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Letter of reflection on COVID-19: One year later

The following is a submitted letter to the editor. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. Last week, on March 11, it was the one-year anniversary of the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Like all organizations, a lot changed for United Way Kingston, Frontenac,

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Quinn’s Meats finds new owner: Enright Cattle Company

In November, Kingstonist ran a feature about a long-standing abattoir and butcher shop that had gone up for sale in Yarker, Ont. This week, it was confirmed that Darold and Kara Enright of Enright Cattle Company are the new owners, having taken over operations as of Monday, Feb. 1, 2021.

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Generous gift supports student nutrition programs across LDSB

A generous gift from Limestone Learning Foundation will see Limestone District School Board (LDSB) students supported with access to fresh and healthy food to improve learning readiness. The $100,000 gift will support The Food Sharing Project’s Student Nutrition Programs in schools, and home-delivery food boxes to vulnerable families in school

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Judgement of Kingston 2020 celebrates Ontario chardonnays

Each year, the Judgement of Kingston offers attendees the chance to explore the world of wine, comparing similar wines from different wineries while also raising funds for local charities. This year, the annual event was not open to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, that didn’t stop the

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Lionhearts meal service, nightly drop-in program moving into Stages Night Club

City Council has voted unanimously to award $39,000 to local Christian charity Lionhearts Inc. The funds will help them move their community meal program into Stages Night Club for the next six months. “From the start of the pandemic, Lionhearts Inc. has been providing free meal packages every day to

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Ramadan Give 30 Campaign raises $7,500 for Food Bank

The Islamic Centre of Kingston (ISK) is donating $7,500 to the Partners in Mission Food Bank. The money was collected as donations from ISK community members, as part of the annual Give 30 campaign that runs in many communities during the month of Ramadan. Founded in 2012, Give 30 supports

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Martha’s Table replaces annual Empty Bowls fundraiser with car raffle

Martha’s Table is raffling off a Kia Forte EX 2020 and three vintage bicycles for their 2020 fundraiser. Executive Director Ronda Candy said they’ve purchased the vehicle for the draw, but with a COVID-19 outbreak sweeping the city, getting people out to buy tickets will be a challenge. “This is

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Emergency medical staff pledge $35k to say ‘thank you’ to Lionhearts

Members of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Queen’s University and staff from the Emergency Medical department of Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) have pledged $35,000 of their personal funds to The Covid-19 Street Project, a local food relief program. “We are incredibly grateful that the community has really rallied

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Prison farms in a time of global crisis: Thinking big, starting small

Ten years ago Neufeld was a neighbour of Collins Bay Institution and watched sympathetically as Save Our Prison Farms protested the Conservative government’s shuttering of the prison farm program. At that time the dairy-based program provided cows’ milk for the prison population and farm labour for the inmates who participated.

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Robinson Community Garden might be the perfect place to be right now

On Saturday, May 23, 2020, Robinson Community Garden will be opening their fields for the first planting of the season. Anyone is welcome to go out and support because, according to Julie Anderson, the community coordinator at the garden, the Robinson Community Garden will need all of the help it

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Community gardens readying to reopen

After much discussion about the reopening of community gardens during the current pandemic, those who oversee such gardens here in Kingston are eagerly readying to open for their season of production. After Kingston City Council discussed the matter of the reopening of community gardens, which had been deemed non-essential by

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Local United Way launches fund to help those at risk respond to COVID-19

The United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) has announced a new fund aimed at helping the most vulnerable members of the local community during the current COVID-19 pandemic. On Friday, Mar. 20, 2020, the local United Way announced that the Anna and Edward C. Churchill Foundation has

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