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Council wants enhanced consultation on issues of public interest

Council wants enhanced consultation on issues of public interest

Prince Edward County councillors want municipal staff to come up with ways the public can be better informed. Council supported councillor Jamie Forrester’s request to have staff investigate ways to enhance public consultation following several incidents this year where he felt there were “flaws” and a “disconnect” in the process. He cited concerns most recently […]

County waiting on more information on cannabis legislation

County waiting on more information on cannabis legislation

Government rules and policies yet to come have left the municipality with more questions than answers on coming cannabis legalization Oct. 17. Council, at Thursday’s Committee of the Whole meeting, requested municipal staff provide a report on cannabis and retail sales outlets along with information about an “opt out” opportunity. The Ontario government announced last […]

Councillors speak out against designation of Salmon Point Lighthouse

Councillors speak out against designation of Salmon Point Lighthouse

UPDATE  SEPT. 13: Councillors spoke out against designating the Salmon Point lighthouse against the property owner’s wishes during Thursday’s Committee of the Whole meeting. The final decision is to come forward at the next council meeting. Councillor Steve Ferguson, a member of the Heritage Advisory Committee, said he could not support the long-standing drive for […]

County to revise short-term accommodation draft regulations

County to revise short-term accommodation draft regulations

Story and photo by Sharon Harrison Draft proposed recommendations for short-term accommodations in Prince Edward County were presented before a full house Monday night. “Based on the questions and comments we received last night, staff will revise the proposed draft regulations before council formally considers them later this month,” said Mayor Robert Quaiff Tuesday. At […]

Goverments celebrate co-operation to get road work completed

Goverments celebrate co-operation to get road work completed

Improvements to County Road 3 officially ended today with a ribbon cutting ceremony by all three levels of government. Joining Prince Edward County Mayor Robert Quaiff for the ceremony at Fire Station 5 in Rossmore were Neil Ellis, MP for Bay of Quinte, and Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte, along with County council […]

Chamber executive director resigns

Chamber executive director resigns

Emily Cowan has resigned from her post as Executive Director of the Prince Edward County Chamber of Commerce, effective September 28. She will be starting a new role with the municipality in October. Cown said it will be difficult to leave the post she has held for the past two years, but is looking forward […]

Sophiasburgh school, County Food Hub sign five-year lease

Sophiasburgh school, County Food Hub sign five-year lease

Following a successful fundraising campaign, a five-year lease is now in place between Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and Prince Edward County Food Hub for use of space at Sophiasburgh Central School. Through this lease, The County Food Hub will convert a portion of the west side of the building (5,800 square feet, […]

Non-profit corporation "long overdue" to fight County housing crisis

Non-profit corporation “long overdue” to fight County housing crisis

Several community members expressed support and appreciation to council for taking the next step to move toward creating a County Not-for-Profit Housing Corporation. Councillors at Thursday’s Committee of the Whole meeting heard from several members of the public hoping to see the establishment of the corporation approved at council’s meeting in September, and enacted by […]

Task team confirms County's long-term rental vacancy lower than reported

Task team confirms County’s long-term rental vacancy lower than reported

The municipality’s Affordable Housing Task Team has confirmed beliefs the County’s long-term rental vacancy rate is not as healthy as the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has reports. Its study, showing the rental vacancy rate at .81 per cent, is far below the 4.8 per cent reported by the CMHC. As well, the team […]

Public Health nurses, RNs, RPNs may end up on strike

Public Health nurses, RNs, RPNs may end up on strike

More than 40 public health, registered and registered practical nurses working with Hastings Prince Edward County Public Health may end up on strike next month. Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) president Vicki McKenna, RN, states members have been working without a contract since December 31, 2017. Following negotiations and a second conciliation talk Monday, the sides […]

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