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Sore losers

I find it very strange and disturbing that Union Gas is operating open houses this upcoming week in the three communities that have engaged EPCOR to carry out the role of bringing Natural Gas to our communities.


I was involved for years on this project and disappointed that Union Gas was not able to provide a viable proposal. The municipalities paid Union Gas thousands of dollars in the past to carry out a feasibility and costing study, in response to which Union offered to construct the lines at a cost of some $97,000,000, if the municipalities donated $87,000,000. Union would contribute $10,000,000 (10.3 per cent), but they would own 100 per cent and retain all profits. Not a viable financial alternative for our municipalities.


Mud roads

I see by our local paper that the approval has been given for the downtown parking lot to be upgraded. I don’t think there is any denying that it should be done before it gets to the point of no return.


However, do you realize that over in the south-east corner of the former Kincardine Township we are still driving on mud roads? Four years ago, the Southline was torn up because of lack of maintenance. This section, between Sideroad 30 and the Huron-Kinloss boundary, has become a road of mud. Does our council realize that hundreds of people use this road on the way to the golf course, campgrounds and greenhouses? These people drive out on the Southline with wonderful thoughts of having a great day when all of a sudden they hit 1.5 kms of mud until they reach the Huron-Kinloss boundary, then drive on a beautiful paved road all the way to Bruce Road 1.

FHT Response

The Family Health Team at the Kincardine Community Medical Centre, which includes the medical doctors, acknowledge recent complaints regarding notices which have been placed in the paper and have been posted at the clinic. We wish to provide our response and explanation.


These notices are not directed to the majority of people who are courteous and appropriate during the time they are at the clinic.


Clinic belongs to taxpayers

In response to Bud Pretty’s letter and the notice in the Independent dated Dec. 23, 2015:

I am not one of the recipients of that awful letter that appeared in the paper. My first reaction on reading it was “someone just flew out of the cuckoo nest”. This is the second time that I have read the message “if you don’t like the way we are doing things, take yourself somewhere else”.

Since the letter was in the paper, I have asked people I’ve met if they have read it. The answer that I am getting is no, they have not. Obviously nothing has happened in their lives at the clinic; they would rather not think about it; or they just don’t care.

Be wary

I read with interest your Dec. 2, 2015, articles on upgrades to the municipal sewage facilities of Kincardine along with the one located at the Bruce Energy Centre – this is the Bruce Energy Centre (BEC) formerly operated by Bruce Power (where ownership was transferred to the municipality for a small consideration about three and a half years ago).  The capital upgrade at the BEC lagoon is estimated at close to $500,000. Current research appears to indicate that if this lagoon has to be upgraded to a water treatment plant, the costs would be in the area of $15 million. It is currently close to its capacity of 80 per cent.


Two-way street

This letter is in response to a public notice titled “Have You Received This Letter?” that appeared in the Dec. 23 edition of The Kincardine Independent.


I am not one of the recipients of the letter, nor do I know of anyone who has received one. I do not know the circumstances about which the letter was written.


The “get outta town before sundown” (if you need health care) tone of the letter irks me.


The day the music died

A little over a year ago, KDSS quietly eliminated its music program.


It seems that over the last decade, the arts - including music - have been hit hard by cuts in funding.


There is strong evidence that arts education provides a key foundation for developing students’ creativity, engagement and academic achievement. Arts education both supports individual learning and development, and builds students’ capacity to communicate and work in teams. Apparently administrators at the Bluewater District School Board disagree.


Good deal for workers

The news that Bruce Power has reached a deal with the government on the refurbishment of six units is welcomed by the Grey-Bruce Labour Council.

The Grey-Bruce Labour Council has been the voice of labour in our region for over 50 years and the Labour Council has been a positive supporter of Bruce Power and its predecessors, OPG and Ontario Hydro, for many years.

The refurbishment of the six units at Bruce Power will ensure reliable and safe energy for decades to come while significantly mitigating the emissions of climate changing greenhouse gases. The refurbishment will ensure reliable and safe energy in our communities with good jobs and significant economic spin off work throughout the provincial economy.

Trail will improve safety

Kudos to the Kincardine Trails Association for their work in getting the agreement to construct the B-line trail signed. Not only will this be an asset to our municipality, but it will also improve the safety for people who attempt to ride a bicycle on the B-line.

As an avid walker, I was disappointed in councillor Gord Campbell’s comment about “people that won’t walk a few steps to get their groceries.” I would like to challenge councillor Campbell to try walking anywhere in our town.

Sidewalks, if you are lucky enough to be walking on a residential street that has one, appear to have had all the forethought provided by a drunken sailor. Other than the east side of Queen Street, there are very few sidewalks in Kincardine that run the entire length of a street on the same side or they just end abruptly (i.e. Huron Terrace, Durham, Broadway).

Interesting segment

I would like to draw attention to the W5 program that aired on Nov. 6, telling the story of the "Devil's Brigade" also known as the "Black Devils".  These men served behind enemy lines during the Second World War and are all in their 90s now.


Charles Mann is one of the men interviewed. Please take a few minutes to view this segment on the website w5.ctcnews.ca.


I think you will find the comments of the veterans very interesting. These men are not looking for fame or glory. They tell the story in their own words, and I found it very disturbing, but moving.


Pat Porter, Kincardine