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Week of Feb 1, 2016

Collisions on Highway 401

It seems the snow caught some drivers off guard Saturday morning.

Just before 8 a.m., there was a single vehicle rollover on Highway 401 westbound, near Highway 30 in Brighton.

There are no reported injuries at this scene.

A second vehicle in the same area ended up in a ditch around 8:45 a.m. Airbags in the vehicle were deployed. No word on injuries.

The OPP reported another local westbound collision on the 401 around 8 a.m. near County Road 25 in Colborne. The highway there has now been cleared.

Over in Napanee, there was a collision on the westbound 401, near County Road 4, around 9:45 a.m. The left lane is blocked due to the collision.

No further details are available.

Marmora SnoFest on today


Dog sledding has been cancelled, but Marmora SnoFest is still full of activities today.

The Men’s Church League Hockey Tournament starts at 9 a.m. and goes throughout the entire day at the Marmora Arena. Local food will be available starting at 10 a.m. at the Community Centre.

There will also be a Little Nippers race at 3 p.m. on Forsyth Street. Things wrap up at 5 p.m. with the closing ceremonies at the Iron Grill.

Dog sledding has been moved to Feb. 27-28. For a full schedule click here.

Slick roads in Quinte area

Make sure to be careful if you’re driving this morning.

Roads are slick after a bit of snow fell overnight. Snow is expected to end by the afternoon.

New Brighton-to-Trenton bus route Monday

Quinte Access

It’s going to be a lot easier for people who don’t drive to get from Brighton to Trenton and back, starting Monday.

That’s because Quinte Access is starting a new pilot route, which starts at Prince Edward Square in Brighton and then makes about six stops, before continuing on to Trenton.

Quinte Access’ Shelly Acres says it’s going to make a big difference for members of the community.


She says there are about six or seven stops in Brighton, before the bus moves along to Trenton.


Since seats are limited, riders are being asked to call the Quinte Access office at 613-392-9640 before they get on board.

You can also click here to visit the Quinte Access website and get information on fares and schedules.

Acres says they’ll let the program run for a little bit and then re-visit things to see how they’re going.

Belleville fight leads to arrests

Belleville Police arrested two men after a fight last night in the city.

Police say four men were fighting at North Front Street and Tracey Street just after 7 p.m.

Two Belleville men, one 23-years-old and the other 24-years-old, were arrested at the scene and charged with public intoxication.

One of the four men suffered minor facial injuries but did not require medical attention.

Belleville Police release – Feb. 6

The Belleville Police Service responded to 43 calls for service between February 5th, 2016 at 5:00 a.m. and February 6th, 2016 at 5:00 a.m.


Belleville, Ontario – On February 5th, 2016, at 7:13 a.m. police attended at the intersection of Everett St. and Henry St. in relation to a two-car accident. Both cars were towed from the scene. There were no reported injuries. A 57 year old Belleville man was charged with disobeying a stop sign.

On February 5th, 2016, at 7:31 a.m. police attended on Dundas Street West in relation to a two-car accident. Both cars were towed from the scene. One of the drivers was charged with ‘Following too closely’. There were no injuries.

On February 5th, 2016, at 4:36 p.m. police attended at the intersection of Bridge St. East and Bleecker Avenue. A 21 year old Trenton man was charged with ‘Start from a stopped position – not in safety’. There were no injuries.


On February 6th, 2016, at 1:10 a.m. an officer on patrol observed a male stumbling into traffic on North Front Street. A 37 year old Belleville man was arrested and charged with being intoxicated in a public place under the Liquor Licence Act.

On February 6th, 2016, at 2:09 a.m. police attended on Coleman Street regarding a disturbance. Several people were involved in an argument near an idling car. The driver was requested to provide a roadside sample of his breath. The 23 year old Shannonville man registered a ‘warn’ and his driver’s licence was suspended for 3 days. His car was towed from the scene.

Dukes and Golden Hawks fall Friday

One of the craziest games of the season for the Wellington Dukes ended in defeat Friday night against the Markham Royals.

Markham topped the Dukes 7-5 at home. Nicolas Mucci picked up two goals for the Dukes and Burnie Tyler picked up three assists. Royals forward Hudson Michaelis recorded the hat trick and Aaron Spivak had five points in the win.

The Dukes are in action Sunday, when they host Lindsay. CJBQ will be broadcasting that game. Tune into CJBQ at 1:50 p.m. for live coverage.

The Trenton Golden Hawks lost Friday night as well. The team fell 3-2 in overtime at home to Newmarket.

Josh Allen and Lucas Brown had the Golden Hawk goals, while Marty Lawlor scored the overtime winner for Newmarket.

Rollover in Quinte West Friday night

UPDATE @ 9:30 a.m.: Frankford-Stirling Road remains between Oak Lake Road and Rosebush Road has been re-opened.

There was a single vehicle rollover late last night in Quinte West.

Just after 11 p.m., emergency crews were called to 1538 Frankford-Stirling Road, which is just north of the Oak Hills Golf Club.

A 30-year-old man was found conscious in a nearby field after ejecting from the vehicle.

No word on how serious the injuries are at this time.

An Ornge Air Ambulance was alerted of the incident, but was not needed.

No other details are available.

Economy picking up

While Canada’s unemployment rate edged up to 7.2% last month from 7.1% in January of last year, things are improving in Ontario and in this part of the province.

Ontario’s unemployment rate was 6.4% last month, down from 6.6% in the same month in 2015.

Meanwhile, in this part of the province, the rate is down almost a full point, from 7.6% to 6.7%.

Teen and youth arrested for County break-ins

A 19 year-old man and an underage youth have been arrested in connection with break-ins in Prince Edward County, in November and December of last year.

Several break-ins and thefts were reported late last year in and around the area of Upper Lake Street in Picton.

Investigators have tracked down Jessey Adams of Picton, as well as the youth, whose name is protected.

Both are charged with four counts each of breaking and entering and one count each of possession of property obtained by crime.

UPDATE: Workplace injury being investigated

The Ontario Ministry of Labour has confirmed to Quinte News that a man was injured during a workplace accident yesterday.

The ministry’s William Lin tells Quinte News investigators are looking into the situation.

Lin Clip RAW

Details of the extent of the injury, or the man’s identity weren’t confirmed by the ministry, but reports to our newsroom say the man’s hand was severed, but police would only describe the injuries as “critical”.

The ministry says it can’t nail down a time line for an investigation at this point because every case is different.

Seven arrested in major joint drug bust


Seven people have been arrested as part of a major three month drug investigation, put together jointly by area police forces.

OPP, Belleville City, and Tyendinaga Mohawk Police were all involved in the investigation, which concluded with raids and arrests last Friday.

First, a man believed to be involved in the drug trade, was stopped by Tyendinaga Mohawk Police and found with $5,000 worth of illegal prescription drugs.

Twenty-nine-year-old David Branigan of Belleville is charged with theft of gas and trafficking hydromorph contin.

About ten minutes later, officers raided a home on Dundas Street in Deseronto where they found more pills and weapons and arrested five more people.

Fifty-one-year-old Christopher Howe of Deseronto was charged with three total counts of trafficking, two counts of possessing a prohibited device and a count of possession of property obtained by crime.

Thirty-one-year-old Wesley Roberts of Deseronto is charged with possession and breaching probation, 28-year-old Stephen Lalonde of Deseronto is charged with possession, 29-year-old Jordan Raithby of Deseronto is charged with driving while disqualified, possession and breaching probation and 44-year-old Robert Huffman of Deseronto is charged with possession.

Police also executed warrants in Marlbank and Belleville, where they arrested 66-year-old Laverne Armstrong of Belleville.

They’re charged with two counts of possession and the investigation is continuing.

Local minister upset about delegation denial

City Hall

A local minister, who represents a group of churches from Tweed to Prince Edward County, is puzzled about why he isn’t allowed to make a deputation to Belleville city council.

Reverend David Mundy had planned to urge city councillors to consider the social impacts of the newly-approved casino and to develop a strategy to deal with any problems that may arise.

But Mundy tells Quinte News after being denied to speak on the night of the casino decision, attempts to apply for a meeting further down the road were turned down as well.


The minister says his group understands the facility has been approved, but council really should be getting ahead of any social issues, like problem gambling.


Mundy says it’s great that companies like Great Canadian Game and the OLG funnel money back into the community, but more needs to be done.

