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Base send off for Ebola

CFB Trenton will be the site of a send off for military officials heading to fight Ebola.

Tomorrow morning, a medical contingent will leave the base to begin training and preparations for deployment in west Africa.

Operation SIRONA will allow medical officials a chance to work in the global effort to stop the spread of the deadly virus.

The flight leaves the Trenton runway around 8:00 a.m.


CFB Trenton rescues injured hiker

A woman has been rescued by members of Trenton’s 424 squadron, after being injured while hiking in Killarney Provincial Park.

Early Sunday morning, crews from the base were called to the site, south of Sudbury, where the 30 year old woman was hurt while snowshoeing.

A Griffin chopper, a ground search party, the OPP and others helped with first aid and extracted the woman with the chopper, taking her to the Sudbury hospital.

She was treated for serious back injuries and mild hypothermia.


Property damage in Prince Edward County

Prince Edward OPP is asking for the public’s help after a number of properties were vandalized overnight Monday.

Spokesperson Anthony Mann says a suspect or suspects, damaged a number of mailboxes, light fixtures and other property on Rednersville Road this week.

Mann says a forensics unit has looked at the crime scenes and is asking for the public to come forward with any information they may have.

You can call Constable Barber at Prince Edward OPP or Crimestoppers if you have any information.


“Impaired” accident in Frankford

A Frankford man has been charged after a car slammed into the wall of a business in the town.

Quinte West OPP were called to North Trent Street in Frankford, where the incident took place early this morning.

Officers allege the driver was impaired and arrested him at the scene.

Twenty-two-year-old Chris Sandercock has been charged and will have a court date next month.

There was no damage done to the building.


Calwell rink in Tie-Breaker

Mac Calwell’s Quinte Curling Club rink takes on Nova Scotia this morning in the second and final tie breaker at the M. & M. Meatshops Canadian Junior Mens Curling Championships in Cornerbrook Newfoundland.

The Calwell Ontario rink which includes twin brother Morgan, Kurt Armstrong and lead Mathew Pretty scored 3 in the sixth end and stole one in the 7th in a 9-7 win over Newfoundland last night.

The winner this morning advances to the championship round.


Inspections in Point Anne in 2015

Belleville will be undertaking some inspections this year in connection with the Source Water Protection Plan.

The water source protection plan for the Quinte region went into effect on January first.

Belleville’s Director of Engineering Rod Bovay says the city has now received permission to use part of its $90,000 provincial funding to inspect the 20 septic systems in Pointe Anne.

Bovay says the plan has some flexibility depending on the level of threat to the municipal water source by any of the septic systems.

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Contract talks in 2015

Hastings County is going into two separate sessions of employee contract talks this year.

One is with its nurses at Hastings Manor in Belleville and Centennial Manor in Bancroft whose two-year contract expired nearly a year ago, on March 31, 2014.

The 27 nurses are members of the Ontario Nursing Association, Local 31.

Meanwhile, the paramedics of the Hastings-Quinte emergency services have just come off a four-year agreement that expired at the end of December.

The 84 full-time and 51 part-time paramedics are members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 1842.

Director of Human Resources Shaune Lightfoot says that, over the next few weeks, the two sides will be exchanging information regarding negotiations.


Influenza A is the problem

A problem with respiratory illness continues to plague a number of retirement residences and long term care facilities in the Quinte area.

Earlier this month eight facilities implemented restrictions on visiting due to respiratory illness amongst residents, staff and the general public.

Spokesman Bill Sherlock of the Hastings and Prince Edward Health unit.

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Sherlock says it’s a worry that influenza A is so prominent.

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The health unit is continuing to carry out testing. And the facilities continue to screen visitors .


Deputy search on for Belleville police

The search is on for a new deputy police chief for the city of Belleville.

The Belleville Police Service has been without a deputy since former Deputy Chief Paul Vandergraff left to serve in the same post with Cobourg Police Service last fall.

In its advertisement for a new deputy, the Police Services Board says the deputy chief will be responsible for implementing the objectives, priorities, policies and procedures.

It says community mobilization, engagement and a focus on a pro-active risk-focused model of policing are priorities for the board.

The deadline for applying for the second-in-command job is 4:00 p.m. on March 16th.


More bus service possible for County

An accessible bus transit service in Prince Edward County could be extending its service from four to five days a week thanks to a big donation.

Last night, the Prince Edward District Women’s Institute presented a cheque worth $5,000 to Quinte Access in the hopes of getting another bus on the road allowing for a transit service on Mondays.

Transportation Committee Representative Nancy Wood says the funds were made possible through the Women’s Institute’s annual craft show.

The Institute will be making another donation for 2015 worth $5,000 in a few months.


OPP talks on in the County

Plans for the County to enter into a five-year contact with the Prince Edward OPP are on hold.

Last night, council deferred a draft agreement back to the Police Services Board.

The contract would grant the OPP the ability to increase billing to $40 per household or decrease it to $30.

Councillor David Harrison says approving the contract at this time would be irresponsible.

Chief Administration Officer Merlin Dewing says there is not a lot of room for negotiations on pricing, unless council wants to increase the cost to include additional services.

The matter will be deferred until new council members can attend a meeting with board members to discuss pricing.


Ameilasburgh scholarships returning

A committee that grants scholarships for Ameilasburgh students is up and running again.

The Ad Hoc Committee will award $200 annually to eligible students for their post secondary education.

The scholarship was last awarded in 2009.


Parking concerns in Wellington

Confusion over the approval of parking restrictions in Wellington took centre stage at this week’s Price Edward County council meeting.

Council was addressing the creation of a loading zone in front of the Drake Devonshire Inn on Wharf Street in Wellington.

An amending motion was on the floor to change the no-parking time-frame and then a deferral motion was suggested to allow for public consultation.

Uncertainty quickly spread around the horseshoe as to what was on the floor – the deferral or the amending motion.

In the end the deferral was carried to allow for consultation as was the motion to change the times but council did not carry the whole motion including the time modifications.

The main motion with parking restrictions on part of Wharf Street close to the lake and on Lakeview Street was approved despite hearing objections and receiving a petition containing the signatures of 28 downtown merchants.

A by-law with all of the parking restrictions will come back before council at the next meeting on February 3.


More than half way home for QHC

It was hard to find a seat for last night's meeting of Quinte Health Care's board of directors (Quinte News/ Tim Durkin)

It was hard to find a seat for last night’s meeting of Quinte Health Care’s board of directors (Tim Durkin/Quinte News)

Quinte Health Care is starting to find some savings to combat the funding gap from the province.

At last night’s meeting, the board learned that $7 million in potential savings have been targeted.

QHC CEO Mary Clare Egberts says, since nothing has been set in stone, they cannot release any detail.

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Staff estimates another $3 to $5 million needs to be found, to obtain a balanced budget.

The meeting room was jam packed with residents concerned about the future of hospitals in Trenton and Picton.


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