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Week of Jul 27, 2015

JTF2 6 years out :Norlock

It appears the new elite forces members planned for CFB Trenton are still a long way from arrival.

Northumberland Quinte West MP Rick Norlock made the following statement on the Lorne Brooker Show.

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We are expecting further detail this morning from Norlock on when he anticipates arrival.

The special unit, JTF2, is scheduled to relocate to the base, bringing 600 military personnel as well as civilians and their families.


Lady Bulldogs on national stage

Two members of the Belleville Bulldogs Rugby Club will compete with the Ontario Storm Senior Womens’ team at the inaugural Canadian East Regional Championships outside of Montreal this weekend.

Katie Svoboda and Cindy Nelles, are both students at McMaster University and members of the National Womens League Championship team a year ago. Ontario will play Atlantic on Sunday and Quebec on Monday.


Marine units ready for long weekend

The long weekend is just around the corner and the OPP are gearing up to be on local waterways.

Members of the Prince Edward, Quinte West, Northumberland, Central Hastings, Napanee, Bancroft and Kaladar units will be watching those on the water, particularly Friday through Monday.

Officer Janice Sawbridge says its one of the marine units busiest weekends of the year.

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Sawbridge says they look for two things in particular.

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There is a full listing of what you need to carry in your boat if you click here


Classic Country in Centennial Park

Quinte West is getting ready to go county this weekend, with the 24th annual Classic County Music Reunion and Jamboree.

Things begin Thursday afternoon in Centennial Park, as campers can start moving in.

The music gets underway tonight at 7:00 p.m, with open mic night.

Friday the great acts start the party, with the open fiddle jam.

Acts at this years events include Stompin Jon, returnee Darlene Brooks, John Lester, James Ryce and many more.

The annual general meeting is also happening at this years event.

A full listing of events and preformance schedules are available by clicking here


Boil water advisory in Brighton

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A boil water advisory is in effect in Brighton.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit has issued the Boil Water Advisory this afternoon after a drop in pressure was reported in the municipality’s water system. The Boil Water Advisory will remain in effect until further notice.

Municipal officials confirm a watermain break has occurred at the intersection of Alice and George Streets causing the reduced pressure.

Water which is to be used for drinking, making baby food, mixing formula or fruit juices, ice, washing fruits and vegetables, or teeth brushing must first be boiled. Begin timing for one minute only after the water has reached a full rolling boil on your stove or in your kettle.

The Health Unit also advises storing the cooled, boiled water in a container, which has been sanitized and has a lid or other means of covering the container.

Bottled Water is being handed out from 6-9 p.m. at the King Edward Community Centre at 75 Elizabeth Street in Brighton.


Infrastructure dollars rolling in

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Municipalities across Hastings and Prince Edward counties are receiving the “first” installment of the 2015 federal gas tax funding, a total of $6,636,580.

Of this, Belleville picks up $2.8 million.

The money, which is the same every year over a five year period, must be used for infrastructure work, such as roads, water and sewer, and buildings.

Other local municipalities receiving funds include: Prince Edward County $1.4 million; Centre Hastings – $131,000; Madoc $63,000; Marmora and Lake $117,000; Stirling-Rawdon $144,000 , Tweed $175,000 and Tyendinaga Township – $120,000.


Charges laid after OPP assaulted responding to party

A group of people from St. Catherines are facing charges including assaulting police following an incident at a family gathering in Hastings Highlands over the weekend.

On Saturday night, Bancroft OPP were called to a residence on Highway 62 in the area of Bird’s Creek where there was a party with several people drinking alcohol. Police learned a dispute had broken out and a domestic assault had occurred.

While investigating, a glass container was thrown at officers by one of the partiers.
A 60-year-old man was charged with assault and a 30-year-old woman was charged with two counts of assaulting police.

Several others who had been at the party were found walking down the highway and two men from were charged with being drunk in public.


Our TMH getting set to host public meeting

Our TMH meeting Wednesday July 29, 2015.  (Photo: Tim Durkin / Quinte News)

Our TMH meeting Wednesday July 29, 2015. (Photo: Tim Durkin / Quinte News)

A group looking to improve health care in Quinte West, is getting set for their first major presentation to the public.

Yesterday, Our TMH discussed how important the public will be in getting better hospital service at Trenton Memorial.