Meanwhile, several city councillors have tweeted they would support voting to allow Reverend Mundy to speak at council Monday.

Councillor Jack Miller.

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Quinte News has reached out to Mayor Taso Christopher and we’re awaiting his comments.

Emergency watermain repairs in Picton

If you’re headed to the Glenora Ferry this afternoon, you’ll need to take some extra time or plan a whole new route all together.

Prince Edward County works crews are performing emergency water main repairs on the Loyalist Parkway in Picton, until 6:00 this evening.

Bridge Street on the parkway will remain open, but there will be intermittent lane closures between Philip Street and Laird Street.

Drivers and residents will notice the presence of heavy machinery, which could increase noise and reduce visibility.

Water will remain safe to drink, but residents might notice changes in the pressure.

Homeowners are also being asked to flush the cold water tap closest to the water meter, once the work is complete.

Miller’s Friday sports comment

The Friday notebook.


Jack Miller’s sports comment is heard daily (except Thursdays) at 12:15 on 800 CJBQ and

School bus accident Friday morning

A school bus was in a collision in Belleville this morning.

Crews were called to Thurlow ward, at Highway 62 and Foxboro Stirling Road, where a van and bus collided during the morning commute.

A caller to our newsroom says no children were on the bus.

It is not known if any injuries were reported.

Critical injury at Picton workplace

An Ornge Air Ambulance takes off from Picton Thursday February 4, 2016.  (Submitted photo)

An Ornge Air Ambulance takes off from Picton Thursday February 4, 2016. (Submitted photo)

Word is starting to come in about a serious workplace injury in the Quinte region Thursday.

Details are few, however Quinte News has learned emergency crews were called to a Picton area business, where a worker was injured in a wood chipper.

Unconfirmed reports say the mans hand was cut off, however police have not confirmed that detail.

Ornge Air Ambulance officials have confirmed they took a patient from Picton to an Ottawa Hospital for treatment.

They describe the injuries as critical.

The incident happened around 11:00 a.m.

QHC finding its NICHE

Quinte Health Care has received a designation for caring for seniors.

It is called NICHE, or Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders.

IN 2014-15, two thirds of acute medicine submissions at QHC hospitals were for those 65 and over.

NICHE Program Coordinator Christine Wilkinson says the whole goal is to improve care for seniors in local hospitals.


As part of bed changes around QHC, Belleville General will have 30 beds designated for elderly patients.

An entire presentation by Christine Wilkinson can be heard below


Golden Hawks win Kingston showdown


Despite a 4-2 win over Lindsay Wednesday night, Trenton Golden Hawks Coach and G.M. Jerome Dupont was not happy with his teams’ intensity. One assumes he’s smiling today. Despite missing 3 key players, Trenton tripped up the Voyageurs 5-2 in Kingston last night. Trenton defenceman Josh Allen says they were ready.


Hunter Fargey scored twice. Quinn Lenihan, Mitch Emerson and Jordan Chard with the others. It was Trenton’s 5th game in 7 nights and they go again tonight hosting the Newmarket Hurricanes.

Newmarket is coming off a 4-2 decision over the Wellington Dukes last night. Austin Labelle and Dylan Mascarin scored for the Dukes. Tonight they host the North Division leading Markham Royals at 7:30. CJBQ has the game for Prinzen Ford Sales of Bloomfield.

In the Empire Junior “C” League the first place Port Hope Panthers defeated the Picton Pirates 7-3.

Quinte Broadcasting Sportsbreak


A character win for Trenton last night.


New veterans program launches Friday


Trenton’s MFRC is launching a new program designed specifically for veterans and their families.

The Veteran Family Program, is designed to help our military members re-integrate into civilian life.

Devon Taylor is with the Military Family Resource Centre.


Career concerns, health support services, the changing identity of a member and financial burdens are major concerns for veterans and their families.

Friday’s event is taking place from 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m at the MFRC in Trenton

Trenton is one of just seven centres nation wide offering the program.

TMH Task Force on track to business plan

Members of the TMH Implementation Task Force at work during their third meeting, at the Trenton VON Headquarters, on Feb.4/16. (Photo: David Foot / QuinteNews)

Members of the TMH Implementation Task Force at work during their third meeting, at the Trenton VON Headquarters, on Feb.4/16. (Photo: David Foot / QuinteNews)

If you’re wondering exactly what’s going to be included in a proposed “community health hub” at Trenton Memorial Hospital, you’ll have to wait another few months to find out.

The good news is, a timeline has been established for the TMH Implementation Task Force to put together a business plan.

Chair Marsha Stephen says the goal is to have that done by May 1st and she feels they’re off to a good start.


She says the group was able to set some good benchmarks during its Thursday afternoon meeting at the Trenton VON Headquarters.


Stephen added, those services stretch across a broad spectrum of the healthcare field.


More discussion on what services to include and how to accommodate them, will take place at the next meeting, next Wednesday.

Other areas of focus for the business plan include costing, governance and impact on the community.

The group is also planning on looking at some other similar facilities, in other municipalities, to see how the one in Trenton could compare.

Kingshott sentenced for drug trafficking

The Quinte Courthouse on Bridge Street West in Belleville. (Photo: Quinte News)

The Quinte Courthouse on Bridge Street West in Belleville. (Photo: Quinte News)

Sentence has been passed on a man charged with trafficking cocaine in Trenton, following a police raid in 2013.

Clint Kingshott was arrested with his mother and another woman, after police raided their Annwood Court home and found a large amount of cocaine, along with pot, cell phones and cash.

While charges against the second woman had been dropped earlier in the legal process, Kingshott pleaded guilty on Thursday afternoon, in Belleville Superior Court.

Kingshott was sentenced to a year in jail, plus two years probation, 150 hours of community service and a weapons ban.

Kingshott, who’s now 37, will also have to submit a sample to the DNA data bank.

Following Kingshott’s sentencing, charges against his mother were withdrawn.

One sweet mess for Redpath Sugar

Redpath Sugar Ltd. dry blending and packaging plant at 315 University Avenue in Belleville. (Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

Redpath Sugar Ltd. dry blending and packaging plant at 315 University Avenue in Belleville. (Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

A contamination at a major sugar refinery in Toronto has temporarily shut down a packaging plant in Belleville until the Canadian Food Inspection Agency completes an investigation.

Quinte News has learned a dead bird was found in one of the sugar silos during a routine inspection at Redpath Sugar’s main facility in Toronto on February 1.

Redpath Sugar Ltd. spokeswoman Laura Fracassi tells Quinte News that all product produced from January 27 to February 1, 2016 was withdrawn from the market.

“We swiftly reached out to our manufacturers to notify them and we have not been made aware that any product has left customer warehouses,” said Fracassi. “All sugar is being returned to Redpath to be disposed of by reprocessing.”

Redpath Sugar Ltd, who markets and sells sugar products in Canada under the Redpath Brand, is a part of ASR Group, the world’s largest refiner of cane sugar. The Belleville location co-manufactures major retail brands and private label products, such as sweetened iced tea, hot chocolate, and other sugar containing products for Canadian and export markets.

The Belleville plant has a number of local customers and Fracassi says she can’t speak to the individual cleaning processes or protocols of each distributor.

Quinte News has reached out to a couple of them for further comment.

Fracassi says perspectives on revenue loss or if this will affect jobs are not available at this time.

The facility in Belleville employs 130 people and Fracassi says they are being sent home with pay whereas the 350 workers in Toronto are completing other tasks within the plant.

However an employee at the Belleville site tells our newsroom that workers are not being sent home and other duties are being assigned.

The Toronto waterfront location sits just east of downtown at the foot of Jarvis Street at Queen’s Quay which is prone to a large bird population.

Fracassi said the facility plans for birds potentially getting into the silos and is working to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

She said more of the same material (feathers from the same bird) was found in unprocessed sugar inside one of their internal silos.

“This sugar has not left our facility and we are working with the CFIA on next steps,” she said.

Fracassi added they are expecting an update from the CFIA Thursday on whether or not a recall is needed and when employees can return back to work.

Floorball team down to 28

A photo of Canada's floorball team from the 2015 Canada Cup (submitted photo)

Canada’s floorball team from the 2015 Canada Cup (submitted photo)

The roster that will represent Canada at the upcoming floorball championships in Belleville, is down to 28 names.

Coach Todd Crawford says they slimmed down the numbers, after recent camps and last weekends tournament in Markham.

