|September 23, 2014||Posted by admin under council, downtown gananoque, Gananoque, gananoque news, News|
Not sure of the accuracy here, these 2 meetings have both been posted on Facebook, check with the organisers.
All Candidates Meeting
Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 – from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: Gananoque Recreation Center
Meet the candidates for mayor and also for town council. There will be a question period. Please submit your question that evening.
Organization: Rotary Club of Gananoque
All Candidates Meeting
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 6pm.
Firehall Theatre, South St, Gananoque.
The 1000 Islands Gananoque Chamber of Commerce will be hosting an All Candidates Meeting on Wednesday, October 8, 2014.
For those who wish to submit questions for the candidates please simply reply to this email with your questions included.
A panel will ask the candidates the complied questions and Cliff Edwards will moderate the meeting.
For more info contact Amanda Trafford
T 613-382-7744 TF 1-800-561-1595 F 613-382-1585
1000 Islands Gananoque Chamber of Commerce
215 Stone Street South
Gananoque ON K7G 2A3
|September 23, 2014||News|
Site hasn’t been updated in quite a while. With the Gananoque Municipal Mayor and Town Council election coming up in October 2014, and the various other issues going on in the Town of Gananoque, it seems like time for some updates. Check back soon… In the meantime a quote from one of the candidates in […] more
|February 1, 2014||1000 Islands, downtown gananoque, Gananoque, gananoque news, News, technology, web|
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|November 22, 2013||News|
News items for the period between November 11th and November 17th, 2013 Officers of the Gananoque Police Service investigated 93 occurrences during the seven day period ending November 17th, 2013. This included 18 criminal occurrences and 12 calls to 911 for assistance. Officers conducted 17 traffic stops resulting in 12 charges and 21 cautions under […] more
|September 17, 2013||News|
Jam with the 5th Annual “Jammin In The 1000 Islands” in Gananoque, October 25th, 26th, 27th, 2013. 2013 Performance Listings (subject to change). DOWNTOWN CORE Friday Oct. 25 RAPUNZEL..*Michael K. Myers 1 – 4pm ALL ABOUT BOOKS..*Norbert LePage 4 -7pm SOCIALIST PIG..* TBA 6: – 8:30pm MAPLE LEAF..*Smith & Brady 5 –8pm MORONI’S WEST SIDE […] more
|September 4, 2013||Posted by admin under News|
Mike Walker, CTV Barrie LINK
Published Wednesday, September 4, 2013 6:48PM EDT
Sandy Thorburn is facing 19 new charges after investigators identified more victims.
OPP say Thorburn arranged to meet teenage girls at a hotel in Barrie. Today, he walked into the Orillia courthouse with his wife and family by his side. The 19 additional charges the music teacher and theatre director is facing include making and possessing child pornography, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, internet luring and juvenile prostitution.
Thorburn was arrested in July at the Monte Carlo Inn in Barrie. Investigators say he was with a 17-year-old girl, allegedly to make child pornography. Police say Thorburn met his victims online using different aliases and pretending to be a photographer and model scout.
“After his original arrest, police identified five more victims and as a result 19 charges were laid,” says Det. Insp. Scott Naylor. “On social media sites he was luring these young people under the disguise of a modeling agency and from there was luring them into other sexual-related activity.”
Thorburn is now facing a total of 25 charges. He stood before the judge and said nothing. Thorburn is free on bail but with strict house arrest conditions including having no access to the internet and he is not allowed to be in any public place where anyone under the age of 18 is present.
Investigators say they are confident there are no more victims, but the investigation is still ongoing and more charges could be laid. Thorburn will be back in court on Oct. 1.
Mike Walker, CTV Barrie
Published Monday, July 22, 2013 6:35PM EDT
Sandy Thorburn, a prominent music teacher and theatre director, walked out of the Barrie courthouse holding his wife’s hand and surrounded by family after being granted bail this afternoon.
Thorburn is facing a slew of charges for making and possessing child pornography, juvenile prostitution and Internet luring.
Thorburn was arrested 10 days ago at the Monte Carlo Inn in Barrie. Investigators say he was with a 17-year-old girl, allegedly to make child pornography.
Police began their investigation after receiving a number of complaints from young girls in the Barrie and Orillia areas. Investigators say Thorburn met his alleged victims online using different aliases and pretending to be a photographer and model scout.
