De-amalgamation is the agenda

One thing is clear from last Tuesday’s Friends of Kincardine Hospital (FOKH) public meeting: the group wants a change at the top.

Embattled South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) CEO Paul Davies took another verbal lashing from hospital supporters calling for his termination as the head of the hospital group’s decision making team.

“It’s not possible for us to have faith in the future without separating from the hospital and its current CEO,” said meeting co-chair Ian Mitchell.

Kincardine’s physician group brought to light the communication problems surrounding Davies and hospital staff at the Oct. 31 stakeholders meeting. Last Tuesday, Dr. Lisa Roth said the morale of staff has steadily decreased since Davies took over control of the hospital. He was also accused of bullying and secrecy by members of the FOHK committee.

Annual Christmas Knights charity drive Saturday

For the 11th year in a row, KDSS students are trying to help make Christmas brighter for needy local families.

Kincardine’s Christmas Knights campaign takes place on the morning of Dec. 13. More than 100 high school students will take to the streets, collecting food and toys door-to-door across Kincardine.

Community members join with other students and staff to sort through the donations in the basement of St. Anthony’s Church. A staggering amount of donations come in each year, but organizers say they have no goal in mind.

A committee of approximately 20 students has been organizing the event since last year. The charity drive is a lot of work, and means giving up a Saturday, but the students say it’s a chance to have fun while supporting an important cause.

Booze leads to charges

Two teenagers have been charged with liquor-related offences after a late-night arrest in Tiverton.

South Bruce OPP were patrolling King Street at 4:30 a.m. Sunday morning when two teens were seen with open alcohol. The first, a 16-year-old Huron Township youth was charged with carrying open alcohol. The second, a 17-year-old from Huron Township, was arrested for public drunkenness.

A third youth was travelling with the teens, but was not carrying any liquor.

Council backs Friends of Hospital

The Friends of Kincardine Hospital’s (FOKH) decision to use its Dec. 9 public meeting to stir up support for de-amalgamation has some Kincardine councillors backing off their initial support for the group.

Last month, council agreed to support the FOKH’s plan to stage a communications meeting to look at options to protect the hospital. Since that time, advertisements for the meeting show it has shifted focus into only supporting a de-amalgamation plan.

“I’m not sure I want to support the objective,” said deputy mayor Laura Haight. “I’m not at the point where I want to be supporting de-amalgamation. It might not actually protect us.”

Developer has big plans for Ripley

An ambitious $10-million plan to turn Ripley’s downtown into a retail and culinary destination has Huron-Kinloss council excited for the future.

“It’s wonderful to see people thinking outside the box,” said councillor Jim Hanna. “I applaud this effort and it’s remarkable what’s been put together. It’ll be wonderful for Ripley’s future.”

Kincardine native David Brown has purchased a number of buildings in Ripley’s downtown since 2003. Recently, he bought the former Glass Hummingbird on Huron Street and purchased the property housing the feed mill.

Ho,ho, ho

Saturday night's Santa Claus parade was met with strong winds and snow squalls, leading to poor visibility on Queen Street. The guest of honour braved the weather from on top of a fire truck to wave at his young admirers. (Kiel Edge photo)

Cold night, hot dog

Elizabeth Suxton is all smiles as she beats the cold with a bite of hot dog in Victoria Park Saturday night. Children of all ages gathered in the park for chili, hot chocolate, hot dogs and a chance to meet Santa. (Kiel Edge photo) 

Snowy parade

Members of the Kincardine Community Concert Band were bundled up Saturday night trying to keep warm during the Santa Claus Parade. Ray Kester managed to hit all the right notes while battling the driving snow. Snow was the main theme of the weekend, with squalls and wind closing area highways Friday, Saturday night and Sunday. (Kiel Edge photo)

Looking Back

From the Nov. 29, 1978 edition of The Kincardine Independent

*The date for a recount of the Nov. 13, 1978 Kincardine election was set for Dec. 5. Judge P.S. MacKenzie of Walkerton was appointed to count votes for mayor, deputy reeve and PUC. Kincardine town council made the decision to ask for a recount at a meeting the previous week.

*A false alarm called in to the Kincardine Fire Department disrupted the Santa Claus Parade Saturday afternoon. The fire truck passed through the parade as it wounds its way south on Queen St., was on its way to the hospital where somebody had falsely reported a fire.

Santa comes to town

Santa Claus gets a hand as he gets off his emergency transportation Sunday night in Ripley. (Josh Howald photo)