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Week of Aug 31, 2015

OMB approves downtown Mac’s in Brighton

A Mac’s Convenience Store and gas bar will be coming to downtown Brighton.

The Ontario Municipal Board has reached a decision to allow the development at the corner of Elizabeth and Prince Edward streets.

Appellant David Green’s reaction to the decision.

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Green added that bringing a new station to Brighton isn’t necessary.

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It isn’t clear at this time when the construction will begin on the station.

Discussions of bringing a Mac’s gas bar to downtown Brighton have been ongoing for months.


Roads, infrastructure & waterfront key in 2016

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

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

The City of Belleville is on its way to planning its future development.

Nicole Kleinsteuber reports from day one of the Corporate Strategy meetings in Corbyville.

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Also the City will be putting out a survey tomorrow on the cycling network plan asking residents what they want to see, where they are going and what they want implemented. A public information meeting is set for late September.

More to come.


Car hits Mac’s Milk in Brighton

The same day the Ontario Municipal Board approved building a Mac’s Milk in downtown Brighton, one of the convenience stores was hit with a car.

On Thursday morning, a vehicle drove into the Mac’s Milk on Elizabeth Street.

Northumberland OPP Constable Steve Bates says there were no injuries at the scene.

No further details are available at this time.


Small boat fire on Trent River

There was a small fire on a boat in Quinte West Thursday afternoon.

Quinte West Fire responded to a call of a boat on fire at the mouth of the Trent River at 1 p.m.

When firefighters arrived they noticed a blue 24-foot boat in the water, but no sign of fire.

One firefighter boarded the boat, then located and put out a small fire in the engine compartment.

The boater was given a ride back to the shore.


Three arrests made after vehicle stolen

Three arrests have been made after several unlocked vehicles were entered and had items taken,  between August 12 and 15, in Brighton.

One of the vehicles that was entered was stolen and driven into a hydro pole near the Brighton Industrial Park.

A 19-year-old Brighton man, as well as 16-and-15 year-old male youths from Brighton, are charged with theft of a motor vehicle, possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000, and three counts of mischief under $5,000.

The three were released and are set to appear in court on October 6.


Corporate retreat for City of Belleville

(Photo: Quinte News)

(Photo: Quinte News)

The City of Belleville is taking part in a corporate business retreat over the next 48 hours.

They’ll gather at Corby’s on River Road, to talk about their financial position and projects moving forward.

Mayor Taso Christopher says their goal is to get projects set up for years in advance.

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Christopher added that it’s about looking to the future.

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As part of the meetings, council and staff will outline their capital and operating spending over the next three years.

It will also serve as a regular council meeting.


Dump truck rollover in Frankford

A dump truck rolled over Thursday morning in Frankford.

At 7:30 a.m., the rollover was reported on river Drive near Fish and Game Club Road.

Quinte West Fire, OPP and ambulances were on scene within a few minutes.

The driver of a dump truck was brought to Trenton Memorial Hospital after the vehicle rolled over, however the driver was able to exit the vehicle before emergency crews arrived at the scene.

No further details are available at this time.


Labour Day Classic at Brighton Speedway

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It will be a big weekend at Brighton Raceway, as the Labour Day Classic revs up.

Races take place Saturday and Sunday and features Pro Stock, Canadian Modifieds, Sprint Cars and more.

Start time Saturday at 7:00 p.m and Sunday at 6:00 p.m.


Let’s all go to the ex!

(Photo: Michael Brethour)

(Photo: Michael Brethour)

The Quinte Exhibition and Fall Fair gets underway Thursday.

Livestock shows go right through the weekend.

The main gates open at 4:00 p.m, including the beer gardens and the midway.

The heavy truck and tractor pull takes place at the grandstands and run late into the evening.

A miniature horse ride and family farm are also on scene and available free of charge.

The weekend will also feature a demolition derby Friday, a music talent show, entertainment and redneck lawn mower races Saturday.

A link to more details and a schedule by clicking here


Fake ice, real skating at Rhino Sports and Play

A new virtual universe is opening in the Quinte region, one that will also get you in shape.

Thursday the Rhino Sports and Play facility opened its doors to the media.

The site offers virtual simulators for many different sports, including golf and hockey.

Owner Randy Uens says they also have a synthetic ice rink you can skate on.

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A climbing wall, jungle gym, arcade games and other activities are also available.

