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Soapbox: Loyalist Councillor speaks out about MP Sloan

Editorial note: The following is a submitted op/ed piece by Councillor Nathan Townend and does not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of Kingstonist. I feel compelled as a municipal councillor, for the second time in less than 3 months, to speak out against recent comments made by the Member

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Community Soapbox: Racism and policing in Kingston’s recent past

Editorial note: The following is a submitted op/ed piece by Steven Maynard and does not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of Kingstonist. This past Tuesday, I joined hundreds of other Kingstonians in McBurney Park for a Black Lives Matter demonstration. The vigil was part of the global outrage over

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Letter: Embracing rogue

The following is a letter to the editor. The views and opinions expressed in this letter do not necessarily reflect those of Kingstonist. After leaders in Kingston naively asked Premier Doug Ford for permission to manage Covid-19 restrictions regionally, Mr. Ford appropriately responded that he didn’t want ‘people going rogue.’

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Community Soapbox: Short-term rentals

For the past five years, my children and I have opened our home to short-term rental guests. Our endeavour started as a necessity, to supplement our struggling finances, and evolved into a means for my son to pay his way through college.  During this time, our guests have shared their

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The benefits and drawbacks of Kingston Transit’s Audible Route Identifier

Written by Phillip Stafford Over the years I have had many chances to travel on Kingston Transit, and have been regularly surprised by some of the innovations and changes that have gone into making the system more efficient, accessible, and cost effective. In this opinion piece I want to touch

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Community Soapbox: Toderian Takes On Kingston

“You have some of the worst architecture on a waterfront that I have ever seen. And I have seen waterfronts all over the world.” — Brent Toderian You might have seen comments about Kingston made by a visiting “urban planning expert.” Who is he? Why was he here? Brent Toderian

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Community Soapbox: A Bridge Too Far

Here’s an instructive little game to play some afternoon. Around 4:30 pm, turn on the Ottawa CBC’s (107.5 FM) feed of its going home show. And what will you hear more than anything else? Reports of frantic traffic conditions punctuated with words such a “crawl,” “snarled” and “gridlock.” Think this

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Community Soapbox: City Struggles to Bring Clarity to the Third Crossing Project

Despite $6,480,000 in ‘sunk costs’ on the project to date, the City has hardly managed to respond to residents’ questions about the Third Crossing Project. In June of last year, a comments page appeared on the City’s Third Crossing website, inviting public comments and proposing to respond within a reasonable

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Community Soapbox: The Third Crossing – Money in the bank? Wishful thinking!

On April 24th the City held a presentation on the Third Crossing with a question and answer session at Artillery Park. The public was initially told that the city currently has $20 million set aside from development fees, specifically for The Third crossing. In the same meeting the $20 million

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Best of 2016: A Double Standard?

We kicked off 2016 with a poll asking whether or not the city’s outdated Official Plan should continue to project a future iteration of Wellington Street through greenspace at Doug Flurer Park. An overwhelming number of respondents voiced their opposition, which as evidenced by the OpEd submission below, grew more

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