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Gender Affirming Assistance Project launches in Kingston

The grassroots collective, Gender Affirming Assistance Project (GAAP), is a community-based group based in the Katarokwi/Kingston region that seeks to support two-spirit, trans, non-binary, and gender diverse community members. Two Queen’s students, Jenna Huys and Jane Mao, are leading the initiative that aims to reduce the barriers for people when

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KFL&A Board of Health votes on drug decriminalization, provides pandemic response update

The Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Board of Health heard from Integrated Care Hub (ICH) staff, voted in support of drug decriminalization, and provided a COVID-19 update at its meeting on Wednesday, Apr. 27, 2021. Dr. Lindsay Bowthorpe highlighted current vaccination rates and presented an overview of infection

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New ICH offering ‘life-saving’ services as construction continues

Seventeen days after opening their doors, the managers of Kingston’s new Integrated Care Hub (ICH) at 661 Montreal St. held a press conference to provide an update on their operation. “We’ve served over 100 unique individuals, we’ve given out over 2,500 meals and our rest zone has been at capacity

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‘Unforeseen challenges’ mark the transition to new Integrated Care Hub on Montreal Street

Though the doors are open, work remains to be completed at the City’s new Integrated Care Hub (ICH) at 661 Montreal St. The facility moved from Artillery Park to its new location on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, and several interior and exterior projects are still on the go. According to

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City shares details on clean-up at new Integrated Care Hub site

The City of Kingston has released new details on the process of the environmental remediation process underway at 661 Montreal Street. The City’s Integrated Care Hub (ICH) is scheduled to move there from Artillery Park and on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, and work is reportedly on track. As the former

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Petitioners: Integrated Care Hub not welcome at 661 Montreal St.

A petition of 186 signatures protesting the new location of the Integrated Care Hub (ICH) is being submitted to council today, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. Valerie Gray, who organized the petition, said she attained that number of signatures by simply walking two blocks along Montreal St, in the vicinity of

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Council approves new relocation date for Integrated Care Hub

City Council voted to continue operating the Integrated Care Hub (ICH) at Artillery Park for one more month at their meeting on Tuesday, Sep. 15, 2020. The decision comes after a report from City CAO Lanie Hurdle said staff need more time to secure and prepare the new permanent location.

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Care Hub move from Artillery Park delayed, new location proposed

City of Kingston staff are recommending the city delay relocating the Integrated Care Hub (ICH) for 30 days, until the end of October 2020. The change comes after their plans to lease a building on Patrick Street fell through. “City staff worked to secure the Patrick Street site, but a

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Belle Park post-script: An open letter to Kingston City Council

The following is a submitted open letter to the Kingston City Council. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. Dear Mayor Paterson and elected councillors of the City of Kingston, I am writing to you today, a week after the forced eviction of remaining

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Community responds to Third Day Worship Centre service videos

Over the past month, members of the Kingston community have taken to social media, attempting to raise awareness of the subject matter being discussed at a local church during their services. Third Day Worship Centre is a non-denominational church, the “flagship church of Third Day Fellowship of Canada and… also

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Demand for services at Integrated Care Hub exceeds capacity

The sleeping area at the Integrated Care Hub (ICH) at Artillery Park has been full for nearly two weeks, City Council learned last night, just hours after the last people remaining at Belle Park were evicted. “The rest zone has been at capacity for the past 12 consecutive nights,” said

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MAKK calls for resistance during anticipated Belle Park eviction

Belle Park’s remaining occupants and their community supporters are on high-alert. An early-morning visit from a City of Kingston clean-up crew on Thursday, Aug. 13 left them anticipating an imminent eviction. Mutual Aid Katarokwi-Kingston (MAKK), a volunteer-run community support network, posted a call-to-action on their Facebook page on Sunday, Aug

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