Hydro One is reporting several small power outages north of Kingston caused by strong winds last night. If your power is off it may be late this afternoon or tonight before it is restored.
The Kingston area escaped the worst of the wind damage.
Hydro One says crews are facing more than 700 outages across other areas of southern Ontario and they are affecting 71,000 customers.
RIDE – OPP
The OPP says its RIDE program can happen anywhere at any time.
Drivers on Wilton Road near Harrowsmith found that out yesterday afternoon.
The Frontenac OPP detachment launched its Festive Ride Program by setting up a spot check for impaired drivers
The program will run through January 2nd.
Greens – Nomination Meeting
The Green Party will select its candidate for the next federal election in Kingston and the Islands tonight.
There are two people running for the nomination.
Party members will hear from Jamie-lyn Oldfield and Nathan Townend before voting to decide who will represent to party in the vote next year.
Oldfield is a college instructor. Townend is interim president of the Kingston Greens and is completing graduate studies at Queen’s.
Kingston Police are investigating vandalism at the Islamic Centre on Sydenham Road just north of the 401. Several windows were broken sometime overnight Friday and a Star of David and Cross were drawn in the snow outside the centre. The vandalism took place before the centre was set to host its annual International Bazaar. The Bazaar went ahead on Saturday and was well attended.
The President of the Islamic Society of Kingston, Mohammad Saleem, considers the vandalism a hate crime.
Kingston Police continue to ask for help from the public in locating a 42 year old man from Oshawa. James Riches was last seen in the area of King and Barrie Streets around 8:30 on Friday night.
Police and the man’s family are concerned because he didn’t have his wallet or cell phone.
Anyone who has information on the whereabouts of James Riches should contact Kingston Police or Crime Stoppers.
People have had a chance to say thank you to former Kingston MPP and Mayor John Gerretsen. The Liberal Riding Association held a reception in Memorial Hall yesterday to recognize Gerretsen’s service. He served 8 years as mayor before being elected as the Liberal MPP for Kingston and the Islands. Gerretsen retired earlier this year after serving 19 years at Queen’s Park.
Meet our terrific Trevor! This 2 year old boy came into our care as a stray, but he has let our shelter staff know that he is longing to settle down into his forever home. In fact, he spends his nights dreaming of his perfect family: they love to play, are all over 6 years old, very loving, and did we mention active? Our pal Trevor is no couch potato! He could certainly help you keep your New Year’s Resolution! Trevor has a very happy-go-lucky personality, and stunning features to boot! He’s been blessed with a very expressive and a beautiful brindle coat. Please come in to the KHS and meet Trevor today- he is guaranteed to put a smile on your face!
For more on Trevor click here
If you would like to adopt Trevor 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
Montreal Canadiens star P.K. Sub ban; City personalities Brad Smith and Dina Pugliese; and actors Joshua Jackson and Jason Priestley are among Hello! Canada’s 50 best-dressed Canadians.
In a digital exclusive, Hello! published its list on Thursday, including stars from entertainment, sports and philanthropy.
“When we thought about who to include, a flurry of striking details came to mind: the black rims of Dan Levy’s signature spectacles; a peek of leg beneath Suzanne Rogers’ Emilia Wick stead gown at our Most Beautiful party; the sheen off Joe Merman’s velvet smoking slippers; the glint of Dina Puglisi’s statement jewelry and so many more,” Hello! writes.
From the entertainment world, there are actors Shanae Grimes-Beech, Dan Levy and Kiesz as well as supermodel Coco Rocha.
Philanthropists on the list include Suzanne Rogers, Jenna Biotope and Sylvia Mantilla.
A little bit of snow has led to slippery roads in the Kingston area.
About five centimetres of snow fell last night creating poor visibility, snow covered and icy roads.
Kingston Police were called to investigate 10 collisions during a four hour periods starting around 8pm Wednesday.
This morning…MTO reports the 401 is bare and wet with some snow covered sections.
The OPP says it needs drivers to slow down and drive very differently than last winter or be prepared for chaos on the roads again.
Provincial police had to deal with a staggering number of collisions, injuries and deaths on the roads last winter.
