Fire – Grouse Crescent

A Kingston woman is fortunate a neighbour heard her smoke detector going and saw smoke in her home at a quarter to five this morning.

Kingston Fire and Rescue says the woman had been smoking in bed and her mattress caught fire at the home on Grouse Crescent.  She was treated by firefighters and paramedics for smoke inhalation. Damage is estimated at $10,000. Kingston Fire and Rescue issued a news release this morning reminding people to not smoke in bed and to check smoke alarms once a month.

Goat County

Frontenac County’s Economic Development Manager says it is time to prepare for goats.

Former city councillor Richard Allen delivered a report to County Council yesterday saying the new baby formula factory coming to Kingston will provide an opportunity to revitalize agriculture in Frontenac County.  Feihe International of China will be using goat milk to produce some of its formula and needs a large guaranteed supply.

Allen was part of the delegation that visited the company in China.

Allen says there will need to be large goat farms to fill the demand and there should be all kinds of spinoffs including veterinarian services.

Official Plan – Final Revisions

Kingston’s updated official plan is in the spotlight at the city’s planning committee meeting tonight.

A comprehensive report on the final revisions to the plan will be presented during the meeting starting at 6:30 in Kingston City Council Chambers.  There won’t be an opportunity for public comments tonight – the city says that phase of the process is over.

If the planning committee supports the recommendation of staff, the bylaw to implement the Official Plan will be presented to city council for approval on March 7th.

Elm Cafe

The Elm Cafe at 303 Montreal Street has been the victim of vandalism three times since September.  Somebody has smashed the front windows of the restaurant and Kingston Police hope the public will be able to help solve the latest incident.

A man riding a bicycle stopped at the cafe at around 2:50 a.m. on February 5th and smashed front windows with a hammer.

Police have posted video surveillance pictures showing a man wearing a full length black winter jacket with the hood pulled over his head.

Queen’s Research

Two researchers at Queen’s University are getting a total of just over a million dollars to continue their research.  The funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada will support the research of Professors Victoria Friesen and Philip Jessop.  Friesen is researching the use of modern genomics to determine the long-term impacts of resource development on Arctic seabirds. Jessop is working on a low-energy process to purify agricultural and municipal wastewater.

David Bowie Weekend

It will start with Classic Albums Live performing the entire Ziggy Stardust album at the Grand Theater and Kingston will continue its tribute to David Bowie during the last weekend in March.

The city has dedicated March 24th and 25th to the iconic star who passed away last year.

The Tett Centre will host free family friendly events to celebrate Bowie on Saturday.  The Screening Room will show Jim Henson’s cult classic Labyrinth Saturday afternoon…and The Grad Club will hold a David Bowie Dance Party and Reelout fundraiser on Saturday night.

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