Coffeeco – Tims – Kingston Centre

The owner of Coffeeco says he’s not upset about a Tim Hortons being built at the Kingston Centre – but he won’t be renewing his lease at for his Kingston Centre coffee shop.

Richard Ottenhoff says the company that owns the mall refused to discuss a competitor being located near his business and is only offering him a long term lease.  His current lease expires in 18 months.  Ottenhoff also says he was refused a drive-thru and was turned down for a major expansion.

So, he says he’ll be moving and plans to open a 5,000 square foot coffee roastery and training centre very close to the Kingston Centre.


The Bombardier plant in Millhaven has ramped up its production facility in a bid to try and meet its contract obligations with Metrolinx to provide a fleet of new light rapid transit vehicles.

It has hired 300 people and will likely hire more as it gets ready to produce the new LRV.

Metrolinx is trying to cancel the contract…saying Bombardier isn’t meeting deadlines.

The company says it is not behind schedule and showed off a prototype of the new vehicle to some members of the news media yesterday.  It says outdoor testing on its track in Millhaven will start in the spring.

Calico – Funding

A Kingston company that produces specialty food ingredients has received almost 45 thousand dollars in funding from the Ontario and federal governments.  The funding for Calico Food Ingredients is to help the company develop and implement an integrated planning system to help increase production output and operational efficiency.

Stray Bullet

Quite a scare for a man in the kitchen of his home near Gananoque on Family day – a stray bullet went through his kitchen window and narrowly missed him on Monday afternoon.

Police have charged a 26 year old man and a 36 year old man from Pickering along with a 26 year old man from Toronto with careless use of a firearm.

The OPP says they had been target shooting on Weston Island.

Weather – Record Temperatures

Kingston may see a record breaking temperature today.  Environment Canada is forecasting a high of 12.  The current record high for February 23rd is 10.4 degrees…set in 1981.

And…February of 1981 was even milder than it has been this year.  The record high for yesterday was set in 1981 when the mercury climbed to 14.4 degrees.  The high in Kingston yesterday was just under 10 degrees (9.8).

Etmanski – Fund Raising

It will be a special night tonight at the Invista Centre for Allan Etmanski…the Kingston Voyageurs webcast play by play announcer.  It is the Voyageurs final regular season game against Aurora.  Etmanski is undergoing treatment for cancer.  The teams booster club will be raising funds for Etmanski during the Vees last regular season game tonight.  The team will also auction off a jersey and proceeds from the 50/50 draw will go to Etmanski.  He’s currently between jobs and needs financial support.

A GoFundMe account has also been set up.  The Wellington Dukes will honour Etmanski during their final regular season game tomorrow night.


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