Sally Ann and Belleville Downtown join together

Debbie Scott, Volunteer Coordinator, Family and Community Services, Belleville Ministries Salvation Army. (Photo: John Spitters/Quinte News)

It’s called a “win win” for the Belleville Salvation Army and the Belleville Downtown Improvement Area.

Volunteer Coordinator for the Belleville Ministries Debbie Scott asked the BDIA board of directors to support a plan whereby the Salvation Army would ask downtown Belleville businesses to donate gift certificates.

They would be given to Sally Ann volunteers.

In return, the Salvation Army would set up a Christmas kettle outside each store making a donation, along with carollers.

The BDIA board approved of the plan, which should bring more shoppers downtown while helping the Salvation Army attract much-needed volunteers.

Police warn against high pressure pitches

Belleville police cruiser. (File Photo)

The Belleville Police Service is warning people about pushy salespeople now making the rounds in the area.

According to police, aggressive sales people are knocking on doors suggesting they should be let inside to inspect furnaces, air conditioners and hot water tanks.

Once inside, a persistent pitch is made that the homeowner enter into long term contracts for equipment.

City police say you should be cautious and not let people into your home if they’re not known to you.

Police add you aren’t obligated to let anyone inside to inspect equipment.

Rescue in Port Hope

(Photo: Private Pierre Thériault, Wing Imaging, 3 Air Maintenance Squadron, 3 Wing Bagotville. / Quinte News File)

Search and rescue technicians from 8 Wing Trenton rescued a couple of boaters stranded in Lake Ontario in Port Hope yesterday afternoon.

According to Northumberland News, two brothers from Port Credit tried to sail into Port Hope Marina but got stuck on a sandbar.

Along with local emergency responders, a crew aboard a Griffon helicopter from 424 Squadron responded and lowered 2 SAR techs down to help the brothers swim safely to shore.

Fast action on Stirling-Rawdon fire

(Photo: Quinte News File)

A large shed burned down in the hamlet of Springbrook, between Stirling and Marmora,  this afternoon (Tuesday).

Stirling-Rawdon firefighters from the Springbrook hall responded around 4 o’clock.

They had the fire under control and out in less than half an hour.

The shed and contents were destroyed, and there was some heat damage to a nearby recreational vehicle, but there was no other damage and no injuries.

The shed was on a residential property on Springbrook Road in the hamlet and the damage was not significant.

The cause is under investigation.

Jail time for Napanee residents

Two people from Napanee will do jail time after pleading guilty to charges laid after a robbery and assault last July.

In Napanee court late last week, 37-year-old Corey Maxwell pleaded guilty to uttering threats and possession of a dangerous weapon.  He had already served 128 days in jail and was sentenced to another 22 days in prison.  He will also be on probation for a year and be banned from possessing a weapon for five years.

Forty-three year old Shelley Barcier pleaded guilty to assault with a weapon and breach of probation.  She will serve 35 days in jail on weekends.

The pair were involved in a robbery and assault of a man and woman walking down Robert Street in Napanee.

Another report coming on sewage treatment

Brighton council. Back row left to right, Mary Tadman, Mayor Mark Walas, Laura Vink. Front row left to right Roger McMurray, Steve Baker, Brian Ostrander, John Martinello.

Brighton council continues to try and come up with a final solution to issues surrounding its sewage treatment system.

At its meeting yesterday (Monday), council voted 4 to 3 to get a staff report on the pros and cons of building a traditional mechanical sewage treatment plant for urban Brighton.

Brighton council has struggled for a few years with high levels of ammonia coming from its natural, lagoon based system.

Mechanical sewage treatment plants cost millions of dollars.

Voting in favour of looking at a mechanical plant were councillors Baker, Ostrander, Martinello, and McMurray.

Belleville police report Oct 17

The Belleville Police Service responded to 46 calls for service from the 16th of October 2017 at 5:00 a.m. to the 17th of October 2017 at 5:00 a.m.


On the 16th of October 2017 at approximately 1:40 p.m., Belleville Police were called to an address in the Moira Street area regarding a wanted person. Officers attended and confirmed the person’s identity.  A 52 year old male from Kingston was arrested on an outstanding robbery warrant. He was turned over to Kingston Police.

During the past 24 hours police responded to 8 motor vehicle collisions. One collision involved minor personal injuries. Police are reminding motorists to drive with due care and attention appropriate for the environmental and road conditions.

Go digital, hire younger, get online

Kevin Coleman of the Business Development Bank of Canada. (Photo: John Spitters / Quinte News)

There has been and there will continue to be a lot of change in the way small and large businesses will have to operate in Canada.

At a kickoff event for Quinte Business Week today at the Trent Port Marina, Kevin Coleman of the Business Development Bank of Canada said there will be significant shifts in the labour force, digital media, and automation.

Coleman said business, small or large, had better concentrate on attracting a younger workforce, singling out the group known as millennials.

“It used to be all about the baby boomers but no more.  In 3 years, millennials will make up half of the Canadian workforce”.

He suggested employers partner with universities and colleges and offer apprenticeships to attract millennials.

“And, be ready to offer flexible working conditions, some benefits, and ongoing training.  The millennials as a whole aren’t as loyal a group as baby boomers have been” said Coleman.

