B-Sens snap Marlies point streak with 3-1 win

The Belleville Senators celebrate a 3-1 win over the Toronto Marlies, at Yardmen Arena, on February 16, 2018. (Photo: Amanda Smith / Quinte News)

The Toronto Marlies hadn’t lost a game in regulation time since December 29, 2017, a stretch of 16 games with at least a point, until Friday night, when they met the Belleville Senators.

For the second Friday in a row the B-Sens put a strong performance together against the best team in the American Hockey League, but this time Belleville got the result they wanted, a 3-1 win.

Head Coach Kurt Kleinendorst says it may have been the team’s best performance of the year and says Danny Taylor was a big piece of the win.

Tylor made 25 saves and was named the game’s first star, with Tyler Randell, Ben Sexton and Jim O’Brien finding the score sheet.

Belleville Senators defenceman Max Lajoie congratulates goaltender Danny Taylor, following a win over the Toronto Marlies at Yardmen Arena, on February 16, 2018. (Photo: Jason Scourse / Belleville Senators)

Randell’s goal, his third of the season, came midway through the first period when he beat Garrett Sparks on an odd-man rush.

Belleville led 1-0 after the first.

The only goal of the second period came about 6:00 in, when Filip Chlapik skated ot a loose puck in the slot, turned and fired it at the Toronto net and Sexton got a piece of it on the way into the net.

The Marlies looked to mount a come back in the third when Rinat Valiev pounded a one-timer past Taylor at 12:47, but Belleville would fend off the attack and O’Brien popped the puck into an empty net with five seconds to play.

Finnish defenceman Ville Pokka made his Belleville debut, after being acquired by Ottawa in a trade with Chicago and made an immediate impact offensively, registering five shots.

Belleville Senators defenceman Ville Pokka carries the puck during a game against the Toronto Marlies, at Yardmen Arena, on February 16, 2018. (Photo: Jason Scourse / Belleville Senators)

It was another sellout at Yardmen Arena, with 4,319 fans packing inside and one lucky fan taking home a B-Sens record of more than $11,500 in the 50/50 draw.

The Senators look to build off the win on Saturday when they welcome the Hershey Bears on Super Hero Night.

Puck drop is at 7:00 p.m., with pre game coverage on 800 AM CJBQ at 6:50 p.m.

You can click here to read the full box score from Friday night’s game.

DiDomenico dealt to Chicago, B-Sens get D-man

Forward Chris DiDomenico (left) was traded by Ottawa to Chicago on February 15, 2018, in exchange for defenceman Ville Pokka (right). (Photos: Jason Scourse / Belleville Senators and Rockford Ice Hogs)

As the National Hockey League trade deadline nears, on February 26, American Hockey League teams are starting to feel the effects of deals being made by their parent clubs.

The Belleville Senators are feeling that first hand, as Ottawa has traded forward Chris DiDomenico to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for defenceman Ville Pokka.

DiDomenico, a 28 year-old native of Woodbridge, had five goals and nine assists in 25 games with Belleville this season.

He had also netted six goals and four assists in 24 NHL games with Ottawa, along with one goal in three games, during a brief stint with the Syracuse Crunch.

Pokka, a 23 year-old from Tornio, Finland, registered four goals and 18 assists with Chicago’s AHL affiliate the Rockford Ice Hogs and also has an IIHF World Junior Championship gold medal and IIHF World Championship silver medal on his resume.

Pokka, who was a second round draft pick by the New York Islanders in 2012 and was acquired by Chicago in a trade in 2014, made the AHL All-Rookie team in the 2014/15 season and has amassed 28 goals, 99 assists and 127 penalty minutes, during 266 career AHL games.

He’s expected to be in the line up on Friday night when the B-Sens host the Toronto Marlies at Yardmen Arena.

Puck drop is set for 7:05 p.m. Friday, you can hear the game live on 800 AM CJBQ starting at 6:50 p.m., for Eastern Overhead Doors and Deerhaven Farm and Garden.

 

Applications for Kay Stafford Fund being accepted

 

With a gift of $1.2 million, the Kay Stafford Memorial Fund has now awarded grants to more than 70 local community groups for the benefit of providing better health care to residents of Quinte West and Brighton. From ambulances to defibrillators, the Kay Stafford Memorial Fund has donated more funds than the original gift received from the late Kay Stafford in 1997. Again this year, applications are available online at tmhfoundation.com and due by Thursday March 29.

The grants that the Kay Stafford Fund is able to provide help the efforts of the hospital by providing medical training, equipment, and enhancements at sites, which in turn reduce the demands on the Emergency Department and other operations at the hospital.

Kay Stafford endowed a gift of $1.2 million in her will to the TMH Foundation with the caveat that the investment income be disbursed each year. The majority of it (75%) is allocated to community groups.

While all applications that meet the criteria are considered, those of particular interest this year, are applications that seek funding for projects that provide education, diagnosis or treatment of health care conditions such as: COPD, PTSD and Diabetes.

Charitable giving is a very viable option for people seeking tax breaks, reducing estate taxes and a better way to ensure their beneficiaries get the gifts they intended them to receive.