Chair John Smylie says one option for TMH is making it a hospital and health care centre.

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Our TMH says they want more public ownership of TMH, will a looser relationship with Quinte Healthcare.

More details on their proposal can be found here

Trenton Memorial is still apart of Quinte Health Care and there has been no separation at this point however the Our TMH committee is looking at a plan that would include some ownership on their behalf and the City of Quinte West.


Three vehicle collision in The County

One person is in hospital following a three vehicle collision on County Road three and Pulver Road in Carrying Place this afternoon.

Constable Anthony Mann says an occupant in one of the vehicles was taken to hospital with unknown injuries around 1:40 p.m.

OPP are investigating.

There are no more details at this time.


3 people charged in Napanee police chase

Charges have been laid against three people following high speed chase in Napanee that ended on waters of the Bay of Quinte near the Deseronto area.

Just after 5 p.m. a Napanee OPP officer attempted to stop a BMW on River Road he says was being driven by a man known to him as a disqualified driver. There were two other occupants in the car.

Police say when the officer tried to stop the BMW the driver accelerated weaving through a busy construction site at high speeds.

Numerous vehicles were forced off the road and the vehicle continued southbound on County Road 8. The suspects then fled on foot into a wooded area near County Road 9. Police contained the area.

The suspects then jumped in small dingy, attempting to paddle across the Bay. With the assistance of residents police were able to utilize three vessels and arrested the suspects on the water.

50-year-old Gerry South of Napanee is charged with flight from police, driving while disqualified, dangerous operation of a vehicle, theft under $5,000 and breach of probation.

22-year-old Andrew MacDonald of Napanee and 18-year-old Alisha Thomson are both charged with theft under $5,000.

All three are scheduled for a bail hearing in Napanee today.


Heavy traffic slowing Glenora Ferry service

View of Glenora Ferry from Lake on the Mountain in Prince Edward County.  (Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

View of Glenora Ferry from Lake on the Mountain in Prince Edward County. (Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

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A steady flow of summer traffic has put the Glenora Ferry off-schedule.

Officials with the ferry service that runs between Picton and Aldolphus town say it’s loading and loading as fast as it can to ensure motorists get to their preferred destination in a timely manner.

During normal operations there would be two vessels running every 15 minutes.

But as we reported earlier this month, in order to facilitate the mandatory maintenance of the Wolfe Islander III, the Glenora Ferry is running a reduced schedule with only one vessel until September 7.

Alternate routes into the County include highways 49 and 62.

Earlier today a press release was sent out stating the ferry was temporarily down due to a power outage and a problem with its backup power system.

The ferry service sent out a tweet saying that report was sent by mistake.


More federal funding in Quinte

The funding train is continuing in the Quinte area over the next 24 hours.

MP Daryl Kramp was in Tweed Wednesday, to announce improvements to the boat launch in Tweed Memorial Park.

Kramp says fishing in local waterways is huge for tourism, including Stoco Lake.

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$71,000 is being given for the project.

Meantime in Centre Hastings, the federal government also committed $6,175 for accessibility for St John Baptist Anglican Church on Durham Street in Madoc.

On Thursday, more funding announcements are scheduled for Stirling and Marmora.


Brighton cooling centre open

Due to the continuing hot humid weather the Municipality of Brighton will have a cooling center open at the King Edward Park Arena located at 75 Elizabeth Street, Brighton,

The centre will be open Wednesday July 29th from 12:00 pm till 8:00 p.m.

Further updates will be provided as the hot humid weather continues.


Impaired campaign finds few impaireds

Quinte West OPP have released details on their month long campaign on impaired driving in the municipality.

It went from June 15th to July 15th and police identified several areas, where impaired drivers frequent.

Several hundred drivers were stopped, with only two people being charged with impaired.


B and e on Hamilton road

A home that connects Trenton to Belleville was broken into Monday morning.

Quinte West OPP were called to the home on Hamilton Road, where catalytic convertors, tools, two welders and other tools were stolen.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Quinte West OPP or Crimestoppers.


Batman spotted in Napanee

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(photo: courtesy Facebook)

Drivers returning from a weekend away Sunday night, saw an unusual site on the 401 near Napanee.

