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Friday, October 31st, 2014

Owen Sound man sentenced for threats with hatchet

Sentencing this week, for an Owen Sound man involved in an incident with a hatchet on the rooftops in the city.

According to the Sun Times, the 27 year old will spend 15 months in jail for making threats against his father, with a hatchet and breach of probation.

Dock News reported in August, the man climbed onto the roofs of several 2nd Ave businesses, and was in a standoff with police for several hours.

He was eventually taken to hospital for minor injuries to his bare feet.

Friday, October 31st, 2014

SBGHC facing budget challenges

There was good and bad news at the recent board meeting for the South Bruce Grey Health Centre.

south bruce grey health centreCEO Paul Rosebush informed the board that the hospital will receive a one per cent increase to their budget annually, because the province now acknowledges the health centre is actually made up of four separate sites…. Kincardine, Chesley, Durham and Walkerton, and is no longer deemed to be just one small hospital.

But according to the Sun Times, the bad news is, that the hospital is facing a deficit of 310 thousand dollars currently, and Rosebush worries that could balloon to 700 thousand by the end of the fiscal year, in March.

Another plus, is that the hospital will receive more than one million dollars over the next two years, for infrastructure projects that include repairs to the roof, air conditioning upgrades, electrical upgrades and improved fire suppression and detection systems.

Friday, October 31st, 2014

A mix of old and new trustees for the Bluewater board

Monday’s election brought a lot of change to local councils, and the Bluewater District School Board is no different.

bwdsbThere will now be ten trustees around the table, when they begin their term in December.

Dock News reported earlier that there will only be one trustee appointed to represent Saugeen First Nation students and Chippewas of Nawash students..

Incumbent trustees returning are Marilyn McComb, Marg Gaviller, Dan Wong and Jan Johnstone.

Newcomers include Ron Motz, acclaimed after the retirement of John Chapman..Dave Mason, who replaces Kevin Larson and Jane Thomson who defeated Terry Bell.

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Owen Sound man facing long list of drug and weapons charges

A drugs bust in downtown Owen Sound has lead to a long list of charges against a 44 year old man.

Police arrested a man on 2nd Ave East near 9th Street yesterday afternoon and found close to 35 hundred dollars in meth, pot and cash inside the man’s knapsack.

They also found a sawed off shotgun. The man initially complained about medical distress to arresting officers so .. was taken to the hospital by ambulance…where he was later released and taken down to the police station.

Police then searched a 2nd Ave A West home and seized a number of weapons including a semi automatic hand gun, a cross bow and several knives as well as ammunition and a quantity of drugs.

The suspect is facing 16 charges.

Here is the official release from police:

Media Release
Owen Sound Police Service

Firearm and Drugs Arrest Downtown

The arrest of two males in downtown Owen Sound this afternoon, by members of the Owen Sound Police Service Drug Unit, resulted in the seizure of a prohibited firearm and illegal narcotics.

Detective Sergeant Jeff Fluney stated, “At approximately 1:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, Drug Enforcement Officers had been conducting an investigation into methamphetamine trafficking and weapons possession, and made an arrest of two males in the 900 block of 2nd Avenue East. Upon arrest, one male was found to be in possession of $2,200 worth of methamphetamine and $1,075 in cash. The knapsack in his possession contained $350 worth of marihuana and a loaded sawed-off shotgun. The second male was investigated at the scene and released unconditionally.”

The arrested 44-year-old Owen Sound male complained of a medical condition so an ambulance was called to the scene and he was taken to the hospital for an examination; he was later released from the hospital and taken to the police station.

“A search warrant was later obtained and executed at the male’s residence, in the 1200 block of 2nd Avenue “A” West. Seized from the residence was another sawed-off shotgun, a semi-automatic 9 mm handgun, ammunition for the firearms, a cross-bow, two prohibited knives, $1,000 of marihuana and a small amount of oxycodone, as well as some stolen property,” said Fluney.

Mark Thompson, has been held in custody and will appear in court Friday morning facing a large number of charges which include:

• Possession of Methamphetamine for the Purpose of Trafficking
• Possession of Marihuana for the purpose of Trafficking
• Possession of a Prohibited Firearm with ammunition readily accessible (2 counts)
• Possession of a Prohibited Firearm
• Possession of a Firearm while prohibited (3 counts)
• Possession of a crossbow while prohibited
• Possession of a Controlled Substance: Fentanyl
• Carrying a Concealed Weapon
• Possession of the Proceeds obtained by Crime
• Possession of a Controlled Substance: Oxycodone
• Possession of a prohibited knife (2 counts)
• Possession of Property obtained by Crime

Click link to see photo of sawed off shotgun that was seized by police


Thursday, October 30th, 2014

United Way depletes utility funding

This is a precedent setting year, for the distribution of funding through the Utility Assistance Programs offered by The United Way Bruce Grey…..but the agency is not celebrating.

united wayExecutive Director Francesca Dobbyn tells Dock News, a quarter of a million dollars has been given out during the first nine months of this year, to help those with utility bills in arrears and to pay for other heating costs…the highest amount since 2006.

Problem is, that’s the budget for the entire year.

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Dobbyn says the harsh winter of last year, has left many with unpaid bills, and at least two or three calls a week now, about disconnections.

She says their only recourse at this time is to try and negotiate repayment of the bills, over the next twelve to eighteen months, on behalf of the client.

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Dobbyn says it’s ordinary citizens who are having to reach out for help.

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Dobbyn says communities need to push for higher income levels, better rates for government penions, more money for affordable housing and additional dollars for the utility assist programs.

She encourages anyone who cannot pay their bills, to contact United Way, or call 211 to get help.

Dobbyn says the utility companies understand the predicament that people are in, but they are a business.

