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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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Former MPP John Gerretsen tests positive for COVID-19

Former Kingston mayor and MPP John Gerretsen has now tested positive for COVID-19, according to his son, MP Mark Gerretsen. This comes just days after Assunta Gerretsen – John’s wife and Mark’s mother – tested positive for the virus on Monday, Mar, 16. The couple are currently in quarantine at

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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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Best of 2014: In Pursuit of Memorial Collegiate High School

The impending closure of KCVI and the fight to stop it have been hot topics in YGK for a couple of years now.  The discussion surrounding the closure of Ontario’s oldest public high school has been met with many opinions and varying ideas of what to do next.  While many

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Strong Liberal Support in Pre-Election Poll

Since the election was called, our household has received nearly half a dozen phone calls from campaign offices looking to shore up support for local candidates, as well as from pollsters surveying how the vote might go down in ridings such as Kingston and the Islands.  The results of one

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Election Annoyances

It’s election time in Ontario (in case you somehow missed it) and while I am grateful to live in a democratic society and enjoy a good political debate from time to time, this election has felt like more of a nuisance than anything else.  It’s spring and there are so

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‘Move on’ says Kiwala, while Holland and Kiley Continue Support to Save Schools

The Kingston community should ‘move on’ and accept the provincial decision to close KCVI and QECVI, says Sophie Kiwala, Liberal candidate for Kingston and the Islands. Kiwala’s remarks in a recent CFRC radio interview indicate that the candidate has changed her position on the schools issue. Originally a supporter of

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Questions for Kingston’s MPP Hopefuls

Last week, I asked our readers:  if they had to vote today, which provincial candidate/party would they support?  The poll resulted in a generous outpouring of support for Kingston’s local NDP candidate, who received 62 percent of the total votes cast.  The Liberal party ended up in distant second, while the remainder of

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Kingston’s Next Member of Provincial Parliament

Last Friday, Kingston and the Islands, along with the rest of Ontario, learned that their next date at the polls would fall on the 12th of June.  The surprise announcement came after NDP Leader, Andrea Horwath, declared her party’s opposition to the budget (view it here) proposed by the Liberals. 

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In Pursuit of Memorial Collegiate High School

With last Monday’s announcement that the Ministry of Education would provide $35 million to construct a consolidated secondary school in Kingston, one would think that supporters of the province’s oldest public school, Kingston Collegiate & Vocational Institute, might have been dealt a final, crushing blow.  As we’ve seen during the one-and-a-half-year-long

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The Year That Was

With just over two weeks remaining until the arrival of 2014, it’s time for a quick look at the headlines and news stories that shaped the past year for Kingstonians. The city dove headfirst into 2013 with a debate regarding electoral boundaries and student voters that was eventually settled by

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John Gerretsen Retires from Politics

John Gerretsen‘s lengthy political career began in 1972 when he was first elected as an Alderman for the Limestone City.  He went on to serve as Mayor of Kingston for three consecutive terms before finally stepping off of the municipal stage in 1988.  After taking a brief break from politics

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