The red flag


The South Bruce Grey Health Centre board certainly knows how to wave the red flag.

As you know, there has been a fair bit of controversy concerning the board's decision to replace the physiotherapy department in Kincardine with a private company.

Much of the physio equipment at the hospital was donated by people from the community. It was removed before Aug. 18 to allow for the private company to set up shop.

Sources tell me the plaques, etc. that said, "this piece of equipment donated by John Doe" were found in the garbage. Fortunately, they were rescued and are now in a safe keeping.
Such sloppiness is not a way to win friends and influence people.

Despite the physio fiasco and the perception that Kincardine hospital seems to be losing more and more services to Walkerton hospital, the community has been generous to the Kincardine hospital foundation, says Gregg McClelland. (The foundation uses the money to buy equipment for use at the Kincardine hospital.)

He believes Kincardine has to control its own destiny and that the time has come to take back the hospital.

But that's something that won't happen easily - even though this happens to be the only area in the Huron-Bruce riding that is growing. Big government doesn't want to have to deal with another little hospital.

Thirty years ago, there were people from this community with connections who could walk into the office of the premier or a cabinet minister and let their views be known.

Now we have a council that seems to be afraid to speak up on behalf of the community.
The only group with any legitimacy to carry the community's concerns to Queen's Park is the municipal council.

Two people in the community seem to have the passion to fight for an improved hospital - McClelland and Dr. Lisa Roth.

They need support from the councils of both Kincardine and Huron-Kinloss and from the community.

You've likely noticed that most retail establishments in this community continuously have "help wanted" signs in their windows.

The problem is lack of affordable housing.

Small business can't attract workers from out of the area because they can't afford to live here.
There was a housing conference here two or three months ago, but action on the affordable housing front remains very quiet.

My next door neighbours, Lou and Linda Kosmerly, have closed the door on Gilley's Feed Lot after 30 years of business.

When you bought a meal at Gilley's, you always knew what you were getting. That's why it has always been a popular eating spot.

I wish them a long and happy retirement.

Speaking of food, I wonder where all that recalled meat from Maple Leaf Foods will end up? Likely 99.9 per cent of it is free of listeriosis but you can't feed it to people.

And there was a note on the door of The Chocolate Basket in downtown Kincardine that said the store is now closed.

Two closings in one weekend is not good news for downtown.

It was quiet in Kincardine Monday morning. I guess people were getting their kids ready for school and visitors were heading for home.

Too bad the best weather of the summer has just arrived.