Petition to stop Moira name change


An online petition is starting to pick up steam, in the debate over renaming a Belleville high school.

At, you will find a petition titled “Stop Moira Secondary name change”.

As the title of the petition is entitled, it is asking Quinte residents to support keeping the east Belleville high school named Moira.

The name change has been selected by the board for 2018, when many Quinte Secondary and all Moira students amalgamate.

The board has requested a new school build from the province, but there could also be a renovation at the current Moira site.

Their goal is to get to 2,500 hundred names.

CN says no storage facility in Belleville

CN has announced no Flammable Liquids Bulk Storage Facility is coming to Quinte.

Monday morning on the Lorne Brooker Show, Belleville Fire Chief Mark MacDonald and Bay of Quinte MP Neil Ellis announced that Canadian National would not be bringing the large tanks to Belleville.

Chief MacDonald Monday morning.

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Ellis says he heard tons of concern from residents and political figures alike.

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Belleville City Councillor Jack Miller says the horseshoe was unified in their opposition.

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CN Rail wanted to build the transfer facility on Airport Road, across from the Kellogg’s back yard.

The three proposed silos would have housed millions of gallons of liquid, where trains and transports could load and unload.

OPP tracking truckers

Members of the OPP may be getting behind the wheel of big rigs in the area, but for good reason.

Across the province, and local detachments in the Quinte region, a new program is being launched called Operation Safe Trucking.

Officers will be in transport trucks, giving them a better vantage point on truckers who may be distracted, or doing other dangerous behaviours behind the wheel.

Over the five-day blitz, officers are going to be looking for drivers using phones or other electronic devices, engaging in aggressive or impaired driving, speeding or following too closely.

They will be also looking at other drivers in cars, and all vehicles.

Blue boxes helping Good Food Box program

Jim Mallabar (right), Good Food Box Coordinator, and a long-time volunteer Norm Culley (left) pack the new Good Food Box bins for the monthly delivery. (Photo: submitted to Quinte News)


A recent purchase by the Community Development Council of Quinte, will help with transportation and save some money at the same time.

The Healthy Kids Community Challenge Hastings & Prince Edward purchased 1,200 new blue bins, to be used in the Good Food Box Program.

The bulk food buying program offers fresh produce at a fraction of the retail price.

Program Coordinator Jim Mallabar says they can now increase the delivery truck’s capacity by 30 percent, because it allows for easier packing, without damaging the food.

The CDC says that over the 20 years of the Good Food Box program, it has grown from 75 boxes monthly to about 1,200 a month.

More details by CLICKING HERE

Quinte getting white Friday

It appears the Quinte region will be getting a coating of snow Friday, late into the evening.

Mother nature is hitting northern New York State rather hard, and a band of it is hitting Quinte.

Staff Meteorologist Kevin Williams.

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Williams says Prince Edward County will get more than other locations.

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Wide spread flurries around Quinte are expected, but Williams says do not expect a major storm, at least just yet.

Selecting top board brass

Chair of Finance and Operations Committee Sean Kelly, Board Chair John Brisbois, and Vice-Chair Terry Shea (Photo: ALCDSB)


Two local school boards have elected board chairs for the upcoming year.

The Algonquin Lakeshore Catholic Board re-elected John Brisbois to the chair position.

Brisbois, who lives in Carrying Place, is in his second year as chair and 11th on the board of trustees.

Terry Shea will serve as Vice-Chair, while Sean Kelly is the Chair of Finance and Operations Committee.

Meantime, the Kawartha Pine Ridge School Board has elected Diane Lloyd.

She has served in the chair and vice chair positions in the past.

The Vice-Chairperson is Anthony Caruso.

Earlier this week, the Hastings Prince Edward School Board re-elected Lucilly Kyle and Dave Patterson as Chair and Vice-Chair.

Local doctor wants kidney treatment for TMH

Trenton Memorial Hospital (File photo: Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)


A petition is being circulated online, about getting a Kidney Treatment Centre in Quinte West.

A local doctor, David Weinstein, who specializes in kidney treatment, has started a petition on to get a dialysis centre in Trenton.

