Facade dollars downtown

A design proposal for the former Jim’s Pizzeria in downtown Belleville (Photo: City of Belleville council agenda)


Several properties in downtown Belleville could be approved for facade renovations on Monday.

Belleville city council will receive a report requesting more than $33,000 to improve several store fronts in The Village.

The combined project for 320, 322 and 324 Front Street, the old Jim’s Pizzeria, is tagged at $7,720.  New lighting and electrical is proposed for the building.

227 North Front Street is looking for $10,674.  The owners of the Roluf’s building have applied for funding for the building’s awning, storefront work, lighting and electrical.

Finally the Barratt’s Office Pro building at 314 Front is requesting $15,000 for paint removal, some new brick work and capping the store front.

Belleville council meets at 4 p.m. at City Hall.

Cash for LTC, cash for Quinte West

A scene in part of Robert Patrick Marina in Trenton’s Centennial Park (Photo: John Spitters/Quinte News)


The MPP for Northumberland Quinte West says it is good news for the area and good news for the environment.

Friday morning at Quinte West City Hall, Lou Rinaldi announced $42,000 for two different projects in Quinte West, one for the city, the other with Lower Trent Conservation.

Rinaldi says The Trenton Greenbelt Shoreline Habitat Enhancement will be receiving $17,053 and the municipality will be receiving $25,000 from the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund.

Rinaldi says the announcement is good news for everyone.

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Mayor Jim Harrison explains where the money for the city will be going.

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Quinte West was one of just four municipalities in the province to be selected for the funding.

MPP Lou Rinaldi and Mayor Jim Harrison (r) at QW City Hall Friday October 20, (Photo: Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)




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Rental scam continues in area

Photo courtesy joealbertan.blogspot.com


Belleville Police are sounding the alarm about rental scams in the area.

Officers say the scam is run through online forums.

They say if the price seems to good to be true, it likely is.

You are reminded to confirm the legitimacy of the sources and the advertisement before transferring funds.




Local woman sentenced for stealing $75,000+

(Photo: Quinte News File)


A local woman has been sentenced for stealing more than $75,000 from a local transportation company.

Quinte News has obtained court documents which show 53 year old Joann Stans took money from Ontario Coachway, over the course of four years.

A source within the company (who asked not to be named), tells Quinte News Stans oversaw credit and debit transactions.

She says Stans’ responsibilities included booking trips for customers and charging their cards.  She was also in charge of providing refunds to cards.

Court documents show between May 2011 and April 2015, Stans defrauded the company.  Our source says Stans would provide refunds to her own credit cards.  She says it began with about a refund a month and by the end, she was doing it several times a month.

The company source says she believes it could be upwards of $80,000 taken from Ontario Coachway.

Earlier this month Stans plead guilty to fraud.  Justice Elaine Deluzio sentenced her to an 18 month conditional sentence, 18 months probation and a $75,000 compensation order.  As part of the sentence, Stans must perform 240 hours community service.


Drug raid in Quinte West


A drug raid in Quinte West has led to charges against two men.

This week the Quinte West, Central Hastings, Napanee and Bancroft OPP detachments, along with Tyendinaga Police, the Canine Unit and Emergency Response Team hit several addresses in Quinte West.

Over $25,000 in cocaine, $16,000 in cash and other items were seized.

Forty-two year old Jamie Cannons is charged with trafficking and possession of cocaine and marijuana.

Twenty-nine year old Adam Dempsey-Elhouni is charged with trafficking and possession of cocaine, possession of property obtained by crime, and possession of marijuana.

They both appeared in court this week.

Dundas Street property is sold

Property at Dundas Street West and Coleman Street in Belleville (Photo: Joe Shunock)


A vacant property in the south of Belleville has been sold.

Quinte News has learned that the property, just south of the Quinte Consolidated Courthouse has been sold, with a closing date set for January.

We are being told that it is zoned for a 15 floor condo building, with 97 units.

Joe Shunock with Ekort Realty says the property is at the corner of Dundas Street West and Coleman, and is three separate pieces of land.

Shunock says the same purchaser took all three portions of land, however he cannot release what the buyer intends to do with the site.

He says just because it is zoned for a condo building, does not mean that is what the final product will be.

