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The doctor is now in at the new medical centre in Meaford……but he might be a little lonely for a while.
Right now there’s just one physician operating out of the brand new Don Bumstead Family Medical Centre on Highway 26 which officially starts operating today….but the North East Grey Health Clinic hopes that will change in a few months.
Board Chair Brian Adamson says in the meantime … up to 14 hundred patients can be accommodated at the new centre.
Adamson says they’re hoping to add at least another three doctors to the roster but not much will happen on that front until next spring.
He says that’s the way young doctors operate these days…wanting turn key group practices; build it and they will come.
Meanwhile the lone doctor at the centre… Dr. Issa Benissa is also working at the ER at Meaford hospital, dropping in to three nursing homes and doing patient in-care.
Dr. Benissa can accept up to 14 hundred patients preferably those without a physician right now or those who are now orphan patients after their own doctor retired.
He says incentives for doctors to practice in rural areas are offered by the Ministry of Health.
The North East Grey Health Clinic also offers some of its own incentives but Adamson says Meaford and surrounding area pretty much sells itself to those wanting a four season playground.
The North East Grey Health Clinic also opened a similar clinic in Thornbury in 2011 and they now have a full complement of physicians.
To contact the medical centre call 226-662-1101.
A Kincardine mayoral candidate is citing health reasons for pulling out of the mayor’s race.
Ken Knight, is officially announcing that he is withdrawing his name for consideration as mayor.
In a press release, Knight says he has followed the advice of his doctor and family, and is asking for the public, not to consider him as a candidate.
But Knight’s name will remain on the ballot.
Kincardine Clerk Donna MacDougall says the Municipal Act makes it perfectly clear…no certified candidate can officially withdraw their name from the race after the close of nominations.
She says Knight’s name will remain on the ballot whether he campaigns for the position or not.
MacDougall says Knight can actively campaign any time between now and election day, if he changes his mind and wants to remain a contender for the mayor’s chair.
Deputy Mayor Anne Eadie and former councillor Marsha Leggett are vying for the top spot.
Clerk Donna MacDougall Statement
The Municipal Elections Act sets out that the deadline for withdrawal of nominations is 2 pm on nomination day (Sept 12, 2014 this year).
Withdrawal of nominations
36. A person may withdraw his or her nomination by filing a written withdrawal in the clerk’s office,
(a) before 2 p.m. on nomination day, if the person was nominated under subsection 33 (4);
(b) before 2 p.m. on the Wednesday following nomination day, if the person was nominated under subsection 33 (5).
Thus, a certified candidate cannot technically withdraw their nomination at this point in time, so it is up to the candidate as to how they wish to handle their decision, but they do remain a candidate and their name will appear on the ballot.
The Act does set out process in the event of the death of a candidate or if they become ineligible
Death or ineligibility of candidate
39. If a certified candidate for an office, before the close of voting on voting day, dies or becomes ineligible to hold the office,
(a) if no candidate would be elected by acclamation as a result of the death or ineligibility,
(i) the election shall proceed as if the candidate had not been nominated, and
(ii) the clerk shall omit the candidate’s name from the ballots or, if they have already been printed, shall cause notice of the candidate’s death or ineligibility to be posted in every voting place;
(b) if another candidate would be elected by acclamation as a result of the death or ineligibility, the election is void and a by-election shall be held to fill the office.
KEN KNIGHT CAMPAIGN
As has been previously reported, I am withdrawing my name for consideration as Mayor for the Municipality of Kincardine in the upcoming Municipal Election. The decision was made due to recent health issues that have arisen, and continue to be of concern.
After consultation with my physician and discussions with my family, I am reluctantly asking the public to not consider my candidacy for Mayor as I would be unable to fulfil the duties of the office. The Municipal Clerk, Donna MacDougall advises that in accordance with the Municipal Act, my name will appear on the ballot even though I have withdrawn.
I would encourage the electorate to vote on October 27th, 2014, and to seek candidates for office who will support their views of a path forward for the Municipality of Kincardine.
I want to thank all who have supported me and wished me well.
Kincardine residents are invited to an all candidates meeting tonight in Underwood.
It’s being organized by the Tiverton and District Ratepayers Association.
It starts at 7 o’clock at the Underwood Community Centre.
The search continues for a man missing from Normanby Township.
His abandoned car was found south west of Mildmay on Saturday.
