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Three people injured after collision

Three people were injured after an accident near the downtown last night.

Emergency crews were called to Catherine Street by Octavia, where two cars slammed into one another.

A woman from Brighton has been charged in the accident.

Belleville Fire needed to extricate all three occupants.

Anyone who may have witnessed the accident are asked to contact Belleville Police.


White Pines on council agenda

Wolfe Island wind farm near Kingston.  (Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

Wolfe Island wind farm near Kingston. (Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

The White Pines Wind Farms will be up for discussion for County Council tonight.

At Shire Hall, councillors will solicit legal advice, about appealing the provinces decision on approving the 27 turbine wind farm.

Earlier this month, WPD was given approval to build the farm in South Marysburgh and Athol wards.

It will provide 59 megawatts of power.

Council meets at seven in Picton.


Rossmore and Picton home builds on County agenda

Prince Edward County Council could sign off on initial construction work for the Pineridge subdivision in Picton.

At Tuesday’s meeting, staff and council will discuss work on the area, which is expected to build 34 detached homes.

Work for this stage would include installation of water and waste water lines, roads, sidewalks and curbs.

The total cost for the phase would be just over $1 million.

Meantime, council is also expected to approve a deal on the Watermark on the Bay subdivision for Rossmore.

Eight detached homes would be built, as part of the 44 home subdivision.

Council meets at 7:00 p.m at Shire Hall.


$900,000 for two County businesses

Gary Goodyear, MP Kramp and Mayor Quaiff  with owners of PEC businesses that received funding. (Photo: Sean McIntosh/Quinte News)

Gary Goodyear, MP Kramp and Mayor Quaiff with owners of PEC businesses that received funding. (Photo: Sean McIntosh/Quinte News)

Some major funding is coming to two businesses in the County.

A total amount of $900,000 will be invested into two Prince Edward County-based technology companies.

Minister of Federal Economic Development for Southern Ontario Gary Goodyear and Prince Edward-Hastings MP Daryl Kramp announced the venture capital investments at Huff Estates in Bloomfield this afternoon.

Komodo OpenLab, creator of Tecla, is receiving $500,000 and Open Ocean Apps, creator of Pro Angler, the top-ranked fishing app in the U.S., will get $400,000.

President and CEO of Open Ocean Apps Kyle Reid said it was an honour to receive the funding.

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Both investments come from the Prince Edward/Lennox & Addington Community Futures Development Corporation and First Stone.

Prince Edward County Mayor Robert Quaiff was at the announcement. He says this opens Prince Edward County up to new business options.

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Eight new jobs will be created in Prince Edward County as a result of the investment.


Diver taken to hospital with decompression sickness

A diver was transported from Quinte Isle Camppark to hospital in Prince Edward County over the noon hour after suffering decompression sickness.

Emergency response crews called to the campground on Salmon Point Road where it was reported a 55-year-old man was suffering from The Bends.

The Bends is an illness that arises from the rapid release of nitrogen gas from the bloodstream and is caused by bubbles forming in the blood when a diver ascends to the water surface too rapidly.

Fire officials say the man was brought into shore on a boat and was conscious on his way to hospital.

An update on his condition isn’t available at this time.


Toronto man charged in County collision

Prince Edward County OPP have laid charges in connection with a single-vehicle accident on the weekend.

Police say the vehicle struck a rock cut on Onderdonk Lane in Ameliasburg ward.

Twenty-five year old Andrew Farquhar of Toronto has been charged with impaired driving.


OPP investigating suspicious fires

Napanee OPP are seeking the public’s help in two separate suspicious fire investigations.

On July 12 at 12:30 a.m., officers were called in response to a fire at 1583 Lake Road in the village of Enterprise.

The commercial building has been unoccupied for several years. Fire officials put out the blaze and say very little damage was done to the building.

On July 22 at 1:20 a.m., OPP responded to a second fire at the same abandoned building. When fire crews arrived it was fully engulfed in flames and was totally destroyed.

Anyone with information into these incidents is asked to contact Napanee OPP detective Dave Peterson or Crime Stoppers.


Need to keep cool? Here’s how

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With temperatures soaring into the 30s Celsius this week, Belleville is encouraging people to seek relief by getting cool in public buildings.

Belleville is encouraging those needing relief from the heat to access public facilities as cooling centres.

The Belleville Public Library and the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre are two of those options.

The Belleville Public Library on Pinnacle Street in the downtown core is open from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and 5:00 p.m. on Fridays, and 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays.

Director of recreation Mark Fluhrer says the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre on Cannifton Road is open: 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. every day.

