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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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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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Martha’s Table goes green through wave of community support

Martha’s Table Community Kitchen has recently announced their intention to improve and expand their service by purchasing an electric vehicle to make deliveries to recipient’s homes, and are asking the Kingston community for donations. In a video posted to their Facebook Page, the Executive Director of the Martha’s Table community

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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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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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Council approves Unity Farm Inn & Spa development

City Council has approved a zoning bylaw and Official Plan amendment for the development of Unity Farm Inn & Spa after a lengthy, impassioned debate. Gary Oosterhof, the councillor for Countryside District where the development will be located, implored his colleagues once again to reject the project. “This development as

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Council delays spa decision to consult climate change specialists

Kingston City Council has voted to defer by one month their decision on zoning bylaw and Official Plan amendments for 2285 and 2311 Battersea Rd. The site is the location of a proposed hospitality venue, Unity Farm Inn & Spa, by BPE development. At a council meeting on Tuesday, Aug.

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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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City reports reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, sets 2022 goal

The City of Kingston has shared its 2022 greenhouse gas emissions goal following the release of its 2018 Corporate Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Inventory and is seeking a 15 per cent reduction by 2022 — one of council’s 2018-2022 prirorites. The city’s 2018 GHG emissions key figure, recorded at 21,192

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City creates new Climate Leadership Division, seeks public input to develop Residential Energy Retrofit Program

With “demonstrating leadership on climate change” being a priority of City Council’s strategic plan, the City of Kingston has created a new division to focus on this particular issue. The Climate Leadership Division will be focused on actions combating climate change which were identified in Council’s strategic plan, and will

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City seeks input on proposed Biosolids and Biogas Master Plan

As Utilities Kingston works to support the Kingston Climate Action Plan, both the City and Utilities Kingston are seeking public input on the Biosolids and Biogas Master Plan. The Master Plan is looking at ways to both enhance wastewater treatment plants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and capture and make

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Have your say: Yay or nay? – Dedicated bus lanes in Kingston

At their meeting held Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2019, Kingston City Council discussed a motion to direct City Staff to look into the creation of a “Kingston Transitway” through dedicated bus lanes. Moved by Deputy Mayor Peter Stroud and seconded by Councillor Bridget Doherty, the motion spoke to the “permanent greenhouse

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