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Kingston News November 26, 2015

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City Council

Kingston City Council has approved the 2016 budget and a 2.5% tax hike.

Council wrapped up three days of budget deliberations last night and unanimously approved spending for the expansion of the Kingston airport.

The operating budget is just over $348 million and the capital budget is almost $68 million.

The 2.5% tax increase will add about $80 a year to the property tax bill for an average home.

Officer Charged

A Kingston Police officer charged by South Frontenac OPP with uttering threats is no stranger to being on the wrong side of the law.

42 year old Andrew Donald Wilby was charged after the OPP investigated a complaint about threats in South Frontenac on November 10th.

Wilby has been placed on administrative duties by Kingston Police.

He’s the Kingston Police officer who was fined $1,700 and had his driver’s license suspended for a year for hitting a man he was chasing with his police cruiser on St. Patrick’s Day of 2012.

He also pled guilty in 2008 to making a death threat against his fiancé in January of 2004.

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Kingston News November 24, 2015

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CFB Kingston

The Trudeau government will unveil the details today of how Canada will take in 25-thousand Syrian refugees. The government is expected to say it is unlikely to meet its deadline of resettling that number by the end of the year.

Part of the plan is to house refugees at Canadian Forces Bases. CFB Kingston is getting ready to host up to 600 refugees.

About 480 personnel at CFB Kingston have been ordered to move into shared accommodation in rooms holding four people.  No families are being relocated and the soldiers who do have to bunk with others will have their accommodation fees adjusted.

CFB Trenton is getting ready for up to 950 refugees.

New Era

Ontario is about to enter a new era of cap and trade.

Environment Minister Glen Murray says the provinces long term plan to fight climate change will outline how it is going to reduce emissions by 80 percent from 1990 levels by the year 2050.  The Premier has already said Ontario will introduce a cap-and-trade system to put a price on carbon emissions and reduce greenhouse gases.

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Kingston News November 23 2015

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CFB Kingston – Refugees

The Syrian refugees are coming and hundreds…possibly thousands…will be housed at CFB Kingston.

Soldiers at CFB Kingston have been ordered to leave their barracks this week to make way for Syrian refugees.  CTV News says it has obtained an internal memo outlining the request.

The memo does not indicate where military personnel will be resettled.

It says multiple buildings at CFB Kingston are being cleared for November 30th to house refugees.

The Trudeau government is expected to unveil details of its refugee resettlement plan tomorrow.

Kingston – Refugees

The city of Kingston has set up a special KFLA Refugee Fund with the United Way.

Financial donations are being accepted to help refugees coming to the area.  There is no administrative fee and donations can be made online through the the United Way KFLA website.

Mayor Bryan Paterson says the city has a proven interest in helping people who have had to flee their homes.  Over the past few months Kingston has welcomed five refugee families.


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Meet this Week’s “Caturday Cat”- Mindy

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SOURCE Kingston Humane Society

SOURCE Kingston Humane Society

Mindy is an elegant girl who loves to cuddle. She is so fluffy that you would not want to put her down with the colder weather coming up. She is very sweet and can’t wait to go home. Mindy is spayed, microchipped, vaccinated, dewormed, flea treated, and comes with 6 weeks of free pet insurance.
For more on Mindy click here
If you would like to adopt Mindy or any of the other “Caturday Cats” visit www.kingstonhumanesociety.ca or stop by the Kingston Humane Society at 1 Bennington CRT.
For more information contact the Kingston Humane Society at 613 546-1291


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Hear Ron James on country 93.5!

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With Ron James stopping in Kingston for a show Nov 20 at The Grand Theatre, he also stopped by Country 93.5 studios to have a chat with Carl!

RJ SpotlightClick to hear the FULL Interview!


