Civil action proceeding against late orthodontist

Lawyer Kris Bonn is leading a class action lawsuit against late former Belleville orthodontist Garry Solomon. (Photo: Quinte News / File)

The local lawyer spearheading a class action lawsuit against late former orthodontist Garry Solomon says the civil matter, filed on September 29th, is proceeding despite his death.

Kris Bonn and Toronto-based lawyer Darcy Merkur from the firm Thomson-Rogers, are co-council on the class action which at this point, has about 50 potential victims signed on between the two firms.

Bonn tells Quinte News given Solomon’s broad client base, more people could be eligible to join the claim.

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Bonn says those who were recorded and identified during the investigation into Solomon have been notified.

He says the goal is to get compensation for the victims for the violation of their privacy and what they’ve had to go through.

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Bonn adds while the proceedings have currently been stayed following Solomon’s death they are applying for an order to continue the suit against Solomon’s estate.

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Bonn says that process could take a few weeks, but any patients looking to join the suit can do so, by visiting his firm’s website.

Meanwhile, criminal charges against Solomon, including child pornography and voyeurism offences, will be addressed in Belleville court next week.

 

More calls for cancellation of wind projects

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A community group opposed to a wind farm on Amherst Island says that project and one proposed for Prince Edward County, are part of the reason hydro costs are so high.

The Association to Protect Amherst Island says both projects need to be factored into the costs that are being hidden by the Ontario Government and both need to be cancelled if the province “genuinely want to cut costs for consumers”.

A release issued by the group Thursday says “Ontario’s power needs are already taken care of well into the future” and both projects are not needed.

The Alliance to Protect Prince Edward County has made similar claims in regards to the White Pines Project and held a rally against that project last weekend, as it takes the company back to court next month in a further attempt to get it cancelled.

The Independent Electricity System Operator would be the body tasked with cancelling either project and wouldn’t comment on that possibility to Quinte News, since the White Pines project is before the courts.

WPD tells our newsroom it is confident in its ability to move forward with the project, with completion by next fall and “will present arguments to the court and a judge will make a decision based on the law”.

Trenton man sentenced on animal cruelty charge

A Trenton man has been sentenced in an animal cruelty case dating back to March of this year.

The Ontario SPCA was told about an animal in distress at a home in Trenton and found a five year-old German Shepherd-type dog with a raw sore on its back and missing most of its hair.

A vet’s examination showed the dog was suffering from a very treatable skin disorder and chronic ear infections, but its owner had neglected to get the issues treated.

Twenty-four year old Lonny Cooney pleaded guilty to a charge of permitting distress to an animal earlier this week and has been sentenced to a three year ban on owning animals.

He is also subject to random inspections by the OSPCA twice per year during that time.

Senior OSPCA Inspector Bonnie Bishop says “there is no excuse for failing to care for your animals and if you find yourself in that position, you should contact your local animal centre or humane society to discuss your options”.

Cambridge man arrested in drug bust near Bancroft

A man from Cambridge has been arrested after a drug bust in Faraday Township.

Officers from Bancroft OPP, the OPP Street Crime Unit and the Emergency Response Team executed a search warrant on Bay Lake Road last Thursday and seized a number of marijuana plants, harvesting materials and other offence-related property.

Thirty-eight year old Shawn Gignac is charged with production and trafficking a schedule two substance.

He’ll appear for a bail hearing in Belleville Court tomorrow.

Inquest into death at Warkworth Institution

An inquest has been ordered into the death of an inmate in Warkworth Institution in 2015.

Thirty-four year old Jeffrey Ysebert of Strathroy died on January 11, 2015, while serving a five year sentence for a string of robberies in the London area.

He was found in his cell “in need of medical attention” on January 6, 2015 and was taken to the Peterborough Regional Health Centre, where he died a few days later.

At the time of his death, Warkworth Institution staff said no foul play was involved.

The inquest will examine the circumstances of Ysebert’s death and make recommendations on preventing similiar incidents.

It will be held at the Cobourg Courthouse on November 8, 2017, under Inquest Coroner Dr. Jennifer Tang.

Smith: Liberals are being mischievous

PC MPP Todd Smith spoke to the Quinte West Chamber of Commerce on September 29, 2017. (Photo: David Foot / Quinte News)

The progressive conservative energy critic and local MPP is reacting to a scathing Auditor General’s report yesterday, which says the Liberals are “improperly accounting for the $26 billion in debt the province is taking on, to cut hydro bills in the short term.”

Prince Edward-Hastings MPP Todd Smith agrees with Bonnie Lysyk that “the government is making up its own accounting methods,” by hiding the amount of money it is borrowing from Ontario Power Generation.

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Smith says the Liberals wanted to make what looked like a positive move ahead of next spring’s election, but if his party is elected next year, they would handle things differently.

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He says “whether you like the plan or not, the way it has been financed is very wrong,” the government has been untrustworthy in handling the whole situation.

