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Letter: My volunteer experience at a KFL&A COVID-19 assessment centre

Editorial note: The following is a letter to the editor from a reader expressing her personal experiences through the COVID-19 pandemic. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. In April 2020, I began by delivering meals for VON. I also accepted a position as

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New exhibition at Window Art Gallery in Kingston offers ‘A Sense of Place’

During the last one and half years, all people were homebound, and many had to postpone and cancel their travel plans to comply with health and safety protocols. However, artists have found alternative ways to travel virtually or translate the feeling in their work. Thousand Island Fine Art Association (TIFAA)

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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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Openings available at One Roof for youth mental health, support services

Support services such as counseling, mental health, and therapy have moved online, and demand for such services has increased as people deal with not only pandemic worries, but their personal challenges.  According to an estimate, approximately 28,000 children and youth across Ontario are on wait lists for mental health care.

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YGK Thrift store set to open; all proceeds to go to Almost Home

 Last year, Almost Home, a charitable organization, announced plans to open a thrift store to raise funds for their operations. This year, that idea is coming to life, with YGK Thrift is launching in June 2021.  Just recently, Almost Home received a generous donation of $30,000 from the Kinsmen Club

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Opinion: Lilacs a sign of summer more welcome this year than others

The repeated, four-note riff coupled with characteristic distortion signals the start of one of Jimi Hendrix’s earliest tunes. Purple Haze. For people of “a certain age” (that’s me), those four notes are as instantly recognizable as the first four notes of Beethoven’s 5th. Purple haze also indicates the beginning of

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Letter: Ramadan reflections 2021

Editorial note: The following is a submitted letter to the editor. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. O believers! Fasting is prescribed for you—as it was for those before you1—so perhaps you will become mindful of God. (Qur’an 2:183) The month of Ramadan

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Chalk Your Walk fundraiser by The Rocking Horse supports Kids Inclusive

During the current province-wide lockdown, The Rocking Horse is hoping to spread joy, optimism, and inspiration to the people of Kingston through their Chalk Your Walk Fundraiser. For every chalk drawing or message shared with The Rocking Horse on their event page, the business will donate 50 cents to Kids

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Kingston City Council looks to condemn actions of Randy Hillier

It appears as though Kingston City Council will join the Town of Perth, the Township of South Frontenac, and Loyalist Township in condemning the actions of Independent MPP Randy Hillier.  In a motion slated for council on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, it will be requested that the Ford Government refer

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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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