Batman, in his Batsuit, working on his Batmobile on the side of a highway.

Stephen Lawrence, who has been dressing as the Caped Crusader since he lost his father as a teenager

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He says he was driving home from a charity event in Kingston when he heard something rattling in his Batmobile.

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Lawrence says the car was fine, but his ride gets gawkers wherever he goes.


County to choose facilitator to run public meetings

Prince Edward County council.  (Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

Prince Edward County council. (Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

Prince Edward County council was quick to give the final okay putting the matter of whether or not to downsize its members out to the public.

Last night, council approved unveiling four shortlisted plans at a series of 10 scheduled public meetings set for September.

Mayor Robert Quaiff says it’s surprising that the matter was pushed through with no comment but he thinks its proves the majority of council is committed to showing the public the four plans and getting feedback.

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The meeting will be held in August to discuss picking facilitator to run the meetings.

The plans include 10 councillors plus a mayor with the current 10 wards; 13 councillors plus a mayor with nine wards; three electoral wards with either 9, 12, or 15 councillors; or keeping the status quo.


County receives legal advice on appealing wind farm

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

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

Prince Edward County council has obtained confidential legal information in regards to appealing the recent provincial decision to issue a Renewable Energy Approval to WPD White Pines for a 27 wind turbine project.

Council wasted no time Tuesday night, moving into closed session to receive a report from the County solicitor.

Mayor Robert Quaiff respectfully declined to divulge the details of the report stating, “No comment.”

In open session, council voted against taking any immediate action and decided only to receive the report.

Following the July 16 approval, Prince Edward Hastings MPP Todd Smith and number of environmental groups including Nature Canada, Ontario Nature and American Bird Conservancy joined Quaiff in expressing their concerns saying there is sound data the project could impact the area that is important for many species at risk.

In an earlier interview, Kevin Surette, manager of communications said WPD has reviewed the 21 project approval requirements to protect the environment and wildlife adding the company believes they will be able to work within those conditions.

With the July 31 appeal deadline quickly approaching Quaiff says they will have to wait to see if someone does make an appeal. At this time, Quaiff says no one to his knowledge has stepped up to appeal the 59 megawatt industrial wind farm destined for South Marysburgh and Athol.

Quaiff says he recognizes launching an appeal is a very expensive venture alluding to the legal bills the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists have racked up throughout their appeal of the Gilead Power project.

In his opinion, Quaiff says the appeal process is a continuation of a flawed process. “You’re given 15 days to appeal and there’s only two ways to file,” he says. “You’re given 15 days to have months and months of research already prepared and ready to go or you’re destined to fail.”

On Thursday, mayor Quaiff wrote the offices of Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Glen Murray on the issue. He says he has also called and left voice messages adding he’s hopeful that he will receive a call from their offices agreeing to a meeting. To date Quaiff has received no response from either office.

“I’m fearful an appeal will be launched by the time the Premier or the Minister get in touch with me and their response will be no comment, closing the window of opportunity to discuss anything,” Quaiff says.

The clearly frustrated mayor says he’s not sure what else he can do.

Mayor Quaiff will be appearing on CBC Radio’s Ontario Morning with host Wei Chen on Wednesday July 29 at 7:12 a.m. to discuss the issue.


Drug security breach at Kingston hospital

A security breach related to the removal of a drug used for pain relief at a hospital in Kingston has prompted both an internal and police investigation.

Providence Care’s St. Mary’s of the Lake Hospital released a statement this afternoon saying in June of this year they learned a nurse with access to narcotics stored on the palliative care unit on 2 South removed hydromorphone (Dilaudid).

Providence Care President and CEO Cathy Szabo says based on the hospital’s internal investigation they believe it occurred over a period of two and a half years. She says there may have been some impact to some patients with respect to the dosage of pain medication they received.

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Szabo says they have met with the patients and their families on that floor to assure them the nurse is no longer working within the organization.

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Szabo says how the narcotics were removed and the amount removed are under investigation.

Providence has established a toll-free phone number, 1-844-849-9166, for patients and family members who have questions or concerns related to this incident on the palliative care unit. A staff member will answer the toll-free number between the hours of 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday to Friday.


Driver charged after cyclist hit in Picton

A 34-year-old Campbellford man has been charged after a cyclist was hit by vehicle in Picton yesterday afternoon.

