Several bear sightings in Kincardine

Numerous bear sightings in and around Kincardine last week had many residents on guard.

 

Bears were spotted in the south end of Kincardine around Bruce Avenue, Park Street and Lyden Crescent, as well as on Old Victoria Street and near Kincardine and District Secondary School. There were bear sightings on Concession 2, Bruce Road 23, Highway 9, and near Bruce Power.

 

People took to Facebook to report that they had spotted the bears and to warn residents in the areas to use caution when letting pets outdoors and venturing out themselves.

 


Prepping?

Roughly 10 student volunteers from KDSS got a closer look at the operating room Friday to learn about surgical procedures, equipment and discharge procedures. Here, Grade 10 student Danica Wall is the patient for nurse Christie Graham as she explains how a colonoscopy is performed. (Barb McKay photo)


Legal fees from Bruce Telecom, pipeline debt create municipal deficit

By Barb McKay

 

Professional fees associated with the failed sale of Bruce Telecom and Freedom of Information requests that followed put the Municipality of Kincardine in a deficit position last year.

 

Matthew Betik of KPMG LLP attended last Wednesday’s council meeting to present the municipality’s audited consolidated financial statements for 2014. Last year, the municipality recorded a deficit of $638,901, mainly due to $884,835 that was spent on legal services to deal with Freedom of Information requests and issues related to the Competition Bureau intervention on the sale of Bruce Telecom to Eastlink. It is an about-face from 2013, when the municipality recorded a surplus of $363,484.

 


Municipality seeks funding for Kincardine lighthouse

By Barb McKay

 

The municipality is hoping that the historical significance of Kincardine’s lighthouse will lead to a sizeable grant from the federal government.

 

Council took its time deciding which of its eligible projects to select for a funding application under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, when it discussed the grant during its meeting last Wednesday. The federal government announced on May 15 that it would make funding available, including $44.4 million to communities in southern Ontario, but applications had to be submitted by June 9.

 


For Peter!

From left, Jori Picard, Katelyn Chilton and Rachel Thurman, all Grade 5 students at Elgin Market Public School, sell baked goods at a party/fundraiser for Peter Sinclair last week. Peter joined the party via Snapchat on the big screen in the gym to thank the students, who also had a dance and played assorted games. (Josh Howald photo)


Copper theft in Ripley

Police are investigating an overnight theft of copper in Ripley last week.

On June 2, police received a theft report from Current Electric, located along Queen St. in the village. Sometime between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. on June 2, a quantity of residential copper wiring was taken from the business. The value of the stolen property is estimated to be worth more than $250.


Decoration Day

Piper Glenn Walpole plays his bagpipes at the annual Decoration Day ceremony at the Port Bruce Cemetery on Sunday. About 30 people took part in the event, which included laying wreaths on the graves of loved ones and reading the names of those who had died in the past year. (Barb McKay photo)


Teachers increase work to rule action

Local elementary teachers have increased strike action in response to what the union is calling obstinacy on the part of the provincial government.

 

Full-time and occasional teachers’ further withdrawal from administrative duties took effect on Monday. The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), which represents the teachers, said the action is designed to have minimal impact on students. The union’s collective agreements expired nine months ago. Under this phase of work-to-rule action, teachers will not participate in Ministry of Education meetings and workshops, as well as mandated meetings with principals.

 


Bruce Power receives five-year licence renewal

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission has renewed Bruce Power’s reactor operating licence for another five years.

 

The decision came after a series of public hearings in Kincardine and a review of the nuclear power corporation’s safety performance.

 

“We are pleased with this result and were quite frankly humbled by the support offered by the many organizations and individuals who made presentations at the public hearings,” Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power’s president and CEO, said in a media release. “We believe we require two licences – our operating licence from the regulator and our social licence, which is granted by our community, and we have to earn both of those each and every day.”

 


Buying local

Tonya Schmalz, right, checks ot some of the baked goods sold by Dorothy Squires-Fraser at the Kincardine Farmers' Market Saturday. (Barb McKay photo)