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Opinion: Encampment protocol or eviction protocol? Kingston must adopt a human rights approach to tent cities

The following is a submitted Op-Ed. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. Nearly one year ago, Belle Park became the epicenter of the homelessness crisis in Kingston. With rising COVID-19 case numbers, declines in shelter capacity to accommodate social distancing, and stringent isolation

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Letter: Kingston’s homeless population deserves better

The following is a submitted letter to the editor. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. Our neighbours, who declared they’d had enough of dysfunctional shelters, bug ridden housing, and support services which are disjointed and not supportive, took their well-being into their own

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Province has sent Kingston $4.6 million in Social Service Relief funding since April

The Ontario government announced the payment of its third installment of COVID-19 Social Service Relief Funding on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. Kingston has received approximately $4.6 million through this program since April 2020, part of a $510-million relief package distributed to municipalities and Indigenous community partners province-wide. Ruth Noordegraaf, Director

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A community tribute to Terri Fleming

On August 31, 2020, Kingston lost a long-time, tireless worker for people who struggle with homelessness and all life’s challenges. Terri Fleming left a challenge to all of us – to ‘do an act for social change’ – and the community who knew her well will strive to meet that

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Belle Park becomes ‘hub’ For Kingston’s outdoor homeless community

The City of Kingston has approved the entrance to Belle Park on Montreal Street as a temporary camping location in response to the growing number of homeless people choosing to live outdoors across Kingston. According to Nathan Rosevear, who has been living at the camp at Belle Park for three

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KCAP launches petition for new shelter spaces in Kingston

It’s no secret that housing is a major issue in Kingston, and an issue that affects a wide spectrum of those who call Kingston home – but the issue isn’t solely about a lack of residences to buy or rent. When looking at the current housing crisis in Kingston, the

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