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News.THURSDAYOCTOBER 19, 2017THE BELLEVILLEGEROW PROPANE LTD.®OVER 60 YEARS EXPERIENCEResidential, Commercial & Industrial Heating Specialists Bulk Sales, & Retail SALES - SERVICE - PARTSCONNECTED TO YOUR COMMUNITY INSIDEBELLEVILLE.COMSears bombshell to claim 600-plus jobsBOX 1030 BRIGHTON 15384 COUNTY RD. 2 GEROW PROPANE613-475-24142017 GRIZZLY Financing s 700 EPS as low a AC 1.89% OIncludes WARN® 3000 Winch KitBY STEPHEN PETRICKBelleville – More than 600 Sears employees in Belleville are expected to be out of work in the coming weeks, as the retailer has been granted court approval to go out of business. On Tuesday, Oct. 10 Sears Canada announced it and its subsidiaries (the Sears Canada Group) would apply to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice for approval to liquidate its remaining stores and assets. The court heard and approved the motion on Oct. 13, a move that means about 12,000 Sears employees across the country will eventually lose their jobs. The impact will be felt significantly in Belleville where a Sears distribution centre has been a major employer for generations. The liquidation process will impact 597 people currently at the College Street East plant, of which 302 are full-time employees and 295 are parttimers. It will also impact those at the Sears store at the Quinte Mall, which employs 60 people; 16 full-timers and 44 part-timers. These numbers were provided to the Belleville News by an official close to the company, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Not all employees will lose right away. The liquidation process – which will likely involve going-out-of-business-like sale prices on goods – is expected to start Oct. 19 and finish no later than Jan. 21. “The company is trying to do whatever it can to help with the transition (for employees),” the source said.10,100$Includes freight & PDIWWW.MOTOSPORTSOFTRENTON.COM 114 MCCAULEY RD., TRENTON613-965-6626ONLINE at insidebelleville.comNews, events and information on your desktop, laptop or mobile deviceEvents CalendarThe Sears distribution centre, on College Street East, is expected to be vacant soon. “They’ll do what they can, where they can, when they can.” Belleville’s economic development manager Karen Poste said the company’s closure is sombre news. In an interview before Friday’s court decision, she said she was hop-ing something would happen to allow Sears to stay afloat. But “if it doesn’t we’re prepared to help those employees prepare for new jobs,” she said. The city has worked to help laid off Sears employees before. In January 2014, the retailer laid off more thanStephen Petrick/Metroland500 employees who worked out of a call centre at the College Street East plant. Soon after that announcement, Poste and her team set up a career fairSee what’s happening by visiting our online community calendar. bellevilleregion-events/Report the news @InBellevilleSee ‘Sears’ Page 3JAPANESE • THAI CUISINE Enjoy our skillfully prepared Japanese and Thai specialties, from sushi and sashimi to teriyaki, tempura and savoury noodle dishes.New Items On The Menu 265 North Front Street, Belleville 613.969.0988Lunch $14.99 • Dinner $23.99 ALL YOU CAN EAT • IPAD ORDERINGLunch: 11:00am-3:00pm, Sunday - Thursday Dinner: 3:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday - Thursday Lunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Friday & Saturday Dinner: 3:30pm - 10:30pm, Friday & SaturdayWE SAY THANKS IN SURPRISING WAYS. 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His death ends criminal court proceedings against him, but now dozens of girls and women who alleged they were his victims are pursing a civil suit against him, which could now target his estate. Darcy Merkur, a lawyer with the Toronto firm Thomson Rogers, confirmed that turn of events to Belleville News on Tuesday, Oct. 17. “We’re trying to figure out the most efficient way to proceed,” said Merkur. He said his office has been contacted by a “few dozen claimants” and he expects the list will grow. “We’ve heard that there were a few hundred victims.” No actions have been filed to court yet, he said, nor have any of the claims against Solomon been proven in court. Merkur’s legal team is taking its time to determine if it is best to file a class action suit, involving several alleged victims, or to file suits individually. Regardless, it sets the stage for eventual court proceedings that would unearth what exactly Solomon did at the clinic he operated for several years on North Front Street, at Craig Street. Solomon’s arrest was announced by Belleville Police last July and it shocked the community and lit up social media, with dozens of people expressing shock that they sent their children to the man’s clinic.Police allege that Solomon surreptitiously video-taped young female patients. The arrest was made following a raid of his Toronto home on July 12. Court proceedings into the matter began on August 17, when Solomon was facing four charges. One was for making/printing/publishing child pornography, one was for possession of child pornography. Two other charges were related to voyeurism. Solomon was not at that court appearance in Belleville, but an agent, Peter Girard, representing Solomon’s Toronto lawyer Matthew Friedman, asked for proceedings to be delayed so police could uncover more information. “The disclosure may well be massive,” Girard said in court that day. “There’s a lot of it.” The case was expected to enter the pre-trial stage in December. Merkur said court action against Solomon could be complex, but the case would resemble a criminal court matter in some ways because his team would have to “establish he did the alleged wrongdoing … Hopefully police have done their work.” The alleged victims – which Merker said are mostly from the Belleville area – are anxious for their day in court. “The majority of people are quite distraught,” he said. Merkur heard that Solomon died on Oct. 5 after a battle of cancer, but had no other details. 