Schools – CUPE Strike

The union representing support staff at schools across Ontario has agreed to return to the bargaining table with Ontario government negotiators on Friday.

CUPE announced yesterday that its 55 thousand members will go on strike on Monday if no contract agreement is reached before then.

The union members began a work to rule campaign this week.

The Limestone District School Board and Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board are making plans in case there is a strike.


Bitcoin Scam

Kingston Police say two victims in Kingston have lost a total of $25,000 to scammers who told them their personal bank accounts, social insurance number or other information was involved in a major fraud case or money laundering investigation.  The victims were told to send funds converted to Bitcoin to fix the issue.

Kingston Police say they will never contact you requesting payment over the phone.

In addition, no police service would ever request any form of payment using Bitcoin.

Kingston Police say any business or corporation requesting payment by Bitcoin is almost certainly a fraudulent request.


Drugs – Man in House

Another disturbing incident in Kingston involving someone high on drugs.

Kingston Police say a man forced his way into the apartment of a man in downtown Kingston after banging on the doors of tenants on Tuesday afternoon.

The man proceeded to sit down in a chair in the living room and wouldn’t leave.

Police were called and found the man sitting there.  When police attempted to speak with him he took up a fighting stance and screamed at police.   The 33-year-old faces a lengthy list of charges including assault, resisting arrest and possession of brass knuckles…a prohibited weapon.


Drone Drop

Contraband seized at Collins Bay Institution on Monday was dropped into the prison yard by a drone.

The Correctional Service says three packages were seized within the perimeter of the medium security unit at Collins Bay.

The packages included 787.3 grams of marijuana with an estimated institutional value of $78,730.00.

The police have been notified and the institution is investigating.


RV and Boat Storage

You’ll be able to park an RV, boat, ATV or snowmobile in your driveway starting next year.

Kingston city council has approved changes in the current rules and says utility trailers and motorhomes no longer than eight metres will also be allowed in driveways between April 1st and October 31st.


Workplace Inclusion

The KEYS Job Centre and the City of Kingston will launch a Workplace Inclusion Charter today.

Funding for the project came from Heritage Canada’s Anti-Racism Action program.  It focuses on getting Kingston employers to make their workplaces more diverse and inclusive for under-represented groups.

Mayor Bryan Paterson will open an event to launch the charter this afternoon in Memorial Hall at Kingston City Hall.