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Week of Oct 5, 2015

“Meeting with OLG positive,” Mayor

City Hall

Belleville mayor Taso Christopher says his meeting with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation yesterday was a positive indication that the City will be seeing progress on a new casino.

Mayor Christopher and CAO Rick Kester say they learned the OLG and the Ontario Gaming East Limited Partnership (OGELP) are progressing through a transitional phase of taking over day-to-day operations of the two existing gaming sites in the east gaming bundle (Kawartha Downs and Thousand Islands).

Christopher says the gaming partnership intends to proceed with a business case to support a new gaming site, subject to all approvals, preferably in Belleville – as the City has already supported and zoned lands for a casino.

He adds, however before building a casino, the Business Case prepared by the Gaming Partnership must be approved by both the OLG and the province.

The City is expecting the submission of development plans and applications through the City’s development review and approval process once the Business Case has progressed further.

Teen remains in hospital with serious injuries

A 14-year-old girl from Shannonville remains in Kingston General Hospital with serious injuries after being struck by a vehicle on North Front Street in Belleville Tuesday.

Belleville Police Staff Sgt. Chris Barry says her injuries aren’t life threatening but they are serious and probably won’t change for awhile.

The teen was hit over the noon hour Tuesday in the northbound lanes on North Front near the Dollarama.

The male driver visibly shook up stayed at the scene and cooperated with officers.

Barry says that area is very difficult to get across given traffic and ongoing construction.

He encourages everyone to use controlled intersections to ensure their safety.

Review of police officer’s actions underway

Day one of a Police Services Act hearing for a Belleville police officer charged with two counts of discreditable conduct has wrapped up for the day.

Constable Eric Shorey was found guilty by Justice Tetley of criminal harassment and breach of trust and sentenced in November, 2013.

The convictions followed charges that Shorey was stalking a Prince Edward County woman and, at times, was using Belleville Police Service time and equipment to do so.

According to a report in the Intelligencer, lawyers for the prosecution went over Shorey’s behaviour that was discussed during his 2013 trial where it was found Shorey repeatedly stalked his ex-partner and her spouse between September 2010 and July of 2012.

Shorey had been caught on video camera, sitting in his car outside the woman’s home and once told her to “watch herself” whenever she came into the city of Belleville.

The report in the Intel goes on to say that lawyer David Migicovsky questioned if Shorey is allowed to remain on the force, how much the public would be able to trust him?

He suggests members of the public dealing with Shorey will wonder if the officer will be able to uphold the law when he himself has broken it.

The hearing resumes tomorrow morning.

In a separate incident, Shorey was charged with one count of assault relating to a domestic incident stemming from allegations which occurred in December, 2014.

That matter is still before the courts.

Constable Shorey has been a member of the Belleville Police Service since 2007. He is currently suspended from all duties with pay.

Arming voters with facts on social issues


Still unsure who to vote for in the upcoming federal election?

The Community Development Council of Quinte has teams up with social planning and community development councils across the country to help voters make informed choices that on the issues that could be affecting them everyday.

The CDCs are distributing fact sheets on 14 social issues affecting Canadian Communities.

The sheets are aimed to helping to spark dialogue about social issues and put them on the public agenda while informing voters as to the “state of the nation” on such issues as poverty, income security, jobs and economy, health care and child care.

Executive Director of CDC Quinte, Ruth Ingersoll says “We have had many discussions in the past few days with people who are still undecided on which party to vote for. We thought it might help to draw attention to these fact sheets to offer some added information for those voters.”

These sheets are to help spark dialogue about social issues and put them on the public agenda.

Voters can go to Community Development Council of Quinte’s website,, click on the link, “Canada Votes.”

Talks over fairgrounds continue

(Photo: Michael Brethour)

(Photo: Michael Brethour)

Closed door negotiations between the City of Belleville and the Agricultural Society over freeing up the fairgrounds 40 year lease continue and now there is talk of the 30 acre property could be worth millions.

President of the Belleville Agricultural Society Donnie Jarrell politely says both sides have a confidentiality agreement in place regarding the talks over the commercial property on Sidney and Bridge Streets and he intents to keep that.

Now when asked about local market values on vacant land, President of the Real Estate Board Jamie Troke says commercial Bell Boulevard property ranges from $125,000 to 200,000 an acre. He says others like the former Trudeau Motors site on Station Street for example are 300,000 an acre. (That site is only two acres). The parking lot across from City Hall which the municipality just purchased went for $850,000 and that wasn’t even an acre Troke says.

Troke concludes the sale price of the fairgrounds would depend on if it’s a commercial or residential buyer along with environmental assessments.

Both uses the City is seriously considering as per discussions at the Corporate Strategy meeting in early September.

Jarrell says Troke’s Bell Blvd figures are accurate but not necessarily the figures they’ve been discussing around the table.

OurTMH wants operation review

(Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

(Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

The citizens advocacy group OurTMH is looking for provincial help, with issues at the Trenton Hospital.

The group met this week, after QHC announced decisions to remove 2,400 surgeries at TMH.

Chair John Smylie says they have reached out to the Ontario Health Coalition for assistance.


He says they have great resources.


Smylie says they are also going to request an operational review of the cuts from QHC and the Southeast LHIN.

He says they have also requested meetings with MPP Todd Smith and Lou Rinaldi to see how the province can help.

New home getting closer for animal shelter

The Quinte Humane Society could hear any second, that its new property is ready to build on.

The local animal shelter says it will  release details of the site and a new building for our furry friends.

QHS spokesperson Frank Rockett says the new building will have numerous features designed to reduce animal stress.


Rockett says there will be a fenced area, so dogs will not need to be walked on the road.

The 2.53 hectares of land is located on the east side of Wallbridge Loyalist Road, between Old Highway 2 and the CP Rail crossing.

Voting starts

If the federal election campaign has been long enough for you and you’d like to finish it off by voting, you’ll have your chance, starting Friday October 9.

Advance polls will be open at various locations in all ridings from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., starting tomorrow and running right through to October 12, Thanksgiving Monday.

Check your Voter Identification Card for the advance poll location in your area.

If there are any problems, call Elections Canada.

Food drive at Belleville’s Metro

Gleaners Food Bank is doing a collection today at the Metro grocery store in Belleville.

Mix 97′s Sean and Orlena will be out helping out on North Front Street.