More details by clicking here


Protesting the new sex education curriculum

A score of protesters voice concerns about the new sex education curriculum outside Prince Edward Hastings MPP Todd Smith's office on Wednesday September 2, 2015.  (Photo: Tim Durkin / Quinte News)

A score of protesters voice concerns about the new sex education curriculum outside Prince Edward Hastings MPP Todd Smith’s office on Wednesday September 2, 2015. (Photo: Tim Durkin / Quinte News)

About two-dozen people are camped outside of MPP Todd Smith’s office protesting the new sex education curriculum.

Joanne Wheatley is one of the protesters on Millennium Parkway.

She says the curriculum is too much information, too soon for young students.

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Reports indicate 107 protests were going on today, province-wide.


An enquiry into the Green Energy Act: Runciman

Prince Edward Hastings MPP Todd Smith hosted a public meeting on green energy at Ameliasburgh town hall September 2, 2015. (Photo: Mary Thomas/Quinte News)

Prince Edward Hastings MPP Todd Smith hosted a public meeting on green energy at Ameliasburgh town hall September 2, 2015. (Photo: Mary Thomas/Quinte News)

More than 50 people packed Ameliasburgh town hall this afternoon to hear speakers on the controversial issue of proposed wind energy in Prince Edward County.

Conservative Senator Bob Runciman outlined steps the anti-wind turnbine groups of Prnce Edward County should take.

These include calling on Toronto for support, the mayor and council, and the media, to raise the issue with the Ontario government, and reaching out to environmental groups that have sat on the sideline on the issue.

Senator Runciman said he questions how the Green Energy Act came about under the Liberal government and hopes a Progressive Conservative government in the future would call for a judicial enquiry into that issue.

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Progressive Conservative energy critic John Yakabuski said the Green Energy Act impacts customer’s hydro bills and pits neighbours against each other on the solar and wind energy issues.

Also Russ Coens  of Marmora and Lake outlined the proposal by Cordova Solar Power Sun Edison to mount solar panels on 1,000 acres of prime agricultural land in his area.


Lyme disease spreading in Quinte region

The incidence of Lyme disease is spreading throughout the Quinte region, according to public health officials, and is already an issue in Prince Edward County.

Hastings and Prince Edward medical officer of health, Dr. Richard Schabas says the north shore of the Bay of Quinte is also affected and he anticipates the disease will continue to spread in the future.

Dr. Schabas told the Board of Health today he expects it will become more and more of a problem over the next two decades.

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Lyme disease is spread by black-legged ticks.

Schabas explains how to remove the tick from your skin.

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About 20% of the ticks submitted by the public to the health unit last year tested positive for the disease.


“A cloud over the County”: Gale

Councillor Kevin Gale of Prince Edward County addresses Hastings and Prince Edward Board of Health, September 2, 2015. (Photo: Mary Thomas/Quinte News)

Councillor Kevin Gale of Prince Edward County addresses Hastings and Prince Edward Board of Health, September 2, 2015. (Photo: Mary Thomas/Quinte News)

A Prince Edward County councillor says the very words “heath care send a cloud over the County.”

Councillor Kevin Gale made the comment at today’s meeting of the Hastings and Prince Edward Board of Health when criticizing how residents of the County learned about the moving of the Picton health unit office.

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He says County council should have been kept informed.

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Medical Officer of Health Dr. Richard Schabas says it’s difficult to fully communicate with the public when negotiating an agreement and he sees “no way around it.”

The health unit is partnering with the Family Health Team and moving into that office on Bridge Street in Picton, saving about $100,000 a year.


Wind hearing hears turtle expert testimony

One of the top Blanding’s Turtle experts in the world is on the stand speaking about the impacts an industrial wind farm at Ostrander Point could have on the endangered species.

Dr. Frederic Beaudry is expressing his professional opinion in front of a packed Environmental Review Tribunal hearing in Demorestville that there is no solution other than to build the nine turbine farm away from the County’s south shore.

Four months ago the Ontario Court of Appeal overturned a provincial court decision on the Renewable Energy Approval of Gilead Power’s project stating it would harm the Blanding’s Turtle.

Gilead then chose to try and make its case for a wind farm back in front on the Environmental Review Tribunal.

Gilead is proposing is proposing two main elements. One would see land near but not directly adjoining the site to use that as potential habitat for the turtles.

The second is for the turtles that remain in the site boundaries, a gate would be built so people don’t drive on the new five kilometers of road that are being built throughout the site.

