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The King's clothes

At this time of year it is important to think about the “have nots” - those on our doorstep, in Ontario, Canada and the whole world. When one looks at the facts below it is easy to see why we have many affected by poverty in Ontario. There is also a paucity of justice on so many levels.


We spend $50 billion more on buying electricity than we sold it for (Auditor General’s 2014 Report). She also flagged Ontario’s growing debt as a concern; the net debt was more than $267 billion as of March and there is a 25 per cent increase in electricity rates coming.


New tourist attraction

In the last year or so, there have been a number of media releases about concerns with the Armow Wind Farm. Some of these concerns involve electromagnetic radiation, ground vibrations, dead birds; heck, even epileptic seizures allegedly due to the synchronized red lights flashing all night long. Some people think the big white turbines are an eyesore, blocking the view of the countryside.

However, there is another side effect from these turbines that has hit our municipality. Last year numbers were given that the 90-plus Armow turbines would amount to $10 million in taxes to the municipality over the next 20 years. Okay, so that is $500,000 a year, divided by 90, equals $5,555 per year per turbine. Using these figures, the 110 turbines already installed are paying over half a million bucks to the municipality each year.

Accept study results

In 2012, Statistics Canada and Health Canada began a two-year study of the impact of wind turbines on human health.


There was an editorial in another newspaper on July 17, 2012 applauding the federal government for “actually doing some footwork on [the impact of wind turbines on human health], talking to real people and doing actual tests on them.” The editorial said the results will provide the public with “modern, up-to-date information on the realities of living near wind turbines.”


The study has been published. The results can be found on the Health Canada’s website www.hc-sc.gc.ca. I hope that we all will continue to view these findings as modern and up-to-date, with no worry about “partisan politics” or Liberals trying to “protect their Green Energy Act legacy”.

Send a refund

The Municipality of Kincardine states on pages 5 and 6 of the next corporate committee agenda the stats of the pipeline mandatory fee: "Mandatory payment of the water capital charges has extinguished the stranded debt of $1.5 million and has contributed $276,000 into the water reserve funds for future capital repairs and replacement of the pipeline."


My question is: where does it say that the surplus can be put in the water reserve fund?


If there is a $276,000 surplus paid by the 385 property owners, then it should be sent back to the people who paid it as a refund.  I calculate my share ($276,000 divided by 385) to be in excess of $700. So Dear Municipality of Kincardine, please send it back immediately; I could use it before Dec. 25, 2014.


Who is the thief?

I am the oldest gardener who has a plot at the community garden at the Geddes Mill.


All summer I diligently tended my vegetables and religiously maintained my garden weed free. I personally think that home-grown vegetables are the best, and I get a lot of enjoyment out of harvesting and eating the fruits of my labour. I also enjoy sharing any extra vegetables that I grow with friends and family, which they appreciate immensely.


Unsung heroes

Last Wednesday the victim of a fall at a local store was transferred to hospital.


The woman who was with me had gone into the store. She saw the man fall. Being a retired nurse, she immediately went into action. Although in pain, the man was conscious and thanked her profusely.


From my car I witnessed the kindness, concern and safety measure the ambulance heroes used.


Appreciates blood transfusions

Your article about blood transfusions on Oct. 8 has jogged my memory indeed.


I have required many blood transfusions in recent years. Many health care workers, Red 

Cross volunteers and blood donors are owed a deep and profound apology from me for all their years of such kind and careful work.


Thank you one and all from the bottom of my heart and forgive me for my negligence in expressing my deep appreciation to each one of you who has so willingly helped to keep me healthy over the past years.

God bless you one and all!


Margaret Humphrey, Kincardine

Fix up Lover’s Lane

Eric, if you feel like taking another stroll along the beach may I suggest that you head north.


The Lions Club and the Horticultural Society have done a great job of landscaping along the walkway, but the beach is rapidly becoming overgrown with weeds. The rock garden is lovely, but whoever cuts the grass should be encouraged to use a grass catcher, trim the edges and rake up the clippings and sweep them off the flagstones.


Further north, Lover's Lane is a mess! The path used to have a solid base, but now it is soft sand which makes walking difficult and many people on scooters or pushing strollers get stuck in the soft spots. The large boulders that were installed years ago to prevent further erosion have become overgrown with weeds.


Act of ignorance

I have been a taxpayer in Kincardine since 1986, and before that my parents were. I own a property at 222 Harbor Street.


On Friday I discovered that dozens of healthy cedar trees (that have not only graced our harbour but their roots have stabilized the bank for over half a century) were chainsawed down this week. This is unacceptable and such a horrific act of ignorance.


I have been maintaining and doing regular trimming of this cedar hedge for 16 years, and had recently arranged to have it done again. The cedars were planted there by the original owner for several purposes including privacy and wind and soil erosion. Every photo taken of the lighthouse has them in it.


Festival a success

The Bruce Telecom Lighthouse Blues Festival presented a donation of $10,000 to the Kincardine District Lions Club at its Sept. 16 meeting. This donation was from the proceeds from the successful 5th annual Blues Festival held in early July and brings the total to $30,000 that it has donated to the Lions Club in the last three years.

In addition to this donation, the Lighthouse Blues Festival is also making donations to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Kincardine, Bruce Botanical Food Gardens and the “Blues in the Schools” program of the Bruce County Blues Society. This year the festival is also making a contribution to the Parks and Recreation Department for the re-seeding of Victoria Park, one of its performance sites. We value the support we get from the municipality and appreciate the use of Victoria Park. This is a small way we can sustain this important community asset for our future use.