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Week of Nov 23, 2015

Night two for Rednose Quinte

It was the second night for Operation Rednose in Quinte last night.

50 volunteers helped to get 175 people home safe and sound after a night out.

The operation will continue on weekends throughout the holiday season.

Double dose of Santa

Santa Claus will be visiting the Quinte region again today as there are two parades set for this afternoon.

The Picton Santa Claus parade will be taking place at 2:00 p.m., followed by the Trenton parade which will begin at 4:30 p.m.

Belleville police release

Belleville Police Service responded to 55 calls for service from 28 November 2015 at 5:00 am to 29 November 2015 at 5:00 am.

Over 80mgs- Belleville, Ontario

On the 29th of November at 01:55Am an officer on patrol observed a vehicle being operated on Lemoine Street in an erratic manner. The vehicle was stopped and the driver was given a road side test that he failed. The driver was transported to Belleville Police Service where further breath tests confirmed that his blood alcohol concentration was above the legal limit. Ryan Young 27yrs. from Belleville is charged with operating a motor vehicle while over 80mgs. He was released on a promise to appear in Belleville Provincial Court on December 17th. His vehicle was seized for 7 days and his licence suspended for 90

Motor Vehicle Collision- Belleville, Ontario

On the 29th of November Belleville Police at 2:19 investigated a single motor vehicle collision at Old Highway 2 and Point Anne Lane. The driver of the vehicle a 20yr old male from Belleville was not injured in the collision. He is charged with careless driving, G2 Young driver operating above zero bac and was issued a 3 day suspension.

R.I.D.E. – Belleville

On the evening of November 29/29 Belleville Police Service Ride Team set up Spot Checks at various locations throughout the City. Approximately 320 vehicles were checked with 1- 3 day suspension issued and 2 motorists were investigated for drug offences.

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Thousands will be entertained in the Quinte region Monday, as the C.P Holiday Train rolls through.

Each year music, Santa and great community support, are part of the trains draw to each community.

Starting in Belleville, the party will begin shortly after 10:00 a.m, when Devin Cuddy and Kelly Prescott preform on Keegan Way, directly behind BGH.

Financial support goes to Gleaners Food Bank.

The next stop is in Quinte West, at RCAF Road, near CFB Trenton, around 11:30 a.m.

The Trenton Care and Share Food Bank will get the support.

Finally, at 12:45 p.m, the stop will take place east of the Prince Edward Street crossing in Brighton, supporting the food bank.

More details by clicking here

Day 13 of WPD wind hearing in the County

Wolfe Island wind farm.  Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber

Wolfe Island wind farm. Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber

The Environmental Review Tribunal hearing into a 27 turbine wind farm approved in the County will take a break for the weekend and start up again on Monday.

Wednesday was Day Thirteen of the Environmental Review Tribunal of the White Pines wind project. The day’s focus was on two witnesses: Denton Miller, a Senior Noise Engineer in the Environmental Assessment Branch of the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC), and APPEC witness Dr. Craig MacRae, a professional hydrologist.

Miller clarified the MOECC’s position that wind turbine noise is broadband, not impulsive, and that turbines have no low-frequency or infrasound emissions. Reports of “sensations” are among the complaints the MOECC receives. MOECC audits ensure that the sound power used in modelling is correct and complies with regulations. If compliance is an issue, there are options such as restricting operations to daytime or during certain wind conditions.

Miller explained that the MOECC’s Noise Assessment is predicated on the worst-case scenario and the model gives conservative results. Therefore, it is not a concern that sound output downwind of turbines is 6 to 7 db(A) higher than upwind, or night-time sound output may vary from 5 to 10 db(A) due to wind shear.

APPEC counsel Eric Gillespie asked Miller to consider that MOECC’s model is “practical,” not “conservative,” because acousticians suggest these scenarios happen all the time. Gillespie noted that the White Pines project is spread over a large area encompassing many receptors. At any given time would it not be possible that turbine blades will be turned away from some receptors while other receptors will be downwind? Miller replied that due to variable wind directions this might not happen and sustained impact is unlikely in any case.

Miller confirmed that the MOECC is issuing new guidelines in a few weeks to replace the 2008 Noise Guidelines. Among other things the revision includes a section on wind shear profiling and specific directions to ensure calculations are based on maximum output.

Dr. Craig R. MacRae, qualified as a hydrologist, has 32 years of professional experience in measurement and modeling of hydrologic systems, channel erosion, open channel flow hydraulics and sediment transport.

Dr. MacRae told the Tribunal that karst is an area of limestone characterized with crevices, fissures, sinkholes, and underground streams. Karst formation flows continuously throughout the Prince Edward County south shore, with different levels ranging from 2m up to 30m deep. He observed numerous karst features on his site visit of the White Pines project. Yet Stantec did not report the presence of karst and did not do any field work.

Dr. MacRae stated when karst is disturbed by construction, it is destroyed. The harm is irreversible and cannot be repaired. Underground water flows horizontally and the construction of the 16.7km access roads, cable trenches, excavations for wind turbine and crane pads, and upgrades to existing municipal roads all can damage and destroy the karst. Dr. MacRae also stated that trenching for the access roads and collector lines can drain the wetlands.

The damage is unpredictable and thus cannot be mitigated. A water management plan cannot be developed as flooding can occur in areas where there was none prior to construction. MacRae noted that the 20 culverts proposed along new access roads will not manage all the risk and more culverts would simply change the flooded areas. New access roads must be raised to allow for water flow ditches on both sides in order to prevent washouts.

Patrick Duffy, counsel for WPD, challenged Dr. MacRae in cross-examination, trying to show that there is no karst in the White Pines project area. He referenced high-level diagrams in public documents that show Prince Edward County has “unknown” karst. Dr. MacRae replied that these diagrams don’t tell the whole story and the documents describe characteristics on the south shore that are consistent with karst.

In Mr. Gillespie’s reply, Dr. MacRae identified many deficiencies in Stantec’s reports for the White Pines project. There was no field work, no methodology set out with established criteria, no physical measurements, and no topological mapping. Stream courses were insufficiently mapped, no high-water mark measurements were established, and the existing MNRF database is sorely lacking. Finally, Stantec did not identify three large sinkholes and 10 additional streams that Dr. MacCrae observed on his site visit.

ERT co-chair Hugh Wilkins asked Dr. MacRae to identify areas of concern. Dr. MacRae said that the areas of greatest risk are T1, T2 and T3 in the Black Creek Valley ANSI, T25 through T29 in the eastern portion of the township, and parts of Helmer Road and Babylon Road in the Provincially-Significant South Bay Coastal Wetland.

The ERT resumes Monday, November 30.

For an update on Tuesday’s hearing click here.

Operation Red Nose stats

The current numbers from Operation Red Nose are in.

So far, 32 rides have been given to 62 people, traveling a total of 903 kilometres.

There are 61 volunteers helping with the program this year.

Operation Red Nose is a service which gets you and your car home safe and sound.

Harlem Ambassadors visit Madoc

The Harlem Ambassadors Professional Show Basketball team was in Madoc Friday night taking on the Roaring Lions.

The charity basketball game was close, with the Ambassadors topping the Madoc Lions Club team 72-67.

It was a great turnout for the event, with about 200 people watching the game at Centre Hastings Secondary School.

Golden Hawks and Dukes pick up wins

The Trenton Golden Hawks won a thriller Friday night, as they topped North York 5-4 in double-overtime.

Liam Morgan scored the winner for Trenton.

Here’s Jack Miller with the call:

It was the 23rd win of the season for the G-Hawks in just 27 games.

Elsewhere, the Wellington Dukes beat Cobourg 3-0.

Luc Brown picked up a goal and an assist, while Olivier Lafreniere recorded the shutout.

Wellington takes on Newmarket Sunday at 7 p.m.

Belleville Police release – Nov. 28

Belleville Police Service responded to 42 calls for service from 26 November 2015 at 5:00 am to 27 November 2015 at 5:00 am.

Drugs and R.I.D.E

The Belleville Police service started its yearly R.I.D.E program on the evening of the 27th November 2015. Within minutes of setting up the team, a vehicle turns away from the set up to avoid the stop. The vehicle was stopped on Emily Street. Investigations lead to the arrest of a 47 year old Toronto area man and a 41 year old Stirling Ontario female. The two parties were charged with four counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking in a controlled substance (Cocaine $4000, Heroin $2400, Crack Cocaine $1100, and Morphine $340). The officers also seized over $4600 in cash, the two parties have been held in custody for a bail hearing on the 30th November 2015.

