Margaret Trudeau shares her truth about mental illness


By Barb McKay


Margaret Trudeau has led a life filled with ups and downs – both in her very public personal life and in her mental health.


Council votes to sell former Westario building


By Pauline Kerr


The old Westario building, for almost a decade the home of the Lake Huron Learning Collaborative, has been declared surplus by the municipality, the first step toward selling it.


During the May 9 council meeting, the decision was made to declare the building at 385 Queen St., Kincardine, surplus, as was discussed by the committee of the whole on May 2. A further decision was made to instruct staff to offer the property for sale via the request for proposal process.


Municipality makes plans to sell former Westario building

Uncertainty for Lake Huron Learning Collaborative when lease ends in December


By Barb McKay


The future of the Lake Huron Learning Collaborative is up in the air after council voted to sell the former Westario building.


The building at 385 Queen Street is home to a number of tenants, many of whom fall under the umbrella of the Lake Huron Learning Collaborative (LHLC). Tenants include Contact North, VPI, Adult Learning and, most recently Fanshawe College, which provide continued learning and professional development programs and services.


Huron Shores Hospice Hike for Hospice on May 12


By Barb McKay


When June Slesser’s husband, Floyd Steen, was diagnosed with stage four cancer a year and a half ago the idea of hospice care never crossed her mind.


“I didn’t even know what hospice was,” she said when she sat down with The Independent last week to talk about end-of-life care.


Community drop-in centre opening downtown


By Barb McKay


A community drop-in centre is opening in downtown Kincardine.


The Bridge will open its doors at 746 Queen Street on June 4 and will be open every Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The centre is sharing the space with Bluewater Christian Fellowship, which recently took over the space from MicroAge Basics and will be holding Sunday services there.


Financial incentives a possibility to ‘woo’ new natural gas customers


By Barb McKay


The construction of natural gas pipelines into Kincardine is expected to begin next year and EPCOR has hinted that there could be financial incentives for residents who sign up early.


Grey Matter Beer Company set to open doors on April 26

Michael Hueftlein stands amidst the recently installed brewing equipment at Grey Matter Beer Company. Currently, the brewery is running at half capacity, with 8000L of beer in production. The new business is scheduled to open doors April 26. (Chris Bianco Photo)

By Chris Bianco



Emmet Foster, 2, walks the runway with his dad, Keith Foster, during the Bluewater Summer Playhouse fashion show fundraiser held last Thursday at the Kincardine Centre for the Arts. The pair modelled clothing from Penetangear. Eight local businesses participated in the show, which raised funds for the theatre company’s 25th season. (Barb McKay photo)

EPCOR approved to bring natural gas to Southern Bruce


By Barb McKay


Natural gas is finally coming to the region and customers could be connected as early as fall 2019.


Huron Shores Hospice celebrates opening of first suite


By Barb McKay


After more than five years of rigorous planning, fundraising and cutting through red tape, the Huron Shores Hospice suite at Tiverton Park Manor is ready to offer quality end-of-life care to those who need it most.


The grand opening ceremony, held last Wednesday, was emotional for members of the hospice steering committee, particularly chair Cheryl Cottrill who, along with Peggy Zeppieri and Joan Eaglesham, brought the concept of providing community residential hospice care to fruition.