Overdoses – Frontenac Paramedics

No alert has been issued by health officials in Kingston but there has been a spike in opioid overdoses.

Frontenac paramedics say they were called to three opioid overdoses in less than twelve hours. The message posted on Twitter Wednesday afternoon says two of the patients required resuscitation.

Health officials have recommended anyone who is an injection drug user or knows one to get a Naloxone kit.

In Toronto, Mayor John Tory has called an emergency meeting to deal with a spike in overdoses and drug related deaths in the past week.

Drowning – Bob’s Lake

A man has drowned while swimming in Bob’s Lake on Tuesday morning.

The OPP says the man went swimming in the Lake in South Frontenac and was reported missing at 11:49 on Tuesday morning.

The OPP marine unit, South Frontenac firefighters and a search and rescue helicopter from CFB Trenton were all involved in the search.

The OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit found the man’s body later in the day.

A news release says police are assisting the coroner in the investigation of the man’s death and his name hasn’t been released.

Back Lakes – Flooding

Water levels remain extremely high on inland lakes north of Kingston and Gananoque and the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority says it will take a few more days for the water levels to go down.

It downgraded the flood warnings for most lakes yesterday but says there is still the threat of flooding on Charleston Lake and Buck Lake.

The Conservation Authority says any significant rainfall could cause more flooding along the shorelines of inland lakes.

Soccer Fields

The fields at John Machin Soccer Park damaged by a driver doing donuts will be ready for use this weekend.

The city says repairs were done quickly and with lots of rain in July the grass has grown quickly enough to allow the four fields to recover enough to allow soccer to resume.

A 17 year old driver was charged with mischief following the damage on July 1st.  Police say he and his parents have promised to pay for the repairs.

Power Outage

Power was knocked out to about a thousand customers in Kingston after a car slammed into a utility pole.

The car ran into the pole at the corner of Montreal Street and Sutherland Drive yesterday afternoon.  A man in his 60’s was driving the car and Frontenac Paramedics say he did not require treatment in hospital.

Kingston Police closed Montreal Street to investigate the crash.

Living Wage Employers

An organization called Living Wage Kingston will be honouring two local employers today.

The group says Kingston’s current living wage is $16.58 cents an hour.  It says the living wage reflects what earners in a family need to bring home to live with dignity and participate as active citizens in society.

Brunet Plumbing Kitchen and Bath and King’s Town Dental will be honoured during a ceremony today.  They’ll be officially certified as living wage employers…meaning they pay their employees at least $16.58 cents an hour.

Wynne – Kingston Visit

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is visiting Kingston and Napanee today.

The premier will be attending a children’s day camp at St. Matthew’s United Church on Weller Avenue at 10:15 this morning.  She’ll also attend a barbecue at the Kingston Seniors Centre at 11:30 this morning.

Wynne is scheduled to visit Lennox and Addington County General Hospital in Napanee at 1:30 this afternoon.

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