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Opinion: City’s Rideau Heights plans are bad for tenants

Editorial note: The following is a submitted op-ed written by Doug Yearwood. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of Kingstonist. If there’s one thing everyone can agree on, it’s that there is a housing crisis raging across Kingston.  Especially for working class people who are tenants,

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‘It’s set up so you trip and fall’: What formerly incarcerated people have to say about coming out of prison into our community, and why it matters

Editorial note: the following is a submitted op-ed article. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. In Kingston, prisons are a familiar part of the local landscape. But even if you drive past a prison every day, you might never learn about the experiences

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Opinion: It could be worse(r) – The saga continues

Walking my dog down Ordnance Street on a sunny 22-degree day during the latest lockdown order, a young guy in a souped-up car stopped and yelled out his window, “I like your shirt.” I was taken aback. First, I had to actually look down to see what the hell I

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Letter: Raising autistic children is hard, but there is support

The following is a submitted letter to the editor. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. When I read the article Kingston Costco refuses service for mask non-compliance earlier this week, my heart went out to all involved.  Being a single parent (divorced) to

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Opinion: Rebuild of Extendicare Kingston can be part of Ontario solution to modernize long-term care

The following is a submitted Op/Ed article. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. As Ontario confronts a second wave of COVID-19, Extendicare Kingston is well prepared to meet the difficult challenges that undoubtedly lie ahead. All of us who consider seniors care a

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Op/Ed – Defunding police in Ontario: Mission impossible?

The following is an Op/Ed submission from Councillor Jim Neill. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. Across North America, in response to the very real and growing support for the Black Lives Matter movement, the cry has gone out to Defund Police. My

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Opinion — Bike theft boom of 2020: Time for action?

The following is a submitted Op/Ed piece. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. The COVID-19 pandemic has encouraged many people to turn to bicycles to remain active, explore their community, transport themselves around town, and do all of these things in a safe,

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An open letter to Premier Ford on the plight of temporary workers

Editorial note: The following is a submitted open letter to Premier Doug Ford and does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Kingstonist. Dear Premier Ford, The Kingston Faith and Justice Coalition is a group of people of faith who are concerned about matters of Social Justice. We

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Letter: Response to the draft addendum to the Williamsville Main Street Study

The following is a letter to the Planning Committee and Committee Chair Councillor Jim Neill. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. To the Planning Committee: The Williamsville Main Street study envisioned transforming a neglected strip of Princess into a vibrant neighbourhood hub. It

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Opinion: As the 2020 KP Tour season closes, change is needed

Editorial note: The following is a submitted Op/Ed piece. The views and opinons expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. Kingston is a prison city and has been for almost two centuries, impacting prisoners, carceral officers, their families, and local communities. Yet, still absent in the tours at

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Soapbox: 223 Princess Street comes to Planning Committee again

Editorial note: The following is a submitted Op/Ed piece. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. The Frontenac Heritage Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to the preservation of structures and sites of cultural and historical interest across the Kingston region. For nearly

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Soapbox: O’Toole’s keeping Sloan in CPC shows lack of understanding

Editorial note: The following is a submitted Op/Ed piece written by Councillor Nathan Townend and does not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of The Kiingstonist. Following his recent election as the new Conservative Party leader, Erin O’Toole has made overtures about inclusion and is quoted in The Hill Times

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