2018 - The year under review: June and July - The Kingston Whig-Standard



• When Jim Keech stalked the treadmill at the YMCA in late July last July, he was ready to run for 60 minutes. He did not get to 25 before lying on the ground asking someone to call 911. "All I remember is lying on the floor and trying to tell people that it was my heart," Keech recalled of that fateful day. "I started throwing up, then I realized it was my heart, and at that point I thought, in all honesty, that I thought I had finished." Alexis Stoller, Eric Donelle and Derek MacGillivray of Frontenac Paramedic Services responded to Keech's call pain in the chest. On Thursday afternoon, the president and CEO of Utilities Kingston was able to meet them and thank them for saving his life. When the paramedics first arrived, Keech was talking to them, but when Stoller and Donelle listened to his heart, they knew something was seriously wrong. This was not a standard heart attack: Keech's heart was beating more than 300 times a minute. • this does not happen every day, "said Stoller.


• The president and CEO of LCBO confirmed Friday that the Ontario Cannabis Stores will probably not be open, either in person or online, until the autumn. "[Ontario Cannabis Store] is about to build a number of stores, most likely in September, where they can sell cannabis, "George Soleas said at the grand opening of the new LCBO headquarters at 1218 Highway 15 in the Riverview Shopping Center. predicted the first wave of autonomous cannabis stores to be opened in July, including one in Kingston, in time for the federal government to legalize marijuana In April it was announced that the Kingston store was located at 770 Gardiners Rd. in downtown RioCan Once the first wave of stores is established, another 15 should open.


• Doug Ford made a quick stop in Kingston on Sunday to greet the supporters five days before voters choose a new government for Ontario. The leader of the progressive conservatives of Ontario stopped in Kingston and the Gary Bennett candidate's office for a few minutes. In the last days of the provincial election campaign of Ontario, progressive conservatives seem to have been head-to-head with the NDP.


• After two decades, the last store selling musical instruments and equipment in the city center has been closed. The Kingston Guitar Shop, on the corner of Wellington and Clarence streets, has seen its sales fall by about half in the last five years, said co-owner Gord Mylks, while people are turning to the Internet to their purchases. This is certainly a change from when the store opened in 1999. "We hung some strange and expensive guitars during the first year and people would have been like," Well, you're asking really $ 1,200 "| "" Mylks said, his voice comes off. "And everything has been sold in the last five years, things are hanging here for a year and it's a beautiful and amazing guitar, then you look at the prices online and we're all at under $ 50 one. Anything else, whether it's here or in Texas, and I'll call the company a year later and say no one looks at it and they can take it in. It was new and it never happened in the first 15 years. it took a long time. "


• The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) has named Queen Street and King Street West among the worst roads in Eastern Ontario. The two roads were positioned fourth and fifth respectively in the eastern region of the CAA. The eastern region includes Kingston, Peterborough County, Prince Edward County, Stormont, Dundas County and more. A statement from Kingston City admits that King Street West and Queen Street need loving care. "In this season of construction, the city will replace selected sections of King Street from the western edge of Breakwater Park to the facade of Kingston General Hospital as part of its annual roadside repair program and in anticipation of future upgrades to underground facilities," reads in the declaration. "The city is also in its last year of the current four-year capital infrastructure plan, and Resurfacing Queen Street is considered part of the next multi-year plan."


• A cardiologist from the Kingston Health Sciences Center co-wrote a study to send a report to colleagues across North America looking for a condition known as Lyme carditis, related to Lyme disease and which affects electricity from heart. In an interview with the Whig standard, dr. Adrian Baranchuk said that in the last 18 months five people, all males between the ages of 14 and 38, have arrived at the emergency room at Kingston General Hospital with a complete shutdown of the heart's electricity. Common cardiovascular symptoms, such as palpitations, dizziness or shortness of breath, could be from other cardiac conditions that occur in people over 40, but they are not as frequent with younger people, Baranchuk said. Lyme carditis occurs in about 10 percent of people who show signs of Lyme disease. A correct diagnosis, said Baranchuk, may be the difference between a young person receiving a pacemaker and the life-altering effects that result from it, on a condition that can be completely resolved within a few weeks.


