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Opinion: City’s Rideau Heights plans are bad for tenants

Editorial note: The following is a submitted op-ed written by Doug Yearwood. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of Kingstonist. If there’s one thing everyone can agree on, it’s that there is a housing crisis raging across Kingston.  Especially for working class people who are tenants,

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Tipi Moza Indigenous supportive housing program approved by Kingston City Council

At their regular meeting on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, Kingston City Council unanimously approved the establishment of an Indigenous housing service centre at 113 Lower Union Street. The centre, which will house up to 19 individuals by late 2021 and provide the community with much-needed cultural support, will be operated

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Kingston youth earns thousands for local charity with Gnome for a Home

When she was ten years old, Lylia Essaddam decided she could help support the homeless community here in Kingston. She began designing and hand-painting greeting cards on mixed-media paper, featuring her signature tiny gnomes. She sells her cards and donates 100 per cent of the proceeds to local non-profit charities

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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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Homeless campers told to vacate Springer Market Square

Only days after Kingston Police and City officials said they would be allowed to remain at Springer Market Square, homeless campers have been instructed to vacate the site. Kingston Police Sergeant Steve Koopman confirmed that City officials visited the site on Friday morning to speak with the campers, advise them

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City to open new space for vulnerable population at former Fairfield West site

After a flurry of activity at the former Fairfield Manor West for the past few days, City officials have now confirmed the facility is being prepared to house many of Kingston’s most vulnerable population amid the growing COVID-19 pandemic. The building at 805 Ridley Drive has been leased by the

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Death in 401 pileup near Brockville compounds Kingston family’s tragedy

The death of a man in a vehicle pileup on Highway 401 near Brockville has compounded the tragedy already experienced by a Kingston family this month. The OPP continues to investigate the pileup which occurred in the westbound lanes of the 401 east of the City of Brockville on the

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She’s a statistic, until you meet her

She spends her days on Princess Street; you’ve likely passed by her. She says you can call her ‘D.’ She is friendly, appreciative of any financial contribution, and communicates her point of view with clarity and common sense. D is one of the 152 street people identified in the United

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Coldest Night of the Year fundraising walk important ‘this year more than ever’

Operating a drop-in centre for the poor, marginalized and homeless population is a major undertaking, but it is a far harder task when the organization itself doesn’t have a place to call home. For the past six months, that’s precisely the predicament nightlight Kingston has found itself in. The drop-in

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