At 4:30 p.m. OPP were called to the collision at Main and Washburn Streets.

The police investigation revealed that an eastbound cyclist was struck by a motor vehicle entering the roadway.
The cyclist sustained minor injuries.

The driver, Michael Carman, is charged with failing to yield from a private driveway.


It’s all about tourism

Bay of Quinte (File Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

Bay of Quinte (File Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

Something new coming is up in the annual tourism industry awards for Hastings County and the Quinte area.

Hastings County is joining forces with the Bay of Quinte Tourism Council this year as nominations open for its fourth annual Hastings Opportunities in Tourism, or HOTie awards.

Spokesperson Kasey Pollard says these awards recognize the significant achievements made by local tourism businesses and organizations.

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Pollard says the Tourism Council has its own awards.

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Hastings County Warden Rick Phillips says “It’s been a great way to recognize the champions
in our tourism sector.”

Nominees must be located within the fourteen member municipalities of Hastings County to be eligible for the HOtie Awards, and within the Bay of Quinte Tourism Region for its two awards.

Nominations will be judged by a panel of local tourism industry stakeholders in September. The top two nominees in each category will be notified in advance, and winners will be announced at the Tourism Awards Celebration on Friday, November 6, at the Stirling Festival Theatre.

“Social media is as relevant for a small business as it is for a major brand,” says Laura Voskamp, communications coordinator for Bay of Quinte Tourism Council. “Successful execution of your social presence can mean global recognition, but at the same time, it’s another way of building a grassroots community and opening the door for real-life connections and opportunities.”


Steps taken at Deloro Mine are working: MOE

The Ministry of Environment says a number of steps that were taken following a leakage of contaminated water in the former Deloro Mine area last spring have prevented any more problems.

Spokesperson Heather Hawthorne says the ministry ensured that contractors took action to prevent unwanted discharges by repairing existing controls and putting up barriers at Young’s Creek.

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The leakage of contaminated water occurred in June, but there had been one earlier in May as well.


Cooling centres in Prince Edward County

With temperatures reaching unbearable highs of 30+ Celsius and expected to last until Thursday, three municipalities are urging vulnerable residents to access various cooling centres throughout the municipality.

Local libraries , The Prince Edward Community Centre in Picton and the Essroc Arena in Wellington are open to residents.

The Prince Edward Community Centre, located at 375 Picton Main St. is open Tuesday July 28, 7am – 8pm; Wednesday July 29, 7am – 10pm and CLOSED Thursday July 30 (please go to the Picton Public Library).

The Wellington and District Community Centre, located at 111 Belleville St. is open:Tuesday July 28, 7am – 8pm; Wednesday July 29, 7am – 8pm and Thursday July 30, 7am – 8pm.

The City of Belleville and Quinte West are still also encouraging residents in need to access cooling stations throughout the City.


Water levels low near Colebrook Dam

The Colebrook Dam will be undergoing construction in the coming weeks.

The water level of the Headwater Pond, which is above the dam, will be drawn down so construction can be done.

General Manager with Quinte Conservation Terry Murphy says people need to exercise caution and to be alert around the changing water levels.

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Murphy on the work to be done:

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It will take a couple weeks to draw the water level down and construction on the dam is expected to be completed in the fall.


Quinte West cooling station locations

Quinte West has set up cooling stations to combat the heat.

The council chambers at Quinte West City Hall, Station 1 Fire Department on Front Street and Duncan MacDonald Community Gardens on Couch Crescent are all open to the public so they can cool down.

Duncan MacDonald Community Gardens will only be accessible Tuesday until 8 p.m., and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Emily Trudeau Splash Pad opening August 15

Emily Trudeau Splash Pad grand opening. (Photo: Submitted)

Emily Trudeau Splash Pad grand opening. (Photo: Submitted)

The new splash pad in Tweed, honouring a little  hometown girl, is expected to be ready to open before summer’s end.

The Emily Trudeau Splash Pad is set to open on August 15 at 11 a.m.

Member of the Splash Pad task force, Shawn Trudeau, says seeing the kids happy will be the reward.

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The splash pad is in honour of Emily Trudeau, the seven-year-old girl killed in an accident in August of last year.


