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Update: Contractor fined – ‘Snow’ in July has some Kingston residents deeply concerned

Update (Friday, Jul. 23, 2021) According to the City of Kingston, the contractor responsible for the small bits of styrofoam littered throughout Kingston’s east end has been fined over the matter. In an email to Kingstonist, the City relayed that they are aware of reports of polystyrene, which is commonly

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350 Kingston sounds the alarm on climate crisis during Tuesday commute

Members of 350 Kingston brought climate action to Kingston’s morning commute Tuesday, Jul. 13, 2021. The early morning campaign took place at the corner of Lower University and King Street from 7:30 to 8 a.m.  “It’s the start of something that we are going to be doing for quite a

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Theodore TOO stops in Kingston as part of Great Lakes tour

Canada’s famous and beloved tugboat, Theodore TOO, announced on Jun. 9, 2021, that he would set sail from Halifax to his new home in the Port of Hamilton and would become an ambassador to the Great Lakes and the marine industry. The 65-foot life-sized reproduction of Canada’s beloved “Theodore Tugboat” has partnered with Swim Drink Fish and will take on

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Letter: 12-year-old urges preservation of Amazon rainforest

The following is a submitted letter to the editor from a 12-year-old reader who asked to remain anonymous. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. Dear Editor, I am interested in saving the Amazon Rainforest from destruction and pollution, and I have made this

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KCHC teams up with Suzuki Foundation to connect residents, pollinators

Kingston Community Health Centres (KCHC) is challenging you to create a Butterflyway this summer.   According to the David Suzuki Foundation, “Wild pollinators such as butterflies and bees are crucial to human survival. Climate change, development and widespread pesticide use are compromising their habitat and food sources. The Butterflyway Project aims

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Watering restrictions begin in Kingston this week

The City of Kingston’s annual seasonal watering restrictions go into effect on Tuesday, Jun. 15, 2021. Until September 15, residents and businesses with odd-numbered addresses may water on odd-numbered days, while evens may water on even-numbered days.  The City of Kingston’s Water By-law allows residents and businesses to:  Use a hand-held hose, can or bucket any time on their scheduled day  Use

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Land Conservancy adds property near Parham to nature reserves

The Land Conservancy for Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (Land Conservancy for KFLA) has announced the addition of a property near Parham to their growing list of nature reserves in the KFLA region. The 88-hectare (217 acre) property is adjacent to an existing Land Conservancy property – the Fourth Lake

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UPDATE – Level One Ban – Dry conditions result in total fire ban for South Frontenac Township

UPDATE (Friday, Jun. 18, 2021): The total fire ban for the Township of South Frontenac will be downgraded to a Level One fire ban at 12 p.m. on Friday, Jun. 18, 2021. According to a release from the Township, a Level One fire ban restricts open air burning for the

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KSS students seek funds for Little Forest outdoor classroom

Kingston Secondary School (KSS) students are asking for your help to plant a “Little Forest” outdoor classroom in Champlain Park. Namirah Quadir, Urban Student Trustee for the Limestone District School Board (LDSB) and Isadora Ferguson of Friday’s for Future Kingston, both students at KSS, appear in a YouTube video asking

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Rideau Waterway Land Trust secures Warren property through community fundraising

During these challenging times it is difficult to find bits of good news, but the Rideau Waterway Land Trust (RWLT) has some to share. The Trust has announced the successful completion of the fundraising campaign to acquire the Warren property in Chaffey’s Lock. The campaign began in late February and

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Planting for pollinators this spring is easy and beneficial

More and more people are becoming aware of the benefits of planting pollinator friendly gardens. A pollinator is anything that carries pollen from the male part of the flower (anthers) to fertilize the female part of the flower (stigmas) and help it reproduce. In Canada, most pollinators are insects like

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