Union Gas is regulated through the Energy Board and Hydro One is a public utility that are accountable to the tax payers.

If you would like to help by donating to the Oil, Wood Propane Fund, or want to help out family, go to  or contact or

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Bruce Power employees honour fallen soldiers

Bruce Power employees are contributing 15 thousand dollars to Helmets to Hardhats…an organization that helps Canadian reservists and veterans make the transition from armed forces duty to civilian life.

bruce powerThey do so by offering apprenticeship opportunities in the building trades.

The money is in honour of two fallen soldiers, Corporal Nathan Cirillo a reservist with Hamilton, gunned down at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, who was run down in Quebec two weeks ago.

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Killanan Brewery tops in Dragons Den Meaford

Its been a pretty good year for a local brewery.

killananSpencer Wareham from Kilannan Brewing Company in Rockford has won both top prizes at this year’s Dragons Den Meaford.

The young brew-meister walked away with more than 20 thousand dollars worth of prizes to help further his two year old business.

The win comes on the heels of his Young Entrepreneur honours the Owen Sound Chamber Business Awards last week.

Kilannan sells more than 20 thousand litres of beer a month throughout Grey Bruce and the surrounding area and hopes to expand even further in the near future.

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Saugeen First Nation’s man facing list of charges after domestic assault


Details are sketchy after a serious domestic assault on Saugeen First nation.

O-p-p were called in the early morning hours yesterday to a home on Highway 21.

Police say they cordoned off the property and executed a search warrant.

As a result a 41 year old man is facing a long list of serious charges including uttering death threats, forcible confinement, assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm and administering a noxious substance.

No other details have been released but police say the investigation is continuing.

Here is the official release from Bruce Peninsula O-P-P


– On October 29th, 2014 at 12:25a.m., members of the Bruce Peninsula Ontario Provincial Police (O.P.P.) responded to a call for assistance on Saugeen First Nation.

While police were investigating this occurrence, access to a residence in the 6400 block of Highway 21, Saugeen First Nation, was restricted and cordoned off.

A search warrant has since been completed at this residence and access returned to the owner.

Information obtained thus far has revealed that there had been a domestic altercation at the aforementioned residence between a male, 41, and female, 40.

This altercation has led to the arrest of a 41 year old Saugeen First Nation resident. He had a bail hearing on October 29th, 2014 at the Ontario Court of Justice in Walkerton and has been charged with:
• Forcible confinement
• Mischief under $5000
• Assault cause bodily harm
• Assault with a weapon
• Administering noxious substance
• Utter threats to cause death

The investigation is continuing with support of the Bruce Peninsula OPP Crime Unit, Grey County OPP Crime Unit and the OPP Forensic Identification Services Unit.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

The Bruce Peninsula OPP is requesting anyone who may have information that can assist police to call 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or send a web-tip to, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Outgoing South Bruce Peninsula mayor not happy with election night counting

southbrucepenThe outgoing mayor of South Bruce Peninsula is going to ask the province to step in and review how ballots were counted in this week’s election.

As we’ve been telling you since Monday night… there were major problems with many ballots after residents filled them in with ‘x’s or check marks causing problems with the tabulators.

Scrutineers were in attendance when all replacement ballots were being processed by election officials.

Results weren’t released until after 1 in the morning.


John Close says he’s had several complaints from residents and he wants the provincial government to have a closer look.

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Close says he wants to make clear that he has every confidence in town staff.

He blames the municipal election procedure manual calling it extremely confusing.

Close is encouraging anyone with concerns to contact M-P-P Bill Walker.

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Close says he’s been hearing all kinds of complaints …and says maybe its time to review mail in ballots altogether…

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Here is the release from John Close:

The policies followed in Monday’s election in the Town of South Bruce Peninsula have resulted in questions and confusion among a large number of voters.

I and other candidates have received many calls from irate voters who feel that their privacy or intent in casting their ballot was violated.

While I implicitly trust the conduct of our professional Town staff and the staff at Municipal Affairs, I understand the concerns of the voters and I place the blame on the confusing regulations of the Municipal Election Procedures manual.

The ballot package clearly states how to mark the ballot and that any ballot not marked properly will be rejected and Section 13 of the procedures states: “The vote tabulators will be pre-programmed to accept these ballots, but count them as a rejected ballot.”

But Section 16 states: “If the original marked ballot, in the opinion of the Returning Officer or designate, cannot properly be processed by the vote tabulator, a replacement ballot shall be prepared by the Returning Officer or designate by marking a new ballot only with the marks contained in the designated voting spaces on the original marked ballot,”

This directly contradicts the ballot instructions and clearly removes the right of any voter to protest by spoiling a ballot.

I am confident that ballot secrecy was never compromised but clearly an independent, provincial investigation into the process is necessary to satisfy the voters that results are valid, their secret ballot was not compromised and that future elections will not repeat what happened this week.

That investigation must begin immediately.

Candidate John D. Close


Link for Municipal Act Reference Section 42 Section 52


Link for vote counting:

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Inquest into death of Port Elgin man while in police custody set for December 1

A coroners inquest will begin on December 1 in Walkerton, into the death of a man who was in the custody of Saugeen Shores Police.

coronerThe inquest is mandatory under the Coroner’s Act, and will look at the events surrounding the death of 46 year old Christopher Coffey, on June 21, 2013.

Dock News reported in May of this year, that the Special Investigations Unit, cleared Saugeen Shores Police of any criminal wrongdoing in connection to the death of Mr. Coffey.

The SIU report concluded that officers were performing their duty, when trying to apprehend the 46 year old man, at a home break in that day.

He got into an altercation with the homeowner and was acting aggressive and confused.

He was handcuffed after quite a struggle and went into medical distress shortly after.

CPR was performed, and he was taken to Southampton Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The inquest is expected to take up to five days.