Downie – Honoured

Indigenous leaders have honoured Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip.

Downie was named…Man Who Walks Among Stars…during an Assembly of First Nations special assembly yesterday.

Downie wept openly and said while Canada will celebrate its 150th anniversary next year…it will take 150 years to heal the wound of residential schools.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was there to announce an Indigenous Languages Act.

He told the gathering…”I heard Gord Downie that night in Kingston and with you honouring him here today, I know you heard him too”.  Trudeau was referring to comments the Hips lead singer made during their concert on August 20th at the Rogers K-Rock Centre.

Sexual Assault

A 53 year old man from Quinte West has been charged with sexually assaulting a boy five years ago in Enterprise.  Napanee OPP says it is investigating the case after a male reported he was sexually assaulted starting when he was 10 years old.

Serge Beaudry of Quinte West has been released and will appear in court in Napanee on December 20th charged with….sexual assault, sexual interference with a person under 16 years of age and Invitation to sexual touching.

Leapfrog Sculpture Returned

The missing sculpture has been found and Hospice Kingston says it hopes to have it re-installed in its garden at City Park soon.

The bronze sculpture of two children playing leapfrog was found by the owner of a scrap metal yard on McAdoos Lane yesterday after he read reports on social media.  Kingston Police say they’re still trying to track down the thief.

Cost of Food

A survey has found the cost of eating healthy food increased by about $21 a month this year in Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington.

KFL&A Public Health has released its annual report on food prices.  It says it cost about $902 a month to buy healthy food for a family of four this year.  Food prices were monitored at seven grocery stores in May.

The health unit says the high cost of food has a significant impact on the health of people on fixed incomes.

Shop with a Cop

A group of students will be picked up by Kingston Police this morning and taken to the Cataraqui Centre for a Christmas shopping spree.  The students were chosen for the second annual Shop with a Cop program for their submissions in a contest about “What Makes Kingston Awesome?”  Each gets a $200 gift card to use for shopping at the Cataraqui Centre today.

K-Rock Centre – Revenue Target

The Rogers K-Rock Centre says some big concerts and a great Kingston Frontenacs hockey season helped it hit its revenue projection for the first time since it opened 9 years ago.

Kingston’s award winning arena is expected to generate net revenue of $750,000 for 2016.

The arena’s management company…SMG…is projecting a tougher 2017 with net-revenue of 607 thousand dollars.  That’s $93,000 short of its commitment to the city.

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