Life changes forever

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Editorial

Kincardine’s Relay for Life Friday evening struck me as an emotional event for many cancer survivors and their friends and relatives.

 

What is striking is the number of people in the community who have had cancer and survived. When someone is diagnosed with cancer, life changes for ever.

 

For the many survivors, they are happy to be still here. They are a testament to the many advances in medical science and, in some cases, that there are such things as miracles.

 

You can deduce two things from the numbers.

 

Chances are that you or someone dear to you will get cancer. Why some cancers show up is a mystery, but in other cancers, lifestyle can be the cause. If you think about it, now would likely be a good time to quit smoking, cut back on alcohol or forego sun bathing.

 

The numbers also show that if you get cancer, it’s not necessarily a death sentence. Fight it with a positive attitude and in many cases you can win.

 

Hope will take you a long way.

 

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I was reading in my daily newspaper that the water level in all of The Great Lakes has risen since December 2012.

 

The biggest increase occurred in Lake Huron, where the water has risen .85 metres (almost three feet).

 

The increase has been attributed to the cold temperatures of last winter and the wet spring and summer we’ve had.

 

The cool weather has been good for the health of The Great Lakes, but not necessarily for tourism.

 

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Summer is about over, but there is lots of activity this weekend. The Tall Ships come to the harbour and there is the Massed Band event this Saturday. All that is needed is a sunny weekend.

 

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Anyone who is considering running for council in the Municipality of Kincardine is likely having second thoughts if they happened to see last Wednesday’s meeting.

 

Members of council were harangued and harangued again by some of those living on the water pipeline to Inverhuron. They believe council broke a promise made 10 years ago to not charge people who didn’t want to hook up to municipal water.

 

I was told Friday by one of those involved that the group of citizens will be taking the municipality to court over the matter so I assume the controversy is not over.

 

You can reach two conclusions from this issue.

 

When a municipal council makes a decision concerning infrastructure, it should make sure the project is properly funded. The pipeline funding issue has been simmering away for a decade but this council finally had to do something because of the stranded debt and interest it was paying. It’s wearing the horns that the council of a decade ago should have worn.

 

The other thing is that municipal politicians often take the heat for decisions made by Queen’s Park. The province’s decision to join rural and urban areas during its amalgamation binge has turned out to be a mistake in Kincardine and many other municipalities. And it was the province’s regulations after Walkerton that forced Kincardine to provide safe drinking water to built-up areas in the rural parts of the municipality. Thus we have the pipeline.

 

Municipalities have also had to bear the brunt of the province’s “wind farm” policy. Before that, it was the factory farm issue.

 

But I digress and hindsight is 20-20.

 

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I don’t know the details as I write this, but the sale of Bruce Telecom is questionable at the moment, depending on what press release you read. And a report says that Kincardine council knowingly contravened the Municipal Act when it held its in camera meetings to discuss the sale of the municipally-owned Bruce Telecom.

 

There should be some interesting council meetings in the days ahead.

 

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Last week I mentioned a resident wanted help from the municipality setting up a website for Wards 1 and 2 residents.

 

My information was wrong – the website has been up and running for a couple months. My apologies.