Speaking during a break Wednesday afternoon, Lawyer Eric Gillespie who represents the Field Naturalists says Dr. Beaudry has tried to present a balanced understanding of the issues.

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Gillespie expects to call Kari Gunson to the stand tomorrow. She has 17 years experience as a contract road ecologist on road mitigation projects throughout North America.

On Friday, Gilead Power and the Ministry of Environment will call expert witnesses.

Future hearing dates are likely and have been moved up to 9am.


Amica agrees to be acquired by BayBridge Seniors

BayBridge Seniors Housing Inc, has acquired luxury senior homes operator Amica Mature Lifestyles Inc for $578 million.

Today Amica’s shares more than doubled to a record high of $18.70 in late morning trading just under the offer price of $18.75 per share.

Based in Vancouver Amica has 26 senior residential homes across British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario including Amica Quinte Gardens on College Street in Belleville.

VP of Marketing at Amica Michael Hayward.

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BayBridge is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board. The transaction is led by Teachers’ Private Capital’s Long-Term Equities group, which is focused on direct investments that demonstrate steady cash flow and growth potential over a long-term horizon. BayBridge is the owner and operator of 35 senior living communities in Canada and six in the United States.


Napanee woman guilty on two charges

A Belleville Superior court judge has found a Napanee woman guilty of impaired driving causing bodily harm and failing to remain at the scene of a collision dating back to October 2013.

Thirty-four year old Jennifer Elliott was convicted on the two charges and found not guilty of dangerous driving.

Elliott was charged in early November 2013 after a woman sustained serious injuries from being hit by a car in a parking lot at Moira and Coleman Streets.

Crown Attorney Lee Burgess says a passerby found the victim in the parking lot and she was taken to hospital.

Burgess says a couple days later hospital staff notified the police stating there was a woman who was injured and didn’t remember what happened to her.

An investigation revealed that officers had come across Elliott with a damaged car on the day of the collision.

Burgess says they put “two and two together with evidence from the scene” and later charged Elliott.

The trial will resume on October 23 to set a date for sentencing.


Gas line hit in the County

UPDATE 5P.M.: OPP have reopened Main St., Wellington for motorists and residents.

There was a gas leak in the County this morning after a construction crew hit a gas line.

The crew working on the new Tim Hortons on Wellington Main Street, which is east of Belleville Street, hit the line at 10 a.m.

Prince Edward County Fire responded shortly after. The road was blocked off and a detour is set up.

Several homes were evacuated as a precaution.

No further details are available at this time.


OPP reminds drivers school is starting

The OPP is reminding drivers that school buses are starting to return to the roads.

If you see the flashing red lights on a school bus remember not to pass. The minimum fine for failing to stop is $400.

Drivers are also told to be aware of increased pedestrian traffic.

Police say that the extra attention you provide will keep children safe.


UPDATE: Sexual assault suspect believed to have fled Canada

Police are looking for this man who is believed to have information about the sexual assault on august 19. (Photo: Belleville Police)

Police are looking for this man who is believed to have information about the sexual assault on August 19. (Photo: Belleville Police)

Belleville Police are looking to identify and speak to a man believed to have information about a sexual assault on August 19.

The man is described as 5’9″ to 6′, with a Jamaican accent and a medium build. Photos of him are above.

Officers are also looking for two suspects.

The first is 38-year-old temporary Canadian worker Leonard “Marcus” Augusta Gibbs, who is believed to have fled to Jamaica.

The second suspect is described as 5’9″ to 5’10,” black, with a Jamaican accent and a thin build.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective-Sgt. Brad Lentini at 613-966-0882 ext. 2224, Detective-Const. Jill McAuley at ext. 2312 or Quinte Crimestoppers.


Resident walks out; calls meeting biased

About 35 people including council and media came out to the meeting at the Bloomfield Town Hall get up to speed on the four council size plans up for selection on Tuesday September 1, 2015.  (Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

About 35 people including council and media came out to the meeting at the Bloomfield Town Hall to get up to speed on the four council size plans up for selection on Tuesday September 1, 2015. (Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

The first of nine meetings, aimed at seeking the public’s opinions on proposals to downsize Prince Edward County council, is being called biased by a Bloomfield resident.

Ray Ford walked out of the meeting in Bloomfield Tuesday night while Ameliasburgh councillor Janice Maynard was offering examples to a modest crowd of 25 on why she thinks keeping the status quo (one option) of 10 wards, 15 councillors and mayor would benefit the community.