• Like much of the province, Kingston saw his rowing colors change in Thursday's elections. After 23 years as a liberal in the province, Kingston and the islands voted for the IP of the NDP as a member of the provincial parliament, squeezing ahead of the pressing liberal Sophie Kiwala and progressive conservative Gary Bennett. "It's absolutely amazing, there's so much work going on behind the scenes," said an exultant Arthur. The results of 57 surveys out of 88 were for 13,203 for Arthur, 9,680 for Kiwala, 9,063 for Bennett, 2,308 for Robert Kiley of the Green party, 1367 for Heather Cunningham of the Libertarian party and 110 for Andre Imbeault of the Trillium party.


• The one-term liberal MPP defeat, Sophie Kiwala, blamed the "toxic" political atmosphere for her loss in Kingston and the islands on Thursday evening. Kiwala spoke with about 75 supporters at the Holiday Inn just after 10pm. Thursday, shortly after he realized that he would be second to NDP candidate Ian Arthur. "The results we have seen tonight are much more part of a larger society and a political phenomenon than they are a reflection of my work as MPP," said Kiwala during his 20-minute intervention. "I have never seen an electorate so crushed by the toxic electoral rotation that is out there in our newspapers, on social media and in daily conversations among the citizens of our community." Kiwala was disappointed that her achievements and her party were not respected. "It seems the public has forgotten or ignored that our economy is doing well, that our GDP is doing better than all the G7 nations and our unemployment rate is at its lowest for 20 years."


• Anna Workman of the Kingston Blues is the gold girl once again at the athletics championships of the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations. For the second year in a row, Workman, 16, required two gold medals. Workman won the junior girls 800 meters in the Saturday final at York Lions Stadium in Toronto, one day after capturing the 1,500 meters. In the midget female competition in 2017, Workman won the gold in the 400 meters and 800 meters in the rally held in Belleville. It was also a gold medal at the OFSAA cross-country skiing last fall. The 800-meter Workman run at two minutes and 8.55 seconds was less than half a second compared to the OFSAA junior girls record of 2: 08.22 established in 2013 by Kailee Sawyer of the Blueve Collegiate Institute of Waterloo. The Canadian interscholastic record is 2: 05.94 by Elise Braithwaite of Elmwood School for Girls in Ottawa in 1984.


• A resident of Napanee houses about a dozen homeless people in five trailers on his four-acre property, located in an industrial area of ​​the city. Scott Drader has been found to provide housing to several people and families facing housing challenges in the Greater Napanee, but was told he will have to remove trailers to comply with local law. Drader said that another 10 people live in tents in the woods behind his property, and that he has a waiting list of as many as 60 people who would like to live in a trailer on his property. "These guys are basically stuck," he said. "Where are they going?" The property of Drader is divided into areas such as light industry. The house is considered "non-compliant legal" – it can live there, provided it does not change the ownership and use of the house as a single-family home.


• The city planning committee voted unanimously at the end of last week to approve a large apartment complex on Princess Street in the Williamsville district hallway, eliminating another obstacle to Podium Developments, the owner of the & rsquo; building. But the approval was not without concessions for the podium, which brought the number of units to the approval of the planning committee. The building must be built in lots between 575 and 611 Princess St. on the north side between Frontenac and Albert Street. The block is currently home to a Vietnamese restaurant, a carpet shop, a lot of abandoned vehicles and an empty building that once housed the Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation. The public meetings on the project took place in October 2016 and last September, as well as at the beginning of this month.