On the 28th November 2015 at approximately 12:30 am the R.I.D.E team was set up on Dundas Street west. The officers checked a vehicle which had a strong smell of marijuana coming from the inside of the car. The investigations lead to the arrest of a 18 year Belleville resident for possession for purpose of trafficking in marijuana. The male was released from custody with a court date of 17 December 2015. The value of the marijuana was approximately &50

Impaired Driver

On the 27 November 2015 at approximately 7:00 pm police attended a single car accident on Bell Boulevard. Investigation revealed the driver of the vehicle a 61 year Campbellford woman had been drinking alcohol while driving the vehicle. She was arrested for impaired operation of a motor vehicle. The female blew over three times the legal limit. She was later released on a Promise to Appear with a court date of the 17th December 2015

Planned hydro outage

There is a planned power outage Sunday November 29th in the eastern portion of our listening area.

From 6:00 to 10:00 a.m, crews will be doing planned maintenance.

It will effect residents in Greater Napanee, Camden East, Richmond and Tyendinaga Township.

‘Plan ahead for a safe ride home:’ Cnst. Luddington

The Festive Ride program is five days in and the numbers in Quinte West are good.

On Monday, the Ontario Provincial Police began setting up traffic stops around the province and around the clock as they kicked off the Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere campaign.

Last night Quinte West held its first ride stop checking 150 vehicles at various locations in the ctiy 100 per cent compliance.

Quinte West Media Relations Officer Dave Luddington says they will start up again tomorrow night.

Dave Luddington

According to police, From January to October, the numbers of alcohol involved occurrences are up 3 per cent over the same period last year. As of November 15, of the 258 persons killed during that time period, 35 fatalities were attributed to alcohol consumption.

Belleville police and Prince Edward OPP will be conducting festive rides tonight.

Teachers and province reach deal


The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation is confirming that it has reached a tentative deal with the province for 15,000 education workers and support staff.

The members include maintenance workers in both the public and Catholic school boards across the province.

Details of the tentative agreement have not been released.

The O-S-S-T-F workers have been without a contract for more than a year.

Belleville man charged with murder


A Belleville man has been charged with second degree murder following a serious assault.

54-year-old William McFarland died in Kingston General Hospital after suffering serious head wounds an incident at home on November 15th.

Fifty-five year old Philip Post was first charged with aggravated assault now he’s is facing a murder charge.

Post has been held in custody since his arrest and will be appear for a video remand on Thursday December 3.

Quinte Broadcasting Sports Update

Another trade for the Golden Hawks and the Dukes go for number 7.

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Golden Hawks deal again


The Trenton Golden Hawks have made their second trade this week.

Trenton has acquired 20 year old forward Chris Harvey from the Newmarket Hurricanes for 17 year old Owen Ramsay. Harvey was the captain of the Hurricanes. He has 5 goals and 15 points in 24 games.
Harvey will be in the lineup tonight when Trenton hosts the North York Rangers at 7:30. You can also hear the game on CJBQ for Dow’s Climate Care.

The Wellington Dukes go for their 7th win in a row when they entertain the Cobourg Cougars at 7:30 at the Essroc Arena.

Miller’s Friday sports comment

Odds and ends from the Sports Director’s notebook.


Jack Miller’s commentary is heard daily at 12:15 on CJBQ.

QHC welcomes new board member

There is a new board member with Quinte Health Care.

At Tuesday’s meeting, members welcomed Lynda Mungall to the group.

Board member Patrick Johnston says Mungall has more than 30 years experience and has also worked on a hospital board in the past.


Mungall previously reached out to the board and Johnston says now that she is in The County, it is a perfect fit.

She will replace Merril Mascarenhas, who stepped aside due to time commitments.

OPP run Operation Heat


(ORILLIA, ON) – Youth demonstrating positive actions, positive behaviour and showing acts of kindness toward others may earn themselves some well-deserved acknowledgment this winter. The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is proud to be continuing its partnership with Mac’s Convenience Stores across Ontario again this year for Operation Heat 2015.

OPP officers will be on the lookout in communities across the province; and when they “catch” a youth participating in an act of kindness the youth will receive a ‘thank you’ which they will receive in the form of a free “ticket” for hot chocolate.

A youth may receive a “Positive Ticket” from an officer for a number of positive behaviours:

• doing a good deed

• participating in community activities;

• demonstrating community pride eg. picking up trash;

• deterring crime or observing school crossing rules; or

• as an “icebreaker” to establish a rapport with kids in their patrol area.

“Officers can use the coupons in a ‘positive’ way to interact with young people in their area and build relationships that will last for years to come” says OPP Inspector Robyn MacEachern, OPP Community Safety Services.

“Mac’s is excited to once again partner with the OPP on this important initiative that encourages kids across Ontario to make positive decisions within their communities” says Sean Sportun – Manager, Loss Prevention & Security for Mac’s in Central Canada

Quinte Broadcasting Sports Update

Quinte News

A tough night for the Pirates and plenty of football on this Quinte Broadcasting sportsbreak.


Robbery in Picton

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The Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police is currently investigating a robbery that took place at a convenience store on Paul Street in the Town of Picton.

On November 27, 2015, at 2:11 a.m. officers responded to the store after receiving a report of an armed suspect entering the store and demanding cash from the cashier. The suspect left on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. The OPP Canine Unit, OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT) and OPP Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU) were called to assist with the investigation.

The suspect is described as 5′ 7″, slender build, dark coloured hair, face partially covered with a dark coloured scarf, wearing a dark coloured toque, dark coloured canvas type jacket, black pants and beige work boots.

No one was injured during the robbery.

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact the Prince Edward County OPP at 613-476-2151 or Crime Stoppers at 613-969-8477.

Victim in Farley Ave. assault dies in hospital

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Belleville Police say the victim in an aggravated assault earlier this month has passed away.

54 year-old William Thomas McFarland suffered a serious head injury, after being assaulted at a home on Farley Avenue on November 15th and Deputy Chief Ron Gignac confirmed his passing today.

The suspect in the case, 55 year-old Philip Mark Post, was first charged with aggravated assault and is still in custody, with a bail hearing set for tomorrow.

At this point, the investigation is still ongoing and further charges are pending.

Car slams into telephone pole

A car slammed into a telephone pole on Grand Road in Campbellford Thursday night.

At 10 p.m. emergency response crews were called to the collision near the Canadian Tire parking lot.

The two lone occupants suffered minor injuries.

OPP are on scene investigating the cause of the crash.

County considers communication upgrades


The County is considering spending $450,000 to upgrade the fire department’s communication system.

For the past two years the Prince Edward County fire department has been undertaking a study of its communication system that has identified some deficiencies in its two-way radio system.

At the committee of the whole meeting on Thursday Robert Fraser of Popovski and Associates explained there are no-communication zones in the County for firefighters working outside of their division area.

Fraser has made recommendations on four more efficient tower locations and that the radio systems be simulcast so that not just one tower talks at once but all four will pick up a call and transmit to fire fighters.

Deputy Fire Chief Robert Rutter says instead of replacing their entire radio system like a lot of departments have done are just upgrading the equipment that we have. He adds the study also allows them to maintain all of their truck radios, handsets and pagers.

Rutter says these communication blackouts have not had an effect on calls for service but with this new system no matter where a firefighter is they will be able to get the call.


County water & wastewater rates could rise


Water and wastewater rates could rise again in the County.

Projections from a 2010 water and wastewater study by Watson and Associates concluded lower than forecasted consumption rates coupled with an increase in operating costs in 2014 has resulted in a $2.3 million dollar annual shortfall.

Andrew Grunda presented a report to the committee of the whole Thursday, stating users of the system consumed 800,000 cubic meters in 2014 missing the mark by 200,000 cubic meters.

Grunda says the increase in operating costs are due to higher than forecasted increases in treatment at both water and waste water plus additional costs related to regulatory compliance.

He says the revenue loss requires the County to look at capital spending because without the revenue the County will have to take on more debt.

Grunda presented three options to the committee that would see the combined rates for a single semi detached home increase $70 annually. That works out to $7 a month for the next five years and $2 a month every year after for another 15 years. Currently the average home pays $1,300 annually.

Connection charges for a single semi detached dwelling would also go up by 34 per cent.

The question that varies in the options is how much more debt versus reserves the County would have to finance $100 million in upcoming capital projects.


Smoke Free Schools Act passes second reading

A bill proposed by Hastings-Prince Edward MPP Todd Smith, aimed at cracking down on contraband tobacco, has passed second reading at Queen’s Park.

The bill, title the Smoke Free Schools Act, received unanimous support from all parties today.

It now goes on to the General Government Committee, to continue the process in becoming law.

If passed, the bill would increase fines and penalties for people caught buying and selling illegal tobacco products.