Ride Across Canada stopping by Quinte

The Ride Across Canada will come through the Quinte Region in mid-August.

Veteran Paul Nichols has been riding his horse across the country since April to raise awareness for contemporary veterans.

Nichols will ride from Brighton to Wellington on August 18, then will go through the County on August 19, before heading towards Kingston.

There will be a ceremony in Trenton on August 18 as well at the Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial.

Ride Across Canada volunteer Georgie Jones:

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To donate and read stories of veterans head over to www.communitiesforveterans.ca


Health officials warn about extreme heat

Hastings-Prince Edward Public Health is cautioning residents during the extreme heat.

Medical Officer Dr. Richard Schabas says if you experience dizziness or fainting, headaches, rapid breathing, extreme thirst or decreased urination, to immediately move to a cool place and drink liquids.

He says if the symptoms get worse, seek medical attention.

Residents are also asked to check in on people who are vulnerable to suffering serious illness from the heat.

This includes the elderly, people with chronic illness, infants, people participating in physical activities outdoors and pets.


Flare training south of Brighton tonight

If you see bright lights over Lake Ontario south of Brighton tonight, don’t be alarmed.

CFB Trenton’s 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron will be conducting illumination flare training starting at 9 p.m. over the lake.

During this time, yellow-white flares may be observed in the area.

The training is in support of nighttime search and rescue missions and allows 424 Squadron to practice night flying and spotting procedures.


Three people injured after collision

Three people were injured after an accident near Belleville’s downtown last night.

Emergency crews were called to Catherine Street by Octavia, where two cars slammed into one another.

A woman from Brighton has been charged in the accident.

Belleville firefighters needed to extricate all three occupants.

Anyone who may have witnessed the accident is asked to contact Belleville Police Service.


White Pines on council agenda

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

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

The White Pines Wind Farms will be up for discussion at the Prince Edward County council meeting tonight.

At Shire Hall, councillors will solicit legal advice, about appealing the province’s decision on approving the 27 turbine wind farm.

Earlier this month, WPD was given approval to build the farm in South Marysburgh and Athol wards.

It will provide 59 megawatts of power.

Council meets at 7 p.m. in Picton.


Rossmore and Picton home builds on County agenda

Prince Edward County council could sign off on initial construction work for the Pineridge subdivision in Picton.

At Tuesday’s meeting, staff and council will discuss work on the area, which is expected to build 34 detached homes.

Work for this stage would include installation of water and waste water lines, roads, sidewalks and curbs.

The total cost for the phase would be just over $1 million.

Meantime, council is also expected to approve a deal on the Watermark on the Bay subdivision for Rossmore.

Eight detached homes would be built, as part of the 44 home subdivision.

Council meets at 7:00 p.m at Shire Hall.


$900,000 for two County businesses

Gary Goodyear, MP Kramp and Mayor Quaiff  with owners of PEC businesses that received funding. (Photo: Sean McIntosh/Quinte News)

Gary Goodyear, MP Kramp and Mayor Quaiff with owners of PEC businesses that received funding. (Photo: Sean McIntosh/Quinte News)

Some major funding is coming to two businesses in the County.

A total amount of $900,000 will be invested into two Prince Edward County-based technology companies.

Minister of Federal Economic Development for Southern Ontario Gary Goodyear and Prince Edward-Hastings MP Daryl Kramp announced the venture capital investments at Huff Estates in Bloomfield this afternoon.

Komodo OpenLab, creator of Tecla, is receiving $500,000 and Open Ocean Apps, creator of Pro Angler, the top-ranked fishing app in the U.S., will get $400,000.

President and CEO of Open Ocean Apps Kyle Reid said it was an honour to receive the funding.

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Both investments come from the Prince Edward/Lennox & Addington Community Futures Development Corporation and First Stone.

Prince Edward County Mayor Robert Quaiff was at the announcement. He says this opens Prince Edward County up to new business options.

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Eight new jobs will be created in Prince Edward County as a result of the investment.


Diver taken to hospital with decompression sickness

A diver was transported from Quinte Isle Camppark to hospital in Prince Edward County over the noon hour after suffering decompression sickness.

Emergency response crews called to the campground on Salmon Point Road where it was reported a 55-year-old man was suffering from The Bends.

