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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: Kingston’s homeless population deserves better

The following is a submitted letter to the editor. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. Our neighbours, who declared they’d had enough of dysfunctional shelters, bug ridden housing, and support services which are disjointed and not supportive, took their well-being into their own

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Kingston Police request assistance to locate missing man

Kingston Police have released the above photo and are asking for public assistance in locating a missing Kingston man. Robert Cummings, 51, was last seen on Monday, Dec. 28, 2020 in the area of Montreal and Rideau Streets. According to police, Cummings has medical issues and there are concerns for

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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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Public Health warns of toxic batch of drugs still circulating in KFL&A

Earlier this month, KFL&A Public Health issued a warning to residents about a toxic batch of drugs circulating in Kingston, Frontenac, and Lennox & Addington and Hastings and Prince Edward Counties. Today, Friday Dec. 11, 2020, Public Health has issued another media release to inform residents in KFL&A that the

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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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‘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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City says Artillery Park will reopen for recreational use in mid-November

The Artillery Park Aquatic Centre, located at 382 Bagot Street, will re-open for recreational use in mid-November under the province’s re-opening framework and guidance from KFL&A Public Health, according to a release from the City of Kingston, dated Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. “There are a number of operational and maintenance

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Service providers prepare for opening of new Integrated Care Hub

Partners in operation of Kingston’s Integrated Care Hub hosted a public update on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, as the opening of their new Montreal St. facility looms. “I think we’re really looking forward to building on the pilot of the Artillery Park space, the way it’s designed and the capacity

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City shares details on clean-up at new Integrated Care Hub site

The City of Kingston has released new details on the process of the environmental remediation process underway at 661 Montreal Street. The City’s Integrated Care Hub (ICH) is scheduled to move there from Artillery Park and on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, and work is reportedly on track. As the former

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Petitioners: Integrated Care Hub not welcome at 661 Montreal St.

A petition of 186 signatures protesting the new location of the Integrated Care Hub (ICH) is being submitted to council today, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. Valerie Gray, who organized the petition, said she attained that number of signatures by simply walking two blocks along Montreal St, in the vicinity of

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Council approves new relocation date for Integrated Care Hub

City Council voted to continue operating the Integrated Care Hub (ICH) at Artillery Park for one more month at their meeting on Tuesday, Sep. 15, 2020. The decision comes after a report from City CAO Lanie Hurdle said staff need more time to secure and prepare the new permanent location.

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