Last week, both the Gleaners Food Bank and Trenton’s Care and Share Food Bank were less than half their intake from their annual food drive.

When you are out getting the fixin’s for Thanksgiving, buy a little extra.

Napanee area crash closes eastbound lanes

A bad accident last night just east of Napanee.

Crews were called to the east bound lanes of the 401 at Palace Road.

Reports says a tractor trailer was spun the wrong way and a car had rolled numerous times and rested on the grass.

Detour routes were set up while crews cleared the scene.

No word if there were any injuries or fatalities.

The road was re-opened around midnight.

QW watermain break

The public works department in Quinte West has closed both lanes of Dundas Street in downtown Trenton because of a watermain break.

Dundas west is closed from Division to King Street in downtown Trenton.

Police investigation at seniors residence

A Belleville man has been charged following allegations of sex assault on a 94-year-old woman at a city seniors residence.

Belleville police began an investigation earlier this week into the allegations that a man had sexually assaulted a resident in the long term care facility over a period of time.

Charged with one count of sexual assault is 42-year-old Bruce William Letford.

He appears in court November 12.

Police will not divulge the name of the seniors residence involved.

Anyone with information should call Detective Constable Jeremy Ashley at the Belleville Police Service.

Health unit funding cuts over six years

Health unit building in Belleville. (Photo: Mary Thomas/Quinte News)

Health unit building in Belleville. (Photo: Mary Thomas/Quinte News)

A new provincial funding policy for boards of health will cut local health unit funding for the next six years.

The Hastings and Prince Edward board learned today 28 health units across Ontario, including the local one, will have funding cuts, while six or eight larger ones will have increases.

Board member, Belleville Councillor Jack Miller, says the board can’t “sit back and do nothing about this.”


Tweed Mayor Jo-Anne Albert says the Association of Municipalities is aware of the situation and will address it.

The board also decided it would make the local Members of the Provincial Parliament aware of the concerns.

Man injured in ATV crash in Tweed

A 26-year-old man has been injured in a single ATV collision in Tweed.

Emergency response teams were called to the rollover in a pit near 79 Hawkins Bay Road at 5:50 p.m.

Reports indicate the man suffered head and rib injuries from the crash.

There are no more details available at this time.

Small watermain break in Brighton

There is a small watermain break south of Spring Valley School on County Road 26 in Brighton.

The Municipality of Brighton Water Department staff have notified council and repairs are scheduled for next week.

Staff are confident at this time that the water distribution system will not need to be shut down.

Mandatory regular water testing will continue as scheduled.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

No charges in bus collision

A school bus collided with a pick up truck Wednesday afternoon.

Belleville police were called to the intersection of Pinnacle and Station Streets at 2:30 p.m.

Staff Sgt. Sherry Meeks confirms there were no school children on the bus at the time of the crash and there were no injuries.

Meeks says there was only property damage and no charges are being laid.

Flu shot not effective: MOH Dr. Schabas

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Richard Schabas, left, and Chair of the Hastings and Prince Edward Board of Health Terry McGuigan, October 7, 2015. (Photo: Mary Thomas/Quinte News)

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Richard Schabas, left, and Chair of the Hastings and Prince Edward Board of Health Terry McGuigan, October 7, 2015. (Photo: Mary Thomas/Quinte News)

The medical officer of health for Hastings and Prince Edward counties is not “actively” promoting the flu shots this year; calling the vaccine a “mismatch” with the influenza strain.

Dr. Richard Shabas told the Board of Health today that the vaccine is only about 20% to 30% effective against the H3N2 strain prevalent this year.

Schabas says he has a “very serious concerns” and says it’s not the best use of public health money.


He says the benefit for healthy people is small.


The Medical Officer of Health says that, because of last year’s”mismatch,” five million people were vaccinated at a cost of $100 million with no benefit.

Schabas does encourage people with serious illnesses, such as heart and respiratory issues, and health care workers, to get the influenza vaccine.

He says he will get the flu shot since he deals with patients in his private practice, but will not recommend it for the rest of his family.

The board voted to call on the province for a review of the influenza vaccine.

Provincial orders to construction crew

Fire on 198 Moira Street West in Belleville.  (Photo: Submitted)

Fire on 198 Moira Street West in Belleville. (Photo: Submitted)

Provincial orders have been given to the construction company, responsible for last weeks fire and explosion in Belleville.

On Friday, an excavation crew was clearing soil, when they struck a two inch gas line.

The pipe went into an adjacent home, which caught fire and was completely destroyed.

Cobourg Development Services is constructing the northeast feeder main, as part of Build Belleville.

The Ministry of Labour says the company was given three safety orders, one for the operator, one for the worker who hit the line, the other to the company, which is still outstanding.

The investigation is continuing and no charges have been laid.

No injuries have been reported.

Heels for Hope hits year 7


Local agencies of the Canadian Cancer Society are hosting the 7th annual Heels for Hope, formerly Cougars for Cancer.

It is taking place Friday October 16th at the Banquet Centre in Belleville.

Fundraiser spokesperson Mike Kelly says it is a great fundraiser, but also a terrific night out.


This years theme is prom night.

A pearl or diamond necklace will be given away as well.

You can get more details on tickets, events and what’s happening by clicking here

Tickets will be available online or at (Belleville) the Canadian Cancer Society’s Community Office (97 Hanna Court S), Kimberley’s Déjà vu Boutique (6835 Hwy 62), Estetika Fashion and Spa (270 Church Street), Elite Fashion (263 Front St.) and SkinBeautiful (100 Pinnacle St), or in Trenton at Off The Hook (168 Dundas St. East). Also available at Glimmer Hair Studio (12954 Hwy. 62, Madoc) Mill Creek Spa (28 West Front Street, Stirling) and Bella Ever After Boutique (21 W Front St, Stirling). Tickets are $30.

Explanation from CEO of Quinte Healthcare

Quinte Health Care CEO Mary Clare Egberts pauses to get up close to CJBQ's Lorne Brooker during an interview Wednesday.Photo/Quinte News

Quinte Health Care CEO Mary Clare Egberts pauses to get up close to CJBQ’s Lorne Brooker during an interview Wednesday. (Photo/Quinte News)

The President of Quinte Health Care is well aware that many aren’t happy to hear that 2,400 day surgeries will be moved from Trenton to Belleville hospital.

