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Does Kingston Need a Nude Beach?

With Summer in full swing, many of us are making the most of our favourite watering holes to cool off on those uncomfortably hot and humid days. This of course has reminded us of the fact that, for a city with as much waterfront as Kingston, we have very poor

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Best Park for a Picnic in Kingston

Summer is finally here, and that means it’s finally time for nibbling and sipping tasty treats in the glorious, great outdoors. While patios are a big draw for many, an equally popular and affordable alternative is picnicking. With so many outdoor gems available to us, finding the best park for

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Top Five Things to See and Do in August 2015

There’s so much going on in Kingston during the Summer, that it’s practically impossible to make it out and enjoy it all.  We could easily suggest 50 or 100 things to see and do around the city in August, but we continuously strive to develop a short list of absolute

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What if Kingston…

In late June, Mayor Mark Gerretsen teased his Facebook followers by posting a refreshing photo of whimsical waterslides on Facebook along with the question: “What do YOU think? Water park like this at Lake Ontario Park?!”. The post went on to attract over 250 comments for and against the idea, as

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Hall Monitor: Fore The Animals

Last night, city council, staff and the public gathered in City Hall for Kingston City Council meeting number 17-2013. The city has published the agenda and addeds online. By far, council’s two biggest items on the agenda were easy to spot from a mile away: The biggest, of course, being

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Hall Monitor: Pre-Summer Cleaning

Last night, city council, staff and the public gathered in City Hall for Kingston City Council meeting number 16-2013. The city has published the agenda and addeds online. The bulk of our meeting was fairly straight forward, by-the-books house-cleaning items. A handful of contracts for various services and software were

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Swimming Along the Shores of Kingston

Last Summer, amidst the uncomfortable heat and our continued resolve not to get air conditioning, Danielle and I took to lake swimming. We primarily enjoyed dips at Richardson Beach and participated in Mass Swimm II at Breakwater Park, while both of these areas have seen minor swim-friendly upgrades in recent

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Hall Monitor: Park The Vote

Our elected officials and city staff filled a very busy council chambers again last night for our regular council meeting and as usual, the agenda and addeds are available on the city website. The meeting paused at 8:51 pm to observe a minute of silence in memory of the tragedy that struck Boston

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Best Park in Kingston

Spring may be a bit slow getting to the party this year, but that hasn’t stopped Kingstonians of all ages from getting outside and enjoying our many parks and trails. Thinking back, I have tons of fond memories of entire days spent lazing about “studying” on the waterfront at Breakwater

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Hall Monitor: Lesson Learned

Well – there goes another summer! Last night, our city council got back on the standard “first and third” schedule for meeting 20-2012 of Kingston City Council. You can find the agenda and addeds on the city’s website. You know, in all of my time watching council, I’ve come to

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Mass Swimm II

A few weeks ago, water-loving Kingstonians converged on the Kingston PUC Docks and Breakwater Park to partake in Mass Swimm II. This event was geared towards celebrating our waterfront as well as protesting the lack of accessibility, neglected repairs and upgrades.  Kurtis Chen captured the excitement that was in the

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