People opposed to and in favour of the Third Crossing have had their chance to speak to Kingston City council. 14 delegations appeared at a special meeting on the bridge over the Cataraqui River last night.

Councillors then questioned the consultants on the bridge design before adjourning the meeting shortly after 10:30 last night.  The special meeting will resume at 6:00 p.m. today.

Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca announced the province is pledging up to $60 million to fund the Third Crossing.

Del Duca made the announcement at Kingston city hall yesterday morning and said he wasn’t trying to influence the decision by city councillors…but he says there is a very strong case for the bridge.

The province and city will now work on getting the federal government to fund the project.

Child Luring

A 21 year old man from Napanee has been charged following a two week internet luring investigation.

Police arrested David Franklin on June 7th.

He’s been charged with four counts of luring a child on the internet, one count of exposing himself to a child and one count of sending sexually explicit material to a child.

Franklin is being held at the Quinte Detention Centre and is scheduled for a bail hearing on June 27th.

The investigation by the OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Unit and Napanee OPP is continuing.

Woman Charged – Shooting

Kingston Police have charge a 35 year old woman with making a false report that she witnessed a shooting.

Police say a woman called police Friday afternoon to report she just witnessed a shooting in the backyard of an address on Wilson Street.

Officers investigated and determined she was lying. They were able to locate her and arrested her a short time later. She was charged with public mischief, two counts of breach of an undertaking, and breach recognizance.

Distracted Driving Survey

A distracted driving survey will be taking place in Kingston today.

Kingston Partners for a Safe Community will be setting up checkpoints to see how many drivers are using hand held devices.

They’ll be at the Bath Road and Sir John A. Macdonald intersection from 12:30 until 1:30 pm and at the corner of Fort Henry Hill and Highway 2 from 2:00 until 3:00 p.m.

Hospice Kingston

Hospice Kingston is holding a public session today on its plans to build Kingston’s first Palliative Care Centre & Residential Hospice.

The presentation will follow the organization’s annual general meeting at Providence Care Hospital.

The Capital Campaign goal for the new Palliative Care Centre & Residential Hospice is $7.8 million.

Hospice Kingston is collaborating with Providence Care to build the hospice at the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul property at 1200 Princess Street.

Education – Bursaries

The Children’s Aid Society is holding a special graduation ceremony for 20 students in foster care tonight.  They’ll be receiving their share of $57,000 in bursaries for college or university from Family and Children’s Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington.

That’s a record amount for the local Children’s Aid Society.

The money comes from donations…including a new four year bursary program created by the Splinter Family. The Braebury Bursaries will fund four students for up to four years of post-secondary education.

Holy Cross – Wheelchair

Students at Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School have raised over eight thousand dollars to buy a two year old a special wheelchair.

Kate Melo-Jordan has cerebral palsy and the motorized Wizzybug wheelchair will give her the mobility she needs to keep up with her friends.

Kate’s mother Jennie is a teacher at Holy Cross.

The students held a variety of fund raising activities to buy the specially designed wheelchair.

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