CPR Holiday Train lineup/dates announced

Colin James performing at Belleville’s Empire Theatre (Photo: Bob House/ The Empire Theatre)


A Canadian rock and blues icon is hopping aboard the CPR Holiday Train for 2017.

Colin James will be the headline artist for the train, which goes coast to coast, not only spreading Christmas cheer, but raising funds and food for local food banks.

Dallas Smith on stage on the CP Holiday Train in 2016 (Photo: Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)

James and the train will make a stop in Belleville, Trenton and Brighton November 28th.

Honours continue for Johnson/Potter Settlement

Sandor Johnson gives Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a bottle of wine (Photo: Sandor Johnson facebook)


It has been a big few weeks for a local winery and its owner.

Earlier this month Quinte News told you that Potter Settlement Artisan Winery in Tweed received an honour at the Intervin International Wine Awards.

MP Mike Bossio, Sandor Johnson and PM Justin Trudeau at Parliament in Ottawa (Photo: Sandor Johnson facebook)

This week, vineyard owner Sandor Johnson was a guest of MP Mike Bossio at Parliament in Ottawa, where he met Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and gave him a bottle of their honoured 2016 marquette.

MP Mike Bossio, Sandor Johnson and PM Justin Trudeau (Photo: Sandor Johnson facebook)

Gord Downie, gone at 53



UPDATE: Smoke alarms save family in Quinte West

Quinte West firefighters dealt with a blaze in a bedroom of this home on Old Highway 2 in Quinte West on October 18, 2017. Damage was limited to the bedroom. (Photo: Tim Durkin / Quinte News)

UPDATE @ 11:20 a.m.: Quinte West firefighters are working on clearing the scene of a blaze at a home on Old Highway 2 this morning.

Senior Fire Prevention Officer Greg King tells Quinte News crews from station two responded to the scene at 1694 Old Highway 2,  around 7:30 this morning, where they found the house full of smoke and a fire in the bedroom.


King says most of the fire damage was limited to the bedroom, but the rest of the house suffered significant smoke damage and the fire is not considered suspicious.

The Electrical Safety Authority is joining in to help with an investigation into the cause. 

There was a fire Wednesday morning in Quinte West.

Around 7:30 a.m., emergency crews were called to County Road 2, near Tate Road, for a house fire.

Not many details at this time, however the OPP and Quinte West fire are on scene.

Tourism up in Quinte

Dug Stevenson with Bay of Quinte Tourism makes a presentation to QW council (Photo: Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)


Things are moving in the right direction, according to the Executive Director of Bay of Quinte Tourism.

Dug Stevenson made a presentation to Quinte West council Monday night, and pointed to what he says are positive trends.

He focused on the installation of interactive kiosks, which have been installed around the area.

Stevenson says the kiosk has been a big hit, especially at local hotels.

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He says their data has shown two things in particular that stand out.

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He says they only focus on supporting those who support Bay of Quinte Tourism, which does not include Prince Edward County.

Bay of Quinte Tourism Executive Director Dug Stevenson shows QW council how their interactive kiosks work (Photo: Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)

$210,000 from TMHF Gala

THE 2017 TMHF Gala (Photo: Trenton Memorial Hospital Foundation)


In 2003, the Trenton Memorial Hospital Foundation held their very first gala dinner.  At that event they raised $6,800.

In the 14th edition, they have grown that amount by 3,000 percent.

At their unveiling on Tuesday afternoon, the TMHF board and volunteers announced they raised more than $210,000 at the 2017 Mosaic Gala.

Phil Wild is the chair of the Trenton Memorial Hospital Foundation. He says the amazing support from the Quinte region never gets old.

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Wendy Warner is the Executive Director for TMHF.  She believes the funding is heavily influenced by the stability of the hospital.

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A crowd of staff, volunteers and sponsors for TMHF gather in Trenton Tuesday to find out the totals raised from the 2017 Gala (Photo: Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)


Warner says knowing where your dollars are going has been key.

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(l-r) Jennifer Rainbird, Aleesha Camp, Chris Leone, Lynn Doyle, Cindy Grills, Laura Lee Hogan and Phil Panelas unveil this years funds raised from the 2017 TMHF Gala (Photo: Jami Adams/ Quinte News)