Municipality gets provincial gas tax funding increase

By Barb McKay


The Municipality of Kincardine will see an increase to its provincial gas tax allocation for 2016.


The provincial government recently announced that it will distribute approximately $333 million to municipalities throughout Ontario. The funding is used for infrastructure needs, as well as to improve transportation and accessibility. Kincardine will receive a little more than $339,000, up from $332,000 in 2015. That amount is expected to increase to $356,000 by 2018.


Power players

Former Toronto Maple Leaf tough guy Tie Domi was at Bruce Power last week promoting his new book, Shift Work. Domi spent the day signing copies of his book for enthusiastic fans at Bruce Power and visiting with CEO Duncan Hawthorne. (Barb McKay photo)

Festive RIDE campaign underway

You know better than to drink and drive.

But just in case you have a momentary lapse in judgement, remember that police are now out in full force as the 2015 Festive RIDE campaign is officially underway.

The OPP has already been out in numbers to kick off the initiative, which officially began on Sunday. The Festive RIDE campaign will see police setting up traffic stops at various roads in the province around the clock until Jan. 2, 2016.

From January to October, the numbers of alcohol-involved occurrences are up three per cent over the same time period last year. As of Nov. 15, of the 258 people killed, 35 were attributed to alcohol consumption. Thirteen people died when their ATV was involved in a collision, and another six of those people were impaired by alcohol.

Christmas Hamper program underway

KDSS food and toy drive Dec.12

The Kincardine Community Services Association is counting on the generous support of the community to once again make the 2015 Christmas Hamper program a success.


Hampers are filled with many items that can help ease things for local families and individuals in need. There is an increasing need for non-perishable food, including festive treats. Other items that are much appreciated include new toys, baby food and diapers, gifts for teens and single adults (such as books, games, winter wear, wallets, hair and personal care items, stationary and jewellery) as well as gift certificates for local stores and restaurants.


Police investigating downtown break-ins

The South Bruce OPP is investigating after two businesses on Queen Street in Kincardine were broken into last month.

According to Const. Kevin Martin, WeeKins and Bean’s Bistro were both entered sometime overnight between Oct. 16 and 17. Thieves gained access to Bean’s Bistro by breaking a front window. Canadian and foreign bills and coins were taken, along with a 26-ounce bottle of Smirnoff Vodka and several blank gift certificates. The total value of stolen items is $600.

The back door to WeeKins was forced open the same night and a quantity of coins was taken.

Police are looking for any information that could assist them in solving the crimes.

“Theft is a crime of opportunity that you can help to control,” said Martin. “Suspicious people and suspicious vehicles need to be reported to police as soon as possible so that an officer can investigate.”

CWOSSA title for junior girls

By Josh Howald

The youngsters are CWOSSA champions.

The 2015 BAA and CWOSSA junior girls basketball champions. Back row, from left, Scott Mahood, Cailyn McKay, Jenna Dennis, Lily Freiburger, Callie Martyn, Hailey vandenHogen and Vince Yenssen. Front row, left, Eva Mallett, Madison Beishuizen, Julia McGregor and Avery Perrier. Missing from the photo is Slayde Millar, Laura Fohkens and Ariel Luinstra.


The Kincardine District Secondary School junior girls basketball team captured a CWOSSA title Saturday in Waterford with a victory over Woodland Christian High School. The Knights cruised past the Breslau school in the final, leading by 12 points at the half and left a mark on the CWOSSA tourney with a 45-23 win.

Refugee family could arrive by spring

Public meeting Dec. 7

By Eric Howald


A committee formed to bring a refugee family to Kincardine is getting strong support from the community.



Rev. Kathy Fraser of Knox Presbyterian Church.



Rev. Kathy Fraser of Knox Presbyterian Church said Friday that a few people in the church, spurred on by the Syrian refugee crisis, started talking about sponsoring a refugee family.


“From there, it has just mushroomed,” she said.

Why head south?

These Canada geese enjoyed the weather Sunday at Kincardine harbour, sunning themselves on a dock. They were among hundreds of geese along the shoreline that are soaking in unseasonably warm temperatures prior to leaving for the south. (Barb McKay photo)

Teachers ratify central agreement

By Barb McKay


The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has reached an agreement with the province and the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) and it is now up to union locals to negotiate with their school boards.


The union announced Friday that 98 per cent of teacher and occasional teacher locals voted to ratify the central agreement.


“It does not include everything we wanted, but that’s the reality of bargaining,” ETFO Bluewater president Julie Stanley told The Independent Friday. “Sometimes you take small steps.”


No provincial money for frozen water lines

By Barb McKay


The Municipality of Kincardine’s chances of receiving government funding to cover costs from frozen water lines last winter are, it seems, a pipe dream.


Council passed a resolution in March asking the province to provide funding to help the municipality recover from the substantial money spent dealing with frozen water lines and broken water mains that occurred last winter. More than 130 water services froze over the course of the winter, some not thawed until well into March.