Time to remember

Bugler Ray Kester, left, and Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band pipe major Jennifer Farrell play for the assemebled crowd at the Tiverton Cenotaph Sunday afternoon. Kincardine's Remembrance Day services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Branch #183 of the Canaidian Royal Legion. (Josh Howald photo)

OPG optimistic for DGR decision next year

By Barb McKay

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is hopeful that the federal government will render a decision next year on the environmental assessment for a deep geologic repository (DGR) to store Canada’s low and intermediate-level nuclear waste.

Kevin Powers, director of nuclear public affairs for OPG, attended last Wednesday’s Municipality of Kincardine council meeting to provide an update on operations at the Western Waste Management Facility (WWMF) and the process to obtain a licence to construct the DGR at the Bruce Power site. It has been 15 years since OPG first came in front of council to talk about its plans for the long-term storage of low and intermediate-level waste and the environmental assessment process has spanned a decade.

Tour this weekend

Kincardine Hospital Auxiliary volunteers Nancy Potter, left, and Tracy Robinson display a decorated tree in the home of John and Judith Bond on Caroloway Trail - one of five properties on this year's Christmas Tour of Homes. The event will run Saturday and Sunday. (Barb McKay photo)

Regional unemployment rate on the decline

New jobs in service industry, cuts to manufacturing, utility sectors

The unemployment rate continued to decline for the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula economic region from 4.4 per cent in September to 3.9 per cent in October, according to statistics from the Four County Labour Market Planning Board. The province also saw a decline of 0.3 per cent from 6.9 per cent to 6.6 per cent.

The board reported last week that job numbers in the region jumped by 4,000, from 146,300 in September to 150,300 last month. This growth was mainly driven by gains of 3,800, with a slight increase in full-time jobs.

The goods-producing sector saw a slight increase in jobs (300) while the service-producing sector saw an increase of 3,700 jobs. The goods-producing sector saw job gains (700) in both agriculture and construction, while manufacturing took another hit with 1,400 losses and utilities lost 300 jobs. Numbers for this sector will not tally, the board says, because of suppression of data in forestry, fishing, mining, quarrying, oil and gas.

 Pinned in at carwash

Police responded to a theft report at the Walkerton Car Wash along Durham St. West in Walkerton just after 10 p.m., Nov. 1.

Officers arrived to find a black Volkswagen Jetta was in a wash bay and a white GMC pick-up truck was parked across the entrance of the wash bay. The Jetta’s tires were squealing, and it was up against the GMC pick-up truck.

The driver of the Jetta, a 24-year-old from Hanover, was arrested and charged with dangerous driving, assault with a weapon, possession of break-in tools and two counts of theft under $5,000. He was held in custody pending the results of the bail hearing scheduled for Nov. 2.

Touring tree

Municipal CAO recruitment process gets underway

By Barb McKay

The Municipality of Kincardine will contract a professional recruiter to assist with the hiring process for a new chief administrative officer (CAO).

Council agreed with a recommendation from its current CAO Murray Clarke during last Wednesday’s meeting to obtain outside help to fill the position that Clarke will vacate at the end of June 2017 when he retires.

Hoops Final Four here Friday

The Kincardine District Secondary School senior girls basketball team had a perfect 5-0 record on the line Monday afternoon in Hanover.

The Knights were looking to wrap up the regular season schedule with a win against the John Diefenbaker Secondary School Trojans.

KDSS has clinched first place overall in the Bluewater Athletic Association  South Division. That means Kincardine will have a quarter-final playoff game today (Wednesday) at home against the Saugeen District Secondary School Royals.

The Final Four is being hosted by KDSS this year, which means if the Knights win today they will play in a semi-final game at 1 p.m. Friday afternoon.

The BAA championship would be settled with a one game showdown that will happen either at 4 p.m. or 5:30 p.m.



Trick or treat

More than 400 children converged on downtown Kincardine Saturday to take part in the BIA Spooktacular. From left are Lennon McIntyre, 3, Maggie Rowe, 7, Colden Dalton, 5, Oliver McIntyre, 7 and Owen Dalton, 3, who were picking up treats at West Shore. (Barb McKay photo)

 Bruce Telecom looks to distance itself from municipality

By Barb McKay

Bruce Telecom must convert to a municipal services corporation if it is to compete in the marketplace or else it will lose value over time.

That was the message to a small crowd gathered at the Davidson Centre on Thursday for a public meeting to discuss the future of the municipally-owned telecom. Approximately 40 people, including Bruce Telecom executives, board members, Municipality of Kincardine councillors and staff and members of the public came out to hear what the municipality and Bruce Telecom board intend to do with the company.

The company has essentially been in limbo since its planned sale to Eastlink was cancelled early last year – after the federal Competition Bureau determined that the sale would create a monopoly in the region – and was followed by a lengthy and costly arbitration (the last reported figure was $750,000).