Rideau Street Fire

A home on Rideau Street has been gutted by fire.

Kingston Fire and Rescue says two people were taken to hospital by paramedics – but the extent of their injuries is not known.

A man was rescued from the back roof of the burning townhouse at 277 Rideau Street.

Damage from the fire is estimated at $350,000.

The cause is under investigation.

Kingston Fire and Rescue says approximately 11 people have been displaced because of the fire.


Fire – Highway 38

Fire has also damaged a home on Highway 38 north of Kingston.

South Frontenac Fire crews were called to put out the structure fire in the 46 hundred block of Highway 38 late Saturday night.

No serious injuries were reported.


Police Standoffs

Kingston Police say two separate standoffs ended with two men being arrested on Saturday night.

A man with a knife barricaded himself inside a home on Woodhaven Drive.

The other incident involved a man barricading himself inside a residence in the 2600 block of Princess Street.

Police say they were able to de-escalate both situations fairly quickly and make arrests.


Walker – Moving

The NDP candidate in Kingston and the Islands during the federal election is taking on an influential position with Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo.  Barrington Walker is leaving his job as an associate professor in the history department at Queen’s.  Walker is taking over as Wilfrid Laurier’s senior advisor for equity, diversity and inclusion.  Walker finished second in the federal election last Monday behind Liberal Mark Gerretsen.


Donations Make Charities Day

Kingston has a heart and the proof is in donations to Martha’s Table and the Kingston Youth Shelter.

The Kinsmen Club of Kingston has donated $1,450 to Martha’s Table after learning a banker’s bag containing that amount of cash was stolen from the trunk of a vehicle in early October.  Other people have also come forward to make donations to the charitable organizations.

The Kingston Youth Shelter says its pantry is now full after generous gifts from people.  The shelter had asked for donations of food last Thursday saying their beds were full…but their panty was nearly empty.


United Way KFLA Campaign Update

Employees at Empire Life have raised more than a quarter of a million dollars for the United Way KFLA campaign.  Empire Life held its campaign touch down pot luck on Friday and revealed the total for their workplace campaign.

The United Way has set a goal of raising $3,551,000 by the time the campaign wraps up on November 28th.

The campaign has already raised $2.3 million dollars…65% of its goal.