Kincardine economic future includes natural gas, development opportunities

By Barb McKay


Natural gas, serviced development land and a new high school are front of mind for Kincardine’s new economic development task force, which is working towards turning goals into reality.


In the past several years, the role of economic development in the municipality has changed a number of times. Less than a decade ago, it was a committee of council. The municipality also had an economic development officer, Stephen Murray, who has since taken on that role in Meaford. In 2011, the municipality contracted the Penetangore Regional Economic Development Corporation (PREDC) to look after economic development for it, but council voted to terminate the agreement in January 2015.


Downtown Kincardine needs commercial developers

Retail space limited after slew of new businesses open

By Barb McKay


Business is booming in downtown Kincardine.


In the past few months, a total of nine businesses have either opened in the core or are preparing to shortly.


Three new businesses have set up shop on Lambton Street. Tundra, a recruitment firm, and 2m, an electrical engineering company, moved into the former Scout Hall last year. Cool Smokers is currently on Lambton Street but will be re-locating to the former Lake Huron Video location on Queen Street in the near future. Lake Huron Video has moved farther north on Queen Street.


Teens rescued, charged

Police charged two London teenagers last Friday night after they were helped ashore in their kayaks.


At 7:38 p.m. on May 20, the South-Bruce OPP received a report of two teens using kayaks on Lake Huron who appeared to need assistance. Officers arrived on the scene to find they had already been helped to shore.


Neither had a personal flotation device, and the two 19-year-olds were charged under the Canada Shipping Act for the safety equipment violation.


Police remind the public to make sure you have the proper equipment on board before you head out on the water.

Swept up

From left, Makala Jamieson, Ethan Long, Makayla Clampitt and Raven Sharpe pose for photos in front of Lake Huron prior to the 2016 Kincardine District Secondary School prom at the Kincardine Pavilion Saturday night. (Barb McKay photo)

Bruce Telecom, CUPE reach tentative agreement

Bruce Telecom and the union representing its employees, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 255, have reached a tentative agreement.


The two sides met May 20 and reached the agreement with the assistance of a federally-appointed mediator. The proposed settlement will be presented to CUPE 255 members for review and a ratification vote on Friday in Kincardine.


CUPE had threatened a strike or lockout if an agreement had not been reached by May 29, however both the union and Bruce Telecom have agreed there will be no disruption in service until both parties have had the opportunity to review the agreement and hold votes on whether to accept or reject.

OFSAA trip for Eybergen

Grade 9 second at OFSAA West Regionals

By Josh Howald

Madelyn Eybergen has hops.

Madelyn Eybergen on the KDSS steps Monday morning. Eybergen will be competing at the provincial high school track and field championships in WIndsor on Friday. (Josh Howald photo)


The Grade 9 student at Kincardine District Secondary School jumped 1.56-metres on Friday in Cambridge to finish second in midget girls high jump at the OFSAA West Regional Track and Field Championships.

That is the same height that she jumped to win a CWOSSA high jump championship last week, and also her personal best height. She only needed a jump of 1.39-m to win the Bluewater Athletic Association high jump crown.

Her jump of 1.56-m was just three centimeters off Kitchener-Waterloo's Emily Smith's winning jump of 1.59-m.


Randy Morrison of Brampton was one of the special guests to perform at World Fiddle Day Saturday afternoon on Harbour Street in Kincardine. Morrison, who has family in the area, and his fellow fiddlers had perfect weather for the show. (Josh Howald photo)

Ontario climate change legislation calls for phase out of residential natural gas use

 By Barb McKay

 Ontario’s Climate Change legislation is raising questions about the future of proposed natural gas projects in the province, including one in southern Bruce County.

The Climate Change Action Plan was reportedly leaked to the Globe and Mail newspaper last week and outlines a strategy for reducing green house gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050, and targets natural gas use in homes and businesses.

Municipality asks residents to conserve water

Residents in Kincardine, Tiverton and the Huronville subdivision are being asked to conserve water while repairs are being completed on the municipal water towers.


The Municipality of Kincardine issued a notice Friday to let residents know that the water towers in Kincardine and Tiverton will be taken out of service May 24 and are expected to remain out of service until Sept. 30 while maintenance is being done. The water services department says conservation measures should be used during this time frame to ensure there will be enough capacity for the Drinking water systems. Stage 1 Lawn watering restrictions are in effect and residents are being asked to try to refrain from any excess outdoor water usage if possible such as car washing, driveway cleaning, excess sprinkler usage and general water wastage.

Hoggarth fighting to save Fort McMurray

New son born last week

By Josh Howald

From the end of the world to the start of a new life, it has been a wild month for Randy and Tayla Hoggarth.

Tayla and Randy Hoggart with new son, Forrest.


Randy Hoggarth, a Kincardine District Secondary School graduate, and his wife Tayla are firefighters/EMTs in Fort McMurray. On Friday, Tayla gave birth to a healthy baby boy. One day, Forrest Jason Hoggarth will learn the details around his birth and find out what his parents did to ensure his safe arrival.