Smith says the illegal smokes are rampant in schools and are affecting the health and well being of not only people in our riding, but the rest of Ontario as well.

Study is great news: Our TMH

(Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

(Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

A feasibility study is underway by the Provincial Government, looking at improving access to healthcare services at Trenton Memorial Hospital.

The study was ordered by Minister of Health and Longterm Care, Dr. Eric Hoskins, and aims to ensure the sustainability of the hospital and meet some recommendations set out by the local “Our TMH Committee”.

Our TMH Co-Chair John Smylie tells Quinte News, his group is thrilled to hear about the start of the study.

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And he says it’s time to have a community health centre, run by the community.

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The study is expected to take a couple of months and will look at co-locating some current local healthcare services to the hospital and expanding services there in the future as well.

“…the respect and dignity they deserve”: Col. Keiver

Commanding Officer CFB Trenton Colonel Colin Keiver addresses Hastings County council, November 26, 2015. On the right, Chief Warrant Officer Jean Lafond. (Photo: Mary Thomas/Quinte News)

Commanding Officer CFB Trenton Colonel Colin Keiver addresses Hastings County council, November 26, 2015. On the right, Chief Warrant Officer Jean Lafond. (Photo: Mary Thomas/Quinte News)

The Commanding Officer of CFB Trenton says the base is preparing to house the expected 800 Syrian refugees but it’s the federal government that will undertake all the necessary screening and health requirements.

Colonel Colin Keiver spoke with Quinte News after addressing Hastings County council today.

Colonel Keiver says he “does not know whether or not the refugees will have access to the community” off the base.


For county council, Colonel Keiver outlined the continuing construction work at CFB Trenton as well as the deployment of personnel to many countries around the world, including those in Africa as well as the middle east.

Hastings County Warden Rick Phillips presented a plaque to the Commanding Officer, honouring the work of the soldiers at CFB Trenton.

Update on fatal crash near Havelock

Provincial Police have released a little bit more information about the victim of a fatal car crash west of Havelock early this morning.

They say a 56 year-old Etobicoke man died, when his car went off of Highway 7 and into a swampy area.

A section of the road had been closed while investigators looked into the crash, but opened just before noon.

OPP Spokesperson Jason Folz tells Quinte News a post-mortem will be conducted on the driver, either today or tomorrow, to determine a cause of death.

Arrest made in PEC mail theft investigation

An Ottawa-area man has been charged with stealing mail from Prince Edward County and other locations.

County OPP launched a mail theft investigation on November 19th and later in the day, stopped the suspect on County Road 3, near Barley Road and found mail inside the car that didn’t belong to the driver.

54 year-old James Riopelle was arrested.

He’s charged with three counts of possessing stolen mail and one count of possession of property obtained by crime.

Investigators also searched the suspects home and found evidence connected to other mail thefts.

The investigation is continuing, with the help of Canada Post and further charges are pending.

Hastings County may study county-wide OPP

Hastings County may take a look at county-wide policing by the Ontario Provincial Police,  it depends on what decisions are made over the next couple of months.

CAO Jim Pine told county council today the municipalities must decide if they want a study done and warned the OPP only want to consider “serious” applications.

Mayor of Stirling, Rodney Cooney, says his municipality would “absolutely” be interested in a study since it pays more than other municipalties for policing.


Pine says under a county-wide system the pricing is not by household.


He says after a study the county will have to decide then whether or not it wants to apply to the OPP.
Pine says the combined county of Stormont-Dundas and Glengarry is very satisfied with the efficiency and costing of its county-wide OPP contract.

Winter parking rules in effect in Belleville



The snow may not be here yet, but it’s coming.

And that’s prompted a reminder from the City of Belleville, that winter parking restrictions are now in effect.

That means parking is prohibited on all city streets between 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., as well as all city-operated lots.

It’s also important to remember not to block sidewalks while parking as well.

The restrictions are in effect from now, until further notice, to help make snow clearing easier for maintenance crews.

Failure to follow the guidelines could result in a ticket, or your car being towed.

Provincial study coming for TMH

(Photo: Michael J. Brethour)

(Photo: Michael J. Brethour)

A provincial study will soon start looking into the future of Trenton Memorial Hospital.

Health Minister Eric Hoskins has ordered a report, to look at making TMH, a one stop health centre.

The Ministry of Health says the study will take months to complete, but will look into the recommendations of the Brighton Quinte West Advisory Committee and OurTMH.

Local MPP Lou Rinaldi says they will also be working with the federal government.


Veterans Affairs has been contacted about the report.

The news comes, following QHC board approval for the elimination of 29 staffing positions at Trenton Memorial.

Quinte Broadcasting Sportsbreak

Quinte News

The NFL kicks off a U.S. Thanksgiving Day triple header. Here’s Sports Director Jack Miller with more.


401 accident near Napanee

There is an accident on the 401 in the eastern portion of our listening area Thursday morning.

It happened in the eastbound lanes between Napanee’s Centre Street and the Deseronto Road exit.

Emergency crews are on the scene.

The call happened just after 10:30 a.m.

Focus on seniors

There was a lot of discussion on how best to deal with the needs of an older population at a meeting of Centre Hastings council yesterday.

Council saw statistics from the Southeast Local Health Integration Network showing that the population 75 years of age and older will go up by 50 percent in 10 years.

LHIN CEO Paul Huras told Centre Hastings council that the province won’t be adding any new beds for long term care homes but it will continue putting more money into homecare and other medical services for seniors in their homes.


Meanwhile, Mayor of Centre Hastings Tom Deline will suggest Hastings County get involved in creating more affordable housing for seniors that includes medical and domestic services.


In this part of Ontario, the number of people aged 75 and older will go from 45 thousand now to 65 thousand in 2025.

Fatality near Havelock

One person has died in the accident early Thursday morning near Havelock.

Peterborough County OPP were called to Highway #7, west of the town around 2:00 a.m, were a tractor trailer went off the road, into a swampy area of the ditch.

Most lanes are closed, while the vehicle is removed, however traffic can still get through.

A post mortem is scheduled later today, to determine the cause of death.

The investigation is now complete.

Frankford tire fire suspicious

A fire from yesterday in Frankford is being treated as suspicious.

The blaze happened at R and E Tires on Wolfe Street in Frankford, around 1:30 a.m Wednesday.

The tire and recycling centre had around $300,000 damage, but thankfully no one was injured.

A source to Quinte News says the OPP have remained on scene since the blaze and the Ontario Fire Marshall is looking into the incident.

No other details are known at this time.

Traffic reminder for Foxboro

Belleville, Ontario: The Belleville Police Service would like to remind motorists of the Foxboro Santa Claus Parade on Saturday November 28th beginning at 1230.

Temporary road closures of Ashley Street from Old Madoc Rd to Frankford Road and Frankford Road from Ashley Street to Hwy 62 will be in place from approx. 1215pm – 1:15pm.

Please drive with caution as Santa and his many elves make their way to Foxboro for the parade.

Twin wins for Trenton and Wellington


A face off inside Wellington’s zone during the second period of action in Cobourg on Wednesday November 25th (Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)

The Golden Hawks and Dukes gained mid-week OJHL wins last night.

Daniel Urbani was perfect on 27 shots for his fourth shutout as the Golden Hawks whipped Whitby 3-0. Jordan Chard, Mitch Emerson and Liam Morgan provided the offence for the OJHL leading Golden Hawks.

Trenton is home to North York tomorrow night. (7:20 on CJBQ).

The Wellington Dukes extended their winning streak to 6 with a 2-1 victory in Cobourg. Dylan Mascarin and Luc Brown scored and Olivier Lafreniere stopped 30 shots.

Lafreniere says the team is playing well in front of the goalies.


Dukes coach Marty Abrams.


The Dukes have only allowed 9 goals during the streak. Wellington hosts Cobourg tomorrow night.

Pointing the way to buy locally

A program to promote products made in the Bay of Quinte area, right here in Quinte area store, seems to be having some success.

Quinte Economic Development Commission executive director Chris King says the promotion started out as a pilot project in two stores, Smileys Independent in Quinte West and Dewes Independent in Belleville.

Signs are put in the area featuring made-in-the-Bay of Quinte region products.

King says he has had requests from other stores wanting to get involved, and one company wants to put the signs on its trucks.

The pilot project will be assessed within six months before any other decision is made.

Belleville police release

Information for Motorists

As a result of roadway hazard concerns and environmental complaints about garbage in some areas of the City, including Mudcat Road, the Belleville Police Service Traffic Management Unit would like to remind all motorists that any load they carry must be properly secured.  In the case of a truck or trailer, any potentially insecure load in the box must be tied down and/or covered to prevent the loss of any item onto the roadway.   The fine for having an insecure load is $160.