• The city council proceeds with a mandatory tax on hotel, motel and bed and breakfast nights, effective from August 1st. The tax implementation plan was approved unanimously, 11-0, with two absentee councilors. The mandatory four percent tax replaces the three percent voluntary tax Kingston Accommodation Partners (KAP) implemented in 2004. Under the new tax, 31 hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts will join the 21 companies that paid the original tax. The city estimates that the funds will generate almost $ 3 million, compared to $ 1.6 million collected by the voluntary tax in 2017.


• The Nature Conservancy of Canada has closed an agreement to protect 120 acres of pristine forest along the Rideau Canal. The agreement comes after several years of negotiations and a race to raise enough money to buy the property. At the end of last year, the guard launched a call to the public to help protect the privately owned land on Whitefish Lake near Jones Falls. According to the protection, donors from the area of ​​Kingstonarea and the whole province joined together to help. The project also received federal funding through the Natural Areas Conservation Program, which matched private donations to make up one-third of the funding. The protection has maintained a federal partnership for over eight years. "This new area in the Arch Frontenac shows what we can do when Canadians, organizations and governments work together to protect our environment," said Katherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change.


• The aluminum and steel-related tariffs by US President Donald Trump raise concern among local entrepreneurs and one of Kingston's largest employers. US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced on May 31 that the United States was applying a 25% tariff on steel imports and 10% on aluminum, with immediate effect. Later that day, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that Canada would react effectively on July 1 with the same tariffs on American aluminum and steel, as well as other products from the United States Gregg Rosen, president of the Kimco Steel Sales Inc., said the US move the government substantially stopped all exports of its steel products south of the border. "For us, our export business has been virtually interrupted to go to the United States at the moment," Rosen said in an interview on Thursday, "because a 25% tariff is astronomical and we do not have that kind of margins in the "So it's very, very bad." Kimco sells steel products such as beams and reinforcing bars, as well as recycling scrap metal, vehicles and Ewaste.The structure on John Counter Boulevard has more than 200 employees.

• A retirement home in the eastern end of Kingston is in hot water with the Ministry of Labor and the regulators of retirement homes after "neglecting" residents. The Fairfield Manor East, located at the end of McLean Court, is faced with an order from the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario to comply with the Retirement Pension Act 2010, and stop neglecting residents. The court application was made to the court by the regulators of the retirement homes on June 8th. During one of his many house inspections, the authorities found that the lack of staff led residents not to receive their drugs for two weekends. In one of those weekends, two residents were taken to hospital as a result. "Our main concern is the protection of residents at Fairfield Manor East and we will continue to use all of our regulatory powers to ensure their safety and well-being," wrote a spokesman for the Regulatory Home Regulating Authority at the Whig Standard. "When we receive a concern report, we will perform a follow-up, which could include an" inspection or an investigation ". The Ministry of Labor confirmed that it received eight complaints from Fairfield employees. The complaints concerned unpaid wages, redundancy payments, vacation leave and allowances for public holidays. An employment officer is examining six of the complaints, one has been withdrawn and one has been forwarded to the Ministry of Finance for the collections.


• Isp. Scott Semple, the new provincial police commander of the Ontario Napanee, has a history in the region both personally and professionally. Semple grew up in Amherstview and worked in two OPP detachments in Lennox and Addington County, with the tactical and rescue units in Odessa and later, in 2007, again in Napanee and finally became a staff sergeant and chief operating officer of Napanee. For about two years he worked as a commander of Hastings' OPP, before returning to Napanee to take on the same role, leading a team of over 100 uniformed employees and a dozen civil servants. Semple lived in four of the five municipalities that the police of Napanee OPP. He knows the region well and has strong links with the community. "People here at the detachment, I've worked with most of them for many years and I know them well," he said. As commander of the posting, Semple has a vision for the future of the police in Napanee.


