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Best of 2013: Selling Out: Kingston Pen Tours

The closure of Kingston Penitentiary was met with guarded concern regarding the impact on the local economy, as well as watchful concern regarding what might become of Canada’s oldest continuously used prison.  Soon after the last cells at KP were vacated, Kingstonians were offered a glimpse of its future potential

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The Year That Was

With just over two weeks remaining until the arrival of 2014, it’s time for a quick look at the headlines and news stories that shaped the past year for Kingstonians. The city dove headfirst into 2013 with a debate regarding electoral boundaries and student voters that was eventually settled by

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Selling Out: Kingston Pen Tours

First came the controversial news that Kingston Penitentiary would close.  Then came the widespread speculation regarding what would become of the former home of Canada’s most dangerous offenders. Soon thereafter, curious citizens were tempted by a unique, one-time only opportunity, to catch a glimpse behind the storied walls of Kingston’s

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KP Re-Imagined as a World-Class Sailing Facility

The decision to close Kingston Penitentiary was undeniably the Limestone City’s biggest and most controversial headline of 2012.  The initial announcement was met with a flood of disappointment and skepticism as Kingstonians challenged Ottawa to demonstrate how the closure of Canada’s oldest prison would result in savings for tax payers,

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Hall Monitor: Sharing the Road Ahead

Last night, city council, staff and the public gathered in City Hall for Kingston City Council meeting number 18-2013. The city has published the agenda and addeds online. For a summer meeting, the agenda felt decidedly not summer. While we did get out on time, they got a lot done.

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Community Soapbox: Top Ten Endangered Places List 2013

The Heritage Canada Foundation (HCF) has released its Top Ten Endangered Places and Worst Losses Lists drawing attention to architectural and heritage sites in Canada either threatened with demolition or already lost as part of its mission to raise awareness of the value that historic places bring to quality of

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Hall Monitor: Pre-Summer Cleaning

Last night, city council, staff and the public gathered in City Hall for Kingston City Council meeting number 16-2013. The city has published the agenda and addeds online. The bulk of our meeting was fairly straight forward, by-the-books house-cleaning items. A handful of contracts for various services and software were

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The Ongoing Expansion of the Student Housing Area in Kingston

According to Canadian Real Estate Wealth (CREW) magazine, the area northwest of Queen’s University is one of the top 100 Canadian neighbourhoods to invest in. This lucrative slice of the Limestone City was listed alongside 41 other locales throughout Ontario, while the average price for a home in this coveted

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KP’s Historical Designation

According to poll results, local support for the closure of Kingston Pen is not strong, while a majority of respondents requested access to the cold, hard numbers the federal government used to justify the decision.  Kingston’s MP, Ted Hsu, took a serious look at the figures, while his investigation led

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Condo-lences or Condo-nable?

Just over a year ago, it was announced that the massive hole at the corner of Bagot and Princess would become Anna Lane, a condo development that makes it easier to come up with an initial down payment. The building’s design sort of fits with the surrounding neighbourhood, which includes

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The Battle for Barriefield

Barriefield Village was founded in the early 1800’s on the eastern bank of the Cataraqui River, while it’s settlement was closely tied to the increased activity at the nearby Kingston Naval Dockyard, and later, the construction of Fort Henry. Since then, the quaint neighbourhood has retained much of it’s original

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