The Bends is an illness that arises from the rapid release of nitrogen gas from the bloodstream and is caused by bubbles forming in the blood when a diver ascends to the water surface too rapidly.

Fire officials say the man was brought into shore on a boat and was conscious on his way to hospital.

An update on his condition isn’t available at this time.


Toronto man charged in County collision

Prince Edward County OPP have laid charges in connection with a single-vehicle accident on the weekend.

Police say the vehicle struck a rock cut on Onderdonk Lane in Ameliasburg ward.

Twenty-five year old Andrew Farquhar of Toronto has been charged with impaired driving.


OPP investigating suspicious fires

Napanee OPP are seeking the public’s help in two separate suspicious fire investigations.

On July 12 at 12:30 a.m., officers were called in response to a fire at 1583 Lake Road in the village of Enterprise.

The commercial building has been unoccupied for several years. Fire officials put out the blaze and say very little damage was done to the building.

On July 22 at 1:20 a.m., OPP responded to a second fire at the same abandoned building. When fire crews arrived it was fully engulfed in flames and was totally destroyed.

Anyone with information into these incidents is asked to contact Napanee OPP detective Dave Peterson or Crime Stoppers.


Need to keep cool? Here’s how

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With temperatures soaring into the 30s Celsius this week, Belleville is encouraging people to seek relief by getting cool in public buildings.

Belleville is encouraging those needing relief from the heat to access public facilities as cooling centres.

The Belleville Public Library and the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre are two of those options.

The Belleville Public Library on Pinnacle Street in the downtown core is open from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and 5:00 p.m. on Fridays, and 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays.

Director of recreation Mark Fluhrer says the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre on Cannifton Road is open: 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. every day.

Fluhrer points out that the use of the splash pads located at Riverside, Parkdale and Kinsmen parks are free of charge.


Blue-green algae can cause illness

Local public health officials are warning people to watch out for blue-green algae in area lakes.

The health unit that serves Northumberland County says the blue-green algae has surfaced on some area lakes over the past few summers.

This poses potential health problems for anyone who swims, drinks or uses the water.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is again urging residents, cottagers and visitors who use local lakes and waterways to take precautions if they spot it.

Spokesperson Chris Beveridge describes the most toxic kind.

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Consuming water with blue-green algae can result in sickness.

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Using water with blue-green algae can result in a number of issues, including headaches, fever, abdominal pain, and vomiting.

Health officials say pets should also be prevented from entering or drinking the water.


New development awaits casino decision

The long drawn-out story of Belleville’s chances for a casino has another side to it.

A large section of land on Belleville’s Bell Boulevard sits in limbo as the Ontario Lottery and Gaming commission drags its feet on a decision about whether or not the city gets a casino.

It’s the same 86 acres a developer had owned with the intention of building a casino there years ago.

That fell through and new owners are sitting with the land.

OLG spokesperson Tony Bitonti said, earlier this summer, three to five contenders, he would not say exactly how many, are still being assessed for a 20-year contract for the bundle of three OLG sites including one in Belleville, or possibly Quinte West.

Bitonti says the decision may not even happen in 2015.

Meanwhile, realtor Matthew Cooke has told our newsroom he doesn’t foresee any development activity on the land until the OLG has made a decision on the fate of the casino for this area.


Infant killed in Friday’s 401 collision

A 16-month-old boy was killed in Friday’s collision in Port Hope.

Northumberland OPP say the infant from Quebec was killed in the two-vehicle collision on Highway 401.

In investigation is ongoing.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact the OPP.


Belleville Halla Visteon gets federal funding

Minister of Federal Economic Development for Southern Ontario Gary Goodyear in Belleville announcing funding for Halla Visteon Climate Control. (Photo: Tim Durkin/Quinte News)

Minister of Federal Economic Development for Southern Ontario Gary Goodyear in Belleville announcing funding for Halla Visteon Climate Control. (Photo: Tim Durkin/Quinte News)

$2.175-million will be invested into the Halla Visteon Climate Control plant on College Street in Belleville.

Prince Edward-Hastings MP Daryl Kramp and the Minister of Federal Economic Development for Southern Ontario Gary Goodyear announced the federal government’s funding today.

Goodyear on supporting businesses in Ontario:

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There was discussion not too long ago about closing the Halla Visteon plant, but now with the funding 70 new jobs will be created and 25 will be maintained.

