-income households

By Barb McKay


Westario plans to double its contribution to its utility assistance program over the next four years.


The announcement was made during Thursday’s county council meeting. Westario is partnering with Bruce County Social Services, which will be responsible for distributing the funds to those in need, a role previously handled by the United Way. The new funding for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program will begin Jan. 1, 2016. Westario has pledged to add $100,000 to the assistance program over the next four years.


Armow Wind project construction nearing completion

By Barb McKay


Construction of the Armow Wind project is in the final stages and the Municipality of Kincardine is racing to conduct a sound level field study before the wind farm becomes operational.


SP Armow Wind, the developers of the 180-megawatt wind energy project, issued a construction update last week. All 52 kilometres of access roads to the wind turbines are now complete and all 91 turbine foundations have been constructed. Nearly all the turbines have been delivered to the site and 78 have been installed. A total of 146 kilometres out of 179 kilometres of collector cables have been installed and 56 of 91 towers have been wired.



Jiggs the dog, owned by Teri Morris of Tiverton, mugs for the camera while he takes a veiw of the exhibits on top of this display cow at the Tiverton Fall Fair on the weekend. (Barb McKay photo)