• City officials are awaiting news from the new provincial government about the fate of Ontario's cap-and-trade system and the $ 4 million emissions credits that Kingston has purchased since the system was established 39; last year. Since it distributes natural gas to around 15,000 customers, Kingston utilities have been forced to purchase emissions credits for the 140,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide that the fire of that gas emits into the atmosphere each year. The utility purchased emissions credits, mainly in auctions held every three months starting in March of last year. But with the apparently numbered days of cap-and-trade in Ontario, the utility is waiting to find out what happens to those emission credits and the money of its customers who paid them.


• A commercial truck driver who lost control of his large plant southbound on Perth Road three years ago, crossed the north lane and collided with the thirty year old Master Cpl motorcycle. Ryan (Alex) New, killing him, was sentenced to two years less one day in the provincial prison and forbidden for five years to drive to Canada. Harjant Singh, 36, was also sentenced to pay 200 hours of civil service in the first 18 months of a trial period of two years after prison. Superior Court Judge Gary Tranmer recommended, in accordance with the victim's father's wishes, that these hours be performed for the benefit of Canadian forces' members or veterans, for example at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center in Toronto. Singh, a native of the Brampton area, was convicted by Justice Tranmer in April following a trial of a single dangerous driving count that caused New's death. The judge heard, however, that following the impact of the New Honda bike on May 30, 2015, Singh's 18-wheeler also cut a Lexus SUV northward with a family of three.


• In a shameless act of disrespect, the vandals made a lightning strike in the Glenwood cemetery at Picton on Wednesday afternoon, causing tens of thousands of dollars of damage to tombstones and monuments. Provincial Police Officers of Ontario Prince Edward's detachment joined the Glenwood staff on Thursday morning, taking stock of damaged markers and looking for clues. Glenwood's manager, Helma Oonk, said it was still too early to know exactly how much damage the vandals caused. "We had [vandalism] in the past, but much smaller than this. This is huge, "he said." Repairing this is not manual labor. We will have to bring trucks with arms to lift some of these pieces due to weight. This morning we thought maybe 100 [graves] had been vandalized, but I'm thinking, the more we look, probably around 200 and I would think at least $ 50,000. "The police said that the vandals appear to have entered the 145-year-old cemetery after 4 pm Wednesday and if they had gone before seven in the afternoon. A nearby resident took pictures at the time and Oonk seen those published on social media.

• Two prison companies in the Kingston area, closed by the former federal conservative government in 2010, may return to service by next spring or early summer. Mark Holland, parliamentary secretary of Ralph Goodale, minister of public security and emergency preparedness, made an announcement on the property of the Joyceville prison north of Kingston on Thursday morning. "Promise made, promise kept, cows are coming home," Holland told about 50 Canadian Correctional Service employees, government officials and members of Save Our Prison farms gathered under an open fence near a field swept by the wind in the property of the Joyceville prison. And the goats will also move. The production of cow's and goat's milk will take place at the Joyceville Institute along with the agriculture and horticulture activities at the Collins Bay Institution, the correction service announced. Combined, the farms consist of about 1,500 acres of land.


• The most infamous Kingston resident, the Internet child predator Mark Gary Bedford, who has been held in custody for the past two weeks accused of violating the conditions of a special public security bond, has been denied bail. Bedford was arrested earlier this month by Kingston Police on charges of violating his relationship between May 7 and June 7 of this year by accessing the Internet; possession or access to devices capable of storing images; access social media accounts; engage in activities involving contact with minors under the age of 18, using an IT system; and, as a consequence of all those accusations, violating a general condition of his bond that required to maintain peace. The Bedford attorney, Brian Callender, hoped to release his 32-year-old client for the first weekend of the summer. But after a special hearing on a one-day bail, Justice of Peace, Claudette Coulas, ordered that she be held in custody. Your reasons and all the evidence and presentations presented during the bail hearing are subject to a ban on publication, however, and may not be disclosed.


