College Strike

The union represent faculty at St. Lawrence College and the provinces 23 other colleges says it’s time to get the College Employer Council back to the bargaining table.

12 thousand members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union walked off the job last Monday at Ontario’s colleges.

The union says it is ready, willing and able to negotiate – but there have been no negotiations since the strike began and none are scheduled.

Flu Season

You’re being encouraged to get a flu shot with a worse than usual flu season expected this fall and winter.

KFL&A Public Health says the sooner you get immunized the better.

It says the flu shot will protect you and vulnerable people around you.

Flu shots are available at family doctor’s offices, local pharmacies and clinics held by KFL&A Public Health.

Seniors – Scarf Bombing

A project involving some seniors in Kingston will help keep homeless people warm this winter.

A group of residents at Trillium Retirement and Care Community…some in their 90’s…has been knitting and has finished more than 100 scarves.

The Whig reports the idea is to leave them in parks or other places where homeless people may find them and they will be distributed next month.

Each comes with a note that says…I am not lost! If you are stuck out in the cold, take this scarf to keep warm.

Deer Advice

The OPP is warning drivers about collisions involving deer.

Leeds County OPP investigated 9 motor vehicle collisions involving deer in the past week. There were no injuries reported.   The OPP says drivers need to be especially attentive from sunset to midnight and just before and after sunrise…the highest risk times for collisions with deer.

Police also say…many serious crashes occur when drivers swerve to avoid a deer. Their best advice…brake firmly when you notice a deer in or near your path, but stay in your lane.

Gord Downie – Tribute

A tribute sing-a-long for Kingston’s The Tragically Hip attracted over a thousand fans in Toronto last night.

They braved strong winds and showers to sing with Choir! Choir! Choir! in Nathan Phillips Square and remember the bands singer…Amherstview native Gord Downie.

Toronto Mayor John Tory was there and says Gord Downie was Canadians story teller…they miss him and were there last night to mourn…but also to celebrate.

Downie died from brain cancer last Tuesday at age 53.

His older brother Mike appeared on stage near the end of the tribute last night to thank everyone.  Mike Downie says he appreciates the support and the outpouring of emotion, grief and love has been overwhelming.


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