Included in the final 28 are Braedyn Irwin, Madi Brinklow both from Belleville, Lily Messier from Foxboro, Dara Killoran from Cobourg,  Aislyn Stretch and Olivia Di Vona from Port Hope and Kieva Earle from Grafton.

Several members Canada have already been named to the final roster, including 14 year old Alexa Hoskin, Livy Greaves and team captain Hannah Wilson, all from Belleville and Emily Lange from Trenton.

Coach Crawford says the team will be put down to 20 by the end of February.

The 2016 Women’s under 19 World Floorball Championships will be held May 3rd-8th at Belleville’s Quinte Sports and Wellness.

More information on the tournament is available by clicking here

CJBQ, Rock 107 & Mix 97 are proud sponsors of the first ever world championships in Belleville

CIBC closing in Deseronto


The only bank in Deseronto is closing.

The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, has announced it will be closed August 12th.

Deseronto Mayor Norm Clark.


The bank has called a meeting Thursday night for members of the community.

It is taking place at the Deseronto Legion beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Clark says having a financial institution in the community is vital and they hope something can be done.

New drug to help with overdoses


The health unit which oversees Northumberland County is launching a new program, which is designed to help during an overdose.

It is called the Naloxone Kit Distribution Program, and the drug is used on a person who overdoses while using opioids.

Spokesperson Shawn Woods says Naloxone can help combat drugs such as heroin, oxycodone, morphine or fentanyl.


Woods says it will be available in hospitals, for paramedics, health care providers, or drug users and typically works within five minutes.

The entire interview with Woods is available below

Shawn Woods Health Unit

More on Naloxone is available by clicking here

Federal inmate often visits Belleville


A federal offender wanted on a Canada Wide Warrant, is known to frequent Belleville.

Hi name is Reginald Bull and he is serving a life sentence for murder and assault with a weapon.

The Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement Squad says he often visits Belleville, Peterborough and Toronto.

He is described as white, 62 years old, 5’8, about 150 pounds, with two rose tattoos on his left arm.

If you have any information, contact the OPP or Crimestoppers.

Credit card scam in Madoc

credit cards

A credit card scam is making its rounds in Centre Hastings.

OPP say they have received multiple reports of a telephone scam offering lower interest rates on your credit card.

The scammer then asks for your credit card number, so the lower rate can be applied.

In all cases, no one was scammed.

Central Hastings OPP remind the public that banks and credit card companies do not call asking for personal information such as a credit card number, pin, or security number on the back of your card.

Herrington Jr. sentenced


A former Belleville city council candidate has been sentenced after fleeing from the OPP in Prince Edward County last June.

19-year-old Lonnie Herrington Jr. was charged after failing to stop for police in Bloomfield.

OPP located the suspect vehicle and followed it on to Big Island, and ended up arresting Herrington after a search involving a canine unit and an emergency response team.

He was sentenced to a driving ban for a total of three years in Picton court this week.

Napanee funny money

American currency (photo: Wikipedia)

American currency (photo: Wikipedia)

The Napanee area has seen a rash of fake American bills this year.

According to the Napanee OPP, counterfeit $20 and $50 dollar bills have popped up, since the start of 2016.

In one occurrence, officers found $780 in fake bills.

Four Mississauga residents are facing charges of possession of counterfeit currency and uttering counterfeit currency.

If you are a merchant looking to protect yourself from funny money, CLICK ON THE LINK HERE

Dunc MacDonald may stay cool in summer

Plans are in the works to offer summertime ice in the Duncan MacDonald Community Centre.

Quinte West staff report the Trenton Goldenhawks are committed to taking 200 hours of ice time in the summer, and the Wellington Dukes have expressed interest in taking some.

Other user groups such as hockey development camps, casual leagues, and figure skating organizations are interested in more ice.

Quinte West staff say that after a $175,000 one-time capital expenditure, summer ice could turn a profit for the city.

The proposed ice rental rate in the summer would be $150 an hour.

If council approves, summer ice could be available this year.

City of Quinte West backs bridge dedications

The City of Quinte West’s Corporate Finance Committee will recommend council approve
supporting an OPP proposal to name three bridges after three fallen Trenton police officers.

The officers to be honoured will be Constable Blair Campbell Brown, who died in 1931, Constable
Mark Houlden, who passed away in 1970, and Constable James Begbie, who died in 1978.

The three bridges to be named would be the Wooler Road overpass, the highway 401 bridge over the
Trent River, and the Glen Miller Road 401 overpass.

Quinte Broadcasting Sportsbreak


Golden Hawks win again. Canadiens lose again.


Golden Hawks squeeze out 36th victory


The Trenton Golden Hawks have the best goals against in the Ontario Junior Hockey League…by far. They know how to protect a lead. Last night Trenton nursed a one goal advantage through the third period until Mitch Emerson’s empty netter in the final minute as they beat the visiting Lindsay Muskies 4-2.

Quinte West native Matt Tedford, recently called up from Junior “C” Napanee scored his first goal. Danny Hanlon and Hunter Fargey with the others. Daniel Urbani only faced 13 shots.

Tonight, the first place Hawks are in Kingston to take on the second place Voyageurs. Play by play on CJBQ and for Dow’s Climate Care is on the air at 7:20.

The Wellington Dukes are in Newmarket tonight.

Miller’s Sports Comment

Cam Newton is an outstanding quarterback…..period.


Jack Miller’s Sports Comment is heard daily (except Thursdays) on 800 CJBQ and

CFB Trenton no longer on standby for refugees


8-Wing CFB Trenton is no longer on standby to accept Syrian refugees.

Canada’s largest airbase had been in line after CFB Valcartier, Bordon and Kingston as a possible location for government assisted refugees.

Quinte Immigration Services executive director Orlando Ferro tells Quinte News he has been informed personnel at the base are no longer on alert to host refugees in the foreseeable future. He says Valcartier is welcoming newcomers, Bordon is ready and Kingston is acting as a back up for refugees arriving in Quebec, so the base Trenton is not needed at this time.

Earlier in the day Immigration Minister John McCallum announced he’s confident Canada will have accepted 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of February adding the challenge has been finding them housing.

McCallum says at some point, the government will likely need to house refugees on military bases.

Ferro says after his discussions with the Department Immigration Refugees Citizenship Wednesday there could be a call for more government assisted refugees in the near future.

Orlando Ferro

He says they are putting in proposals for a temporary centre to help house government assisted refugees until the crisis is over.

QIS is still looking for people that have houses available that they want to rent.

Ferro says they are still creating and updating their inventory and expect that those houses will be used once they get all the people situated in the community.

If you have a home available contact QIS at (613) 968-7723.

Of the 15,157 Syrians that landed between November 4, 2015 and January 31, 2016 most are coming out of Jordan. 8,767 were government-assisted, 5,341 were privately sponsored and 1,049 are part of a program that combines the two.

Students getting their shots

Program manager bill Sherlock explains the immunization program to the Hastings Prince Edward Board of Health, February 3, 2016. (Photo: Mary Thomas/Quinte News)

Program manager Bill Sherlock explains the immunization program to the Hastings Prince Edward Board of Health, February 3, 2016. (Photo: Mary Thomas/Quinte News)

The local health unit is focusing its immunization program on two main student groups this season.

Hastings Prince Edward health unit program manager Bill Sherlock told the board of health today  that this year his department is concentrating on students seven years old and seventeen years old, since they are the young people entering and leaving the school system.


He said notices are going out to those not immunized and there are lots of clinics so that students don’t lose any class time by being suspended because they don’t have their shots.

Sherlock says immunization has made a big difference controlling disease outbreaks.


The suspension date will be around April 15; usually about 100 students are suspended but are back at school once immunized.

Zika advice for travellers: Dr. Schabas

Rash on an arm due to Zika virus.

Rash on an arm due to Zika virus.

The Quinte area medical officer of health says the risk for the Zika virus is a “lot smaller than suspected, but not zero.”

Dr. Richard Schabas presented a report on the Zika mosquito-borne virus to the Hastings Prince Edward Board of Health today.

Schabas says the risk for travellers to the areas in the countries where it is prevalent is not great if you are there for a short time.


Schabas emphasized pregnant women should postpone travel to the areas where Zika virus is prevalent.

Lowe’s takes over Rona in $3.2 billion deal


It’s still too early to tell what a blockbuster deal between Lowe’s and Rona means for the two Belleville stores.