Quinte Broadcasting Sportsbreak

Quinte News

The Dukes and Golden Hawks were winners. Carey Price injured again. Here’s

Quinte Broadcasting Sports Director Jack Miller.


County fire department communications

Prince Edward County councils Committee of the Whole will discuss a new communications system for its fire department at its meeting today.

Fire department say the current communications system has serious faults, including bad or non existent coverage in some parts of the county.

There are cases where firefighters are unable to communicate amongst themselves or with dispatch.

A brand new system can be expensive, 1 to 2 million dollars. But it’s being suggested modifications be made to upgrade communications at a cost of around 450 thousand dollars.

The Committee of the Whole meets at 1 this afternoon at Shire Hall in Picton.

Natural boost to Heritage Village

There could be a major upgrade coming to the Ameliasburgh Heritage Village.

The de Vries family of Prince Edward County are proposing to move the Jake de Vries taxidermy collection to the Green Barn in the Village.

Over 500 specimens are included in the collection.

Prince Edward County council’s Committee of the Whole will consider the plan at its meeting today.

The capital costs of moving the collection, estimated at over 200 thousand dollars, would be fundraised by the De Vries Collection Group.

County council is being asked to include 22 thousand dollars and pay the costs of annual upkeep.

The Committee of the Whole meets this afternoon at 1 o clock at Shire Hall.

Highway 7 lane closure

Details are unknown, but the OPP report the east lanes of highway 7, at Havelock, are blocked after a serious accident around
2 this morning.

QHC debate gets heated at Queen’s Park

The Prince Edward Hastings member at Queen’s Park was vocal today.

Todd Smith called out the Premier regarding the staffing cuts by Quinte Health Care.

Smith says staff is feeling the pinch.


Health Minister Eric Hoskins shot back, saying the province was there in the past and they will continue to support QHC in the future.


84 staffing positions will be eliminated starting in April.

Trio of Dukes/GHawks crack Canada East tryout roster


Three players from local Junior A teams will have a chance to represent Canada in a few weeks.

Wellington Dukes Luc Brown and Ben Sokay, plus Liam Morgan of the Trenton Golden Hawks, have all been named to the 41 player Selection Camp Roster for Team Canada East.

Those who make the team will play in the upcoming World Junior A Challenge, being hosted in Whitby and Cobourg in December.

The selection camp will take place at the Mastercard Centre in Toronto December 6th to 9th.

Ostrander wind hearing powers up again

Ostrander Point wind farm.  (Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

Ostrander Point wind farm. (Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

What could be the two final witnesses in the Environmental Review Tribunal into the Gilead Power wind project will be called tomorrow as the hearing picks up again.

At issue is proposed remedies by developer Gilead Power to prevent serious harm to the endangered Blanding’s Turtle.

The ERT will hear witness testimony on behalf of Gilead – Blanding’s turtle expert Sean Taylor and VP of Project Development, Mike Lord.

Before a decision is made by the ERT a summing up on information will take place.

It’s unclear if the submissions will be written or completed orally.

The hearing gets underway at 10 a.m. at the Sophiasburgh Town Hall.

Collision and downed wires in Quinte West

A woman is in hospital with minor injjuries after a two vehicle collision on Loyalsit Parkway in Quinte West early this afternoon.

Emergency response crews were called to the scene around 1 p.m.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Traffic is moving again on Telephone Road after a transport truck downed some hydro lines.

Quinte West Fire Chief John Whalen says the driver didn’t realize the top of the truck caught the lines and kept dragging them.

There were no power outs and the issue has been fixed.

WPD wind hearing continues in the County

Wolfe Island wind farm.  Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber

Wolfe Island wind farm. Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber

The Environmental Review Tribunal hearing into a 27 turbine wind farm approved in the County is underway.

Tuesday, the ERT heard testimony from Dr. Cornelia Baines, witness for the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change.

On Day Twelve the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) on the White Pines wind project heard Dr. Cornelia Baines, witness for the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC).

After confirming the credentials and lengthy research experience of Dr. Baines, MOECC counsel Sylvia Davis asked her to respond to Dr. Hanning’s observations of bias in her witness statement. She said that the negative phrases were taken from the papers she had referenced and her focus was on following a good scientific approach in research. The Tribunal qualified Dr. Baines, MD, as a “physician and epidemiologist with special expertise in design, measurement, and evaluation of research studies.”

Dr. Baines reviewed the hierarchy of research design from the lowest quality (case series and case reports) to the highest (cohort and randomized control studies). She said that “compelling evidence” of adverse health effects would require that “complaints are specific to wind turbines,” “symptoms would be more frequent and severe than in the general population,” and a “biologically plausible mechanism” would be identified.

Then Dr. Baines commented on several well-known studies. She cited Dr. Simon Chapman’s paper on the psychogenic causes of wind turbine complaints and explained placebo and “nocebo” effects. The latter result when awareness of negative effects increases the likelihood of such reports. Despite criticisms about demographics and the synthetic circumstances, Dr. Baines defended the Crichton study in which university students were exposed for ten minutes in a laboratory to both real and sham infrasound. She also praised the Health Canada study for its design, collection of data, and analysis, noting the lack of impact on the “quality of life” of wind project residents.

Under cross-examination by APPEC counsel Eric Gillespie, Dr. Baines conceded that she knows nothing about wind turbine technology though she has read regularly about the health issues. She also admitted she has not seen patients since the 1980s and is not licensed to practice medicine.

Gillespie asked Dr. Baines to consider the Erickson ERT decision in which the Tribunal accepted that turbines can cause serious harm when placed too close to homes, and the debate over health effects is “one of degree” and does not concern the biological mechanism. Dr. Baines said she does not agree with the Erickson ERT, which is “a court decision, not a scientific finding.”

Further note from the APPEC board
In our Friday, November 20 Report on the ERT it was noted that WPD is dropping its appeal of two turbines (T7 and T11) that were disallowed by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC). However at the end of the hearing today WPD reversed its previous position and is now asking the ERT for an adjournment on this appeal. James Wilson, counsel for WPD, told the ERT that he may have misspoken or mischaracterized the withdrawal of the section 139 appeal of the two turbines and that his client WPD had only intended to ask for an adjournment.

Click here for an update on Monday’s hearing.

Ferric Chloride leak at Brighton Lagoon

There was a Ferric Chloride leak at the sewage lagoon in Brighton.

Mayor Mark Walas says Ferric Chloride, which is used in the treatment of waste, leaked outside of a holding container.

Walas says the MOE, fire officials and others were called to the scene yesterday and the containment was neutralized, using lime and other agents.

Although the exact estimate was not available, several litres of the substance leaked.

Testing will continue at the site, between municipal staff and the MOE.

Prove you’re a lean, mean QHC machine: OurTMH

The Chair of OurTMH wants Quinte Health Care to prove they are running management “at the lean.”

At Tuesday nights board meeting, hospital spokesperson Susan Rowe said QHC has fewer management per staff, than 90 percent of Ontario hospitals.

Our TMH Chair John Smylie says he wants to see the numbers.


The group met this morning to talk about last night’s board meeting and says OurTMH is not going anywhere.

He says they will be releasing more on the structure of other hospitals, in comparison to QHC.

The full interview with Smylie is available below.

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Quinte Broadcasting Sportsbreak

Here is the latest from the Quinte Broadcasting Sports Centre.


Protect yourself against a tax scam


(Madoc, ON) – Over the last week Central Hastings O.P.P has received two complaints indicating that the telephone tax scam continues to circulate in the area. A local resident reported receiving a call from a male claiming he was employed with the Canada Revenue Agency and that the resident owed money. Aware of the scam, the resident did not provide any personal or financial information.

In October 2015 a Marmora resident was defrauded of $1400 after being intimidated by the scammer’s allegations that the CRA would freeze his bank accounts, place a lien on his home and send CRA officers to arrest him.

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre cautions the public of “Tax Scams” where fraudsters attempt to scam consumers and businesses by impersonating the Canada Revenue Agency. The fraudsters phish for identification or ask that outstanding taxes be paid by a money service business or by prepaid debit/credit cards as a result of an “audit”.

Warning sign(s) – How to protect yourself

· Do not take immediate action. Verify that what you are being told is the truth.

· Ask yourself why the CRA would be asking for personal information over the phone or e-mail that they likely already have on file for you as a taxpayer.

· Contact the CRA to confirm that you in fact owe back taxes, or are entitled to a refund.

