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Rural and remote education consultations 'too little, too late' for County schools

Rural and remote education consultations ‘too little, too late’ for County schools

About 100 people concerned about school closures and drastic changes to the educational landscape made their way to West Lake Friday night for the second of 10 public consultations being held by the Ontario government to help shape the future of education in rural and remote Ontario. The message from participants was clear: The consultation […]

Hydro plan to result in record rates: MP Smith

Hydro plan to result in record rates: MP Smith

Prince Edward Hastings MP Todd Smith says a leaked cabinet document reveals the Liberal government’s debt financing plan for Ontario hydro rates will send electricity bills skyrocketing. “The plan also means the return of the Debt Retirement Charge – under a slightly different name, starting in 2025,” said Smith. “When the government came out with […]

e-waste day at PECI

Volunteers want municipality to stay out of the e-waste business

County charity organizations have concern that if the County adds electronic waste bins to transfer sites, it will harm local fundraising efforts. Councillor Gordon Fox raised the issue at Thursday’s Committee of the Whole meeting because Quinte Waste Solutions no longer provides the service in the County. Phil St-Jean, Kinsmen Club past-president noted the club […]

Picton parking should be traditional or high-tech?

Picton parking should be traditional or high-tech?

The decision to have traditional parking meters or high-tech pay and display machines downtown Picton will be discussed at council’s next meeting. At Thursday’s Committee of the Whole meeting, council received a staff report recommending placing pay stations downtown and in the Market Square parking lot with free parking to continue at the Mary Street […]

New commander for Prince Edward OPP

New commander for Prince Edward OPP

Staff Sergeant John Hatch has been appointed Detachment Commander for the Prince Edward County OPP following the retirement of Barry Freeburn. Chief Superintendent Chris Harkins, Regional Commander for the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) East Region, made the announcement Tuesday afternoon. Hatch was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant effective May 8, replacing Freeburn, who […]

Water levels will continue to rise on shorelines of Prince Edward County

Water levels will continue to rise on shorelines of Prince Edward County

A Flood Warning remains in effect for all areas in the Quinte Conservation watersheds, but things are looking up for those along the Moira, Napanee, and Salmon Rivers. “All of the major river systems in our watersheds have peaked overnight,” said Terry Murphy, general manager. “If we do not get any major rainfall, residents should […]

Local Poverty Roundtable seeks feedback on access for affordable food

Local Poverty Roundtable seeks feedback on access for affordable food

The Poverty Roundtable of Hastings Prince Edward seeks input from the community to help inform a provincial Food Security Strategy. In April, the Ontario Minister of Housing, also responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy, shared plans to create a provincial strategy to support access to sufficient, safe, nutritious and culturally appropriate food for everyone in […]

Glenora Ferry resumes service for light vehicles

Glenora Ferry resumes service for light vehicles

Glenora Ferry has resumed service Tuesday morning with reduced operations between Prince Edward County and Adolphustown. It has been out of service due to high winds and water levels. Only cars, SUVs and half-ton pick-ups will be carried, due to high water levels. Dual-wheel pick-ups, large vehicles and trailers will not be permitted until further […]

New recommendation consolidates three schools this fall, moves all to PECI by 2018

New recommendation consolidates three schools this fall, moves all to PECI by 2018

Revisions have been made to the recommendation plan for Prince Edward County schools. The final report from the accommodation review will be presented at the May 8 School Capacity and Student Enrolment meeting. The new recommendations: Effective September, 2017, consolidate students from Pinecrest and Sophiasburgh schools at the Queen Elizabeth School site to form a […]

Former Picton cement producer fined in workplace injury incident

Former Picton cement producer fined in workplace injury incident

Former Picton cement producer Essroc Canada Inc. was fined $50,000 related to a workplace injury last spring. On April 29, 2016, a worker was critically injured when his pant leg got caught on a rotating flag which pulled his foot and leg into machinery. The screw conveyor was shut down and responders were sent to […]

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