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Road closures and traffic delays, week ending June 18, 2021

The following is a selection of the most significant road closures and expected traffic delays in and around the city of Kingston for the week ending June 18, 2021. Full lists of closures and delays provided by the City of Kingston and the MTO can be viewed here and here. In the Bayridge

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Love Kingston Marketplace: do Kingston businesses love or hate it?

After months of being cooped up during lockdown, Friday, June 11, 2021 couldn’t come any sooner for most Ontarians. It is the day we are able to have a small semblance of ‘normal life’—dining outdoors under patio umbrellas as well as doing some non-essential shopping. Last year, the City of

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Montreal Street Collective set to open doors to Kingston community

Montreal Street Collective started after the partnership at Open Studios Kingston, an art studio and sewing shop, ended just before the pandemic hit. One of the partners, Vanessa Martin, worked through the idea of a thrift shop during the pandemic. Amid the financial challenges, Martin put together a new business

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Truth and reconciliation attempt by Sharbot Lake women nearly spoiled by misleading posts

A Facebook post can take on a life of its own, and sometimes that can be counter productive to what was intended. This was one of the lessons learned in Sharbot Lake this past week by community members who just wanted to make a positive gesture. Pamela Giroux says that

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Indigenous community members call for removal of Sir John A. Macdonald statue at ceremony

Members of Kingston’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous community held a sacred fire and land-based ceremony at City Park on Thursday, Jun. 10, 2021, covering the statue of Sir John A. Macdonald with red fabric and demanding its removal and replacement with a monument to residential school survivors. The ceremony began at

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Local retailers reopening just in time for Father’s Day

With the gradual reopening of the province, Father’s Day 2021 will be different yet again. Most local businesses will be able to accommodate customers and purchases, but COVID-19 protocols will still be in full force. Please have patience with local stores and restaurants, as many are reopening for business after

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Kingston man arrested for theft of over $200k in construction equipment

An investigation stretching as long as 2021 thus far has concluded with a Kingston man being arrested and charged in connection with the theft of heavy construction equipment. According to Kingston Police, their investigation into the theft of the equipment from a housing developments in the Kingston area began in

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Letter: Requesting removal of Sir John A statue in Kingston City Park

The following is a submitted open letter to Kingston City Council. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. Mayor Bryan Paterson and Kingston City Council, We are all aware of the recent discovery at Kamloops Indian Residential School. Since then, we have seen memorials

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Novelis employee succumbs to injuries after workplace incident

An employee at the Novelis plant in Kingston has passed away after a workplace incident, which occurred on the afternoon of Wednesday, Jun. 9, 2021. Just before 2 p.m. that day, Kingston Fire and Rescue and Frontenac Paramedic Services were alerted of a rescue taking place at the plant. According

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Smashing car windows with axe results in charges for Kingston man

A local man has been arrested and charged after his aggressions against the windows of a vehicle in the parking lot of the Cataraqui Centre were observed by witnesses and called into police. According to Kingston Police, the incident occurred at approximately 9:05 a.m. on Tuesday, Jun. 8, 2021 when

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Music comedy duo offer mentorship to high school students pursuing the arts

High school students considering a future in the arts are being offered a unique mentorship opportunity by internationally-acclaimed music and comedy duo, Bridge & Wolak. Oftentimes when a musically gifted student is thinking about pursuing higher education, they tend to be steered away from pursuing their art in favour of

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Waive the Wait aims to cut down on time spent in healthcare waiting rooms

A Queen’s University startup company, Waive the Wait, is hoping to cut down the amount of time individuals spend waiting for appointments in a physical waiting room. Their online waiting room program connects health care offices and clinics with their patients through an app. The patients sign in to the

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