• After 36 years in the water, the Kingston Fire and Rescue boat, the T.H. Patterson, has reached the end of his life. The city council on Tuesday evening will vote to buy a replacement for $ 600,000. "Today has exceeded the life expectancy," said Kevin Donaldson, deputy head of the fire department. "The maintenance necessary to keep it operational is now coming to a point where it is exceeding the value of the ship." It is time to replace it with a new one. "The TH of 12.45 meters, Patterson was purchased by Kingston Fire and Rescue in 2005 as cutter of a coast guard dismissed by the Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans Built in 1982, the former CCGC Bittern was repaired as a fire rescue ship and renamed in 2008. Donaldson stated that the boat is being used more times per season.


• An ex-man from Bath who was shot dead by a Surrey, B.C., was a father and a husband who instructed children on ice and took care of the patients during their daytime work. Paul Bennett, 47, graduate of the secondary school in the Napanee district, died of gunshot wounds after a shooting in his driveway on Saturday. Last season, Bennett trained nine-eleven with the Cloverdale Titans Atom C team. His death shocked his hockey family, said Marty Jones, president of the Cloverdale Minor Hockey Association. "It was a huge part of our community and it has touched many lives," Jones said. "There was a lot of tears today." Bennett, who has been an assistant coach or coach with the association for five years, had a talent with children and was a fun presence on and off the ice, said Jones, whose son was coached by Bennett. ;Last year.


• Jayna Hefford has gone from playing hockey girls and boys in the dark and cold Harold Harvey Arena to winning four Olympic gold medals on the world stage and now a place in Hallowe's Hall of Fame in Toronto. Hefford was nominated in the room on Tuesday. Joins the former national hockey league with Martin Brodeur and Martin St. Louis. Willie O & Ree, the first black player to play in the NHL and ambassador of diversity in sport, was also nominated, along with the great Russian hockey Alexander Yakushev and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. O & Ree played for the Kingston Frontenacs in the Eastern Professional Hockey League in 1959-60. "It's a great honor and I'm very proud of being part of it, and I think that in many ways it was much more emotional than I thought and somehow much more emotional than some of my on-ice performances" Hefford said in a & # 39 ; interview on Wednesday. "I think it's because so many people have played a role in it, of course the family and growing up with friends, coaches and teammates, they all played such a big part."


• A math champion is this year's primary school teacher at the Limestone District Board Board – not as a competitor but as a facilitator for his colleagues and students at the Fairfield Elementary School. "I feel so lucky to be able to honestly say I love my job," Diane Pennell, Grade 1/2 teacher at Fairfield, told students and staff meeting for the year-end assembly on Wednesday morning. "I love going to school every day, seeing and working with all my colleagues and, above all, seeing all of you work for your individual goals every day." Through his love of mathematics, Pennell made a point of view by sharing his knowledge, lesson plans and passion with his fellow teachers, as well as his students. Pennell was surprised to have been named, much less selected to receive the J.C. McLeod Excellence in Teaching. His staff and the parents of his students nominated for the award.


• An artist and art critic and a professor are among 103 appointments for the Order of Canada. The professor of psychology at Queen's University, Wendy Craig, will be promoted to the rank of officer. Craig, head of the department, was honored for "his fundamental research on bullying and its impact on young people and for his groundbreaking work in connecting basic research, public policy and community action to tackle the problem." Craig is the co-founder and scientific co-director of the promotion of relations and the elimination of the violence network (PREVNet), and has consulted on the prevention of bullying worldwide. Craig said Friday that she was incredibly humiliated and honored to receive the promotion, but she was adamant that she did not earn it alone. "This is the work of a collective, including my unbelievable partner Debra Pepler at the University of York," Craig said. "We have worked side by side with over 100 graduate students, 100 researchers and 65 national organizations working together to change policy and pursue evidence-based programming, evidence-based training, tools and research to make a positive impact." , artist and art critic Gary Michael Dault will be named a member of the Order of Canada. Dault, who lived in Kingston until the age of 16 and now lives near Napanee, is the former art critic for The Globe and Mail.



