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Greater Napanee residents come together against proposed asphalt plant

Though planning for an asphalt development plant in Greater Napanee has been, arguably, slow moving over a three-year period, residents opposing the development have been gaining momentum at a rapid rate. In just two days, over 100 people have signed a petition to prevent a permanent hot asphalt plant proposal

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What if Kingston…

In recent years, Kingston has embraced numerous eco-friendly initiatives in an effort to become Canada’s most sustainable city.  From organic waste collection to the 1,000 Solar Rooftops Challenge, city-wide LED streetlights and one garbage bag per household limit, we have undoubtedly established a very solid foundation for both a greener

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Swimming Along the Shores of Kingston

Last Summer, amidst the uncomfortable heat and our continued resolve not to get air conditioning, Danielle and I took to lake swimming. We primarily enjoyed dips at Richardson Beach and participated in Mass Swimm II at Breakwater Park, while both of these areas have seen minor swim-friendly upgrades in recent

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Hall Monitor: Time Sensitive

Last night, our city council met off-site again, for the second meeting of the two… uh, make that five… of our meetings on the road and met in the Kingston Room at the Vimy Officer’s Mess at CFB Kingston. We had no Councillor George for this meeting due to a

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KFL&A Public Health advises people to be on the lookout for blue-green algae in local waterways

Blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) are a common seasonal occurrence in our waterways. These bacteria occur worldwide and some species produce toxins that can affect animals and humans. Blue-green algae thrive in warm, shallow, undisturbed water that receives a lot of sunlight and that is rich in phosphorus and nitrogen. Animal and

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Mass Swimm II

A few weeks ago, water-loving Kingstonians converged on the Kingston PUC Docks and Breakwater Park to partake in Mass Swimm II. This event was geared towards celebrating our waterfront as well as protesting the lack of accessibility, neglected repairs and upgrades.  Kurtis Chen captured the excitement that was in the

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Hall Monitor: Going… Going… And Going… and Going…

After such a casual break last week, our city council – or most of it – returned to council chambers last night for meeting 16-2012 of council. You can find the agenda and addeds on the city’s website. While the crew was once again in chambers, the meeting did run a little differently than normal,

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What if Kingston…

All this talk about Harper’s Burger Bar, Smoke’s Poutinerie and Five Guys Burgers and Fries has Kingstonians loosening their belts, and for good reason.  Don’t get me wrong, I love indulging in grease-laden treats once in a while, but for many, fast food makes up too much of their daily

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Six Questions for Rob Matheson

A month or so ago I had a grand vision of producing an election special that consisted of an interview with all six of the Mayoral candidates. I put the offer out there, on a several occasions, but only one candidate, Rob Matheson, jumped at the opportunity. It was actually

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