Weather – Warnings and Flooding

Kingston awoke to a wind warning and rainfall warning this morning.

Environment Canada is predicting winds of up to 90 km/h today…with rain heavy at times this morning.

Total rainfall is expected to reach 50 to 75 mm.

About 40 mm had fallen at Norman Rogers Airport by midnight.

The Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority says it doesn’t expect any widespread flooding due to the rainfall…but says there could be localized flooding – especially in low lying areas.

Water from heavy rainfall caused flooding on several streets in Kingston and other roads in the area.

College Strike

Faculty at St. Lawrence College are hoping negotiations will resume as their strike continues with no end in sight.  No negotiations have been scheduled between the Ontario Public Service Employees Union and the College Employer Council.

Faculty at St. Lawrence in Kingston got support from the Carpentry Union on Friday.  Members refused to cross the picket line bringing construction on the new Student Life and Innovation Centre to a halt.

Hospital Redevelopment

The Ontario government has made the financial commitment for a major redevelopment of Kingston General Hospital.

Health Minister Eric Hoskins announced the financial support on Friday…the same day a group of workers from Kingston’s Hospitals attended a rally in Ottawa over lack of funding creating a shortage of hospital beds.

Hoskins says the redevelopment will cost over $500 million dollars.

It includes a new eight storey building and upgrades to the rest of the hospital’s facilities as well as improvements at Hotel Dieu Hospital.

Body Identified

The body found by Kingston Police on Thursday afternoon was that of a Royal Military College Cadet who had been reported missing.

RMC confirmed on Friday the man found dead by police was 19 year old first-year Officer Cadet Jeffrey Daniel Remmelgas.

Remmelgas had been reported missing on October 13th.  No foul play is suspected in his death.

Kingston – Sex Charges

A 50-year-old Kingston man is facing sex-related charges involving a girl who is now 11 years old.  The man was arrested after an investigation into a report of sexual abuse dating back to 2015 when the girl was nine.  Police say the accused was known to the girl and was supposed to be a trusted person. The man has been charged with sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching and sexual exploitation.

United Way – Campaign Update

The United Way campaign has crossed the $2 million mark.

The campaign is almost 60% of the way to its goal of $3,501,000.

The campaign touchdown breakfast is scheduled for Thursday, November 30th.

Volunteers from Novelis will be working to help the United Way this week.

They’re doing renovations to the Youth Hub at 426 Barrie Street.

The Novelis crew will be working on the kitchen area installing new flooring, cabinets and appliances.

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