· For more information about Fraud Scams involving the CRA visit the Canada Revenue Web page at

Ellis talks JTF2, social housing & infrastructure

Neil Ellis talking to members of the Belleville Chamber of Commerce (Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)

Neil Ellis talking to members of the Belleville Chamber of Commerce (Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)

The first M.P for the Bay of Quinte riding was the guest at the Belleville Chamber breakfast Wednesday morning.

Neil Ellis discussed priorities of the region, his campaign and his first few days in Ottawa.

He says infrastructure is the main priority for Bay of Quinte and nationally.

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Social housing was also a topic brought up during the talk, by Belleville Councillor Garnet Thompson.

Ellis says that is a focus tying in with infrastructure.


CFB Trenton and the JTF2 relocation was a question brought from the floor.

Ellis says projects already in the que will move forward as planned.


You can hear the entire presentation by Neil Ellis below

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Miller comments on blown opportunity by Johnny Football

Quinte Broadcasting Sports Director Jack Miller with his daily commentary.

Today Jack talks about Cleveland Brown’s quarterback Johnny Manziel.


Coal tar cleanup hearing

Ontario’s Environmental Review Tribunal will hold another hearing in the Quinte region in the new year, but this time, it won’t be in Prince Edward County.

3 parties, including the City of Belleville, has appealed an order from the Ministry of Environment regarding the cleanup of land around South Pinnacle and John Street where a coal tar gas plant once operated in the 1800′s.

Mayor of Belleville, Taso Christopher says the appeal’s goal is to force the province to make a decision on how the costs of the cleanup will be shared among the 3 parties involved.

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The cleanup could take years and millions of dollars. The Environmental Review Tribunal’s hearing will start January 11th at 10 am at the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre.

Named on documents associated with coal tar plant cleanup order are the City of Belleville, 105 Pinnacle Ltd., Kent D. Hawkins, Darlene Hawkins, Anthony J. McGarvey, 835267 Ontario Inc., Sidney Spiegel, and Naomi Spiegel.

Quinte News Sportsbreak Update

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Here’s Sports Director Jack Miller with a Quinte News sports update.


Dukes on CJBQ tonight-G-Hawks host Fury

It is a rare Wednesday night that sees both the Wellington Dukes and Trenton Golden Hawks playing.

The Dukes take a 5 game winning streak to Cobourg for a make-up game tonight.

CJBQ will broadcast the game at 6:50 for Prinzen Ford Sales of Bloomfield.

The Golden Hawks are home to the Whitby Fury at 7:30 at the Dunc McDonald Memorial Gardens.

Jordan DaSilva and Keaton Ratcliffe are expected to make their Trenton debut.

Raiders rally past Jets

A Raider rally has put Napanee back in first place in the Empire Junior “C” Hockey League.
Napanee came back from a 2-0 third period deficit to beat the Amherstview Jets 3-2 in overtime. Riley Steeves scored the winner and Cameron Parr stopped 38 shots.

Finch bowls 300

Perfection at the Quinte Bowling Centre last night.
Brock Finch bowled a perfect 300 game during the Tuesday Niters League play. Finch scored a 200, 254 and 300 for a total of 754 for the night.

Hope for a happy Christmas

The annual Tree of Hope Campaign is underway in the area east of Belleville.

The Tree of Hope is a program to help families served by the Frontenac Lennox and Addington Family and Chdren’s Services enjoy a happy Christmas.

Spokesman John Suart says 900 children and family members were served last year.


Suart says says along with toys and clothing, the Campaign also needs money.


for more information you can call 613 545-3227
or go to

County unveils 2015 municipal achievements

Prince Edward County council file photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

Prince Edward County council file photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

The County has released a significant list of municipal achievements for 2015.

The list breaks down funding announcements, municipal projects, new development, infrastructure renewal, council established long term goals, completed planning projects, staff awards and filled positions.

Mayor Robert Quaiff says what stands out for him are the funding announcements: the $6.2 million for the reconstruction of County Road 3 and the $2 million grant for Picton Main Street.

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For the full list of achievements click here.

Producer buys former planning building

A well known television broadcaster and producer has purchased the property at 72 King Street in Picton and is planning to run his production company out of it.

Tuesday night County council signed off on the sale to David Hatch and his company Whistlestop productions.

Hatch has worked in the TV broadcast industry for over 30 years. Hatch is known for helping TSN launch The Sports Network-TSN, reporting daily news on Global TV and his work as an audio engineer for local multilingual station CFMT Channel 47.

The former planning building at 72 King Street was purchased for $400,000.

Update: Harmony Road barn blaze

The cause of a barn fire on the Harmony Road Tuesday night has been found to be accidental and undetermined.

Flames quickly destroyed the barn at 1450 Harmony Road.

There was no livestock in the barn and the items stored in it were of low value.

Damage is estimated at 75 thousand dollars. The contents were not insured, but the barn was.

Fire in Frankford

Quinte West firefighters are on the scene of what’s been a stubborn and smoky fire at R and E Tires at 72 Wolfe Street in Frankford.

The fire call came in at around 1:30 this morning, and firefighters from Frankford and Batawa had the fire under control by 3:10 a.m.

Initial reports said flames were seen on the interior of the building, on the north side only.

Quinte West Fire Chief John Whalen says foam was used because tires were burning.

R and E Tires sells tires, and is a recycling centre as well.

No one was injured. The OPP and the Ontario Fire Marshall’s office have been called to help investigate for a cause.

Damage is estimated at around $300,000.

Project under budget but reserves dried up

Main Street Picton.  (Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

Main Street Picton. (Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

Picton’s downtown rehabilitation project has come in at $5.2 million slightly under the projected $6 million price tag.

However, Tuesday night council learned heavy spending on water and waste water projects in the County such as the underground work to aging infrastructure in the downtown core has dried up reserve funds.

At its meeting last night council awarded the Main Street project tender to Taggart Construction out of Kingston for $4.4 million. It was also revealed that the work will pause during the peak tourist season, something Commissioner of Engineering, Development and Works Robert McAuley says will please the Picton Business Association. Leading up to the tender approval the BIA was worried about the possibility of summer construction having a negative effect on businesses and tourism.

Around the horseshoe, the focus quickly turned to the project depleting spare funds as $1.5 million coming out of water and water water construction and $1.6 million from the road construction reserves. A $2 million dollar grant from the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund in its entirety will be put towards the water and sewer repairs.

McAuley says those reserves have been declining for years as they’ve been spending heavily on projects and funding debts from previous years. One large debt in particular is Picton’s $30 million Water Treatment Plant that was constructed in 2012.


Management is very lean: Egberts

A major criticism of management during staff reductions at QHC, has been eliminating front line staff, instead of management.

At Tuesday nights board meeting, members discussed the issue, as they grapple with an $11 million reduction in funding for 2016-17.

CEO Mary Clare Egberts says they eliminated seven management positions last year and another five this year.

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QHC Spokesperson Susan Rowe says they have fewer management per staff, than 90 percent of Ontario hospitals.

84 positions are being eliminated, with the majority at BGH and Trenton Memorial.

Order of Canada for QHC board member

QHC Board member Patrick Johnston talks to Tuesday's meeting about winning the Order of Canada (Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)

QHC Board member Patrick Johnston talks to Tuesday’s meeting about winning the Order of Canada (Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)

A board member for Quinte Health Care has been given the Order of Canada.

Patrick Johnston, who lives in Tyendinaga Township, has been a long time philanthropist and has served on many national boards, including the United Way of Canada, Canada World Youth and Canada Helps.

Johnston says it was a huge honour, but also humbling.


The award ceremony was last Wednesday, November 18.

Other recipients were Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney and Astronaut Chris Hadfield.

A bio from QHC on Patrick Johnston, if you click here.

QHC board approves staff changes

CEO Mary Clare Egberts talks to the board during Tuesday night's meeting at Belleville General (Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)

CEO Mary Clare Egberts talks to the Quinte Health Care board during Tuesday night’s meeting at Belleville General Hospital, November 24, 2015. (Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)

The Quinte Health Care Board of Directors has unanimously approved the staffing changes for the 2016-17 operating year.

At Tuesday night’s board meeting, members and staff talked at length about the importance of the changes, while still keeping care high at the four hospitals.

Board Chair Tricia Anderson says she’s confident everything was done with the utmost consideration for patients and staff.


Eighty-four staffing positions will be lost, however, it will not be known for some time how many staff members will lose their jobs.

QHC will have a second set of meetings with union leaders to minimize job loses.