On CJBQ’s Lorne Brooker Show today, Mary Clare Egberts, says provincial funding cutbacks have meant some practices surrounding surgeries had to change.

mary clare sterilization

Meanwhile, Egberts says the surgical suites at Trenton Memorial Hospital will not sit idle.

mary clare remaining at Trenton

Ms. Egberts went on to say that despite Monday’s announcements regarding service cutbacks and changes to systems at local hospitals, the organization still has work to do to become more efficient.

Egberts says patient registration is much more costly than is normal because of the four hospital system, and that QHC employs more Registered Nurses than is normal for an organization its size.

The CEO says a new “team” care system which will feature RNs, Registered Practical Nurses, and Personal Support Workers will be better for patients, and for the budget.

Mary Clare team

Egberts says QHC has never laid off a Registered Nurse who did not want to, or agree to, leave the organization.

Bomb scare at Quinte West OPP station

It was a strange scene around the Quinte West OPP headquarters in Trenton last evening.

OPP say a man dropped off an unexploded explosive device, military in nature, at the police station
around 5:30.

Because of that, OPP placed yellow police tape around the parking lot, and it stayed up for around 3 hours.

The OPP’s bomb squad was called in to deal with the device, along with a team from CFB Trenton.

It was determined there was no risk to the public and the device was destroyed at the base.

Breastfeeding in Public campaign

The Hastings and Prince Edward health unit is working to “normalize” breastfeeding in public.

Public health officials says breastfeeding is the healthiest choice since it protects the baby from illness and promotes healthy brain development. Health promoter Caitlyn Hanley says mothers need active support from family and the community.


Hanley says the health unit offers support as well.


The Breastfeeding in Public campaign features life-sized cut-out images of local breastfeeding mothers during the month of October.

Construction booming in Quinte West

Plans to build a new elementary school in Trenton boosted the numbers last month as far as building permits are concerned in the City of Quinte West.

The city issued a permit for a new Queen Elizabeth School last month, valued at over 15 million dollars.

That brought the total value of permits for the month of September to over 20 million dollars. That total included permits for 11 new houses.

Meanwhile, for the year to the end of September, permits valued at 87.6 million dollars were issued in Quinte West, much higher than the 47.6 million for the same period last year.

To the end of September this year, permits for 104 houses have been issued.

Liberal Leslie coming to Bay of Quinte

A high level Liberal candidate is coming to the Bay of Quinte riding on Thursday.

Retired Lieutenant General Andrew Leslie will be discussing his proposal for veterans at the Batawa Community Centre from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

A q and a, presentation of the veterans plan and a meet and greet will all be part of the event.

It is free and open to the public.

Teen hit by car & taken to KGH with serious injuries

Update @ 6 p.m.: 

Belleville police releasing more details about a collision involving a car and a pedestrian on North Front Street Tuesday afternoon.

Sargeant Mike Doucette confirms a 14-year-old girl from Shannonville was hit in northbound lanes on North Front near the Dollarama at 12:32 p.m.

Doucette says she is being transported to Kingston General Hospital from Belleville with serious injuries.

The investigation is ongoing and earlier in the day Staff Sergeant Al Portt says it’s too early to say if charges are pending.

Road closures were put in place for the better half of the afternoon with both northbound and one southbound lane between Valleyview Crescent and College Street closed. They reopened around 3:15 p.m.

The BPS is asking any witnesses to the collision to contact Constable Brad Stitt at the Belleville Police Service.

Candidates questioned on wind turbines

Bay of Quinte candidates, from left, Liberal Neil Ellis, Independent Truman Tuck, and Conservative Jody Jenkins at Rotary Club of Picton all-candidates meeting, October 6, 2015. (Photo: Mary Thomas/Quinte News).

Bay of Quinte candidates, from left, Liberal Neil Ellis, Independent Truman Tuck, and Conservative Jody Jenkins at Rotary Club of Picton all-candidates meeting, October 6, 2015. (Photo: Mary Thomas/Quinte News).

The Green Energy Act and the issue of wind turbines in Prince Edward County were front and centre at the Bay of Quinte federal election all-candidates meeting in Picton today.

Two of the three questions put to the three candidates asked what they would do to get rid of the wind turbines being installed on the south shore of Prince Edward County, endangering wildlife and bird migrations.

Liberal Neil Ellis said the last MP for the area, Daryl Kramp, didn’t “stick his neck out” over the issue, and he said “unwilling hosts should not be hosts” for wind turbines.

Conservative candidate Jodie Jenkins says, if elected, he would use every influence in his office to ensure “not a moratorium on wind turbines but no wind turbines.”

Independent candidate Trueman Tuck said the first thing would be to close down Wolfe Island wind turbines and protect nature in the area.

A Rotarian spokesperson said New Democratic candidate Terry Cassidy was invited to the meeting but did not show up.

Jenkins told the Rotarians he was a “fighter” on Belleville council and would be “a fighter as an MP.” Ellis says the economy must not “trump the environment.” Tuck said that until citizens have real power in Ottawa they will never “reclaim Canada.”

The candidates were asked what they would do to help the three million Canadians who can’t afford to pay for medicine and what was their position on a national Pharmacare program.

Tuck says the problem is that there is no integrated medicine program at all levels of government. He says all Canadians should have the same expanded coverage that Members of Parliament have. Jenkins said that, since 2006, Conservatives have increased health care funding and the provinces should be more aggressive with that funding. Ellis noted the Liberal plan of action on Pharmacare was killed by the Conservatives. He said Ottawa needs to sit down with the provinces on the issue but the Prime Minister does not do that.

Quinte region cultural website

There’s a new way to find out about the cultural resources in the Quinte area, with the launching of a new website today.

The site is the result of a partnership between Hastings County, Belleville and Quinte West.

It maps and describes more than 750 cultural resources across the region.

“Our County is home to a diverse array of cultural assets that contribute greatly to our quality of life,” says Hastings County Warden
Rick Phillips.

“This new web-based tool will be a living document that will be frequently updated and expanded,” notes City of Quinte West
Mayor Jim Harrison. “I encourage all residents to contribute their information and stories to help it grow and develop.”

“The City of Belleville is proud to be partnering with our friends in Hastings County and Quinte West where we are showcasing all
the great cultural assets we have to offer and share with the world,” says City of Belleville Mayor Taso Christopher.

The main feature of the Portal is the online interactive map where visitors can browse and learn more about culturally significant sites.

