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Hall Monitor: Dianne Saxe Speaks to Kingston

Dr. Dianne Saxe, former Environmental Commissioner of Ontario and internationally recognized environmental lawyer, joined Kingston City Council on a rainy October 22 evening for a special presentation in a modified town hall format. Dozens of people, some as young as nine years old, filled Memorial Hall to hear Saxe’s presentation,

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What they’re saying: Why this climate strike is so important

As more than 600 residents followed the lead of area students to strike for climate action, we paid attention and asked those leading the charge why today is so important and what Kingstonians can do to help during this climate emergency. Here’s what they said. [The strike] raises awareness and

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Kingston students take to the street to strike for climate action

Sparked by a global movement and following weekly strikes in front of City Hall, over 600 students and residents from across Kingston gathered at market square to show support for climate action before marching through the downtown core. “Striking is crucial to show the importance and urgency of the climate

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Meet the city’s Working Group on Climate Action

As part of its response to the city’s declaration of a climate emergency, Kingston City Council created a ‘Working Group on Climate Action.’ The working group, formed in a motion by Councillors Lisa Osanic and Robert Kiley, is co-chaired by Councillor Bridget Doherty and Dan Hendry of the Limestone District

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Hall Monitor: Active Implementation

On Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2019, Kingston City Council sat for meeting number 23-2019 (Agenda) where they discussed proposed changes to Belle Park, transitions in the Ontario recycling program, received a strategic plan update and, primarily, spoke to the 5-year implementation strategy for the Active Transportation Master Plan. The evening opened

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Water Conservation Garden helps Kingston residents conserve water

The City of Kingston was the first Ontario municipality to recognize the seriousness of climate change, declaring a climate emergency on Tuesday, Mar. 5, 2019. However, well before that, Utilities Kingston had begun their own efforts to educate Kingston residents on ways to save water and manage drainage and run

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Six questions with Barrington Walker of the New Democratic Party of Canada

Born in Scarborough, Ontario, Barrington Walker, the New Democratic Party of Canada (NDP) candidate for Kingston and the Islands moved to the riding in 2002. Walker said he has been a supporter of the NDP since he could vote, and has been a card carrying member of the party since

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Six questions with Mark Gerretsen of the Liberal Party of Canada

Mark Gerretsen is the current MP and Liberal Party of Canada candidate for Kingston and the Islands for the 2019 federal election. Born at Kingston General Hospital, Gerretsen has been “fortunate enough to live here” his entire life. Gerretsen attended his first Liberal convention when his father, John Gerretsen, ran

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Kingston to receive $20.2 million for shoreline, sewer projects

On August 28, 2019, MP Mark Gerretsen alongside Mayor Bryan Patterson announced $20.2 million in funding for flooding and shoreline projects in the city of Kingston. Funding, being provided through the federal Gas Tax Fund, is being allocated to two projects in the city. Over half of the funding, $10.4

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Six questions with Candice Christmas of the Green Party of Canada

Candice Marie Christmas (nee Krumreich) is the Federal Green Party Candidate for Kingston and The Islands. She grew up in Lachine, a suburb of Montreal, and prides herself on being fully bilingual. She met her now-husband in the Thousand Islands and moved to Kingston in 1990. Christmas has been a

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Six questions with Andrew Brooke of the People’s Party of Canada

Andrew “Andy” Brooke is the People’s Party of Canada (PPC) candidate for Kingston and the Islands. Born in Montreal, Quebec, Brooke arrived in Kingston in 1971. He has been a PPC member since February 2019. In his spare time, he likes jogging and spending time with his family. Of his

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A Strategic Look: Priority #3 – Demonstrate Leadership on Climate Action

Beginning in early January and, through public consultation and a number of additional special meetings, Kingston City Council set out its five strategic priorities through 2022, which they affirmed and approved an implementation plan for at their meeting on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Today, we take a more in-depth look

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