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Your candidates for Kingston and the Islands: Gary Oosterhof, Conservative

Gary Oosterhof grew up working on his family’s dairy farm in Athens, Ont., and has spent most of his life here in Kingston, raising his four children with his wife, Corina. He is a huge hockey fan, dedicating some of his time to coaching and playing Canada’s sport, and he

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City hosts district meeting on rural broadband

On Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 6 p.m., Councillor Gary Oosterhof chaired a virtual meeting to provide information on rural broadband initiatives in Kingston. The City of Kingston has been working to provide rural residents with improved access to broadband since 2020, with the current issue exacerbated by an increased

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Council approves Unity Farm Inn & Spa development

City Council has approved a zoning bylaw and Official Plan amendment for the development of Unity Farm Inn & Spa after a lengthy, impassioned debate. Gary Oosterhof, the councillor for Countryside District where the development will be located, implored his colleagues once again to reject the project. “This development as

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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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Get to know your 2018 to 2022 council: Councillor Gary Oosterhof

  Editor’s note: With the new Kingston City Council beginning its term of office on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, we thought it would be a great time to catch up with the new and newly-re-elected members of council so that we could share a bit more about the 13 people

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In Pursuit of Justice for Countryside

Horace Rumpole of the Bailey inspired a light-hearted approach to 2017. Rumpole is often seen embracing and defending the figure of Justice. Since the 16th Century she is usually shown blindfolded to ensure impartiality, holding a sword and scales. As with Rumpole, I applaud our mayor as he continues to

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Coalition of Kingston Communities Voice Concerns Over Procedure for Filling Council Vacancy

Dear Mayor Paterson, In keeping with the mission of the Coalition of Kingston Communities, that is, “to improve processes of civic engagement and accountability of City Council and City Staff,” I am writing to you to respectfully request that you decide to hold a by-election to fill the vacancy on

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Selecting a New Councillor for Countryside District

Just prior to the holiday break, on December 19th, Richard Allen announced his resignation as the Councillor for Countryside district, citing possible conflict of interest stemming from his new position as Manager for Economic Development with the County of Frontenac, as well as added family responsibilities associated with the anticipation

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The Year That Was

With just over two weeks remaining until the arrival of 2014, it’s time for a quick look at the headlines and news stories that shaped the past year for Kingstonians. The city dove headfirst into 2013 with a debate regarding electoral boundaries and student voters that was eventually settled by

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Mayor Rules Separation Motion Out of Order

A motion from Countryside Councillor Jeff Scott and Pittsburgh Councillor Brian Reitzel that could see a ballot question in the next municipal election asking residents if they want to negotiate a municipal arrangement outside the City has been ruled out-of-order today by the Mayor. “As we saw at our budget

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Two Rural Districts Consider Separating From Kingston

There is no question the latest Countryside District separation talk that erupted during last week’s council meeting in Kingston will affect a large percentage of our population following the notice of motion recently brought to the table by east-end Councilors Jeff Scott and Brian Reitzel. The separation in question would

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