Thorburn was released on $110,000 bail and into the custody of his wife. There is a long list of bail conditions.
Thorburn will placed under house arrest at his Toronto home and cannot leave without a court appointed supervisor. He is not allowed to access the Internet or any electronic device such as a computer or smart phone that can log onto the web. Thorburn is not allowed to be in a public area like parks or swimming pools where young people may be.
There is a publication ban on any evidence being discussed in court. Thorburn’s lawyer Sandy Nichols declined to comment, telling CTV News it is too early in the case.
None of the allegations against Thorburn have been proven in court.
After being released from the prisoner’s box, Thorburn left court surrounded by family members.
The investigation is ongoing. The OPP says more charges could be laid. Investigators are asking for any other victims to contact them. Thorburn’s next court appearance is Aug. 20.
Read more: http://barrie.ctvnews.ca/sandy-thorburn-granted-bail-returns-to-court-in-august-1.1378735#ixzz2Zy6Y1nTt
UPDATE 20-7-2013: 1000 Islands Playhouse issues statement.
Gananoque – On the evening of Monday, June 15, it was brought to the attention of the Thousand Islands Playhouse that Mr. Sandy Thorburn had been arrested and charged with criminal offences.
At this time, we are only aware of information that has been released publicly through the media and do not have further details of the pending investigation. Mr. Thorburn has been
associated with the Thousand Islands Playhouse for the past 26 years in a variety of capacities, most recently as the Resident Musical Director. In our 2013 season, this position involved the Musical Direction of “Suds” (May 24‐June22) and the coordination of the Studio ‘S’ Music Series.
In light of these serious charges, his association with the Thousand Islands Playhouse has been terminated. There will be no interruptions to any productions that have been scheduled and we will continue to deliver the high‐calibre of entertainment that we are known for.
Richard Van Dusen
Thousand Islands Playhouse
KINGSTON – A man raised in Kingston who has played a prominent role in the local theatre scene has been charged with making child pornography after meeting with teenage girls at hotels in Orillia and Barrie under the impression he was a modeling photographer.
Sandy Thorburn, 49, of Toronto, was arrested Friday in the parking lot of the Monte Carlo Inn on Hart Drive in Barrie while in the company of a 17-year-old girl, said Det.-Sgt. Terry Paddon, head of the OPP’s child sexual exploitation unit. He has been charged with one count of making child pornography, one count of possessing child pornography, two counts of juvenile prostitution and two counts of internet luring.
Thorburn grew up in Kingston and has played a prominent role in the area’s theatre scene as a a composer, arranger, director, including as the resident musical director for the Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque. He’s also taught at universities such as Waterloo, McMaster, and Lakehead, at the Orillia campus.
Read full story at Kingston Whig Standard website.
Sandy Thorburn, a former music history instructor at the University of Waterloo, has been charged with several child pornography-related offences. His charges include making and possessing child pornography, juvenile prostitution and Internet luring.
Police arrested Sandy Thorburn, 49, who is a music and theatre director, at a hotel in Barrie where he was with a 17-year-old girl. Police allege he intended to make child pornography.
Thorburn was formerly a lecturer on music history at the University of Waterloo. He also taught at Lakehead University’s Orillia campus.
Ontario Provincial Police’s Orillia detachment and child sexual exploitation unit began investigating after several teenage girls in the Barrie and Orillia area reported that a stranger contacted them online claiming to represent modeling agencies and wanted to photograph them in exchange for money.
Thorburn allegedly met and paid the girls, ranging in age from 14 to 17, in several instances. Police allege Thorburn took photos of the girls for the purpose of making child pornography and also offered the teens money for sex in several of these meetings.
OPP Det. Insp. Scott Naylor alleges Thorburn used a fake social media identity to develop a trusting relationship with one of the girls online and then used her friends list to find the other teenage girls.
Police searched Thorburn’s home on Saturday and found several pieces of electronic evidence.
Thorburn allegedly used several identities including “Ryan Wardle,” “Lydia Lensky,” “Theron Spyra” and “Andre Stein” to present himself to his victims as the hired photographer, police said in a news release. He also allegedly claimed to represent modeling agencies named “Model Mayhem,” “Model Desire” and “TalentsMLS.com.”
Thorburn is directing and starring as narrator in Theatre Collingwood’s production of Billy Bishop Goes to War, scheduled to run until July 20.
