PC leadership hopeful rallies crowd in Trenton

MPP Todd Smith introduces PC leadership hopeful Christine Elliott to the crowd at the Trent Port Marina on Sunday afternoon at a rally event. (Photo: Amanda Smith/ Quinte News)

Experience. That’s the difference PC leadership hopeful Christine Elliott says makes her the right person to head into the upcoming election.

She made a stop in Trenton on Sunday afternoon at the Trent Port Marina and didn’t sugar coat how much work is ahead of her.

Elliott says the new leader has to hit the ground running as once the leadership race is over, there will only be about 60 days left before the June election.

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With Patrick Brown now running for the leadership as well, Elliott says she is maintaining her focus on her campaign and taking down the Liberal government.

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She told the crowd that together they will win Ontario back for the Progressive Conservatives as the future of Ontario is at stake.

When asked about the cracks starting to show within the party because of the leadership election she stuck to her guns and says she’s running for the things Ontarians want.

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She also told the crowd the new health hub they have been working towards in Quinte West will continue to be supported by her which led to a standing ovation by the crowd.

PC leadership hopeful Christine Elliott signs her OurTMH membership card at her rally stop in Trenton on Sunday afternoon. (Photo: Amanda Smith / Quinte News)

Health care was the hot topic as many questions were asked regarding what she would do about the health hub, as well as getting doctors to rural communities and getting Trenton a dialysis unit.

Elliott told the crowd she supports all the work that has been done in the area and she absolutely would support the health hub going forward.

Another topic brought up was the Green Energy Act.

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She told the crowd, their plan is to not only look into the contracts and see if they can be mitigated, but also look into the salaries of the CEOs.

Elliott also said their plan is to bring down hydro costs by 12 per cent.

Christine Elliott listens to a question from the crowd at a rally in Trenton. (Photo: Amanda Smith/ Quinte News)

When it comes to climate change, she says they want to be fiscally responsible while also being environmentally responsible.

She says they can do that in a way that doesn’t need to involve taxes.

Brown run for leadership doesn’t faze Smith

Christine Elliott and MPP Todd Smith

Patrick Brown is once again in the spotlight.

This time it’s because he’s decided to throw his hat into the ring for the leadership of the party that less than 48 hours ago kicked him out.

Hastings Prince Edward MPP Todd Smith says Brown running for the leadership bid doesn’t change his plans with Christine Elliott’s campaign.

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He says his focus is making sure his constituents are represented and making sure Elliott becomes the next premier.

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Junior varsity football tryouts beginning

Junior varsity football is coming this spring to Quinte. They will be holding tryouts over the next two weekends.

Tryouts start next weekend.

Feb  24: 3 pm – 5 pm and 6-8 pm
Feb 25: 2 pm – 4 pm
Mar 3: 6 pm – 8 pm
Mar 4: 2 pm -4 pm

For more information, locations and equipment requirements, please visit www.skyhawksfootball.ca

Local man arrested on warrants

(File photo: John Spitters/Quinte News)

A 23-year-old local man who was wanted by police was arrested Friday afternoon.

Adam Desbarres was arrested by Belleville Police at an east end retail plaza.

Police say he was wanted on warrants for robbery, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public, possession of stolen property under $5,000 and three charges of theft under $5,000.

Desbarres was remanded into custody and will appear at a show cause hearing on February 19th.

Serious two vehicle collision shuts down Hwy. 62

Hwy. 62 was shut down for a couple of hours last night following a serious two vehicle collision.

The accident took place at Ridge Road in Stirling around 8 p.m.

Three ambulances were called to the scene as well as the Centre Hastings Fire Department.

There are no other details available at this time.

Strategic plan for H.J. McFarland Memorial Home approved

Prince Edward County council approved the strategic plan for H.J. McFarland Memorial Home for the next two years on Thursday afternoon.

The report was called ‘very sobering’ by Councillor Treat Hull as he took a look at some of the issues the long-term care facility is dealing with.

Councillor Kevin Gale said one of his concerns was staffing, which was also an issue for some other councillors around the horseshoe.

