Any Animal Group – Prison Farms


The Evolve Our Prison Farms group says it is shocked the new model for prison farms in Kingston will include slaughtering animals.

The group has been lobbying for the farms to be plant based and act as a sanctuary for farm animals.

It says it is pleased Collins Bay will be used for crops…but is shocked and upset about Joyceville Institution.  It says the farm will have about 400 goats to produce milk for the Chinese baby formula factory being built in Kingston…and it will slaughter animals from approximately 350 local farms.

Evolve Our Prison Farms says slaughtering animals is profoundly inappropriate as a rehabilitative model for prisoners.


SYSCO – Closing


The Sysco Canada food distribution warehouse is Kingston will be closed on June 2nd.

The company says closing the Kingston facility was a difficult decision.  It says it will work with stakeholders to assure a smooth transition.  Sysco says the warehouse is being closed as part of a consolidation plan.  It hasn’t said how many jobs will be lost at the facility located at Cataraqui Woods Drive and Gardiners Road.


Fire – Bath Rd – Dauphin Ave


There’s no cause or estimate of the damage yet after a fire at the apartment building at 290 Bath Road in Kingston.  Frontenac Paramedic Services says nobody was injured in the fire at 2:00 p.m. yesterday.  Kingston Fire and Rescue quickly knocked down the fire.


The cause of a fire at 4:00 a.m. on Saturday at a residence on Dauphin Avenue is believed to be cooking related.  Kingston Fire and Rescue says one person was taken to hospital for smoke inhalation and the fire caused about 50 thousand dollars damage.


Youth Shelter


The Kingston Youth Shelter is honouring a dedicated volunteer today.

The shelters new Transition House will be dedicated in honour of Ian Henderson at a ceremony this afternoon.

Henderson has volunteered with the shelter for the past 17 years and retired from his volunteer role late last year.

The organization says his leadership was instrumental in the purchase of the house at 212 Yonge Street and the house will be dedicated in his name today.


School of Business – Masters in Artificial Intelligence


The Smith School of Business at Queen’s University has launched a Masters program focusing on the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning in modern business decision-making.

The new Masters of Management in Artificial Intelligence is the first degree of its kind in North America.

The business school says the new program will train professionals with a balance of science and management expertise.


Poloz – Queen’s Visit


The Governor of the Bank of Canada is spending the day on the Queen’s University campus and will give a public lecture this morning.  Stephen Poloz graduated from Queen’s in 1978.  He returns to his alma mater to deliver the Chancellor David Dodge Lecture in Public Finance this morning in the BMO Atrium at the Smith School of Business.

Poloz is the third Queen’s graduate to be appointed as Governor of the Bank of Canada.  David Dodge and Gerald Bouey have also served as governor.