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Napanee Council looks to the future

Much was discussed in the nearly five-hour-long meeting of the Greater Napanee Town Council Tuesday night, Oct. 12, 2021. Along with follow-up talks about remediation efforts for the Mayor’s recent misconduct, topics considered included a report from the new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), a proposal by the County to add more

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KFHC report and response expose some harsh realities

After numerous complaints by tenants of safety issues and mistreatment have come to light over the summer of 2021, Kingston Frontenac Housing Corporation (KFHC) has had to answer some tough questions about its business practices. The Pandemic has put the issues in stark focus. Frustrated tenants complain that they aren’t

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NDP leader stops in Kingston with clear message: get out and vote

Sunny skies were overhead as the leader of the New Democratic Party’s bus rolled into Lake Ontario Park to a chorus of “NDP! NDP! NDP!” on Thursday, Sep 16, 2021, just five minutes later than expected at 4:20 pm. Jagmeet Singh made the campaign stop in Kingston in support of

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Your candidates for Kingston and the Islands: Dr. Waji Khan, Green Party

Dr. Waji Khan (Green Party) was born in North York, Ontario and later raised in Scarborough after his parents emigrated from Pakistan to Canada in the 1960s. He attended the University of Toronto where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1997 and began his studies in Dentistry.

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Your candidates for Kingston and the Islands: Vic Sahai, NDP

Vic Sahai (NDP) studied at Queen’s University in the 1980s and returned to Kingston with his wife and children in 2007 to work in public health as a Queen’s professor and research director at Hotel Dieu. He has 30 years of senior management experience, focusing on strategic planning, policy development,

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City Council to discuss allocation of $7mill+ in ‘Rapid Housing Funding’

Just two weeks ago, the City of Kingston was awarded $7,418,328 through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI). By the end of this month, the City must have all project applications for the use of that funding submitted to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHA).

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KFHC responds to allegations of mistreating tenants

In response to an article on recent issues at Rideaucrest Towers, as well as an earlier issue that saw tenants’ rent taken out of their bank accounts early, Kingston Frontenac Housing Corporation (KFHC) has reached out to Kingstonist. KFHC Board Chair, Denise Cumming noted in her email response, “As a

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Kingston Frontenac Housing Corp. blames banking snafu for early withdrawal of tenants’ rent

Some residents of the City-owned Kingston Frontenac Housing Corporation (KFHC) awoke on Monday to find the housing corporation had withdrawn their rent fees over a week earlier than expected, resulting in insufficient fund charges, and the inability to purchase necessities or pay other bills. This was the situation on Monday,

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Advocates: Tiny homes could help Kingston alleviate homelessness

As the City of Kingston’s Planning Services Staff discuss potential amendments to the City’s Official Plan with respect to tiny houses, local advocates are pointing to the concept as a means to alleviate homelessness. In a report to the City Planning Committee Wednesday, Jun. 23, 2021, City of Kingston Planning

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Kingston Youth Services Hub aiming to solve youth homelessness

Last year, City Council approved Princess Street United Church’s conversion into a new youth centre, Kingston Youth Services Hub, to cater to the needs of at-risk homeless youth in the community.  The leading organization for the project, Home Base Housing (HBH), responsible for planning and managing the youth hub, is

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Letter: Homes for Heroes – Learning more about Kingston’s first tiny homes project

Editorial note: The following is a submitted letter to the editor. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. On Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing announced the provincial government was providing $200,000 and transferring one acre of land

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Opinion: Encampment protocol or eviction protocol? Kingston must adopt a human rights approach to tent cities

The following is a submitted Op-Ed. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. Nearly one year ago, Belle Park became the epicenter of the homelessness crisis in Kingston. With rising COVID-19 case numbers, declines in shelter capacity to accommodate social distancing, and stringent isolation

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