Wednesday the US based Lowe’s announced it is buying Quebec-based Rona in a friendly $3.2 billion deal.

Rona spokesperson Valerie Gonzalo tells Quinte News that it’s still too premature to give specific details on the 260 Bell Boulevard location.

She says the transaction is not complete but is expected to close in the second quarter after receiving regulatory approvals and the support of Rona shareholders by April 8.

Gonzalo adds customers will continue to see great service from both stores.

Rona CEO Robert Chevrier says he’s impressed by Lowe’s sense of community and fairness, and says the American company has made commitments to Rona’s employees, suppliers and independent dealers.

Lowe’s CEO says they plan to keep Rona’s headquarters in Boucherville, Quebec, and intend to retain the vast majority of Rona’s 17,000 employees across Canada.

Our newsroom has reached out to Lowe’s for further comment.

Some good flu news

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The good news is, it’s a quiet influenza season in the Quinte area.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Richard Schabas told the Hastings Prince Edward Board of Health today that there had been the first outbreak of flu reported in a Long Term Care facility in the area just recently.

Schabas warned that an outbreak of flu can often happen in March

Local board of health sets 2016 budget

Director of Administration Valerie Dunham presents the 2016 budget to the Hastings Prince Edward Board of Health, February 3, 2016. (Photo: Mary Thomas/Quinte News)

Director of Administration Valerie Dunham presents the 2016 budget to the Hastings Prince Edward Board of Health, February 3, 2016. (Photo: Mary Thomas/Quinte News)

The Hastings and Prince Edward Board of Health has set its budget in the face of reduced provincial funding.

Today, the board approved a 2016 budget at $15.4 million with a $274,000 drop in provincial funding.

There are staff changes and two positions not filled. The health unit will no longer have an epidemiologist.

It represents a 1.4% hike in the municipal levies.

Belleville, Quinte West, Prince Edward County and Hastings County will be asked to pay a total of $3.274 million.

Finance chair – Belleville Councillor Jack Miller.


Medical Officer of Health Dr. Richard Schabas says, maybe, the local board could share services with Kingston and Leeds Grenville  and save money in the future.


OPP look to identify 3 suspects

The OPP are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying three people suspected of damaging a window at the Ernestown Secondary School in Odessa.

Officers with the Loyalist detachment say on Sunday, January 24, at approximately 6:50 p.m. three suspects were captured on video at the school and then at a nearby store.

Officers responded to the alarm at the school however the suspects were gone.

Police would like to hear from anyone who can identify these individuals.

If you have information about this incident you’re asked to call the Loyalist OPP or Crime Stoppers.

Man in hospital after falling in well

A 52-year-old man is in hospital after he fell into a well on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory this afternoon

Emergency response crews were called to 1244 Ridge Road shortly after 2 p.m.

The extent of his injuries are unknown at this time.

OPP warn to watch out for CRA scam

Bancroft OPP are warning the public not to give out personal information after numerous residents report receiving phone calls from people claiming to work for the Canada Revenue Agency.

According to police the callers are using aggressive, forceful language demanding immediate payment on outstanding tax debt – typically instructing the victim to obtain a prepaid credit card, and then forward the card information to the caller.
While there have been no reports of anybody from the North Hastings area providing money or financial information to any of these callers, there have been reports of this type of fraud occurring throughout Canada.

If you receive any calls of this nature, remember that the Canada Revenue Agency: Never requests payment by prepaid credit card; Never demands immediate payment over the phone; doesn’t ask for information about your passport, health card or driver’s licence and Never leaves personal information on your answering machine, or asks you to leave a message containing personal information on an answering machine.

Truck impounded, Brighton man charged

A Brighton man is facing numerous traffic charges, after a tractor trailer was impounded last night near Marysville.

Around 9:00 p.m, Napanee OPP stopped a truck driver for speeding.

Upon further investigation, the 44 year old driver was also charged with failing to surrender registration, driving without proper inspection, driving under suspension, and failing to maintain a daily log.

The transport was impounded for seven days.

He appears in Napanee court next month.

Brighton’s budget almost ready

Brighton council has done the hard slogging and is close to finalizing its budget for this year.

Council wrapped up its last working meeting on the budget yesterday.

The proposed financial plan would see the municipal portion of the budget go up by 2.53 percent.

When Northumberland County, education, and other outside agencies are factored, it’s expected the
budget will increase 2.85 percent over last years.

As it sits, this years budget would mean an 8 dollar a month increase in taxes on a house assessed at the average price of 253 thousand dollars.

A public meeting on the budget is coming soon.

Officer assaulted in Quinte West

A Quinte West man is facing impaired charges after an accident last night in Quinte West.

Just before 6:00 p.m, crews responded to a collision between two vehicles.

Damage was estimated around $2,000.

Officers caught up with a male driver later, who allegedly assaulted a male officer.

47 year old Brian Currie has been charged with impaired, failing to give information and assaulting a peace officer.

Quinte West OPP are looking to speak to the woman involved in the collision, who was driving a Chrysler 300.

Heavy feet around Napanee

Napanee OPP have impounded a number of vehicles, after some heavy driving over the last few days.

Four drivers were caught going 50 km/h or more around the Greater Napanee region.

On Sunday, officers clocked an Ajax woman going 173 km/h on the 401.

Around an hour later, they stopped a Tamworth driver going 157 km/h in an 80, almost double the speed.

On Monday, a Maple Ontario driver was clocked at nearly 160 km/h on the 401, while a Kitchener man had his BMW stopped going 178 km/h near Napanee.

All drivers lose their cars for a week and have their vehicles impounded for stunt driving.

OurTMH: We won’t go away

One of the first nurses to work at Trenton Memorial Hospital, Betty Barr, cuts the first anniversary cake at OurTMH's celebration Tuesday.  Photo/Quinte News

One of the first nurses to work at Trenton Memorial Hospital, Betty Barr, cuts the first anniversary cake at OurTMH’s celebration Tuesday. (Photo: Quinte News)

“We won’t go away” was the sentence du jour at the first anniversary celebration of the
residents advocacy group OurTMH today.

About 60 people gathered at the new Trent Port Marina to celebrate the accomplishments of the volunteer membership.

OurTMH was congratulated by several speakers for keeping issues public that are threatening the survival of Trenton Memorial Hospital.

Co-Chair of the organization Mike Cowan thanked the community for making its first year a success.


Cowan added that the group will continue to make suggestions and watch developments closely as various politicians and others work toward bringing new services to TMH.


Northumberland Quinte West MPP Lou Rinaldi praised the hard work and dedication of OurTMH and described ongoing efforts to create a healthcare hub at Trenton hospital, and confirmed that the federal Liberals were still planning to open two new Veterans Centres in the country soon. It’s hoped one of those will be opened at Trenton Memorial.

Meanwhile, Prince Edward Hastings MPP Todd Smith was happy that OurTMH had no plans to “go away.”


And Mayor of Quinte West Jim Harrison called OurTMH an “amazing group of people, who are unbelievably dedicated and hard-working.”

Mayor Harrison also said they had great ideas and those ideas were being listened to.


Also speaking at the celebration was Stuart Wright, a member of the Quinte Healthcare Board of Directors. He said OurTMH was an amazing example of democracy and the great things dedicated citizens could accomplish together.

2 men charged in family dispute

Two men have been charged in connection with a family dispute in Tweed.

Central Hastings OPP say they were called to a home on Hollister Road Monday morning in connection with an argument between two siblings.

A man from Parry Sound has been charged with assault and two counts of mischief.

He will appear in Quinte Regional court, Belleville, March 3.

A Tweed man of Tweed was charged with producing cannabis resin, and possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.

He will appear in court March 24.

Madoc woman charged in collision


A 74-year-old Madoc woman has been charged following a two vehicle collision yesterday afternoon.

At 2:50 p.m., Central Hastings OPP were called to the crash on Colborne Street at Jamieson Street in Tweed.

According to police the driver failed to stop at a stop sign and struck another vehicle.

She is charged with disobeying a stop sign – failing to stop under the Highway Traffic Act.

No injuries were reported.

Insurance company founder has died

David Mackay (L) pictured with Prince Edward Hastings MPP Todd Smith (R) during Mackay’s Insurance Brokers Inc 50th anniversary celebration in June 2015.  (Submitted photo)

David Mackay (L) pictured with Prince Edward Hastings MPP Todd Smith (R) during Mackay’s Insurance Brokers Inc 50th anniversary celebration in June 2015. (Submitted photo)

The founder of a long-time Belleville insurance company, David Mackay, has died.

