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County hires Saint Elizabeth Health Care to oversee McFarland Home

County hires Saint Elizabeth Health Care to oversee McFarland Home

Prince Edward County Council has approved a contract to engage Saint Elizabeth Health Care, of Markham, to provide management oversight at the H.J. McFarland Memorial Home for the next 18 months. Saint Elizabeth Health Care, a large provider of community care, has been providing interim senior administration since the dismissal of the home’s two senior [...]

Medals and new records for Dolphins swimmers

Medals and new records for Dolphins swimmers

Four swimmers from the Quinte Dolphins brought home medals, qualifications and new records from the  annual Lisa Flood Christmas Classic, hosted by the Pickering Swim Club, with swimmers from 10 clubs competing in sprint and distances races. Coach Jim Anfield was proud of his competitors. 14 year old Abby Taylor of South Bay performed tremendously [...]

Last week, local performers sang and played music at the seventh annual Kids Helping Kids concert and raised $850 for the Angel Campaign.

Still a few angels in need of Christmas spirit

With time running out for their Christmas campaign, the Prince Edward County CAS Angel Campaign has launched in the Benson Hall, Picton, office to meet the needs of more than 315 children. Susan Rose, Chief Angel, notes there are still a number of angels on the tree who have not been chosen for assistance. This [...]

Council wages; increased cost for fire hall on agenda

Council wages; increased cost for fire hall on agenda

Council, at its regular meeting Tuesday night, will examine a report of the Corporate Services and Finance Commission  recommending remuneration for 2015 be approved as follows: Mayor $37,281.00 Councillor $18,690.00 Committee Chair $ 1,557.00 Committee Meeting Chair Honorarium $ 126.15 The report notes the amounts were calculated by applying the Consumer Price Index increase of [...]

Council adopts draft budget increase of 3.19 per cent

Council adopts draft budget increase of 3.19 per cent

Mayor Robert Quaiff says his new council asked all the right questions to adopt a draft budget for the County with a 3.19 per cent increase. The 2015 increase is less than the 2014 increase of 5.5 per cent. The draft operating budget of $46.8 million, and draft capital budget of $10.5 million will require [...]

Pre-capital request for new County hospital on LHIN agenda

Pre-capital request for new County hospital on LHIN agenda

UPDATE:  LHIN directors approved the motion, calling it an first step in what is believed to be a decade-long project. QHC is now looking at property. * * * A pre-capital request from Quinte Health Care toward the redevelopment of Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital is on the agenda for the South East LHIN board [...]

Taxpayers on hook for smart meters, poor value for public money

Taxpayers on hook for smart meters, poor value for public money

A flawed smart meter program and above market rates have Ontario residents paying billions of dollars extra for electricity, the auditor general reported Tuesday. Most residential and small business ratepayers pay time-of-use pricing, enabled by a $2-billion smart-meter program that has so far spent double its projected cost and has not led to the government’s [...]

County budget talks begin

County budget talks begin

Prince Edward County’s new council will begin its first round of budget talks tomorrow in Shire Hall. The proposed operating budget is $31 million. Before the budget orientation presentation by the Director of Finance, councillors will hear from several community groups and organizations requesting financial assistance via grants for the coming year. Among those is [...]

Naturalists head to Court of Appeal

Naturalists head to Court of Appeal

Monday and Tuesday the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists will be attending their final appeal to prevent Gilead Power and the Ministry of the Environment to put wind turbines at Ostrander Point. The PECFN is defending the Environmental Review Tribunal ruling that denied the MOE approval of Industrial Wind Turbine development at Ostrander Point. The [...]

Faulty software failing Ontario Works, ODSP recipients and case workers

Faulty software failing Ontario Works, ODSP recipients and case workers

Glitches with new software being used by the Ministry of Community and Social Services is failing Ontario’s recipients of cheques and case workers at the local offices. The benefits problem affected Ontario Disability Support Payment recipients last Friday and the problem continues this week with general welfare cheques out Monday. “The new SAMS (Social Assistance [...]

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