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Kingston Correction Institutions Amongst Cheapest to Operate and Maintain

Continuing to pursue the government’s rationale behind the slated closures of local correctional institutions, Kingston and the Islands MP Ted Hsu made the following statement today: “The Public Safety Minister has more explaining to do. As part of my investigations into the announced closure of Kingston Penitentiary and Regional Treatment

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Inmate Orchestras

In 1950, as part of a widespread initiative to introduce recreation programs throughout the Canadian Penitentiary Service, inmate orchestras were created. By 1952, the small ensemble at Kingston Penitentiary had demonstrated sufficient musical talent and professionalism through their performances for their fellow inmates, that arrangements were made with Kingston radio

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Kingston Penitentiary Closure

Last week the local community was taken aback by an announcement made by the federal government that Kingston Penitentiary, the oldest maximum security prison in Canada, home to the likes of Russell Williams, Paul Bernardo, Mohammad and Hamed Shafia and others, as well as the Regional Treatment Centre will soon be

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Mayor Responds To Kingston Penitentiary Closure

In front of several local and national news outlets, this afternoon the Mayor of Kingston, Mark Gerretsen responded to Federal Minister of Public Safety, Vic Toews’s announcement of the closure of the Kingston Penitentiary. “Obviously I am saddened to hear Minister Toews’ announcement today.” said Mayor Gerretsen. “I had a

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Best of 2011: Six Questions for Ted Hsu

Over the next two weeks, Kingstonist will be counting down our best posts from 2011. The list includes a diverse mix of topics that are near and dear to the hearts of our volunteer contributors. Rest assured, we’re already working on some interesting stories for 2012, but we’re suckers for

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Six Questions for Ted Hsu

Today we’re featuring the third and final MP candidate interview with local Liberal Party representative, Ted Hsu.  I would encourage you to read and compare his responses with those provided by Eric Walton and Daniel Beals respectively.  By posing a standard set of questions to each candidate, we’ve been able

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Six Questions for Daniel Beals

A few weeks ago we invited all of the local federal candidates to answer questions that had been submitted by Kingstonist’s contributors and readers. The main goal of this initiative was to establish each candidate’s position on standard set of issues ranging from Prison Farms to usage-based billing and sustainability.

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Six Questions for Eric Walton

By this time next week the federal election will be over, and Kingston and the Islands will have selected a new Member of Parliament. In order to help undecided voters and further educate Kingstonians on where the candidates stand on important issues, we invited all of the local party representatives

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What if Kingston…

When you think of landmarks that shape the overall image of Kingston, institutions that stand out range from Fort Henry to City Hall, and even Kingston Penitentiary. Regarding the latter, there are a total of nine federal corrections facilities in and around the city, including: Joyceville, Pittsburgh, Collins Bay, Frontenac,

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