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Racism in Kingston is alive and, well…

  Canadians were horrified by the terrorist attack on the Muslim community at Christchurch, New Zealand. Our own country has experienced similar violence, with the Quebec City Mosque shootings back in January 2017. While we might wish to believe Islamophobia and white nationalism are an isolated – or far off

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Understanding the ranked ballot referendum question

On Saturday, October 22, 2018, voters in Kingston have the opportunity to vote in a referendum on whether they want their city council elected through a ranked ballot. Here’s a brief overview of benefits and problems of the current system and a ranked ballot system. Single member plurality or first-past-the-post

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2018 municipal election referendum question poll

On Saturday, Oct. 22, 2018, Kingstonians will head to the polls, not only to vote for the next members of Kingston City Council, but also to vote on the referendum question. That question will ask voters if they would prefer to use a ranked ballot system as opposed to the

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What is the Nothwithstanding Clause?

Section 33 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms of 1982 (or the Notwithstanding Clause) gives parliament, at either the provincial or federal level, the ability to override decisions of the courts on certain fundamental rights for a period of five years. Why does it exist? Two reasons: first, Canada

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