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Over 50 Kingston businesses say they won’t comply with COVID mandates

A number of small and prominent businesses in the Kingston area have come together via a private Facebook group to discuss how they won’t be cooperating with government mandates pertaining to COVID-19. The group, Kingston and Surrounding Area Businesses Supporting Freedom of Choice, encompasses over 50 businesses, over 750 total

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Dr. Guan: Covid’s fourth wave has begun, get the vaccine

The fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has begun in the region and vaccination is the best protection you can have — These were two of the main takeaways from a press call with Dr. T. Hugh Guan, Associate Medical Officer of Health for Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A)

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Kingston artists welcome back in-person events with Summer Art Show

Due to the pandemic, many art exhibitions and sales have adapted to virtual shows. However, as the restrictions are easing up, many events are happening in person.   Glocca Morra Studios is organizing its Summer Art Show and sale featuring 15 local artists’ work, taking place on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021

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Kingston business owner grapples for answers after string of thefts

It’s no secret that local, independent businesses have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, but some local businesses, it seems, have been hit hard in more ways than one. Amanda Stewart, owner of Amanda’s House of Elegance on lower Princess Street in the downtown core, recently took to social

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COVID-19 protocols have nearly eradicated flu, other viruses

Covid protocols such as masking, social distancing, and increased hygiene have practically eliminated the other nasty viruses that normal bog down the Canadian healthcare system. This was according to Dr. Kieran Moore, Medical Officer of Health for Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health, and soon to be Chief

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Kingston man charged after threatening security guard with a knife

A local man became confrontational with a security guard at a business in downtown Kingston after being asked to leave the premises after refusing to wear a mask. At approximately 2:35 p.m. on Monday, May 31, 2021, the accused male entered a business on Montreal Street in downtown Kingston. According

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Witness: New Queen’s residence construction site not COVID-19 safe

A neighbour says he has witnessed construction workers onsite of the new Queen’s University residence on Albert Street not complying with COVID-19 safety protocol. A community member and nearby neighbour to the construction site says he has witnessed workers not wearing masks while performing tasks that require them to be

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Sloan and Hillier face breach of Re-Opening Act charges

Independent MP Derek Sloan and Independent MPP Randy Hillier attended an Aylmer, Ontario church service on Sunday, Apr. 25, 2021, where police have now laid charges for failure to comply under the Reopenining Ontario Act. According to Aylmer Police on Facebook, “Church of God Restoration has been charged under the

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The Baby Grand to resume operations for small audiences

The City of Kingston’s Baby Grand Theatre is set to reopen for audiences of up to 20 people, starting on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. “We are very excited to start to welcome small live audiences and performers back to the Baby Grand stage,” said Dianne Zemba, Theatre Manager for the

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Inmates at Millhaven Institution end hunger strike over living conditions

A five-day hunger strike by prisoners at Millhaven Institution came to an end on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, according to Correctional Services Canada (CSC). Inmates in the 29-person 2L range of the prison reportedly started their strike on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020 in protest of their living conditions. “Management at

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Letter: Thank you to LDSB for consistent masking approach

The following is a submitted letter to the editor. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of Kingstonist. Director Burra and Trustees, I wanted to take a few moments to thank all Trustees, student Trustees, Director Burra and Senior Staff at Limestone District School Board (LDSB) for

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LDSB to require masks for all students, grades K-12

The Limestone District School Board (LDSB) has passed a unanimous motion to require face masks for all students, from kindergarten to grade 12. This is an additional measure beyond the provincial masking requirement for students in grades four and up. Brought forward by Trustee Garrett Elliott, the motion passed at

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