David Makay, opened Mackay’s Insurance Brokers Inc. in Belleville in 1977, initially in Corbyville then moving to the Dundas Street location in the 90s.

The company has 16 employees, including the branch office in Napanee.

Mackay was a strong supporter of the Hastings Park Bible Church, bringing in out-of-town groups for concerts and a strong supporter of the former Belleville Bulls hockey team.

David Mackay was in his 78th year.

Burke’s Funeral Home is handling the funeral arrangements.

Hillier backs Liberal move in gas plant trial

The Progressive Conservative MPP for Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington has expressed his support for the Ontario government’s latest move in connection with the trials of two people in connection with the gas-plant issue.

In a letter to Ontario’s attorney general, Madeleine Meilleur, Randy Hillier says “The decision serves to mitigate clouds of suspicion that may have otherwise overcast on the proceedings for a public that is eager to see justice take its course.”

Meilleur has appointed the Public Prosecutions Service of Canada to act on behalf of the crown in the trials of former Dalton McGuinty staffers David Livingstone and Laura Miller.

Livingstone and Miller, face trial on charges of breach of trust for their alleged involvement in the destruction of government documents surrounding the cancellation by the provincial Liberal government of two gas-fired power plants.

Heavy rainfall warning across Quinte


A heavy rainfall warning is in effect for the Quinte region.

Environment Canada reports periods of snow mixed with ice pellets beginning late this evening will change to rain after midnight.

There is a risk of freezing rain late this evening and after midnight plus blowing snow and ice pellet amount 2 cm. Rainfall amount 10 to 15 mm. Expect strong winds. The low minus 1 with temperature rising to plus 4 by morning.

Showers are expected to let up tomorrow afternoon.

Motorists are advised to use caution on local roadways as increased rainfall may result in poor visibility.

Warkworth driver facing numerous charges

A Warkworth man is facing numerous charges after a police pursuit in Peterborough early Tuesday morning.

Peterborough County OPP saw a car being driven erratically around 1:00 a.m.

Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, however the driver continued into a private driveway.

Officer alleged the driver was impaired by drugs.

33 year old Michael White of Warkworth has been charged with impaired and dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, possession of a controlled substance, and driving with unauthorized plates and no insurance.

He is in court today.

Luc Brown earns OJHL conference honours

Ontario Junior Hockey League game action between Wellington and Trenton

Wellington Dukes forward Luc Brown has been named the OJHL’s North-East Conference player of the month for January.

Brown led the Conference with 10 goals and 19 points in 12 games last month. Four of his goals were game winners.

Brown also won “Gongshow Gear” Player of the Month honours in December and was runner-up in September.
Brown leads the OJHL with 72 points in 42 games.

Queen’s student pulled from Lake Ontairo

A Queen’s University student has been identified as the person found dead in the waters of Lake Ontario Monday.

On Friday, members from CFB Trenton, the OPP, Kingston Fire and other officials responded to the waters of Wolfe Island, after a man was seen either falling or jumping off the Wolfe Island Ferry.

A 23 year old unnamed man was pulled from the water yesterday.

His name has not yet been released.

Hospital bed breakdown


Changes to the deployment of Quinte area hospital beds will move into full effect later this year, but what does it mean?

Tuesday, QHC Chief of Staff Doctor Dick Zoutmann was on the Lorne Brooker Show to talk about the shift in beds between Trenton Memorial Hospital and Belleville General.

Zoutmann says TMH will be taking on the Complex Continuing Care beds from BGH.

ZOUTMANN ccc beds

Zoutmann says the Acute Care for the Elderly unit, is expected at BGH by April.

ZOUTMANN acute beds

Exact bed numbers and where they will go are in the table above.

QHC will have two fewer beds, after all the changes are enacted.

MPP Rinaldi hopeful budget has Quinte in it

Councillor Rob MacIntosh (L); Mayor Jim Harrison (C) and Deputy Mayor Jim Alyea (R) listen to deputations at the Quinte West council meeting February 1, 2016.  (Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

Councillor Rob MacIntosh (L); Mayor Jim Harrison (C) and Deputy Mayor Jim Alyea (R) listen to deputations at the Quinte West council meeting February 1, 2016. (Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

Northumberland Quinte West MPP Lou Rinaldi remains optimistic that there will be funds in the upcoming federal budget to help alleviate local infrastructure and healthcare woes.

Monday Rinaldi updated Quinte West council on a meeting he had last week in Ottawa with Minister of Finance Bill Morneau and his federal counterparts MP Neil Ellis, MP Mike Bossio and MP Kim Rudd.

Rinaldi says he made a request to establish a fixed formula base when it comes to infrastructure so each municipality knows what they’re going to get so they can bank on it when planning upcoming projects.

Rinaldi told council how the Minister seemed to have an appetite for the idea.

Mayor Jim Harrison says its exactly what the municipality needs.

“We do the applications and we lose for some reason,” Harrison says. “If there was a dedicated amount that we could draw from or bank then we would know what we have come budget time.”


Sinclair pleads “no contest”

The trial of a former Belleville businessman facing numerous charges in a Detroit court came to a surprise ending.

Jim Sinclair, the former owner of Bakelite property in Belleville, originally faced 23 charges.

One charge of running a “chop shop” involved the selling of parts of stolen cars.

He had 21 charges of receiving and concealing stolen property.

But when he appeared in Detroit court recently, before a judge alone, he pleaded “no contest” to 10 counts of receiving and concealing stolen property.

Wayne County assistant prosecutor Maria Miller told Quinte News that, for the purpose of sentencing, it is the same as a “guilty plea.”

Such a plea is granted by the court in cases where there is the potential for civil litigation.

Sinclair has been referred to probation for a pre-sentence report. Judge Thomas Cameron will hand down the sentence April 18.

Meanwhile Hastings County is awaiting the completion of the Detroit case before taking any action on nearly $700,000 worth of provincial offences fines owed to the court in Belleville by Sinclair.

For more on Sinclair click here:

Film festival takes centre stage at council

TIFF co-founders Bill Marshall (L) and Henk Van der Kolk (R) make a pitch for a Trenton film festival on February 1, 2016.  (Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

TIFF co-founders Bill Marshall (L) and Henk Van der Kolk (R) make a pitch for a Trenton film festival on February 1, 2016. (Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

If all goes according to plan Trenton could get a once in a life time opportunity to host a national film festival with key players from the Canadian Film Industry.

Monday night, Bill Marshall and Henk Van der Kolk of the Film Festival Development Consortium pitched a plan to Quinte West council that would see Trenton host ‘Cinema on the Trent’. It would be branded under the Film Street name.

The Toronto International Film Festival co-founders say they are looking for council to contribute $100,000 of the overall $1.6 million cost to get the plans off the ground.

Van der Kolk says it will go towards travel costs to present the festival proposal in major cities such as Ottawa and Montreal adding they have plans to get TIFF involved.

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Van der Kolk stold council that while this festival is not something you can make money off but everything around it from hotels to restaurants will thrive. He says it will put Quinte West on the map.

The plan is that multiple venues in Trenton would serve as theatres such as the National Air Force Museum, Military Hangars, the Centre Theatre, the Trenton High School and the Old Church.

Mayor Jim Harrison is very receptive to the idea.

Council agreed to accept their deputation and the matter will come back in two weeks for an official vote.

Local gymnasts tumble to gold

Quinte Bay Gymnastics logo

The trampoline and tumbling teams from the Quinte Bay Gymnastics Club competed at the Second Ontario Cup in Windsor this weekend.

12 year old Jared Matthews and 10 year old Hudson Mulvihill won their respective divisions. Also on the podium in tumbling were Nevin Valcamp and Kaylee Verboom. They finished in second place.

On the trampoline, Nevin Valcamp and Damien Nickerson led the way for Quinte Bay with a second and third place finish respectively.

Bruins recall Malcolm Subban

(The Intelligencer)

Former Belleville Bulls star goaltender Malcolm Subban has been recalled by the Boston Bruins. He’ll back-up Tuukka Rask after Jonas Gustavsson landed on the injured list with an undisclosed illness.

Subban has appeared in 26 games for the AHL Providence Bruins posting a 2.45 goals against average and a very good .913 save percentage. Subban appeared in part of one game for Boston last year.