There is also a “stories” section where people can submit tales, both past and present, that help showcase local culture.

An event calendar allows people to browse upcoming events taking place anywhere from Lake St. Peter to the Bay of Quinte.

The official launch, including a demonstration of the Cultural Portal, took place at a Cultural Summit held in Belleville. The
Summit featured keynote speaker Noel O’Dea, president and founder of Target Marketing & Communications, and the architect
behind Newfoundland and Labrador’s current tourism and branding campaigns.

For more information you can go to

County arenas are going solar

(Quinte News file photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber)

(Quinte News file photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber)

The County is giving the green light to three roof top solar installations.

Today the committee of the whole carried project proposals for the Essroc Arena in Wellington, Prince Edward Community Centre and the Picton Curling Club.

The agreement between the Veridan connections, Solara Sustainable Energies and the County means roughly $170,000 revenue for the municipality over 20 years.

Mayor Robert Quaiff.

Robert Quaiff

Robbie Goulden VP of marketing at Solara says next steps include structural engineering reviews of the buildings to determine if they can handle the panels.

Robbie Goulding

Once the Independent Electricity System Operator issues a contract offer and it is received then Solara can move on to the construction phase which Goulden says is planned for 2016 into early 2017.

Day of Change at McDonald’s

McDonald’s restaurants across Canada are taking part in the Day of Change Wednesday, supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Visitors to the restaurant are asked to drop their change into containers in front of cash registers.

Bob Doyle owns three local McDonald’s and says people is rural Ontario are the ones who take advantage of Ronald McDonald homes.


You find more details on Day of Change  by clicking here

More fraud schemes in Belleville

There is another phone fraud out there.

Belleville police have received several reports from residents who’ve received phone calls from a bogus Canada Revenue Agency representative.

The caller threatens police action if money isn’t forwarded to them immediately.

Belleville police urge people to visit the “fraud” section of the Canada Revenue website.

Also, people are again warned to never give out personal information over the phone.

Click here for a link to the fraud page on the Canada Revenue website

Countylicious is back for year 9!

Photo: (L-R): Lili Sullivan (Gazebo Restaurant); Michael Sullivan (Merrill Inn); Chris Harvey (Clara’s): Kimberly Humby (East & Main Bistro); Elliott Reynolds (The Hubb); Roy Pennell (Portabello); Marianne Sanders (Amelia’s Garden); and Paul Tobias (Drake Devonshire).

Photo: (L-R): Lili Sullivan (Gazebo Restaurant); Michael Sullivan (Merrill Inn); Chris Harvey (Clara’s): Kimberly Humby (East & Main Bistro); Elliott Reynolds (The Hubb); Roy Pennell (Portabello); Marianne Sanders (Amelia’s Garden); and Paul Tobias (Drake Devonshire).

The launch for the 2015 Countylicious event was Monday at the Drake Devonshire in Wellington.

Several chefs from The County are putting together fixed price dishes, at nine different restaurants across the municipality.

The ingredients are also from Prince Edward County.

Countylicious goes from October 30th to November 22.

You can get many more details by clicking here.

Update on public works facility in QW

A big project underway in Quinte West is is making good progress.

Mayor Jim Harrison says the new $22 million consolidated public works facility in North Murray Industrial park is on time and on budget, so far.

jim harrison

Meanwhile, Mayor Harrison is hoping a lot of roadwork can be completed on rural roads before freeze-up later this year.

Harrison says hospital cuts “good and bad”

Quinte West Mayor Jim Harrison (Photo: Sean McIntosh/Quinte News)

Quinte West Mayor Jim Harrison (Photo: Sean McIntosh/Quinte News)

The Mayor of Quinte West wants to see the glass half full when it comes to health service changes proposed by Quinte Health Care management  yesterday.

If approved, some 2,400 day surgeries a year would be performed at Belleville General instead of Trenton Memorial Hospital.

Mayor Jim Harrison says he understands QHC management is “under the gun” because of ongoing funding cutbacks from the provincial government, and money has to be saved somewhere.

jim harrison

Mayor Harrison was glad QHC management approved of plans to use vacant space at TMH for a health centre, that
could house community healthcare agencies and special services for seniors and veterans.
Click here to see the proposed changes

Smylie not smilin’ over QHC proposals

John Smylie is the Chair of OurTMH (Photo: Quinte News / Tim Durkin)

John Smylie is the Chair of OurTMH (Photo: Quinte News / Tim Durkin)


That was the reaction of OurTMH Chair John Smylie, to the changes Quinte Health Care proposed yesterday.

QHC is looking at taking 2,400 day surgeries from Trenton and moving then to Belleville hospital.

More with John Smylie.


QHC argues they can save money by going to one sterilization system for equipment.

Smylie says OurTMH will meet Wednesday to come up with a new game plan.

A link to the proposed changes by clicking here

Electronics and cash taken in b and e

The Quinte West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is currently investigating a break and enter that took place on Fish and Game Club Road in Quinte West.

Sometime between 9:00am and 3:15pm on the October 5th, 2015, unknown suspect(s) entered a home on Fish and Game Club Road. Several electronic items including game consoles, computers, and tablets as well as cash and other household effects were removed from the residence.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Quinte West OPP at 613-392-3561 or Quinte Crime Stoppers at 613-969-8477.

Golden Hawks are # 1 in the nation

The Trenton Golden Hawks aren’t just the best team in the Ontario Junior Hockey League. They’re the best Junior “A” hockey team in Canada.

So says the latest Canadian Junior Hockey League rankings.

The Golden Hawks are a perfect 11-0 after the first month of the season.

They join the Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL), and the Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL) as the only unbeaten teams among the 132 Junior “A” clubs in Canada.

Trenton has played more games.

EA study for bridge rehabilitation coming

The Quinte Skyway Bridge connecting Deseronto to Prince Edward County along Highway 49.  (Photo: Michael J. Brethour)

The Quinte Skyway Bridge connecting Deseronto to Prince Edward County along Highway 49. (Photo: Michael J. Brethour)

An Environmental Assessment study for the rehabilitation of a well travelled bridge connecting Prince Edward County and Deseronto will begin later this fall.

Built in 1967, the Quinte Skyway Bridge, commonly known as the Skyway Bridge along Highway 49 is set to have its deck rehabilitated in between 2016-18.