Ford emailed Mayor Robert Quaiff and Bloomfield councillor Barry Turpin after the meeting apologizing and explaining his “rudeness.”

Ford wrote, “With the subject matter being such a politically sensitive issue, and an issue that could have an impact at the end of the current term of council, it is my opinion that members of the current County Council should not be allowed to partake in the discussions at these open public meetings. After all, if the purpose of these consultations is to engage the public and receive constructive and meaningful feedback, the public consultation should be conducted in a manner that is unbiased and non-partisan.”

Ford went on to say, “clearly having members of council ‘preach’ to us about why their position is ‘preferred’ is not promoting an open and consultative process; but rather is demonstrating that these public consultations are meaningless in that the outcome is already pre-determined by some……so why stay any
longer than necessary when councillors are clear in their message to the electorate?”

Ford thanked council in its efforts to move the issue of downsizing of council along, adding ‘having moved such a contentious issue to a public consultation stage is a major milestone and certainly appreciated.’

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Grapes of Wrath nets $50,000

An obstacle that get your face in the mud at Grapes of Wrath. (Photo: John Spitters/Quinte News)

An obstacle that gets your face in the mud at Grapes of Wrath on Saturday August 29, 2015. (Photo: John Spitters/Quinte News)

They romped, stomped and raised $50,000 for local Canadian Cancer Society initiatives.

On Saturday over 300 participants took on the second annual Grapes of Wrath Extreme Romp ’n’ Stomp mud run at Hillier Creek Estates Winery in Prince Edward County.

They battled their way through five mud filled kilometres of rugged terrain and 20 uncompromising obstacles designed and built by Canadian military volunteers, local fire fighters and carpenters.

The event is organized by the Canadian Cancer Society Hastings Prince Edward and Brighton Community Office in partnership with the Trenton Memorial Hospital Foundation and the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation.


Another hole in one

A hole in one at the Barcovan Golf Club.

Harry Ingram aced the #7 hole yesterday from the white tees with a 4-hybrid.


Police arrest man after foot pursuit

Belleville Police arrested a man early this morning after a short foot pursuit.

At 2:30 a.m., officers observed the Belleville man in a driveway on Grove Street. As they approached him, the man began to run.

After a short pursuit he was arrested and charged with trespassing.

The man, who is under 20, has a court date set for October.


Fifth Bay of Quinte riding candidate

A fifth candidate has thrown his hat into the federal race for the Bay of Quinte riding.

Trueman Tuck will run as an Independent as a Judeo-Christian Independent Crusader for Citizen Rights.

He is currently a paralegal and was also an owner of a health food store until last year.

He joins Conservative Jodie Jenkins, Liberal Neil Ellis, the New Democratic Party’s Terry Cassidy and Green Party candidate Rachel Nelems, who just recently announced her candidacy.


House fire on Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory

There was a house fire this morning on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.

Crews were called to 422 Highway 49, near York Road, just after 4:00 a.m.

The home is a two-storey house, that residents were just completing renovations on.

There has been heavy damage.

Mohawk Fire called in Deseronto and Tyendinaga Township for tanker support.

Police were also on the scene to help with traffic, due to the heavy fog.


Meet the candidates Thursday

There is a chance for residents of the Hastings Lennox and Addington riding to meet the candidates Thursday night.

The Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte are hosting the event at the Community Centre on York Road.

Chief R Donald Maracle says all candidates have been invited.

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It is taking place from 7:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m at the Community Centre on the Mohawk Territory


Habitat for Humanity calls on a few good women

Through a joint effort, women across Quinte will come together in a few short weeks to help build a home for a local family in need, pouring the foundation for a brighter future.

The ever popular Habitat for Humanity Prince Edward Hastings “Women’s Build” fundraiser gets underway September 14 to 18 and October 5 to 9.

Community relations and fund development co-ordinator Bojanna Lough says no experience is necessary.

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Lough says many volunteers return every year because of the children. She says a recent habitat for humanity report showed the impact on the kids after moving into one of the homes is outstanding.

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Habitat for Humanity officially broke ground on its 18th home in Belleville at 125 Golfdale Road, the first of two houses planned for that area.

Registration for the “Women’s Build” is $50 and if you get $100 in pledges the fee is waved.

Click here for more information or to register.


The County is booming

Construction has been booming in Prince Edward County this summer.

