Health Unit – Amalgamations

KFL&A Public Health says the Ford government’s plan to cut administrative costs will mean the elimination of the health unit serving Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington.

Medical Officer of health Dr. Kieran Moore says the plan calls for the Kingston area unit and four others to be amalgamated into one unit with its headquarters in Ottawa.

Moore says the plan will be bad for public health.


Suspicious Package

A suspicious object found in a garbage can outside a business on Centre Street in Napanee prompted the OPP to call in its Explosive Devices Unit.

The object was found shortly before 1pm on Monday.

Police aren’t releasing any details on what the object was or what happened to it after it was seized by the explosive experts…but anyone with information about the incident is being asked to contact the OPP or Crime Stoppers.


Child Care Survey

If you have children who need daycare – the city of Kingston wants to hear from you.

The city requires public input on early years and child care programs and not just for Kingston but for all of Frontenac County.

The Ontario government requires the city to establish programs and a service plan for the city and Frontenac county using in depth knowledge of community needs.

Parents and caregivers can complete a survey on the city of Kingston website until May 30th.


McNaughton Gate Closure

A celebration is taking place today at CFB Kingston to mark the 75th anniversary of the Corps of Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

A parade is taking place this morning and the McNaughton Gate at CFB Kingston will be closed from 11 am to 12:15 pm.

Following the parade the new Corps flag will be raised and members will don a new blue beret.


Walkway Installation

The Department of National Defence will begin installing the Ontario Street pedestrian walkway starting at 7:00 p.m. today.  The walkway is needed because the sidewalk along the Fort Frontenac Wall is closed.  Major structural work is required to fix the wall.  The new walkway should be open by 6am tomorrow.


Rescue Boats – Glenora Ferry

The Glenora Ferry is being outfitted with rescue boats.

The Ministry of Transportation says the new safety system is being installed due to Transport Canada regulations

A news release from the ferry service says unfortunately it wasn’t able to complete the work prior to the long weekend.

That means ferry service will be operating with one ferry – every half hour over the long weekend.

And…High water levels and strong winds could also affect ferry service.


Empire Rockfest – Cancelled

A popular three day concert series at the Empire Theatre in Belleville won’t be taking place this summer.

Theatre owner Mark Rashotte has announced that after 13 years – Rockfest will not be taking place.

In a statement on the theatre’s Facebook page Rashotte says – despite months of hard work organizers haven’t been able to nail down a lineup that lived up the standards and expectations of Rockfest fans and organizers alike.  He says he plans to bring the festival back next year.