Summer Solstice


Welcome to summer.

The Summer Solstice officially started at 12:34 a.m. today.

Summer ends on September 22nd when the Autumnal Equinox begins.


Gordon Edgar Downie Pier


The Pier in Breakwater Park at the water treatment plant on King Street will be named after Gord Downie.

Kingston City Council approved naming it…The Gordon Edgar Downie Pier…at its meeting last night.

The area around the pier at the water treatment plant on King Street will be undergoing a transformation with a beach being added as part of the improvements.  The project has been made possible through a half million dollar grant from the Lake Ontario Waterkeeper – Swim – Drink – Fish initiative.  Downie is a board member for Swim – Drink – Fish.

He once lived across the street from the park and is an avid supporter of Lake Ontario Waterkeeper.


Pride – Participate


The organizer of Kingston’s Pride Parade has launched a petition urging all members of Kingston city council to take part in next year’s parade.

Nobody representing the city attended the parade this year and Matt Salton says he wants council to know how vital the day is and says the presence councillors means more than they realize.

Mayor Bryan Paterson was out of town and has issued a statement saying the city supports the LGBTQ community.


Assault – Charges


A 34 year old man from South Frontenac is facing charges following an assault in Rotary Park in Napanee early Saturday night.

The OPP says the victim’s vehicle was damaged and a fight spilled over into the splash pad area of the park.

Sheldon Welch faces charges of assault, uttering threats to cause bodily harm and mischief under 5,000 dollars.


Aboriginal Day


It’s National Aboriginal Day and there are activities planned in downtown Kingston including music, food and events for children.

It’s taking place on Ontario Street in Front of Kingston City Hall from 11am to 2pm.


Art Show – Language Nest


The Skeleton Park Arts Festival officially kicks off today with the opening of a native artists work at the Elm Street Cafe.  Onagottay is a self-taught painter, story teller and medicine man.

The opening of his art show at the Elm Street Cafe takes place between three and five this afternoon.

Following that…members of Kingston’s native community will celebrate their relationship to language at special evening at the 560 Legion.

A feast will be held followed by the screening of a selection of digital stories created in a series of workshops in Kingston.