Prison Farms to Re-open


The prison farms at Joyceville and Collins Bay Institutions will be reopening by next spring or summer.  The federal government announced yesterday both dairy cows and dairy goats will be included in the operation at Joyceville.   Agriculture and horticulture activities will take place at Collins Bay – but no details were given during yesterday’s announcement.

Funding of 4.3 million dollars over five years has been earmarked in the 2018 federal budget for the reopening of the farm operations.


Prison for Women


A local developer is interested in buying the former Kingston Prison for Women property for a residential development.  Mayor Brian Patterson says he’s thrilled by the new vision for the site from ABNA Investments.  Patterson says there are a number of hurdles to clear including the heritage designation and some environmental contamination on the site.  City Council will be asked to approve a plan to allow for future development at the site when it meets on Tuesday night.

Queen’s University is selling the property after failing to find a use for it other than storage.


Cemetery Vandalism


There’s been a heartbreaking case of vandalism at the 145 year old Glenwood cemetery in Picton.

The cemetery says it believes as many as 200 headstones have been damaged.  The vandalism took place between 3pm and 7:30pm on Wednesday.

Prince Edward County OPP is asking for anyone with information about the vandalism to contact police or Crime Stoppers.




A man is facing charges after a naked stroll on a walking path behind Blackburn Mews in Kingston.

Kingston Police say officers responded to a call about a naked man around noon Wednesday.  Police arrested the man – but an officer was poked with a used needle and the man escaped from police when they took him to hospital for blood tests.  He was found in downtown Kingston a few hours later.  A 27-year-old Kingston man has been charged with committing an indecent act and breach of probation.


Indigenous Studies


The Limestone District School Board has announced a major change in Grade 11 English.  The current course will be replaced with a course called “Understanding Contemporary First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Voices”.  The school board says it will be offered at most secondary schools in September. It says the new course is equivalent to the Grade 11 English course and will serve as a prerequisite for any of the Grade 12 English courses.


Torch Run


The 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run is taking place in Kingston today.

Kingston Police, Kingston Police Community Volunteers, Frontenac OPP, Military Police, the RCMP, Correctional officers and members of the Canadian Border Service Agency will join Special Olympians for the run.

It’s scheduled to start at 11:30 this morning at Kingston Police Headquarters.  It will head north on Division Street, then turn left at First Canada Avenue, loop around onto Dalton Avenue back to Division Street, and back to the police station. Members of our community are encouraged to show their support for Special Olympics by tossing change in the buckets.


Corvettes – Kingston


Kingston will be invaded by Corvettes this weekend.

Over 500 Corvette owners will take part in a meet and greet starting this afternoon.  The gathering is the largest of its kind in Canada this year.  Corvette owners are coming to the city from 17 different clubs in Ontario, Quebec and the U-S.

Their prized vehicles will be on display from 4 to 9pm today on Ontario Street, Market Street and in Springer Market Square.


World Fishing Day


Saturday is World Fishing Day and angler Ashley Rae of Napanee will be co-hosting the live online broadcast with YouTube angler Robert Field.  They’ll be targeting largemouth bass on the Bay of Quinte. The live 24-hour broadcast will follow anglers from 24 different countries.

The live feed is available at:


Kids Triathlon


Over 400 young people will be taking part in the Kingston Kids Triathlon tomorrow at the Memorial Centre.  Race director Jason Trueman says the 440 participants spots were booked in May by kids who are taking part.

The roads around the Memorial Centre will be closed tomorrow from 7:30 to 1pm for the cycling portion of the triathlon.