Kingston – Power Outages


Utilities Kingston hasn’t said if two widespread power failures in the city were caused by damage from a powerful thunderstorm.

Power was off in Central Kingston for about an hour and a half last night.

Another outage hit Central Kingston at 5:00 this morning.  Up to 2,500 customers were affected.  Utilities Kingston says the power was restored at 6:23 this morning.


Kingston – Storm


Trees and tree branches came down as strong winds, rain and hail whipped through the Kingston area during that brief but powerful thunderstorm.

The heavy rainfall from the storm caused sewage overflows at two locations along the Cataraqui River and two locations on Lake Ontario.

KFL&A Public Health says bacteria levels are higher in areas of the overflows after a heavy rainfall and swimming is not recommended for 48 hours.


Conservation Purchase


The Nature Conservancy of Canada will announce today the purchase of the last intact forest corridor along the Rideau Waterway north of Kingston will be protected.  It says the 48 hectares of land — including 2.5 kilometres of historic Rideau Waterway shoreline — is located on Whitefish Lake.  The Nature Conservancy says the property is critical to a wide variety of plant and animal life, including waterfowl such as mallard, ring-necked duck and wood duck.


Trucker – Impaired


A trucker has been charged with impaired driving after a tractor trailer hit a construction truck on the 401 near Brockville and fled the scene…leaving the passenger door to the truck behind.  The occupant in the construction sign truck suffered non-life threatening injuries.  This happened around 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday.  The OPP located the driver and the transport at the Mallorytown Service Centre.  The 31 year old man from Stoney Creek has been charged with Dangerous Driving Causing Bodily Harm, Failing to Stop at a Collision, and Impaired Driving.


Runciman – Gord Brown


Former Senator and MPP Bob Runciman has announced he will not seek the nomination to run in a byelection to replace Gord Brown.  Brown passed away suddenly in Ottawa on May 2nd.

Brown’s 25-year-old nephew…Colin Brown has announced he will seek the nomination.

Runciman says he isn’t interested in a nomination battle and has been spending time with his wife as she recovers from surgery.

The Conservative riding association in Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes hasn’t announced a date for the nomination meeting and no date has been set for a byelection to replace Gord Brown as MP.


Liberal Leadership


The Liberals who won in the Ontario election…including Kingston and the Islands MPP Sophie Kiwala have selected Ottawa area MPP John Fraser as the party’s interim leader.  The selection will be confirmed today after a vote by party officials.  Fraser was first elected in a byelection in 2013 that was called after former party leader Dalton McGuinty stepped down.

Outgoing premier Kathleen Wynne resigned as Liberal leader on election night.


Wolfe Island Promo


Frontenac County is promoting Wolfe Island as a tourist destination.

The County says the main message of its “Ferry by Foot” campaign is to leave your vehicle in Kingston, take the ferry and walk or cycle on the island this summer.  The promotion includes the release of the Wolfe Island Visitor Guide and a website with details on what’s happening on the island.

A free shuttle bus will also transport visitors to Big Sandy Bay Conservation Area every Saturday, Sunday, and holiday Monday through July and August.


St. Lawrence – Convocation


The Rogers K-Rock Centre will be a busy place for the next two days.

3,200 St. Lawrence College students will be attending their convocation ceremonies at the downtown arena.  Three ceremonies are being held.  The first one takes place at 6:00 p.m. today with the others tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. tomorrow.

The ceremonies will also be streamed live on the St. Lawrence College website.