Fluhrer points out that the use of the splash pads located at Riverside, Parkdale and Kinsmen parks are free of charge.


Blue-green algae can cause illness

Local public health officials are warning people to watch out for blue-green algae in area lakes.

The health unit that serves Northumberland County says the blue-green algae has surfaced on some area lakes over the past few summers.

This poses potential health problems for anyone who swims, drinks or uses the water.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is again urging residents, cottagers and visitors who use local lakes and waterways to take precautions if they spot it.

Spokesperson Chris Beveridge describes the most toxic kind.

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Consuming water with blue-green algae can result in sickness.

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Using water with blue-green algae can result in a number of issues, including headaches, fever, abdominal pain, and vomiting.

Health officials say pets should also be prevented from entering or drinking the water.


New development awaits casino decision

The long drawn-out story of Belleville’s chances for a casino has another side to it.

A large section of land on Belleville’s Bell Boulevard sits in limbo as the Ontario Lottery and Gaming commission drags its feet on a decision about whether or not the city gets a casino.

It’s the same 86 acres a developer had owned with the intention of building a casino there years ago.

That fell through and new owners are sitting with the land.

OLG spokesperson Tony Bitonti said, earlier this summer, three to five contenders, he would not say exactly how many, are still being assessed for a 20-year contract for the bundle of three OLG sites including one in Belleville, or possibly Quinte West.

Bitonti says the decision may not even happen in 2015.

Meanwhile, realtor Matthew Cooke has told our newsroom he doesn’t foresee any development activity on the land until the OLG has made a decision on the fate of the casino for this area.


Infant killed in Friday’s 401 collision

A 16-month-old boy was killed in Friday’s collision in Port Hope.

Northumberland OPP say the infant from Quebec was killed in the two-vehicle collision on Highway 401.

In investigation is ongoing.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact the OPP.


Belleville Halla Visteon gets federal funding

Minister of Federal Economic Development for Southern Ontario Gary Goodyear in Belleville announcing funding for Halla Visteon Climate Control. (Photo: Tim Durkin/Quinte News)

Minister of Federal Economic Development for Southern Ontario Gary Goodyear in Belleville announcing funding for Halla Visteon Climate Control. (Photo: Tim Durkin/Quinte News)

$2.175-million will be invested into the Halla Visteon Climate Control plant on College Street in Belleville.

Prince Edward-Hastings MP Daryl Kramp and the Minister of Federal Economic Development for Southern Ontario Gary Goodyear announced the federal government’s funding today.

Goodyear on supporting businesses in Ontario:

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There was discussion not too long ago about closing the Halla Visteon plant, but now with the funding 70 new jobs will be created and 25 will be maintained.

Kramp says the company and region will both benefit.

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The factory will launch a new line of thermal engine control parts; specifically, electronic throttle bodies and coolant valves.

Kramp and Goodyear will be making a second announcement today at 1 p.m. in Bloomfield.


Busy weekend wrap-up

(Photo: Justin Anderson / Rock 107)

(Photo: Justin Anderson / Rock 107)

It was a busy weekend in Quinte as a number of high profile events took place across Belleville, Quinte West, Prince Edward County and elsewhere.

Thousands spotted the massive boats around town that hit the Bay of Quinte, for the annual Poker Run.

More than two dozen boats competed in this year’s event.

Also in Belleville was Rockfest, featuring several Canadian artists, including Tom Cochrane, Blue Rodeo and Hedley.

In Prince Edward County, the Picton Rotary Club held a wine tasting and concert as a fundraiser for equipment for Prince Edward Memorial Hospital.

Wings and Wheels in Trenton brought together cars and planes from the same era.

That event raised money for the National Air Museum and Quinte Humane Society.


Goodyear going to Belleville and Bloomfield

Minister Gary Goodyear at Huff Estates Winery in April, making the funding announcement for PELA (Quinte News/Tim Durkin)

Federal Minister Gary Goodyear at Huff Estates Winery in April, making the funding announcement for PELA (Quinte News/Tim Durkin)

The federal Minister for Economic Development for Southern Ontario, Gary Goodyear, will be in Quinte today.

Goodyear, along with Prince Edward Hastings MP Daryl Kramp, will visit Huff Estates in Bloomfield, where cash will be invested into two new technology firms in the County.

The money is being made available through a Venture Capital Investments program.

Back in April, both Kramp and Goodyear made a similar announcement, which amounted in the millions.

The venture capital fund is to help businesses get off the ground, while looking to stay in the area.

This morning at 9:30 a.m, the two will go to Halla Climate Control to announce funding, however, the recipient is not known.

The announcement in Bloomifeld is at 1:00 p.m.



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