Homecoming Weekend

Thousands of visitors are coming to Kingston for Queen’s Homecoming this weekend.

Kingston Police and City officials are asking students, residents and visitors to be safe and respectful of neighbours.

The Nuisance Party Bylaw and University District Safety Initiative are in place from now through Sunday.

That means anyone involved in a nuisance party could get a ticket that results in a court summons.

Bylaw enforcement officers and a large contingent of Kingston Police officers will be patrolling the University District and say they won’t hesitate to issue tickets.


Kingston Police Budget

Kingston Police will have to come up with a new budget submission after the Police Services Board turned down a request for an increase of $1.75 million dollars.

The police force wants the 4.57 per cent budget increase to hire ten new officers next year.

The board also rejected a compromise proposal for a 3.9 per cent budget increase.

It has asked Kingston Police to come back with a proposal that takes into account city council’s promise to keep tax increases at or below 2.5 per cent.


Lockdown Over

The lockdown put in place at Joyceville Institution’s Assessment Unit on October 9th has ended.

Officials say a number of unauthorized items were found during an exceptional search for contraband.

The institution has resumed normal operations and visits to the institution have also resumed.


Missing Teen – Located

A 14-year-old girl from Kingston has been located after being reported missing on August 26th.

Kingston Police say Lila Smith was recovered safely in Mississauga by Peel Regional Police.

They’re thanking the public for helping with the safe return of the 14-year-old.


Teen Missing – Again

A 16 year from Kingston is missing again.

Kingston Police are asking for help in locating Kayla Hartwick.

She was reported missing on October 11th.

She has gone missing before and police say she has previously travelled to the Toronto area.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Kayla Hartwick is being asked to contact Kingston Police.


Indigenous Art Installation

Lake Ontario Park will become the home of a unique public art project to commemorate the Alderville First Nation.  Artist Terence Radford will begin installing the art work this fall and the installation is expected to be complete by the fall of next year.  Radford was chosen during an open call and the project budget is $150,000.

The art installation is called Manidoo Ogitigan or Spirit Garden and it has been designed as a landscape installation through an ongoing engagement process with the Alderville First Nation.


United Way Update

The United Way KFLA campaign has hit the two-million-dollar mark.

Officials report the amount of money raised so far is almost $2,010,000.

That’s 57% of the $3.55 million-dollar goal.

The campaign wraps up on November 28th.


Lost Dog Found

A dog lost in Frontenac Provincial Park has been reunited with its family.

Kim Woodbury and her family from St. Eugene, Ontario…were camping in the park and their golden retriever Zoe took off during a hike on October 9th.

A search failed to find the dog, but she was found yesterday morning by two hikers close to the Big Salmon Lake boat ramp with her blanket nearby.  Woodbury posted a picture of the dog’s reunion with her family on a special Facebook page now called Zoe is Home.