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  • Dennis Rogers gets down to business as Kingsville’s new mayor Affordable housing, managed growth, waterfront development on political newcomer's to-do list

    Dennis Rogers gets down to business as Kingsville’s new mayor Affordable housing, managed growth, waterfront development on political newcomer’s to-do list

    When Dennis Rogers decided to throw his hat in the political ring his aim was to win a Kingsville council seat. That was the traditional route for someone new to politics: start small and over time work up to running for higher positions like deputy mayor or mayor. But after some thought, some input from…

  • Three Leamington men charged as part of ‘massive’ drug trafficking operation

    Three Leamington men charged as part of ‘massive’ drug trafficking operation

    KINGSVILLE — Three Leamington men, part of what police are calling an “organized group,” have been charged with the cultivation of illegal cannabis for the purpose of trafficking. Ollie Mastronardi, 69, Mark Mastronardi, 43, and Joseph Spano, 45, are also charged with growing cannabis without authorization. The charges against the three local men stem for…

  • Former fire chief, sentenced to five years for sexual abuse, granted full parole

    Former fire chief, sentenced to five years for sexual abuse, granted full parole

    KINGSVILLE — Former fire chief Bob Kissner, sentenced to five years in prison after being found guilty in 2019 of multiple counts of sexual abuse, has been granted full parole by the Parole Board of Canada. Kissner, released earlier this month, is expected to return to the Kingsville area, according to a parole board decision…

  • Santos reflects on Kingsville’s dramatic growth during his years on council

    Santos reflects on Kingsville’s dramatic growth during his years on council

    Nelson Santos decided to enter municipal politics in the mid-1990s when he was covering Kingsville council for the local newspaper. Council voted in favour of selling town-owned property at the foot of Division Street next to Lakeside Park to a developer — a move that went against the town’s policy of encouraging and expanding parkland…

  • OPP seize more than $61M worth of cannabis in Kingsville greenhouse raid

    OPP seize more than $61M worth of cannabis in Kingsville greenhouse raid

    Ontario Provincial Police say they seized cannabis worth more than $61 million last month at a “commercial-sized” greenhouse operation on County Road 34. The seizure was so large it took officers from the OPP Joint Forces Cannabis Enforcement Team four days to pull and remove 45,000 plants as well as eight tonnes of processed, ready-to-sell…

  • Kingsville balks at cost of organic waste recovery plan, major tax hike feared

    Kingsville balks at cost of organic waste recovery plan, major tax hike feared

    KINGSVILLE — Kingsville wants out of a regional organic waste recovery program which town officials say will result in substantial tax increases for homeowners living in the urban part of the municipality. The town also objects to being forced to participate in the Essex County Waste Management Authority (ECWMA) program — even though the province…

  • Kingsville residents dig deep to support Ukraine relief efforts

    Kingsville residents dig deep to support Ukraine relief efforts

    KINGSVILLE — Laura Lucier, organizer of Tuesday’s Ukraine fundraiser, was hoping 300 people would attend the humanitarian aid event. In the end, 650 showed up at the Grovedale Arts and Culture Centre to have a pasta dinner and make donations to help the war-torn country. “The 300 meals that we prepared to serve were pretty…

  • Kingsville lifts ban on off-site migrant farm worker housing

    Kingsville lifts ban on off-site migrant farm worker housing

    KINGSVILLE — The Town of Kingsville has temporarily lifted a ban on migrant farm workers living in rural and urban homes, capping the number of workers who can stay in those accommodations at four. “If council’s direction is to continue with a complete ban on all off-site worker housing, the risk is that potentially hundreds…

  • Good soil, cheaper land prices prompt agri-research company to sink roots in Harrow area

    Good soil, cheaper land prices prompt agri-research company to sink roots in Harrow area

    HARROW — The largest fruit tree nursery in Canada is looking to expand its footprint in Essex County. Upper Canada Growers has already acquired 1,000 acres of farmland in the Harrow area and is looking to double that figure with more farm purchases. The Ridge Road company moved to Essex County six years ago from…

  • Kingsville mayor appointed executive director of Jack Miner foundation

    Kingsville mayor appointed executive director of Jack Miner foundation

    KINGSVILLE — Kingsville Mayor Nelson Santos has been appointed the new executive director of the Jack Miner Migratory Bird Sanctuary Foundation. The announcement was made Monday, which coincides with Jack Miner’s birthday and the start of Canada’s National Wildlife Week. “What the sanctuary needs right now is a strong leader and someone who is passionate…