The main message…slow down…and during any snowfall…make sure you have your full headlights on so people can see oncoming lights and your tail lights. The OPP say this is critical in helping to reduce the risk of collisions when driving in poor visibility.
Brockville – Canadian Flag
Brockville’s bid to be named birthplace of the Canadian flag has been shot down by the son-in-law of the man who designed the flag in Kingston.
The Whig says it will publish a letter from John Blackwell that says if any organization could take credit it would by the Royal Military College.
The flag was designed by George Stanley. Stanley taught at RMC in Kingston and what inspired Stanley and MP John Matheson was the RMC flag. Matheson was the Member of Parliament for the Brockville area – but retired in Kingston.
Kingston is going to get a taste of a snowy winter today and tonight…environment Canada is calling for about 2cm of snow this afternoon with strong winds and 5-10 cm of snow tonight.
A lake-effect system that has dumped 1.3 metres or about four feet of snow around the Watertown, New York and Buffalo areas has more in store for the region. The U-S National Weather Service says snow totals could top two metres or six feet by this afternoon.
Parts of south-central Ontario also had to deal with lake-effect snow squalls and high winds that led to poor driving conditions. Barrie cancelled all programming at its recreational centres last night and police temporarily closed Highway 400. The snow stretched all the way into the Lindsay and Peterborough areas where Highway 35 was also closed.
Flora – Award
Former Kingston and the Islands MP Flora Macdonald has been received the Parliamentarian Lifetime Achievement Award.
The award was presented in Ottawa by Maclean’s magazine at an event to honour present and past members of Parliament. Macdonald served as the Conservative MP for Kingston and the Island from 1972 until 1988. She ran for the leadership of the Conservative party…was a top cabinet minister and was instrumental in getting the Americans out of Iran when she was Minister of Foreign Affairs.
She is now active in the Future Generations Canada charitable organization she founded in 2007.
Council – No Election Review
A motion to review the municipal election has been shot down by Kingston city council.
Mayor Mark Gerretsen ruled the motion by city councillor Bill Glover was out of order because the cost of the review could be more than 50 thousand dollars.
The current council is on its way out and can’t legally spend more than 50 thousand.
Glover challenged the ruling and lost in a 7-5 vote.
City councillors will discuss a review of the voting system for the municipal election when they meet tonight.
There were numerous complaints about long lineups during the voting on October 27th.
Councillors Bill Glover and Lisa Osanic are proposing a motion to review why there were problems with lineups, why city staff was used at polling stations and why it took over three hours to get the final results.
Robbery – Arrest
Three people will appear in court today after a robbery at the Shoppers Drug Mart at Sutherland Drive and Montreal Street. A woman demanded prescription narcotics around 1pm yesterday saying she had a weapon and took off in a vehicle with two people inside. The OPP arrested three people in Mallorytown about an hour after the robbery in Kingston and just a short time after the robbery of another drug store in Gananoque.
Cab Driver Robbery
A 25 year old Kingston man has been charged with robbery, forcible confinement and uttering threats after a female taxi driver was robbed.
The driver picked up a man on Russell Street around 5am Sunday.
The cab driver was assaulted and had some stole some cash in the area of Bath Road and Westdale Avenue.
Police arrested a suspected in an apartment on Westdale Avenue around noon on Sunday.
Snow has been falling since early this morning…but the temperature is just above freezing and that means most roads are wet and slushy this morning.
Police say there may be some slippery spots on roads and they asking drivers slow down, leave lots of space to stop and watch for pedestrians and school buses this morning.
The 401 Eastbound was closed last night at Cardinal after a tractor trailer caught fire.
The highway was closed for about 2.5 hours.
Karaoke – Kingston Man 2nd
A man from Kingston has finished in second place at the World Karaoke Championships in Sweden.
21 year old Mitchell Freeman of Kingston was the Canadian men’s champion. He finished second to American Anthony Montius McGee in the competition on the weekend.
Mike Berry – Lung Disease
A Kingston man is heading to Chicago today to find out if he’s a candidate for a stem cell transplant to treat his lung disease. Mike Berry has scleroderma and will undergo tests at Northwestern University starting on Wednesday to determine if he can have the transplant.
A fund raising campaign has collected more than 200 thousand dollars for the operation.