Rednersville Road officially opened

Dignitaries on hand to officially cut the ribbon on upgrades to County Road 3 (Photo: Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)

 

Prince Edward County has officially opened a major section of County Road 3, also known as Rednersville Road.

Monday morning at a ribbon cutting, dignitaries from all three levels of government were on hand with scissors.

Prince Edward County Mayor Robert Quaiff says this has been a long time coming.

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MPP Todd Smith says it is an important piece of infrastructure in Prince Edward County.

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MP Neil Ellis says it is about three levels of government working together.

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The work stretched from Highway 62 to County Road 23, and cost just over $9 million, with the province and federal government, along with The County splitting the cost.

Harrison opens campaign office

Jane and Jim Harrison (Photo: Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)

Quinte West Mayor Jim Harrison opened his campaign office Thursday in Trenton.

Harrison says he believes he brings skills to the table, and has a lot of work left to do.

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The office is located on Quinte Street.

Mayoral candidate office openings

Belleville Mayor Taso Christopher (File photo: David Foot / Quinte News)

 

A pair of mayors running for re-election will have campaign office openings Thursday.

Quinte West mayoral candidate Jim Harrison will open his office on Quinte Street in Trenton, with an event from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Belleville’s Taso Christopher cuts the ribbon on his office on North Front Street, also from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. as well.

Mayors Taso Christopher and Jim Harrison at the intersection of Wallbridge Loyalist Road and Hamilton Road (Photo: Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)

Rudd leaving ministry position

Kim Rudd, MP for Northumberland-Peterborough South Photo: Twitter/@RuddKim

 

A local MP has stepped away from her role in the Natural Resources Ministry.

Northumberland Peterborough South member Kim Rudd says after a lengthy reflection, she has decided to withdraw her name as Parliamentary Secretary.

Rudd says she has been honoured to serve the Prime Minister in natural resources, and championing Canada abroad.

She adds it is not an easy decision, but Rudd says she wants to focus on the riding, and on the issues that matter to constituents.

 

Napanee fatality settled out of court

Garrett Mills and his dog Roscoe (Photo: The Mills family)

 

A civil lawsuit has been settled out of court, following the death of a Napanee teen.

Fifteen-year-old Garrett Mills was killed in May 2017, after a soccer net at municipal park toppled on top of him.

Parents David and Gwen Mills, along with their children, filed a lawsuit against the municipality and the soccer club for not anchoring the nets into the ground.

Quinte News has learned that the two sides have come to an agreement, which means the two sides will not be headed to trial.

No details of the settlement have been released.

Meantime, the Ontario Government has passed the second reading of a bill which would make it illegal to have a soccer net with a club, or municipality, to remain un-anchored.

It has passed second reading and is currently in committee, before heading to 3third reading.

MPP Smith talks cannabis, green energy, sex-ed & more

Ontario PC Government House Leader Todd Smith addresses media at Queen’s Park on July 10, 2018. (Photo: Youtube / ONGov)

MPP Todd Smith joined the Lorne Brooker Show in an extended interview Thursday morning.

The Green Energy Act, cannabis, the sex-ed curriculum and more were discussed.

As far as the sex-ed curriculum, Smith says the issue’s been blown way out of proportion.

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Smith says the reaction of the Buck-A-Beer announcement came as a surprise to him.

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As far as legalized marijuana, Smith says keeping it out of the hands of kids is critical.

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Smith’s full chat on the Lorne Brooker Show can be heard below

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Tories demand apology, following allegations at Queen’s Park

Ontario PC Government House Leader Todd Smith addresses media at Queen’s Park on July 10, 2018. (Photo: Youtube / ONGov)

 

Tensions between the Progressive Conservatives and the Opposition NDP reached a boiling point Tuesday.

A shouting match broke out between Premier Doug Ford and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath over allegations that one of her caucus members had made inappropriate comments towards a Tory legislator, prompting Government House Leader Todd Smith to speak out.

The Tories allege NDP House Leader Gilles Bisson mocked the accent of Tory legislator Kaleed Rasheed.

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The Speaker says he did not hear the alleged comments but the Tories have vowed not to answer any questions from the Opposition until Bisson apologizes.

The New Democrats say the move is simply an attempt to change the conversation from the controversial proposed legislation, which the City of Toronto has formally denounced.  It would see the number of councillors in Toronto cut in half.

The bill was introduced Monday just hours before city council voted to voice its opposition and request that the issue be put to a referendum.

(Story from Canadian Press)

UPDATED: One dead in QW motorcycle crash

Quinte West firefighters at scene of a single vehicle rollover on Bellevue Drive Sunday night, July 29/18.(Photo/submitted)

UPDATE @ 12:30 p.m.: OPP say the rider has been identified as a 39 year-old Belleville man, but his name is not being released until the family is notified.

One person has died following a motorcycle crash Sunday evening.

Around 7:00 p.m., emergency crews were called to Frankford Road, west of Wallbridge-Loyalist Road.

The bike slammed into a tree.

Crews began CPR on the driver however he was pronounced dead.

The road was closed until 2:30 Monday morning for an investigation.

