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Opinion: Too Little, Too Late – Reflecting on the City’s commitment to affordable housing on the first anniversary of the Mayor’s Taskforce on Housing Report

The following is a submitted opinion piece. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. Today marks one year since the Mayor’s Taskforce on Housing presented their report on Kingston’s decades-long housing crisis to City Council. In their report, A Foundation for the Public Good,the

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Letter: Why I left Kingston’s Housing and Homelessness Committee

The following is a submitted letter to the editor. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. I left the City’s Housing and Homelessness Committee recently completely disheartened by the experience, and I’d like to share that experience with fellow Kingstonians. It may be time

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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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Empty for the wrong reasons: A visual archive of Kingston’s COVID-19 encampment evictions

The following is a submitted Op/Ed photo essay. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated governmental failures to provide housing for all across Canada. Mounting rent burdens, the lifting of provincial eviction moratoriums, and the rollback of federal income

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City Council approves demolition of heritage church manse

Kingston City Council voted on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 to approve the demolition of a heritage building at the corner of Albert and Princess Streets. The removal will make way for a new Youth Services Hub, operated by Home Base Housing (HBH). “It is a loss,” Mayor Bryan Paterson said

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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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Protest against housing shortage and homelessness held outside City Hall

A demonstration in solidarity with Kingston’s homeless took place outside City Hall Tuesday evening. Starting at 6:30 p.m. The Kingston District Labour Council (KDLC), the Katarokwi (Kingston) Union of Tenants and other concerned citizens said they were protesting the eviction of people living in Belle Park, as well as the

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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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CAO Lanie Hurdle addresses Belle Park bylaw enforcement

The City of Kingston’s senior manager, CAO Lanie Hurdle, said she wants to directly address the public’s questions following the removal of a settlement in Belle Park on Tuesday. “There have been a number of questions brought up in news reports and onsocial media about the end of the Belle

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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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Home Base Housing announces changes in approach to housing services

Home Base Housing has announced some changes that are currently taking place, as well as a shift in how their services will be carried out in the future. The local not-for-profit supportive housing organization announced on Thursday, Jul. 6, 2020 that it will be “moving towards a new emergency housing

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City will not ask Belle Park camp occupants to move on Friday

City of Kingston CAO Lanie Hurdle has decided to cancel further bylaw enforcement at Belle Park on Friday Jul. 31, following confusion over erroneous eviction notices issued Tuesday morning. “I have decided not to provide any reminder this week due to the fact that people at Belle Park are already

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