Vimy Ceremonies

Hundreds of people…many of them soldiers…gathered at the Great War Memorial in Kingston’s City Park on Sunday for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

The battle is seen as a coming of age for Canada.

The memorial carries the names of the battles where Kingston’s 21st Battalion fought…including Vimy Ridge.

Mayor Bryan Paterson said the pride of what was accomplished at Vimy Ridge carries on in the hearts of the men and women of the military community in Kingston today.


In France…the commemorative ceremony was held in front of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial.  High school students from Kingston and Napanee were there as Prince Charles spoke on behalf of the Queen.

Empty boots were placed on the Memorial to represent the 3,598 soldiers that died at Vimy.

CBSA Raid – 420 Kingston

420 Kingston says marijuana seized by the Canada Border Service Agency and Kingston Police was for a competition called the Lift Cup and not for sale.

The owners of the business at 736 Princess Street also posted on their Facebook page that it won’t have seeds for sale…they were also seized.

The Canada Border Service and Kingston Police executed search warrants at 420 Kingston and the home of the owners on Friday and seized approximately four pounds of marijuana.

The 34 year old man and 32 year old woman have been charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

OPSEU – Thomas

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union has re-elected Warren (Smokey) Thomas as its president.   Thomas was first elected to the union’s top post in 2007.  Thomas defeated Myles Magner – OPSEU’s regional vice-president for the Toronto area – to win his sixth two-year term.

Thomas is a native of Kingston and worked as a registered psychiatric nurse at the former Kingston Psychiatric Hospital for more than 20 years.

OPSEU represents 130,000 workers across Ontario.

Kinsmen – Dream Home Winner

The winner of the Kinsmen Dream Home is Sue Hagar.

Hagar’s name was drawn yesterday during the home show at the Cataraqui Arena.  The new home is valued at $550,000.

The $10,000 cash prize was won by Alex Thomas and Marion Lopez won the $5,000 prize.

There were also five $1,000 winners.

$550,000 Dream Home – Sue Hagar, #2724

$10,000 – Alex Thomas, #2904

$5000 – Marion Lopez, #4247

$1000 – Allan Vanset, #5708

$1000 – Paul Currie, #0627

$1000 – Peter Shepelle, #1488

$1000 – Pat Gillespie, #1102

$1000 – Helen DeSousa, #1881

$1000 – Tim Pearsall, #3454

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