• Scott Drader was officially informed by the City of Greater Napanee that he is violating local regulations.

A letter dated Thursday 28 June and signed by the city's attorney, Tony Fleming of Kingston Cunningham, Swan, Carty, Little & Bonham, declared: "This letter is to formally warn that its actions are contrary to the Zoning Rules. In addition, you are directed not to bring additional trailers or other forms of accommodation to the property, nor to allow other people to occupy a temporary or permanent residence. "The letter addressed to Drader states that the city is" working with various agencies to determine if there is a solution to the difficulties faced by the people currently residing in your property If safe, legal and adequate housing is available, the City is committed to working with these agencies to transfer current people[ly] living in your property. "The city also sent a press release on Thursday, in which it stated that allowing Drader to continue with its setup is" not an option ".

• Jay Varady, who has coached Kingston Frontenac since the end of the Western Hockey League of Ontario, is leaving the team to assume the position of head coach with the Tucson Roadrunners of the American Hockey League, announced the Frontenacs. The Roadrunners are the best affiliates of the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League.


• Lucas James Veley does not exist. On paper, that is. He exists a lot in the flesh. Could anyone tell the governments of Canada and Ontario? The young man wants to be enrolled in real life, but at age 20, they say it can not be. It seems that the government does not recognize it as alive. No birth certificate, no social security number, no health card, no driving license, no passport. For the government, Lucas is a ghost.


• A retirement home in the eastern end of Kingston, which found itself to be "neglecting" residents, was revoked by its governing body. The registrar of the Nursing Home Regulatory Authority on Tuesday, June 26, ordered the revocation of the Fairfield Manor East license and the withdrawal of the MacLean Court headquarters off Gore Road by October 31st.


• A local historian asks Loyalist Township to offer protection for a historic home in Bath.

Gus Panageotopoulos wants the council to keep Hawley House on Main Street on a register of heritage properties.

The house, built around 1785 by the loyalist Capt. Jeptha Hawley, is currently on sale, and Panageotopoulos said he is worried that the new owner can choose to demolish it and build new ones.

• It appears that Lucas Veley will be recognized as an existing person in the eyes of the Ontario government in the coming weeks. Twenty-year-old Sydenham made headlines this week when he and his family revealed they had never received a birth certificate after his birth on March 23, 1998, and therefore can not get a job, a health card, a driver driving license or passport. The Lanark-Frontenac staff Kingston MPP The Randy Hillier office has agreed to assist Veley in the process of obtaining a birth certificate. La casa di Veley rientra nella cavalcata di Hillier.


• Un uomo di Kingston il cui avvocato ha affermato di essere stato alla fine di una droga di cinque giorni e di una piegatrice di alcool a febbraio, quando ha rilevato la casa di Kingscourt in un anziano, tenendo l'uomo prigioniero per più di un'ora, è stato condannato a tre anni e mezzo di prigione. Matthew A. Ferguson, 31 anni, ha trascorso 119 giorni in custodia preventiva prima di optare per dichiararsi colpevole nella Corte Suprema di Kingston il mese scorso all'ingresso illegale, reclusione illegale della sua vittima di 70 anni, rapina, aggressione con un'arma – che ha coinvolto il suo minaccioso il padrone di casa con uno dei suoi coltelli da cucina – e successivamente resistendo all'arresto da parte della polizia di Kingston. Il tempo che Ferguson trascorse dietro le sbarre prima di cedere le accuse fu anche assegnato un credito maggiore dal giudice della Corte Suprema Patrick Hurley, che lo considerò equivalente a sei mesi di prigione, il che significa che la sua condanna è considerata equivalente a quattro anni di carcere.

Ferguson non conosceva la sua vittima.


• E 'stata una buona notizia per le persone che hanno combattuto l'erezione delle turbine eoliche nella Prince Edward County.

