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‘It’s set up so you trip and fall’: What formerly incarcerated people have to say about coming out of prison into our community, and why it matters

Editorial note: the following is a submitted op-ed article. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. In Kingston, prisons are a familiar part of the local landscape. But even if you drive past a prison every day, you might never learn about the experiences

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Letter: KP Tours do not tell all

Editorial note: The following is a submitted letter to the editor. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. I write after the recent anniversary of 50 years since the KP Riot. I noticed shortly thereafter there was a lot of chatter in reference to

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Background performers needed for two productions filming at Kingston Pen

Kingston will be hosting film crews again this year at Kingston Penitentiary. Two productions, Paramount’s “The Mayor of Kingstown” and Amazon’s “Reacher” will be filming scenes locally during the spring and summer of 2021. The Mayor of Kingstown is a new series co-created by Hugh Dillon. No official details have

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Kingston Pen ‘perfect location’ for Star Trek: Discovery scenes

Star Trek: Discovery fans will see the familiar stone architecture of Kingston Penitentiary in this week’s episode of the sci-fi series. A year ago, cast and film crews spent two weeks here in Kingston, filming scenes for Season 3’s Episode 11, which will be available to watch at 9 p.m.

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Opinion: As the 2020 KP Tour season closes, change is needed

Editorial note: The following is a submitted Op/Ed piece. The views and opinons expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. Kingston is a prison city and has been for almost two centuries, impacting prisoners, carceral officers, their families, and local communities. Yet, still absent in the tours at

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Kingston Pen Tours opens for fifth season

Kingston Pen Tours will be officially reopening for its fifth season of guided tours on Thursday, Jul. 23, 2020, St. Lawrence Parks Commission (SLPC) in partnership with Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) announced today, Thursday Jul. 16, 2020. Since its launch in May 2016, over 300,000 guests have come through

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Letter: Public consultation needed on multi-year use of KP

The following is a letter to the editor regarding the new multi-year lease of Kingston Penitentiary. The views and opinions expressed in this letter do not necessarily reflect those of Kingstonist. Since 1835, Kingston Penitentiary (KP) has generated economic and regional growth. Even as KP ceased its social control functions

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Hall Monitor: Cells, Sites and Shelter

Kingston City Council sat for meeting number 10-2020 (Agenda) on Tuesday, Mar. 3, 2020. During the meeting, council discussed Lake Ontario Park camping, Kingston Penitentiary access, the Task Force on Housing report, and more. While the meeting got started about 15 minutes late, a lack of presentations, briefings, delegations, petitions

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Hall Monitor: Reconsideration resolve

Editorial note: An earlier version of this article mistakenly stated that Council had voted to change recycling collection to allow for all recyclables to be collected on the same day. This was an error. Council voted to maintain the current recycling program. Kingston City Council sat for meeting 08-2020 (agenda)

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Murdoch Mysteries episode shot in Kingston premieres tonight

Whether you’re a fan of the CBC hit drama Murdoch Mysteries or just a fan of all things Kingston, you’ll want to tune in tonight to see the episode of the show filmed entirely in the Limestone City. The 13-season television series set in the early 20th century filmed here

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Kingston Music Scene Year in Review 2019

The Kingston music scene got a nice kickstart to 2019, as the Kingston Live podcast launched its first episode on January 1.  Since then, they have produced 13 episodes, covering a variety of musical genres, along with all the major festivals, and a healthy handful of non-performing people in the

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Star Trek: Discovery season three filming wraps up at Kingston Pen

For the past two weeks, behind the walls of Kingston Penitentiary, something special has been happening. There, the cast and crew of CBS’s Star Trek: Discovery have been filming for the show’s upcoming season three. The seventh series in the Star Trek franchise, Discovery was launched in 2017 and is

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