Sonja Bata passes away

Sonja Bata(third from left) at a recent event in Batawa. MP Neil Ellis is to her right.

An iconic businesswoman and community builder, known nationally and locally, has passed away.

Sonja Bata, founder of the Batawa Development Corporation, and wife of the late Thomas Bata, heir
to a worldwide footwear manufacturing empire, died Tuesday evening in a Toronto hospital surrounded by family and friends.

Sonja Bata is well known in the Quinte region and had spent the last 13 years planning the redevelopment of Batawa, the hamlet created by the Bata Shoe Company in 1939.

She was also the Founder of the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1983.

Sonja Bata was 91 and is survived by 4 children, 9 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.

Single shift going longer in Oshawa

Photo: GM Twitter

General Motors Co. is reportedly extending a cutback in car production at its plant in Oshawa into April and May before it begins a second shift to produce pickup trucks later this year.

The automaker had halted production of Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Impala cars for three weeks in January and brought the plant back online on one shift instead of the previous two shifts for the rest of the first quarter.

But The Globe and Mail, citing a memo it says Unifor sent to workers at the plant, reported Wednesday that GM has now extended the single-shift operation to May 28.

Jennifer Wright, the automaker’s manager of corporate communications, told The Canadian Press in an email that current job levels are “anticipated to be retained.”

She said production of the Silverado and Sierra pickup trucks began earlier this month and the company plans to “ramp up production over the coming months.”

The move comes amid a continuing slump in sales of passenger cars generally in North America and specifically in the U.S. market for the two cars that are built in Oshawa.

Guilty pleas from Zielski-Thibault

After being found not guilty of manslaughter, dangerous driving causing death, criminal negligence causing death, and other charges last week, Shelby Zielski-Thibault pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and assault police yesterday in a Belleville courtroom.

The charges relate to the same incident, the death of Belleville man Aaron Rushlow in October of 2016.

Zielski-Thibault was sentenced to one day in jail, given a 12 month driving prohibition and must serve 12 months probation.

She had already served 90 days in prison.

Drugs and weapons seized

A young Belleville man faces drug charges after a being pulled over by city police in the east end early Tuesday afternoon.

Officers found a machete in the car and the driver was found to be carrying a knife in his waistband.

Police also discovered marijuana and cocaine.

Twenty-three-year-old Daniel James Woodstock was charged with possession of illegal drugs and breach of probation.

He was under a weapons prohibition from previous offences.

Arrests being made in counterfeit case

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Belleville police have made an arrest after investigating counterfeit American money being used at a west end Belleville business last month.

Thirty-two-year-old Joshua Bow Larren Parks of no fixed address was already wanted on assault, uttering threats, breach of probation charges, and he is now charged with using and possessing counterfeit money.

He will have a bail hearing Thursday.

Meanwhile, Belleville police say charges will also be laid against three other people involved with the counterfeit money, two men and a woman, all from Belleville.

Woman arrested for her own good

(File photo: Quinte News)

Emergency services personnel weren’t welcome at a Foxboro residence.

Belleville police say they responded to the residence around 7:30 Tuesday night to help paramedics with an angry woman.

When police arrived she attempted to kick one of the officers.

The 32-year-old was arrested to prevent any further problems.

Alcohol was involved.

No charges were laid.

Balmy but no record

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Although widely predicted by different forecasters, a new high temperature record was not set in the Quinte region yesterday.

Forecasters had predicted highs of 14 degrees, but according to readings taken at CFB Trenton, the mercury only climbed to 9.3 degrees celsius.

That’s balmy for a February 20 but doesn’t break the record of 11.1 degrees set in 1953.

The record high for today’s date, February 21, is 11.7, also set in 1953.

Rollover leads to two alcohol related charges

There was just one vehicle involved in the collision, but two people ended up being charged with impaired driving in Quinte West Saturday.

A vehicle rolled over on Baptist Church Road. When OPP responded, they charged 44-year-old Brian Twigg of Quinte West with impaired driving. He was not injured in the accident.

Another vehicle arrived on the scene with a woman wondering about Twigg’s condition.

Upon investigation, OPP charged 38-year-old Christina Stacey, also of Quinte West, with impaired driving.

Serious snowmobile crash north of Minden

On February 19, 2018 at approximately 3:36 p.m., officers from the Haliburton Highlands Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of a single motorized snow vehicle collision on private property on Lake Kawagama in the Township of Algonquin Highlands.

Two young children were injured after a snowmobile they were on accelerated and collided with a fixed object. As a result of the collision one child was air-lifted to a Toronto area trauma centre with life threatening injuries. The other child sustained minor injuries.

OPP Technical Collision Investigators are on scene and assisting with the investigation.

The investigation is ongoing and further information will be released as it becomes available.

Brighton working to better prepare for high water

Sandbags line properties in Gosport neighborhood of Brighton.(Photo: Quinte News)

In the wake of last spring’s serious flooding in the region, Brighton council will learn of planned improvements to the community’s flood response program at its meeting tonight (Tuesday).

In a report prepared by Deputy Fire Chief Rick Caddick, Brighton council will see that high water levels in Lake Ontario cost the municipality over $140,000 with some costs still coming in.

The report suggests that in the future, the municipality have a minimum of 10,000 sandbags ready to go along with more sand in storage to fill extra bags.

Lake Ontario peaked at around 75 cm above normal last spring causing serious flooding throughout the region.

Opportunities available for transit expansion

Members of the Quinte Access Committee pose with MP Neil Ellis, during a funding announcement at Quinte West City Hall, on March 31, 2017. (Photo: Submitted / MP Neil Ellis)

Quinte West council will be asked to try for some provincial government cash to improve public transit at its meeting tonight.

Substantial grants are available through the province’s Community Transportation Grant Program.

Quinte West staff are suggesting council approve applying for around 1.3 million dollars in grants for various projects.

They include a feasability study for a new route for Quinte Access, development of a new fixed route on weekdays running from Quinte West to selected spots in Belleville, new bus shelters, 2 new staffers, and the development of on demand schedules to provide transportation six days a week between Trenton, Batawa and Frankford.

Slaying the Dragons

Photo: Twitter / Loyalist College

Calling all aspiring entrepreneurs.

Get your business pitches ready because the Dragons are coming to Belleville this Thursday (February 22).

Auditions for the show’s 13th season will be held at Loyalist College in the Pioneer Building.

Participants of all ages are welcome with businesses at any stage of development. Hopeful entrepreneurs should prepare to pitch their concept to the producers in five minutes or less. If they show the producers they have what it takes to pitch in the Den, they could be invited to Toronto to face the Dragons.

Auditions will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Thursday.


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