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Your candidates for Kingston and the Islands: Vic Sahai, NDP

Vic Sahai (NDP) studied at Queen’s University in the 1980s and returned to Kingston with his wife and children in 2007 to work in public health as a Queen’s professor and research director at Hotel Dieu. He has 30 years of senior management experience, focusing on strategic planning, policy development,

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Kingston group calls on City to improve community gardens access and food security solutions

Just Recovery Kingston was formed in early 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, to extend community support for recovery at the local level by putting people and the environment first.  Currently, the group has two priority areas. One is free transit for all, and the second is to expand access to

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Martha’s Table pivots to home delivery with OTF grant

Martha’s Table held a virtual appreciation event on Tuesday, Jun. 8, 2021 to formally thank Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) for a $97,100 Resilient Community Grant. The grant allowed Martha’s Table to purchase a van and to launch a food delivery program to bring food straight to the homes of vulnerable

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Donations to Lionhearts Inc doubled by donors for the month of June

During the month of June, donations to Lionhearts Inc will go twice as far, thanks to two corporate donors who will match any donations up to a maximum of $35,000. The money raised will be used to support Lionhearts’ ongoing Street Project, providing meal kits to those in need in

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Partners in Mission Food Bank raises over $80K with virtual event

For the second year in a row, the Partners in Mission Food Bank was forced to cancel their annual Food Blitz. Instead, the organization created a virtual donation drive and was completely blown away by the support from the community. Dan Irwin, Executive Director of the Partners in Mission Food

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Odessa garden supports Kingston’s vulnerable community

The stories we tell as we till the land are stories that we will carry with us always” A little patch of land in Odessa — transformed into Jalal Community Charity Garden — has touched the lives of so many people. The property owner, the organizers, the volunteers and the

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New restaurant delivery service helps end hunger

A brand new online restaurant delivery service launched this week here in Kingston. Jubzi (pronounced jub-zee) rolled out here on Monday, May 3, 2021 and 40 Kingston eateries have already signed on. Jubzi Inc. launched four months ago in Windsor, Ontario and has been a success with restaurant owners, the

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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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