Brandy Duhaime spokeswoman with the Ministry of Transportation says the upcoming study will include public and agency consultation.

Leading up to the construction, Union Gas has been working since August to remove the existing pipeline, that serves 3,600 County customers from the bridge.

Union Gas spokeswoman Andrea Stass says if everything goes according to plan crews should be finished drilling and installing the new six-inch gas main under water by mid-October.

A timeline for construction is dependent on funding and EA approvals.

The EA approvals usually take between 18 and 24 months.

Organizational review in Brighton

Brighton council is studying recommendations after a consultant completed an organizational review.

The municipality of Brighton has been operating without a Chief Administrative Officer and a director of public works for several months.

The Mayor of Brighton Mark Walas had no comment when asked if CAO Gayle Frost was still on the municipal payroll.

Meanwhile, some members of council wondered why the interim senior manager in public works wasn’t attending council meetings to answer questions.

Mayor Walas said he expects Rick Jones will be asked to attend the next meeting.

Friction at Brighton council

Brighton councillor John Martinello took exception to staff not following his direction.

He complained several times last night that public works staffer wasn’t doing what he was asked.

A report on brushing and ditching took criticism, as did one involving the Elizabeth Street sidewalk.

Lucas Kelly provided a report to say that the sidewalk was functioning properly, draining into the ditch on the north side, but Martinello said he didn’t believe him.

Martinello was also concerned with the Harbour Street sidewalk.

Kelly said he expects that project to begin shortly.

Railway crossings and repair bills for Brighton

Brighton taxpayers will be footing the bill for some unexpected railway crossing repairs.
CN Rail notified staff recently that repairs would be taking place on Lawson Settlement Road and Brighton is responsible for footing the $140,000 bill.
This dates back to an agreement signed in 1967.
Council has a future option of closing the rail crossing prior to the next repairs scheduled for seven to 10 years down the road.
Staff has asked for a work schedule, so future repairs can be included in the annual budget.

Meanwhile, CN Rail is asking council to pay up on a bill from work performed in 2013.
Upgrades to the crossing system to allow the stoppage of whistles was shared with CN, and Brighton’s portion was close to $68,000.Financial director Linda Widdifield said the agreement was never signed by the municipality but legal counsel advised her the bill must be paid.

Here’s a traffic note.
Work at the Prince Edward Street crossing is expected to begin on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 8 a.m. until Friday, Oct. 16 at 6 p.m., and the crossing will be closed to all traffic.
Residents are advised to use Ontario Street or Boes Road.

Work continues to smooth the Skyway

An Environmental Assessment study for the rehabilitation of a well travelled bridge connecting Deseronto to Prince Edward County will begin later this fall.

Built in 1967, the Quinte Skyway Bridge, commonly known as the Skyway Bridge on Highway 49 is set to have its deck rehabilitated in between 2016-18.

Brandy Duhaime spokeswoman with the Ministry of Transportation says the upcoming study will include public and agency consultation.

Leading up to the construction, Union Gas has been working since August to remove the existing pipeline that serves 3,600 County customers from the bridge.

Union Gas spokeswoman Andrea Stass says crews should be finished drilling and installing the new six-inch gas main under water by mid-October.

A timeline for construction is dependent on funding and EA approvals.

Candidates offer solutions to poverty

3 of 5 Bay of Quinte riding candidates get set to debate social issues at St. Matthews United Church in Belleville Monday evening. Left to right Terry Cassidy, Trueman Tuck and Neil Ellis Photo/Quinte News

3 of 5 Bay of Quinte riding candidates get set to debate social issues at St. Matthews United Church in Belleville Monday evening. Left to right Terry Cassidy, Trueman Tuck and Neil Ellis Photo/Quinte News

It was touted by the organizers as a “bread and butter” debate and solutions to what everyone acknowledges is a growing poverty problem were the focus of 3 of the 5 candidates running in the Bay of Quinte riding Monday evening.

About 150 people gathered at St. Matthews United Church in Belleville to hear ideas from the NDP’s Terry Cassidy, the Liberal’s Neil Ellis and Independent Trueman Tuck.

As moderator Reverend Ed Bently explained to the crowd, Green candidate Rachel Nelems said she wasn’t campaigning in the riding at all and so wouldn’t be there, and Conservative Jodie Jenkins had excused himself, saying he would only take part in debates organized by Chambers of Commerce.

The mention of Jenkins name brought on a polite chorus of boos from the crowd.

Terry Cassidy began the meeting by saying it was refreshing to be at a candidates debate that was focused on the needs of everyday people, and not just the needs of business.

To address the issue, Cassidy said the NDP would immediately work with the provinces to negotiate a national 15 dollar a day child care plan. Cassidy said previous Conservative and Liberal governments had talked about child care, but nothing concrete was ever done.

He pointed to the NDP’s plans for investment in public transit, help for students, and improved pensions.

Independent candidate Trueman Tuck railed against an “insane” federal government that was taking far too much money out of people’s pockets, and called for some kind of guaranteed national income. Tuck believes anyone making 24 thousand dollars a year or less should not have to pay one cent in taxes.

Liberal Neil Ellis pointed to his party’s fully costed platform containing pledges for long term investments including a child tax benefit and higher taxes on the wealthy so more money would be available to help the middle class, working class, and the poor.

Ellis also said his party would invest billions into affordable housing, public transit, education and retraining to lift people out of poverty.

A member of the public asked whether or not the candidates would support a guaranteed annual income.

Trueman Tuck was quick to say yes.

Neil Ellis said no. His party will shift more of the tax burden to the wealthy, and invest in housing and other infrastructure.

Terry Cassidy said he personally would push for a guaranteed national income, saying current income support programs were confusing, and the amounts of money offered weren’t enough to live on.

With regards to housing and emergency shelters, Neil Ellis said his party had plans to spend billions over many years on affordable housing, saying the homeless were among us in the Quinte region and they needed help.

Terry Cassidy said the NDP had plans to bring in 10 thousand new housing units very quickly, if elected, and had plans to better look after existing social housing. He said his party would quickly open negotiations with the provinces for a partnership to improve housing opportunities.

Trueman Tuck said shelters and housing were almost completely a provincial and/or municipal responsibility.

Another question asked whether food banks were here to stay.

Terry Cassidy said that, unfortunately, they were. He said a guaranteed national income would ensure people had enough money for food. He also said that farmers, wholesalers and retailers should be encouraged to never throw produce out, but to make it available to the needy.

