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‘We will not be conducting random stops’: Kingston Police

Kingston Police is joining a growing number of Ontario police forces in stating that officers will not be conducting random vehicle or pedestrian stops after new restrictions were put in place by the provincial government on Friday, Apr. 16, 2021. In those restrictions, the Government of Ontario announced a two-week

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What the Ontario Stay-At-Home Order means

On Wednesday, Apr. 7, 2021, Ontario Premier Doug Ford issued a province-wide Stay-At-Home Order requiring everyone to remain at home except for essential purposes, to be effective as of Thursday, Apr. 8, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. What does that mean? For residents The government of Ontario is asking residents to

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Province announces expansion of vaccine delivery channels

As vaccine supply increases, the Ontario government is expanding the delivery channels available to administer COVID-19 vaccines to include pharmacies and primary care settings. The KFL&A region is among the first to offer the vaccine at local pharmacies. As of Friday, Mar. 12, 2021 over 325 pharmacies will be offering

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Kingston moving back to ‘Green-Prevent’ Public Health measures Wednesday

The Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public Health region is one of three in Ontario that will be released from the provincial Stay-at-Home order this week. Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced Monday, Feb. 8, 2021 that the government is moving back to a regional approach for COVID-19 Public Health

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CUPE: Kingston hospital staff ‘exhausted and demoralized’ during pandemic

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is reporting that staff morale is low and stress is high at Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) as the COVID-19 pandemic has continued for nearly a year. Citing months of “gruelling long hours, critical staff shortages, and an environment where there is no

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Letter in response to the futility of Kingston’s Housing Committee

The following is a submitted letter to the editor. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. Dear Kingstonist, I’ve been digging into Kingston’s housing situation for a few years. Admittedly, I’ve been more of a digital support member, but I did take part in

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Province announces new surge capacity hospital beds for Kingston

Update: After publication, the Premier’s office sent a written statement in contradiction Monday’s annoucement. See update below The Ontario government has announced that Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) will be among a handful of provincial healthcare facilities to receive new surge capacity beds in the coming weeks. As part of

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Ford declares second provincial emergency due to COVID-19 pandemic

Citing the doubling of COVID-19 cases in the province of the past two weeks, Premier Doug Ford declared a second provincial State of Emergency on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. The move is also in response to the “real and looming threat of the collapse of the province’s hospital system and

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Remembering Amir Moradi: Marking one year since Queen’s student lost in Ukrainian plane crash

It was one year ago today that people around the world were shocked and saddened by the Ukrainian crash of Flight PS752. That tragic incident took the lives of 176 people, including 63 Canadians – among them, Queen’s University student Amir Moradi. A 21-year-old student in the Faculty of Arts

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Province extends remote learning

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise at an alarming rate throughout the province, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, is extending certain measures to keep students and education staff safe. This includes extending remote, teacher-led learning until Monday, Jan. 25,

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Dr. Moore supports possibility of reduced, two-week local lockdown

Kingston’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kieran Moore, said local politicians could lobby the province to reduce the COVID-19 lockdown in the area to 14 days. “I would support our politicians, if they were to lobby for us to have a two-week lockdown period,” he said on Tuesday, Dec. 22,

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Ceremony honours local police officer, Hero of the Year Award recipient

A crowd gathered Monday afternoon at the outdoor ampitheatre behind City Hall to celebrate the bravery of Kingston Police Constable Fil Wisniak. Const. Wisniak received a Police Association Of Ontario’s (PAO) 2020 Police Services Hero of the Year Award for his life-saving actions during a fatal stabbing incident in Kingston

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