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What if Kingston…

When we purchased our first home nearly five years ago this summer, we eagerly embraced all of the challenges and chores that came along with being new home owners. This resulted in various purchases such as shovels for tending to snow-covered sidewalks, a ladder to help us clear out leaf-packed

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Best of 2011: For The Birds

Late last March we came across a group of local citizens who were encouraging Kingstonian’s to sign a petition to permit backyard chicken coups.  Surprisingly, this issue was well received by City Council who passed a bylaw a few months later to make way for a pilot project.  Although we

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Hall Monitor: Going Live

Considering all of the extended, high-energy, high-impact council sessions we’ve seen lately, Tuesday night’s get-together was far more subdued and routine – but a lot got done in the hour and a half or so that council was in open session. First, as we reported yesterday, the by-laws to allow

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New Bylaw Allows Residents To Keep Backyard Hens

Last night City Council approved an 18-month pilot project to test-drive a bylaw allowing Kingston residents to keep up to six egg-laying backyard hens. Anyone wishing to keep backyard hens must first fill out an application to register with the Building & Licensing Division at City Hall, 216 Ontario St.

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Grading Kingston’s Mayor and City Council

Kingston’s newly elected Mayor and City Council officially took office last December, but what have they been up to over the past six months of their freshmen year? Unless you are a local political junkie, defeated or unseated candidate, chances are you are probably unaware of the decisions being made

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Hall Monitor: For The Birds

Council session Tuesday night had a large agenda and touched bits of the city small and large. From parking and projects to statements and sports, unless you had the agenda on-hand, I wouldn’t blame you in the slightest if you thought our elected officials had gone to the birds –

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What if Kingston…

Last Spring, the City of Kingston was faced with an interesting proposal from the grass roots level, specifically whether or not to allow backyard chicken coops.  Since writing about this initiative, I’ve met a few local pioneers who have taken it upon themselves to forge ahead, and harvest very their

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The Year That Was

While there are three weeks remaining in 2010, for the most part, the big news stories and issues that shaped the year have already passed.  In the year MMX, Harvey Rosen handed over the gavel to Mark Gerretsen, the 35 year old son of a former Mayor and current MPP,

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What if Kingston…

A few weekends ago I was walking by Tara Natural Foods, who had gorgeous Spring flowers and seasonal produce for sale outside.  I was drawn closer by a volunteer from the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG Kingston) / Urban Agriculture Kingston (UAK) who was standing next to a small

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