The nephrologist writes that the benchmark for a kidney disease patient to see a physician is 30 minutes or less, within the boundaries of the Southeast LHIN.

Weinstein argues for 40 percent of patients locally, that is not a reality.


The goal of the petition is to get the Ontario Renal Network to support the development of a Regional Chronic Kidney Disease Centre at TMH.

Weinstein says the creation of a proposed health hub in Trenton would make a perfect location for that clinic.


A link to sign the petition is available by CLICKING HERE

Napanee doctor getting international recognition

A local doctor is now part of a prestigious health care organization, following a recent publication.

Doctor Mamdouh Andrawis, who practices in Lennox and Addington County, has been welcomed into the International Association of Healthcare Professionals.

Andrawis, a family practitioner in Napanee, got his first Medical Degree in Egypt, with his Family Medicine residency at Queen’s University, and a Diploma of Practical Dermatology from Cardiff University in the UK.

He was welcomed into the International Association of Healthcare Professionals, for his upcoming publication, The Leading Physicians of the World.

Andrawis has his fellowship with the College of Family Physicians of Canada and is also a member of the Ontario and Canadian Medical Associations and the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners.

PHOTOS: New toy for CFB Trenton

Lieutenant Matthew Brinn and MP Neil Ellis look at the new aerial fire truck for CFB Trenton (Photo: Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)

Canadian Forces Base Trenton has a brand new machine on site, and it will never leave the ground.

On Wednesday morning, MP Neil Ellis, CFB fire officials and other dignitaries were on hand to officially show off the brand new aerial fire truck (Aerial Fire Fighting Vehicle).  It is one of nine that is being rolled out nationwide before April 2018.

The federal government spent nearly $19 million on the vehicles, which feature a 115 foot, 360 degree ladder.  The truck can pump more than 2,000 gallons of water a minute.

With the recent infrastructure upgrades at 8 Wing, there were some portions of buildings that were not accessible for fighting fires.  The new truck can reach even the top of the brand new Hangar, along Old Highway 2.

It will also be used by the 59 firefighters on base, for rescues when needed.


MP Neil Ellis at CFB Trenton’s fire hall (Photo: Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)


MP Neil Ellis says the new truck is about safety.

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Ellis says it is a critical tool for our service men and women.

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Canadian Forces Fire Marshal Lieutenant-Colonel Lee Goodman says this truck keeps within their policy of strong, secure and engaged.

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More with Goodman.

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More photos are available below.

(Photo: Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)



Corporal Corey Gaw showing some of the new features for the aerial fire truck at CFB Trenton. Lieutenant Matthew Brinn looks on (Photo: Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)


Lieutenant Matthew Brinn shows MP Neil Ellis the new aerial fire truck at CFB Trenton (Photo: Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)

Quinte well represented at World Junior A Challenge

(top row l-r) Mac Lowry (Photo: Ian Dixon/ OJHL Images), Colin Doyle (Photo: Tim Bates/ OJHL Images), Aidan Girduckis (Photo: Tim Bates/ OJHL Images), Coach Marty Abrams (Photo: Amy Deroche/ OJHL Images), (second row l-r) Jett Alexander (Photo: Ray MacAloney/ OJHL Images), Mason Snell (Photo: Ian Dixon/ OJHL Images) and Ben Evans (Photo: Shawn Muir/ OJHL Images)


There is lots of local representation from Quinte, taking part in this year’s World Junior A Challenge.

Belleville’s Aidan Girduckis will return on the blue line.  He is a d-man for the Carleton Place Canadians of the CCHL.

Jett Alexander of the North York Rangers is one of two goaltenders selected.  Alexander is a Bloomfield native.

Former Quinte Red Devil Mac Lowry will be playing forward.  He is an RBC Cup Champion and also plays with the Cobourg Cougars in the OJHL.

Trenton Golden Hawks Coach/GM Marty Abrams is serving for the sixth time with the team.  He is the Goaltending Coach and acted in a scouting capacity.

The Wellington Dukes are represented by Ben Evans, Mason Snell and Captain Colin Doyle, a native of Campbellford.

The World Junior A Challenge takes place in Truro, Nova Scotia December 10th-16th.

