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OPP urges residents to contact proper outlets for stay-at-home order information

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) say they received numerous calls over the weekend from members of the public requesting information and “what if” questions regarding the changes to the Stay-at-Home Order and Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA). The OPP is asking the public to please utilize the appropriate

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Opinion: It could be worse(r) – The saga continues

Walking my dog down Ordnance Street on a sunny 22-degree day during the latest lockdown order, a young guy in a souped-up car stopped and yelled out his window, “I like your shirt.” I was taken aback. First, I had to actually look down to see what the hell I

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Letter: Joe’s M.I.L.L. borrowers happy to have instruments during lockdown

The following is a submitted letter to the editor. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. In June 2019, I became the Library Coordinator for Joe’s M.I.L.L., Kingston’s Musical Instrument Lending Library, a pretty sweet job for a semi-retired lifelong musician!  If you aren’t

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Letter in response to the futility of Kingston’s Housing Committee

The following is a submitted letter to the editor. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. Dear Kingstonist, I’ve been digging into Kingston’s housing situation for a few years. Admittedly, I’ve been more of a digital support member, but I did take part in

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Ford declares second provincial emergency due to COVID-19 pandemic

Citing the doubling of COVID-19 cases in the province of the past two weeks, Premier Doug Ford declared a second provincial State of Emergency on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. The move is also in response to the “real and looming threat of the collapse of the province’s hospital system and

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More details on Ontario’s Provincewide Shutdown

On Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced a provincewide lockdown to get COVID-19 transmission under control. This article contains comprehensive sector-specific details from the province, but has been abbreviated. Full details can be found here. Lockdown length The lockdown starts on Saturday, Dec. 26 2020. In 27

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Queen’s asks students not to return to campus during lockdown

Queen’s University has asked students to avoid returning to Kingston until after the 28-day provincial lockdown. The Ontario government announced the Provincewide Shutdown on Monday, Dec. 21, which will go into effect as of Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020. During this time, Premier Doug Ford is advising all Ontarians to stay

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Dr. Moore supports possibility of reduced, two-week local lockdown

Kingston’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kieran Moore, said local politicians could lobby the province to reduce the COVID-19 lockdown in the area to 14 days. “I would support our politicians, if they were to lobby for us to have a two-week lockdown period,” he said on Tuesday, Dec. 22,

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Ontario, KFL&A Public Health region, go into lockdown on Boxing Day

The Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public Health region will join the rest of Southern Ontario on Boxing Day in a 28-day COVID-19 lockdown. “This difficult action is without a doubt necessary to save lives and prevent our hospitals from becoming overwhelmed in the coming weeks,” said Ontario Premier

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Third Day Worship Centre calls ad targeting Toronto residents a ‘mistake’

Over the weekend ending on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, Kingston residents took their frustrations online after people discovered a local church was suggesting Toronto residents travel to Kingston for a service despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, Third Day Worship Centre didn’t create the post on social media that

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Artist Marney McDiarmid brightens outlook with public art installations

Kingston residents may have seen beautiful large-scale chalk drawings on windows in the area. Local artist Marney McDiarmid has been creating public art installations of tropical flora and fauna related to her research of endemic plants in Hawaii, which was cut short by the pandemic. Her Hawaiian trip, funded by

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Over 1,600 meals provided through Tommy’s Sharing the Caring program

A Kingston restaurant owner and his community partners have provided over 1,600 meals to Kingston’s most vulnerable since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic through a program he calls ‘Sharing the Caring.’ Tommy Hunter, owner of Tommy’s Diner and Smoke ‘N’ Barrel, said he started preparing take-out meals for Kingston’s

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