Kramp says the company and region will both benefit.

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The factory will launch a new line of thermal engine control parts; specifically, electronic throttle bodies and coolant valves.

Kramp and Goodyear will be making a second announcement today at 1 p.m. in Bloomfield.


Busy weekend wrap-up

(Photo: Justin Anderson / Rock 107)

(Photo: Justin Anderson / Rock 107)

It was a busy weekend in Quinte as a number of high profile events took place across Belleville, Quinte West, Prince Edward County and elsewhere.

Thousands spotted the massive boats around town that hit the Bay of Quinte, for the annual Poker Run.

More than two dozen boats competed in this year’s event.

Also in Belleville was Rockfest, featuring several Canadian artists, including Tom Cochrane, Blue Rodeo and Hedley.

In Prince Edward County, the Picton Rotary Club held a wine tasting and concert as a fundraiser for equipment for Prince Edward Memorial Hospital.

Wings and Wheels in Trenton brought together cars and planes from the same era.

That event raised money for the National Air Museum and Quinte Humane Society.


Goodyear going to Belleville and Bloomfield

Minister Gary Goodyear at Huff Estates Winery in April, making the funding announcement for PELA (Quinte News/Tim Durkin)

Federal Minister Gary Goodyear at Huff Estates Winery in April, making the funding announcement for PELA (Quinte News/Tim Durkin)

The federal Minister for Economic Development for Southern Ontario, Gary Goodyear, will be in Quinte today.

Goodyear, along with Prince Edward Hastings MP Daryl Kramp, will visit Huff Estates in Bloomfield, where cash will be invested into two new technology firms in the County.

The money is being made available through a Venture Capital Investments program.

Back in April, both Kramp and Goodyear made a similar announcement, which amounted in the millions.

The venture capital fund is to help businesses get off the ground, while looking to stay in the area.

This morning at 9:30 a.m, the two will go to Halla Climate Control to announce funding, however, the recipient is not known.

The announcement in Bloomifeld is at 1:00 p.m.


Hello heat!

Heat and humidity have both baked the Quinte region over the last few days and that is expected to continue.

After a weekend which felt in the mid-30s, the majority of this week will keep the tradition.

Staff Meteorologist Kevin Williams says a heat wave is defined as three consecutive days of 30 Celsius or more.

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Williams says the worst of it will be today until Wednesday.

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Today’s record may be close, we are expected the low 30s, a record from 1940 is 32.8C.


Province still studying Astoria Organics plan

The Ontario government review of a controversial proposed composting project in Belleville is moving forward.

The Ministry of Environment is currently reviewing the air and noise submissions by Astoria Organics to build a composting facility on Philipston Road in Thurlow ward.

Spokesperson Kate Jordan says the air and noise submissions are still under under review.

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No decisions have been made at this stage.
Many residents in the area oppose the plan, and the city has concerns about the effect of heavy trucks on the condition of the roadway.


A “Sir John A.” walk coming up

Unveiling the Sir John A. Macdonald statue on Main Street Picton July 1, 2015. L-R: Ruth Abernethy,  CEO of the Law Society of Upper Canada, Janet Minor, MP Daryl Kramp, chairman of the Macdonald Project of Prince Edward County David Warrick and Mayor Robert Quaiff.  (Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

Unveiling the Sir John A. Macdonald statue on Main Street Picton July 1, 2015. L-R: Ruth Abernethy, CEO of the Law Society of Upper Canada, Janet Minor, MP Daryl Kramp, chairman of the Macdonald Project of Prince Edward County David Warrick and Mayor Robert Quaiff. (Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

The events to mark John A. Macdonald’s time in Prince Edward County are continuing.

Recently a statue and a bust of Canada’s first prime minister as a young man were unveiled in Picton.

Now, the chair of the John A. Macdonald project committee, David Warrick, says a series of four walking tours is planned for the town, the first one on Saturday, August 1.

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Warrick says the committee is also making a video.

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Tickets for the walking tours may be purchased through the Regent Theatre box office.



Weather

  • Current

    23°C
    Light Rainshower


  • Thu
     31°C

  • Fri
     27°C

  • Sat
     24°C

  • Sun
     22°C

  • Mon
     26°C

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