L'amministratore delegato della Baia di Quinte, Todd Smith, che è stato recentemente nominato capo del governo dell'Ontario dal primo ministro Doug Ford, ha introdotto tre priorità per il nuovo governo progressista conservatore, e una di queste avrà un enorme impatto nella contea. Smith ha pubblicato la lista martedì – una lista che includeva l'introduzione di una legislazione per abrogare il White Pines Wind Project vicino alle rive del lago Ontario. Ha anche intenzione di introdurre una legislazione per porre fine a uno sciopero del lavoro all'Università di York e di abolire la legge sulla carbon tax cap-and-trade dell'Ontario.

• La prima bandiera della Canadian Division è stata issata martedì all'ingresso della Highway 2 della base canadese Kingston per commemorare il 75 ° anniversario dell'operazione Husky. L'operazione segna l'inizio dell'invasione alleata della Sicilia durante la seconda guerra mondiale.


• Vincere il titolo di club femminile al Cataraqui Golf and Country Club non è certo una novità per Patti Hogeboom.

Tuttavia, il titolo n. 12, che è arrivato la scorsa domenica, sarà sempre ricordato in modo particolare per il 34enne Hogeboom. Ha compiuto l'impresa mentre era al settimo mese della sua prima gravidanza. "È stato davvero uno dei miei obiettivi quest'anno – vincere mentre ero incinta. Stavo solo cercando di andare a giocare a golf e mi diverto a stare là fuori ", ha detto Hogeboom, che ha partecipato al secondo turno di partite nel torneo Eastern Provinces – un evento che ha vinto quattro volte – all'inizio di giugno.


• Tre membri di una famiglia sono stati accusati dalla polizia dopo che un'indagine ha rivelato che una donna ha subito 11 mesi di tortura e isolamento. La polizia di Kingston ha detto in un comunicato stampa che nel 2017 una donna si è trasferita in Canada dagli Stati Uniti per sposare un uomo del posto. Dopo il matrimonio, si trasferì in una casa con lui, i suoi genitori e suo fratello.

La famiglia ha preso i documenti di cittadinanza della donna e i suoi gioielli per assicurarsi che non avesse sicurezza finanziaria. Over the next 11 months, the woman was told she couldn’t leave the home unless accompanied by another family member. The husband and his family isolated the woman from her own family and friends and started to monitor her calls. They even followed her around the house to watch her.


• It appears that after more than 100 years and four generations in the local grocery business, the Bennett name soon will be no longer attached to any Kingston grocery store. Dave Bennett, the great-grandson of Hugh Bennett, the founder of Bennett’s Groceries in 1912, is retiring. Bennett, 60, is leaving his Loblaws franchise location, Bennett’s Valumart on Gore Road, effective Sept. 9.

But the store is not closing. Loblaws will be putting in a new franchisee to take over for the longtime grocer.

• A sexual predator, originally from North Bay, but for the past 12 years in and out of area prisons and the province’s federally run community correctional centres — including Kingston’s controversial Portsmouth Centre and its successor, Henry Traill — has been locked up indefinitely. Rene R. Bourdon, 40, was convicted in 2016, following a protracted trial, on two counts of sexual assault committed in Kingston four years earlier while he was living in Henry Traill and working at CORCAN, the prison system’s job training and manufacturing program. His behaviour also generated eight related violations of a seven year long-term supervision order imposed in 2004 in North Bay plus a conviction for fraudulent personation in the service of a convoluted ruse devised to obtain sex from one of his victims.


• A company truck driver knew he’d face tariffs for bringing aluminum over the Canadian border last Friday. How much, or at which rate, however, he wasn’t really sure. And neither were customs officials. RTD Trailer Manufacturing, one of about four custom trailer producers in Canada and by whom the driver is employed, were hit with a 25 per cent tariff for shipping 4,000 coils of aluminum over the Thousand Islands border crossing. The current domestic import tariff for aluminum stands at 10 per cent.