Meet this Week’s “Friday FurBall”- Georgia

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SOURCE Kingston Humane Society

Miss Georgia was surrendered to us through no fault of her own, her owner couldn’t afford to take care of her any longer. Let us tell you though, she’s the perfect senior pet. She walks well on a leash, is calm, and loves being spoiled. Georgia truly needs a wonderful mature family to spend her golden years with. She does love to eat, and doesn’t like to share. Her new family will need to be careful of Georgia’s waist line, and take her for regular walks. Georgia is a perfect fit for our seniors for seniors program, and her adoption fee is 50% off if she is adopted to a senior person. Looking for a companion to walk around the block and watch daytime television with? Georgia could be your girl! She is adaptable, and easy going. We can’t wait for you to meet her!
For more on Georgia click here
If you would like to adopt Georgia 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


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Kingston News November 20th, 2015

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Santa Parade

Santa Claus is coming to town.

Kingston’s 12th annual Nighttime Santa Parade takes place tomorrow.

It will start at five in the afternoon at Bath Road and Princess Street and ends with the tree lighting ceremony at Springer Market Square.

Kingston Transit is providing free rides on all routes on Saturday and will provide additional buses for 15 minute express service between 3 and 8pm.

Donations for the food bank will be collected by volunteers from Trinity Presbyterian Church and Canada Post will collect letters for Santa along the parade route.

Frontenac County Budget

Frontenac County will be asking its three townships to cough up some extra cash.

The county has passed its budget for 2016.

The budget contains a 2.5% increase in spending.

South Frontenac Mayor Ron Vandewal isn’t happy with the budget saying his council is against any increase over the inflation rate.

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Kingston News November 19, 2015

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This will be the last year for students at Queen Elizabeth Collegiate and Vocational Institute.

The Limestone District School Board has confirmed it will be closed and demolished starting this summer to make way for its new intermediate and high school.

School Board chair David Jackson confirmed the plans after city council rejected reconsidering the Memorial Centre site.

Jackson says many people preferred the Memorial Centre for its location – but it would have been a much more challenging site to develop.

Jackson says the QECVI property is a better location because of its size.

It is also owned by the board and is already zoned for a school.

Student Scores

Less than half of the students in grade six in Kingston schools are at or above the provincial standard for math…and results of the provinces annual assessment show their scores have steadily declined over the past three years.

The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board says it is a problem right across the province and improving the results is a priority.

Data from the Education Quality and Accountability office shows improvements in the scores for reading and writing in grade six for both the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board and Limestone District School Board…but…only 48% of catholic students and 47% of public school students are at or above provincial standards in for math in grade six.


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Kingston News November 18 2015

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Memorial Centre – Reconsideration

Kingston’s north end will be home to two new schools.  Construction has already started on a new elementary school on the QECVI property.

Kingston city council has cleared the way for Kingston’s new high school to also be built on the QE property.

Last night council shot down a motion to reconsider the Memorial Centre for the high school.

It needed nine votes to pass and only got six.

Voting against reconsideration were Councillors Richard Allen, Kevin George, Rob Hutchinson, Jeff McLaren, Jim Neill, Lisa Osanic and Liz Schell.

A second motion to delay construction while the city and school board discuss the situation lost on a 10-3 vote.

The current QECVI building will be demolished and students will be dispersed to other schools while the new high school is built.  The work is expected to begin at the end of this school year.

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Kingston News November 17, 2015

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Council – KCVI

Kingston city council will make the big decision on the Memorial Centre High School controversy tonight.

City councillor Peter Stroud has two motions planned for the meeting.  The first motion calls on council to reaffirm its decision to not allow any school construction on the site.

About 150 people held a rally outside the Memorial Centre yesterday afternoon.

Students, parents and others asked city council to vote in favour of re-opening the debate…and retired Colonel Peter Dawe was among those saying they are in favour of discussing use of the Memorial Centre property.

Drug Bust

Two young men have been arrested after an undercover drug operation in the University District sparked by a community complaint.

20 year-old Paul W. Barry has been charged with five counts of trafficking and 18-year-old Justin Cha has been charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking and one count of possession of proceeds of crime.

Police say an undercover officer went to a residence in the 200-block area of Earl Street near Division Street in October and bought ecstasy and marijuana on multiple occasions.  A search warrant was executed on Friday.

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