Wendy Warner, Executive Director of TMHF Says, “You can choose to leave your estate to your heirs, the government and/or a charity. Without adding a charity, your estate will pay taxes that will reduce the amount your loved ones will actually receive. Even leaving just 1% of your estate to your favorite charity can have a tremendous impact.”

Applications to the Kay Stafford Fund will be accepted until Thursday March 29, 2018 at Noon. They can be sent electronically to info@tmhfoundation.com.

 

Deline: OPP amalgamation doesn’t make much sense

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The Mayor of Centre Hastings says at this point, their council would be strongly against a move to amalgamate OPP detachments in his municipality and Bancroft.

The Ministry of Community Safety is conducting a regional review to “determine if efficiencies and cost savings can be achieved” by combining the detachments.

Mayor Tom Deline tells Quinte News the process is in the early stage, and while council has asked an OPP representative to speak to them at the end of this month, the amalgamation doesn’t make much sense.

The Town of Bancroft has already voiced displeasure with the idea as well, with concerns including increased response times due to the size of the coverage area, local population and a loss of local services like background checks, or accident reporting.

Deline noted similar concerns and says “there’s too big of a difference between Centre Hastings and North Hastings” for the amalgamation to work.

Zielski-Thibault acquitted on manslaughter and other charges

The Quinte Consolidated Courthouse in Belleville. (File photo: Quinte News)

Shelby-Zielski Thibault has been found not guilty on all charges connected to the death of Aaron Rushlow, after an incident on Walmsley Place in west end Belleville, in October of 2016.

She had been charged with manslaughter, dangerous driving causing death, criminal negligence causing death, leaving the scene of an accident and breaching probation, but the breach charge was dropped part way through the proceedings because there was no evidence to support it.

Justice Geoff Griffin read a two-plus hour judgement on the other charges Wednesday, outlining the evidence that had been presented over the four-day trial and giving the reasons for his decision.

In those reasons, Griffin noted a lack of physical evidence in the case and said evidence that was presented supports Zielski-Thibault’s story, that Rushlow was attacking her and that she drove away in self defence.

He told court the crown had not proven its case beyond a reasonable doubt.

Griffin says all of the evidence presented suggests Rushlow was upset that evening, had waited outside a party for Zielski-Thibault to leave and ended up still driving close to her, despite witnesses saying he had been ahead of her when she got stuck at a light.

There was also evidence at the scene of him parking his car in an unusual position, in an attempt to stop Zielski-Thibault from leaving.

He noted that Rushlow’s saliva and hand prints, found on Zielski-Thibault’s vehicle, supports her story that he had been hanging on the car and spitting at her, but there was no physical evidence to confirm how Zielski-Thibeault was driving when she attempted to leave Walmsley Place and Rushlow fell off the car.

Griffin also said there was nothing in the testimony from doctors who conducted the post mortem on Rushlow, to contradict Zielski-Thibault’s version of events.

The Crown had argued Zielski-Thibault should have stopped and that her response to Rushlow’s actions were unwarranted, but Griffin told court that the way she was acting wasn’t unreasonable for an 18-year-old woman, being attacked by a 24-year-old man late at night.

Despite her acquittal, Zielski-Thibault was held in custody on separate charges and will have a bail hearing on those counts Thursday afternoon.

Christine Elliott visiting Quinte this weekend

Christine Elliott and MPP Todd Smith

One of the leadership candidates for the Ontario PC Party is coming to Quinte this weekend.

Christine Elliott will attend an event at the Trent Port Marina at 3:00 Sunday afternoon.

Prince Edward-Hastings MPP Todd Smith will be in attendance as well, as he co-chairs Elliott’s campaign to succeed Patrick Brown in March.

Charges laid against suspected dangerous driver

A Quinte West man suspected of hitting a police officer with a car during a chase in early January has been arrested.

Officers were chasing a reported dangerous driver on the evening of January 3rd and stopped the vehicle after a short pursuit.

As police exited their vehicles to approach the suspect, he sped off hitting one of them, who suffered minor leg injuries.

The vehicle was found abandoned a short time later on the eastbound 401, west of Napanee.

Investigators identified 38-year-old Ryan Millar as the driver and issued an arrest warrant for him on charges of dangerous driving, fleeing from police, assaulting a police officer with a weapon and two counts of breaching an undertaking.

Millar was arrested late last week and has a video court appearance in Belleville this Thursday.

City of Belleville shows off casino funded projects

(L-R) Great Canadian Gaming CEO Rod Baker, Belleville Mayor Taso Christopher and Ontario Lottery and Gaming’s Director of Municipal and Community Relations Jake Pastore, conduct a “virtual ribbon cutting” on various capital projects being funded from non-tax gaming revenue generated by the Shorelines Casino Belleville. (Photo: David Foot / Quinte News)

The City of Belleville, Ontario Lottery Gaming Corporation and Shorelines Casino have teamed up to share details on where they city’s profits from the gaming facility are going.