Meanwhile later, at 9:20 p.m. a pickup truck rolled on Bellevue Drive near Wallbridge-Loyalist Road.

The vehicle was totalled and the driver, a Frankford man in his 30s, suffered minor injuries.

Belleville police suspected alcohol was involved but the man refused to give a breath sample.

He was charged and appears in court in August.

Later, a vehicle hit a pole near Lange and Fetter Motors in Trenton.

No other detail available.

Suspects in Glenwood Cemetery vandalism charged

Prince Edward County OPP have arrested two people in connection with vandalism last month at Glenwood Cemetery in Picton.

On June 20, approximately 100 gravestones and monuments were vandalized causing about $150,000 damage.

Wednesday, police arrested two teens.

A 17-year-old male from Picton and a 15-year-old Kingston male are each charged with mischief over $5,000.

Both are scheduled to appear in court on August 20.

A benefit concert to raise money for repairs to the cemetery is coming up this Sunday at the Regent Theatre.  CLICK HERE for more details.

 

UPDATE: Four arrested in combined police drug raids

 

(Photo: Dickie Buckshot)UPDATE @ 2:15 p.m.: Four people have been arrested after combined Belleville Police and OPP drug raids today.

Uniformed officers, members of the Community Street Crime Unit and Emergency Response Team executed warrants at a number of homes in the city, including on Palmer Road, as part of an investigation into an influx of fentanyl trafficking and opioid overdoses.

32 year-old Josh Parks is charged with a count each of trafficking heroin and methamphetamine, along with a count of possession of proceeds of crime and three counts of breaching probation.

40 year-old Lisa Smith is also charged with a count each of trafficking heroin and methamphetamine, as ell as a count of possession of proceeds of crime.

37 year-old Brian Wright was charged with one count of breaching probation and 38 year-old Randolph Johnston was charged with one count of drug possession.

Smith, Wright and Johnston were released with August 13 court dates, while Parks was held for a bial hearing today.

Despite reports on social media, Belleville Police say the raids were not connected to yesterday’s incident at the Comfort Inn in Belleville.

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Police are not confirming details, however emergency officials are on scene at a high rise in west end Belleville.

A source to Quinte News says officers were called to 179 Palmer Road, across from Centennial Secondary, where ERT, the OPP and Belleville Police responded.

The call came in around 7:30 p.m.

Nothing has been confirmed by police, however the source tells us that the situation may be connected to the distress call at the Comfort Inn on North Front Street in Belleville.

We are awaiting confirmation and an update from city police.

Bay of Quinte science presented at International Great Lakes Conference

Jeffrey Meyer, Lower Trent Conservation. Presenting on the Automated detection of algae blooms using satellite imagery. (Submitted Photo)

Researchers from around the world gathered at the University of Toronto in Scarborough on June 18-22, 2018 for the International Association for Great Lakes Research’s 61st annual conference. There were four days of scientific sessions and speakers focusing on the theme Great Science for Tomorrow’s Solutions.

On Thursday June 21, the Bay of Quinte was the focus of a morning session called “Ecosystem Health and Recovery of the Bay of Quinte, Lake Ontario”. Eight presentations covered a variety of topics from: predicting algae blooms, to fish consumption and fish health, water currents and circulation patterns, to nutrient inputs during extreme weather events and data sharing.

The Bay of Quinte is fortunate to have data sets that go back over 45 years making it one of the most studied bodies of water in the Great Lakes system. Every summer, research and monitoring takes place that studies the overall health of the Bay.  This work is integral to restoring water quality and ensuring the recovery goals set out in the Bay’s Remedial Action Plan (RAP) are being met. As the Bay get closer to meeting it restoration goals, continued research and monitoring will be essential for the effective future management and protection of water quality in the Bay.

The conference provided the opportunity to highlight some of the cutting edge research happening on the Bay of Quinte to the international community.

The International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) is a scientific organization made up of researchers studying the Laurentian Great Lakes, other large lakes of the world, and their watersheds, as well as those with an interest in such research. With its mission to promote all aspects of large lakes research and communicate research findings, IAGLR is uniquely positioned to foster the connection between science and policy, a connection vital for effective management and protection of the world’s large lakes.

The Bay of Quinte is a healthy and vibrant ecosystem, in part thanks to the innovative science and scientists that dedicate their summers to studying the why’s, what’s, and how’s of water quality in the Bay.

The Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan is in partnership locally with Lower Trent Conservation and Quinte Conservation.

Randy Lee suspended by Sens

Ottawa Senators Assistant General Manager Randy Lee with owner Eugene Melnyk in the background (Photo: Quinte News)

The Belleville Senators are without a Head Coach, and now a General Manager as well.

Earlier this year, the team announced it would not renew the contract for Head Coach Kurt Kleinendorst.

Now, the Ottawa Senators have announced that GM Randy Lee has been suspended by the team.

Ottawa GM Pierre Dorion says he will remain suspended until the courts have fulled addressed the allegations against him.

Lee was accused of making lewd comments and of rubbing the shoulders of a 19-year-old hotel shuttle driver while in Buffalo for the NHL combine.

Lee has pleaded not guilty in court and nothing has been proven in court.

His next court date is July 6.

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