Injured swan and mate rushed to wildlife centre in Greater Napanee – Kingston

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On Monday afternoon, two swans were found sitting along the side of a parkway in Prince Edward County before being rushed to Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre in Greater Napanee.


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The assistant director of the centre, Leah Birmingham, told Global News that the female swan may have hit a hydro wire, which she says is fairly common for swans, but it caused burn marks on the female and the male swan was just a little stunned.

According to the wildlife centre, the male swan’s shock wore off after 24 hours but the female swan’s injuries are severe.

“The female swan fractured her femur and on the X-ray image, you can see small pieces that broke off,” said Birmingham.


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One of the caretakers at the wildlife centre, Tess Miller, has worked with various water birds over the past two years, and says having the swan couple at the centre is incredibly rare.

“They like each other already and they’re much more comfortable in our care. They are more likely to eat, less stressed out, they work with us better, and work better in this environment,” said Miller.

Miller and Birmingham are paying close attention to the swans’ injuries but say birds heal faster than mammals.

The female swan’s injury usually takes about one month to heal but with the changing weather and the colder months ahead, the Wildlife Centre is preparing for the couple to stay with them until the spring.


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Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre holds up to 35 swans and in early 2019, a building in the back of the centre will be transformed into an aquatic centre. The new waterbird enclosure will include indoor pools with a filtration system.

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OPP receive parking spot in downtown Napanee to increase patrols – Kingston

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Outside Napanee City Hall is a newly created parking spot for Ontario Provincial Police vehicles.


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The Napanee Business Improvement Association (BIA) was concerned over the increasing number of visitors to the downtown area, especially with the Christmas season around the corner, so they approached the police about having a stronger presence.

“I was approached by the local BIA in downtown Napanee and they expressed an interest in seeing more foot patrol,” said Napanee OPP Detachment Cmdr. Scott Semple.


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Now that the downtown reconstruction has concluded, it was the ideal time to create the easily accessible downtown spot for the officers’ patrolling, said the OPP.

The officers will park their cruiser in the spot on John Street near Market Square and either patrol the area on foot or on a bicycle which will be stored in city hall or another nearby building.

“The officer can park here, grab the bicycle and then do some bicycle patrol around the town,” said Semple.


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A local business owner supports the move to increase safety in the area.

“We really appreciate them being downtown and being business owners and part of the community — it makes us all feel safe,” said Mandy Arnold, owner of April’s Image.

If caught parking in the OPP’s designated spot, there will be a $50 fine.

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Napanee man gets final notice to remove trailers, homeless living on property – Kingston

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Scott Drader stands in his front yard reading a final notice from lawyers hired by the township of Greater Napanee.

It essentially says eight trailers and the 10 people living in them have to be removed from the property of his Dairy Avenue home by the first week of December.

Drader has been in a legal battle with the town for nine months over the issue.


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He got the trailers to try and help homeless people in the area, that he says have nowhere else to go.

Drader spent roughly $11,000 on the mobile homes and charges $450 a month to cover expenses like electricity and heat.

Drader says even Family and Children’s Services has used him as a stop gap to keep a roof over the heads of teenagers in their care.

“Actually in the last week, the last two weeks, I have four CAS (Children’s Aid Society) people here — kids.”

The problem, according to Drader, is his home doesn’t have the proper zoning for the number of trailers he has and adds he couldn’t afford the cost of the zoning change.

Drader says he has until Dec. 3 to remove the trailers and the people or he could end up owing the township a lot of money.

“Probably about a $150,000 in fines. Yeah, it’s $10,000 per trailer from what I understand plus the cost of the town removing them.”

Drader is now trying to sell the trailers and says he’ll continue to do what he can for the people he’s tried to help.

“If these people do have to go in tents, then I will purchase them tents.”


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Brianna Payne was at Drader’s property visiting a friend who lives in one of the trailers while Global Kingston was interviewing Drader.

Payne said she has lived in the trailers off and on as well, but she’s concerned for her friend’s welfare right now.

“It does keep people off the streets and not freeze, but it just disappoints me to have to see my friend find a place to go. It hurts me.”

Drader says once he gets the trailers removed, he plans to move away from Napanee.

“I love this town. I’ve been in this town for 40 years, but I don’t like the way the town treats the people.”

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