Statistics for the eight-month period ending August 31 show construction value at $49 million, nearly double the same period in 2014.

Deputy Chief Building Official Mike Kelly says there have been a number of big projects, including 88 new units at the Macfarland Home in Picton.

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Construction value in the County, for the month of August alone, was $7.8 million.


Money for youth centre activities

Some good news for the Quinte West Youth Centre.

The provincial government has announced a Teen Activity Sports and Recreation grant of $39,567  for the centre.

Executive director Connie Nye-Kaley says the centre provides opportunities for youth who may not access other facilities.

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Nye-Kaley says the centre is very busy.

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Northumberland Quinte West MPP Lou Rinaldi says the grant helps ensure programs enable youth to have access to excellent sports and recreation opportunities.


Logging plan goes to council

It looks like the public had no issues with the proposal for timber management in Northumberland County-owned forests.

Forest manager Ben Walters says the public comment period ended in August with no adverse comments.

Walter says the plan now goes to county council for approval on September 16.

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The county-owned forest in question this year is north of Grafton.

Walters says winter is the best time for the logging.


OPP charge correctional officer at Quinte Detention Centre

The Crime Unit from the Napanee Detachment OPP has charged an employee of the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services after an investigation at Quinte Detention Centre.

According to police, detectives began their investigation in March of 2015 after information was received from the Correctional Services Oversight and Investigations Unit of the MCSCS that a correctional officer at the Quinte Detention Centre in Napanee may have provided contraband to inmates.

At the conclusion of the investigation, police arrested and charged 45-year-old Rosemarie Cordeiro of Tyendinaga Township with one count of breach of trust by a public officer.

She was released on a promise to appear and an officer-in-charge undertaking to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Napanee on September 21, 2015.


Watch for students & school buses: OPP

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The back to school season is just a week away and the OPP is reminding motorists that school buses are returning to area roads.

The OPP suggests motorists should be aware of the expected increase in pedestrians, cyclists and school buses, and give themselves extra commuting time.

Students will no doubt be excited and may forget many of the safety rules required for safe travels.

“Please be aware of our children as they return to school in the coming days. That extra attention you provide will help us keep our children and roads safe,” says Chief Superintendent Daniel Redmond Commander East Region OPP.

Motorists encountering a stopped school bus that has its overhead red signal-lights flashing shall stop before reaching the bus and shall not proceed until the bus moves or the overhead red signal-lights have stopped flashing. The minimum fine for failing to stop is $400. This applies whether you are meeting or following a school bus, and includes multi-lane roads.

Drivers should also be prepared to yield to student pedestrians and cyclists. Parents of students who will be walking or cycling to school are encouraged to speak with their children about the rules of the road that apply to them.

Here are some important safety rules to keep in mind when driving on or around school property.


Campaign against distracted driving

With the launch of new stiff penalties for distracted driving, the Quinte Region Traffic Coalition is launching an enforcement campaign.

Coinciding with the Labour Day long weekend, the coalition kicks off “On the Road, Off the Phone”.

It will go from Friday to Monday and includes local OPP jurisdictions, Belleville and Stirling-Rawdon police, the Military Police and the Hastings Prince Edward Health Unit.

If you are caught using a music player, GPS, phone, DVD player or laptop, you can be fined $490 and given three demerit points.


It’s Vegas for B.R.A.K.E.R.S.

The early warning app created by a Belleville entrepreneur will compete to be the start up of the year at a high tech convention in Las Vegas in October.

The B.R.A.K.E.R.S. app created by Tim Newman received enough online votes to be one of 3 finalists in the international division.

Tech.Co’s Celebrate 2015 convention will be held October 4th through the 6th.

The global tech conference will bring hundreds of new technologies and investors together.

BRAKERS competed with 24 other start ups to reach finals

For more information, click https://tech.co/international-startup-competition-2015-08


August weather

One rainy day made all the difference when it came to our weather in the Quinte region last month.

On August 10th, a record 62 mm or rain fell in Quinte, as measured at CFB Trenton.

That deluge led to us having double the usual amount of rain for an August.

The average rainfall for the month is 72 mm, but we received over 123 mm last month.

Meanwhile, temperatures last month were near historical normals, with the warmest day being 29.4 degrees celsius.


The heat causes some hot tempers

The heat got to people last night in Belleville.

City police responded to two brawls yesterday.

The first occurred just after 6:00 p.m, near Great St. James Street.

By the time police arrived, the fight had broken up, but a man and a woman were charged with liquor offenses.