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Trenton 613.392.0297HOURS: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-9:00 pm Saturday, 8:00 am-8:00 pm Sunday, 9:00 am-6:00 pmA pharmacy firstTrentonBrightonTHIS WEEK’S BEST BUY FRIDAY OCT 20 - THURSDAY OCT 266 10$ 99 RUFFLES OR 2/$ 00 DORITOS POTATO CHIPS 6 % CANADIAN STAMPSFOLGERS COFFEE 920gEach220g-255gOFF Reg. Price Limit of 410pk 109 Dundas St. E., Trenton • 1 Main St., Brighton • 173 Dundas St. E., BellevilleSEARS BEGINS LIQUIDATION at the plant that was, specifically, for those laid off employees. The company allowed employees who were still working to take time out of their day to attend. It was a successful event Poste said, and she imagines a similar event could happen again, given that the city has a good working relationship with Sears. While Poste acknowledged it’s never a good time to lose a job, she said that the job market in the Quinte region is as strong as it’s ever been in recent memory, so she’s optimistic many laid off workers will find work again. A career fair Belleville and Quinte West hosted on Oct. 4 drew more than 50 employers, who, collectively, were looking to fill about 1,000 jobs. Yet, there were only about 400 job seekers that day. Still, losing Sears will hit the community hard, she said. “Any time an employer closes, faces hard times or lays off, it’s hard emotionally for the community,” she said. “It hits everybody hard, whether you’re directly impacted or not. “It’s one of the toughest things for a community to deal with. But Belleville has faced several large closures before and we’ve always come out stronger.” Prince Edward-Hastings Member of Provincial Parliament Todd Smith weighed in on the news Wednesday, Oct. 11 by issuing a statement to show support for laid off workers in Belleville. He said he would write to Ontario’s economic development minister, Brad Duguid, to ensure sufficient supports are made available by the Ontario government to assist in job searches and retraining for Sears employees now looking for work. “At this time, our hearts go out to the families that will be most affected by this news,” SmithContinued from Page 1said. “Workers who have dedicated years of their lives to the company need to be assisted going forward. Recent concerns raised about the Sears pension plan and hardship fund need to be addressed in order to ensure that commitments made to long-time Sears employees are honoured. “We are a resilient community but we are also a compassionate community. At this time, many of us will have friends, neighbours and family members who will need to lean on us. We have many great local businesses that I know will step up to fill the hole that this leaves in our community. In the meantime, my office will be there to support all those affected.” The Canadian Mental Health Association Hastings and Prince Edward Branch is also reaching out to impacted Sears employees. Starting Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to noon, all Sears employees are invited to drop in for coffee, conversation and care out its Hope Centre, at 41 Octavia St. in Belleville. Staff will be there to listen, support and provide resources for those struggling with anxiety over a job loss. It appeared to be business as usual at both Sears locations in Belleville on Wednesday, Oct. 11, just hours after the grim announcement. Several vehicles were in the parking lot of the distribution centre and trucks and buses moved in and out as usual. A healthy number of customers were shopping at the Quinte Mall Sears store in the afternoon, where several “clearance” racks were set up. An attempt to speak to employees at the store was quickly thwarted by a manager who asked the Belleville News to leave “immediately.”Sears recalled, in heyday, as a great job BY STEPHEN PETRICKBelleville – A job at Sears in Belleville was once a good gig to hold onto. Just ask Phyllis Brownson, a Foxboro resident, who worked for the major retailer from the mid 1970s to mid 1990s; long before the Internet changed the way people shopped. “The managers were all nice. It was a good atmosphere, you know,” said Browson, now 84 and living in Foxboro. “We were all buddies.” Brownson started working for Sears in a warehouse, then located on Bell Boulevard, and later moved to the Quinte Mall retail store before retiring in 1996 with enough savings to live comfortably. She felt fortunate to have the job, as did her colleagues. “I had a friend say ‘What am I going to do without Sears? Where would I go?” she recalled. Today’s Sears employees aren’t so fortunate. It appears more than 600 Belleville, employees between the retail store and College Street East distribution centre, will soon be out of work. On Tuesday, Oct. 10, Sears Canada announced the company and its subsidiaries (the Sears Canada Group) would be applying to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice for approval to liquidate its stores and assets. The court heard and approved the motion on Friday, Oct. 13, a decision that puts about 12,000 employees