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Kingston police chief responds to calls to ‘defund’ at City Council Meeting

Kingston Police Chief Antje McNeely spoke to City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, invited, she said, to explain how the force uses their capital and operating budget. Specifically, McNeely said she was asked to talk about “how the police budget has been constructed to deal with the concerns raised

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Kingston City Council passes ban on ‘conversion therapy’

Kingston City Council has passed a motion to ban the practice of conversion therapy within the municipality. “I think in June, when we see the pedestrian crossing [outside City Hall] painted the colours of the rainbow, I think we can with pride know that we’ve really earned that privilege,” said

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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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Public Health Board shares COVID-19 test lineup concerns

Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public Health’s board is bringing their concerns about long lines at Kingston’s COVID-19 assessment centre to the province. The board devised to draft a letter to Public Health Ontario and Ontario Health during their meeting on Wednesday, Sep. 23, 2020, focused on supporting the

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Demand for services at Integrated Care Hub exceeds capacity

The sleeping area at the Integrated Care Hub (ICH) at Artillery Park has been full for nearly two weeks, City Council learned last night, just hours after the last people remaining at Belle Park were evicted. “The rest zone has been at capacity for the past 12 consecutive nights,” said

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Council delays spa decision to consult climate change specialists

Kingston City Council has voted to defer by one month their decision on zoning bylaw and Official Plan amendments for 2285 and 2311 Battersea Rd. The site is the location of a proposed hospitality venue, Unity Farm Inn & Spa, by BPE development. At a council meeting on Tuesday, Aug.

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City issues eviction notice to Belle Park campers in error

City of Kingston CAO Lanie Hurdle said an eviction notice issued to campers at Belle Park on Tuesday Jul. 28 was a mistake. The notice indicated campers had two hours to remove themselves and their property from the park. “The intent today was to verbally ask campers that are on

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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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Kingston community groups, citizens gather for Housing Action Forum

  Activists and leaders from a wide spectrum of sectors and local groups were represented at a Housing Action Forum at St. Luke’s Anglican Church on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. The event was sponsored and organized by the Social Planning Council of Kingston and had over 70 attendees, including government

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City launches ‘YGK Music’ to highlight local music scene in Kingston

  It’s no secret that Kingston is a hotbed for great music – heck, we even have a prominent downtown street name that points it out – which is why the City of Kingston is launching ‘YGK Music.’ Created through a partnership between the City of Kingston and Kingston Accommodation

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Kingstonians take to the streets as part of international climate strike

Kingstonians take to the streets as part of international climate strike Anywhere from 300 to 800 people gathered in the streets of Kingston throughout the day, joining those in over 95 countries internationally taking part in the global ‘Climate Strike’ on Friday, Mar. 15, 2019. Here in Kingston, the rally

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