Attracting business from around the world

Quinte Economic Development Commission business development  officer Vicki Bristow Ferguson and executive director Chris King explain the FDI project to board members, November 24, 2015. (Photo: Mary Thomas/Quinte News)

Quinte Economic Development Commission business development officer Vicki Bristow Ferguson and executive director Chris King explain the FDI project to board members, November 24, 2015. (Photo: Mary Thomas/Quinte News)

The Quinte Economic Development Commission is making a new bid for foreign investment in the Quinte area.

The QEDC has put $10,000 into the two Foreign Direct Investment companies that help with investment attraction.

Executive director Chris King says FDI is an advantage for the region.


It can also do a market cost comparison.


King told a meeting of the QEDC board today that it has paid for six months work and will give an assessment to the board next spring.

Mayor wants QHC to hold off on cuts

Mayor Robert Quaiff.  (Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

Mayor Robert Quaiff. (Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

Quinte Health Care’s board of directors will make a final decision tonight on plans to cut 80 positions across its local four hospitals as it grapples with an $11.5 million funding shortfall.

Ahead of tonight’s meeting, Prince Edward County mayor Robert Quaiff is requesting that QHC directors not support the cuts until the Minister of Health and Long Term Care investigates existing services to those being eliminated at Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital and the others.

In a letter, Mayor Quaiff says with the announcement of more cuts to PECMH, “we are headed for a healthcare crisis in The County.”

He adds the Quinte Region is a rural, non-growth area and as a result, suffers at the expense of high growth areas, such as Brampton, by continuously being treated unfairly due to a flawed hospital funding formula.

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With the loss of six positions at PEMH, Quaiff says his biggest concern is the affect these cuts will have on the County’s aging population.

The cuts included 33 full time and 12 part time Registered Nurses.

Quinte at world class food show

The Quinte Economic Development Commission has travelled to the biggest trade show in the world to attract business to the Quinte region.

The food trade show in Cologne, Germany, attracts 6,800 exhibitors and more than 435,000 visitors each year.

Commission executive director Chris King told the QEDC board today that food processing is one of the most important sectors locally.


King says it was a chance to chase down prospective businesses.


People are scratching their heads: Smith

MPP Todd Smith.  (Quinte News File Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber)

MPP Todd Smith. (Quinte News File Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber)

Prince Edward Hastings MPP Todd Smith says people are “scratching their heads” over the Ontario governments announcement on climate change today.

Smith says there are no details, only that the Liberals have joined with Quebec and California on a cap and trade scheme.


He says the news conference to make the announcement was held only because of the upcoming climate change summit in France next week.

The Liberals say details will come in a five-year plan that envisions a low-carbon economy highlighting many measures it has already taken such as shutting down coal-fired plants.

The strategy broadly envisions a low-carbon economy, a carbon-neutral government sector, more energy efficient buildings and more electric vehicles on the roads.

NDP critic Peter Tabuns called the climate change strategy “a re-announcement of an announcement to come” and suggested the Liberals wanted to capitalize on the attention that Alberta’s newly released climate change plan received.

Mike Schreiner, the leader of the Green Party of Ontario, says he didn’t hear anything new in the announcement, but says at least they are “moving the conversation forward.”

Small rural communities need help

MP Mike Bossio speaks at a meet and greet with small rural municipalities in Stirling Rawdon. Photo: Quinte News

MP Mike Bossio speaks at a meet and greet with small rural municipalities in Stirling Rawdon. (Photo: john Spitters/Quinte News)

We need more money to upgrade hard services like roads, and water/sewer infrastructure.

That was the main message for new Hastings-Lennox and Addington MP Mike Bossio as he met local political leaders from Stirling Rawdon, Centre Hastings, Tweed, Deseronto, Tyendinaga Township, Madoc Township, and Marmora and Lake today.

Stirling Rawdon Mayor Rodney Cooney said costs were becoming unsustainable for small rural communities, and Hastings County Reeve Rick Phillips said smaller communities weren’t getting enough support for basic infrastructure.

MP Mike Bossio said he and other rural Members of Parliament will be getting together in Ottawa to press hard for more dollars.

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Local poltical leaders said it seemed they were being ignored under current infrastructure programs, particularily by
the provincial government.

MP Bossio said he and other rural MPs will lobby the provincial Liberal government on behalf of small rural municipalities.

He also said he plans to work to try and re-brand the entire region in a marketing effort to make the area encompassing Lennox and Addington, and Hastings and Prince Edward Counties attractive to those involved in the so called “knowledge” or “creative” economy.


Meanwhile, a representative from Marmora and Lake expressed frustration that the community and region had been waiting for
five years for approval for a big “pumped storage” hydroelectric facility to be built at the old Marmora mine.

MP Bossio said people should be upset because green energy produced by the “pumped storage” facility would be much
less disruptive than solar panel installations or wind turbines.

Mike Bossio was a guest at a breakfast meet-and-greet hosted by Stirling-Rawdon today.

Snow making underway at Batawa Skil Hill

Snow making is underway at Batawa Ski Hill in Quinte West. Crews will work round-the-clock, trying to get the hill ready for Opening Day on December 19th. (Photo: Submitted / Batawa Ski Hill)

Snow making is underway at Batawa Ski Hill in Quinte West. Crews will work round-the-clock, trying to get the hill ready for Opening Day on December 19th. (Photo: Submitted / Batawa Ski Hill)

Temperatures are starting to dip across Quinte and that means snow-making crews at Batawa Ski Hill are getting to work.

Crews fired up the hill’s 14 snow guns on Sunday afternoon and had them running right through until Monday morning.

General Manager Andrew Rusynyk tells Quinte News there are some long nights ahead for his team, with the ski season sneaking up fast.

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But he says, with the mild temperatures we’ve had this fall, it’s tough to say how long the process will take.

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Rusynyk says they hope to have enough snow down for a sneak peek weekend on December 15th, with opening day tentatively set for the 19th.

He also reminds riders that the deadline to purchase season passes is fast approaching, on December 1st.

For more information lift pass prices and season details, you can click here to visit the Batawa Ski Hill website.

Ontario hands out 2013 ice storm recovery cash

A pair of nearby municipalities are getting some cash from the Provincial Government, as they continue to deal with the after-effects of the 2013 Ice Storm.

Northumberland-Quinte West MPP Lou Rinaldi announced today that Alnwick-Haldimand will get more than $73,000 and Port Hope almost $426,000 to cover consts incurred during the storm, like setting up warming centres or cleaning up debris.

At the peak of the storm, more than 800,000 Hydro One Customers were without power.

In February of last year, the province committed to paying 100 percent of eligible costs for disaster response and recovery.

Schabas: HPE Public Health ready for refugees

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The Medical Officer of Health for our area says the local Health Unit is ready to help when Syrian Refugees start arriving at CFB Trenton.

Quinte News has learned the base will hold about 800 refugees at a time, at the Trenton Air Cadet Summer Training Centre.

Dr. Richard Schabas says staff haven’t been told much about exactly what services they’ll provide, but they’re getting set anyways.

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Dr. Schabas says they also haven’t been told exactly when the refugees will arrive, but we’re hoping to get more information on that throughout the day today.

Government delays goal of accepting 25,000 Syrian refugees by year’s end


Update @ 5:39 p.m.: This story has been updated with the Liberal government’s new target to bring Syrian refugees to Canada.

The Liberal government is delaying its promised goal of accepting 25,000 Syrian refugees by year’s end.

It now plans to have 10,000 refugees in place by the end of next month with the remainder being resettled by the end of February, 2016.

All government screening will take place overseas and then refugees will be flown to Toronto and Montreal.

The Medical Officer of Health for our area says the local Health Unit is ready to help when Syrian Refugees start arriving at CFB Trenton.

The base will hold about 800 refugees at a time, at the Trenton Air Cadet Summer Training Centre.

Dr. Richard Schabas says staff haven’t been told much about exactly what services they’ll provide, but they’re getting set anyway.

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While the Canadian Armed Forces are preparing to lodge some refugees, officials said that is a backup plan. About 6,000 temporary beds will be available.

The TACSTC barracks typically house cadets in the summertime so crews are currently working to winterize the “H-shaped” buildings.

At this point there is still no word on when the refugees will be coming to town, or if they will be allowed off the base and into Trenton.

There are 36 identified “destination” cities; 12 in Quebec and 23 in the rest of Canada.

The government says the cost for the program is estimated to be $678 million over the next six years.

Future Chief Gignac visits Quinte News

Ron Gignac visits the Lorne Brooker Tuesday mornign (Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)

Ron Gignac visits the Lorne Brooker Tuesday mornign (Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)

The future Belleville Police Chief visited the Lorne Brooker Show Tuesday

Current Deputy Chief Ron Gignac  talked about the future of the Belleville Police Service and his role as chief.


Gignac will start the job at the start of 2017, after the announcement that Cory McKay recently announced her retirement.

