Ford rolls in to the Quinte region
It is time to turn the ship of government around, stop the Liberals’ reckless spending, and make Ontario a great place to live and do business in.
That was the message from Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford, speaking at the Dugout Grill in east end Belleville Wednesday morning.
Ford continued to hammer away at what he called the “millionaires club” at Hydro One for lavishing bonuses on themselves.
Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford talks to a supporter at Todd Smith’s office opening in Quinte West (Photo: Quinte News)
Ford told the capacity crowd at the Dugout in Belleville things will change if his party is elected June 7th.
PC leader Ford was also in downtown Trenton today officially opening MPP Todd Smith’s campaign office.
But Ford did face some resistance during his visit today.
Unionized CUPE workers, including early childhood educators, educational assistants, custodians and more made themselves known to Ford at both his stop in Belleville and the opening of Smith’s campaign office.
They protested about Ford’s plan to cut 4% from Ontario’s overall education budget.
Meanwhile, the Liberals put out a release this morning criticizing Smith for having ford at his office opening, after openly warning party members to steer clear of voting for him in the leadership race.
In March, Smith told the National Post that he felt ford was “erratic and out of control” and that the behavior would “lead the party to certain defeat”.
Cancellations due to weather
BRIDGE STREET UNITED IN BELLEVILLE IS NOT HOLDING A SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE DUE TO THE WEATHER.
SUNDAY MORNING SERVICES AT CHRIST CHURCH ANGLICAN ARE CANCELLED SUNDAY MORNING.
THE BASH FOR CASH EVENT IN MADOC IS RESCHEDULED TO SATURDAY, APRIL 21.
WESTMINSTER UNITED CHURCH IS CANCELING ITS SUNDAY SERVICE APRIL 15, 2018 at 10:30
Morning and evening worship services at Maranatha Church in Belleville are cancelled for Sunday, April 15 because of weather conditions.
College Hill United Church morning service set for 10:30 Sunday has been cancelled.
Picton United Church Sunday service is cancelled, as is the shower they planned to hold following the service. The shower is being postponed until Monday at 5 p.m.
St. Columbus Presbyterian Church in Belleville has cancelled their service for Sunday morning.
The morning and evening services at Hastings Park Bible Church in Belleville have been cancelled.
Calvary Community Church service has been cancelled.
The 10:30 a.m. church service and 2 p.m. covenanting service at Trenton United Church have both been cancelled.
Emmanuel United Church in Foxboro and St. Paul United Church in Stirling have cancelled their morning services.
Sunday Service is cancelled at New Hope Church this morning, at 10 a.m.
St. Andrews Presbyterian Church service is cancelled, as is Church of the Nazareth in Trenton.
The Belleville Lions Bingo Hall on Dundas Street East is closed today and will reopen tomorrow.
The Glenora Ferry is also currently out of service due to the weather.
QW AGM Chamber honours OurTMH’s Cowan
The Quinte West Chamber of Commerce held its Annual General Meeting Thursday night, and honoured some of the community’s best supporters.
OurTMH Chair Mike Cowan, a local realtor, was awarded the Lifetime Member Award.
Cowan, who has helped lead the hospital advocacy group for the past several years, has helped bring to light some of the community’s greatest concerns with local health care.
Also receiving awards for their community support were John Cairns, Andre deVries, Cindy Dow and Mike Colasante.
The event was held at Occasions by the Bay.
McCaw expected to run for the federal Conservatives
Belleville City Councillor Kelly McCaw is expected to be running for the party nomination for the federal Conservatives for the Bay of Quinte riding.
Nominations opened Thursday March 15th and close on Thursday March 29th. The deadline to purchase a membership is April 5th.
Quinte News contacted Kelly McCaw and asked her if she had filed, or plans to file papers for nomination. She says she has not filed, but she did not crush the rumours either. McCaw says if she is nominated, it is not likely she would be running for Belleville City Council this fall.
Anyone who runs for the Bay of Quinte Conservative nomination must have 30 signatures of members in good standing within the party. Although a date for a membership vote has not been finalized, it is expected to be sometime at the end of April.
Sources tell Quinte News that McCaw has the papers to file, and will likely be doing so next week. Those details were not confirmed by McCaw.
UPDATE: Victim identified in fatal crash
UPDATE @ 2:20 p.m. Jan.30/18:
Belleville Police have released an update on yesterday morning’s fatal crash in east end Belleville, including the name of a 24-year-old man who was killed and the conditions of four other people injured.
It happened around 8:00 a.m. on Airport Parkway, near Mitchell Road and involved three vehicles.
Investigators say the driver of one of the vehicles, Bradley Gamble of Shannonville, was pronounced dead at the scene.
A 62-year-old Belleville man in another vehicle was treated for minor injuries at Belleville General Hospital and released, while three people the third vehicle, members of a family from Shannonville are still in hospital in Kingston.
A 51-year-old woman suffered broken bones, a 57-year-old man is listed in critical condition and a 16-year-old girl is in serious condition.
The Traffic Safety Unit and Forensic Identification Services are still investigating.
Anyone with information on the crash can contact Constable Travers at the Belleville Police Service.
Airport Parkway remains closed near Mitchell Road in east end Belleville, after a fatal crash Monday morning.
Around 8:20 a.m., EMS, fire and police were called to the scene, adjacent to the CN tracks, after a three vehicle crash.
Two cars and a pickup were involved, with one vehicle ending up in the ditch.
One person was pronounced dead at the scene, while three others were taken to KGH, with serious injuries.
