Terrorism – Bail

The Kingston youth facing terrorism related charges is free on bail.

The youth was granted bail yesterday under strict conditions.  He has to be in the presence of one of two approved family members at all times. He is also forbidden to use the internet unless it’s approved for education reasons and he must remain in Ontario, surrender his passport and wear an R-C-M-P electronic-monitoring device. He will be back in court on April 30th.

 

Standoff – Arrest

Kingston Police say a standoff with a man at a home on Rose Abbey Drive involved mental health concerns.

Police were called to the house during the noon hour yesterday and the street was closed while the emergency response team took over.  The man was taken from the home without incident around 4:20 yesterday afternoon.

Police say no weapons were found.

 

Student Walkout

Hundreds of high school students in Kingston and thousands of others across Ontario will be staging a walkout this afternoon to protest the Ford government’s cuts and changes to Ontario’s education system.

Students say they are concerned about an increase in class sizes, a reduction in the number of teachers and being forced to take online courses.

Students from KCVI, LCVI and Frontenac Secondary plan to hold a rally at city hall and students at Holy Cross will hold their rally at the school.

 

The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has sent a message to Ontario’s education minister saying many of its students don’t have any access to reliable internet service.  So, making online courses mandatory is not appropriate for all students.

 

Gun Control – Doctors

Doctors in Kingston have mailed a petition demanding tougher gun control measures to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. A day of action was held at the Queen’s School of Medicine yesterday.

The doctors are supporting Bill C71, federal legislation currently before the Senate that calls for banning handguns and assault weapons in Canada all together.

 

Fire and Flower – Opening

Kingston will have two government approved pot shops open for business this weekend.  Fire and Flower says Brock Street Cannabis will be open at 10am, April 5 – Friday morning.

It is located at 75 Brock Street in the former Cunningham and Poupore clothing store.

 

Household Hazardous Waste

The household hazardous waste facility opens for the season today.

It’s located at the Kingston Area Recycling Centre and will be operating every Thursday from 8am to 5pm and on Saturdays from 8am to 4pm until the end of November.