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City of Kingston defers final tax bill due to continuing pandemic

In light of the province-wide Stay-at-Home Order, and the continuing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Kingston is deferring the 2021 final property tax billing. Following the same format as last year, the payment normally due on the last day of June is again deferred to July 30,

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KFL&A region celebrates a new vaccination milestone

The KFL&A region is celebrating a major milestone, as it has achieved a vaccination rate of more than 90 per cent for residents of long-term care and retirement homes within the district.  This comes after Public Health challenged staff and residents in long-term care homes with the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox

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Kingston City Council looks to condemn actions of Randy Hillier

It appears as though Kingston City Council will join the Town of Perth, the Township of South Frontenac, and Loyalist Township in condemning the actions of Independent MPP Randy Hillier.  In a motion slated for council on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, it will be requested that the Ford Government refer

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Chamber of Commerce calls paid sick leave a step in the right direction

With the province announcing details of its paid sick leave program amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the CEO of the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce believes it’s a promising sign. “This announcement by the Government of Ontario is a step in the right direction to protect essential workers,” Karen Cross, CEO

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KHSC transferring patients out to make space for COVID-19 patients

In front of Kingston General Hospital and on the shore of Lake Ontario, a flurry of activity continues to take place as patients from COVID-19 hotspots in eastern Ontario are transferred to Kingston for treatment. There, ambulances from Ornge, Toronto, Durham, Lakeridge and York Region – including the above multi-patient

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Lionhearts Inc. Street Project program surpasses 250K meals served

The Street Project program implemented by Lionhearts Inc. has been serving hot take-home meals since March 2020. On April 16, 2021, the program passed 250,000 meals served since its inception. Volunteers with Lionhearts Inc. serve more than just a take-out box with a tasty meal. Daily offerings include snacks, fruit,

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Local love, local concerns as Tourism Kingston lights up downtown core

Chilly pedestrians walking along the streets of the downtown core over the past months have been warmed by the glow of neon hearts hanging in the windows of local businesses, but the initiative that brought these signs to the community has raised some questions even as it raises spirits. The

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Providence Care activating more beds to ease pandemic stress on hospitals

A local hospital is adding 23 beds to help relieve pandemic-related pressures as COVID-19 cases rise at an alarming rate. The beds come from an April 2020 initiative that saw Providence Care Hospital convert many clinical and non-clinical spaces, making way for 200 new beds in areas such as consult

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Free webinar helps plan for serious illness and its effects

A local organization is hosting a free webinar on Wednesday, April 14th, 2021, in regards to being prepared for serious illness.  “The Global COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need to prepare for such an unexpected event,” the Plan Well Guide event posting states. “That preparation can take many forms, but

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United Way donations matched by RDR Wealth Management

The United Way KFL&A COVID-19 Response Fund will see new donations matched by a generous grant from Ray and Paul Di Rinaldo and the team at RDR Wealth Management. The grant will apply to donations made to the United Way KFL&A COVID-19 Response Fund up to a maximum amount, according

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Funding announced for small and medium businesses affected by pandemic

Help is on the way for small and medium-sized businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of Kingston has partnered with the Kingston Economic Development Corporation (EcDev) to award 1.1 million dollars in funding — $600,000 will come from the City of Kingston and EcDev

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COVID worries rise for Wolfe Islanders as tourist season approaches

With the typical tourist season approaching, a Wolfe Island business owner is hoping more can be done to curb the number of tourists visiting the Island heading into a second pandemic summer. “We have an unusually high number of at-risk individuals, meaning they’re older or health compromised,” Mike Bromley, owner

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