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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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Opinion: Tell the whole story about Sir John

The following is a submitted Op-Ed article. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. What to do with Sir John A’s towering presence in City Park? Is it right to look up to him? That’s the question Kingston City Council will tackle head on

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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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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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Building back better: Doubling down on Council’s Strategic Priorities

On Thursday evening this week, as we near the midpoint of the City Council term, councillors and the mayor will gather with City staff and an outside facilitator (on Zoom) to discuss where to go from here in what may feel like a brave new world vis-a-vis the pandemic. Rightly

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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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A day at the spa? Thoughts on the intersection of Battersea and Glenburnie Roads

I want to see our city grow. Not in a blind or wasteful way. Some things, like pollution, should not increase, nor should poverty. Both need to be reduced as quickly as possible. But smart, sustainable programs that create jobs and support environmentally friendly and socially responsible industries and initiatives

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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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Councillor apologizes for offence caused after use of term ‘Wuhan Virus’

Councillor Simon Chapelle is apologizing for any offence he may have caused after he referred to COVID-19 as the “Wuhan virus” at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, Jun. 16, 2020. During that meeting, councillors debated over a motion to remove delegated authorities that had been given to CAO Lanie

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Have your say – Yay or nay: Council requesting flexibility to provincial orders

On Tuesday, Apr. 21, 2020, Kingston City Council met to discuss a number of items, but those items concerning the current COVID-19 pandemic dominated most of the discussion. A new motion, brought forward by Councillor Robert Kiley and seconded by Deputy Mayor Jim Neill, sought to see Council request that

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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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Council adds two tenant representatives to Mayor’s Task Force on Housing

Certainly one of the more involved items before Council this week, the formation of the Mayor’s Task Force on Housing dominated the meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. Brought forward as a new motion moved by Mayor Bryan Paterson and seconded by Councillor Jeff McLaren, the concept sought to create

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