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Festival thanks

A huge thank you to the Kincardine Scottish Festival volunteers and everyone who helped make the 15th annual Kincardine Scottish Festival a success.


Approximately 200 people donated their time and talents volunteering to make the festival happen. The site set up crew started work late Tuesday and worked through Friday to get Victoria Park ready for the gates to open. Friday afternoon until the festival closed on Sunday, numerous people worked shifts on the gates, at the information booth and bar, on clean up duty, marshalling the parade, helping with the Highland dancing, piping in and addressing the haggis, serving food to volunteers or putting on displays about Scottish culture. Thank you all!


The Kincardine Scottish Festival Executive

Trustees need to be responsible

Bluewater District School Board (BWDSB) trustees have adjourned for the summer. Many of the current trustees will be seeking re-election. As former ARC chair of the Derby Public School Accommodation Review, I feel it is my duty to inform taxpayers of the important decision that will be made in October 2014. Trustees make decisions on a daily basis that affect our children. It’s our responsibility to be sure they are acting responsibly.


As the ARC chair I invested 18 months of my personal and family time to educate myself on how the Board of Trustees operate and how public input is considered at the board level. Needless to say, I was deeply disturbed by the actions of some of the trustees - what I would consider bullying and intimidation.


Core services should be funded

Re: Letter published last week, written by Mike Smith, referring to “Broken Promises” made by council  


The letter refers to the decision to overturn the previous commitment made by council and to now charge homes $7,260 on the path of the waterline north of Kincardine for water they don’t need or want.


I would like to point out that the questionable integrity of the decision is compounded by the fact that council frequently conducts and makes decisions affecting seasonal residents in the fall and winter months when most of these taxpayers are not here. It seems that the lack of attempt to include the seasonal tax payers in Ward 2 and Ward 3 in decisions made that affect them is a pattern that takes place frequently


Pets are a big responsibility

I want to remind your readers that all owners of pets must be aware that whilst their particular pet(s) are well behaved in their presence, when off the family property they can pose a threat to safety of others.

As elderly persons often have difficulties such as hearing loss, mobility issues, eyesight impairment, etc., they can be traumatized if attacked by an animal running at large. Such trauma can be long lasting, making the person afraid to walk alone.

Large dogs, especially young ones, need lots of exercise and are a challenge to their owners living in urban/rural settings. Even with fencing, they can dig under the fence to escape. Our cat taught our little poodle how to get under our fence!

Make joyful noise for festival

For "Tartan Friday" this Friday from 11 a.m. to noon, I will be plastering my face and shiny dome with tartan face paint. I am hoping to talk Pat Lowry and some of her Community Singers into accompanying me to promote the upcoming Kincardine Scottish Festival. I will play a tune and then hopefully the singers will sing the Scottish tune just played.


Any curbside singers are welcome to join in Friday morning to make a joyful noise for the festival. I am also hoping that this year’s Honorary Grand Chieftain, Mike Brough, will play my bass drum for the entourage. It would be historic - the Chieftain literally beating the drum down the main street (and maybe up on a couple of Queen Street store roofs). Slainte!


Keith Davidson, Kemble & Kincardine

JRP hearings for DGR

OPG has not listened to the findings from the Joint Review Panel held last summer.

One of its requests was for OPG to look at the feasibility of other sites not so close to our Great Lakes (which contain 84 per cent of North America’s fresh water, and 21 per cent of the world’s fresh water).


What we are going to get is more palaver on OPG’s best guess of the safety of its proposed plan. But is it ever worth the risk? OPG has been instructed to assess other sites and it would appear from your article they have not done that. I think they must complete the study of other sites before having any further hearings.


Mike Smith,

Good luck!

After reading articles in the local paper concerning the Armow wind turbine project about a year ago, I thought that Kincardine was going to refuse to go along with the proposed development.


Upon reading the front page of Wednesday's Independent, I no longer think that.


It appears that by tossing their loose change at the town of Kincardine, Samsung and Pattern will be able to achieve their goal of collecting provincial taxes, in the form of energy subsidies.


Municipality out of control?

A few months ago the assets of Bruce Telecom were sold for no logical or rational reason. The Bruce Municipal Telephone System was totally owned by Bruce Township. In 1994 Bruce Township divided up the book value of the telephone system,$24 million, to the 12 municipalities who also had users.


It now appears the municipality wanted some fast cash to get into the natural gas business as the municipality has already tapped into Bruce Telecom’s bank account. If the natural gas experts don’t think it is viable to run a pipeline into this area, how can we justify this?


Last week it was announced that the municipality has signed an agreement with Samsung and Pattern Wind Developers for $13.6 million which I call “Blood Money”, and we will all look the other way.


Where is it?

As residents of Kincardine, we hope no tourist asks us where the Information Centre is.


We needed some help on the weekend, so we drove up Queen Street, but couldn’t find it.


- Jim and Shirley Shaw, Kincardine

Reopen discussion

We are writing this in an effort to reopen the discussion about the lakeshore water pipeline. Perhaps you felt this issue had been settled, since the letters of mandatory payment have now been mailed out. We, too, felt this issue was settled over 10 years ago when the pipeline was first introduced. At that time, we stated we did not want a pipeline, and questioned if it was put through if we would be required to pay fees for it or be forced to hook up. Many times over we were given assurances and promised that this would never happen.