A joint news conference was held at Belleville City Hall Tuesday morning with representatives from the city, the Ontario Lottery Gaming Corporation and Great Canadian Gaming, which owns and operates the Belleville facility.

Mayor Taso Christopher says the event showcases the strength of the relationship between the three organizations.

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The city earned about $2.7 million in non-tax gaming revenue earned over the casino’s first year and split the funds into various reserve accounts.

The capital projects being funded with that money include road paving work around the city, at around $1.2 million, a new police vehicle with automated license plate recognition system, proposed Belleville gateway and tourism signs, the new Quench Buggy, WiFi for the waterfront trail, a portable entertainment stage and upgrades to the docking system at Victoria Harbour.

Presentation boards display various capital projects being funded from non-tax gaming revenue generated by the Shorelines Casino Belleville. (Photo: David Foot / Quinte News)

OLG’s Director of Municipal and Community Relations Jake Pastore says it’s important to show residents exactly how that money is being spent.

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And the president of the company that operates the Shorelines Casino Belleville says the facility has performed beyond expectations over its first year.

Great Canadian Gaming President and CEO Rod Baker says the Belleville site has been a catalyst for some other Shorelines projects across the province, including one in Peterborough.

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Baker added that 65% of the casino’s one million plus visitors over its first year, were coming from outside of Belleville and credited the casino’s staff, entertainment and food and beverage options for its success.

Great Canadian Gaming CEO Rod Baker gives a speech at Belleville City Hall, on February 13, 2018. (Photo: David Foot / Quinte News)]

Woman struck and killed by commercial truck in Campbellford

A pedestrian has been killed after being hit by a truck in Campbellford today.

OPP say they were called just after 11:00 this morning, when the 56-year-old Trent Hills woman was hit by a commercial truck, at Bridge Street East and Front Street North.

No other information has been released.

Traffic investigators were on scene and Bridge Street East was closed from Front Street North to Doxsee Ave, but has reopened.

UPDATED: $500,000 from province for new PECMH

Dr. Eric Hoskins addressed a full room at Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital on Monday afternoon as he announced $500,000 in support from the province for planning stages of the new hospital development. (Photo: Amanda Smith/Quinte News)

 

The grins were from ear to ear at Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Eric Hoskins, the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, made an announcement on Monday afternoon, many had been waiting for.

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The new hospital will provide patients with a range of services all in one location, meaning people won’t have to travel to Belleville or Kingston as frequently.

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Prince Edward County Mayor Robert Quaiff speaks during the funding announcement at Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital. (Photo: Amanda Smith/ Quinte News)

Mayor Robert Quaiff told those in attendance that he couldn’t stress how important this funding is.

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He said the new hospital won’t happen overnight but this is a step in the right direction.

Dr. Hoskins confirmed the hospital will be built but the grant funding is strictly for early planning stages only.

He says the monies will help determine what services and programs should form part of the hospital and the space required to provide those programs and services.

Monica Alyea of the PECMHF says their vision is a little bit closer and a little bit clearer, but doesn’t deny there is still a lot of work to be done.

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Prince Edward County has a very unique demographic as they have a very high number of seniors and this hospital can be tailored to fit those needs. The County is also seeing an increase in young families which will be a consideration as well, as this planning stages get underway.

It was also stated they are building a hospital for the future and one that they can still be proud of in 30 years time.

Unemployment rate up locally and across the country

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The number of jobs in Canada fell by 88,000 in January to give the labour market its steepest one-month drop in nine years.

The net decline helped push the national unemployment rate up to 5.9% in January, from a revised 5.8% the previous month.

Statistics Canada reports that while the economy shed 137,000 part-time positions — that category’s largest collapse on record — the number of full-time jobs increased by 49,000.

In the Kingston/Pembroke Region, which includes municipalities in the Bay of Quinte area, the jobless rate is up slightly, to 4.4%, from 4% even in January of last year, but still below the national average.

StatsCan numbers also show a nearly 6% drop in the employment rate, to 52.8%.

LTC sets budget and board members for 2018

Jim Alyea and Eric Sanford were acclaimed to the positions of chair and vice chair respectively, of the Lower Trent Conservation board, for 2018. (Photo: Submitted / Lower Trent Conservation)

There will be no change atop the Lower Trent Conservation Board of Directors this year.

Quinte West Deputy Mayor Jim Alyea will return as chair, while Centre Hastings Councillor Eric Sandford will return as vice chair, after both were acclaimed at LTC’s recent annual general meeting.

LTC also passed the 2018 budget of a little more than $1.9 million, which will be 49% funded by the seven municipalities represented on the board, to the tune of over $940,000.

That’s an increase of just under 8% compared to last year.

The rest of the money comes from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, grants, user fees and fundraising.

The rest of the board includes:

Ray Benns (Township of Alnwick-Haldimand)

Mary Tadman and John Martinello (Municipality of Brighton)

Don Clark (Township of Cramahe)

Jim Alyea and Karen Sharpe (City of Quinte West)

Bob Mullin (Township of Stirling-Rawdon)

Bill Thompson and Rick English (Municipality of Trent Hills)

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