Defence Policy Review

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan is set to announce his much-anticipated defence policy review today.

The new blueprint for national defence is expected to lay out the military’s priorities for future overseas deployments, and outline Ottawa’s 20-year plan for spending billions on military hardware.

The defence minister told RMC graduates last month…successive governments have failed to provide the military with the resources needed to help and support those in uniform and promised the Liberals new policy will address the problem.

HMCS Goose Bay

You have a chance to tour a navy ship in Kingston today and tomorrow.

HMCS Goose Bay will be docked at the Crawford Warf starting today.

It’s on a deployment in the Great Lakes until early July.

Public tours are scheduled from 1-4 this afternoon and from 10am to 4pm tomorrow.

LCBO – Strike Update

The union representing LCBO workers has taken action that could lead to a strike.  The Ontario Public Service Employees Union says it has requested a no board report from the Ministry of Labour.  Members would be in a legal strike position 17 days after that report is issued.  The LCBO says it is hopeful a negotiated settlement can be reached but it’s drawing up contingency plans for a strike just in case.

15 year old Chemist

Kingston Police have charged a 15 year old with mischief endangering life after several cleaners and other solutions were mixed together on the floor of an apartment buildings garbage disposal room Sunday afternoon.

The concoction created a smoky chemical cloud and a professional cleaning company had to be called in to clean up the mess.

The boy had been visiting family at the apartment on Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard and has also been charged with theft and breach of recognizance for leaving the apartment without one of his parents.

Beach Day

It wasn’t great weather for the annual Beach Day at Sandbanks Provincial Park.

Prince Edward County OPP says it was still a busy day with a large number of high school students skipping class for a trip to the beach.

The OPP was out in force and issued four tickets for liquor violations.

Bridge Battle

The battle over whether Kingston should build a bridge over the Cataraqui River is getting nasty.

Six residents have issued a statement saying the Coalition of Kingston Communities doesn’t represent or speak for the various community groups they claim to represent…doesn’t operate in ‘good faith’ and its stated positions on any issue have absolutely no merit.

The letter containing the accusations is signed by Luke Harris, Derek Baylis, Chad Buell, Brian Reitzel, Mark Potter and Sherry Lachine.

The Coalitions claims to represent 25 different community groups.

It issued a news release this week saying it isn’t taking a position on the Third Crossing – but it is questioning the decision-making process.

Glenora Ferry

The Glenora Ferry is back in service after not operating for about seven hours yesterday.

The ferry was taken out of service late yesterday afternoon because of high water levels and strong winds.

The ferry was back in service by midnight and is operating this morning.

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