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City, KCCU pledge donations to Kingston Community Climate Action Fund

On Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, also known as “Giving Tuesday,” the City of Kingston launched the donation period for the Kingston Community Climate Action Fund (KCCAF) at an event in the west end. “On behalf of Council, I’m thrilled to see this forward-looking fund launch in our city,” said Mayor

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Op/Ed – Defunding police in Ontario: Mission impossible?

The following is an Op/Ed submission from Councillor Jim Neill. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. Across North America, in response to the very real and growing support for the Black Lives Matter movement, the cry has gone out to Defund Police. My

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Council moves ahead with motion of support for The Screening Room

City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday night in favour of a motion from Councillor Rob Hutchiston, put forth on behalf of The Screening Room theatre. The theatre’s operations have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, and many constituents have reportedly reached out to their councillors in concern. But it’s

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Letter: Response to the draft addendum to the Williamsville Main Street Study

The following is a letter to the Planning Committee and Committee Chair Councillor Jim Neill. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. To the Planning Committee: The Williamsville Main Street study envisioned transforming a neglected strip of Princess into a vibrant neighbourhood hub. It

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Council votes to move forward with ‘affordable housing’ project

At their meeting held Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, Kingston City Council voted unanimously in favour of an affording housing proposal brought forward by City Staff – but not without a good dose of debate beforehand. The proposal asked that Council support the development on the City-owned site at 1316-1318 Princess

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Letter: Councillor speaks out about Belle Park encampment removal

The following is an open letter to Mayor Bryan Paterson from Councillor Jim Neill concerning the removal of items and shelters from Belle Park on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. The views and opinions expressed do not neccessarily reflect those of Kingstonist. Hello Bryan; I just came from Belle Park. So

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City removes tents, belongings from Belle Park camp

The City of Kingston reports that they have taken “the final steps to remove what remains of an encampment at Belle Park” this afternoon. At approximately 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sep. 1, 2020 City Staff escorted by members of Kingston Police reportedly arrived at Belle Park with trucks and heavy

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City Council votes to create more permanent Integrated Care Hub

At their meeting held the evening of Tuesday, Aug.11, 2020, Kingston City Council voted in favour of a report and recommendation regarding the creation of a new, more permanent Integrated Care Hub. The report (available here) was added to the Council agenda last minute, due to the imperative nature of

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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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Council votes to extend bylaw exemptions at Belle Park

The meeting of Kingston City Council on Tuesday, Jul. 7, 2020 immediately got down to business, first tackling the deadline for the bylaw exemption allowing for the homeless encampment at Belle Park to remain. In fact, that’s almost all Council was able to accomplish of the full agenda that lay

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Have your say: Yay or nay — Camping at Lake Ontario Park

Years ago, it wasn’t uncommon to see tents, tent trailers, motor homes and RVs set up in the grassy area of Lake Ontario Park visible from King Street West. In fact, the park was used by all sorts of campers — those there to attend events, such as cycling or

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