 

Lucky lady in Belleville

Mary Lebine, of Belleville, won $122,497 on the August 9th Lotto 6/49 draw. (Photo: Submitted / OLG)

A Belleville woman has picked up a big cheque from the OLG following a late-summer Lotto 6/49 draw.

Mary Labine won $122,497 on the August 9th edition of the lottery, which has given away more than $11.9 billion in winnings, since it was established in 1982.

Labine bought her winning ticket at the Rossmore Stop, just over the Norris Whitney Bridge.

Poverty Roundtable wants you to “Chew On This”

Members of the Poverty Roundtable of Hastings and Prince Edward handed out bag lunches in Belleville, Wellington, Picton and Quinte West, as part of the national “Chew On This” campaign, on October 17, 2017. (Photo: David Foot / Quinte News)

Members of the Poverty Roundtable of Hastings and Prince Edward took their message to the streets Tuesday.

The group took part in the national “Chew On This” campaign, handing out bag lunches throughout Belleville, Quinte West, Picton and Wellington, to raise awareness about poverty related issues and food insecurity.

Povery Roundtable Member Tami Downs says the government needs to do more for people who are on social assistance programs, by building better housing and improving access to food.

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Poverty Roundtable Director Christine Durant says in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties, almost 12% of the population is food insecure, which is “ridiculous for an area that produces a lot of agriculture”.

She tells Quinte News the Federal Government needs to take action in its upcoming poverty plan.

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If you’d like to learn more about the Poverty Roundtable’s programs and campaigns, you can click here to visit their website.

Orthodontist dies while still facing child porn charges

The rear of the Quinte Consolidated Courthouse in Belleville, on June 15, 2017. (Photo: David Foot / Quinte News)

A former Belleville orthodontist, charged with various child pornography and voyeurism offenses, has died.

Garry Soloman died of liver cancer last week in Toronto.

Crown Attorney Lee Burgess tells Quinte News, he will be addressing Solomon’s criminal charges on October 25th, but according to a report in the Intelligencer, civil suits that are in the works may still go ahead.

Solomon was charged after a police investigation that began in February 2017 and culminated with a raid on his Toronto home on July 12th.

Indigenous history on display at Moira Secondary School

Students at Moira Secondary School unveiled the “We Are Connected As One” mural on October 17, 2017. (Photo: David Foot / Quinte News)

Students at Moira Secondary School have strengthened their connection with the local Indigenous community, through an interactive mural, in the school’s front hall.

The mural titled “We Are Connected As One” was unveiled today and uses an augmented reality app to share the creation stories shown in the painting, as well as the six-month process to get the project done.

Rachel Brant is an Indigenous rep on the Moira Student Council and says the project, which involved 40 student painters, brought the entire school together.

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Moira Student Council Indigenous Reps Sierra Brant-Heffernan and Rachel Brant discuss the process of putting the “We Are Connected As One” mural together, on October 17, 2017. (Photo: David Foot / Quinte News)

Mural artist Maureen Walton helped to guide the students through the painting, which shows the Tree of Peace on one end, a gathering in the middle and the Sky Woman on the other end.

She says while she’s proud of the artwork that’s on display, the interactive element is an exciting addition to the piece.

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Moira Secondary School Principal Grant Montgomery (right) and Mohawk Language Teacher Joe Brown, demonstrated the “We Are Connected As One” mural’s augmented reality features, on October 17, 2017. (Photo: David Foot / Quinte News)

A pair of plaques were also unveiled in the front foyer of the school, commemorating the Indigenous land MSS was built on.

Principal Grant Montgomery says it was important for students and staff to continue to honour the school’s connection to the local Indigenous community.

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Along with the time spent painting, students put hours of research into the project, which took about six months to complete.

The English translation of a plaque in the Moira Secondary school foyer, honouring the connection between the school and the local Indigenous community. (Photo: David Foot / Quinte News)

Members of the MSS mural committee and Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board cut the ribbon on the “We Are Connected As One” mural, on October 17, 2017. (Photo: David Foot / Quinte News)

Quinte West OPP looking for assault suspect

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Quinte West OPP are asking for your help in locating an assault suspect.

The victim had stopped to help a man, near Quinte Street and Creswell Drive at 11:30 p.m. last Sunday, when the assault happened.

No other specifics of the incident were released.

The suspect is described as a white man in his late 30s, with a scruffy beard and was wearing a blue ball cap, light brown hoodie and dark blue jeans.

Police say if you’re travelling at night, you should try your best to have someone with you and stick to areas with good lighting.

Anyone with information on this case can contact Quinte West OPP or Crimestoppers.

Garage fire on Water Street in Quinte West

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Quinte West firefighters are on the scene of a structure fire late this afternoon.

Calls came in about the incident, in an attached garage on Water Street, around 4:45 p.m.

Fire Chief John Whelan tells Quinte News one lane of traffic has been closed in the area while crews battle the blaze.

No other information is yet available.