A person has died from the flu in the Kingston area.
KFL&A Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Ian Gemmil has confirmed the death but won’t identify the person.
A source says the 47 year old man passed way a week ago at Kingston General Hospital.
Dr. Gemmil says the H1N1 virus has returned for this flu season and it can cause severe health problems – even for young people.
He says the best defense against it is the annual immunization program which included the H1N1 strain for this season.
There has been a recent surge in new cases of the flu in the Kingston area.
Members of the public are being encouraged to take advantage of a unique opportunity to discuss the future of economic development in Kingston.
The Kingston Economic Development Corporation Review Committee is hosting a facilitated workshop at the Donald Gordon Conference Centre next Tuesday from 1-4 in the afternoon.
It will include breakout sessions where groups of people will get to discuss their own ideas for the future.
The associate director of the Executive Decision Centre at Queen’s Smith School of Business will facilitate the workshop. Erik Lockhart is an expert who has facilitated over 1,500 strategy sessions across North America.
Kingston city council will make the big decision on the Memorial Centre High School controversy tonight.
City councillor Peter Stroud has two motions planned for the meeting. The first motion calls on council to reaffirm its decision to not allow any school construction on the site.
About 150 people held a rally outside the Memorial Centre yesterday afternoon.
Students, parents and others asked city council to vote in favour of re-opening the debate…and retired Colonel Peter Dawe was among those saying they are in favour of discussing use of the Memorial Centre property.
Two young men have been arrested after an undercover drug operation in the University District sparked by a community complaint.
20 year-old Paul W. Barry has been charged with five counts of trafficking and 18-year-old Justin Cha has been charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking and one count of possession of proceeds of crime.
Police say an undercover officer went to a residence in the 200-block area of Earl Street near Division Street in October and bought ecstasy and marijuana on multiple occasions. A search warrant was executed on Friday.
The design concept for Kingston’s new intermediate and high school shows a three storey building at 175 Kirkpatrick Street with a unique circular structure at the front.
The design was shown off at the Limestone District School Board meeting Wednesday night and a public consultation session will take place at LCVI on November 3rd.
It is part of the consultation process to finalize the design – but – there is still a push on for Kingston City Council to re-open the debate over using a portion of the Memorial Centre property for the school.
That effort is being backed by the school councils for KCVI and QECVI, Sydenham District Association and Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce.
Here’s the link to the video showing the design concept:
Kingston General Hospital is looking for a new President and CEO.
Leslee Thompson won’t seek renewal of her contract when it ends in 10 months.
Thompson hasn’t said what her plans are for her future.
She took over the hospital in 2009. It was in a financial mess and the province had removed the CEO.
Thompson is credited with creating a patient focused environment and turning the hospitals financial situation around.
The union representing 85 Commissionaires in Kingston says they want paid sick leave as part of a new contract. The contract dispute between the Corps of Commissionaires and Public Service Alliance of Canada is headed to conciliation after contract talks broke off at the end of last month.
The Commissionaires provide security at Canadian Forces Base Kingston.
The union says they are military veterans who earn an average of $13 an hour and have no sick days.
Their contract expired in June of last year.
Kingston Police detectives now believe a missing Kingston man is in the Sudbury area or is heading west to Alberta. They received information Monday night that 59 year old Terry M. CLARK was in Sudbury, but he couldn’t be located. Clark was last seen in Kingston on the morning of Thursday, April 9th.
His family is concerned for his well-being and police say he needs prescription medication.
A man from Brampton will appear in a Kingston courtroom for a bail hearing today on charges of living off the avails of prostitution, procuring a prostitute and domestic assault.
Kingston Police were called to 58 Leroy Grant Drive around 11 last night to investigate a report of suspicious activity. They arrested a 32 year old man, seized a vehicle and a quantity of cash.
Man Charged – Indecent Exposure
Kingston Police have arrested a man for exposing himself outside a senior’s residence.
A 68 year old woman had complained to police that the man had exposed himself in front of her window on March 29th and again last Saturday.
A man was arrested early Monday morning near the townhouse complex on Wright Crescent at Palace Road.
The 36 year old man has been charged with one count of committing an indecent act and two counts of prowling by night. School Board Budget
Trustees with the Limestone District School Board are encouraging people to make written submissions about the 2015 – 2016 budget. A statement issued by the board says it’s is an opportunity for School Councils, community groups, and individuals to give input on establishing budget priorities for the next school year. The deadline for filing written submissions to the board is Friday, May 1st. The public Budget Consultation Meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 11th.
Norman Rogers Drive was closed for most of yesterday after a contractor cut a gas line.
The crew was installing underground cable for Bell Canada and accidentally cut the gas line.
Utilities Kingston was able to shut off the gas while repairs were made and no evacuation was needed.
Hot Tub Fire
Firefighters managed to keep a fire on the deck of a home on Cordukes Road from spreading to the house but damage is estimated at 50 thousand dollars.
Officials say the fire started when the homeowner was trying to thaw out a hot tub with a propane heater.
The hot tub and a large screened in area were badly damaged in the fire early yesterday.
A 25-year-old man from Kingston is going to prison for harassing and touching teenage girls in last spring.
The man had been riding a bicycle when he approached the girls in the Hillendale, Valleyview and Strathcona Park areas.
Darren Gaspe pleaded guilty to sexual interference, touching for a sexual purpose and criminal harassment involving threatening behavior.
He was sentenced to four years in prison…minus 232 days he’s spent behind bars since being arrested last May.
Here is a look at what is making news in Kingston on Friday Marcy 14th, 2014
Hotel Dieu – Cutbacks
The Ontario Public Service Union is asking Hotel Dieu Hospital to end the rumours.
OPSEU says it wants Hotel Dieu to release information in a consultant’s report that is rumoured to recommend the urgent care centre close at 8pm instead of 10pm.
OPSEU President Smokey Thomas says a reduction in hours at Hotel Dieu will increase the amount of time people have to wait in emergency Kingston General Hospital. Hotel Dieu says it is reviewing the operation of the urgent care centre because it hasn’t met its wait time targets…but hasn’t made any decisions.
Kingston Police say a woman arrested for selling cocaine and meth had a young child in her home when she was busted.
Police executed a search warrant in the area of Division Street and Conacher Driver on Wednesday. A quantity of cocaine and methamphetamine were seized.
The woman has been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking.
Police say the street value of the drugs was 35 hundred dollars.