Curbing abuse in workplace, community

A new Women’s House campaign is stressing education and abuse prevention across Grey and Bruce Counties.

Colleen Purdon of Women’s House made a presentation to Kincardine council Nov. 5 outlining the organization’s Neighbours, Friends and Families program.

Using models developed by the Ontario Government, Women’s House outlines the warning signs of abuse and the important role played by those closest to the victims and abusers.

“Working together we can make a difference,” Purdon said. “You don’t have to deal with this by yourself. There is help available in this community.”

Secord collection a bonanza for civil war researcher

When it comes to medical kits from the American Civil War, the exhibit at the Walker House in Kincardine “is the gold mine. It’s worth its weight in gold,” says a U.S. history buff.

Les Buell has been involved in Civil War re-enactments since 1989 and has been researching the medical aspect of the war since 1992.

In March, he will be speaking at the Society of Civil War Surgeons’s conference in Chattanooga, Tennessee. One of his subjects will be the late Dr. Solomon Secord, a Kincardine surgeon who served with the Confederate Army.

That’s why Buell was in Kincardine for a couple of days last week.

Council supports BIA provitalization plan

The future of Kincardine’s downtown business core is in the hands of the Business Improvement Area (BIA).

Over the last few months, the BIA has gathered information from downtown business owners about the strengths and weaknesses of the sector. The information was organized and used to build a 60-page report outlining where the BIA wants to take Kincardine’s downtown.

BIA member Jacquelyn Faubert outlined the report to Kincardine council Nov. 5. She wants council to give its support for the group’s Provitalization Plan, allowing the BIA to proceed with a series of grant applications to fund the project.

“We are working with eight different funding groups,” Faubert said. “A shared cooperation between the (business community and the municipality) is very important. We’re emphasizing being proactive here.”

Kincardine remembers

Kincardine veteran Eugene Harrison lays a wreath during Tuesday's Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Cenotaph in front of the Kincardine Legion. (Kiel Edge photo)

Kincardine Royal Canadian Air Cadet Flight Corporal Adler stands at the Kincardine Cenotaph prior to Tuesday's Remembrance Day Ceremony. (Kiel Edge photo)


Kincardine's Family Y Day Car put together a haunted house Thursday and Friday. Classmates Meha Weichert, left and Ellie Brooklyn offered up some scary refreshments for visitors at the end of the tour. (Kiel Edge photo)

Kincardine's doctors call for Davies' resignation

Kincardine’s physicians want South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) CEO Paul Davies to resign, citing poor communication between health care providers and hospital administration.


Dr. Gary Gurbin used Friday’s health care stakeholders meeting to present a letter to SBGHC board chair John Haggerty asking for Davies’ resignation. Despite objections from meeting chair person Larry Kraemer, Gurbin read the letter to the assembled delegation and a large crowd of residents.


Can the hospital go it alone?

Approval from the South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) board is the main hurdle standing in the way of Kincardine Hospital leaving its amalgamation with the hospitals in Durham, Chesley and Walkerton.

“(You can examine the pros and cons of a stand-alone hospital) if you wish,” said SBGHC CEO Paul Davies. “But make sure it’s with the latest knowledge of where health care is going.”

The board said Kincardine could de-amalgamate if the board votes to support the move and the request is forwarded to the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) before being passed on to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Davies said the current amalgamation does have benefits for Kincardine. The hospital benefits from a sharing of equipment and technologies. The municipality benefits from a sharing of administration costs among the four sites.

Kincardine's hospital has future, say officials

Despite a delay caused by the Kincardine Physicians Group, Friday’s Health Care Stakeholders meeting can be considered a success.

The mayors of Kincardine and Huron-Kinloss met with Huron-Bruce MPP Carol Mitchell, representatives of the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), two Kincardine doctors, the hospital foundation and Paul Davies and John Haggerty of the South Bruce Grey Health Centre (HSBC) in front of a large crowd at the municipal administration centre.

“This meeting was educational I think,” said Kincardine mayor Larry Kraemer. “There were parts of this I wish we could’ve avoided, but there was a lot of information presented in a short time.”

Woman located

South Bruce OPP have found a Kincardine woman who had been reported missing since Wednesday, Oct. 29.

Sarah Davey, 23 contacted her family Sunday and has advised that she is okay.

Clinic meeting postponed

Kincardine council will have to wait a little longer to have its say on the future of the community medical clinic.

Councillors and staff were to meet with Parkin Architects in a special meeting Monday night (Nov. 3). The meeting was postponed last Thursday.

According to the municipality, the postponement was made on the recommendation of the architects.

In September, Parkin Architects presented council with a tentative plan for a clinic addition. The project would have cost $5-million and was significantly bigger than council anticipated. The special meeting was called to lay out the municipality’s expectations for the building and set a cost limit of $2.25-million.

The meeting has not been rescheduled at this time.