Here is a look at what is making news in Kingston on Wednesday May 22nd, 2013
Repeat Offender – Search
A 45 year old inmate has taken off from the halfway house at Collins Bay Institution. Police are looking for Kenneth Froude. They say he’s known to frequent Kingston, Toronto, London and other areas of Ontario. He was serving time for Criminal Harassment and breach of his long term supervision. In 2004 Froude was convicted of breaking into a woman’s home in London and sexually assaulting her at knifepoint. Anyone having contact with this offender or information in regards to their whereabouts is asked to contact the Provincial ROPE Squad at 1-416-808-5900 or toll free at 1-866-870-ROPE (7673) or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or call 9-1-1.
Ambulance – Kingston
Cuts to ambulance service in Kingston have already taken place and city council is finally voicing concern about the impact. Council approved a motion last night to investigate the issue. It will invite the union representing paramedics and Frontenac County to make presentations at a future meeting. One ambulance at the Palace Road station has been taken out of service. Four full time paramedic positions have also become part-time. Frontenac County runs the service and director Paul Charbonneau told city council last night the cuts will affect the response time of ambulances in Kingston – but not by very much.
Oakwood to Close
The city operated Oakwood Day Care Centre will close this fall. City council voted 8-3 in favor of closing the centre. A motion to delay the decision and consider options to keep Oakwood open was defeated by the same vote.
Here is a look at what is making news in Kingston on Tuesday May 21st, 2013 Bath Road – Repave
Sections of Bath Road between Queen Mary Road and Centennial Drive are scheduled to have the surface asphalt replaced starting this week. The city says you can expect lane closures and traffic delays. However, the work will be done during off-peak travel times. Tests of the newly laid asphalt last fall determined it wasn’t up to the proper standard and its being replaced under warranty.
Day Care – Closing
Kingston city council will decide tonight if the Oakwood Day Care Centre will continue to operate. Staff is recommended the centre on Compton Street be closed because of declining enrolment. The number of children at Oakwood is expected to drop from 22 to about 10 by September because of the introduction of full day kindergarten.
Here is a look at what is making news in Kingston on Friday May 17th, 2013
LCBO Strike Averted
There won’t be a strike at the Liquor Control Board of Ontario. The LCBO and OP-SEU announced a tentative agreement a couple of just before a midnight strike deadline. No details were released, and won’t be, until after a ratification vote.
Duffy Quits Caucus
Senator Mike Duffy has quit the Conservative caucus but will continue to sit in the senate as an independent. He stepped down last night amid a controversy over his housing claims and the revelation the prime minister’s chief of staff, Nigel Wright, gave Duffy a gift of 90 thousand dollars to repay his improper expenses.
Here is a look at what is making news in Kingston on Thursday May 16th, 2013
Queen’s Initiative Campaign
Queen’s University says it’s campaign to raise half a billion dollars is off to a great start. The Initiative Campaign was launched a year ago…and yesterday the university reported it has received gifts totaling 67 million dollars…well past the 60 million dollar goal for the first year of the campaign. The money comes from over 12 thousand alumni and friends of Queen’s. It is earmarked for a variety of things including a gift of $2.5 million to support student wellness and mental health.
Cruises – Trolley
Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises officially kicks off its season on the water and on the streets of Kingston today. The company operates three cruise boats from the Kingston Harbour and has taken over what used to be the Chamber of Commerce Tour Trolley. Today it will officially kick of Kingston Trolley Tours featuring three red trolleys. The trolleys will make six stops in Kingston…and passengers will be able to hop on and hop off at any one of those stops.
Here is a look at what is making news in Kingston on Wednesday May 15th, 2013
The future of catholic elementary schools in Kingston will be decided following the final public input session tonight. The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board is holding the session at six tonight at Regiopolis Notre Dame High School. A staff report is recommending building two new schools. One would replace St. Patrick, St. Peter and Holy Family. The other would replace St. Thomas More, St. Joseph-St. Mary and St. Paul schools. Skeleton Robber
Kingston Police are hoping a distinctive hoodie that has a white skeleton on the front will be the downfall of an attempted robbery suspect. A man armed with a knife tried to rob the King Mart at 684 King St. W. around 10:20 Sunday night. He got scared off and ran out of the store. The man had his face covered by the hood of the sweatshirt that completes the skull of the white skeleton. He was wearing grey pants and red skater style running shoes. Anyone with information about the suspect is being asked to contact Kingston Police or Crime Stoppers.
Here is a look at what is making news in Kingston on Tuesday May 14th, 2013 LCBO
Management at the LCBO is advising you to stock up before the long weekend.
The union representing LCBO workers has started opening strike headquarters as the Friday strike deadline approaches. OPSEU says a major issue in the dispute is the wide gap in pay between full- and part-time employees.
Survey – Casino
Survey says…Kingston residents won’t support a casino and Kingston is not a viable choice for a casino. That’s the bottom line of the survey done for Gananoque and the Township of Leeds and Thousand Islands. The two municipalities are fighting to keep their casino when a private operator is chosen for this region. The study the city’s demographic makeup makes it a big risk to locate the casino in Kingston. It found gamblers from Kingston already make the trip to OLG Casino Thousand Islands.
Kingston Police have charged a man with that assault in the Shoppers Drug Mart Parking lot at Princess and Division last month. 25 year old Brett McDonald was attacked…knocked down and kicked in an unprovoked attack at three in the morning on April 26th. 20 year old Nikolas Fountas was arrested on Friday and charged with assault causing bodily harm. A news release says two other men were questioned about the incident – but police are convinced only one person was responsible for the assault.
Here is a look at what is making news in Kingston on Monday May 13th, 2013
Kingston’s New Police Chief
Kingston’s new police chief will take over the post on June 17th.
Gilles Larochelle has been named to fill the vacancy left by Stephen Tanner when he became chief of Halton Regional Police last year. Larochelle is currently a deputy chief with Ottawa police and has 33 years of policing experience.
Here is a look at what is making news in Kingston on Friday May 2013.
Drug Drop Off Day
Tomorrow is Drug Drop-Off Day at the Memorial Centre from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m . Kingston Police are unveiling details of an important province-wide public safety initiative to encourage Ontario residents to dispose of old and unused prescription medication in a secure, environmentally-friendly manner.
Ontario Police are drawing attention to the fact that prescription drug abuse can lead to increases in a wide spectrum of violent acts and property crimes.
It looks like the threat of serious flooding on the Trent River in the Trenton and Campbellford areas is over for now.
Lower Trent Conservation, which issued a flood watch on April 22nd, cancelled the advisory today.
The watch was originally issued because water levels and flows on the river, between the Bay of Quinte and Rice Lake, had begun to rise, and there was concern they could reach flood stage.
But conservation officials say levels have been dropping since late last week, although they are still high, and will remain so through the weekend.