7ACRES to supply recreational cannabis to Alberta


Thompson vows to place rural lens on education


By Barb McKay


Lisa Thompson has pledged to make rural issues a priority in her new role as Minister of Education.


The Huron-Bruce MPP was assigned the cabinet position on June 29 and told The Independent last week that she immediately got to work on the province’s education file. She will also sit on Ontario’s Treasury Board.


“I was certainly honoured and humbled and I am putting my best foot forward,” she said of her appointment.


Thompson named Minister of Education


Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson has been given a key role in the new Ontario government.


On Friday, Premier Doug Ford announced the new Ontario ‘Government for the People’ had been sworn in. Ford reduced the number of ministers to 20 from 29 under the previous Liberal government. Seven of the new ministers are women, including Thompson, who has been named Minister of Education. Thompson was elected to serve Huron-Bruce for a third term.


KDSS student accepted into summer enrichment program at McGill


By Barb McKay


Kincardine District Secondary School (KDSS) student Sheetal Gill will get a preview of university life this summer.


The Tiverton teen, who will enter Grade 11 in September, has been accepted into an exclusive summer educational program. SHAD is a month-long enrichment program that focuses on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math). High school students from across Canada who are accepted into the program are placed at one of 16 universities across the county.


7ACRES to add 400 new jobs for major expansion



The Tiverton cannabis producer announced last week that it will hire more than 400 employees over the next year as it gears up for a large expansion.


7ACRES held a ceremony at the Southampton Golf and Country Club last Wednesday to recognize the first graduates of its School of Management – where 33 people graduated from 10 leadership courses provided by the company. During the ceremony, 7ACRES executives made the announcement that the company plans to expand its facility at the Bruce Energy Centre from three greenhouses to 30 and hire more than 400 people by the end of June 2019.


New doctor coming to Kincardine


A new doctor will be joining the Kincardine Physicians Group early next year.


Last week, the Municipality of Kincardine council approved an agreement with Dr. Catherine Ciszkowski to take up her medical practice at the Hawthorne Community Clinic, beginning January 2019.


Ciszkowski completed her medical degree at McMaster University in Hamilton in 2013, and finished her family medicine residency training via Western University's regional training program in 2015.


Kincardine safe exchange zone helps buyers and sellers trade safely


By Barb McKay


Have you ever wanted to sell an item online but worried about strangers coming to your home to buy it? A new community safe exchange zone in Kincardine will help to solve that problem.


New MCR contract expected to create more than 800 jobs annually


By Barb McKay


Bruce Power’s Major Component Replacement (MCR) project is poised to get underway with the signing of a contract to carry out what the company is calling the ‘heart of the project’.


Clearing the bar


Gabby Geberdt, 11, clears the high jump bar set at one metre at the Kincardine Community Track and Field Meet on June 4. (Tammy Schneider photo)

Huron-Kinloss woman charged in million dollar fraud case


A 60-year-old Bruce County resident is now facing several fraud related charges following a lengthy investigation led by the Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Crime Unit.


In September of 2017, Huron County OPP was contacted by a member of the victim's family after it was discovered the victim had lost a sizable portion of her life savings.