Municipality to undertake massive water and waste water study

By Barb McKay

A water and wastewater master plan is being undertaken to prepare for future growth in the Municipality of Kincardine, but not everyone around the municipal council table agrees with the scope of the plan.

The plan will determine what the municipality’s short-term and long-term needs are for servicing, with a more direct focus on areas surrounding Tiverton; Kincardine, including land east of the hospital and the Highways 9 and 21 business park; the lakeshore area from Inverhuron to the West Ridge on the Lake subdivision; and the Bruce Energy Centre.

Bruce Power, with its massive refurbishment project beginning in just a few years, has expressed an interest in connecting to municipal services and so may be included in the master plan study.

Bruce Telecom arbitration unsuccessful

By Barb McKay

Any hopes of recovering costs associated with the failed sale of Bruce Telecom are now gone.

Mayor Anne Eadie announced during last Wednesday’s council meeting that the Municipality of Kincardine was unsuccessful in recent arbitration respecting the aborted sale of Bruce Telecom assets to the Eastlinkcorporation.

“By order of the arbitrator, the details of the decision are to remain confidential,” she said. “As previously announced, the Municipality of Kincardine has committed to retain the business and to take appropriate steps to ensure its long-term viability for the benefit of our ratepayers.”

No change to speed limit on Lake Range Drive

By Barb McKay

Drivers will not be slowed down during their commute on Lake Range Drive.


During last Monday’s meeting, Huron-Kinloss council agreed with a recommendation from its public works director to leave the speed limit as it is, rather than reduce the speed from 80 kilometres per hour to 60 kilometres per hour between Concession 4 and Saratoga Road. Instead, council approved the original plan to install oversized stop signs and stop ahead signs at concession intersections.


Kincardine girls have Tall Ships adventure

By Barb McKay

By asking one simple question, two Kincardine sisters set sail on the adventure of a lifetime.

Elizabeth and Rina Casciano. (Barb McKay photo)


During the Marine Heritage Festival late last month, Elizabeth and RinaCasciano wandered down to the Kincardine harbour with their father to take a look at the Toronto Brigantine Tall Ships Playfair and Pathfinder. They joined the lines of locals and visitors eager to tour the ships, which were docked in the harbour for the fourth annual event.

36th annual Terry Fox Run on Sunday

By Barb McKay

The Kincardine Terry Fox Run offers family fun for a great cause.

This is the 36th year that the event has been held and to date it has raised more than $233,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation. Last year, Kincardine raised $17,000 – the most raised since 2011.

Jane Benney works on a small committee of dedicated volunteers who have been organizing the event for years. This year’s run will be held Sept. 18 at the Davidson Centre.

“Terry Fox is someone dear to my heart,” she said. “He’s a Canadian icon and the Terry Fox Foundation is amazing.”

The foundation is a small organization and ensures that 84 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to cancer research. Over the past 35 years, $700 million has been raised worldwide.


Willis Lowe throws a straw bale during a competition at the Kincardine Fall Fair on the weekend. See this week's print edition for a full page of colour photos. (Barb McKay photo)

Aztec building to be converted into retail, office space

Developer aims to restore exterior to former glory

By Barb McKay

Rodger Crane has a soft spot for dilapidated historical buildings.

Fall Fair fun

This hen was quite comfortable on the back of a sheep in the petting zoo at the Kincardine Fall Fair. For a full page of photos from the 165th annual fall fair, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)

EQAO math results declining

While the majority of elementary students in Ontario are reading above the provincial standard, the number of students who meet the math standard is declining steadily.

Those are the findings from the recently published 2016 provincial-level results of assessments in reading, writing and mathematics for students in grades 3 and 6 by the Ontario Education Quality and Accountability Office. Local level results are not yet available.

Testing results indicate that 72 per cent of Grade 3 students and 81 per cent of Grade 6 students are reading above the provincial standard, up from 66 per cent and 75 per cent consecutively in 2012.

According to the Ontario EQAO, math results for students in both grades have been declining steadily over the past five years. This year, half of Grade 6 students did not meet the provincial standard and just 63 per cent of Grade 3 students met the standard.

Thompson launches petition to reduce energy rates

Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson is calling on constituents to sign a petition asking the provincial government to lower energy rates.

Thompson says that since the government took power in 2003, electricity rates have risen by 300 per cent – from 4.3 cents per kilowatt hour to 25.9 cents per hour in some low density areas, making Ontario the most expensive jurisdiction in North America for hydro.

In the petition, Thompson notes that Independent Electrical System Operator data shows that the market rate for electricity is less than three cents per kilowatt hour and she says, “Global Adjustment is a tangible measure of how much Ontario must over-pay for unneeded wind and solar power, and the cost of off-loading excess power to our neighbours at a loss.”

Thompson wants the government to take steps to reduce electricity costs to consumers, including the Global Adjustment, delivery charges, administrative charges and tax.