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Balancing Heritage and Development in Kingston

Our final post from our Best of 2012 is a recent poll regarding the construction of new buildings or the revitalization of old buildings in Kingston’s historic downtown.  Prompted by the latest additions of Milestones and other shops and offices in the old S&R, and the reformation of the TD

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Kingston Penitentiary Closure

My disbelief regarding the decision to close down Kingston Penitentiary has led me to adopt the mentality that I’ll believe it when I see it.  The prospect of mothballing Canada’s oldest jail, an institution that is so intimately tied to Kingston’s storied past, is difficult for many of us to

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Best of 2012: OCSA Wants To “Free Our Beer”, But Do We?

One of the big discussions of the year has been, and continues to be about whether or not we should privatize the sale of alcohol in Ontario.  This would allow corner stores and grocery stores to take on the job, much like in Quebec and British Columbia.  Those for privatization

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Best of 2012: Geneva Crêpe Café

We were incredibly happy to welcome Melinda Knox to our team this year.  She has reviewed several restaurants for us with great balance and  details that leave our mouths watering.  She has expanded our culinary horizons, covering restaurants beyond the borders of downtown Kingston and many off the beaten path. 

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Best of 2012: Hall Monitor: Check

City Council’s decisions have widespread implications for Kingston, and this past year our elected officials have ruled on everything from support for a casino to one-bag per household garbage limits and re-awarding management of the K-Rock Centre to SMG.  The meetings are epic marathons even for devoted political observers. Keeping

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Best of 2012: Kingston Arts Council’s 11th Annual Juried Art Salon

I don’t believe that either artist Maggie Sutherland or the jury responsible for curating the Kingston Arts Council’s 11th Annual Art Salon foresaw the magnitude of attention a nude portrait of Prime Minister Stephen Harper would generate. The painting, Emperor Haute Couture, attracted international media coverage, a Human rights complaint

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Best of 2012: Battle Brewing Over Lease Agreement

In late 2011 Coffeeco devotees had a real sense that trouble was brewing at the business’s Johnson Street location. Less than two weeks into the new year, owner Rich Ottenhof explained the dire situation to his customers, concluding that landlord Hugh Mosaheb’s actions would result in the unwanted closure of

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Best of 2012: Best Pizzeria in Kingston

In 2010 and 2011 respectively, our readers spent a glutinous amount of time predicting the outcome of a foodie feud known as the Burger/Poutine Wars (Part 1, Part 2). This past year, Kingstonist took a break from drooling over poutine and burgers, yet that did little to stifle the insatiable

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The Year That Was

With less than two weeks remaining until the arrival of 2013, it’s time for our annual review of the headlines and news stories that shaped the past year for Kingstonians. Last December, a majority of our readers voted that the Shafia Family murder trial was the top story of 2011,

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