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A community tribute to Terri Fleming

On August 31, 2020, Kingston lost a long-time, tireless worker for people who struggle with homelessness and all life’s challenges. Terri Fleming left a challenge to all of us – to ‘do an act for social change’ – and the community who knew her well will strive to meet that

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City Council votes to create more permanent Integrated Care Hub

At their meeting held the evening of Tuesday, Aug.11, 2020, Kingston City Council voted in favour of a report and recommendation regarding the creation of a new, more permanent Integrated Care Hub. The report (available here) was added to the Council agenda last minute, due to the imperative nature of

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Eviction, empathy, and engagement: The complex case of Belle Park

A new encampment with many needs I received my first tip about the Belle Park encampment approximately three weeks ago from a resident of Kingston’s Inner Harbour. I had not driven past the outer Montreal Street park for many months, at least since the start of the pandemic in early

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AMHS-KFLA and CMHA Kingston discussing formal integration

The Kingston Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA Kingston) and Addictions and Mental Health Services – Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (AMHS-KFLA) have begun formal discussions to discuss integrating into one entity. Karen Berti, AMHS-KFLA Supervisor, and Sherry Lachine, CMHA Kingston Board President, announced the move in a

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OPP: Opioid overdoses and deaths increasing

  An alarming increase of opioid overdoses and deaths across Ontario was highlighted in the Opioids and Overdoses: Impact and Strategies report released by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) on Wednesday, Jun. 5, 2019. The report contains information relating to OPP opioid seizures, overdoses, and relevant strategies. The OPP stated

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