The Traffic Safety Unit is on scene and is investigating.
Mitchell Road is also closed, except for local traffic.
Those looking to get around the collision scene should use Casey Road or Old Highway 2.
If you have any information, you’re asked to contact Constable Travers at the Belleville Police.
CORRECTION: Charges withdrawn against Quigley
We need to correct a story regarding Jamie Lee Quigley, and the charges withdrawn against her in Belleville court.
According to court officials, in February last year, 35-year-old Scott Levesque, 31-year-old Jamie Lee Quigley, and 55-year-old Steven Cox were charged after an OPP/Belleville police raid on a residence.
Quigley was charged in the investigation, but the court has withdrawn all charges against her.
Originally, Quinte News stated that the investigation was connected with Project Silkstone, however that is not the case.
We apologize for the error.
Band council election postponed
If you’re a voter for the Band Council election on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, take note.
The election originally schedule for this Saturday has been postponed.
Electoral Officer Michelle Maracle tells Quinte News there was a problem with the first set of ballots that were mailed out and election rules require a mandatory period before new ballots can be sent out.
That required the election to be pushed back a week.
Maracle says the vote has been rescheduled for Saturday December 9th.
OPSEU overwhelmingly rejects college offer
Ontario’s striking college faculty have voted not to accept an offer that would have ended the nearly five-week job action.
OPSEU President of Local 420 at Loyalist College Eric Bauer says it came as no surprise the offer got rejected.
Only about 1,600 staff voted to get back to class.
Quinte News has reached out to Loyalist College for further comment, but for now, College President Dr. Anne Marie Vaughan has issued a statement to students on the college’s website.
Many students have backed up their teachers, but do admit they’re frustrated by the entire process and other students across the province and at Loyalist, have filed a class action lawsuit in an attempt to recoup tuition fees lost due to the lengthy strike.
In reacting to the result of the vote, Premier Kathleen Wynne has said she’s attempting to meet with both sides as quickly as possible, but there’s no word yet if back to work legislation will be put in place.
Local contractor wants Sears to pay up
A local contractor tells Quinte News he is owed more than $100,000 by Sears Canada and he wants to get paid.
Friday morning at the Sears Warehouse on College Street East in Belleville, a representative for a company, who asked not to be named, blocked an entrance to Sears warehouse with a company truck, while he blocked three tractor trailers with a back hoe.
He says he has done maintenance on the property for years and Sears has not paid a $125,000 bill to his business.
Among the work is landscaping and snow removal.
He says the police were called Friday morning and he was ordered if he did not remove his equipment, he would be charged.
The equipment has been moved.
The contractor says there are many such businesses in the area in the same situation.
He tells us he had a chance to meet with the plant manager and he has received word that partial funds will be given to him next Tuesday.
Both the warehouse and Sears retail store in Belleville are slated for closure, but a timeline for work to shut down is not known.
More than 12,000 workers nationwide will be out of work before the end of winter.
We have reached out to Belleville Police and the Sears Warehouse, but have not had calls returned.
Council rejects Lobbyist Registry
A bid to establish a registry to track who is lobbying Belleville city councillors didn’t get off the ground this week at city council.
Councillor Paul Carr introduced a motion calling for a staff report on a Lobbyist Registry.
Carr tells Quinte News it’s important there’s accountability, and the public should know who is influencing ideas.
A number of councillors argued against such a registry, some referring to “red tape” and extra staff time.
The city is already investigating an Integrity Commissioner role.
The Lobbyist Registry motion was defeated on a vote of five to four, with Councillors Jackie Denyes, Mike Graham, Jack Miller, Garnet Thomson and Mayor Taso Christopher voting against.
UPDATE: Mechanical failure deemed potential cause of truck fire
UPDATE @ 1:15 p.m.: OPP say a mechanical failure is the potential cause of a fire, in a transport truck carrying flammable cargo, on the 401 in Kingston last night.
Firefighters and OPP responded to the highway, between Perth Road and Sir John A. MacDonald Boulevard around 10:30.
Investigators say the fire spread to the truck’s fuel tanks which exploded and ignited the cargo in the trailer.
The driver was able to get out safely and wasn’t injured.
Both lanes of the higway were closed for four hours, as the ministries of transportation and environment and an environmental clean-up company cleared the scene.
One lane re-opened around 3:00 a.m. and the other at 6:00 a.m.
A tractor trailer exploded and burst into flames on Highway 401 in Kingston last night (Tuesday).
Explosions were heard around 10 o’clock as the truck burned up in the westbound lanes.
According to social media reports, the transport’s driver escaped safely. And also, according to social media reports not confirmed by police, the truck was carrying a flammable liquid.
The 401 westbound, at Kingston, was closed for around 5 hours to deal with the incident.
OPP opened the highway to traffic shortly after 4 o’clock this morning.
Moore talks Chief Gignac complaint
The man who made a complaint against the Belleville Police Chief says safety and freedom are never at odds.
Wednesday on the Lorne Brooker Show, Darren Moore discussed the complaint made to the Officer of Independent Police Review Director.
It referred to Chief Ron Gignac’s comments to the Intell, stating “he is more concerned about the safety of a life, than a Charter violation”.
The comment was allegedly made in reference to a recent impaired driving case, where a local judge criticized two Quinte West officers for reportedly conducting an illegal strip search.
He says it is about reasonable search, and universal bra removal is an issue.
Last month, Chief Gignac told The Lorne Brooker Show that everything he said during the interview was not printed.
He says he deeply cares about the Charter of Rights and Freedom.
The full interview can be heard below.