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Hall Monitor: Speed Test

Last night, we all met back at Council Chamber for our regular council meeting – this time with even more of the new tech on trial. As always, the agenda and addeds are available on the city website. Council did a whole lot of… very little, really. We opened with

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Hall Monitor: A Pound of Regulations

Last night was a homecoming of sorts as city council returned to it’s usual seats around the horseshoe, wrapping up a three month road trip – and they did so in true council fashion, running past 11:30 without finishing the agenda. As always, the agenda and addeds are available on

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Guide to Feb Fest 2013

There are two times a year that I like having snow: Christmas and Feb Fest.  So far, Mother Nature has answered my call but now I think we need to start doing some kind of snow dance to make sure we’ll have what we need to make Feb Fest reach

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Grading Kingston’s City Council

This being the second year of their term in office, Councillors and Mayor Gerretsen are increasingly making their mark, for better or worse, on the Limestone City. City Council has passed motions that have relocated the International Hockey Hall of Fame, opened the door to the possibility of a casino,

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Hall Monitor: Smoke and Fire

As they normally do right about at 7:30pm on some Tuesday evenings, council got together last night for a meeting. This time, it was 25-2012. Just from the agenda, I knew we were in for an interesting evening – and a full gallery. Sure enough, the city did, too, as

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Hall Monitor: House of Cards

You know, council in the summer is interesting. The meetings are less frequent, just as long… and people are hot and wanting to go home. This was just as clear in last night’s meeting 18-2012 as ever. You can find the agenda and addeds on the city’s website. The meeting got

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Memorial Centre Market

Like many other Kingstonians, we had gardening on our minds this past long weekend. This resulted in countless hours spent digging around in the earth, coaxing our tiny vegetable seedlings into the ground and purchasing a few additional tomato, zucchini and pepper plants from local producers at the Market.  This

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Hall Monitor: Overtime

Again last night, our elected officials took to the halls of city hall for meeting 13-2012 of Kingston City Council. You can find the agenda and addeds from last night on the city’s website. I think I summed up the meeting best as I was walking away from city hall

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The Fate of Kingston’s International Hockey Hall of Fame

Last July, beloved hockey commentator Don Cherry lent his support to a proposal to re-locate the International Hockey Hall of Fame (IHHOF) from its York Street location to the historic, newly renovated Smith Robinson Building.  Presently, the IHHOF is tucked away in an aging two storey building on the southeast

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Six Questions for Bill Fitsell

John Walter (Bill) Fitsell is a local author who is widely considered as the dean of Canadian hockey historians. The founding president of the Society for International Hockey Research, Fitsell also serves as the historian for the International Hockey Hall of Fame. A former Whig-Standard columnist, he has also written

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