Here is a look at what is making news on November 20th 2012
The battle over a casino in Kingston is continuing. A peer review the study done for the Kingston Economic Development Corporation goes to city council tonight. The KEDCO study said there would be significant economic benefit for the city. The review was done by retired Queen’s professor John Allan for the Downtown Business Association. The association opposes the casino. Allan says the KEDCO report didn’t take into account the negative aspects of a casino. He says the social costs of gambling…including crime and addiction are three times higher than the economic benefits.
City Council – Change of Venue
Council will be holding it’s meeting on the Queen’s University campus. Council Chambers are undergoing technology upgrades and council will be meeting in Goodes Hall…the Queen’s School of Business.
Council – Living Wage
City Council will be voting on a motion to study the concept of a Living Wage when it meets tonight. The Sisters of Providence will be outside the meeting with signs to encourage councillors to approve the motion. They believe the $16.29 cent hourly wage is a step towards eliminating poverty. The gathering outside the council meeting tonight will mark the 17th year of the Sisters of Providence Vigil.
There’s been an increase in the number of sex offences, assaults and robberies in Kingston. A quarterly report from Kingston Police says the total number of crimes increased by almost four hundred between January and September of this year…compared to the same period last year. There were five more robberies…36 more assaults and the number of sex offences jumped from 66 to 112.
A dispute between neighbours over loud music early Sunday morning has resulted in a husband and wife facing serious charges. Police say a man with a knife confronted two men who live next door on County Road 2. He left and came back with a pipe. There was a fight and one of the neighbours was hit over the head with the pipe and blasted with a shot of pepper spray. A 40 year old man and his 29 year old wife face charges including assault with a weapon.
A 28 year old Kingston man has been charged with breaking into Regiopolis Notre Dame High School and stealing a purse on November 12th. Kingston Police had posted surveillance pictures on social media. A Kingston Police Officer recognized the purse thief from those photos when he was arrested for shoplifting at a downtown store last week.
Firefighters in Napanee are encouraging the public to donate toys for needy children in the community. Fire Prevention officer Kevin Duncan says it’s part of their Charity Calendar sales. New unwrapped toy can be dropped off at the Fire Station Headquarters on Advance Avenue in Napanee.
New Look – Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce is celebrating recognition from the Chamber Accreditation Council of Canada. It has received “Accreditation with Distinction” for the quality of its operations and activities.
The Chamber is also sporting a new look with a new logo. The logo is a stylized C with quotation marks inside…signifying its vision of being the Voice of Business in Kingston. The new visual identity for the Chamber of Commerce was developed with Bonhomme Design Studio.