Trueman Tuck restated that the federal government was throwing away huge dollars, and that just abolishing the useless Senate would go a long way to guaranteeing a higher income for people to buy food with.

Neil Ellis said a Liberal governments ongoing investments in housing, transit, education, and other programs would help people increase their incomes to avoid food banks.

Regarding a national pharmacare program, Tuck was against it, while Cassidy and Ellis both supported working toward such a program, with both saying their parties would immediately negotiate with the provinces to bulk buy prescription drugs to bring their costs way down.

All candidates agreed that the age requirement for the Old Age Security payment should be moved back to 65 from 67, and that seniors pensions needed to be increased in a more generous way than just pegging it to the cost of living index.

The meeting was sponsored by the Hastings Prince Edward Poverty Roundtable.

Fire and explosion update

(Photo: Belleville Fire)

(Photo: Belleville Fire)

The Belleville Fire Department has completed its investigation into the gas explosion and house fire on Moira Street West Friday.

Fire Prevention Officer Norm Mitts says it all began with a construction firm’s backhoe hitting a gas line underground.

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The Technical Safety Standards Authority and the Ministry of Labour are still investigating the incident, which occurred at 198 Moira West.

A construction worker and city police officer pulled the resident, an elderly man, out of the house before it was heavily damaged and there were no injuries.

Final Hastings Lennox & Addington debate

(l-r) Liberal Mike Bossio, Conservative Daryl Kramp, NDP Betty Bannon & the Green Party's Cam Mather at the Melrose Rec Centre Monday night (Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)

(l-r) Liberal Mike Bossio, Conservative Daryl Kramp, NDP Betty Bannon & the Green Party’s Cam Mather at the Melrose Rec Centre Monday night (Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)

After a lengthy schedule, the candidates for Hastings Lennox and Addington wrapped up their debate schedule in Melrose Monday night.

The Green Party’s Cam Mather, the NDP’s Betty Bannon, Daryl Kramp with the Conservatives and the Liberals Mike Bossio,  had their seventh and final debate, where they mainly discussed agriculture and the importing and exporting of food.

Mike Bossio began with tax breaks.  He says the middle class will pay less taxes, with the top one percent paying more. Bossio says Justin Trudeau will work with all levels of government to benefit all Canadians.

Daryl Kramp started his discussion with the Trans Pacific Partnership. He says he has never seen anything that has this amount of impact on the country. Kramp says an agreement like this is why he got into politics.

Betty Bannon says job opportunities and security, food safety and health care are all items voters are hearing about. She says the NDP will ask corporations to pay a little bit more, to invest in things that matter to average Canadians.

Cam Mather began his opening comments talking about the climate. Mather says as a farmer, he knows it is harder to grow food, now more than ever. He says a price on carbon will help give incentive to Canadians to use less carbon, therefore helping the environment.

Questions were asked throughout the evening.

1. How can we get young people working in farming?

Mike Bossio says building job awareness is crucial. He says small farms are very important for the future of the country.

Daryl Kramp says all levels of government, service clubs, schools and communities are responsible for getting young people involved in agriculture.

Betty Bannon says getting into where the youth are is everything. She says supporting mentors and those with jobs, can train the young.

Cam Mather says they have a national sustainable food program with the Green Party.

2. What can you do to keep the young people at the farm?

Kramp says you need to be in a predictable industry, to help young people succeed. He says technology is now a big part of farming.

Bannon says the NDP will provided funding and support for farmers at all levels.  She says a farm is not an easy thing to pass on to the next generation of food providers.

Mather says our food system is very vulnerable to shocks and bumps.  He says the Green Party wants to push local, small farming. He says 10,000 farmers provide 80 percent of the food in the province and that is a dangerous thing.

Bossio says as a government, we need to have a discussion about getting young people back to the farm and make them excited about agriculture.

3. Agriculture education in urban centres

Bannon says the NDP do not have a specific piece of legislation on agriculture legislation, however she says its important to teach children from a young age.

Mather says much of our canned food comes from across the world.  He says this is not a healthy trend.  He says with seven billion people, farmers will not have trouble selling food.  Mather says local is where the shift has to come for food.

Bossio says the number of farmers are shrinking, yet the people are continuing to grow.  He says farmers are losing their voice with average Canadian.  He says government and farmers need to work together to educate Canadians.

Kramp says food processing is the number one employer in the area. He says many recognize the importance of farming in the area, however he says those in an urban area may not understand it.

4. Trans Pacific Partnership

Bossio says we are a trading nation and that is crucial to our country, however we need to pick the right deals. He says if international countries buy up our supplies, it could leave us with nothing.

Kramp says we do have a number of standards to look over the food and drink we bring in. He says our food supply is one of the safest in the world. He says this deal is good for the country, as 85 percent of our food gets exported.

Bannon says the food and drink we import and export will have more eyes on it. She says imported food will be closely watched under a NDP government.

Mather says free trade always is not good.  He says manufacturing jobs have left since Brian Mulroney brought in the free trade. Mather says they do not always work in our best interest.

5. Foreign ownership of farms and land

Bossio says he is against foreign ownership over Canadian land. He says this goes back to food insecurity.

Kramp says the Foreign Investment Review Agency is in place to help protect agriculture.  He says most ownership in farming is local, however there is foreign investment in housing.

Bannon says it is not just foreign ownership, it is domestic as well.  She says the NDP will work with all levels of government to protect farmers and food.

Mather says growing food is too important to be trading away.  He says that countries need to feed its residents and Canada is in a good position. He added however we cannot give our food away to foreign ownership.

About 100 people attended the debate and all candidates were present.

MPP Smith speaks out against cuts to QHC

“Fall is in the air and because it is, that can only mean one thing,” says Prince Edward Hastings MPP Todd Smith. “Another round of cuts and staff uncertainty at Quinte Healthcare hospitals.”

Smith made the comments at Queen’s Park in response to this morning’s announcement by QHC senior staff that they will have to cut surgeries at Trenton Memorial Hospital moving them to Belleville and reduce staff to make up for an $11.5 million funding shortfall.

“The deficit this government is running is costing you your health care services,” Smith says. “QHC has had to come up $25 million in cuts over four years to make up for funding shortfalls because the Liberal government at Queen’s Park doesn’t have any money left. The government says money is going into better home care services but the Auditor General says services are being cut there too to pay for fat-cat salaries.”

