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Heavy rains keeping a local business’ doors closed beyond lockdown

After nearly a year and a half of business owners opening and closing their doors, and adjusting businesses strategies to adapt to all the curveballs the pandemic threw at them, the last thing a small town business owner needs is to close its doors for repairs. However, that’s just what

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Love Kingston Marketplace: do Kingston businesses love or hate it?

After months of being cooped up during lockdown, Friday, June 11, 2021 couldn’t come any sooner for most Ontarians. It is the day we are able to have a small semblance of ‘normal life’—dining outdoors under patio umbrellas as well as doing some non-essential shopping. Last year, the City of

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Queen’s researchers work to make Resilient Kingston, helping economic and social recovery post COVID-19

A group of researchers from Queen’s University worked with the City of Kingston, discovering resilience in community members and proposing more ways to reach better social and economic recovery post-pandemic. The project is a part of the 2020-21 Ph.D. Community Initiative (PhD-CI), which is facilitated by Queen’s University School of

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Ontario Small Business Support Grants lack support for local businesses

Businesses in the Kingston area are experiencing difficulties and delays when applying for the Ontario Small Business Support Grant. When they need help or have questions about the grant, many say they are left floundering after calling the so-called helpline. Launched in January, the Ontario Small Business Support Grant provides

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‘Artists are Essential’ – Kingston Arts Council urges support for artists

Kingston Arts Council (KAC) is asking the Kingston community to support artists during this long pandemic, and beyond. The organization says the COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the global community, and its impact on our arts sector has been extensive and heartbreaking.  Over the last year, Kingston’s artists – despite their

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MPP Arthur announces NDP plan for jobs, financial security

MPP Ian Arthur addressed the media on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020 to announce an NDP plan for jobs and financial security. Behind at City Hall in downtown Kingston, Arthur discussed ‘Save Main Street: A Plan for Jobs and Financial Support for Working People,’ which was released by the NDP the

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First COVID-19 business survey offers insight to guide recovery

Nearly 60 percent of Kingston businesses in the arts, services and hospitality sector have indicated that on-going mandatory closures or restricted operations could force them to close, according to a report from the Kingston Economic Development Corporation (KEDCO).  A survey of 203 local businesses was carried out between Thursday, Apr.

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Child care, patios and malls part of Phase 2 reopening Friday

Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington Public Health unit is among the many regions of the province moving into phase two of reopening this Friday, June 12, 2020. Most of the public health units in Ontario, except for 10 in the Greater Toronto Area, have the green light to continue lifting

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Hall Monitor: The cost of COVID

It was a busier than usual week for Kingston City Council, as they sat for four meetings this week. On May 19, 2020, Council held a meeting as the membership of Town Homes Kingston (agenda) first, followed by sitting as the shareholder of the Kingston & Frontenac Housing Corporation (agenda)

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The plans and people behind the Kingston Economic Recovery Team

Mayor Bryan Paterson has now shared the details of the new ‘Kingston Economic Recovery Team’ (KERT) he announced on April 28, 2020 including the participants, mandate and structure. The team, which will be chaired by Mayor Paterson and have eight additional representatives from a variety workforce sectors across the city,

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