Black Medical Students

Queen’s University has apologized for a policy that banned black students from studying at the Queen’s School of Medicine from 1918 to 1965.  The policy wasn’t officially revoked until last year.

A formal letter of apology was signed by Queen’s University principal Daniel Woolf and School of Medicine dean Richard Reznick.

It says that the university will ensure that this episode of the university’s history is acknowledged in a public space on campus and Queen’s will hold a symposium next year on the ban and will implement a mentoring program for black students in the medical school.


McArthur – Parole

A notorious bank robber from Kingston who is suspected in two murders has been granted day parole for six months.

Micky McArthur is serving a life sentence on four counts of attempted murder, robbery, aggravated assault and other offences following a bank robbery in Port Perry in 1994.

McArthur has changed his name to Hollinger.

He was granted the six months of day parole despite the parole board noting his is a person of interest in the disappearances and murders of 37 year old Millhaven correctional officer David Hannah in 1983 and 24 year old Tom Gencarelli of Kingston in 1982.


Loyalist Teen – Impaired

A 19 year old from Loyalist Township has been charged with a drug and booze fueled smash up in the driveway of a home in Napanee.

Lennox and Addington OPP say a male took a vehicle that didn’t belong to him around 8:17 Saturday night and drove it into other vehicles parked in the driveway before it came to rest when it hit a tree.  A person who witnessed what was going on was assaulted.

The 19 year old now faces charges of impaired driving by alcohol and drugs, possession of stolen property and assault.


Crash – Drug Bust

Two men from Cornwall are facing drug trafficking charges after a pickup truck hit a commercial vehicle and flipped onto its side on the 401 in Belleville.

Two men in the pickup fled the scene but were located with the help of the OPP Canine Unite and emergency response team.

The OPP says it found over 100 pounds of packaged cannabis in the pickup.

The two men have been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of cocaine.


Living Wage

Kingston will be developing a living wage policy.  City council approved a motion last night to have staff prepare a policy to give preferential consideration to contractors and partners who have a living wage policy.  The motion says the city can exert influence with purchasing policies and criteria for awarding contracts.

The living wage for Kingston is $16.29 an hour.


Hospice Kingston

Good news for Hospice Kingston.

Kingston city council has approved a motion to have city staff investigate how it can help Hospice Kingston reach its fund raising goal to build a palliative care centre and residence. Hospice Kingston has already raised $10.2 million of the 11.7 million goal.

Last night city council was unanimous in approving the motion for staff to investigate how the city can help Hospice Kingston reach the goal.


Petition – Banning Plastics

Mayor Bryan Paterson says he expects a motion to ban single use plastic will come up at Kingston city council later this year.  About 50 students from Elginburg District Public School delivered their petition to ban single use plastics to the mayor on the steps of city hall yesterday.

The petition has over 1,500 signatures.