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Another debacle

Thank you to David Dyer, Marsha Leggett, Josh Howald and all of those people who support Rolly Thorton. He does provide a valuable service. Having used it myself, it’s the neatest "scrap yard" this person has ever seen.


There are so many problems in this municipality that drastically need attention and here we are - another debacle. A waste of money (ours) and time (also ours).


A great analogy by Josh Howald regarding bylaws, i.e. the infraction that will be investigated on the report of some person who failed to "stoop and scoop". Thank you.


Floyd Steen

Thornton offers real service

I would like to support Rolly Thorton. He was able to come around and remove several hundred pounds of metal off my property for free. This saved me a real hassle getting it to the dump or a scrap yard. As well, Rolly was a very funny guy to talk with. I feel he has been a real service to many residents of Kincardine.


If this one person hadn't complained, would the town have ignored him violating the bylaw? What happened to grandfathering? Does this mean he was lied to by the town? Does this also mean that for anyone having a different zoning it can just be changed at the whim of the town? It seems to me the town is encouraging new businesses to come to town, but screwing the ones that are already here!


David Dyer

Are you a survivor?

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Kincardine & area Relay for Life.


To celebrate this special event, we are inviting as many survivors as possible to join us for the Survivors’ Victory Lap. This lap lets us not only celebrate those who have overcome or are in the  process of overcoming cancer, but also reminds the rest of us why it is so important that we continue to relay - those who participate are evidence of the great strides that we are making in the fight against cancer.


Best all-around athlete

Dear Editor,

Ok, Kincardine sports fans - here is a trivia question for you.

Who in the last half-century was the best all-around athlete in Kincardine? I have you thinking, don't I?

I have to declare, right off the bat (pun intended) that my pick was my head rink rat when I ran the old Lambton Street arena in the 60's and 70's, and later on was also my line mate on the Bulldogs Intermediate Hockey Club. Old-timers will know I am talking about Jimmy Bell, who had phenomenal hand-eye co-ordination, just like Wayne Gretzky did. Jimmy was an exceptional athlete who excelled in hockey, baseball, golf, badminton and roller hockey. There were probably other sports he excelled at too, but my memory isn't as good as it used to be.

Violations need to be corrected

Our community is being deprived of our right to meaningful participation in community safety matters.


As a local resident in Bruce County and recent participant in the Bruce Power

relicensing hearings (with the focus on off-site nuclear emergency preparedness), I try to follow the business of our Emergency Management Co-ordinating Committee (EMCC) which is listed on the municipal website (www.kincardine.net) as a committee of council.


Unanticipated costs

Over the last few years, the Kincardine and District Lions Club has been working diligently to raise funds to install a Splash Pad in Lions Park at the Davidson Centre. The Club’s aim is to make the park a premier destination for families and attract people to our community.


Unfortunately overnight on Friday, May 15-16, some thoughtless, immature vandals decided to knock over and extensively damage the construction fence surrounding the work area. Those responsible broke, jumped on and bent several sections of fencing and left the site in a mess. Employees were called out on a holiday weekend to re-erect the fence and secure the site. This was a completely unnecessary act and has resulted in an unanticipated expense.


Thank you hospital staff



I just wanted to thank the doctors and nurses who staff the ER at the Kincardine hospital. I was admitted one day with chest pains and by 2 p.m. the rooms and hallways were full. Nurses were sent in to relieve the ER nurses who had had no breaks whatsoever. They had to start to assess people as to who was admitted and who had gone home.


It made me understand why you could wait for hours in the waiting room. You cannot see what is taking place in the emergency rooms.


Another time a person was brought in high on drugs and we listened to the hollering and foul language for hours. I marveled at the patience shown by the doctors and nurses.


Unacceptable billing from Westario

 In 2012 we built onto the Inn at the Harbour and required a new electrical service.


Westario’s estimate to supply it was about $45,000. I questioned the cost. A Westario representative met with me to review the estimate and confirmed the amount. I called our town councillor on the Westario board who referred me to Lisa Milne, Westario’s CEO. Lisa was very accommodating and professional and sent a supervisor out for a second review.


Policy change

A copy of this letter was also sent to the Director of Patient Care, the board chair and the CEO of the SBGHC.

Several weeks ago my husband Norm, an insulin-dependent diabetic, developed nausea and chest pains just as he finished a small afternoon snack. A call to 911 resulted in a quick ambulance ride to the emergency unit of the South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) in Kincardine.

I snatched up his insulin pens, meds dosette and wheelchair and hurried to meet him there. As we waited for results of lab tests, the supper hour came and went. A nurse managed to produce a crumpled package of soda crackers in the hopes of tiding Norm over until he could go home. However the decision was made to keep him in the ER overnight for observation and the search for a meal began. Finally the nurse brought a sandwich, which our family doctor later informed me she had purchased from the machine with her own money.

Bill C-51 is invasive

The Harper government's Bill C-51 is reckless, dangerous and invasive.

Bill C-51 is reckless because it turns CSIS into a secret police force with no meaningful oversight and no accountability.

It is dangerous because it seeks to establish a mechanism to override our Charter of Rights, thereby allowing government agents to "officially" break the law.

It is invasive because your sensitive private information would be shared between no fewer than 17 government agencies and could even be handed over to foreign governments. Sensitive information about your financial status, medical history, sexual orientation or religious and political beliefs could be shared without your knowledge or consent.

This reckless, dangerous and invasive bill needs to be withdrawn. Contact Huron- Bruce MP Ben Lobb and tell him Bill C-51 is not in the best interest of Canadians and should be withdrawn. Our freedom is at stake.