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UPDATE: COVID-19 outbreak declared at Kingston’s Integrated Care Hub

UPDATE (Nov. 4, 2021): The COVID-19 outbreak among clients of the Integrated Care Hub is now at 15 cases. Original article: The rising number of COVID-19 cases among clients of the Integrated Care Hub (ICH) has resulted in Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health declaring an outbreak at

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Opinion: Kingston needs a Green New Deal

The following is a submitted Op/Ed article written by Doctors Jeremy Milloy and Kyla Tienhaara. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of Kingstonist. On Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, the people of Boston will elect a new mayor. Why are we, two Canadians living in Kingston, excited

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United Way report presents a bigger picture of homelessness in KFL&A

The United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) has put together its annual report counting the numbers of sheltered and unsheltered homeless people in the community.  According to the key findings of the Point in Time Homeless Count report, in 2021, 176 out of 207 people experiencing homelessness

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KFHC report and response expose some harsh realities

After numerous complaints by tenants of safety issues and mistreatment have come to light over the summer of 2021, Kingston Frontenac Housing Corporation (KFHC) has had to answer some tough questions about its business practices. The Pandemic has put the issues in stark focus. Frustrated tenants complain that they aren’t

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Event offers opportunity for first steps on path of Indigenous reconciliation

This upcoming Sunday morning, September 26, 2021, Kingston and surrounding area residents will have an opportunity to learn more about core aspects of Indigenous roles in Canadian history, and the sobering impacts that colonial injustices continue to have on Indigenous lives today. Katie Koopman, founder of GAP (Good Ally Project),

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Kingston couple helping a homeless man get micro home

While working one day from home on her front porch, Kim Cormier, a mortgage agent in Kingston, saw David McDonald struggling with the tire of his scooter in front of her house. As Cormier describes, it was a hot, humid day, and she offered to help the man and asked

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Your candidates for Kingston and the Islands: Vic Sahai, NDP

Vic Sahai (NDP) studied at Queen’s University in the 1980s and returned to Kingston with his wife and children in 2007 to work in public health as a Queen’s professor and research director at Hotel Dieu. He has 30 years of senior management experience, focusing on strategic planning, policy development,

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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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City Council to discuss allocation of $7mill+ in ‘Rapid Housing Funding’

Just two weeks ago, the City of Kingston was awarded $7,418,328 through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI). By the end of this month, the City must have all project applications for the use of that funding submitted to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHA).

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Residents of KFHC say they are not being treated like people

According to several residents of City-owned Kingston Frontenac Housing Corporation’s (KFHC) Rideaucrest Towers, on Saturday, Jul. 31, 2021, a hot water tank blew in a seventh-floor apartment, causing extensive damage and potential health risks on that floor and the floor below, and causing a sixth-floor ceiling to fall in.  As

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Government of Canada announces millions in funding for Kingston rapid housing

The Government of Canada announced an allotment of  $7.4 million for the City of Kingston to put toward rapid housing on Thursday, Jul. 22, 2021. Adam Vaughan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) made the

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