Municipal leachate treatment facility up and running

By Barb McKay

Three years after the Municipality of Kincardine began looking at options for dealing with leachate from two landfills it is now operating a state-of-the-art leachate treatment facility.

Municipal staff and Mayor Anne Eadie were on hand last Tuesday for a tour of the new facility at the waste management centre in Armow. Back in 2013, Kincardine council sought input from consultants at Conestoga Rovers and Associates on options to handle leachate – water that comes in contact with landfill waste. The municipality had been trucking upwards of 45,000 litres of leachate each day from the waste management centre and the now closed Ward 1 landfill site to the municipal wastewater treatment plant. However, the wastewater treatment plant was not designed to treat leachate and trucking the waste is costly.

Oh Canada...

Jenny Hunter, right, conducts the Colla Voce youth choir as they sing our national anthem prior to Saturday night's Provincial Junior Hockey League game between the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs and the Mitchell Hawks. (Barb McKay photo)

Pop stolen in break-and-enter

Police are on the lookout for well-caffeinated criminals after a break-in to a business in Kincardine's downtown.

The Sunrise Grill on Queen St. was forcibly entered at some point between 3 p.m. on Nov. 20 and 8 a.m. on Nov. 21. The only thing reported missing by police was a quantity of pop. The value of the stolen pop was estimated to be $70.

Anybody with information should call police at 1-888-310-1122. If you want to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a secure web-tip at where you might be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Body of Kincardine woman recovered from Lake Huron

By Barb McKay

A 67-year-old Kincardine woman is dead after the car she was driving went off the north pier into Lake Huron last Tuesday.

The OPP Search and Recovery Unit assisted the South-Bruce OPP and Kincardine Fire and Emergency Services last Wednesday in recovering a car and the body of a Kincardine woman from Lake Huron near the north pier. (Barb McKay photo)


Municipality commits funding to local hospice

By Barb McKay

The Huron Shores Hospice committee will no longer need to approach the Municipality of Kincardine for grants to help get the project off the ground.

Council agreed during its meeting last Wednesday that funding for the local hospice should be included in the annual municipal budget. The Huron Shores Hospice committee had approached council in September for a $5,000 contribution to the committee’s fundraising efforts to open a one-bed hospice suite at Tiverton Park Manor, with plans to build a standalone three-bed facility in the next few years pending government approval.

New customers, not current users, will pay for natural gas expansion, OEB decides

By Barb McKay

The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) has made its decision on how the expansion of natural gas service to rural and northern communities can best be achieved.

The OEB held public generic hearings back in the spring to determine a new regulatory structure for natural gas expansion projects. The concern was that the current structure may create barriers for communities who are not serviced because of the associated costs.

Finding deals

Mackenzie Thomas, 3, of Owen Sound was shopping for Christmas decorations with grandmother Shirley Thomas at the Kincardine Hospital Auxiliary Christmas Boutique Friday. Santa even made an appearance at the sale. (Barb McKay photo)

Kincardine Youth Waves seeks applications for youth council

By Barb McKay

Youth in Kincardinewill soon have a vehicle to make their voices heard.

During its meeting last Wednesday, the Municipality of Kincardine council endorsed a plan by Kincardine Youth Waves to form a youth council. The initiative builds upon the municipality’s efforts to be a ‘youth-friendly community’ after receiving that designation from Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO) earlier this year. During the application process to earn the designation PRO identified a couple of weak areas that needed to be addressed including the need for more civic engagement for youth. As a result, PRO selected Kincardine as one of three rural pilot sites in the province to receive mentorship and funding to establish a youth council.

Just be-Claus

Owen McKinley, 3, of Kincardine gets in a visit with Santa Claus Friday evening in downtown Kincardine at Hometown Christmas. Both Claus, Mrs. Claus and even the Grinch, were among the hundreds that enjoyed unseasonably warm weather and some great activities at Friday's event. (Josh Howald photo)

Festive RIDE campaign underway

The annual Festive RIDE campaign is now officially underway.

Expect to see multiple checkpoints as the OPP kicked off the campaign on Monday. There will be a significant number of RIDE checkpoints throughout the province until Jan. 7, 2017.

The OPP said that in 2015, they investigated 65 road collisions in which a drug-impaired driver was found to be the primary cause of the crash. So far in 2016, the same factor has been behind 59 such collisions on OPP-patrolled roads. Tragically, 35 people have died this year so far in alcohol or drug-related crashes, which puts the total number of road deaths in this causal category nearly 650 in the last decade.