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New EDI Manager, Love Kingston Marketplace 2021 discussed at Kingston City Council

City Council met virtually on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. After a closed session, in which they discussed labour relations, potential litigation over the collapse of 223 Princess St. on Christmas day 2020, and activity around Clyde Industrial Park, Council proceeded with a public meeting broadcast to YouTube starting at 7

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City adds extra $1M to the budget for small business, non-profit and artist relief

Kingston City Council wrapped up their 2021 budget deliberations on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021 after three nights of meetings with staff and agency representatives. Council approved a General Municipal Operating budget of $384,133,729, with a Municipal Capital budget of $58,750,013. Additionally, Council voted to approve a $229,570 operating budget for

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City Council meets for second night of budget deliberations

The City of Kingston’s Treasurer and CFO Desiree Kennedy said she was disappointed by the lack of uptake in the municipal public budget engagement process that took place last fall. Overall, 397 people participated in an online survey that ran from October 19 to November 9, 2020. Approximately 60 people

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City budget discussions to be live-streamed

The City is inviting constituents to virtually attend budget deliberations next week, as Council reviews various capital and operating budgets supported by the municipality. “We want to continue to be open and transparent about how spending and resource allocation decisions are made, and to provide residents with the opportunity to

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Kingston City Council passes ban on ‘conversion therapy’

Kingston City Council has passed a motion to ban the practice of conversion therapy within the municipality. “I think in June, when we see the pedestrian crossing [outside City Hall] painted the colours of the rainbow, I think we can with pride know that we’ve really earned that privilege,” said

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City moves ahead with new rules for short-term rentals

Kingston City Council approved new regulations for short-term renters (STR) in December, including homeowners that use services like AirBnB or VRBO. “Essentially, City Council approved the passage of a short-term rental by-law and a licensing program,” said Dan Hazell, Supervisor of Licensing & Enforcement in the Building & Enforcement department

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Council approves revised development plan for Williamsville Corridor

City Council has approved a revised plan for development in the Williamsville corridor, the stretch of Princess Street between Division Street and the Kingston Centre. The revised plan will allow for construction of residential towers of up to 20 storeys in the area around the Princess and Division St. intersection,

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Council moves ahead with motion of support for The Screening Room

City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday night in favour of a motion from Councillor Rob Hutchiston, put forth on behalf of The Screening Room theatre. The theatre’s operations have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, and many constituents have reportedly reached out to their councillors in concern. But it’s

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Screening Room playing movies to empty theatres as pandemic drags on

The Screening Room’s owner Wendy Huot says attendance at the theatre during the COVID-19 pandemic is down 75 to 80 per cent. That’s since it reopened on Friday, Jul. 31, 2020 following a mandatory 4.5-month shutdown. “We’re not the type of business that can readily pivot to online or a

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Special City Council meeting focuses on rural economic development

City Council voted on strategies to guide Kingston’s continued rural economic development at a special meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. The discussions centred around the topic of the City’s “urban boundary,” which contains the built-up, generally fully serviced area of Kingston, and how to effectively manage service provision within

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Public Health: multiple drug-involved overdoses observed in recent weeks

Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public Health is once again warning residents of a toxic batch of drugs circulating in the area.  According to Tia Maatta, Public Health Promoter for KFL&A Public Health, they’ve seen multiple overdoses in the past several weeks. “We are convinced there is a heightened

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Council approves next steps in Reconciliation, Macdonald legacy projects

City councillors have agreed to move ahead in pursuit of a sole source contract with First People’s Group, an Indigenous advisory firm in Ottawa that specialize in management consulting and reconciliation. The City is embarking on the third phase of its Indigenous reconciliation initiative, “Engage for Change: #YGK Reconciliation Journey,”

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