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Hope for affordable housing project dampened after flood

A flood has dampened hope for a short-term solution to the city’s homelessness problem amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The flood happened earlier this year at the former Fairfield West retirement home at 805 Ridley Drive, which more recently has been a planned affordable housing facility. The site was purchased by

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Renovated Market Wing in Kingston’s City Hall opens for visitors

The newly renovated Market Wing in Kingston City Hall National Historic Site is scheduled to open to the public on a limited basis starting Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. The former administrative space is now accessible, and has been designed to house exhibitions and programs that combine history and the arts

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Council moves ahead with motion of support for The Screening Room

City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday night in favour of a motion from Councillor Rob Hutchiston, put forth on behalf of The Screening Room theatre. The theatre’s operations have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, and many constituents have reportedly reached out to their councillors in concern. But it’s

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Building back better: Doubling down on Council’s Strategic Priorities

On Thursday evening this week, as we near the midpoint of the City Council term, councillors and the mayor will gather with City staff and an outside facilitator (on Zoom) to discuss where to go from here in what may feel like a brave new world vis-a-vis the pandemic. Rightly

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Redeveloped Market Wing at City Hall to showcase Indigenous history and culture

The Market Wing at Kingston City Hall is scheduled to open to the public in November 2020, after undergoing redevelopment. The newly accessible space, located within Kingston City Hall National Historic Site, has been designed to house exhibitions and programs that combine history and the arts to highlight Kingston, and

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City Council seeking public opinion on current priorities

City Council is looking for the public’s opinions on the strategic priorities it set in 2019, according to a media released dated Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. Their top question: Do the priorities still make sense in light of COVID-19? “Council developed an ambitious plan for this term based on key

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County of Frontenac seeks input on budget from Kingston residents

Kingston residents are invited to offer input on the County of Frontenac budgets for Frontenac Paramedics’ land ambulance service and Fairmount Home for the Aged at a virtual public meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 9:30 a.m. These shared services are largely funded by Kingston property taxpayers, despite being located

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City Hall ready to offer safe guided tours

Kingston’s City Hall, a working National Historic Site, is reopening for guided tours, the City of Kingston said in a statement released Thursdays, Aug. 6, 2020. Beginning Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, people interested in taking a guided tour are asked to line up at the base of the stairs leading

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Council votes to extend bylaw exemptions at Belle Park

The meeting of Kingston City Council on Tuesday, Jul. 7, 2020 immediately got down to business, first tackling the deadline for the bylaw exemption allowing for the homeless encampment at Belle Park to remain. In fact, that’s almost all Council was able to accomplish of the full agenda that lay

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City Council moves property tax deadline, plans small business tax deferral

City Council has moved the 2020 final property tax deadline to Monday, Aug 31. The decision was made at a special council meeting on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, following a staff recommendation. Kingston property owners usually pay their final tax bill at the end of June. “The billing was deferred

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Hall Monitor: Reconsideration resolve

Editorial note: An earlier version of this article mistakenly stated that Council had voted to change recycling collection to allow for all recyclables to be collected on the same day. This was an error. Council voted to maintain the current recycling program. Kingston City Council sat for meeting 08-2020 (agenda)

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