Team effort to improve local health care

New doctors, equipment, services announced

By Josh Howald

They say it takes a village to raise a child. That may be so, and by the looks of things, it takes more than a village to effectively run a hospital.

The South Bruce Grey Health Centre, the Kincardine Physicians Group, the Family Health Team, the Kincardine Community Health Care Foundation and the Municipality of Kincardine held a press conference Thursday morning at the Kincardine Medical Clinic to share several successful collaborative efforts to secure and expand health services in Kincardine.

Strong support for refugee committee

The Kincardine Refugee Committee is off and running.


Fundraising has started and committees are in place.


The quick start was fuelled by a public meeting held Monday evening, Dec. 7 at Knox Presbyterian Church.


More than 150 people attended to learn about the committee’s progress to date, offer help and ask questions.


The response was positive with people offering help, joining subcommittees, and giving and pledging money.


Break-ins continue in Kincardine’s core

By Barb McKay

There is growing concern amongst Kincardine business owners following another rash of break-ins and thefts in the downtown core.

The aftermath of a break-in last Tuesday morning at Sugar Shack. (Barb McKay photo)

Sometime overnight on Dec. 8, a thief or thieves broke into Harbour Rose Boutique, Sunset Grill and the Sugar Shack tattoo shop. Scott Duncan, owner of Sugar Shack said he has been careful about keeping cash on the premise since someone tried to break into his business two years ago. This time, the front door was smashed and thieves made away with two iPods. A small quantity of cash was taken from Sunrise Grill but whoever broke in to the restaurant also damaged the freezer. It is still unknown if anything was taken from Harbour Rose.

Possible 10 per cent residential tax rate increase for 2016

Municipality of Kincardine budget deliberations begin

By Barb McKay


Kincardine council will be choosing from a wish list of priority projects to include in the 2016 municipal budget.


Council held its first budget meeting last Monday and council members reviewed their individual priorities for the coming year. The majority of councillors indicated that asset management, particularly the maintenance of roads and bridges, was a top priority. Other items that topped the list include bringing natural gas to the region, completing the B-line trail, improving Bruce Telecom business and promoting economic development. All council members who stated their priorities agreed that the Whitney Crawford Community Centre redevelopment project needs to move forward this year.

Police arrest wanted man

Last Wednesday, Dec. 9, a South-Bruce OPP officer on patrol along Concession 6 in Bruce Twp. stopped a maroon GMC pick-up truck at 11:48 a.m. When the vehicle stopped, the driver hopped out of the truck and fled into a bush lot.

Police, with the help of the West Region OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT), OPP Canine Unit and the South-Bruce OPP Crime Unit, searched for the man.

The driver was finally located and arrested without incident at 3:48 p.m. the same day. A 47-year-old man, of no fixed address, was charged with break and enter, breach of probation, using unauthorized licence plates, driving while suspended, driving with no validation sticker and driving with no insurance. In addition, the man was found to be wanted by police on an outstanding assault charge.

Claus spotted in Kincardine

Santa Claus himself was in Kincardine Saturday night for the Santa Claus parade. Big Red got lucky with some lovely weather for the parade, which drew a large crowd to Kincardine's downtown core. Santa spent some time after the parade visiting with local youngsters, many in ugly Christmas sweaters, which was the theme of the parade. Claus  zipped back to his workshop shortly after, where he plans to be holed up for the next couple of weeks preparing for Christmas Eve. (Josh Howald photo)

Bruce Power refurbishment to start 2020

Agreement will mean thousands of new jobs

By Barb McKay


An agreement with the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) to refurbish six nuclear reactor units will keep Bruce Power generating electricity for four more decades.



Bruce Power president and CEO Duncan Hawthorne last week. (Barb McKay photo)



Bruce Power president and CEO Duncan Hawthorne made the announcement to his workforce on Thursday calling the agreement “a massive deal” that has been a long time in the making.

New doctor joins medical clinic next summer

A new family physician will be taking patients in Kincardine in August 2016.


Municipality of Kincardine CAO Murray Clarke made the announcement Thursday, following a closed session of Kincardine council Wednesday evening. Dr. Damien Gunaratne completed his medical schooling and residency in Ottawa and is expected to take over the medical practice of Dr. Rejean Duwyn, who left in July.


“The arrival of Dr. Gunaratne will provide much needed relief to the physicians at the Kincardine Medical Clinic who have collectively been shouldering the patient burden that is the result of recent physician vacancies,” Clarke said in a media release.


Naughty or nice?

The Kincardine Community Singers held a dress rehearsal last Wednesday evening to gear up for their Christmas concert, Naughty or Nice? Performances will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Knox Presbyterian Church in Kincardine. Tickets are available at Jerome Flowers and Gifts. (Josh Howald photo)

Council considers overhaul of municipal parking lot

By Barb McKay


It is a project that won’t come cheap, but Kincardine municipal staff is touting the value of making significant improvements to the parking lot between Queen and Princes streets.


The idea of fixing up the municipally-owned parking lot is not a new one. Engineer Bruce Potter of BM Ross and Associates, who attended last Wednesday’s council meeting, said the lot was paved in the 1970s and he has talked with council several times over the years to make improvements to it.