Yarker School – Closing


It was a crushing blow for parents and community members fighting to keep Yarker Family School from closing.

The Limestone District School Board voted 5-4 in favour of closing the school in Yarker at its meeting last night.

Yarker Family School will be closed after the next school year and students will be sent to Odessa Public School.


Lake Ontario – Death


A 31 year old man from Amherst Island was the man who died when a boat capsized in Lake Ontario new the Island on Saturday night.

A news release from the OPP says Ronald Arthur McGinn was in a 14 foot aluminum fishing boat with a 19 year old man when it capsized.  The 19 year old was able to make it to shore.

The body of McGinn was recovered by the OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit around 3p.m. Sunday.


Sexual Assault


A 34-year-old Kingston man has been charged with sexual assault, uttering death threats and assault after police responded to a call about a domestic disturbance at 6:45 Sunday morning.

Kingston Police says officers went to a home in the east end and observed both a man and woman with injuries. Following their investigation the man was arrested and held for a bail hearing.


Highway Hump


A big hump on the westbound 401 just west of Gardiners Road will be fixed.

The MTO says it has now posted signs warning drivers of the hump in the highway and crews will begin repairs on Monday.


Expensive Lights


The City of Kingston is spending more than $500,000 on a special system to light up City Hall for special events – and – now it wants your advice on when and how often the system should be used.

The purchase was made as part of Kingston’s Canada 150 celebrations.

A news release from the city says your input will help to shape a new Illumination Policy that will provide guidelines for using the new lighting system.

A survey has been posted on the city’s website and a public meeting will be at 6p.m. next Monday.


Frontenac Arch


The Nature Conservancy of Canada has purchased six properties north of Kingston.

The purchase means the land can’t be developed.

Four of the six properties are on or near Loughborough Lake…the two others are on Charleston Lake…one of those properties was donated by Michael McAdoo and family.

The Nature Conservancy says the land it has purchased is part of the densest forest in southern Ontario and part of what is known as the Frontenac Arch.


Chamber – Awards Ceremony


The Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce and Kingston Economic Development Corporation has honoured four people by inducting them into the Business Hall of Fame.

Black Dog Hospitality owner, Tim Pater…Frank Casamatta, President of New Empire Design/Build Contractors…Peter Tobias, partner in Viner, Kennedy, Frederick, Alan LLP and Downtown Kingston Managing Director, Doug Ritchie were being inducted during a breakfast meeting today.


History File


From Tony’s today in history file…celebrating Canada’s 1st prime minister on the 126th anniversary of his death.

Sir John A. Macdonald will be remembered today at his annual gave site ceremony at Cataraqui Cemetery – although it may be moved indoors because of the weather.

Kingstonian and former Senator Hugh Segal is the guest speaker at the ceremony starting at 1:30 this afternoon.

The choir from Ste. Marguerite Catholic School will perform at the ceremony to honour Macdonald who died on June 6th, 1891.  He was 76 years old.


The following article offers some perspective on Macdonald and the controversy surrounding his policies: