KGH Redevelopment Update


The Kingston Health Sciences Centre is hoping to get permission from the ministry of Health to move on with the next phase of a $500 million redevelopment of Kingston General Hospital.

Centre CEO and President, Dr. David Pichora, says they have been working the ministry to analyze what is needed in Kingston and the surrounding region in the future.

Pichora says the plan will include an eight to 12 storey building to replace four old buildings that will be demolished.

Pichora hopes to get approval from Infrastructure Ontario to issue a request for proposals for planners for the massive project within a few weeks.


Fires – Central Frontenac


Central Frontenac Fire & Rescue says it has been dealing with two wildfires in the Depot Lakes area.   A news release yesterday says one of the fires was located south of Fifth Depot Lake.

The other was south of Second Depot Lake.

The Ministry of Natural Resources was assisting with the Fifth Depot Lake fire.

Central Frontenac Fire and Rescue says both fires are in very remote areas have been contained and there is no threat to buildings or livestock.


Dog Taken – Returned


The bizarre case of a dog taken from a cottage in North Frontenac has ended with the dog being returned to its family.

The yellow Labrador retriever named Buckaroo was taken from the cottage near Cloyne last Wednesday and a note was left behind saying the dog had been taken because it was being mistreated.

Buckaroo was dropped off at a veterinary clinic in Oakville last Friday.

It was reunited with its family on Wednesday night.


Inmate Death


An inmate serving a life sentence for second degree murder and aggravated assault has died at Millhaven Institution.  The Correctional Service says 74-year-old Malcolm Latoski died of apparent natural causes on August 20th following an illness.

He had been behind bars since January of 1974.

At the time of his sentencing…Latoski was described as an incorrigible criminal for the stabbing death of an unsuspecting, unarmed and inebriated person outside of a tavern.


Kingston Transit – Schedule Updates


Kingston Transit says it will be making some minor changes in schedules starting September 3rd.

It says the changes will allow for more efficiency and increased reliability on key routes.

There will be some minor changes in the morning and evening schedules.

And Kingston Transit says it hopes the adjustments will encourage more people to take the bus.



Blues Fest


The Limestone City Blues Festival officially got underway last night in Confederation Park.

Concerts take place in the park every afternoon through the weekend.

The headlining show tonight is in the Hub and the big show tomorrow night is in Springer Market Square.

Thirty-three blues bands are playing in Kingston and details on the festival are available at the Downtown Kingston website.


Sail Training Ship – Kingston


The Canadian navy training ship HMCS Oriole has arrived in Kingston and will be open to the public for tours today and through the weekend.

The ship arrived yesterday, and it was a return to home for Master Seaman Chris Dunleavy of Kingston.

Dunleavy is the chef who feeds the ship’s 21 crew members.

The 98-year-old sailing vessel is used for training by the navy and is docked at the Crawford Warf.

HMCS Oriole will be open for tours today from 2 to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Classic Car Show


The Limestone Car Classic takes place on Saturday, August 31st at Lake Ontario Park.

The park will be filled with classic and vintage vehicles for the event annual show with proceeds going to the Kingston Melanoma Cancer Clinic at Kingston General Hospital.

Car show founders David Dick and Brian Beatty started the show in 2013 after Beatty’s daughter, Melonie, died from skin cancer.

A room at the clinic has been named after Melonie Beatty in recognition of the $50,000 in donations it has received from the car show.