MacPherson and Schmoll top the podium

(Haleigh MacPherson and Anna Schmoll)

Two more Batawa Ski Teams were on the slopes in Alpine Ontario events this weekend.

Batawa’s Under 12 Wildcats were at Devil’s Elbow for their first slalom of the season. Haleigh MacPherson and Anna Schmoll led the pack with a one-two finish.

The Under 16 Batawa Bandits took part in a giant slalom race hosted by Georgian Peaks. Top local performances were turned in by Abby McLean and Jake Hollinger.

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A photo finish for contest winners

Rock 107's Justin Anderson is presented with a plaque of his first prize photo of the Murray Canal in the 2015 Quinte West photo contest at tje council meeting on February 1, 2016.  (Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

Rock 107′s Justin Anderson is presented with a plaque of his first prize photo of the Murray Canal in the 2015 Quinte West photo contest at the council meeting on February 1, 2016. (Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

The winners of Quinte West’s 2015 photo contest were recognized at council Monday night.

Rock 107′s Justin Anderson was presented with a plaque of his first place photo of the Murray Canal.

Second place finisher Tim Morris’ photo of the Gate at Fraser park will appear on the City’s Christmas card this year.

A third place prize went to Sean Scally for his photo of the sunrise at the marina.

Honourable mentions Keyhan Mottahedin, Robert Poulain, Helene Clusian, and Dave Carnahan also received awards for their entries last night.

Belleville police release February 2

Belleville Police Service responded to 42 calls for service from 31 January 2016 at 5:00 am to 01 February 2016 at 5:00 am.

Missing Person- Adult

Belleville, Ontario- On the 01 February 2016 at 5Pm, Belleville Police investigated the report of a missing person from a Lesley Street residence. Rachel Welham, 20yrs was last seen walking in the area. She is described as Caucasian, 5’5” 110lbs, long red hair, wearing a beige coat and black leggings. She also has a nose ring and 2 lip rings. Anyone knowing her whereabouts is asked to call Belleville Police.

Missing Person- Youth

Belleville, Ontario- On the 01 February 2016 at 9Pm, Belleville Police investigated the report of a missing youth. Amber Eckhardt 16yrs was last seen at the Quinte Mall at approximately 8:30Pm. She is described as Caucasian, 5’5”, 145lbs, brown hair, blue eyes wearing glasses, dark pants, dark grey sweater dress and black boots. Anyone knowing her whereabouts is asked to call Belleville Police


Belleville, Ontario- On 02 February 2016 at 1:20AM an officer patrolling Front Street observed 2 males that were attempting to initiate a fight. A 26yr old male from Belleville was arrested for public intoxication and transported to Belleville Police for his own safety. He was released when sober.

Another tough budget in Stirling Rawdon

The budget process is underway in Stirling-Rawdon and after just one meeting, things already aren’t looking good as far as a tax hike goes.

Mayor Rodney Cooney tells Quinte News the municipality is facing some major provincial budget cutbacks this year, which have been on the way for some time.


Cooney says at this point, they need to cut $400,000 from last year’s $3.4 million financial plan and residents should expect a tax hike in the 10% range.

Cooney says in the past two years alone the province has pulled back $1.1 million dollars in financial help.

Brighton council in brief

Council code of conduct to return

Mayor Mark Walas and Councillor Mary Tadman have decided to give a Council Code of Conduct another try after being instrumental in eliminating the last one almost a year ago to the day.
Walas says it makes sense now to review it again with all the talk of accountability and transparency happening in council chambers lately.
The motion will come before council during the February 16 meeting.

Cost of freedom is province-wide

A recent story on the cost of a freedom of information requests lead to a report on costs, and Mayor Mark Walas says it’s not the cost of freedom in Brighton, it’s the cost of FOI requests in the province.
There were several complaints of the costs being rather excessive, but Deputy Clerk Vicki Kimmett says she’s following the costs outlined in the Act.
There were nine FOI requests last year, and three so far this year. Previously there were none to Kimmett’s knowledge.

Lakeside Landing subdivision still under fire

Mayor Mark Walas’ subdivision is stalled after residents teamed up to take the matter to the Ontario Municipal Board.
Meanwhile one resident has been trying to get answers to his questions and says he’s being stonewalled.
Resident Ray Yurkowski, whose home backs onto the proposed subdivision south of Lakeshore, has been asking questions about fill being dumped on the lands that appears to violate the municipal property standards bylaws.
Councillor John Martinello said Yurkowski deserves answers.
Due to the lack of staff at the meeting, the matter was referred to the planning consultant and the bylaw officer for a report.

Strat plan on hold

Without a CAO, Brighton council felt a new strategic plan should be put on hold until a new one is hired.
Mayor Mark Walas said the applications for a new CAO close on February 11.
Council has been operating under a strategic plan from 2009.

Rinaldi to honour Hugh O’Neil

Northumberland Quinte West MPP Lou Rinaldi speaks at council February 1, 2016.  (Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

Northumberland Quinte West MPP Lou Rinaldi addresses at council February 1, 2016. (Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

A beloved member of the local community will be honoured by Northumberland Quinte West MPP Lou Rinaldi with a special tribute at Queen’s Park this month.

Hugh O Neil passed away suddenly on September 14, 2015 at the age of 79. The former teacher, businessman and Member of Provincial Parliament served from 1975 to 1995 and held several cabinet positions.

Rinaldi told Quinte West council Monday night that it will be difficult to speak about his long time friend but he is honoured to be given the opportunity.


The tribute will be held on February 17 at 10:30 a.m.

It can be watched live on the Parliament channel.

Mayor Jim Harrison says the City is arranging to have a bus service take members of the public at a cost so they can attend. He adds there will be an opportunity to speak with provincial leaders as well as tours.

Contact the city for further details.

Future activity on Bell Boulevard

Manager of policy planning Art MacKay and acting chair of Belleville's planning committee Councillor Mike Graham prepare for the meeting , February 1. 2016. (Photo: Mary Thomas/!Quinte News)

Manager of policy planning Art MacKay, left, and acting chair of Belleville’s planning committee Councillor Mike Graham prepare for the meeting , February 1. 2016. (Photo: Mary Thomas/Quinte News)

More development in the future on Belleville’s Bell Boulevard.

Belleville’s planning committee had before it tonight a rezoning application for a site at 773 and 777 Bell Boulevard.

The applicants, Shady Ridge Stock Farms Inc and Jack and Charlie Real Estate Holdings, requested a change to allow the development of the land for commercial condominium purposes.

It would be in five blocks.

There are two buildings on the site now and three more blocks would be added. In the commercial and retail development all five blocks would share common services and roadway.

Spokesperson Keith Watson:


Watson says it’s an indication of the continuing development action happening on Bell Boulevard.

The planning committee is recommending that city council approve the application.

Code of Conduct clarification

We need to clarify a story we ran last week about a Prince Edward County committee of whole motion that could see its code of conduct policy turned into a By-Law.

As we reported on Thursday January 28, The County could be getting tougher on how it deals with complaints – one being Sophiasburgh councillor Bill Roberts’ letter to the editor that was published in a local newspaper criticizing council’s decision to downsize before the By-Law was enacted.

In his letter to the editor of the Picton Gazette published on January 21, Roberts stated why he opposed the inappropriate status quo, or the “Status Quo Lite” 9-Ward proposal.

The matter was approved by council in November 15, 2015 and The Bi-Law was approved on Tuesday January 26.

Council could have rejected that By-Law as the matter was not finalized.

There was some confusion that the letter had been published after the Bi-law was enacted but that was not the case.

We apologize for any confusion regarding the timeline of Roberts’ letter to the editor as we stated in our original article it was written before the 9 ward plan/By-Law was enacted.

Gleaners’ gala tops money expectations

The Gleaners Food Bank “Down Mexico Way” gala raised thousands more money than organizers expected.

Spokesperson Suzanne Quinlan says the total raised was $23,000, more than the $15,000 to-20,000 expected.

Quinlan says the money will be used to buy new compressors for the walk-in freezer and refrigeration unit.


Quinlan says Gleaners Food Bank is a regional food bank for an area stretching from Picton to Bancroft and Brighton to Napanee.

About 200 people attended the gala event held at the Banquet Centre in Belleville Saturday night.

