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Kingston Health Coalition calls on Ford to ‘correct critical condition’ in LTC

About a dozen demonstrators gathered at the corner of Sir John A. Macdonald and Princess streets Thursday, Jul. 22, 2021 to raise awareness of the “critical condition” in long-term care (LTC) homes. “The Ford government has to take firm action to correct the critical condition [in long-term care homes]. He

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Farmers ‘at their wit’s end’ regarding need for new abattoir locally

After one local farmer discovered the uphill battle of attempting to open a new meat processing facility to serve meat producers in the area, a public meeting to drum up support for the future of abattoirs in Kingston and surrounding areas took place on Wednesday, Jun. 30, 2021 at the

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Liberals: Disruption of education due to ‘lack of leadership’ by Ford, Lecce

Hard capped classes of 20, increased access to special education and mental health professionals, and a promise to match the over $500 million that’s already been invested by the federal government to improve school ventilation — these were the top promises made by Ontario Liberal Leader Steven del Duca laid

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Premier Ford announces Ontario schools to remain closed

In a news conference at Queen’s Park on Wednesday, Jun 2, 2021, Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced that schools in the province will not reopen for in-person learning for the remainder of the academic year. Classrooms in the province have been closed since mid-April due to concerns about the spread

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Dr. Moore explains discrepancies in vaccination rollout between regions

As we stay at home, watching the Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccination plans roll out, many in the KFL&A region are wondering why other Public Health regions in the province seem to be ahead of us. Indeed, some Ontario Health Units are taking bookings for vaccinations, while KFL&A awaits more doses of

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CUPE: Kingston hospital staff ‘exhausted and demoralized’ during pandemic

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is reporting that staff morale is low and stress is high at Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) as the COVID-19 pandemic has continued for nearly a year. Citing months of “gruelling long hours, critical staff shortages, and an environment where there is no

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Opinion: Rebuild of Extendicare Kingston can be part of Ontario solution to modernize long-term care

The following is a submitted Op/Ed article. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. As Ontario confronts a second wave of COVID-19, Extendicare Kingston is well prepared to meet the difficult challenges that undoubtedly lie ahead. All of us who consider seniors care a

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Kingston reacts to Ford government’s planned removal of ranked ballots

Kingstonians have reacted strongly to the provincial government’s planned change to the Municipal Elections Act, which would effectively nullify the results of Kingston’s recent referendum on ranked ballot voting. In Kingston’s 2018 municipal election, Kingstonians voted in favour of the use of ranked ballots for the next municipal election. The

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Childcare announcement spurs quick response from providers

Childcare centres in Kingston are working to make fast finalizations to their reopening plans after yesterday’s announcement from the province that they can reopen on Friday, Jun. 12, 2020.  Childcare centres across the province have been closed since mid-March to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Operators learned about the reopening

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ETFO announces further strike action impacting LDSB schools

As parents and students in the local public school board prepare for two days without school this week, the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario has announced its plan for further strike action next week. Students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 in the Limestone District School Board will not have classes

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ETFO Limestone educators plan united front for one-day strike

As the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) continue rotating one-day strikes, those with the ETFO Limestone local are planning to come together at different picket lines as they participate in tomorrow’s strike. Members of the Limestone ETFO will participate in a one-day strike on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, “to

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