The theatre’s website states he is a music director at the Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque, (since 1986), and has directed music for more than 50 productions.
|August 13, 2013||Posted by admin under 1000 Islands, Events, News|
2013 Gananoque Poker Run / Rendez-Vous Gananoque, Aug 16-18.
Gananoque Poker Run 2013 SCHEDULE
Launch Ramp: Downtown at Kate St. and St. Lawrence St.
Friday August 16th, 2013
- 2:00pm – 6:00pm Registration
Saturday August 17th, 2013
- 8:00am – 9:00am Registration
- 9:00am CARD #1 Clarion Inn – Drivers Meeting.
- 11:00am Gananoque Municipal Marina – Start
- 11:30am CARD #2 Williams Marina
- 12:00pm CARD #3 Rockport Boathouse Country Inn – Lunch – Wild Card Draw
- 3:30pm CARD #4 Gananoque – Gordon’s Marina – Off the rocks
- 5:30pm CARD #5 Clarion Inn – Awards Dinner
For more information and to register call 1-800-354-9145 ext 252.
IMPORTANT! PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING CHANGES THAT HAVE TO BE MADE TO THE GANANOQUE POKER RUN ENTRY FORM:
- Entry fee is $295.
- Additional crew $75 per person
- Limited dockage available at $55 plus tax – PLEASE CONTACT Nancy at 800-354-9145 ext 223 by Thursday Aug. 15 to reserve your spot.
- Participants without reserved docks may launch prior to the Poker Run and tie-up in the VIP area.
Poker Runs America / APRA event. For more information and to register call 1-800-354-9145 ext 252.
2013 1000 Islands Kingston Poker Run, Aug 9-11.
Saturday August 10th, 2013
8:30am CARD #1 will be given to each driver at the Drivers Meeting.
10:00am Depart Kingston
11:15am CARD #2 Prescott The Entire CITY of PRESCOTT ONTARIO WELCOMES US! SHAKESPEARE OUTDOOR FESTIVALE! There will be a WILD CARD played..light refreshments and a snack will be served to the drivers.
12:45pm Depart Prescott
1:00pm CARD #3 Brockville LUNCH STOP BROCKVILLE Municipal Harbour, “RIBFESTIVALE” in Hardy Park. 92 Octane Fuel available here.
2:45pm Depart Brockville
3:00pm CARD #4 Gananoque (Card in Fishnet from the Dock)
3:15pm Depart Gananoque
3:30pm CARD #5 Kingston Marina – dock and pick up card.
6:30pm BANQUET and AWARDS DINNER
Gananoque Poker Run Still a ‘Go’
ONE WEEK AFTER GANANOQUE PULLED THE PLUG ON HOSTING A POKER RUN — IT SEEMS THE EVENT IS BACK ON THE SUMMER CALENDAR.
from CKWS Newswatch Newsroom
THE TOWN SAID IT DIDN’T HAVE TIME TO ORGANIZE THE EVENT.
BUT OFFICIALS WITH “POWER RUNS AMERICA” SAY THE BIG BOATS WILL RETURN IN MID-AUGUST.
NEWSWATCH’S PAUL SOUCY EXPLAINS WHAT HAPPENED.
LIKE MANY COMMUNITIES ALONG THE ST. LAWRENCE RIVER – GANANOQUE’S POKER RUN IS A FOCAL POINT OF
BUT THIS YEAR THE TOWN DECIDED TO WALK AWAY FROM THE YEARLY EVENT AFTER A BREAKDOWN IN COMMUNICATION CAUSED BY STEEP DEMANDS…
“Asking for 40 slips for parking and for 40 vehicles and trailers as well as to help them organize the entire event.”
“It’s just a lot of juggling, and a lot of work – for them to expect us to do that wasn’t proper.”
POKER RUNS AMERICA AND POWER BOATS CANADA AGREE BUT AREN’T WILLING TO WALK AWAY FROM THE EVENT.
TO TAKE PRESSURE OFF THE TOWN, THEY HAVE SINCE DECIDED TO HOST AND ORGANIZE THE EVENT THEMSELVES.
[“Everything remains the same as usual, as it would have been except that there will be a small charge for the drivers to pay for the docks. It’s unfortunate because they come to town and put a show on..”