• Ontario’s new government didn’t waste any time making good on its promise to cancel a wind farm development project in Prince Edward County. After recalling the legislature last week, the Progressive Conservatives introduced a bill on Monday which includes the White Pines Wind Project Termination Act. The bill easily passed the first reading of the PC majority legislature and is subject to two more readings at which time it will be on its way to becoming a new law.

The Termination Act is retroactive to July 10, the date Bay of Quinte MPP and Ontario Government House Leader Todd Smith announced the government’s intention to cancel the project as one of its top three priorities.


• Kingston Police Chief Gilles Larochelle still remembers his first arrest, his first foot pursuit and, on the day he announced his retirement, he surprised himself with how emotional it ended up being.


• A distraught father is waging a one-man campaign against the “dirt-bag” opioid dealers who he says are ruining his son’s life. John White, a local businessman, has taken to social media with almost daily Facebook posts that show the anger, anguish and frustrations of a parent forced to watch helplessly as opioid addiction destroys the life of a family member.


• The grieving family of a Surrey man fatally shot last month in a case of mistaken identity pleaded Wednesday for the public’s help in tracking down his killer. Paul Bennett, 47, originally from Bath, died in hospital of gunshot wounds after he was shot in his driveway in the 18200-block 67A Avenue at around 4 p.m. on June 23. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team is working to track down those responsible, spokesman Cpl. Frank Jang said at a press conference Wednesday, where Bennett’s wife and sister made an emotional appeal for public tips to help advance the case.

Bennett was the unintended victim of a targeted shooting in a case of mistaken identity, Jang said. He was not known to police, had no record and had no links to criminal activity.

• Members of a board of inquiry into three suicides at the Royal Military College of Canada have reported facing troubling delays and obstacles in obtaining key information and evidence during their nearly year-long internal investigation.


• Members of the Old Hay Bay Church Restoration Committee and the Bay of Quinte Branch of the United Empire Loyalists unveiled a new marker at the historic church site in Greater Napanee on Saturday.

A new sign will mark the church’s cemetery as a Loyalist burial ground. The cemetery has hundreds of individuals buried in it, including United Empire Loyalists, who settled in Canada after fighting for the British during the American Revolution found them exiled from the United States.


• Tragedy struck at Sandbanks Provincial Park on Saturday afternoon when a young boy visiting from Jamaica lost his life in a drowning accident.

• The executive director of Town Homes Kingston, as well as its nine member board, which includes two Kingston city councillors, have been relieved of their duties in response to several breaches under the Housing Services Act, including fire code regulations. The City of Kingston’s Lanie Hurdle, in her role as the Commissioner of Community Services as well as the Service Manager for Kingston and the County of Frontenac for housing and social services, has assumed operations of the not-for-profit housing corporation.


• Kingston’s violent crime severity index rose 53 per cent in 2017 over 2016, the highest spike across Canada according to a new Statistics Canada report. Deputy Chief of Kingston Police Antje McNeely was adamant when she stated on Wednesday that Kingston is a safe city, but the force will be reviewing the report further.

• A little bird in Greater Napanee is getting a big boost from the conservation organizations, the federal government and concerned citizens. With help from the Canadian government’s Natural Areas Conservation Program, the Kingston Field Naturalists and a special private citizen donation, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has purchased 78 acres of land to add to the Napanee Plain Alvar Nature Reserve, land that is a key habitat for the eastern loggerhead shrike, one of the “fastest declining bird species in North America,” according to the NCC. The new land acquisition brings the Napanee Plain Alvar Nature Reserve, located approximately 15 kilometres northeast of Napanee, up to 300 acres of prime shrike habitat.


• The jewel in Kingston’s waterfront park system is shining bright again. Breakwater Park officially reopened Thursday after being closed for almost two years for a $6.6-million renovation. The renovated park now features a new sand beach, a pebble wading beach, a multiuse pathway and a pedestrian bridge connecting the mainland to the newly named Gord Edgar Downie Pier.