Maclean’s Most Dangerous list: local results

The Quinte region fared well on the 2018 Maclean’s Magazine Canada’s Most Dangerous List.

The publication breaks down communities according to the Crime Severity Index, which is a Statistics Canada measure of all police-reported crime collected through the Uniform Crime Reporting Survey.  Maclean’s takes into consideration both the volume and the seriousness of the crime. The index uses 2006 as its benchmark.  There are 85 communities in Ontario and 229 across Canada that are part of the survey.  North Battleford, Saskatchewan is the Most Dangerous City in Canada, according to the survey.

So how did we do in the Quinte region? Overall, pretty well. The lower the number, the most dangerous you are.  1 is bad, 229 is good.



Since being named Ontario’s Most Dangerous City in 2010, Belleville has fallen, and that is a good thing.  The Friendly City is down to 16th out of 85 in Ontario and 88th of 229 nationwide.  In 2010, Belleville was in the Top 15 coast to coast.  The city did not fare well in two drug categories however,  being in the top 10 in both cannabis (9th) and cocaine (8th) trafficking in Ontario.  The city was 219/229 (nationally) for Impaired Driving Charges and 186/229 for Homicides.  Belleville stayed in the top 20 in Ontario for Violent Crime (18th), Sexual Assault (16th), Assault (16th), Firearms (19th), Robbery (15th), B&E (14th), Fraud (14th) and Youth Crime (16th).



The municipality is one of the safest in Canada.  It sits 185/229 overall.  Quinte West does well in firearm charges (160th), B&E’s (217th), and other drug charges (not cannabis or cocaine) (181st).  It did finish 11th provincially in homicide charges and impaired driving charges, which were its worst scores.



The County finished around the middle of the pack in Ontario, but strong nationwide.  Overall, Prince Edward County was 48th in the province, 172nd overall.  It was low in violent crime (165th), firearms (169th), robberies (198th), cocaine trafficking (219th) and impaired charges (161st).



Brighton is the safest community in the Quinte region, Ontario and coast to coast.  Out of 229 communities, Brighton was 207th.  It fared very well in violent crime (210th), sexual assault (218th), and cocaine trafficking (210th).  It did have the second highest cannabis trafficking charges in Ontario however (20th nationwide).



Right behind Brighton, was Northumberland County partner, Trent Hills.  The community was the 25th safest community in the survey, finishing 204th.  It did not finish in the top 100 in any category.  For violent crime,  it was 213th, and sexual assault 221st.



The Town of Greater Napanee was 147th out of the 229 communities included.  Low crime stats in violent crime (206th), robbery (190th), and firearms (184th).  It was in the top 10 percent for cannabis trafficking charges however, 24th in Canada and 3rd in Ontario.  It was also 7th in Ontario (out of 85) for impaired charges.



Cobourg was 161st in Ontario.  It stayed steady in most categories, with good showings in break and enters (220th), impaired driving (200th) and cannabis trafficking (202nd).


PORT HOPE:  Out of 229 cities studied, Port Hope came first in fraud.  It had the most fraud charges nationally.



Gord Downie Secondary in Belleville?

The Tragically Hip lead singer Gord Downie. (Photo:


A final list of names is out for an amalgamated secondary school in east end Belleville, which opens in September.

So what is the new school going to be called, once students of Moira and Quinte Secondary join? It will not be Moira or Quinte.

Over 200 people submitted 314 names for consideration and the Integration Committee has taken it down to five.

They are Myers Creek Secondary, East Side High School, East Hill Secondary, Belleville East Secondary, or Gord Downie Secondary School.  That name is pending family approval.

Downie, the front man for The Tragically Hip, died earlier this year, following a battle with cancer.  Downie, a resident of Kingston, has played Belleville several times (Big Music Fest x2, The Empire Theatre).  He is also one of the most talked about Canadians over the past several years.

Input on the school name will be allowed until December 12th, then the committee will select a final name to be put forward to the board for approval in January.

The Moira Secondary School and Quinte Secondary students will amalgamate at either a newly built school in the east end, or a renovated Moira Secondary site (it will be renamed either way).

HPEDSB Chair Lucille Kyle (l) and Director of Education Mandy Savery-Whiteway (Photo: Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)



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