Early Morning Fire

A resident of Rideaucrest Towers has been taken to hospital by paramedics with burns to his hands and body.

The man was injured in a fire in the bedroom of an apartment in the building at 205 Rideau Street.

Kingston Fire and Rescue says it believes the fire was caused by smoking in bed.

It was called to Rideaucrest Towers at 1:15 this morning.  Damage was contained to the apartment where the fire took place and is estimated at 50 thousand dollars.

Vital Signs – Community Foundation

The eighth annual Vital Signs report says there’s been a sharp rise in the number of children six years and younger with mental health issues in the Kingston area.

The report is being released by the Community Foundation of Kingston and Area today.

The report also found one out of 12 homes in the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington area live with food insecurity…not knowing  if there will be enough food next week or next month.

On the positive side…the report found many organizations in KFL&A are working closely together to identify people who are at risk and then connecting them directly to appropriate agencies.

Providence Village

The property on Princess Street near Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard that is home to the Sisters of Providence Motherhouse is a step closer to becoming a community village.

No date has been set for the re-development…but yesterday…the Sisters of Providence announced organizations that want to be located on the site.  They include Providence Manor that plans to redevelop its long-term care home on the property.

The other organizations are Hospice Kingston, YMCA of Kingston, Loving Spoonful, H’Art Centre and Kingston House of Recovery for Women and Children.

Market Square – Public Spaces

Springer Market Square has been nominated as one of the Great Public Spaces in Canada.

The public square behind Kingston City Hall is one of 13 public spaces nominated for the annual competition held by the Canadian Institute of Planners.

This national contest invites the public to nominate and vote for a great street, public space, or neighborhood.

Online voting closes on October 17th.

The award winning spaces get a plaque which can be displayed at their Great Place.


Dragon’s Den

There’s a Kingston connection to the season’s premier of the popular TV show Dragon’s Den.

A company started by Alyssa Furtado of Kingston will be asking for a $1 million dollar investment.

RateHub is an online company that compares rates for mortgages, credit cards, savings accounts and guaranteed investment certificates.  It was started by Furtado in 2010 and expects to do up to 10 million dollars in business this year.  Dragon’s Den debuts tomorrow night at 8 on CBC.




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