Golden Hawks trade with Tigers

The Trenton Golden Hawks and Aurora Tigers have pulled off a four player trade.
Trenton gets Tigers captain Jordan DaSilva and forward Keaton Ratcliffe. Going the other way are forward Nicholas Turenko and defenceman Spencer Herbst. Ratcliffe has only appearned in 8 games this season. He has 2 assists. DaSilva has 3 goals and 9 points in 27 games.
They’ll be in the lineup tomorrow night when Trenton hosts Whitby.

Trenton has dropped two spots on this week’s Canadian Junior Hockey top 20 list. The Golden Hawks are ranked 5th among the 132 CJHL teams in Canada.

Jack Miller’s sports comment – Strange streaks

Quinte News Sports Director Jack Miller says the NBA is on the verge of doing something no other pro league has ever done.


QHC talking layoffs

It is decision time later today for Quinte Health Care’s Board of Directors.

Last week, Quinte Health Care management unveiled a plan to cut 80 positions across its four hospitals.

Those cuts included 33 full time and 12 part time Registered Nurses.

Quinte Health Care’s board meets today at Belleville General and will make a final decision on the cost saving proposals.

Quinte News will provide coverage of that meeting.

Accident closes 401 east at Colborne


Northumberland OPP are releasing more details about a fatal collision on Hwy 401 between Grafton (Lyle St) and Colborne (Percy St) exits this morning.

As a result of the collision, a pedestrian was struck and succumbed to her injuries at the scene. The victim is a 33-year-old woman from the Toronto area.

The collision remains under investigation.

The road was closed during the morning commute,

Ross skis to silver

14 year old Neilly Ross has finished second at the World Womens Trick Water Ski Championships in Mexico.

Ross is the daughter of Belleville native Drew Ross who is a world waterski champion. Drew Ross was Belleville’s Athlete of the year in 1999. He currently runs his own instructional academy in Winter Garden, Florida.

Neilly competes in the Junior Masters Trick division and is already one of the best in the world.

Loyalist Fencers win medals


3 members of the Loyalist Fencing Club have medaled at the Newmarket Challenge Tournament.

Bill Mason won a silver medal in the 50 plus mens sabre event. Christine Pfeiffer earns bronze in the mixed competition. And Rob McFadden took bronze in mens sabre. Pfeiffer and McFadden are currently ranked in the top ten in Canada.

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Harmony Road barn fire

Photo: Dave MacMullen, Fire Prevention Officer, Belleville Fire Department

Photo: Dave MacMullen, Fire Prevention Officer, Belleville Fire Department

Thurlow ward firefighters fought a barn fire at 1450 Harmony Road last night.

The call came in at 9:36 p.m and the barn was fully engulfed in flames when fire crews arrived.

The roof collapsed quickly and the fire was brought under control within an hour.

Firefighters doused hot spots for most of the night, and Belleville received water tanker support
from the Mohawk and Tyendinaga Township fire departments.

There was no livestock in the barn, but the exact contents of the barn are not known.

No one was injured.

The cause of the fire will be investigated this morning by Belleville Fire Prevention Officers.

OPP cruiser hit

TRENT HILLS, ON) –On November 22, 2015 at 6:28pm an officer from the Northumberland Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was investigating a single motor vehicle collision on County Road 30 at the Trent River Bridge.

While stopped with the emergency lights activated, a Chev Astro van rear ended the police vehicle pushing it into the disabled pickup truck from the original collision. Three passengers from the original collision were inside the police vehicle when it was struck. They were transported to a nearby hospital by ambulance for treatment to minor injuries. The officer, a tow truck operator and the driver of the truck were on the roadway at the time of the collision and were not injured.

The driver of the second vehicle, a 59 year old woman from Havelock, Ontario, was charged with Fail to slow down and proceed with caution for emergency vehicle and tow truck contrary to the Highway Traffic Act.

Now 3 sites for Belleville police building

Belleville has narrowed down its site options for the proposed new police building.

At city council last night, Councillor Jack Miller introduced a motion to cut one of the sites at the fairgrounds, on the west side of Sidney Street, from consideration.


The city is now looking at three sites, one at the Bridge and Sidney streets property, and two at the College and Sidney streets property – the Veridian site.

Miller, who heads a committee negotiating with the Agricultural Society over the fariground lease, says the work has been proceeding slowly.

Belleville council sticks with phase two plan

CAO Rick Kester answers questions on the downtown revitalization project at Belleville city council, November 23, 2015. (Photo: Mary Thomas/Quinte News)

CAO Rick Kester, left, answers questions on the downtown revitalization project at Belleville city council, while Councillor Jackie Denyes and city clerk Matt Macdonld listen, November 23, 2015. (Photo: Mary Thomas/Quinte News)

A lengthy debate once again at Belleville city council tonight on the cost of Belleville’s downtown revitalization project.

Councillor Mitch Panciuk put forward an amendment to direct staff to complete phase 2 and 3 staying within the original $21-million budget.

Councillor Jack Miller pointed out the city is dealing with 1920s sewers and 1880s watermains.


Council had previouisly voted to go ahead with tendering for phase two .

He said the project items are needs not wants and the budget was set five years ago.


Council defeated the amendment and simply received the staff report.

Belleville council briefs

Belleville city council has approved over half a million dollars for a new state of the art dehumidification system for the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre.

The contract was awarded to the lowest bidder, Kelson Mechanical Eastern of Kingston, at $509,000.

The new system will allow staff to control when and how the climate system operates, and promises to be much more energy efficient.

Habitat for Humanity, Prince Edward Hastings has received some help from Belleville for two new homes it is building in the city’s east end.

Last night, city council approved a recommendation from its grant committee to forward over 23 thousand dollars to Habitat to cover the costs of various fees the city normally charges on new development, such as costs for building permits, sewage, plumbing permits, and development charges.

Habitat for Humanity will build two houses on Golfdale

More Belleville council briefs

Belleville got nowhere with its bid to have the province clean snow off the sidewalks on its highway overpasses in the city.

CAO Rick Kester told city council  tonight that, at a meeting a couple of weeks ago, Ministry of Transportation officials said the city is welcome to plow the sidewalks at its own expense, but the province will not do it.

Mayor Taso Christopher said he will write to the province, but in the meantime the city will clear the sidewalks, when it snows.

Executive director of the National Air Museum and Susan Scarborough of the Museum's Theatre Project show the schematic for the theatre, November 23, 2015. (hoto: Mary Thomas/Quinte News)

Executive director of the National Air Museum and Susan Scarborough of the Museum’s Theatre Project show the schematic for the theatre, November 23, 2015. (hoto: Mary Thomas/Quinte News)

Belleville has been asked to help financially with plans for a theatre project at the National Air Force Museum of Canada.

Chair of the Theatre Project Campaign, Susan Scarborough, told council tonight that the museum is planning a $500,000 125-seat auditorium at the museum.

Scarborough said tendering can’t proceed until funding commitments are in place.

Belleville was asked to donate $50,000 toward the project, over a period of years.

Council received the presentation.

Bases preparing to welcome Syrian refugees

Syrian refugees at Budapest Keleti railway station, 4 September 2015.

Syrian refugees at Budapest Keleti railway station, 4 September 2015.

The planned announcement Tuesday of how Canada will take in thousands of Syrians in the coming months will drive local, national and international efforts into high gear.

The Liberal pledge to raise the number to 25,000 and to bring them in by the end of the year has taken those efforts to a new level and led to the creation of what could be as much as a $1.2 billion, six-year plan.

Sources tell The Canadian Press the plan was on the cusp of being revealed at least twice before, held back once for logistical reasons and a second time in the aftermath of the attacks in Paris which gave political pause to the issue.

Security was always a major factor and even before the Nov. 13 attacks in France, planners had been looking at ways to mitigate concerns, including a focus on women, children and those who might already have ties to Canada.

Locally, 8 Wing CFB Trenton is expected to welcome 1,000 refugees. CFB Kingston and CFB Valcartier in Quebec and are also preparing to house hundreds of refugees.

Officials with CFB Trenton weren’t available for comment by press time.

The Department of National Defence tells Quinte News that as a matter of prudent planning the Canadian Armed Forces are currently reviewing accommodations available at bases and wings should the CAF be called upon to provide assistance.

The DND adds their intent is to use vacant spaces and at this point details remain to be determined.

Festive RIDE program on the road


The festive R.I.D.E. campaign is hitting Ontario roads for another year beginning today until January 2.

The Ontario Provincial Police are setting up traffic stops around the province and around the clock as they kick off the Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere campaign.

