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Path Home Kingston hopes to combat homelessness and negative stigma

You can’t see what someone has overcome at a glance. That is the main message of Path Home Kingston, a new campaign by United Way KFL&A and the City of Kingston that aims to help community members understand that the causes of homelessness are complex and different for each individual.

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Public Health warns of high risk of drug overdose in KFL&A

An extremely toxic batch of drugs circulating in the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) region, prompting the local Health Unit to issue a warning to local residents. According to Public Health, drug toxicology reports from recent weeks indicate the presence of fentanyl, carfentanil, and benzodiazepine analogues in the local

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KFL&A Board of Health votes on drug decriminalization, provides pandemic response update

The Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Board of Health heard from Integrated Care Hub (ICH) staff, voted in support of drug decriminalization, and provided a COVID-19 update at its meeting on Wednesday, Apr. 27, 2021. Dr. Lindsay Bowthorpe highlighted current vaccination rates and presented an overview of infection

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Opinion: Encampment protocol or eviction protocol? Kingston must adopt a human rights approach to tent cities

The following is a submitted Op-Ed. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. Nearly one year ago, Belle Park became the epicenter of the homelessness crisis in Kingston. With rising COVID-19 case numbers, declines in shelter capacity to accommodate social distancing, and stringent isolation

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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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