Distraction kills more than drunks

For the seventh consecutive year, distracted driving has surpassed impaired driving as a casual factor in fatal collisions on OPP-patrolled roads.

As police prepare to conduct public education and targeted enforcement for its annual Distracted Driving Campaign, they released data that revealed driver inattention was a factor in 12 of this year's 51 fatal collisions.

Police note both of these fatality categories are dangerous and preventable behaviours that result in the senseless loss of life on Ontario roads. They issued several reminders to the public.

Throwing stones

Big Brothers Bis Sisters Kincardine Kincardine and District held a very succesful first annual Curl For Kids Sake Saturday at the Kincardine Curling Club, sponsored by the Society of Energy Professionals. To date, through sponsorships, pledges and donations at Sobeys' tills, the local BBBS has raised more than $18,000. Here, Jennifer Lawrie, right, teaches Gabe Hunter, 5, how to sweep a rock. (Barb McKay photo)

Expect 7.08 per cent tax hike

By Barb McKay


Kincardine residents will see another residential tax increase this year as the municipality struggles to deal with shrinking revenues.


There were few savings to be found as council nickeled and dimed the 2015 budget during its fourth and final budget meeting last Monday, considering everything from adding burial permit fees to cutting firefighter uniform purchases. At the end of the meeting council managed to whittle the proposed residential tax rate increase from nine per cent to 7.08 per cent, mainly by reducing the amount allocated to the municipal lifecycle reserve fund to 1.5 per cent ($930,000) from three per cent to fund core infrastructure in the future.


Seven calls in eight days for Fire Department

The Municipality of Kincardine Fire Department has seen plenty of action lately, responding to seven calls since March 1.

In light of all the recent action, Fire Prevention Officer Frank Merkt reminds the public about the importance of having working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

On March 2, firefighters were dispatched to a chimney fire on Inverlyn Cres. The fire was contained to the chimney, and no major damage was reported.

The next day, March 3, the Fire Dept. was called to an oven fire on Olde Victoria St. in Kincardine. Firefighters cleared smoke from the home, and the damaged appliance was removed.

Art in progress

From left Amy Bouedrais, Katie Moelker and Shandra Henry get in touch with their creative sides at an art class held by local artist Lambertus deGraf at Trillium Court last week. (Barb McKay photo)

Kincardine freezes water rates

The municipality is providing relief to water users as it struggles to keep up with frozen water pipes as bone-chilling cold temperatures persisted last week.


Kincardine council passed a resolution during its meeting last Wednesday to grant exemption under Schedule ‘N’ of By-law No. 2014-142 Consolidated Rates and Fees Bylaw for residential properties by charging a flat rate for water billing, effective Feb. 1 until the risk of freezing has been reduced, possibly this month or April.


Court costs cut for wind farm appellants

By Barb McKay


Four families fighting industrial wind energy projects in Kincardine and nearby municipalities have been offered a glimmer of hope.


The Ontario Supreme Court of Justice ruled Friday to reduce court costs substantially for a case against the three industrial wind developments. Kevin McKee, president of Huron-Kinloss Against Lakeside Turbines (HALT), said thus far, the court system has been very fair to the appellants in regards to those costs.


The Great Lake

Lake Huron is covered with ice as far as the eye could see Sunday at Station Beach in Kincardine. According to Environment Canada Great Lakes Environmental Research, the lake was nearly 95 per cent covered in ice. By mid-week, the coverage should break the previous record for ice coverage (94.7 per cent) set in 1979. Last winter came close, when 92.2 per cent of the lake was frozen over. (Josh Howald photo)

KDSS collecting warm clothing

In response to the extreme cold weather warnings in the area this winter, KDSS has organized a Cold Weather Clothing Drive on now until next Friday, March 13.

Items being collected include jackets, boots, hats, mittens and scarves as well as jeans, sweatshirts, leggings, hoodies in both adult and children’s sizes. Items collected will be donated to individuals in need within the school and any remaning items will be distributed within the Bluewater District School Board.

If you would like to donate items, just drop them off at the KDSS guidance office during the school day. The program is being co-ordinated by staff members Michelle McIver, Dawn MacKay and Nancy Rix.

Former prime minister Paul Martin in Kincardine

By Barb McKay


The next federal election should focus primarily on bettering the economy, according to Canada’s last Liberal prime minister.



Former Prime Minister Paul Martin signs a poster for Jack Crozier last Wednesday at Tim Hortons in Kincardine. Federal Huron Liberal candidate Allan Thompson chats with supporters in the background. (Barb McKay photo)