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OHIP no longer covering eye exams after provincial inaction to negotiate

On Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, the Ontario Association of Optometrists announced that eye care coverage under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) will cease due to the provincial government’s inaction to negotiate.  According to an estimate shared by the Ontario Association of Optometrists, for 32 years, the Ontario government has

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Kingston City Council votes to move forward on inclusion, compensation of unhoused population in policy making

In a Kingston City Council meeting on Tuesday, Jun. 22, 2021, which was held virtually, Councillor Jeff McLaren moved a motion regarding the inclusion of insights from people with lived experiences of homelessness into policy decisions. Councillor Robert Kiley seconded the motion.  The motion also sheds light on the structural

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Kingston City Council votes unanimously to condemn actions of MPP Hillier

Kingston City Council unanimously passed an amended motion yesterday decrying the actions of Randy Hillier, joining the Town of Perth, the Township of South Frontenac, and Loyalist Township, who have also issued statements against the independent MPP.  The motion was brought before council last night by Councillor Bridget Doherty, and

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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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Letter: Local doctors ‘disappointed’ by decision on Belle Park encampment

The following is a letter to the editor. The views and opinions expressed in this letter do not necessarily reflect those of Kingstonist. While 200 people gathered in Belle Park on the evening of Tuesday, July 7, 2020 with music and speeches in support of the rights of Belle Park residents

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Hall Monitor: Economic Enforcement

Kingston City Council sat for another virtual meeting, holding meeting 13-2020 (agenda) on Tuesday, Apr. 8, 2020. Council kept a fairly light agenda, but still worked through topics around emergency orders enforcement, the Kingston Economic Development Corporation’s strategic plan, and a funding transfer in tourism. Key Topics Council’s first major

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Hall Monitor: Meeting Momentum

Kingston City Council sat for meeting number 05-2020 (Agenda) on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. The 41-minute meeting, which Mayor Bryan Paterson joked “might be a record for this council” had a light agenda and minimal discussion, though they did get a few items completed. Council had met in a closed

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Council gives preliminary approval to $400 million budget, 2.5 per cent tax increase

Kingston City Council has put its preliminary stamp of approval on a $400,267,000 million budget for 2020, approving a tax rate increase of 1.5 per cent for operating costs and a further 1 per cent for capital projects. In doing so, council also has confirmed capital budgets through the end

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