Wolfe Islander

People on Wolfe Island have been told the Wolfe Islander III should return to service in the first week of November.  But – Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca told a town hall meeting on the island last night…there are no guarantees there won’t be further delays in the ferry’s refit or due to weather.

Del Duca also told islanders the government is planning on a second ferry to service this islander and the environmental assessment is underway.

Theft at Walmart

A bizarre attempt at shoplifting from Kingston’s Walmart has landed an Ottawa man in a Kingston Police cell.

Police say a man loaded over 200 items into empty rubber totes and wheeled them out of the store around six last night.

The electrical items and food were valued at over $10,000.

The man accidentally left behind something that allowed police to identify him and track him down.

He was arrested last night by Kingston Police and the 55 year old from Ottawa appears in court today for a bail hearing.

Prison Drugs

An inmate at Joyceville Institution is facing charges after correctional officers seized drugs on Sunday afternoon.  They found 55 grams of marijuana and 54 grams of ecstasy on the inmate.  Officials say the drugs would have been worth over $32,000 in the prison.

Auto Insurance

Ontario finance minister Charles Sousa says he’s sure auto insurance premiums will be lower when new figures are released today.  The Liberals promised to reduce the rates by an average of 15 per cent by last August – but that hasn’t happened. Sousa also announced yesterday that insurance companies will have to offer you a discount if you have snow tires installed.

Meat Donation

The Boys and Girls Club of Kingston is getting the gift of meat today.

The Rotary Club of Kingston raised over $3,000 to buy the grand champion steer and two pigs from the Kingston Fall Fair.

The beef and pork have been processed and package courtesy of Bruce Wallace Meets and will be delivered to the Boys and Girls Club on Bagot Street this afternoon.

United Way – Campaign Update

The United Way Campaign in Kingston, Frontenac Lennox and Addington has reached 35% of its 3.4 million dollar goal.  The campaign thermometer is sitting at 1.2 million.

Some of the fund raising activities today include…the Queens United Way Student Committee Kickoff BBQ at the corner of University and Union.  Novelis is holding is also holding a fund raising barbecue.