It’s Thursday June 23rd, Good Morning I’m Karim Mosna with your daily news brief. In the news…
Kingston Police have issued a safety notice, following the release of high risk offender Christopher Watts who will be living in the Kingston area. Police believe Watts may pose a risk to the community, particularly to females under 18. He is under a residency condition with strict conditions for public safety. He is under a long term supervision order until April, 2027. He is being monitored by the Kingston Police High-Risk Offenders Unit and Correctional Services.
Kingston City Council authorized a budget amendment for Housing and Homelessness services valued at over 600 thousand dollars. The City also extended existing contracts with HomeBase Housing for Emergency Shelter Services for a 1 year term.
Executive Director of HomeBase Housing Tom Greening says “a 1 year renewal is disappointing….the city extended contracts for all kinds of services for 2 year terms, except for emergency shelter services.”
He adds it offers employees very little job security. Council also authorized the City to continue to fund the 218 Concession Street Warming Centre as an overnight drop-in until April of 2023 and executed an agreement with Dawn House to provide emergency shelter options for women.
A Team of Educational Assistants from Truedell Public School in Bayridge have received a 1 thousand dollar grant from Awesome Kingston to fund their Sensory Equipment Project. The pitch focused on supporting students who have difficulty paying attention or feeling at ease in stimulating environments. EA Merola Tahamtan says, “ sensory equipment helps students focus on one sense to regulate other overstimulated senses.” Fidget toys help students listen by keeping busy hands calm…a spinning chair helps some of our students who may be feeling anxious feel calmer and manage big emotions.”
Awesome Kingston awards a 1 thousand dollar grant every month to a local project. This story courtesy of Kingstonist News.
Host of CBC Podcasts: Pop Chat and Party Lines as well as culture writer for BuzzFeed news, Elamin Abdelmahmoud returned to Kingston Tuesday evening to talk about his new book “Son of Elsewhere: A Memoir In Pieces,” The book is a collection of essays reflecting on immigrating to Canada from Sudan, and settling in Kingston when he was 12, and finding his identity.
He adds in addition to the exploration of identity, readers will find many pop culture references in the book. “Son Of Elsewhere is available now for purchase. Abdelmahmoud is a Queens University alumni and worked as news director here at CFRC. My full conversation with Elamin Abdelmahmoud will air next Tuesday at 5 on Citizen K here on CFRC.
That’s all for your daily news brief, I’m Karim Mosna. If you have any news tips email me: firstname.lastname@example.org