Kim Mauro, the administrator of the home says they did have a seven or eight per cent turnover last year and they are short-staffed but they are aggressively addressing the issue and are in the process of hiring a fourth full-time registered nurse as one is required to be at the facility at all times.

She told council that staffing will continue to be a concern if Bill 33 goes through which will require every patient to have four hours of dedicated care time, which presents an even bigger challenge for them.

When asked how many hours of dedicated care each patient gets a day currently, Mauro couldn’t give an answer stating she couldn’t create a median because of the inconsistencies with staffing.

Another issue is that Personal Support Workers are required by the County to have a Grade 12 education. Mauro stated she’d hire someone who has completed the PSW program without the Grade 12 requirement, but it is something required that is beyond her control.

CAO James Hepburn says the policy is in place for a number of reasons but he would be willing to take another look at the policy.

 

Councillor Gale asked if a placement opportunity was available as well to perhaps get the facility on the radar of students.

Mauro confirmed there would be Loyalist students completing a placement there from mid-March until April and a second placement pending.

She also told council in her opinion staff moral has improved.

The strategic plan would carry the facility into 2020.

New tanker approved for Prince Edward County FD

Prince Edward County Fire Chief Scott Manlow. (Photo: Quinte News)

With any luck, the Prince Edward County Fire Department will have a new tanker before the end of the year.

County council approved the purchase of a tanker from Dependable Emergency Vehicles of Brampton to replace a 27-year-old one.

Fire Chief Scott Manlow told those in chambers the average delivery time is between 275 and 300 days and he hopes to have the tanker by the end of the year.

Council had budgeted $345,000 for the purchase of the 3,000 gallon tanker.

Chief Manlow says the purchase price came in at $278, 700 plus taxes.

Picton BIA to present at County council

Council in Prince Edward County will hear about the Picton Business Improvement Association’s plans for this year at today’s (Thursday) meeting.

Lyndsay Richmond will present the BIA’s business plan for the upcoming year.

They have an operating budget of $98,500.

Some of the items on the BIA’s to do list this year include: investigating additional bike rack locations, continuing discussions on a potential mural project and producing and distributing a 2018 Welcome Guide in partnership with community partner business associations.

Council meets at 1 p.m. in Shire Hall.

Police investigating knife point robbery

Belleville Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who robbed a woman at knife point this afternoon.

Police say shortly before 1 p.m. a man approached a woman walking through The Bayview Mall parking lot when he brandished a knife and demanded her belongings.

The male is described as being in his late teens, white, approximately 5’7” in height, thin build with dirty blonde hair and a chinstrap style beard.

He was wearing a black ball cap with a red flat brim, a red lumberjack style plaid zip up coat, washed out blue jeans with a white belt, red shoes with red laces and wearing a silver ring on one of his pinky fingers.

He fled the scene and met up with a second male on Karl St.

Both males were last seen running westbound towards Herchimer Ave.

Anyone with any information on the suspect is encouraged to call the Belleville Police Service or CrimeStoppers.

Trenton man charged with sexual assault

A 71-year-old Trenton man is facing sexual assault charges say Quinte West OPP.

Police received a report on Monday night of a woman who had been sexually assaulted at a motel.

The woman was not known to the suspect and was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

On Tuesday afternoon, police arrested Ronald Copeland and charged him with adult sexual assault and adult failure to comply with a recognizance.

He appeared in court today (Thursday) in Belleville.

A heads up to drivers

New traffic lights are now operating at the intersection of Palmer Road and Bridge Street West in Belleville. (Photo: John Spitters/Quinte News)

There’s something new in the west end of Belleville that you may need to pay more attention to if you’re driving.

Monday, for the first time, there are traffic lights controlling the intersection of Palmer Road and Bridge Street West.

The intersection has seen increased traffic volume.

One person sent to hospital following collision

One of the vehicles involved in the collision today at Hwy. 37 and the 401 on-ramp. (Photo: Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)

One person was sent to hospital following a two vehicle collision around 11 a.m. this morning.

The collision between a car and a truck at Hwy. 37 and the westbound 401 on-ramp sent one person to hospital.

Police did manage to keep traffic moving slowly through the area while clean up was underway.

No word on if any charges are being laid.

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