New Drug Threat

You can add another deadly drug threat for opioid addicts in Kingston.

KFL&A Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kieran Moore, says Etizolam has been linked to three deaths in the region this year.  Moore told the public health board meeting yesterday it is commonly mixed with oxycodone and fentanyl.  He says it is similar to valium but 10 times more powerful.

And…Naloxone doesn’t work to reverse the effects of an overdose. Moor says if you come across someone who has overdosed you need to call 9-1-1.


Driver Charged – Pool Crash

The driver of a vehicle that ended up in a pool on Cresthill Street in Kingston’s west end early Monday morning has been charged by Kingston Police.

Police say the vehicle was northbound on Bayridge Drive when it veered off the road – crashed through a wooden fence and landed in the pool of the home around 4am Monday.

The driver wasn’t injured and faces charges of careless driving and distracted driving for operating a handheld device.


Suspicious Fire

Frontenac OPP is looking for two people following a suspicious fire that destroyed a vacant cabin in North Frontenac on Sunday.

The OPP was called to the scene shortly before 11am Sunday.  The cabin was on North Road about two kilometres south of Plevna.  The owners trail camera picked up images of two people who were on the property before the fire started.

One was wearing an ATV helmet.

Anyone with information on the incident is being asked to contact Frontenac OPP or Crime Stoppers.


Camping – Lake Ontario Park

There will be public consultations and a report from city staff before Kingston city council decides on whether camping should return to Lake Ontario Park for people involved in cycling events.

A motion from councillor Jim Neal was discussed at the city council meeting last night.

The motion was amended and approved by council. Staff will now report back to council during the first quarter of next year on the idea of a two-year pilot project to allow cyclists to camp in the park.  City staff will also come up with a definition of a cycling event.


Advance Voting

If you took part in Advance voting on the Thanksgiving weekend you were part of a record number of Canadians who took advantage of the advance polls.

Elections Canada says 4.7 million Canadians voted during the four-day advance voting period…a 29 percent increase over the last election in 2015.

The actual election day is this coming Monday.


110-Year-Old – Obit

One of Kingston’s oldest residents has passed away.

Margaret Cruickshank died on Monday.  Cruickshank was 110 years old.

Cruickshank was born in England but came to Kingston when she was four years old and attended St. George’s Cathedral for the past 105 years.

She attended her last service at the cathedral on October 6th.

A funeral service for Margaret Cruickshank will take place at St. George’s Cathedral at 1pm on Monday.


Sir John A. – Workshops

The city of Kingston is hosting three community workshops this week on how Kingston can share a more inclusive history of Sir John A. Macdonald.

The workshops are a follow up to the city’s Sir John A. 360 panel discussions last month.

Workshops are taking place from 10am to noon today and there is an afternoon and evening session tomorrow.

All of the workshops are taking place in the Press Lounge at the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour.


Novelis – Neighbour Week

Novelis employees in Kingston are volunteering this week at the Kingston Youth Shelter on Brock Street.  It’s the annual Novelis Neighbour Week and this year the volunteers are installing new flooring at the shelter and replacing bathroom and lighting fixtures.


Pitch In – Fall Edition

The fall edition of Pitch-In Kingston is set to take place at the end of this month.

The city and Sustainable Kingston are encouraging residents to register at the Sustainable Kingston website.

The community wide cleanup effort will take place on October 25th and 26th.

It follows a highly successful spring version of Pitch-In Kingston that saw nearly 10 thousand people take part in cleaning up litter around the Limestone City.