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Mayor Paterson outlines COVID-19 recovery priorities for 2021 Ontario budget

Mayor Bryan Paterson has outlined the City of Kingston’s budget priorities in a submission to Ontario’s Minister of Finance as part of their 2021 budget consultations. “COVID-19 has impacted many aspects of our city and amplified existing challenges of homelessness, mental health, addiction, and access to affordable housing. It has

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Local survey to explore COVID-19’s impact on Kingston spending trends

Kingston residents are invited to go online to complete a survey about changes in economic behaviors that may have been experienced due to COVID-19. According to a release from the City Of Kingston, dated Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, a team of researchers, working as part of the Queen’s University PhD-Community

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Possible Made Here website adds tools for job seekers and employers

A number of tools have been added to the Possible Made Here website, a project of the City of Kingston, to support job seekers and employers looking for workers, according to a release from the City dated Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. These new features include:  A job board that combines

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Recovery Team creates survey for Kingston-area workers to assess COVID-19 impact

The Kingston Economic Recovery Team is asking Kingston and area residents to complete a survey to help identify community-based solutions to support Kingston-area employees affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Worker Impact Survey is being administered by the City of Kingston, on behalf of community stakeholders participating in the Kingston

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City Council moves property tax deadline, plans small business tax deferral

City Council has moved the 2020 final property tax deadline to Monday, Aug 31. The decision was made at a special council meeting on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, following a staff recommendation. Kingston property owners usually pay their final tax bill at the end of June. “The billing was deferred

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First COVID-19 business survey offers insight to guide recovery

Nearly 60 percent of Kingston businesses in the arts, services and hospitality sector have indicated that on-going mandatory closures or restricted operations could force them to close, according to a report from the Kingston Economic Development Corporation (KEDCO).  A survey of 203 local businesses was carried out between Thursday, Apr.

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City receives $633,000 to support diversified work places

The City of Kingston has received $633,000 from the Future Skills Centre, a research consortium funded by the Government of Canada, to expand the scope of the Workplace Inclusion Charter project first launched last August. Local businesses that commit to the Charter are provided with assessment tools and guidance to

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City allowing downtown businesses to expand outdoors

The City of Kingston is making it easier for downtown businesses to expand outdoors, to allow them more space to ensure physical distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic. Mayor Bryan Paterson outlined the City’s plan to reduce Princess St. to one lane of traffic during the week, and close it completely

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Business Leaders Come Together To Plan Economic Recovery

The Kingston Economic Recovery Team (KERT) held its first meeting on the morning of Wednesday, May 20, 2020, hosted on Zoom and broadcast live to YouTube. Assembled by Mayor Bryan Paterson to help navigate Kingston’s re-opening following the financial blow of Covid-19, the team includes leaders from seven sectors of

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Letter: Embracing rogue

The following is a letter to the editor. The views and opinions expressed in this letter do not necessarily reflect those of Kingstonist. After leaders in Kingston naively asked Premier Doug Ford for permission to manage Covid-19 restrictions regionally, Mr. Ford appropriately responded that he didn’t want ‘people going rogue.’

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The plans and people behind the Kingston Economic Recovery Team

Mayor Bryan Paterson has now shared the details of the new ‘Kingston Economic Recovery Team’ (KERT) he announced on April 28, 2020 including the participants, mandate and structure. The team, which will be chaired by Mayor Paterson and have eight additional representatives from a variety workforce sectors across the city,

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Hall Monitor: Response recovery

Kingston City Council sat virtually for meeting 15-2020 (Agenda) on Tuesday, May 6, 2020. Though this was another meeting with a light agenda, council did get a briefing on local business response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and got a few procedural issues taken care of to enable more community involvement

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