August 2017

Did you experience the solar eclipse Aug. 21?

40% (8 votes)
60% (12 votes)
Total votes: 20

Did you experience the solar eclipse Aug. 21?

50% (1 vote)
50% (1 vote)
Total votes: 2

Traffic jam

Saturday night marked the 26th annual Gathering of the Bands in Kincardine. Numerous musical acts entertained until pipers and drummers from all corners of the contintent joined the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band for its weekly march down Queen St. (Josh Howald photo)

 Kincardine house fire causes extensive damage

Residents of a home on Kennard Crescent escaped unharmed from a fire early Friday morning.

According to Municipality of Kincardine Fire Chief Kent Padfield, firefighters from the Kincardine and Tiverton stations were dispatched to 585 Kennard Cres. Just after 3 a.m. after receiving a call that the house was on fire. Bruce County paramedics, Westario Power and the South Bruce OPP also responded.

All six occupants in the home were able to get out unharmed. Padfield said firefighters were on the scene for three hours and were able to bring the blaze under control.

“Firefighters searched the house in heavy smoke conditions and found a fire in the basement,” he said in a report. “The fire was quickly brought under control but not before causing significant damage to the basement and smoke damage to the remainder of the house.”

 Cyclist calls for bike safety awareness, need for trails following collision on Highway 21

By Barb McKay

A cyclist is lucky to be alive after being hit by a pickup truck while riding on Highway 21 last week and is asking drivers to pay attention and share the road.

Dr. Stephen Brown, a Chesley dentist who has a cottage in Kincardine, was cycling north on Highway 21 near Concession 7 on Thursday shortly before 6 p.m. when he was clipped by the truck. His wife Pat told The Independent on Monday that her husband called her from the scene and told her what had happened, which he also described to police who arrived on the scene.

Land ho!

Craig Power, left, and Steve Howard in 98 the Beach boat took on Curtis and Hugh Campbell in the Black Squid and won the second annual Kincardine Community Fund Cardboard Boat Race. The race was held Saturday at Station Beach. (Josh Howald photo)

 Government requests additional information on DGR’s potential impacts to SaugeenOjibway Nation

By Barb McKay

The federal government is looking for additional information from Ontario Power Generation (OPG) on the potential impacts of its proposed project to bury low- and intermediate-level waste underground on the SaugeenOjibway Nation (SON).

The request for information came early last week from Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna. She has asked OPG to update its analysis of potential cumulative effects of the proposed deep geologic repository (DGR) on physical and cultural heritage, through its ongoing process with SON. This new request comes just two months after the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) announced that it was satisfiedthat OPG adequately addressed 23 requests for information regarding its environmental assessment for a proposed DGR for waste that is currently being stored in containers above ground at the Bruce Power site.

Huron-Kinloss moves forward in NWMO’s site selection process for used fuel repository

By Barb McKay

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is looking to build a partnership with the Township of Huron-Kinloss to see if it would be an appropriate site to host the federal government’s project to store Canada’s used nuclear fuel in a deep geologic repository (DGR).

Jo-Ann Facella, NWMO’s director of community well-being, assessment and dialogue, attended last Monday’s township council meeting to discuss the next step in the organization’s site selection process for the $20 billion project. Huron-Kinloss is one of seven municipalities that remain in the process. NWMO expects to select a site by 2023 and submit its environmental assessment/licence application to the government by 2028. Preliminary assessments of each of the remaining municipalities are in various stages.

 How about Nebraska?

Road trip for the eclipse

By Josh Howald

Some local astronomy enthusiasts made the long trek to Nebraska last week in order to see the total solar eclipse.

"We left for Grand Falls, Nebraska on Saturday morning and we got there about 8 p.m. Sunday night, which was 7 p.m. there," said Kincardine's Krista Bell, who was in a group of about two dozen people from the area to make the trip.

She said that John Hylnialuk, who is president of the Bruce Astrological Society, went to Nebraska more than a year and a half ago to scout out the best possible spot to see the solar eclipse from. With wide open areas and clear skies, they figured a campground near Grand Falls was the place to be.

Welcome to the wall

The inaugural group that will hang on the Kincardine Sports Wall of Fame, which was unveiled recently at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. For the full story, including a photo and short bio of each inductee, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Josh Howald photo)