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Ruthy’s Reading Room builds a culture of acceptance one book at a time

Michelle McDonald wants kids to love to read and to recognize themselves in the stories, so she created ‘Ruthy’s Reading Room.’ The weekly YouTube channel shares McDonald’s love of reading and celebrates Black authors from across North America. The idea for Ruthy’s Reading Room came to McDonald about four years

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Pink Shirt Day spreads anti-bullying message to over 4000 people in Kingston

The 2021 Pink Shirt Day campaign, organized by the Boys and Girls Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters, closed the month of February on a positive and encouraging note. Pink Shirt day was celebrated on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, but the organizers say its message of inclusion and diversity is

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New engineering fellowship at Queen’s to support Black, Indigenous advancement

Queen’s University is one of six in Ontario that have partnered to create a new academic fellowship. Its aim is to expand the pathways for Indigenous and Black students pursuing doctoral degrees in engineering to prepare for careers as professors and industry researchers. Announced Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, the Indigenous

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‘Community Casting’ project seeks the faces of Kingston

A joint project between the Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL) and the City of Kingston is on the hunt for local individuals interested in participating in print and video campaigns. This casting project will show the many faces of Kingston, and represent the diversity of our local population. “We’re looking

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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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Popular Kingston blogger launches Black-owned business directory

When Tianna Edwards went to the Black Luck Collective’s vigil for George Floyd on Tuesday, Jun. 2, 2020, she said she was surprised to see so many other Black people from the Kingston community standing in the crowd around her. “I really saw how many Black people actually live in

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Councillor Neill won’t run again, calls for greater diversity

City Councillor Jim Neill announced via Twitter and Facebook on Monday, June 15, 2020 that he will not run again in the Williamsville District, hoping to make way for greater diversity on Kingston City Council.  “We need greater gender balance! I’ll support any progressive woman who runs in Williamsville!” his

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LCVI Special Olympics athletes treated to celebratory lunch

  When it comes to celebrating diversity in the community, local business owner Jimmy Hassan is no stranger to drawing attention to how important all Kingstonians are to making this city thrive. Having emigrated from Pakistan in 2003, Hassan has since not only set up a popular Pizza Pizza location

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