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Indigenous community members call for removal of Sir John A. Macdonald statue at ceremony

Members of Kingston’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous community held a sacred fire and land-based ceremony at City Park on Thursday, Jun. 10, 2021, covering the statue of Sir John A. Macdonald with red fabric and demanding its removal and replacement with a monument to residential school survivors. The ceremony began at

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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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City of Kingston committees looking for volunteers from diverse backgrounds

Do you want to help shape your community? Bring your knowledge and lived experiences to a City of Kingston citizen advisory committee or legislated board. Applications from eligible residents/business owners in Kingston will be received until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 30, 2021. Kingston City Council establishes committees, working groups

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Council votes to regulate ride share companies

Kingston City Council met on Tuesday, Mar. 2, 2021, for a shorter-than-average yet eventful regularly scheduled Council meeting (agenda available here). The first delegation of the night saw James Allan, Chairman of the Kingston Area Taxi Licensing Commission, speaking to Council about the intent and need for the proposed ‘Taxi

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Opinion: Too Little, Too Late – Reflecting on the City’s commitment to affordable housing on the first anniversary of the Mayor’s Taskforce on Housing Report

The following is a submitted opinion piece. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. Today marks one year since the Mayor’s Taskforce on Housing presented their report on Kingston’s decades-long housing crisis to City Council. In their report, A Foundation for the Public Good,the

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Indigenous communities to consult on Third Crossing naming campaign

The City of Kingston launched the naming campaign for the Third Crossing at a press conference earlier today, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. Through consultation with Indigenous communities and nations, a short list of names are expected to be presented for public feedback by the end of May 2021. “This is

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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 Council sits for first night of municipal budget deliberations

Kingston City Council held their first of three nights of budget deliberations on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. The evening began with a presentation from CAO Lanie Hurdle, in which she explained how City of Kingston staff have taken the impacts of COVID-19 into account in their proposed 2021 budget. “The

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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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New program for homeowners aimed at reducing carbon footprint

City Council received the Kingston Home Energy Retrofit Program and an update on the Green Standard Community Improvement Plan at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. Both initiatives are aimed at reducing Kingston’s carbon footprint. According to a release from the City of Kingston dated Wednesday, Jan.

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