Here is a look at what is making news in Kingston on Wednesday April 23rd, 2014 Ticks – Prime Location
The Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington area has been identified is a prime location for ticks and a high risk area for Lyme disease.
KFL&A Public Health has announced it will be conducting active surveillance on ticks by collecting them, monitoring the number of cases of Lyme disease and tracking the number of emergency room visits for ticks or tick-related illness.
Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Ian Gemmill, says the best defense against Lyme disease is preventing tick bites by dressing properly if you’re in wooded areas or walking through long grass.
City Development – No Urban Sprawl
The former prison farm property at Collins Bay Institution would be an ideal site for 45 hundred housing units according to a report for Kingston’s planning committee.
City council has decided to limit urban sprawl. It won’t approve major housing developments in rural areas that don’t have city services.
Kingston is expected to need 10 thousand new housing units over the next 15 to 20 years.
Here is a look at what is making news in Kingston on Tuesday April 22nd, 2014
401 Traffic Update
Here is a heads up if your commute involves the 401 eastbound between Napanee and Kingston. Cruickshank Construction says…if the weather cooperates…the eastbound 401 will be down to one lane for five kilometres starting at Switzerville Road until noon on Friday.
Flooding – Wynne
Rain isn’t what people battling flood waters have been hoping for…and showers today and tonight and that won’t help the situation north of Gananoque, Belleville and in other areas. Premier Kathleen Wynne will tour the flooded area of Foxboro…north of Belleville today.
Here is a look at what is making news in Kingston on Monday April 21st, 2014
Man Charged – Fatal Fire – Gananoque
A 23 year old man is facing charges after a fatal fire in Gananoque on Thursday.
Gananoque Police have charged the man with criminal negligence causing death, breach of probation and failing to obey previous court orders.
39 year old David Wand died in the fire. He was in the apartment at the Bell Tower Mall where the fire started early Thursday morning.
11 people were taken to hospital in Kingston for treatment of smoke inhalation.
The apartment complex was extensively damaged in the fire.
Holiday – KT – Garbage Collection
Don’t forget it is a holiday for some people today…mostly government workers.
Kingston Transit is operating on its normal schedule.
However, city offices along with Utilities Kingston and Kingston Hydro will be closed.
There is no garbage or recycling collection today. That moves to a day after your normal day this week.
Meet This week’s “Friday FurBall”- Charlie
Charlie is a happy go-lucky kind of guy. He loves everyone that he meets, especially other dogs. Charlie came into us as a stray with his friend “Talula”. Charlie has been a very good boy here in the shelter, and would make a wonderful family pet. We recommend a home with no toddlers. He would do best in a home with a securely fenced in back yard. He is medium energy, and would love to go for a couple walks a day and be your couch potato the rest of the time. We think he is approximately 1 year old. Come meet this handsome gent today!
For more on Charlie click here
If you would like to adopt Charlie or any of the other “Friday Fur Balls” visit www.kingstonhumanesociety.ca or stop by Kingston Humane Society at 1 Bennington CRT.
For more information contact the Kingston Humane Society at 613 546-1291
Here is a look at what is making news in Kingston on Thursday April 10th, 2014
Public Sector Cuts
Unions representing people who work for the Ontario government in Kingston and across the province have joined forces to fight cutbacks.
OPSEU and five other unions representing 57 thousand members say they’re waging a war against Premier Kathleen Wynne. They say the government is demanding cuts to members’ health and retiree benefits as well as sick pay and future salaries.
The flood waters are continuing to rise north of Kingston, Napanee, Gananoque and Belleville.
Six communities west and north of Kingston have declared a state of emergency…including Stone Mills Township.
Roads are flooded and the Gananoque, Salmon, Napanee and Moira Rivers are continuing to rise.
Conservation Authority officials believe water levels will be rising by about 4cm or an inch and a half a day for the next few days.
People are hoping sandbags around their homes will keep the flood waters away.
Here is a look at what is making news in Kingston on Wednesday April 16th, 2014
Rain – Flooding
Rain has added to flooding problems north of Kingston, Gananoque and Belleville.
Kingston got 13mm or about half an inch of rain yesterday.
Lakes, rivers and streams have spilled over their banks flooding low lying areas.
An updated flood warning from the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority says property owners along the shores of lakes in the Rideau Canal and Cataraqui watershed should take steps to protect their property from rising water levels.
Perth Road in the area of Collins Creek is slushy and icy due to flooding and some roads in the Foxboro area, north of Belleville, have been closed due to flooding.
New Detachment Commander
The OPP detachment responsible for the area just north of Kingston is getting a new commanding officer.
Sergeant Sharron Brown is being promoted to Staff Sergeant on May 5th and will take over the Frontenac Detachment. The detachment headquarters is just off Highway 38 in Hartington.
Brown has been a police officer for 26 years…14 of those with the OPP.
Here is a look at what is making news in Kingston on Tuesday April 15th, 2014 Referendum Question
The councillor proposing a referendum question on a casino in Kingston says it may not come up for a vote at city council tonight. Councillor Rob Hutcheson’s motion calls for the referendum question to determine if voters support a casino or not. Hutcheson says it may not be voted on because the city solicitor considers the city’s consultation process to be over. Council voted in favor of considering a casino in 2012.
The city has until the end of this month to decide if a referendum question will be included on the October municipal election ballot.
A Catholic priest has been sentenced to 16 months in jail after being found guilty in January of sexual assaulting a boy on Wolfe Island in 2004. 64 year old Rene Labelle has also received 30 months probation and will be placed on the sex offender registry for 10 years. Labelle is appealing his conviction and has applied for bail pending the outcome of the appeal.
Here is a look at what is making news in Kingston Monday April 14th, 2014
Kingston becomes Hollywood north today.
About 300 extras are being used for scenes for the Guillermo del Torro gothic horror film…Haunted Peak. Market Square, Market Street and a portion of King Street have been transformed into 1901.
Market Street is closed and King Street is closed between Brock Street and Earl Street for the movie filming.
Both streets will be closed until11pm tomorrow night.
Food Truck – Movie Spinoff
A new venture by a Kingston area company is being used to provide food for the movie crew filming in downtown Kingston. Mobile Kitchens Canada has developed a special food truck for the movie industry. The company from Inverary is well known for mobile kitchens built into trailers that can be transported to virtually any location.
President David Craig says the food truck developed for the movie industry is 34 feet long…about twice the size of a normal food truck. They’ve also developed a regular size food truck that will operate as Burrito Bunker on Gardiners Road in Kingston this year.