Trillium grant helps Trenton

(Google Streetview)

(Google Streetview)

The Trenton Curling Club has received a financial hand from the Trillium Foundation.

On Sunday, dignitaries were on hand at the rink, to hand over $10,000 to members of the club.

The dollars will be used to complete renovations to the roof of the building on King Street.

The City of Quinte West completed the work on one half, while the Trillium donation will pair for the remainder of the work.

Bancroft inventor heading to the den

(photo: Facebook)

(photo: Facebook)

A Bancroft native is heading to the Dragon’s Den for help with his innovation on knee pads.

His name is Henry Bickle and the invention is the Knee Capper.

It is a strapless knee pad, for trades people, landscapers and others who spend a lot of time working on the ground.

Bickle tells Quinte News says anyone can use them.


Bickle is heading to Toronto on Saturday, to audition for the show.

He says he would love to get $50,000 for 25 percent of his invention.

High times and high speeds in Brighton

A heavy foot lead to drug charges in Brighton.

On Saturday Northumberland OPP were doing radar enforcement on the 401, when they clocked an SUV driving 152 km/h in the westbound lanes.

Officials say illegal drug use was evident in the vehicle.

21 year old Andrew Jato of Belleville has been charged with possession, driving with a suspended license and stunt driving.

Five others from the GTA and Kitchener have also been charged.

The vehicle was impounded and Jato has been handed another license suspension.

The six will appear in court March 2nd in Cobourg.

The following passengers have been charged with the noted offence:

Marcus OPOKU-WARE age 22 of Toronto, ON

Shacquille WILSON age 21 of Toronto, ON

Darren CLARKE age 21 of Etobicoke, ON

Nathaniel BARTLEY age 22 of Etobicoke, ON

All are charged with Possession of a Schedule II substance – cannabis marihuana – under 30g

Andrew JATO age 21 of Belleville, ON (driver)

Is charged with Possession of a Schedule II substance – cannabis marihuana – under 30g, driving while his licence is under suspension and Stunt Driving – excessive speed.

Ahmed SAID-AHMED age 28 of Kitchener, ON (vehicle owner, passenger)

Is charged with Possession of a Schedule II substance – cannabis marihuana – under 30g and Permitting an unlicenced driver to drive motor vehicle.

Ellis, Bossio named to federal committees


Bay of Quinte M.P Neil Ellis has been given a seat on the committee overseeing Veterans Affairs.

Ellis, who has Canada’s largest airbase in his riding, says all parties will be part of the group.


He says the Liberals have made veterans a main priority and he is looking forward to overseeing their care.

Hastings Lennox and Addington M.P Mike Bossio was named to the Environment committee, as well as Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.

Miller’s Monday sports comment

The National Hockey League did a good job of “fixing” their All Star format.


Jack Miller’s sports comment is heard daily (except Thurs.) at 12:15 on CJBQ 800 and

Rinaldi sees brighter days

Northumberland Quinte West MPP Lou Rinaldi says he and many others are working hard to bring services and stability to Trenton Memorial Hospital.

And, Rinaldi told a group of people from the advocacy group OurTMH Saturday that he was optimistic that
a healthcare hub would be created at the hospital, and that it might even include a Veterans’ Centre.

However, he said that, last year, the closure of Trenton Memorial was an option being closely looked at by Quinte Health Care management as it struggled with declining funding.

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Saturday, OurTMH presented MPP Rinaldi with over 1,800 letters of support for his and other politicians work to bring new services in to vacant space at the hospital.

Local teen in critical condition

Anson Road

A local teen is in critical condition after a car slammed into a tree over the weekend.

On Friday night, Stirling-Rawdon Police and other emergency crews were called to Anson Road, near Carmel in Rawdon Township after the car driven by a local 16 year old hit the tree.

Paramedics rushed the boy to Sunnybrook in Toronto where he is currently listed in serious but stable condition.

Stirling-Rawdon Police Chief Dario Cecchin says, although the cause is not known at this time, it does not involve alcohol or drugs.

No other details are known.

Cousins suits up for AHL All Star game tonight

Nick Cousins
(Nick Cousins)

The American Hockey League all-star game goes tonight in Syracuse, New York.

The AHL will follow the NHL’s 3-on-3 format of mini games to be played between the 4 divisions. Belleville native Nick Cousins of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms will suit up for the Atlantic Division All Stars. Cousins has 38 points in 38 games for the top farm team of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Podium finish for Batawa skiers

(Reeena Lui and Annissa Bray)

Two competitors from the Under 14 Batawa Ski racing team medalled in an Alpine Ontario event at Craigleith Ski Club at Blue Mountains.

Reena Lui finished second and Annissa Bray was 3rd following combined results after two runs. Jaxon Starbuck was the top Batawa boy.

The Batawa Tigers travel back to Collingwood for a slalom race next Saturday at Blue Mountain.

Golden Hawks win – Dukes lose

Mixed results for our Junior “A” teams yesterday.

Wellington Dukes Logo
The OJHL’s North Division leading Marham Royals defeated the visiting Wellington Dukes 3-1. Ben Sokay with Wellington’s lone goal and Sam Tanguay stopped 37 shots. The Dukes are in Newmarket Thursday night.


The Golden Hawks pulled one out in Pickering. Mitch Emerson scored the winner at 18:33 of the third to give Trenton a 2-1 victory in Pickering. Josh Allen scored the other. The Golden Hawks are in Kingston Thursday night.

Quinte Red Devils weekly report

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Foley Bus Lines – Minor Peewee
The Foley Bus Lines Minor Peewee Red Devils hosted two games this past week in ETA action at the Yardman Arena. The Devils took four more points with two wins against the Kingston Jr. Frontenacs and the Oshawa Generals. On Wednesday January 27, the Kingston Jr. Frontenacs hit the big ice at the Yardman Arena against the Foley Bus Liners. The Fronts got on the board early as they scored first in the opening frame. The Devils rallied for two goals in the 2nd period as Phoenix Smith and Kendrick Webster found the back of the Fronts net. Blake Ellis and Donovan McCoy provided the 2nd period assists. The Frontenacs would even the game early in the 3rd period; but, Connor Hunt would score the game winner with just under 5 min left in the game. Corbin Roach and Donovan McCoy provided the helpers on the Hunt goal. The Devils would hold on to win the game 3 to 2 with Andrew Munro going the distance in the Devils net.

On Saturday January 30, the Red Devils hosted the Oshawa Generals at the Yardman Arena. It was all Devils in the first period as Cooper Matthews, Kendrick Webster and Connor Hunt lit the lamp. Sami Douglas-Najem provided two assists while Trevor Hoskin, Corbin Roach, Aaron Brown and Cole Campbell each had singles. The Devils would add a fourth goal on a power play late in the third as Aaron Brown found the back of the net on assists from Rheydan McCoy and Connor Hunt. Oshawa would finally get on the board with just over two minutes left on a breakaway goal, but it wasn’t enough as the Devils win 4 to 1. Corbin Votary was on duty in the Devils cage.

Next action for the Foley Bus Lines Minor Peewee Red Devils is Feb 6, at the Yardman Arena as the Devils host Kingston. Puck drop is at 5:30pm.

CrossFit Belleville – Bantam
The CrossFit Belleville Bantams played host to the Central Ontario Wolves who are seeking a destination with third place and avoiding Whitby in the first round of the ETA Playoffs.

The Red Devils would start the game but unfortunately not until the second period where they finally distanced themselves from the Wolves in effort, execution and the scoreboard. The coaches needed the intermission in order to set the boys straight and get them focused, they responded within the first 90 seconds scoring twice.

The Wolves mounted an attack of their own but as good teams often are able to accomplish, the CrossFit Belleville Bantams kept the Wolves to the perimeter of the ice and only allowed one goal to slip past Ethan Taylor who was in net for the Devils.

The third period would be all Quinte and they would skate to a 5-1 victory. Goals were scored by Emmet Peirce, Daniel Panetta, Jake Campbell, Michael Andrews and a short-handed hard working beauty by Nolan Seto while assists went to Jake Campbell(2), Emmet Pierce(2), Daniel Panetta(2), Dalton Bancroft and Logan White.

Next up for the CrossFit Belleville Bantams is a weekend tilt with the York Simcoe Express who currently resides in second place in the West ETA Division, then off to Peterborough on Sunday to face the Pete’s to round out the regular season.