Smith went on to say the third largest expense in the budget is how much we pay to service our debt and it’s also the fastest growing. That’s why cuts like this have gone from being rare to happening annually.

More on today’s QHC announcement can be found by clicking here.

Checking out Belleville business satisfaction

Belleville’s latest Business and Retention project is underway.

This latest survey will focus on the retail-commercial sector.

More than 100 local businesses will be asked to complete a confidential survey about their business situation as well as information about their level of satisfaction with operating in the local community.

Mayor Taso Christopher says the retail-commercial sector is important to the local economy and can be a great barometer for what is happening in the entire region and he says the city wants to make sure it is doing the right things to support this sector.

Previous surveys reports have been used by city council as the basis for embarking on projects such as departmental restructuring, family physician recruitment, and transit improvements.

A final report summarizing the findings will be presented to council and the general public before the end of 2015.

Motorcyclists’ Toy Drive

More than 100 motorcyclists from Quinte region and across Ontario took part in an early Christmas Toy Drive in Belleville on Sunday.

The “Beach’s 23-rd annual Toy Ride” raised just under $11,000 and filled a pickup truck with toys for the Belleville Firefighters Christmas Toy Drive.

The toy ride organizer, who goes by the name of Beach, says they “just want children to have a good Christmas.”


One-hundred-and-fifty motorcyclists from the Quinte region as well as Kingston, Niagara Falls, and London took part in the ride from Belleville, around the Bay of Quinte, after making the donation of money and toys.

Another Build Belleville project done

Left to Right: Ray Ford, Manager of Engineering; Jeff Down, Engineering Technologist; Councillor Garnet Thompson; Barry Simpson, Senior Project Manager; Dan McDonald, Fitzgibbon Construction; Greg DeMille, Fitzgibbon Construction and Rod Bovay, Director of Engineering (Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)

Left to Right: Ray Ford, Manager of Engineering;  Jeff Down, Engineering Technologist;  Councillor Garnet Thompson;  Barry Simpson, Senior Project Manager;  Dan McDonald, Fitzgibbon Construction; Greg DeMille, Fitzgibbon Construction and Rod Bovay, Director of Engineering (Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)

The City of Belleville had their official ribbon cutting Monday for road upgrades for Old Highway 2.

The work took place this summer and stretched from Point Anne, to the eastern boundary with the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.

Project Supervisor Barry Simpson says the main focus was the upgrades of asphalt.


Councillor Garnet Thompson says this is a crucial through road in Belleville.


The total price tag was $3 million and was another portion of the larger Build Belleville infrastructure project.

QHC overhaul proposed

(l-r) Interim V.P & Chief of Nursing Kim Stephens-Woods, Vice Chair Board of Directors Doug McGregor, CEO Mary Clare Egberts and Chief of Staff Doctor Dick Zoutmann, talk to the media about their proposed changes to health care at the four local hospitals on Monday (Tim Durkin/Quinte News)

(l-r) Interim V.P & Chief of Nursing Kim Stephens-Woods, Vice Chair Board of Directors Doug McGregor, CEO Mary Clare Egberts and Chief of Staff Doctor Dick Zoutmann, talk to the media about their proposed changes to health care at the four local hospitals on Monday (Tim Durkin/Quinte News)

Quinte Heath Care management is proposing to move most surgery activity out of Trenton Memorial Hospital, consolidating day surgery in operating rooms at Belleville General Hospital.

Under a proposal released Monday, about 2,400 day surgeries would move over to Belleville General.

Cystoscopy (bladder examinations), cataract surgery and surgical clinics would remain in Trenton.

CEO Mary Clare Egberts says the main reason for the surgery change is the cost of running two sites.

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QHC management is looking for $11.5 million in savings.

$7 million could be save in non-clinical changes, with another $4.5 million cut from direct care.

Another proposed change would be to create a Trenton Health Centre, including a hospital, along with primary and support services.

Egberts says they are pleased with the proposals put forward by the Brighton Quinte West Health Advisory Committee.

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There would be a “realignment of inpatient beds” as well with complex continuing care beds moving to Trenton (26, up from 24).

Quinte Health Care is also investigating cutting its pain clinic and having Hotel Dieu Hospital in Kingston handle that.

Egberts says a significant number of staff could lose their jobs, however she did not have an exact amount.

She believes it will be over 50 however.

Most layoffs are expected at Belleville General.

A minority of the job losses will be through attrition.

She says they are meeting with union officials to try best to minimize job loses.

All QHC hospitals (Belleville, Trenton, Prince Edward County, and North Hastings), would continue to offer 24 hour a day emergency service, along with inpatient beds and diagnostic services.

Few if any changes are expected at North Hastings or Prince Edward Memorial hospitals.

Final decisions have not been made and further public consultation will be held this month.

For a breakdown on all changes proposed, click here

Aprons and bras fundraiser

Jack Miller and Sean McKinney dressed in mammogram aprons for the kick off of the new campaign.  Susan Warner, Kristin Crowe and Karen White, volunteers and cancer survivors join the launch (Tim Durkin/Quinte News)

Jack Miller and Sean McKinney dressed in mammogram aprons for the kick off of the new campaign. Susan Warner, Kristin Crowe and Karen White, volunteers and cancer survivors join the launch (Tim Durkin/Quinte News)


The game involves the tagged person wearing an apron with a screen printed bra image on it, and the words, ‘Mammograms Save Lives.’

We will present the apron to the tagged in their workplace, or wherever they prefer.

They then have to “stuff” the bra with $100, as quickly as they can to get rid of it by asking friends, family and co-workers to support them, OR by making a personal, receiptable donation of $100. (We issue receipts for gift of $20 or higher)

They then “tag” TWO friends who they pass the apron on too with the same challenge to “stuff it”. We ask you to please consider only tagging friends or colleagues for whom a $100 donation to the Canadian Cancer Society is not a burden. All proceeds go to women’s cancer research and local services.

We will make sure that no one is tagged more than one time throughout the game.

Be prepared for a quick picture in the apron so you can be part of the online celebration of the difference you will be making in the lives of local women.

Use the hashtag #CCSBraTag and share your picture!

Can I nominate someone to be tagged on The local CCS Facebook page?
YES, BUT ONLY if you agree to wear the apron first and pay or raise your $100 to tag others….so no one tags without being tagged first…. And tag only people you personally know, who live in our area (so we can get to them!)

