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Hall Monitor: Integrity Versus Reality

Last night, city council, staff and the public gathered in City Hall for Kingston City Council meeting number 03-2014. The city has published the agenda online… but there were no addeds, oddly. For the most part, last night’s meeting came down to one topic. Yes, a few other things happened –

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Hall Monitor: Sign of Change

Last night, city council, staff and the public gathered in City Hall for Kingston City Council meeting number 02-2014. The city has published the agenda and addeds online. A quick note before today’s summary; as a result of the fire that consumed the north-west corner of Princess and Victoria streets

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The Year That Was

With just over two weeks remaining until the arrival of 2014, it’s time for a quick look at the headlines and news stories that shaped the past year for Kingstonians. The city dove headfirst into 2013 with a debate regarding electoral boundaries and student voters that was eventually settled by

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Mayor Rules Separation Motion Out of Order

A motion from Countryside Councillor Jeff Scott and Pittsburgh Councillor Brian Reitzel that could see a ballot question in the next municipal election asking residents if they want to negotiate a municipal arrangement outside the City has been ruled out-of-order today by the Mayor. “As we saw at our budget

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Two Rural Districts Consider Separating From Kingston

There is no question the latest Countryside District separation talk that erupted during last week’s council meeting in Kingston will affect a large percentage of our population following the notice of motion recently brought to the table by east-end Councilors Jeff Scott and Brian Reitzel. The separation in question would

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Hall Monitor: Cycle Break

Last night, city council, staff and the public gathered in City Hall for Kingston City Council meeting number 21-2013. The city has published the agenda and addeds online. While we opened with a bit of debate over how to procedurally add a few delegations to the agenda, most of the

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Hall Monitor: Quick Fare

Last night, city council, staff and the public gathered in City Hall for Kingston City Council meeting number 20-2013. The city has published the agenda and addeds online. While not our quickest adjournment, it certainly was the earliest in recent memory, letting out in a brisk 2 short hours. Council used the time efficiently

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Hall Monitor: Fore The Animals

Last night, city council, staff and the public gathered in City Hall for Kingston City Council meeting number 17-2013. The city has published the agenda and addeds online. By far, council’s two biggest items on the agenda were easy to spot from a mile away: The biggest, of course, being

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Hall Monitor: Schooled

Last night, city council, staff and the public gathered in City Hall for Kingston City Council meeting number 15-2013. The city has published the agenda and addeds online. The bulk of last night’s agenda were smaller items, though as it’s been said to me in the past, those are the

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Hall Monitor: Off the Deep End

Last night, city council, staff and the public gathered in City Hall for Kingston City Council meeting number 14-2013. The city has published the agenda and addeds online. The meeting, while facing a full agenda, focused on two main items: the closure of the Oakwood Childcare Centre and the budget

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Hall Monitor: Representative Cartography

While April’s meetings are a little off from our regular schedule, our council and city staff took to Council Chambers last night for our regular meeting, sort  of; and as usual, the agenda and addeds are available on the city website. I suppose I’ll get the easy part over with first.

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Hall Monitor: Split Pot

Our dutifully elected council and city staff once again took to Council Chambers for our regular council meeting last night, and they introduced the electronic voting component. Like usual, the agenda and addeds are available on the city website. While we heard a lot off the top of the meeting on

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