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Huge Black Friday sale at Quinte Mall

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One of the biggest shopping events in Belleville leading up to the Christmas Season is just around the corner.

The Quinte Mall and downtown Belleville is celebrating Black Friday this Friday indicating there are going to be huge savings for shoppers.

Martha Farrell, Marketing Director at the Mall.

Martha Farrell

Thursday evening and Friday there will be a list posted on  outlining participating stores and promotions.

Director and administrator dismissed from H.J. McFarland

Two prominent employees of the H.J. McFarland Home in Prince Edward County have been let go.

Details have not been released, however Director of Resident Care Lori Kimmett and Administrator of Resident Care Beth Piper are no longer employed by the municipality.

The Wellington Times reported last week that the two were placed on administrative leave, pending an investigation.

As part of a statement from the municipality today, the two are no longer in the positions at the home.

The County says the changes are a a result of administrative oversight, however specific allegations are not known.

The municipality says they will not be commenting further on the investigation.

Vehicle collides with Fabricland store

A vehicle has crashed into Fabricland store in the Fresh Co. Mall on Belleville’s North Front Street.

Belleville Emergency response crews responded to the scene just after 11 a.m.

There has been no word on any injuries or the cause of the accident just yet.

Transport fire east of Napanee

Here is a word of warning to those traveling east on highway 401 this morning.

A tractor trailer fire has forced the OPP to close the 401 eastbound near Odessa, between Napanee and Kingston.

Tweed flu clinic

There is a free flu shot clinic today in Tweed.

Members of the public can get a flu shot at the Tweed Ag Society White building today from 12:00 p.m to 6:00 p.m.

Christmas Sharing time

The Christmas Sharing Quinte office in downtown Belleville’s Century Place has been very busy lately.

The needy are registering for the programs offered.

Those are Christmas food boxes, the toy drive and the Christmas dinner.

You can register with Christmas Sharing program by visiting the office in Century Place from 10:00 a.m till 4:00 p.m.

Last day for registration is this Friday.

Last year, 1,320 people were served.

No funding for Prince Edward Memorial

A funding opportunity for the hospital in The County has been denied again.

At yesterday’s QHC board meeting, it was learned that Prince Edward County Memorial would not be eligible for Small and Rural Hospital Funding.

A hospital must be 30 minutes from a larger centre and the ministry measured from the geographic centre of the county, not the hospitals location.

Both QHC and the Southeast LHIN argue that the measurement should be from the Picton hospital to BGH, which QHC CEO Mary Clare Egberts says is 30 minutes.

Funding can be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and hospital officials will continue to try and get the funding.

Options to fight funding gap

CEO Mary Clare Egberts and Chief of Staff Doctor Dick Zoutmann discuss options for the financial future of QHC at last night's meeting at Prince Edward Memorial (Quinte News/ Tim Durkin)

CEO Mary Clare Egberts and Chief of Staff Doctor Dick Zoutmann discuss options for the financial future of QHC at last night’s meeting at Prince Edward Memorial (Quinte News/ Tim Durkin)

The Quinte Healthcare Corporation has learned that its expenses are $12 million dollars higher than the funding its getting from the province.

The provincial government continues to move funding from traditional hospital care into home care and specialized clinics.

The QHC Board of Directors heard that staff is working to cut costs.

CEO Mary Clare Egberts says over $4 million in savings has already been discovered for the new budget.


Egberts says the region is one of the oldest in the province, but the population is not expanding.

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A preliminary financial plan for QHC will come to the board on January 27th.

More findings of professional misconduct

The Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario has again found a Coe Hill Doctor guilty of professional misconduct.

In a decision released November 7th, the College also found Dr. Rob Kamermans incompetent.

In the written decision, the College says Kamermans failed to maintain the standards of the profession in regards to his care of six  patients in an emergency department, and in his documentation regarding 9 patients.

Kamermans had previously been found guilty professional misconduct and has been practicing only under supervision.

He also faces criminal charges involving medical marijuana documentation.

A Discipline hearing on the latest investigation by the College has yet to be scheduled.

Million dollar lawsuits in accident fatalities

Lawsuits claiming millions of dollars in damages are being filed following the death of two women killed in a three-vehicle collision in Corbyville in 2011.

Twenty-seven-year-old Andrea Manan of Frankford and 31-year-old Jennifer Bugg of Brighton died after their car was pushed into oncoming traffic by a large truck, at Wiser Road.

The trial for Allen Cooney, who faces two counts of dangerous driving causing death and three counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm, continues this week in Belleville.

Lawyer Kris Bonn, who is representing Manan’s family which is seeking a total of $630,000 says there is also a claim against the province for hazzardous road design.


Reports indicate Bugg’s parents are claiming general damages of one million dollars and other car passengers are seeking damages as well.

Civil hearing dates are scheduled for next July.

Two Belleville streets to meet

The environmental assessment continues on the project to extend two streets in Belleville’s east end.

The project to extend Station Street and Haig Road to meet, allowing further development in the city’s east end.

Project manager Barry Simpson says a second phase to the environmental assessment was prompted by two items.


Simpson says the meeting of the two streets will not be a square intersection.


He expects the design work to be completed in 2015, but is not sure whether construction will begin then or the following year.

I hear the train a comin!

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train makes a stop in Belleville on Saturday morning as part of its annual program to raise awareness on hunger issues.

The Holiday Train returns to the rails for the 16th year raising money and food across Canada and the United States.

CP spokesperson Salem Woodrow.


Woodrow says the public is invited to attend the free musical show when the train stops on the tracks along Keegan Parkway at the bayshore, and just making a donation.


Belleville Transit will have a transfer bus to take riders from the bus terminal at 9:15 a.m. to the Holiday Train location.

The show starts at 1o:00 a.m.

Meantime, folks in Quinte West will get to see the fund at RCAF Road, beginning at 11:15 a.m, while Brighton gets its turn at 12:30 p.m

OPP warn against credit card fraud

Napanee OPP is reminding business owners to verify credit card holder’s identifications following an attempted fraud.

Police received a complaint from Napanee motel owner that a man tried to rent several rooms for ten nights using four different credit card numbers with the same expiry date.

The suspect claiming to live in the United States directed the motel owner to use the card number “that worked.”

The suspect further inquired if the motel rooms had computers in them and when advised that they didn’t he requested that the owner purchase one using the supplied credit card number.

The business owner asked for identification to be sent by email and determined the credit card numbers did not belong to suspect.

Power outage update

Scattered power outages all over the grid as about 1000 Hydro One customers in our listening area are still without power this afternoon after an intense night of wind and rain.

Small power outs from Colborne to Quinte West and up north in Campbellford, Madoc and Marmora.

Power outages in Campbellford, Madoc and Marmora are expected to be resolved by 4 p.m. tomorrow.

130 customers in Quinte West can expect the lights to be back on by 5:30.

Colborne around 8 pm tonight.

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