As far as the general workforce in Canada, in just four years it’s predicted Canada will not be producing enough people to fill the jobs available, which Coleman said was a dangerous trend.

“If you’re in business and need employees, you’d better look at attracting skilled immigrants, because that’s the only way all of the jobs required will get filled”.

The Development Bank of Canada representative also stressed the importance of e-commerce.  “If your business isn’t online, you’re not going to do well at all”.

As an example, Coleman said in 2014 25 billion dollars worth of retail goods was purchased online in Canada.

In 2020, it’s predicted that number will balloon to 56 billion dollars.

Coleman also stressed the importance of business and industry investing in automating to increase productivity and become more competitive in the global marketplace, saying Canada sadly lagged behind many other developed countries.

Here you’ll find details on Quinte Business Week activities.




Mayor gives thumbs down to more tax

Mayor of Quinte West, Jim Harrison.(Photo: John Spitters / Quinte News)


Concerts and wastewater

Brighton council. Back row left to right, Mary Tadman, Mayor Mark Walas, Laura Vink. Front row left to right Roger McMurray, Steve Baker, Brian Ostrander, John Martinello.

If there’s a discussion about sewage treatment anywhere in the region, it’s most likely to be happening in the Municipality of Brighton, and that will again be the case at a meeting of Brighton council tonight.

Council will vote on a McMurray/Martinello motion to investigate the feasability of building a mechanical wastewater plant.

Also at its meeting tonight, staff is asking council to approve applying for a provincial government grant to help pay for a high profile Friday night concert as part of next year’s Applefest.

April Wine was featured in a big outdoor concert at the 2014 Applefest.  The concert was well attended and a profit was made.

Staff say if a grant isn’t provided, there will not be a concert.

Brighton council meets tonight at 6:30 in council chambers.

Belleville police scramble in storm incidents

The Belleville Police Service responded to 46 calls for service from the 15th of October 2017 at 5:00 a.m. to the 16th of October 2017 at 5:00 a.m.

Dangerous Situations

At approximately 4:30 p.m. on the 15th of October 2017, the Belleville area experienced a short period of high wind gusts. Officers attended 12 different locations throughout the city in response to trees being blown onto power lines and power outages at main roadway intersections. There were no injuries reported to police due to the strong winds. Many Belleville City resources were called into action in response to damages caused by the storm including Belleville Fire, Public works and Veridian.

Traffic Safety Reminder during power outages

Power outages can affect the traffic signals at intersections on Ontario roadways. There were a few incidents during the local outage where motorists failed to follow the rules of the road pertaining to intersections with de-activated traffic lights. Belleville Police remind motorists and pedestrians that intersections affected by a power loss are to be treated as 4-way stops. All traffic upon approaching an uncontrolled intersection must come to a complete stop and proceed only when the way is clear and safe to do so.

“Wynne mills” not welcome


These folks want nothing to do with industrial wind turbines in Prince Edward County. From left to right, Ruth Dwight, Don Hinde, Mario Panacci, Kelly Panacci, and Elanor Hinde.(Photo: John Spitters / Quinte News)

They are not giving up.  About 200 residents of Prince Edward County and elsewhere marched through
downtown Picton Sunday and rallied at the Regent Theatre in protest of a yet to be built 9 turbine wind farm
in South Marysburgh ward, near the county’s southern Lake Ontario shoreline.

Here’s the sound from the start of the march.

we’re not gonna take it

Although county Mayor Robert Quaiff says wind company WPD has yet to receive final approval from the provincial government to build the turbines, the clearing of land on the project site began a few weeks ago and continues.

WPD’s White Pines wind farm was originally planned for 29 turbines, then cut back to 27 because of heritage reasons, and then the Environmental Review Tribunal cut out another 18 turbines because of environmental concerns.

South Marysburgh is part of what is known as an Important Bird Area as millions of birds migrate over land and water in the area annually.

Prince Edward Hastings riding MPP Todd Smith marched and rallied with the residents and repeated again that the turbines power isn’t needed and just doesn’t make sense.

todd smith RALLY

MPP Smith believes the project can still be stopped, adding if his party were elected in the upcoming June provincial election, it would be.

Marching against a wind farm in Prince Edward County Sunday, October 15/17. (Photo: John Spitters / Quinte News)

South Marysburgh ward councillor Steve Ferguson shook his head as he contemplated the destruction of natural habitat for the project in a pristine landscape, wondering out loud whether “the provincial government was out of its mind”.

Ferguson said more and more people were joining the battle to have the project halted as they actually saw the land being cleared off.

Bloomfield resident Helene Tremblay said the wind farm made no sense and was going to ruin what people loved about Prince Edward County.  She said it just wasn’t people who lived near the project that were upset and wanted it stopped.

helene tremblay

The Alliance to Protect Prince Edward County is taking the company WPD to Superior Court in Picton November 17 in an effort to stop the wind farm.

APPEC maintains WPD has not met its obligations under the FIT Program or Renewable Energy Approvals.

Mayor Robert Quaiff believes it would cost the provincial government only $500,000 to cancel the contract with WPD.

Here’s the sound of chanting from the march.