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Kingston teen helping students in need, one backpack at a time

One of the biggest concerns for parents at the beginning the school year is ensuring their child has school supplies. While some can afford to make that happen, some struggle to provide these items.  Understanding this concern, Kingston teenager Katie Onesi started a backpack campaign to help students with school

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Local artist captures Kingston’s urban landscape on paper cups

Kingston-based urban sketcher and painter, John Wright, is making cup-cycling paintings of Kingston’s urban landscape. These paintings consist of sketches and art on the paper cups. Ten years ago, he discovered Urban Sketchers on the internet and it captured his imagination.   “I had never really painted, but bought a watercolour

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Gender Affirming Assistance Project launches in Kingston

The grassroots collective, Gender Affirming Assistance Project (GAAP), is a community-based group based in the Katarokwi/Kingston region that seeks to support two-spirit, trans, non-binary, and gender diverse community members. Two Queen’s students, Jenna Huys and Jane Mao, are leading the initiative that aims to reduce the barriers for people when

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Local students launching businesses instead of applying for summer jobs

Ten students from Kingston have made their way into the Summer Company Program, which will provide their businesses with a $3,000 grant funded by the Ontario government.  “Having Summer Company connect me with other people in the industry has motivated me to accomplish more than I thought possible!” said Kassandra Greenhalgh,

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Kingston entrepreneur promotes inclusion through sign language training

Leah Riddell, the owner of Signable Vi5ion, is a certified sign language instructor who promotes inclusion, communication, and sign language training in the workplace.  Unlike other ASL training services, SignAble Vi5ion is less a learning platform and more a community built on inclusivity. SignAble Vi5ion seeks to teach everyone ways

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‘They gave me back my life’ – Prosthetic returned to owner with a Kingston twist of fate

When it comes to communities coming forward to help one another, Kingston is not short on stories — but some stories just take on a new sense of awe due to those involved. On a fine Sunday afternoon, July 4, 2021, at around 3:30 p.m., Donna-Rose Hill, along with her

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Kingston fitness expert helps new parents stay active with their little ones

Jamie Straker, Pregnancy and Postpartum Athleticism Coach and owner of JS Fitness is helping new parents stay active with their young ones by promoting wellness activities and teaching them how to run with strollers safely during the summer. Straker provides online group fitness classes for new parents who are looking

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Meals in Market Square and other new activities as Kingston enters phase two of reopening

Similar to that of last summer, the Downtown Kingston Business Improvement Area (BIA) has once again organized ‘Bistro at the Square,’ allowing residents to order meals from some of their favorite downtown restaurants while enjoying the sights and sounds of summer in the city. According to the BIA, the bistro

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Brave little guinea pig on the move again thanks to Outcast Animal Sanctuary, YGK3D

Outcast Animal Sanctuary has been working with rescue organizations in Eastern Ontario for the past 15 years, providing care for special needs animals.  “Our role within the rescue community is to provide a permanent home and end of life care for special needs animals. By offering placement to animals that

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Kingston City Council votes to move forward on inclusion, compensation of unhoused population in policy making

In a Kingston City Council meeting on Tuesday, Jun. 22, 2021, which was held virtually, Councillor Jeff McLaren moved a motion regarding the inclusion of insights from people with lived experiences of homelessness into policy decisions. Councillor Robert Kiley seconded the motion.  The motion also sheds light on the structural

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New exhibition at Window Art Gallery in Kingston offers ‘A Sense of Place’

During the last one and half years, all people were homebound, and many had to postpone and cancel their travel plans to comply with health and safety protocols. However, artists have found alternative ways to travel virtually or translate the feeling in their work. Thousand Island Fine Art Association (TIFAA)

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Queen’s researchers receive $1.6 million in funding to train workforce in medical informatics

Health data is paramount to understand diseases, diagnoses, and different health conditions in order to propose changes and improvements in the Public Health and health care systems. It also helps understand why a specific population may have different symptoms or results from disease, while others show entirely different signs.  A

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