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Kincardine looking at ways to deal with hydro disconnections

Westario rep says no interest in taking on financial risk to suspend winter disconnects

By Barb McKay

 

Some residents are doing without electricity in the summer in order to afford power in the winter, according to a Kincardine councillor.

 

Jacqueline Faubert said as the issue of rising electricity costs has become more prominent, she has been approached by a number of people who say they are doing whatever they can to make it more affordable, even if that means living without it for part of the year.

 

Rising electricity prices was a hot topic during last Wednesday’s council meeting, when the municipality’s representative on Westario Power’s board of directors, Randy Hughes, came to explain the company’s disconnection policy.


Lake Huron a hub of rare bird activity, says bird expert

By Barb McKay

 

Birds that migrate south in the fall and return north in the spring follow a path along the Lake Huron shoreline, and that makes Kincardine a prime spot for bird watching, according to a member of the Friends of MacGregor Point Park.

 

The group is gearing up to hold its annual Huron Fringe Birding Festival at the end of May and brought a special invitation to Kincardine council at its meeting last week to check out the event. Most of the workshops and excursions that are part of the festival are already booked up, Doug Pedwell said.

 


Water lines continue to freeze

By Barb McKay

 

The Municipality of Kincardine continues to ask residents to run their taps after water lines froze on 13 properties in just two days last week.

 

Since the notice was issued last month 52 frozen water lines have been reported. So far, 44 have been thawed out.

 

“If you notice reduced water pressure, it could be a sign that your pipes are freezing,” deputy mayor Anne Eadie said during a public announcement made at last Wednesday’s council meeting.

 


Federal government recognizes Bruce Power

On March 3, MP Ben Lobb presented a certificate of recognition to Bruce Power on behalf of the federal government.

 

“I’m honoured to present this recognition to Bruce Power as not only a respected employer in my riding but as Canada’s largest public-private partnership,” Lobb said. “The Bruce Power public-private partnership model has worked and is positively recognized not only across Canada but around the world. Bruce Power also generates 30 per cent of Ontario’s electricity at 30 per cent below the average cost, and that’s good for our economy.”

 

Bruce Power also launched a new outreach effort last week which offers facts about Ontario’s nuclear advantage; visit www.ontarionuclear.com for more information.


Kincardine gets challenge to create more affordable housing

 By Barb McKay

 

Kincardine is being encouraged to develop a community improvement plan (CIP) geared towards affordable housing.

 

Susan Earle and Leah Barrie, of Bruce County Housing, attended last Wednesday’s council meeting to talk about recent achievements and goals for the next few years. Barrie said Kincardine should be congratulated for revising its policies and zoning bylaws to allow for affordable housing developments and the creation of secondary units in existing homes.

 


Distracted driving fine upped to $280

Now the #1 killer on Ontario roads

By Josh Howald

If it doesn't kill you, it still might cost you.

The fine for distracted driving is about to be upped to $280, which one must admit, is a better penalty than death.


On a roll

Austin Ferguson, 6, was hunting for a strike at the Kincardine Big Brothers Bis Sisters Bowl For Kids Sake event at the Bruce Bowling Lanes in Kincardine. This year's event, sponsored by Bruce Power, plled in nearly $27,000. A total of 25 teams took part, dressed as their favourite athletes as per this year's theme. (Barb McKay photo)


Donors needed as blood supply thins

Donations are urgently requested for the Blood Donor Clinic next week, Wednesday, March 12 from 1-8 p.m. The Kincardine collection target is 202 units.

 

Staff from Canadian Blood Services told The Independent last week that due to the bad weather this winter, donations have been slow. Many recent clinics were cancelled and attendance overall has decreased. With next week’s clinic taking place during March Break, there is some concern that local supplies may start to run low as families are busy with vacation activities.

 


Spring forward this weekend

It is nearly time to spring forward. And with the winter we have had, it can’t come a minute too soon.

 

You are reminded Daylight Savings begins this weekend, Sunday, March 9 at 2 a.m.

 

Be sure to turn your clocks forward one hour before you hit the hay Saturday night so you don’t end up running behind.

 

As for the snow, remember patience is a virtue.


Man had drugs, stolen goods

A 45-year-old Kincardine man is facing several charges after police searched a home under construction in downtown Kincardine last week.

 

At 1:15 p.m. on Feb. 23, the South-Bruce OPP conducted a search of a home under construction in the 800 block of Queen Street, Kincardine. Officers discovered the man inside the home with a quantity of illegal drugs and stolen property.

 

The man was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of property obtained by crime and two counts of breach of probation. He was held in custody pending the results of a bail hearing scheduled for Feb. 24, 2014 at 2 p.m.