Historical visit

Deb Sturdevant of the Bruce County Museum was at the Kincardine Library last Wednesday afternoon with some interesting items relating to the Kincardine area. Sturdevant was on hand to answer questions, particularly regarding family and historical research at the Museum, as well as tips on how to properly care for your own family archives. THe Bruce County Archives are open to the public fo research. For more information, visit the museum in Southampton, find them online at brucemuseum.ca or contact the museum by e-mail at archives@brucecounty.on.ca (Josh Howald photo)

Seatbelt-related deaths hit 10-year low

Fewer people are dying as a result of not wearing their seatbelts than ever before.

Seatbelt-related deaths on OPP-patrolled roads numbered 120 10 years ago, but were down to 50 in 2014. The stat has police optimistic about the growing importance road users are putting on using proper restraints when in a vehicle.

"We are proud to see Ontarians come such a long way with seatbelt safety over the past 10 years," said Chief Superintendant Chuck Cox, Provincial Commander of the OPP Highway Safety Division. "In spite of the steady progress, we need all road users to start recognizing the significant role a seatbelt plays in increasing one's chances of surviving a road crash and reducing the severity of injuries."

Police were conducting a province wide blitz of seatbelt enforcement over the Easter weekend.

Youngters and OldStars

Wyatt Sheppard blows a wheel as he fires a shot on net during the senior tyke hockey game Friday night at the Davidson Centre to kick off the 39th annual OldStars Erie Belle hockey tournament. Sheppard was robbed on this scoring chance. (Josh Howald photo)

No deadline extension for Inverhuron servicing project

By Barb McKay


A joint provincial and federal grant review committee has denied Kincardine’s request for a deadline extension for a water and sewer service expansion project in Inverhuron.


The municipality is receiving $6 million from the Building Canada Fund to extend municipal services to parts of Inverhuron, but the grant is contingent on Kincardine completing the project by March 2016. Facing project delays due to an in-depth environmental assessment process that included archeological studies, late last year the municipality applied for an extension. On March 23, it finally received a reply from a committee tasked with reviewing grant applications.


National newspaper award for Daisy Howald

They say every dog has its day.

The Independent's national award-winning columnist Daisy Howald. (Josh Howald photo)


And that day has come for The Kincardine Independent office dog, Daisy Howald. The Canadian Community Newspaper Association announced on the weekend that she had placed second in the 2015 Great Ideas Awards competition.

Her column, Daisy's Pick of the Litter, finished between two initiatives from The Interior News in Smithers, British Columbia.

Fifteen distracted driving charges

The South-Bruce OPP laid 15 Distracted Driving charges during a six-day province-wide crackdown.

Police investigated 13 motor vehicle collisions, with minor injuries reported at one of the scenes during the campaign, which ran from March 14 to March 20.

 "I find it frustrating to see so many drivers still using a cell phone...", said Mike Beatty, Detachment Commander of the South-Bruce OPP. "It's a dangerous act that has quickly become the most common factor in serious collisions. This campaign may have ended, but a distracted driver remains a constant threat to all road users. The South-Bruce OPP will continue to identify and stop these drivers (who) put others at risk."

Feeding the flock

The kitchen at the Kincardine Baptist Church was bustling with activity Thursday evening as volunteers cooked up a complete Community Meal. Dinners are served to the public in the church hall on the last Thursday of each month. From left are Judith Bond, Norma Kempers, Pat Newman and Nancy Craig. (Barb McKay photo)

Kincardine stories to be part of national media project

Kincardine’s downtown will be featured in a national project to commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary.


The Tale of a Town is a nationwide theatre and media project that features stories originating from main streets in small communities and big cities from coast to coast. FIXT Point, a Toronto-based media and theatre company will be in Kincardine July 7 to 12 to interview local residents and business owners. The completed multi-media project will be unveiled through a special celebration to commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017.


Annex building sale closes

Historic building could house a restaurant in future

By Barb McKay

While the developer who purchased the historic Annex building in downtown Kincardine has no immediate plans to transform the building, it could one day be home to a new restaurant.

David Brown told The Independent Monday via email that the terms of the sale have been finalized and it will close April 28. The sale has been in progress since October 2013, when Kincardine council approved an amendment to the Agreement of Purchase and Sale. At that time, Brown began having discussions with the municipality about purchasing the building, but there have been holdups.

Community acceptance crucial for used nuclear fuel DGR project


By Barb McKay


A deep geologic repository (DGR) to store Canada’s used nuclear fuel will only be constructed in a community that fully understands what the proposed project involves and openly accepts it.



Kevin Orr, left, and Paul Austen of the NWMO took media on a tour of OPG's Western Waste Management Facility at Bruce Power last week. They are seen here in the dry storage facility for Bruce Power's used nuclear fuel. (Barb McKay photo)