  • Dennis Rogers gets down to business as Kingsville’s new mayor Affordable housing, managed growth, waterfront development on political newcomer's to-do list

    Dennis Rogers gets down to business as Kingsville’s new mayor Affordable housing, managed growth, waterfront development on political newcomer’s to-do list

    When Dennis Rogers decided to throw his hat in the political ring his aim was to win a Kingsville council seat. That was the traditional route for someone new to politics: start small and over time work up to running for higher positions like deputy mayor or mayor. But after some thought, some input from…

  • Three Leamington men charged as part of ‘massive’ drug trafficking operation

    Three Leamington men charged as part of ‘massive’ drug trafficking operation

    KINGSVILLE — Three Leamington men, part of what police are calling an “organized group,” have been charged with the cultivation of illegal cannabis for the purpose of trafficking. Ollie Mastronardi, 69, Mark Mastronardi, 43, and Joseph Spano, 45, are also charged with growing cannabis without authorization. The charges against the three local men stem for…

  • Former fire chief, sentenced to five years for sexual abuse, granted full parole

    Former fire chief, sentenced to five years for sexual abuse, granted full parole

    KINGSVILLE — Former fire chief Bob Kissner, sentenced to five years in prison after being found guilty in 2019 of multiple counts of sexual abuse, has been granted full parole by the Parole Board of Canada. Kissner, released earlier this month, is expected to return to the Kingsville area, according to a parole board decision…

  • Santos reflects on Kingsville’s dramatic growth during his years on council

    Santos reflects on Kingsville’s dramatic growth during his years on council

    Nelson Santos decided to enter municipal politics in the mid-1990s when he was covering Kingsville council for the local newspaper. Council voted in favour of selling town-owned property at the foot of Division Street next to Lakeside Park to a developer — a move that went against the town’s policy of encouraging and expanding parkland…

  • OPP seize more than $61M worth of cannabis in Kingsville greenhouse raid

    OPP seize more than $61M worth of cannabis in Kingsville greenhouse raid

    Ontario Provincial Police say they seized cannabis worth more than $61 million last month at a “commercial-sized” greenhouse operation on County Road 34. The seizure was so large it took officers from the OPP Joint Forces Cannabis Enforcement Team four days to pull and remove 45,000 plants as well as eight tonnes of processed, ready-to-sell…

  • Kingsville balks at cost of organic waste recovery plan, major tax hike feared

    Kingsville balks at cost of organic waste recovery plan, major tax hike feared

    KINGSVILLE — Kingsville wants out of a regional organic waste recovery program which town officials say will result in substantial tax increases for homeowners living in the urban part of the municipality. The town also objects to being forced to participate in the Essex County Waste Management Authority (ECWMA) program — even though the province…

  • Kingsville residents dig deep to support Ukraine relief efforts

    Kingsville residents dig deep to support Ukraine relief efforts

    KINGSVILLE — Laura Lucier, organizer of Tuesday’s Ukraine fundraiser, was hoping 300 people would attend the humanitarian aid event. In the end, 650 showed up at the Grovedale Arts and Culture Centre to have a pasta dinner and make donations to help the war-torn country. “The 300 meals that we prepared to serve were pretty…

  • Kingsville lifts ban on off-site migrant farm worker housing

    Kingsville lifts ban on off-site migrant farm worker housing

    KINGSVILLE — The Town of Kingsville has temporarily lifted a ban on migrant farm workers living in rural and urban homes, capping the number of workers who can stay in those accommodations at four. “If council’s direction is to continue with a complete ban on all off-site worker housing, the risk is that potentially hundreds…

  • Good soil, cheaper land prices prompt agri-research company to sink roots in Harrow area

    Good soil, cheaper land prices prompt agri-research company to sink roots in Harrow area

    HARROW — The largest fruit tree nursery in Canada is looking to expand its footprint in Essex County. Upper Canada Growers has already acquired 1,000 acres of farmland in the Harrow area and is looking to double that figure with more farm purchases. The Ridge Road company moved to Essex County six years ago from…

  • Kingsville mayor appointed executive director of Jack Miner foundation

    Kingsville mayor appointed executive director of Jack Miner foundation

    KINGSVILLE — Kingsville Mayor Nelson Santos has been appointed the new executive director of the Jack Miner Migratory Bird Sanctuary Foundation. The announcement was made Monday, which coincides with Jack Miner’s birthday and the start of Canada’s National Wildlife Week. “What the sanctuary needs right now is a strong leader and someone who is passionate…