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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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Over 100 local businesses supported by Kingston Pandemic Recovery Program

The Kingston Pandemic Recovery Program, a partnership program between Kingston Economic Development Corporation (Kingston EcDev) and The City of Kingston is has been awarded to 111 local businesses. The program received 264 applications requesting $2.4M in funding, according to a release from Kingston EcDev. This program assists small businesses in Kingston,

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Eastern Ontario heads of Council urge support for EORN Gig Project

Local momentum continues to build for the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) Gig Project. One hundred and four (104) heads of Council from across eastern Ontario have signed on to a letter urging the federal and provincial governments to support the project, which aims to connect homes and businesses across

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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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Council moves ahead with motion of support for The Screening Room

City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday night in favour of a motion from Councillor Rob Hutchiston, put forth on behalf of The Screening Room theatre. The theatre’s operations have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, and many constituents have reportedly reached out to their councillors in concern. But it’s

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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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‘Room for change’ noted at Love Kingston Marketplace opening

The City of Kingston hosted a press conference to herald the opening of the Love Kingston Marketplace, a joint effort between the City of Kingston, Tourism Kingston, Kingston, Frontenac Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public Health and the Downtown Kingston BIA.  While some business owners have expressed concerns about the plan,

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Downtown transformation starts next week

The City has released details of the plan to reimagine downtown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dubbed “Love Kingston Marketplace,” the redesign will restrict vehicle access in order to create more room for social distancing at outdoor retail, restaurants and pedestrian spaces. “Residents and businesses can expect to see

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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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COVID-19 causing ‘very different kind of downturn’ in Ontario

The City’s Director of the Office of Strategy, Innovation and Partnerships, Craig Desjardins, says the COVID-19 pandemic has presented the Ontario economy with “a very different kind of downturn.” “In the past, governments usually went to infrastructure as a solution to restart the economy,” he said, as manufacturing and construction

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City allowing downtown businesses to expand outdoors

The City of Kingston is making it easier for downtown businesses to expand outdoors, to allow them more space to ensure physical distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic. Mayor Bryan Paterson outlined the City’s plan to reduce Princess St. to one lane of traffic during the week, and close it completely

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