Pfeffer is described as 6 feet tall, 200 pounds, with a stocky build, short, light brown hair and has a goatee… he also walks with a limp from recent surgery.
The South Bruce OPP is requesting anyone with 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 crimestop-gb.org, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.
But in several parts of Grey Bruce the struggle to extend service to all corners of the region is a long and expensive process.
Soughgate and West Grey have decided they’re going to apply for government funding to see if they can expand gas lines to more of their populated areas.
Mayor Brian Milne says there are two suppliers right now; Union Gas out of Mount Forest which runs parallel to Highway 6 for the west end of the township and Enbridge that pushes gas up the East Back Line providing service to Dundalk and Markdale.
Milne says they want to extend service to areas where there are concentrations of homes, farms and businesses near Holstein, Swinton Park and Wilder Lake.
Milne says they may even go for fibre optics while they’re at it…
Milne says they were told that while the project is complimentary to West Grey’s submission…. they should apply separately.
They’re not expecting to hear anything back until the new year.
Meanwhile… over in Kincardine, Arran Elderslie and Huron Kinloss….they’re further along in the process to bring gas to the region.
Huron Kinloss Mayor Mitch Twolan says a report they received earlier this summer should be ready for the public in a few weeks once they’ve been able to fill in some gaps.
The three municipalities are some of the last in the province without access to gas.
The problem has been cost estimated to be as high as 100 million dollars.
An Owen Sound police officer is facing another long list of charges under the Police Services Act.
Follis, who has 8 years on the job is facing allegations of insubordination, discreditable conduct, neglect of duty and deceit among others.
The majority of these charges relate to accessing police records for purposes not related to his job.
You may recall the original 15 charges laid back in June relating to a personal relationship with the victim of a crime he was investigating.
Owen Sound Police officer Constable Brian Follis is facing thirty-three additional charges under the Police Services Act, following a secondary investigation into his on-duty conduct.
In November 2013, an internal investigation was commenced following a complaint into the conduct of Constable Follis. At the request of William Sornberger, Chief of the Owen Sound Police Service, the investigation was conducted by an external police service. In June of 2014, that investigation was concluded and Constable Follis was charged with six counts of Discreditable Conduct, five counts of Neglect of Duty, two counts of Deceit and one count each of Insubordination and Breach of Confidence. He was suspended from duty.
As a result of additional information obtained during the primary investigation, a further investigation was conducted. As a result of this investigation, Constable Follis is facing thirty-three additional charges under the Police Services Act.
Constable Brian Follis, who has eight years of service, has additionally been charged with twenty- eight counts Insubordination, two counts of Breach of Confidence and one count each of Discreditable Conduct, Neglect of Duty and Deceit. The majority of these charges pertain to allegations that Follis accessed police records for purposes not related to his duties.
Constable Follis appeared before a Police Services Act hearing tribunal this morning at the Owen Sound police station. The matters have been adjourned until October 28th, 2014.
Constable Follis remains suspended from duty.
A Perth County man is being held in police custody, pending a court appearance for child pornography charges.
A search warrant was issued for a Perth County residence late last week, where a computer was seized containing images of child sexual abuse.
Charges include possession of child pornography, making it available, accessing it, one count of obstructing a peace officer.
The suspect will appear in Stratford court on October 10.
Unfortunately police were kept busy with a couple of mishaps on Sunday.
A 73 year old Saugeen Shores man lost control of his Harley rounding a curve on Grey Road 1 in Georgian Bluffs…and was ejected from the bike.
He was airlifted to a London hospital with serious but non life threatening injuries.
Just a few minutes earlier… O-p-p were called to Grey Road 30 in Grey Highlands where another Harley operator landed in the ditch on a curve.
This time… a little luckier… the 56 year old New Dundee man was treated and released.
A second all candidates meeting for Georgian Bluffs is scheduled tonight.
It begins at 7pm.
Residents don’t need to worry about electing a mayor, because mayor Al Barfoot has been acclaimed.
There are two people running for the deputy mayor position, and ten who are seeking one of five councillor seats.
A young driver going way to fast in Clearview Township.
Police stopped the car on the 7th of Sunnidale… at 153-km/hour… in an 80 zone.
The driver only had their G2 licence…. 3 other young people were also in the vehicle.
The 20-year-old is charged with stunt driving… and had his vehicle impounded for a week.