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Theft of heaters freezes out patio season for Kingston’s Amadeus Cafe

Just as pandemic restrictions have eased and diners are starting to enjoy meals out at local restaurants, one downtown Kingston eatery has been forced to reduce its number of tables following the theft of its outdoor heaters. Amadeus Cafe is a local Kingston restaurant serving authentic German and Austrian family

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Kingston WritersFest panel shines light on on-going Afghan refugee crisis

The 13th annual Kingston WritersFest included a pertinent international issue as part of its virtual event, The Big Idea: Addressing a Crisis, discussing the ongoing crisis of Afghans seeking new homes while escaping violence in their previous ones.  The virtual panel discussion was held over Zoom from 6:30 to 8

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Women United hosts panel discussion on local Indigenous programming

The United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Women United hosted its third event of the year — the first one to be held in-person this year — on Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, attended by 60+ participants from different spheres of the Kingston community.  Women United “brings together

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OHIP no longer covering eye exams after provincial inaction to negotiate

On Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, the Ontario Association of Optometrists announced that eye care coverage under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) will cease due to the provincial government’s inaction to negotiate.  According to an estimate shared by the Ontario Association of Optometrists, for 32 years, the Ontario government has

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Kingston couple helping a homeless man get micro home

While working one day from home on her front porch, Kim Cormier, a mortgage agent in Kingston, saw David McDonald struggling with the tire of his scooter in front of her house. As Cormier describes, it was a hot, humid day, and she offered to help the man and asked

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Parents raising funds to help install webcams in KGH NICU

One local family and their steadfast supporters have begun on a mission to raise funds for webcams in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Kingston General Hospital (KGH) Patrick Kerr and his wife, Abigail, started the campaign, ‘Operation Hellping Hannah,’ raising funds to install webcams at all isolettes in

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Kingston teacher helping people in Haiti affected by earthquake

Linda Adams, a local teacher from Kingston, has traveled to Les Cayes, Haiti, for over 15 years, teaching teachers and leading community outreach and leadership development programs for youth. She is now also helping people affected by the recent earthquake by raising funds with Vision Citadelle (a Haitian-led organization based

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Community rallies to help Kingston family after sudden loss of patriarch

Two weeks ago, on August 11, like any other morning, Marc Boucher, 47, said “I love you” on the way out the door to his daughters and wife to leave for a hockey game — he’d been waiting to resume playing as protocols loosened during the pandemic. No one had

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Kingston artists welcome back in-person events with Summer Art Show

Due to the pandemic, many art exhibitions and sales have adapted to virtual shows. However, as the restrictions are easing up, many events are happening in person.   Glocca Morra Studios is organizing its Summer Art Show and sale featuring 15 local artists’ work, taking place on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021

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John Howard Society Kingston receives funding to increase access to virtual courts

In the wake of the pandemic, the formation and implementation of virtual courts occurred very quickly, providing people with alternative options for court proceedings. However, not everyone can access this option, and navigating the digital sphere of highly technical courtroom procedures can be difficult. To address the issue and assist the

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Kingston poet launches new book ‘Footsteps in the Garden’ with international publisher

Bob MacKenzie has been in the creative writing, poetry, and teaching arena since 1965. He has published nine poetry books and has contributed to various anthologies worldwide. He also owns two publishing labels, namely Poet Pourri Entertainment and Dark Matter Press, and ran publication The Sarnia Entertainer from 1972 to

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Queen’s student starts petition to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations, testing for all staff and students

Some students at Queen’s University are concerned about the university’s vaccination policy and have launched a petition asking Queen’s to require vaccinations for on-campus staff and students, and rapid testing for those who cannot, or will not, be vaccinated. The lack of requirement to disclose vaccination status has left Queen’s

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