The Apron has a schedule…it will be in Belleville for three days, Quinte West for two days, then a day in each smaller community (Brighton, Tweed, Madoc, Marmora, Stirling, Tyendinaga, Deseronto, Bancroft, Picton, Wellington and the County, and Trenton) then a few days of catch up and we’re done!

More details by clicking here

Drug and weapon charges in Quinte West

A 32 year old Cramahe Township man faces drug and weapons charges after police received reports of erratic driving yesterday morning.

Quinte OPP located a suspect vehicle near White’s Road in Bayside after 10 yesterday morning.

Upon investigation, police discovered marijuana, methamphetamines, and a loaded prohibited weapon.

On top of the drug and weapons charges, the Colborne area man faces a dangerous driving charge.

He is in court today.

Drinking leads to rollover

A rollover accident led to impaired driving charges against a Madoc man early this morning.

Quinte West OPP responded to the rollover on River Drive around 1:30 this morning.

No one was injured, but 19 year old Nick Reynolds faces an impaired charge.

Quinte Red Devils report

It was an excellent weekend for our Quinte Red Devil “AAA” Hockey teams.

The McInroy Maines Midget Red Devils rallied to beat North Central 5-2. Dawson Ellis scoring twice in the win.

The Quinte KKP Minor Midgets skunked Peterborough 5-0. Devin Morrison scored a goal with two assists while Pierce Nelson had the shutout.

The Cross Fit Bantam Red Devils dropped a 6-3 decision in Whitby to fall into second place.

The Free Flow Petroleum Minor Bantam extended their unbeaten streak to 5 games with a 4-4 tie against North Central.

In Minor Atom. The Madison Excavating Red Devils tied Markham 2-2.

In tournament play, the Quinte Foley Bus Lines Minor Peewee Red Devils advanced to the championship game in the Canadiens Cup in Toronto. They fell to the host team 4-1 in the final to win silver.

And the Bonn Law Atoms also took part in that tournament losing in the quarter finals in a shootout.

Local skaters win medals

The Quinte Blades speed skating season is underway.
Picton’s Matthew Tootle won a gold medal and had 3 personal bests at the Eastern Regional Short Track meet in Ottawa. Masters skater Paul Pickard earned a bronze in his group.
Max Tootle, Zachary Kay and Jacob Fulford set personal best times in their division.

The Stirling Figure Skating Club competed in Ottawa this weekend with impressive results.
13 year old Kate Steele and 12 year old Madison Myers won gold in their respective divisions. 15 year old Taylor Lapierre won a silver and a bronze. And 12 year old MacKenzie Lapierre also won silver for her solo dance.

G-Hawks still perfect. Dukes double down to win

11 games into the new OJHL season and the Trenton Golden Hawks are still perfect. Trenton scored 3 in the first period and 3 in the third to trim Pickering 6-2. Mitch Emerson with two while defenceman Adam Clements added a goal and two assists. Clements says they try not to think about the streak.


The Golden Hawks are home to the Toronto Jr. Canadiens on Friday night.

And Luc Brown’s power play goal early in the second overtime gave the Wellington Dukes a 5-4 victory in Whitby. Brown also had 3 assists. Ben Sokay scored twice. The Dukes host Stouffville on Friday.

Public consultations wrap up today!

This is it!

It is the last day for residents of Prince Edward County to comment on proposals that could cut the number of councilors on County council or change the ward system.

Residents can pick up hard copy surveys at Shire Hall or at local libraries today.

Comments can also be made online at the Prince Edward County website.

Comments will be accepted until 5:00 p.m Monday.

Local food banks collect less than half of goal

Gleaners Food Bank staff and volunteers show off some of the food collected Sunday in Belleville (Tim Durkin/Quinte News)

Gleaners Food Bank staff and volunteers show off some of the food collected Sunday in Belleville (Tim Durkin/Quinte News)

There were less volunteers and less transportation for them, and those factors led to less food being collected yesterday for the Gleaners Food Bank in their annual fall food drive.

About 8 tonnes was collected.

The goal was 14.

Director of Operations Susanne Quinlan hopes people will buy extra this week and donate it to the food bank.

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Meanwhile, the Trenton Care and Share Food Bank collected about 8 tonnes of food on Saturday, down from the goal of 20 tonnes.

Both Gleaners and the Trenton food banks accept donations daily.

QW council tonight

It is a light agenda for Quinte West council at its regular meeting tonight.

Highlights include presentations from city staff on capital projects and social media safety.

Quinte West council meets tonight at 6:30 p.m at city hall.

Quinte area cultural summit

The first-ever Quinte area Cultural Summit will be held in Belleville Tuesday.

Hastings County, Belleville and Quinte West are partnering for the cultural Summit a direct result of a 10-year cultural plan completed earlier this year.

County Economic Development Manager Andrew Redden says it is aimed at interesting groups and individuals in promoting some of the 700 cultural and tourism sites in the area.

At the summit, being held at Maranatha Church, a major cultural portal will be launched mapping the sites.

Local debates tonight

There will be two all candidates meetings in the area today.

Tonight at 7:00 p.m, a so called “Bread and Butter” debate focusing on poverty involving the Bay of Quinte riding candidates will be held.

That debate will be held at St. Matthews United Church on Holloway Street in Belleville.

And, also tonight, there’s a candidates debate at the Melrose Community Centre for the local federal candidates in Hastings-Lennox and Addington riding.

That meeting starts at 7:00 p.m as well.

Missing no more

We have an update on a missing persons case.

Belleville police had asked for the publics help to find Jordan Barron and Tyler Drake, both 18.

Police now say both young men returned home without incident yesterday.

Mac’s ready to roll

Brighton council will see information about the controversial Mac’s Milk and gas bar project tonight.

While the proposal caused controversy in Brighton, and led to an Ontario Municipal Board hearing, Mac’s never stopped getting set to build.

At a meeting tonight, Brighton council will see a staff report that essentially says Macs’s requested that work continue on a detailed site plan agreement even while the Ontario Municipal Board hearing was pending and in session.

The OMB ruled in favour of Mac’s.

In the report council will see tonight, staff says a site plan agreement will come to council soon.

Council had previously approved a re zoning for the store and gas bar, to be located in downtown Brighton.

Brighton council meets at 6:30 tonight at the municipal offices.


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