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Kingston City Council defers conversion therapy bylaw for revisions

On Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, former Kingston resident, Ben Rodgers, appeared before Kingston City Council as a delegate, speaking to a report before Council regarding new programming and a bylaw seeking to ban conversion therapy. Specifically, Rodgers spoke to Report #79 of the CAO, referring to a proposed Kingston bylaw

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Statue of Sir John A. Macdonald taken down from City Park, moved to Cataraqui Cemetery

Workers from the City of Kingston removed the statue of Sir John A. Macdonald from its place at City Park at 6 a.m. today to begin its relocation to Cataraqui Cemetery. The removal follows a decision made during a Special Meeting of Kingston City Council on Wednesday, Jun. 16, 2021,

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Environmental concerns prompt Council to defer proposal for Kingston Inner Harbour

The most discussed and contentious item on the agenda for Kingston City Council, the federal proposal to “remediate environmental risks to the river environment and human health of Kingston’s Inner Harbour,” has been deferred. Ironically, the deferral was proposed for the exact same reasons the federal government stated were behind

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Kingston City Council gives go ahead for Capitol Condos project

Kingston City Council unanimously passed a motion on Tuesday, Apr. 6, 2021 to endorse the settlement on the proposed Capitol Condos project at 223 Princess Street. The Capitol Condos project will see a nine-storey condominium building at the former Capitol Movie Theatre in downtown Kingston. Plans, revisions, and conversations have

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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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City approves free short-term parking, winter patios to mitigate pandemic impact

Kingston City Council has voted unanimously to extend Kingston’s patio season through the winter. At their monthly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, councillors approved recommendations from City staff on a number of measures affecting local businesses. The goal is to support safe business operation during the continued COVID-19 pandemic,

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Council, Queen’s agree to step-up fines, enforcement during pandemic

After weeks of young people gathering in large crowds to socialize and party – and after a delegation from Dr. Kieran Moore, Medical Officer of Health for KFL&A Public Health, Kingston City Council voted unanimously to increase fines for high-risk behaviour during the pandemic. At their meeting on Tuesday, Sept.

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Kingston Transit offers opt-in semester passes for post-secondary students

Post-secondary students have the option to purchase a Kingston Transit student pass for the fall semester, after the universal ridership agreement was cancelled earlier this summer. Kingston Transit has collaborated with The Alma Mater Society of Queen’s University and The Student Association of St. Lawrence College to provide an option

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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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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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