According to police, From January to October, the numbers of alcohol involved occurrences are up 3 percent over the same period last year. As of November 15th, of the 258 persons killed during that time period, 35 fatalities were attributed to alcohol consumption. Thirteen people died when their off-road vehicle was involved in a collision; 6 of those persons had been impaired by alcohol.


Belleville man charged in gas theft

A 20-year-old Belleville man has been charged after he filled up his tank and left without paying.

According to Bancroft OPP the suspect filled up at the Canadian Tire Gar Bar in in the town on November 19 and then took off.

An investigation revealed the vehicle’s licence plate was not associated to that vehicle, and had been reported stolen from the Belleville area earlier in the month.

Cody Williamson is charged with Theft Under $5000; Possession of Property Obtained by Crime and Failure to Comply with a Probation Order.

He is to appear in Bancroft criminal court on January 12, 2016

WPD drops appeal of removal of turbines from wind project

Wolfe Island wind farm near Kingston.  (File Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

Wolfe Island wind farm near Kingston. (File Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

The Environmental Review Tribunal Hearing into the White Pines Wind Project approved for Prince Edward County’s south shore continues into its 11th day.

Today’s hearing is being held in Toronto.

On Friday, the Alliance to Protect Prince Edward County’s health appeal with expert witness Dr. Paul Schomer’s testimony. The remainder of the day was spent making adjustments to the schedule following WPD’s abrupt announcement that it was dropping an appeal of the disallowance of two turbines (T7 and T11) by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC).

Dr. Schomer, a former Standards Director of the Acoustical Society of America with 48 years’ experience in noise measurement, was qualified by the ERT as an expert in acoustics. He told the Tribunal that all residents in the White Pines project area will be affected by audible and inaudible sound and a number of residents will be seriously affected. The effects reported by people living near wind projects are similar in nature to the effects experienced by participants in a 1985 University of Toronto study on infrasound. At lower levels and at higher levels of pure tone some participants experienced nausea and dizziness. However, when overtones were added at higher levels, participants experienced headaches and fatigue.


Donation for medical equipment

Elks Royal Purple donation

The Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation was honoured to be the recipient of $500 from the Elks Royal Purple #147 on November 19, 2015. The group held a bridge luncheon to raise funds for the current LIFE SAVER Campaign to replace $350,000 worth of medical equipment at Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital. On hand to accept the donation from Elks Royal Purple members was Penny Rolinski, executive director of the PECMH Foundation.

“The primary purpose of the PECMH Foundation is to enhance the quality of patient care in our community by raising money for the priority equipment at our County Hospital. The Foundation plays a critical role in providing funding for essential, specialized equipment,” said Rolinski.

Watch for wildlife: OPP


Between November 16, 2015 and November 23, 2015 members of Central Hastings O.P.P responded to ten (10) car versus wildlife collisions on roadways and highways throughout Madoc, Marmora and Tweed. Most of the collisions involved deer however a coyote and a fox were also reported. Collisions with wild animals can result in serious vehicle damage, personal injury or death.

Watch Out for Wildlife

• Scan the road ahead from shoulder to shoulder. If you see wildlife beside the road, slow down and pass carefully as they may bolt suddenly onto the road.

• Stay in control of your vehicle and never swerve suddenly to avoid an animal.

• Stop as safely as possible. Brake firmly if an animal is standing on or crossing the road and remember if one animal crosses the road others may follow.

• Never assume an animal will move out of your way. If hitting an animal is unavoidable, remember to stay in control and look where you want to go and not the animal.

• At night use your high beams where possible and watch for the glowing eyes of animals ahead

Stay Alert, especially in the early morning, at dusk, and at night.

New police chief for Belleville in 2017

Belleville will have a new police chief in 2017.

Chair of the Belleville Police Service, Mayor Taso Christopher, made the announcement at a news conference at city hall this morning.

Deputy chief Ron Gignac will step into the position in January 2017 when the present chief, Cory MacKay, retires.

Chief MacKay says work is underway to make the transition as smooth as possible and continue management planning.


Gignac says the service has established a succession management plan that will “cut a new path” for the police service.


Also in January 2017, a newly-hired inspector, Mike Callaghan, will become the deputy police chief.

Callaghan, who grew up in Belleville, has been with the Ottawa police for a number of years, says the police have to look at new ways of policing.

He said they have to look at the source of the problem such as mental health and drug issues.


Chair of the Police Services Board, Mayor Taso Christopher, says the formal “succession plan” will ensure the overall “sustainability of the police service.”

Miller’s Monday sports comment

Jack Miller’s sports commentary is heard daily at 12:15 on CJBQ 800.

Leak not dangerous north of Brighton

There has been a strong odour of natural gas north of Brighton this morning.

A driver reported an “overwhelming smell of gas” in the hamlet of Orland around 8 o clock.

Brighton fire crews responded to the area and discovered a leak in the area of an Enbridge pumping station
at Donaldson Road and County Road 30.

However the leak does not involve natural gas. Instead, a tank full of an additive used to give natural gas
an odour is leaking and Enbridge and Union gas crews are making repairs.

The additive is not a danger as natural gas would be.

Quinte News Sportsbreak

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Vehicle burns

Tyendinaga Mohawk firefighters were called out to a car fire last night.

A vehicle was up in flames at 191 Queen Street in Shannonville around 8 o clock.

No one was injured.

Further detail not available.

Quinte “AAA” Red Devils weekly report

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Quinte Red Devils Weekly Report – Sunday November 22, 2015

KKP Minor Midgets pick up 2 wins, Vanderlaan Peewees tie twice, Free Flow Minor Bantams win one and tie one, Foley Minor Peewees win three, and Madison Excavating Minor Atoms work hard for a tie and a loss.

KKP Kwik Kopy Printing – Minor Midgets
Since before the start of the season the KKP Minor Midgets have been working hard. Working at unlearning bad habits from their past and re-learning the benefits of a Team First mentality. With the hard work of practice behind them and a hunger for victory propelling them on, the Devils dispatched the Peterborough Petes in their Wednesday night match-up and made quick work of the visiting North Central Predators Saturday.

Wednesday Nov 18, 2015
(7-1 Win over Peterborough)
After some tough divisional match-ups the Devils sought to keep their compete level high against ETA East rivals Petes. Through a tenacious defensive end, backed back Evan Morrison, the Devils brought a full-frontal attack and tallied 7 goals. Nathan Dunkley had a rare golden sombrero of hockey scoring four goals, with Baker, Sherwin, and Poole each adding singles to the pot. Assists were offered by Dawson Baker (4), Madoka Suzuki, Matthew Poole and Braydon Crowe (2), with singles added by Morrison, Warren, Grills, and Roy. After that solid win the Devils looked forward to a Minor Midget Showcase preview against the ETA West North Central Predators.


Belleville police release

Belleville Police Service responded to 32 calls for service from 22 November 2015 at 5:00 am to 23 November 2015 at 5:00 am.

Assault / Breach of Probation- Belleville, ON

On the 22nd of November 2015 at 5:00pm Belleville Police attended a residence in the Hillcrest area with regard to an assault. Prior to police arrival there had been a dispute between 2 male parties whereby the victim was assaulted and sustained minor, non-life threatening injuries. During this altercation a neighbor tried to intervene and was also assaulted and sustained minor, non-life threatening injuries. When the accused was arrested by police he assaulted an officer with the intent to resist arrest. The officer sustained minor, non-life threatening injuries. John Way a 53 year old Belleville man has been charged with 2 counts of assault 1 count of assault police and 1 count of breach of probation. The accused will appear in Belleville Bail court later today.

Water/sewer upgrades in The County

Repairs and upgrades are coming to various water/sewer plants and distribution systems in Prince Edward County.

At its meeting tomorrow night, county council will decide which companies will do 5 separate projects.

The work involves water/sewer infrastructure in Wellington and Ameliasburgh and an Environmental Assessment on the McFarland Home lands and other property on the east side of Picton.

Staff is recommending one of the projects go to AECOM Canada, while the other 4 be done by R.V. Anderson Associates.

The total cost for the 5 projects is around 665 thousand dollars.

Prince Edward County council meets tomorrow night at 7 o clock at Shire Hall.

Help for Habitat

Habitat for Humanity, Prince Edward Hastings, might yet catch a break on costs when it comes to building two new homes in Belleville’s east end.

At its meeting this afternoon, city council will be asked to approve a recommendation from its Grant Committee to forward over 23 thousand dollars to Habitat to cover the costs of various fees the city normally charges on new development, such as costs for building permits, sewage, plumbing permits, and development charges.

Council had earlier decided to not waive those fees on the projects through its regular planning process.

Habitat for Humanity will build two houses on Golfdale Avenue


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