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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.


Police seek female

Huron County OPP are asking for the public's help in locating a missing 21-year-old

Jacklyn Groth walked away from a Goderich-area medical facility Wednesday morning. She's described as 5'4", approximately 118 pounds with long dirty blonde hair. She was last seen wearing a pink Nike jacket, blue jeans and knee-high tan boots.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Huron County OPP or Crimestoppers.


Heave-ho!

Al Wilkins, front left, and Steve Abercrombie, right, lead a group of volunteers with part of a bridge over the south branch of the Penetangore River Saturday morning. The Kincardine Trails Association, with the help of volunteers, removed the walking bridge for the winter to ensure that it doesn't wash away in the spring runoff, something that has happened more than once. This particular bridge is in the valley at the foot of St. Albert Street. (Eric Howald photo)


Thieves hit several Point Clark cottages

The South Bruce OPP are investigating several break-ins in the Point Clark area between Oct. 14 and Oct. 20.

The front door of a cottage on Rosinke Street was kicked in and liquor was stolen from the residence.

A cottage and detached garage on Lake Range Drive were broken into and ransacked.

On Huron Road, a cottage and two garages were vandalized. The culprits kicked in the doors and ransacked the buildings.

Police say they are trying to gather information about property taken in the break-ins.

Anyone with information regarding the break-ins is asked to call the South Bruce OPP (519-396-3341) or Crime Stoppers (1-800-222-8477).


Cops nab 25 drivers in speed trap

Police charged 25 drivers in less than three hours Friday morning on Queen Street North.

South-Bruce OPP set up a radar enforcement after receiving complaints about speeding on the stretch of road. Local cops have been using a speed recording sign to monitor traffic in the area, and information confirmed the stretch of road was a problem area.

Between 6:30 a.m.  and 8 a.m., 25 speeding charges were laid.

The highest speed recorded using the sign was 118 km/hr in 50 km/hr zone, and the highest recorded speed during the blitz was 94 km/hr.

Three people were charged under the new racing legislation, meaning their licence and vehicle is taken for seven days. Driving more than 50 km.hr over the posted limit constitutes racing.


Macpherson Park named after nine-time mayor

It’s Tiny Tot Park no more.

After more than four years of prodding municipal staff and local government, the Macpherson family stood Friday beside a new sign carrying the park’s proper name.

“I’m very happy with this sign,” said Mary (Macpherson) Culbert. “I’m especially pleased with the design. It’s lovely.”

The Macpherson family’s latest efforts to publicize the park’s history - a letter in The Independent – resulted in the new sign, which the municipality put up last week. The new sign sits just off Lambton Street, at the entrance to the playground.