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Kincardine service fees to increase next year

Water rates to rise by four per cent

By Barb McKay

 

Kincardine residents can expect to see a fee increase for several services next year.

 

While most rates and fees will rise by three per cent in 2015 to account for increases in staff wages and operational expenses, some recreational charges have been hiked substantially. Summer day camp fees, for example, will increase by seven per cent. The March Break camp rate will be an additional $8 next year. Professional development days and daily rental rates for the gymnasium at the Davidson Centre will increase by $2.25 and birthday party rates will increase by $7.08.

 


No breach of Municipal Act with Armow Wind closed meeting

Kincardine’s closed meeting investigators found council did not violate the Municipal Act by holding a closed meeting to discuss a development agreement with Armow Wind.

 

The investigation by Amberley Gavel was prompted by a complaint received Aug. 1 regarding a closed meeting of council held May 21. According to the investigators’ report, the complaint had to do with the procedure for calling the closed meeting and the amount of notice that was given to the public.

 


Hometown Christmas

The hay wagon rides were popular at Kincardine's Hometown Christmas Friday night downtown. For a full page of photos, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)


Snowfall wreaks havoc on roads

A little bit of winter weather kept the South - Bruce OPP busy responding to motor vehicle collisions.

In a 24-hour period beginning at noon on Nov. 13, police responded to 15 crashes on area roads. A dozen were property damage only, two were non-life threatening injuries and one was the fatal crash near Formosa.

"It's frustrating to see this year after year; lives put at risk because drivers don't adjust their driving during winter months, especially during the first snowfall," said acting Inspector Wayne Thompson, detachment commander of the South - Bruce OPP.


Class-act musicians Shane Cook and Jake Charron wow at Walker House

By Barb McKay

 

With fingers and bow moving lightning fast across the strings of his fiddle, and feet tapping in perfect co-ordination with the music, Shane Cook didn’t break a sweat. In fact, he looked perfectly at ease.

 

 

Shane Cook, left, and Jake Charron Saturday night at the Walker House in Kincardine. (Barb McKay photo)

 

 


Rural family health teams need support to compete, says Thompson

By Barb McKay

 

Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson said the message is clear; rural family health teams need more funding if they are to be successful and recruit health care professionals.

 

The local Member of Provincial Parliament hosted a round table discussion in Belgrave Wednesday with interim Ontario PC leader and former health minister Jim Wilson. Administrators from family health teams within the two counties attended to offer their thoughts and opinions on the issues facing their teams.

 

Thompson said the province has essentially handcuffed family health teams by not increasing funding since 2008.


Meet Me in St. Louis

The Kincardine Theatre Guild's production of Meet Me in St. Louis is a great holiday show for the whole family. You can find a full review by Barb McKay in this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. From left are Sandy Nelson, Brontae Hunter, Danielle Douglas, Steven Travale, Sid Duggan, Devony House, Kathryn Low and Marilyn Clarke. (Barb McKay photo)


No exotic animal bylaw for Kincardine

By Barb McKay

 

If you have adopted a kangaroo into your family, no need to worry. Kincardine has elected not to adopt an exotic animal bylaw.

 

Council came to the concensus during its meeting last Wednesday that the bylaw, as it was drafted, wasn’t clear enough to enact.

 

“I don’t think we’ve had enough discussion,” said councillor Jacqueline Faubert. “There’s still too much of a grey area to be passed as a bylaw.”

 


Christmas spirit

Jim Troyak and Corrine Roberston-Brown of J'Adorn pause for a photo by the tree between greeting guests to Troyak's home on Queen Street at Nelson Street on Sunday. His home was just one of the stops along the Kincardine Cristmas Tour of Homes, a fundraiser for the Kincardine Hospital. A number of local businesses, including J'Adorn, helped decorate the homes for the weekend. More than 700 tickets were sold, and each tour stop had a steady stream of visitors both days despite some miserable, un-Christmas like weather conditions. (Josh Howald photo)


Health Canada study leaves more questions than answers, MOH

Wind turbine noise and health study results require peer review

By Barb McKay

 

A much-anticipated study by Health Canada into possible relationship between industrial wind turbine noise and health complaints of people living near them leaves questions unanswered, says Dr. Hazel Lynn.