Meanwhile, around 10:30 p.m, police broke up a big fight behind a bar on Front Street in the downtown.

One man was charged.


A public roundtable on wind energy

A public roundtable at Ameliasburgh town hall Wednesday afternoon will take on the controversial issue of proposed wind energy in Prince Edward County.

The roundtable will include Senator Bob Runciman, Progressive Conservative MPPs Todd Smith and John Yakabuski, along with Financial Post business writer Parker Gallant.

Runciman is the author of a motion adopted by the Senate calling on Ontario to institute a moratorium on wind-farm development along eastern Lake Ontario.

In a comment prior to the event, he says “we’ve got to continue to explore ways to stop this madness.”

The roundtable comes as the Environmental Review Tribunal on the Gilead Power proposal for a nine-wind turbine farm at Ostrander Point resumes.

Ontario’s top court has already ruled that wind turbines there would hurt the habitat of Blandings Turtles, an endangered species.

Meanwhile the province has issued an approval to WPD White Pines for a 27 wind turbines scattered throughout South Marysburgh and Athol wards.


Belleville fire still under investigation

77 Grier Street after the fire. (Photo: John Spitters/Quinte News)

77 Grier Street after the fire. (Photo: John Spitters/Quinte News)

Belleville fire officials continue to investigate the house fire that claimed the life of a man a couple of weeks ago.

One man was pulled to safety from the Grier Street fire by two neighbourhood men Jason Magee and Kevin James, but another man, 38 year old Roger Duncan Saunders, died later in hospital.

Fire chief Mark MacDonald says officials are looking at a number of issues, including fire code standards and whether or not the home met lodging restrictions.

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Macdonald says if the house included more than four people then it has to be zoned as a boarding and lodging place and registered, and that’s what’s being investigated..


New bus route in Belleville

The City of Belleville is launching another bus route.

Route 10 will be a direct new transit route between Loyalist College and the Quinte Mall with access to Sidney Street, Millennium Parkway, Maitland Drive and the Walmart Plaza.

For the first time, transit riders will have the opportunity to access buses along this busy corridor that do not travel to the downtown terminal as part of their route, providing a more timely and efficient travel option.

Route 10 will be added on Septemeber 8.


Photograph your favourite Quinte West

Quinte West is looking for photos that feature the overall quality of life in the city.

The city has launched its annual photo contest, encouraging people to submit photos that capture the attractions, festivals, and events throughout the year.

Manager of economic development and tourism Linda Lisle says it’s part of the marketing strategy.

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Quinte West Mayor Jim Harrison says he appreciates “the public participation in showcasing the city.”

He says, “The photo contest enhances the promotion of Quinte West, allowing us to feature the beauty as seen from the public’s eye.”

There are cash prizes for the first, second and third place contest winners, in each of the four categories: Activities/Events, Community Lifestyle, Landscapes/Landmarks, and miscellaneous.


Steeper fines for distracted drivers

New road rules in Ontario will begin tomorrow that include stiffer fines for distracted driving and rules to help protect cyclists, students and tow truck drivers.

The provincial government says penalties for distracted driving will include an increased set fine of $490 and three demerit points upon conviction.

Drivers without a full license will receive a 30-day suspension for the first conviction for distracted driving.

The Ministry of Transportation says fatalities from distracted driving are projected to eclipse those from drinking and driving by 2016 and a driver who uses a cellphone is four times more likely to be in a crash.

People who “door” a cyclist opening a car door that a cyclist crashes into will carry an increased set fine of $365 and three demerit points upon conviction and drivers must now give cyclists a one-metre berth when passing them.
Drivers also face stiffer fines when passing too closely to stopped tow trucks and school buses.


Facelift to building facade

(John Spitters/ Quinte News)

(John Spitters/ Quinte News)

It appears work will finally begin on the former Intelligencer building in downtown Belleville.

Chief Building Official Ted Maracek says property owners Prime Canadian Properties, has filed an application with the city, for a building permit.

He says the intention is to repair the east wall of the eyesore at Bridge and Pinnacle in the downtown.

The company is expected to repair and replace bricks that have been damaged on the wall, which sits right tight to the road.

Maracek says flashings, which shed water away from the building, will be replaced around all the windows.

An exact timeline for the work is not known, however the city believes the work could start later this week.

It is not known if a road closure will be necessary, however it’s likely the west sidewalk of Bridge Street will close.