RESIDENTS ARE ALSO GLAD THE TOWN STILL GETS TO HOST THIS YEARS EVENT.
“When we’re out camping we like to sit out there and watch them in the Afternoon. Nice weather and enjoy the run.”
“very exciting – and I think everybody is exited about it. everyone out in their boats…the noise…the beautiful boats. ya it’s pretty cool.”
“It’s good for business I can tell you that much. I work at a hotel so it brings lots of people through.”
ORGANIZERS SAY THIS YEARS EVENT HAS TURNED OUT TO BE A WIN WIN FOR GANANOQUE — AS THEY STILL GET THE TOURISM DOLLARS FROM THE POKER RUN, WITHOUT HAVING TO LOSE OUT ON MOORING FEES.
PAUL SOUCY CKWS NEWSWATCH GANANOQUE.
Gananoque has turned down a request from Poker Run Canada to hold a Rendezvous event at the town’s marina in August.
from Gananoque Reporter. By Wayne Lowrie
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 1:12:59 EDT PM
Sue Smith, the town’s recreation manager, said the run’s organizers were “very ill-prepared” and were making a last-minute request demanding about $5,000 in free services from the town.
In the past, Poker Run Canada has held the event at the marina in July. This year, the town made repeated attempts to find out if the organizers wanted to do the event again in July, but they didn’t respond to the town’s requests, Smith told town council. Then a poster appeared advertising the event for July 19 and 20th, without the town’s knowledge or permission, she said. That same poster said the Gananoque Lions Club would be involved, but the club had not been contacted by the organizers and knew nothing of the July poker run, she said. The Lions refused to participate.
Smith told the organizers that they couldn’t hold the July poker run because they hadn’t informed the town or asked for council approval.
Poker Run Canada’s response was to request the alternate dates on Aug. 16 to 18.
Smith said the organizers were demanding 40 complimentary slips at the marina and free parking for 40 trucks and trailers. They also wanted the town to provide them with volunteer water marshals, arrange for police enforcement and ambulance support and to line up a charity group to prepare a BBQ dinner for the participants.
Most council members appeared appalled at the demands. Mayor Erika Demchuk said it appeared the Poker Run people wanted somebody to do all the work and then cruise off with all the money. It’s not up to the town to do their organizing, she said.
Councillors noted that this is not a charity poker run such as the Performance Boat Club event that raised $2,000 for the Lions in June. Poker Run Canada is a profit-making company.
Coun. Joe Jansen said he had been involved in organizing charity poker runs for years. The events were organized by local volunteers and the money went to local charities, unlike this event, he said.
Councillors Roberta Abbott and Jan Hayes agreed to deny the request for the August date, but said the town should be open to allowing the group back in the future. Abbott said it is a “useful event” that draws a lot of participants and onlookers to Gananoque. The town should inform the organizers that it is willing to consider future events, she said.
Bill Taylor, president of Poker Run Canada, said he was disappointed to hear of the town’s decision when informed of it by the Gananoque Reporter.
“Gananoque could use the boost, it’s a good event for the town,” he said.
Taylor said his group would try to stage the event in Gananoque nevertheless, by perhaps getting boat slips in Prescott or somewhere else.
“We’ll see … I’ve got to make some calls,” Taylor said.
Taylor said Poker Run Canada has had a good year so far with successful events in Belleville and Hawkesbury that brought a lot of money into those towns.
He said his company would be open to considering staging events in Gananoque in the future.
From CKWS news site July 17th 2013
A Popular summer event won’t be held in Gananoque this year.
DUE TO NEGOTIATION ISSUES — THE TOWN HAS DECIDED TO WALK AWAY FROM THE ANNUAL POKER RUN CANADA EVENT.
THE BOAT RACE HAS RUN THROUGH THE THOUSAND ISLANDS THE PAST THREE SUMMERS. BUT THIS YEAR – POKER RUN REPRESENTATIVES HAD ASKED TOWN COUNCIL TO ORGANIZE THE EVENT IN UNDER A MONTH.
“There is not sufficient time for them to put together a quality event to host. Because August is an extremely busy month for us it would be very difficult for us to clear 40 slips.”
“Now we’ve lost that tourism dollars that are coming in. They’ve made a special effort to say ‘we’re going to stop at Gananoque and park our boat’ but now we have to turn them away.”