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Kingston Transit launches two new electric buses

Kingston’s public transit riders can now ride one of two electric buses featuring a first-in-fleet touchless wheelchair securement system and “whisper-quiet” engines. “This is the future of transit, we’ve known that for a number of years. That’s part of Council’s commitment to begin the transition from traditional buses to electric,”

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350 Kingston sounds the alarm on climate crisis during Tuesday commute

Members of 350 Kingston brought climate action to Kingston’s morning commute Tuesday, Jul. 13, 2021. The early morning campaign took place at the corner of Lower University and King Street from 7:30 to 8 a.m.  “It’s the start of something that we are going to be doing for quite a

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Letter: 12-year-old urges preservation of Amazon rainforest

The following is a submitted letter to the editor from a 12-year-old reader who asked to remain anonymous. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. Dear Editor, I am interested in saving the Amazon Rainforest from destruction and pollution, and I have made this

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KSS students seek funds for Little Forest outdoor classroom

Kingston Secondary School (KSS) students are asking for your help to plant a “Little Forest” outdoor classroom in Champlain Park. Namirah Quadir, Urban Student Trustee for the Limestone District School Board (LDSB) and Isadora Ferguson of Friday’s for Future Kingston, both students at KSS, appear in a YouTube video asking

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Kingston woman sends climate change book to MPs for Earth Day

Just in time for Earth Day, a Kingston resident has taken it upon herself to send an appropriately themed gift to each member of Parliament in Ottawa. Mary Jane Philp says she wanted to ensure every MP in the country had a copy of the book ‘A Good War’ by

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Queen’s receives $10 million to advance research projects

Two projects at Queen’s University have received close to $10 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to significantly advance their research. This funding is part of an announcement from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2021, stating that more than $518 million in research infrastructure funding

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Opinion: It’s time to power a green future

The following is a submitted op/ed. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. I am writing to inform Kingstonians about an important motion going before council Tuesday, January 19, 2021. I am grateful that Councillors Holland and Kiley are bringing this motion forward. It

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Speaker preview for the 2021 Kingston Climate Change Symposium

Severn Cullis-Suzuki thinks that January 2021 is the perfect time to resume the collective conversation about climate change. “It’s the beginning of a new year, we made it through 2020,” she said on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. “I think that this is a really important time for us to be

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Locals stage sunrise demonstration against Trans Mountain Pipeline

A group of activists gathered early on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 to stage a demonstration against the Trans Mountain Pipeline. About 15 people met at the Pollution statue along the King Street West waterfront at 6:30 a.m. to hang banners, distribute flyers and hold a small vigil. Their demonstration coincided

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Climate concerns focus of upcoming KFPL workshops

Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL) will be hosting interactive workshops this fall on the current climate emergency, and how we can focus our energy, as individuals and as a community, on addressing climate change. Kingston became the first city in Ontario to declare a climate emergency, on March 5, 2019. 

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City seeking community input on ways to achieve carbon neutrality

The City of Kingston is asking for community input to help shape the Climate Leadership Plan that will guide the city’s response to climate change, according to a release from the City, dated Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. The big question being asked is: How is climate change impacting you? Answer

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Councillor Neill won’t run again, calls for greater diversity

City Councillor Jim Neill announced via Twitter and Facebook on Monday, June 15, 2020 that he will not run again in the Williamsville District, hoping to make way for greater diversity on Kingston City Council.  “We need greater gender balance! I’ll support any progressive woman who runs in Williamsville!” his

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