Strike continues in east Northumberland County

Negotiations have broken off in a labour dispute involving those who work with adults with developmental disabilities in east Northumberland County.

Almost 100 employees with Community Living Campbellford-Brighton went on strike on March 21st after members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union voted cent against a tentative two-year contract.

A local OP-SEU official says negotiators from the union and the employer returned to the bargaining table yesterday in an attempt to resolve their differences but no progress was made.

No date has been set for the resumption of talks.

Quinte West house fire

House at 1270 Wooler Road, just north of the 401.(Photo/Quinte West Fire Department).

 

Working smoke alarms likely saved lives earlier this morning (Wednesday) after a house went up in flames in Quinte West.

The fire at 1270 County Road 40, commonly known as Wooler Road, just north of the 401, started before one o’clock this morning.

The house was fully engulfed in flames when Quinte West firefighters arrived. A man and woman and 3 dogs escaped safely. The fire was under control at 2:45.

About $275,000. damage was done. The fire started in the area of a woodstove.  The cause is not considered suspicious.

Quinte West Fire Chief John Whalen says the couple had had the house up for sale for the past 2 years, and had just recently sold it.

Plunging into ice cold water

There is going to be a whole lot of shivering happening in Belleville’s east end this Saturday morning.

Brave souls will sprint in to the frigid waters of the Bay of Quinte raising funds for the YMCA’s Strong Kids campaign.

It’s the second annual Belleville YMCA Polar Dip event.

The Y’s Amanda Boldrick says you can still sign up and do some “freezin’ for a reason.”

amanda boldrick

You can sign up the day of the event as well.

The YMCA Polar Dip goes this Saturday morning at the Quinte Rowing Club at Herchimer Avenue and Keegan Parkway. The freezing starts at 11am.

Jail for school board employee

A former office manager at Moira Secondary School will go to prison for 90 days after pleading guilty Monday to a charge of production of child pornography.

Thirty-six-year-old Steven Clarke of Belleville was charged last May after an investigation by the Toronto Police Service, which began in July of 2015.

Officers monitored internet communications between Clarke and an adult male involving descriptions of sex with children between the ages of two and four.

Then an adult male police officer engaged in online communication with Clarke and again discussion about sex with young children occurred.

There were never any actual children or images involved in the investigation.

Clarke has been suspended from his job since charges were laid and late last week officially resigned with an apology for his actions, ending his eighteen year career with the Hastings Prince Edward District School Board.

He was also given two years probation and will continue counselling.  He will be listed on the sex offender registry for 10 years and is prohibited from being at places where kids under 16 typically gather.

He is considered a very low risk to re-offend.

Guilty plea to indecent act

A man who was found guilty of exposing himself to female co-workers at the Belleville Canadian Tire Store last August pleaded guilty to one count of exposing himself to an ex-partner in Bancroft last July.

29 year old Deseronto man Gerald Lewis pleaded guilty to the Bancroft offence today (Monday) in a Belleville courtroom.

Court heard he exposed himself to a woman while dropping off their shared children at the woman’s residence.

A psychiatric assessment will be done on Lewis and he is to be sentenced on both matters June 9.

Who pays what for emergency services

Belleville council is expected to hold some interesting discussion at a special meeting this afternoon (Monday).

The subject will be area rating and the taxes imposed for police and fire services in the urban and rural parts of the city.

Rural ratepayers pay less for the services than do urban residents, but new development is blurring the lines of urban and rural, especially in the north section of Belleville.

The special meeting will be held at 2 o’clock at city hall.

The regular meeting of council, featuring a light agenda, follows at 4 o’clock.

Apartment fire

A Trenton apartment building had to be evacuated for over an hour last night (Sunday).

An automatic fire alarm went off at the building at 126 Bay Street around 10:30.

The Quinte West Fire Department responded and located a very small fire in an apartment on the first
floor.

The fire was put out quickly and there were no injuries. People returned to their apartments before midnight.

Boil water advisory completely lifted

The aggravation caused by a watermain break in Trenton Wednesday is over for everyone involved.

In mid-afternoon today (Saturday), the boil water advisory was lifted for residents in Carrying Place and Consecon.

The advisory was lifted for Trenton residents yesterday (Friday).

Officials advise running taps until the water runs cold, but otherwise it is all systems go for normal water use.

Maple in the County

It will be a busy weekend in Prince Edward County as the 16th annual Maple in the County celebration is taking place March 25th and 26th.

Twelve sugar bushes are taking part, and there are all kinds of other activities for the entire family spread throughout the County including pancake breakfasts, bonfires, public skating and live music.

For a full list of participating sugar bushes and activities visit mapleinthecounty.ca

Freezing rain warning

A special weather statement is in effect for Belleville and Quinte West.

Freezing rain is expected Saturday night and will likely continue into Sunday, so be sure to drive with caution.

Temperatures are expected to rise throughout the day Sunday changing the freezing rain to rain by the afternoon.

 

Do or die for the Dukes

It’s do or die for the Wellington Dukes tonight as they could face elimination in Cobourg.

They go head to head with the Cougars in game 5 of their semifinal series and Cobourg is currently up 3 games to 1.

Puck drops at 7:00 p.m. Broadcast time on CJBQ and CJBQ.com is 6:50.

Give us money, please

Belleville Mayor Taso Christopher.(Photo/Quinte News).

Hastings-Prince Edward MPP Todd Smith.(Photo/Quinte News).

 

The Mayor of Belleville wonders why provincial government infrastructure cash isn’t coming to the city.

Mayor Taso Christopher joked at a recent Police Board meeting that perhaps the provincial Liberal government was punishing local MPP, Progressive Conservative Todd Smith, for hounding it about high hydro rates.

A check of the “Build Ontario” infrastructure funding map shows that so far no money has been allocated for projects in MPP Smith’s Hastings-Prince Edward riding.

The Liberals promised $160 billion in infrastructure spending over 12 years.

Todd Smith comments.

Todd Smith

The “Build Ontario” infrastructure map shows a few projects in PC and NDP ridings, but the vast majority of the funding is going to Liberal-held areas. Several projects have been financed in Kingston, a Liberal seat and even more in the Ottawa area, another Liberal stronghold.

See the map here.