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Province, City partner to build ‘village’ of tiny homes for Canadian veterans

The Ontario government is providing $200,000 and support for the transfer of an acre of local land to help create up to 25 tiny homes for military veterans experiencing homelessness. Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries stopped

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Screening Room playing movies to empty theatres as pandemic drags on

The Screening Room’s owner Wendy Huot says attendance at the theatre during the COVID-19 pandemic is down 75 to 80 per cent. That’s since it reopened on Friday, Jul. 31, 2020 following a mandatory 4.5-month shutdown. “We’re not the type of business that can readily pivot to online or a

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Attendees, organizers address mask-less audience at Chamber of Commerce event

On Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual State of the City event, hosting Kingston’s three political leaders who briefed those in attendance about the current state of the city, particularly through a COVID-19 lens. But it wasn’t long before those online pointed out

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Ontario NDP Leader in Kingston to address school reopening plans

Ontario NDP and Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath says that school boards across the province should set the return-to-school budget, and the government should pay up.  Ontario schools are currently preparing to reopen as safely as possible in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. “All of the boards will know

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Former MP Ted Hsu seeking Ontario Liberal nomination

Former Kingston and the Islands federal Member of Parliament Ted Hsu says he intends to seek the nomination as the local Ontario Liberal Party candidate in 2022. Hsu made his announcement over social media on Thursday, Jul 30. Hsu is the second former politician to enter the race for the

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Former MPP Sophie Kiwala seeking Liberal nomination for 2022

Former Kingston & the Islands Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) Sophie Kiwala announced this week that she hopes to run again in 2022. Kiwala served as Liberal MPP from 2014 to 2018 under Premier Kathleen Wynne, taking over from long-running Liberal MPP John Gerretsen. Kiwala needs to earn the Liberal

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Commercial eviction ban too little, too late, says MPP Ian Arthur

The Ontario provincial government has announced a decision to temporarily freeze and reverse evictions for commercial tenants during COVID-19. The legislation, called the Protecting Small Businesses Act, applies to businesses that are eligible for federal or provincial rent assistance, and covers evictions retroactively from May 1, 2020 to Aug. 31,

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Princess Street United Church site to be home to new Youth Services Hub

A new, youth-focused development will soon be located at the corner of Princess and Albert Streets according to the plans Home Base Housing (HBH) revealed today for the Princess Street United Church (PSUC) site. The property, acquired by HBH last summer, will remain home to the church congregation, but will

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What they’re saying: Why this climate strike is so important

As more than 600 residents followed the lead of area students to strike for climate action, we paid attention and asked those leading the charge why today is so important and what Kingstonians can do to help during this climate emergency. Here’s what they said. [The strike] raises awareness and

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Kingston students take to the street to strike for climate action

Sparked by a global movement and following weekly strikes in front of City Hall, over 600 students and residents from across Kingston gathered at market square to show support for climate action before marching through the downtown core. “Striking is crucial to show the importance and urgency of the climate

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Should beer and spirits be allowed in farmers’ markets?

In July, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce released a report, “Unleashing the Economic Potential of Ontario’s Beverage Alcohol Sector,” providing recommendations to Queen’s Park on how the government can ‘modernize the sale and distribution of beverage alcohol to responsibly promote growth across all four categories – wine, beer, spirits, and

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Kingston celebrates National Indigenous People’s Day

  The Kingston National Indigenous Peoples Day annual celebration took place Friday, June 21, 2019 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Community booths, vendors, and local drummers, singers, and dancers gathered in Confederation park for a day of free activities celebrating the culture of Canadian Indigneous peoples. The event began

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