Minimum wage increase seen as a mixed blessing

By Barb McKay

The Ontario government’s plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour in the next year has caught small businesses by surprise and is receiving mixed reactions.

The province announced unexpectedly last Tuesday that it would introduce legislation to hike the minimum wage to ensure pay equity between part-time and full-time workers. The plan is to increase bottom end wages to $14 per hour by Jan. 1, 2018, and $15 per hour by Jan. 1, 2019.

The move is being applauded by unions and labour organizations across the province, including the Grey Bruce Labour Council.

 Australian missing after canoe capsized

The Bruce Peninsula OPP is continuing a search for a 22-year-old Australian man whose canoe capsized just before 3 p.m., June 1 near the Grotto in Georgian Bay

The OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit (USRU) assisted with the search on the weekend, and planned to continue the search Monday, along with the Bruce Peninsula OPP Marine Unit and the Bruce Peninsula National Park Wardens.

A second man in the canoe, a 25-year-old from Windsor, swam to shore. He was transported by Bruce County Emergency Services to a local hospital with hypothermia and has since been released.

Neither man was wearing a life jacket.

Rousing rendition

Allard Eisen, left, perfors Jack was every inch a sailor with Jared Petrie and Bob Geddes, supported by the rest of the Kincardine Community Singers choir at a recent rehearsal. The Canada Concert will be performed at the pavilion June 9 and 10 at 8 p.m. and June 11 at 3 p.m. (Barb McKay photo)

 Municipality urges beachgoers to use walkways at Macpherson Park

By Barb McKay

A section of Macpherson Park, between the boardwalk and the beach has been cordoned off with caution tape while municipal workers fill in gaps between stones along the embankment.

Armour stone was installed along the embankment from the north pier to the washrooms at Dunsmoor Park earlier in the spring to address a problem with erosion along the shoreline that forced the removal of a section of boardwalk. The boardwalk has since been reinstalled and the warm weather has drawn plenty of walkers down to the park.

Material was placed between the stones when the project was being completed but holes have developed in some areas. Caution tape and signage were put up last week as the municipality works to fill the gaps.

Jorie Elliott receives Hydro One Women in Engineering Scholarship

Kincardine and District Seconday School (KDSS) graduate Jorie Elliott is one of 10 post-secondary students to receive Hydro One’s 2017 Women in Engineering Scholarship.

The Huron-Kinloss Township resident is currently enrolled in an electrical engineering program at the University of Western Ontario. Recipients of the scholarship not only receive a financial award but also the opportunity work for Hydro One in a paid developmental student placement.

“I am grateful for the financial support of Hydro One through the Women in Engineering Scholarship but more importantly, Hydro One’s commitment to my learning and development as an electrical engineer through my summer position is invaluable,” Elliott said in a media release. “The combination of the two demonstrates the commitment of Hydro One to addressing the gender gap in engineering.”


Taking part in the KDSS Relay for Life last week was, from left, Grace Brousseau, Julia McGregor, Dwight the Knight, Lily Freiberger and Tatiana Bumba. For a full page of photos, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)

 New Adventure Passport celebrates Bruce County’s 150th

By Barb McKay

Explore the Bruce is inviting Bruce County residents and visitors to learn a little of the history of the region while they complete their Adventure Passport.

The popular sight-seeing scavenger hunt is in its 13th year and this season the Adventure Passport is unique.

There is a focus on Bruce County’s 150th so we tried to pick stops that have historical significance,” said project co-ordinator Erin Hammond.

 New county brand wins international award

Brice County’s new “Be an Explorer’ brand has won international recognition at the International Association of Business Communicators awards ceremony on May 30. County staff Kara Van Myall and Jill Roote were on hand to accept the award.

“We wanted to develop a brand that encompassed Bruce  County’s soul and spirit, for both our breathtaking county and the organization that calls it home,” said Warden Mitch Twolan. “Having our project recognized with the Award of Excellence - Brand Communications at the recent ceremony is a testament to the successful work and commitment by our Bruce Brand Project Team.

Bruce County CAO Kelley Coulter is proud of the work of staff and Tenzing Communications in the development of the Bruce Brand. “The Be an Explorer messaging and the Bruce star icon really capture Bruce County’s essence while at the same time representing a pathway as we journey into  our future,” Coulter said.

 Looking for Todd Walker

Police issued a folllow-up Thursday to Tuesday afternoon's missing person report.

Todd Walker


Todd Walker, 37, of Kincardine, was reported missing as of 10 p.m. Tuesday night. The South-Bruce OPP appealed to the public late Wednesday afternoon in an effort to locate him.

Police said today that Walker was last seen on Campbell Ave. in Kincardine at 11:45 p.m. Wednesday night.

Several police vehicles sat at the base of the north pier last evening. Officers congregated on the north pier confirmed they were there in regards to a missing persons report. Friends and relatives of Walker were conducting their own searches of areas he is known to frequent last night and again today. Police Search and Rescue trained officers have been deployed to the area to conduct a thorough search.

Well dressed

Taylor Pollard, left, and Danny Skinner were looking sharp and ready for the 2017 Kincardine District Secondary School prom Saturday night at the Kincardine Pavilion. (Barb McKay photo)