The City of Belleville and Prime Canadian Properties have been in a court battle over orders to repair the damaged building.


Solar power coming to Bayside

Work is set to begin on a new solar panel installation in Quinte West.

Manager of Buildings and Facilities Bob Forder, says construction is set to start on the 100 kilowatt project for this month

The total cost for the panels for the Bayside Water Treatment Plant is around $600,000.

Forder says it is a free energy they can utilize, they can help mother nature and use the farm as a revenue stream.

This is the second solar rooftop project the municipality has undertaken.

There is a 255 kilowatt farm on the Frankford arena.

Forder adds the panels have about a 20 year shelf life and could provide close to six figures annually.

Completion is expected by November.


Insta-crash

(photo courtesy of Maria Milliard)

(photo courtesy of Maria Milliard)

No injuries were reported after a car drove into a store front in Belleville yesterday afternoon.

Around 1:30, emergency crews were called to the Instaloan, in the Giant Tiger Plaza, at the corner of Bridge and Sidney Street.

An elderly woman accidentally slammed into the front of the building, causing heavy damage.

Belleville Police say no one was in the store at the time.

No charges are being laid.


B.R.A.K.E.R.S voting closes today!

There is just one day left to help a local entrepreneur win special recognition.

Belleville businessman Tim Newman’s B.R.A.K.E.R.S. Early Warning System is a semi-finalist in a Tech.co international startup competition.

Voting continues, but the winners will be announced tomorrow.

Click here to vote.


Council size public meetings begin

The first of a many public meetings into the makeup of Prince Edward County council will be held Tuesday.

Throughout September, council will be holding meetings to get residents input on the size of council and the ward system.

Council is looking at four options, including the status quo,  a 2-ward, 11-member council, a 3-ward, 13-member body, or a 9-ward, 14-member council.

The first meeting is tomorrow from 7:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m at the Bloomfield Town Hall.


Car fire at BGH

There was some action in the parking lot of Belleville General Hospital last night, but luckily no one was injured.

Police and firefighters were called to the hospital when a car was seen to be up in flames.

No one was in the vehicle.

The fire was put out and the cause is not considered suspicious.


Sex ed protest coming to Belleville

Ontario’s new sex-ed curriculum will be the topic of a protest in Belleville this week.

On Wednesday, The Campaign for Life Coalition is organizing protests province wide and Belleville will be one of 107 sites selected.

The group wants the province to stop the planned teaching of new sex ed curriculum, some believe can be inappropriate or offensive.

It’s taking place at MPP Todd Smith’s Belleville Office from 11:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m.

There is also going to be one at Lou Rinaldi”s office in Cobourg and MPP Randy Hillier’s Carleton Place site.


Olympic athlete visiting Madoc

Steve O'Brien

A former Olympic athlete will be making a stop in Centre Hastings Wednesday.

Runner Steve O’Brien is traveling coast to coast, raising awareness and money for students dropping out of school.

O’Brien will be at the Madoc Skate Park from 12:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m, where there will be prizes, relay races and ice cream for the kids.

He is currently walking, running, cycling, and using a wheel chair to cross Canada.

More details by clicking here


Selling bus passes throughout Belleville

Belleville Transit wants to open up where they sell monthly bus passes.

Currently, you can get single tickets at a number of locations, however monthly passes are only available at City Hall or the bus terminal.

Transit Chair Jack Miller says expanding where they sell, could give riders more options.

MILLER PASSES

Belleville Transit is currently going through an operational review, which is looking to optimize preformance and increase ridership across the municipality.


Vote for B.R.A.K.E.R.S.

There’s just one day left to help a local entrepreneur win special recognition.

Belleville businessman Tim Newman’s B.R.A.K.E.R.S. Early Warning System is a semi-finalist in a Tech.co international startup competition.

Voting continues, but the winners will be announced tomorrow.

Click https://tech.co/international-startup-competition-2015-08 to vote


Greenley’s turning to realty

Greenley's

A heritage building in the downtown will be open again very soon.

The former Greenley’s, has been purchased by realtor Jamie Troke.

The owner of Ekort Realty, will be moving his company into it come December.

Troke says they are already in the upstairs , however they will be moving to the main floor once renovations are complete.

The property was the original building owned by Henry Corby, a former distiller and Mayor of Belleville.

Greenley’s Bookstore was a staple in the village for decades, but closed in 2012.

The building was constructed in the early 1800′s.



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