Bruce B receives top performance marks from CNSC

By Barb McKay


For the first time, Bruce Power’s B site has received full marks for performance from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC).


The CNSC, Canada’s nuclear regulator, released its draft 2014 regulatory oversight report last week. The report, which analyzes safety and operational performances at Canadian nuclear power facilities, is expected to be finalized later this week.


Inverhuron access gates to remain closed to public

Safety main factor in keeping gates closed during winter storms

By Barb McKay


The access gates to the Mystic Cove subdivision will remain closed to the public during winter storms, the Municipality of Kincardine council has decided.



Lannaia Vanderwoude, 4, of Point Clark was happy to handle a blue-tongued skink at a recent show by Vaughan-based Reptilia Zoo at the Ripley-Huron Community Centre. (Barb McKay photo)

Drunk driver in two-car crash

An 18-year-old from Burlington is facing charges after a two-car crash at 7:25 a.m. on Aug. 7 at the intersection of Bruce County Road 20 and Highway 21 in Bruce Twp.

The South-Bruce OPP responded to a report of the crash to discover a grey Toyota Corolla had pulled into the path of a red Ford Mustang that was headed south on Highway 21. There were no injuries reported at the scene.

The driver of the Corolla was found to have been drinking alcohol. The teenager was charged with impaired driving, operating over 80mgs, being a novice driver with a blood alcohol content more than zero and failure to yield. He is to appear in court Sept. 14 to answer to the charges.

In other police news, later that morning another impaired driver was removed from the road.

Child hit by truck, parent charged

A youth was treated at local hospital for minor injuries after being struck by a pick-up truck at 6:16 p.m. on Thursday evening, Aug. 12.

Police responded to a report of a collision involving a bicycle at the Inverhuron Provincial Park in Bruce Twp. Officers arrived on the scene and learned a young cyclist had ridden a bicycle into the path of a grey Toyota Tundra pick-up truck.

The mother of the child, a 35-year-old woman from Ajax, was charged with permitting a person younger than 16 to ride without a helmet.

Second annual Kincardine Marine Heritage Festival this weekend

The Toronto Brigantine Tall Ships return to the port of Kincardine this weekend in celebration of the second annual Marine Heritage Festival.

The ships sail into port on Friday and the Marine Heritage Festival events will run on Saturday from 10am-3pm.

This year’s theme is ‘Search and Rescue’ which promises a variety of educational and entertaining components. The festival will feature marine-themed activities for both adults and children including tours of the Kincardine Lighthouse and Marine Museum, the Walker House Heritage Centre, Artisan’s Alley on the north pier, as well as the Community Foundation Grey Bruce ‘Ahoy - Kids Art Zone’ at MacPherson Park.

Pretty cheesy

Lori Prehn of Cheesy Monkii adds gravy to some Pine River Cheese curds to make an order of the famous Cheesy Monkii poutine Saturday afternoon at the Pine River Cheese Curds Festival, held at the co-operative on Highway 21. (Josh Howald photo)

Military advisor takes flight in Kincardine

Annual flight a tradition for Second World War veteran

By Barb McKay

Once each year, one of Canada’s most decorated veterans drives from his home in Collingwood to Kincardine to do the thing he is most passionate about - fly a plane.

On Thursday, Honorary Lieutenant General Richard Rohmer took to the skies with Kincardine municipal airport manager Blake Evans to carry out the annual tradition. The two pilots flew five Mustang circuits over the airport while Rohmer’s wife Mary-O looked on. It is an exhilarating experience that after 73 years of flying the Second World War veteran is not ready to give up.

“I’m the only flight instructor in Canada he’ll fly with,” Evans said with a chuckle.

“He’s alright, not as good as last year,” Rohmer said.

Civic holiday weekend deadly

Police said this year's Civic Holiday weekend was the deadliest one in recent memory, with the OPP investigating 16 deaths.

From car crashes to boaters and swimmers, cops worked around the clock on the Civic Day long weekend investigating tragic deaths that occurred in a wide range of transportation and recreation activities on roads and waterways - including that of 16-year-old Lucas Johnson at Station Beach in Kincardine.

By midnight on Aug. 3, a total of nine people had been killed on OPP-patrolled roads. An additional six people, including Johnson, drowned and one person died in a boating incident.

Armow Wind Project to be tested for infrasound

By Barb McKay

The Municipality of Kincardine will undertake new noise studies on the Armow Wind Project in hopes of convincing the province that more research on the potential health affects of industrial wind turbines is needed.