Conservative – Prison Farms

The Conservative candidate for Kingston and the Islands in the federal election this fall is trying to downplay comments from Conservative MP James Bezan about prison farms.

Bezan recently visited Kingston and said closing the prison farms was the right decision…they should never have been re-opened…and they provide no marketable skills for inmates.

But the Kingston candidate…Ruslan Yakovichuck says he recognizes the value of prison farms in teaching offenders life skills, and keeping arable land in production.

Yakovichuk says he is concerned about the cost of operating the farms and shares concerns with Evolve Our Prison Farms about the treatment of animals.


NDP – Campaign Opening

The NDP candidate for Kingston and the Islands in the upcoming federal election will open his campaign office this weekend.

Barrington Walker will officially kick off his campaign with the opening of his headquarters and a barbecue on Sunday at 1724 Bath Road…just west of Days Road.

Walker is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at Queen’s University.


Charged – Domestic Assault

Kingston Police say a man wanted for threatening his female partner with a knife was arrested hiding in a pile of garbage.  Police say the man and woman got into an argument on June 29th.  The woman was threatened with a knife and put in a choke hold. The fight was broken up by a roommate.  The man took off from their downtown residence before police arrived.

The 34 year old man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after jumping out a second storey window and trying to hide in garbage behind the building.

He’s been charged with assault with a weapon and uttering threats.


Airport Renos – Grand Opening

Mayor Brian Paterson has officially opened the new Kingston airport terminal and extended runway during a ceremony today.

The work has taken over a year to complete.

The city hopes the $16 million improvements will help attract better air service to boost tourism and economic development.


Buskers Rendezvous

The Kingston Buskers Rendezvous continues in Downtown Kingston today.

A reminder that Princess Street will be closed between Bagot and Wellington for big circle shows from 1-3pm.

There are performances in Springer Market Square and on Ontario Street tonight.

The fire show is set for 10pm on Saturday on Princess Street in the Hub…and the Grand Finale starts at 6pm on Sunday in Confederation Park.


Fort Frontenac – Repairs

Work to repair the historic Fort Frontenac wall is slated to start next week.

The work will begin on the south portion of the wall adjacent to The Tragically Hip Way.

Work may also work on the section along Ontario Street.

The sidewalk on the Ontario Street side of Fort Frontenac has been closed due to structural problems with the wall.

A contractor installed new barricades last night.


Plastic Free Summer

Sustainable Kingston’s Plastic-Free summer challenge is now under way!

You are being encouraged to examine your daily habits and take steps to reduce your reliance on single use plastics.

Single Use Plastics include straws, plastic bags, coffee stir sticks, and food packaging.

You can sign up for the challenge on Sustainable Kingston’s website.