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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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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 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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Hall Monitor: Cells, Sites and Shelter

Kingston City Council sat for meeting number 10-2020 (Agenda) on Tuesday, Mar. 3, 2020. During the meeting, council discussed Lake Ontario Park camping, Kingston Penitentiary access, the Task Force on Housing report, and more. While the meeting got started about 15 minutes late, a lack of presentations, briefings, delegations, petitions

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Council to receive housing Task Force report, over 40 recommendations

Since early 2019, members of the Mayor’s Task Force on Housing have been working to examine best practices and to explore all possible tools and incentives to create more housing and affordable housing in Kingston. Now, Kingston City Council will receive their findings on Tuesday, Mar. 3, 2020. The 12-person

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Our city’s homeless: Living as one, PiT counts, and public policy decisions

… A brotherhood of man,Imagine all the people,Sharing all the world.You may say I’m a dreamer,But I’m not the only one.I hope some day you will join us,And the world will live as one.” – John Lennon I have had the good fortune to have two articles regarding our local

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Warming and Counselling Centre opens in downtown Kingston

Anyone who has been outside over the past few days knows the cold weather is definitely here in Kingston. At the same time, a new Warming and Counselling Centre has opened in the city’s downtown core. Located at 235 Wellington Street, the centre is offering a place to warm up,

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CMHC reports increase in overall vacancy rate in Kingston rental market

The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is reporting that the overall vacancy rate in Kingston increased to 1.9 per cent in 2019. CMHC released its annual rental market reports on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, and the report for the Kingston Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) points to “robust growth in

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Kingston’s ‘Street Mom’, the Kingston Street Mission, and the inconvenience of community service

Marilyn McLean is known to many as ‘Street Mom.’ Almost every evening from mid-November to mid-April, ‘Mom’ can be found at the Kingston Street Mission at St. Andrew’s Church at the corner of Princess and Clergy Streets. She’s the chair of that organization, volunteering her time to help the homeless,

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1500-unit development proposed for Davis Tannery site by Patry

Updated information has been revealed about the development being proposed by Jay Patry Enterprises Inc. on the site of the former Davis Tannery at the corner of River and Orchard Streets. The proposal contains four six-storey buildings, with a combined 1,509 residential units and 4,961 square metres of commercial space,

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Report: Kingston residential property taxes amongst highest in Ontario

Kingston homeowners are paying some of the highest property tax rates in the province, according to a Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019 Zoocasa report ranking residential property tax rates of 35 Ontario municipalities. Toronto came in at number one, with the cheapest property tax rate of 0.614770 per cent. Windsor brought

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A Strategic Look: Priority #1 – Increase Housing Affordability

  This is the first of a five-part series looking at the projects the city has listed as part of their 2019-2022 Strategic Plan. Part 2, focusing on roads, transportation and walkability, will be available next week. Beginning in early January and, through public consultation and a number of additional

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