across the country out of work. Beyond the immediate economic impact of 600-some lost jobs in Belleville; the closure of the retail giant will have rippling effects. The distribution centre was a staple in Bel-leville since the 1990s and was involved in charity work. The site hosts the annual Belleville General Hospital Foundation gala, which this year raised more than $270,000. Sears employees have, in the past, donated to the hospital’s campaign to fund new diagnostic imaging and contributed to Hospice Quinte and United Way fundraising campaigns. The company is also a sponsor of the National Kids Cancer Ride, which allows cyclists to travel coast to coast to raise money for children’s cancer-related charities. Last month, two Belleville natives, Michael Kelly and Lisa Allen, participated in the ride, which made a stop at the Belleville plant. Belleville’s economic development manager Karen Poste acknowledged that Sears’ troubles is sad news for Belleville and that the city, emotionally, will be impacted by its closure. But she feels confident that the College Street East industrial park won’t turn into a ghost town if Sears goes under. “We don’t have a lot of manufacturing or warehouse space available in the city,” she said. “The Sears building is a fantastic building. I don’t think we’ll have any trouble finding a purchaser and eventual user of the (plant).” The expected closure also brings uncertainty to the Quinte Mall. The Sears store is its largest store, dominating the north side of the building. On the west end, there’s also uncertainty over the future of Toys ‘R’ Us, which recently filed for bankruptcy protection in Canada. Erin Graham, the mall’s marketing manager and an employee of its parent company 20Vic, declined to comment on how the retail news might impact the mall long-term.TRAVEL TRA TRADE SHOW 20 2017 YOU’RE INVITED TO OUR MULTI SUPPLIER TRAVEL TRADE SHOW! Join us for an evening of travel inspiration as you have the opportunity to chat one on one with the best travel suppliers in the business. October 26th, 2017 • 6:00-8:30pm At the King Edward Community Centre, 75 Elizabeth St, Brighton RSVP to either office by October 24, 2017. In addition to the trade show component, suppliers will be doing short presentations throughout the event. 6:00pm-Tourcan Vacations • 6:20pm-Goway Travel • 6:40pm-Anderson Vacations • 7:00pm-Rocky Mountaineer • 7:20pm-Transat Holidays 7:40pm-Intrepid Travel/Peregrine Adventures • 8:00pm-Globus Family of Brands (Globus and Avalon Waterways) There will be some very special offers from our suppliers and an opportunity to win some great prizes!149 Bell Blvd, Unit 4A, Belleville(613) 961-1186 / 1-866-297-4155www.carlsonwagonlit.net9 King Street West, Downtown Cobourg(905) 377-9706 / 1-877-550-7404belleville@carlsonwagonlit.netcobourg@carlsonwagonlit.netTICO Registration# 50011978TICO Registration# 3327268, 50022396Belleville News - Thursday, October 19, 2017 3Bel-Mar to rise from Bel-Marine ashes +*,., +*-.+* /.+ 0 . *,Bellevile – The former Bel Marine residential complex at Dundas and Bleecker is set to rise again like the Phoenix under new ownership. Already, extensive work has been done; the new owners are looking at November to start marketing the 66 units involved and occupancy could begin as early as January. A team representing the new owners was in Belleville recently to meet with city officials on their plans for the property and have already established that in spite of several months of turmoil and property standards orders, the building is now clear of any orders. The entire complex was ordered to be vacated, mainly for electrical safety, causing a housing crisis to find shelters for dozens of residents last February. Alexis Kofman and Gilad Abrahami are partners in a venture with Toronto developer Marin Murray, who is the principal owner. The new name of Bel-Mar reflects the city of Belleville and the primary investor, Murray Martin, Kofman explained. Kofman pledges that the building has already had about half of its drywall removed; eliminating lead-based paint is the next step plus installing code-approved ramps and a new climate control system for heating and cooling. - 112  3 4  44    4Belleville’s chief building inspector, Ted Marecak said last week: “I am anticipating receiving a permit application for putting the building back together.â€? He mentioned some recent complaints from neighbouring properties from a generator running at late hours to remove water from the basement, but added that he has heard nothing further after speaking to all parties. The pumps are operating sump pumps between 7 and 11 p.m. lacking electricity to the building. That situation should be resolved by early November, Kofman said. She affirmed the new owners’ pledge to do “everything right the first timeâ€? in a project designed for 60 per cent market sales and 40 per cent subsidized units. While the current vision is for a seniors complex, that remains to be confirmed, she said. Her partner in the project, Gilad Abrahami, said: “ We know what has to be done and we can execute it. We like the challenge and we’re committed to the city.â€? He estimated the remediations to cost $250,000. Various area agencies are hoping the project comes to be to help alleviate a continuing critical need for affordable housing. 2  56 - $  4 746 6#0 6   $ 4  Nic Hogan, 26, of Foxboro is part of the Challenger Baseball league which provides an opportunity for children and adults with cognitive or physical dis
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