Angus Norcliffe on his way to winning the youth race at Saturday afternoon's ski loppet at the Stoney Island Conservation Area north of Kincardine. More than two dozen skiiers enjoyed ideal race conditions on Saturday, and a new course record was set. FOr more on the loppet, hosted by the Kincardine Cross - country ski club, see this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. A snowshoe walk is being held at the Conservation Area this weekend. (Josh Howald photo)

No more “free” bag tags

By Barb McKay


The Municipality of Kincardine will no longer dole out bag tags to residents.


Council made the decision during its budget meeting last Monday to do away with the 26 free tags in favour of a user pay system. At Councillor Maureen Couture’s suggestion, however, council agreed to lower the price of bag tags from $2.50 to $2 each.


Up until 2009, Kincardine residents received 52 bag tags and waste collection was paid for through property taxes. That year, the distribution was cut in half and additional bag tags could be purchased for $2. In 2013, the price was increased to $2.50 per tag to help fund waste management.

County of Bruce turfs several staff

As many as eight people have lost their jobs with the County of Bruce as the result of an investigation into the inappropriate use of email.


County warden Mitch Twolan issued a statement on behalf of Bruce County on Thursday, indicating that an internal complaint had been received in November and the county launched an internal and independent review.


Eagle eye

Shauna Cowan of the Canadian Raptor Conservancy shows off a Bald Eagle named Sam to KTTPS students on Thursday morning. Cowan brought a variety of birds of prey for students to learn about, including a Great Horned Owl and a Red Tailed Hawk. (Barb McKay photo)

Municipality severs ties with PREDC

By Barb McKay


PREDC will no longer manage economic development for the Municipality of Kincardine.


During last Monday’s budget meeting, Kincardine council voted to terminate its contract with the corporation. The decision was made following a lengthy discussion where councillors debated PREDC’s effectiveness in drawing new business and investment to the municipality. A total of $142,000 had been included in the 2015 budget for PREDC, which was contracted by the municipality until the end of 2016 to implement recommendations from the integrated community sustainability plan.


Council revokes shoreline water pipeline mandatory payment decision

Debt to be paid out of health care reserves

By Barb McKay


Shoreline residents will no longer be required to pay for a water pipeline project that left the Municipality of Kincardine with $1.5 million of stranded debt.


Making a splash

It is tough to think about the splash pad in this winter weather, but OPG and the Lion's Club were on Thursday. OPG made a $10,000 donation to the Lion's Club Splash Pad project, which is hoped to be open before July. Lynda Cain, middle, of OPG presented the donation to Kincardine Lions John McManus, left, and George Ling. (Josh Howald photo)

Effort to sell Bruce Telecom cost Kincardine $1 million

The failed attempt to sell Bruce Telecom has the Municipality of Kincardine on the hook for more than $1 million in legal and consulting fees.


Municipal staff presented a report to Kincardine council during last Monday’s budget meeting outlining the fees accrued since 2013 for the sale of Bruce Telecom. The total cost has amounted to $1,057,000 for legal, consulting and accounting services. Of that, $387,000 was the result of intervention by the federal Competition Bureau, Freedom of Information requests and a closed meeting investigation report.


Sliding into Winter

The tobogganing hills on Durham Street near the Davidson Centre were packed with children finally enjoying the snow on Sunday when the wind stopped and temperatures became bearable. From left, Haden Richardson, Trent Courtney and Kaleb Smith, all 12-years-old from Kincardine, decided to try and ride down the slope together. For the full story on last week's storm, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)

Patient experience leads to review of emergency discharge policies at SBGHC

The South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) is taking a closer look at the discharge policies for the emergency departments at its four hospital sites following a recent patient complaint.


Helen Bullen of Kincardine sent a letter to the editor to The Independent last month after she visited the Walkerton hospital emergency department on the evening of Dec. 5 due to a sudden illness. In her letter, Bullen said she was treated quickly and had several tests right away to check her heart. At 9:30 p.m., she said, the doctor told her he would admit her overnight for observation. At that point, she told the friends who drove her to the hospital left and indicated that they would pick her up in the morning.