The path required to advance to the OMHA Finals is not yet known but the Red Devils are getting focused on finishing the OMHA Playoffs with an OMHA Gold Medallion and thus have changed up some routines in preparation for a long victorious journey.

Madison Excavating – Minor Atom
The Madison Excavating Minor Atoms further secured their ETA east lead with 4 points this weekend in league play with 2 wins. The Minor Atoms travelled to the Peterborough Memorial Centre to face the Petes. The Devils wasted no time getting on the scoreboard and closed up the first period with a 3-0 lead.

Scoring in the first were Liam Philip, Brody Partridge and Ben Vreugdenhil, assisted by Deacon Ellis, Braedyn Rogers, Philip and Kirk Stevenson. While the Petes managed to sneak one passed the Devils in the second, the Red Devils answered back with another 3 of their own. Scoring one each were Landon Wright, Jared Langdon and Philip, assisted by Rogers, Stevenson and Gage Butcher. Nolan Donnelly added one more in the third, assisted by Partridge to give the Devils the 7-1 win. Glen McInnes was solid between the pipes for the Red Devils.

Looking to add to their winning streak and their first place position, the Red Devils hosted the Clarington Toros at RCAF on Sunday. The Devils were fast out of the gate and made it a 1-0 game before the end of the first with an unassisted goal by Wright. The Toros tied it up early in the second but the Red Devils responded with 3 goals of their own in the second to take a 4-1 lead. Scoring for the Devils were Langdon (2) and Donnelly, assisted by Wright, Carson Campbell and Butcher. In the third the Toros tried to battle back with 3 goals of their own but the Devils were undeterred and tucked in 3 more, including an empty netter to take the 7-4 win. Scoring in the third for the Devils were Thomas Kuipers, Butcher and Langdon, assisted by Partridge, Vreugdenhil, Philip and Stevenson. Dean Spry stood tall in the net for the Devils with some key saves.

The Madison Excavating Minor Atoms are back in action this week hosting the Central Ontario Wolves in Marmora on Wednesday at 7:00pm and will travel to face the Wolves again in Lindsay on Saturday.

Bonn Law – Atom
The Bonn Law Quinte Red Devils Major Atom Team earned three out of four points this weekend in league play. On Saturday, the Devils travelled to Lindsey where they took on the Central Ontario Wolves. Tucker McKichan looked sharp in the net early in the game, turning away a few good scoring chances by the Wolves in the first period. The Devils found another gear in the second period, and scored 4 unanswered goals. The Wolves answered back with one of their own before the end of the second, but the Devils lit the lamp three more times in the third to win the game 7-1. Scoring for the Devils in the win was Cal Uens (2), Nick Oke, Ethan Quick, Christopher Brydges, Ben Lynch and Jack Dever. Assisting on the goals was Tyson Carr (2), Bellavance, Dever, Oke, Lynch, Uens, Spencer Cranley and Joey Coates. Tucker McKichan stood tall in net to earn the win.

On Sunday, the Red Devils were at home to the Ajax-Pickering Raiders. The Raiders opened up the scoring with two minutes left in the first period. The Red Devils answered back early in the second period when Cal Uens scored a shorthanded goal on a pass from Vince Bellavance. It took just 30 seconds for the Raiders to take the lead back, but this time Ethan Quick tied the game at two on a pass from Ethan Osborne. Once again, the Raiders took the lead just over a minute later, and added another before the end of the second to take a two goal lead heading into the third period. It took just three minutes in the third period for the Devils to tie the game, on goals from Spencer Cranley and Uens, with his second short-handed tally of the game. One more time, it was the Raiders who regained the lead with just over six minutes to play. With the extra attacker, the Devils managed to tie the game with 32 seconds left, as Cal Uens completed the hat-trick in the game. Bellavance added two more assists in the game, while Ben Lynch (2), Ethan Osborne, Ben Danford and Uens also added helpers on the goals. Jacob Brown earned the tie in net.

Free Flow Petroleum – Minor Bantam
On Jan. 27, the Free Flow Petroleum Minor Bantams tangled with the Kingston Jr. Frontenacs, and had to settle for a 1-1 draw. Jacob Vreugdenhil scored for the Red Devils, on assists from Gavyn Stevenson and Zach Lavergne.

On Jan. 30, the team headed to Lindsay to meet up with the Central Ontario Wolves in their ongoing dance for second place in the ETA east. What remained a 1-goal game into the third unfortunately dissolved into a 4-0 win for the Wolves.

On Jan. 31, QRD shook off the headache of the night before and cashed in an 8-0 performance over the Ajax-Pickering Raiders. Karsten Leonard put 3 in the net, followed by Jacob Gilbert, Jacob Vreugdenhil, Connor MacGregor, Adam Thistlethwaite and Marshall McFarland. A supporting cast of Curtis Dicks, Treyton Finch, Zach Lavergne, MacGregor, Leonard and Thistlethwaite, all assisted. Nick McGowan picked up the shut-out between the pipes for the Red Devils.

Next up is a rematch with Ajax-Pickering on Saturday Feb 6 at 1 pm, at the Wally Dever Arena, with two weekends to go before play-offs.

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Belleville police release February 01

Belleville Police Service responded to 41 calls for service from 31 January 2016 at 5:00 am to 01 February 2016 at 5:00 am.

Theft- Mobility Scooter

Belleville, Ontario- On the 31st of January 2016 at 10:22 am Belleville Police investigated the theft of a mobility scooter while parked outside of a business on Sidney Street. Sometime during the previous hour unknown persons removed the mobility scooter from the sidewalk. The scooter is described as being blue in colour with a basket on the front. Anyone having information about this incident is asked to call Belleville Police or Quinte Crime Stoppers.


Belleville, Ontario- On the 31st of January 2016 at approximately 9:42 pm Belleville Police received a report of a disturbance in the area of Pinnacle Street and McAnnany St. Police attended and spoke with a female who reported she had been assaulted. Police located a 30yr old male from Belleville nearby and he was arrested. He is charged with assault and breach of probation. He is being held for a bail hearing on 01 February 2016 in Belleville Provincial Court. The female received minor injuries that did not require medical attention.

Shell game for beds at QHC


The number will stay about the same, but a bit of a shell game with beds at the four local hospitals.

First off, there are no changes in beds for Prince Edward Memorial, or North Hastings Hospital, Bancroft will stay at six, Picton, 12.

Trenton Memorial will add two beds, but are losing six beds in acute care.

At BGH, 30 beds will be set for acute care for the elderly, while Complex Continuing Care, which is currently 18, will be removed completely.

There will also be a reduction in a dozen beds at BGH in medicine.

Overall, it will only mean a removal of two beds across the four hospitals.

Hockey, movies and more in Quinte West

There will be a line-up at the public podium tonight at a meeting of Quinte West council.

Speaking to council and answering questions will be MPP Lou Rinaldi, and representatives from the Trenton Goldenhawks, representatives for a proposed international film festival for the city, and the Ontario Provincial Police.

The OPP will describe a new program, launched in a partnership with the local Alzheimer’s Society, that will help locate, more quickly,  people with Alzheimer’s who wander away.

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

Tonight’s Brighton council meeting

The surge in Freedom of Information requests made to the Municipality of Brighton will be discussed again at a meeting of Brighton council tonight.

Recently, staff revealed that there had been 9 Freedom of Information requests made by residents last year, up from only one in 2014.

In a new report, Deputy Clerk Vicki Kimmett reports that there were actually 12 FOI requests last year, and none the year previous.

The report also outlines many subject areas that must be kept secret no matter how many requests there are.

Meanwhile, there will be more discussion on a controversial sub-division proposed for Brighton at tonight’s meeting of Brighton council.

The development, given draft approval 9 years ago, is called Lakeside Landing and is owned by Mark Walas.

Residents have expressed concerns that the municipal approvals process wasn’t being followed and
that the dumping of fill onto the vacant land has caused water problems in their neighborhood.

Tonight, council will vote on a motion to have staff provide a detailed report on all approvals and communications regarding the proposed sub-division.

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

Loyalist Career Fair Wednesday


Loyalist College is getting set to host their 19th annual Career Fair Wednesday.

The fair is an opportunity for employers and those looking for work to begin networking about full and part time positions.

Students and attendees have a chance to talk one on one with companies, to find out about possible careers and future possibilities.

Computers and internet access for job searches, assistance with resumes and cover letters and meeting with alumni is also part of the event.

It is taking place in the main building from 10:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m.

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