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MPP Ian Arthur appointed Critic for Small Business Recovery

Just 24 hours after announcing his new role within the Provincial NDP caucus, Kingston and the Islands MPP Ian Arthur said he’s been flooded with inquiries. Arthur was appointed the critic portfolio for Small Business Recovery & Opening Main Street on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, a position where answers are

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Gerretsen: Local church has gone down ‘very wrong and concerning path’

After more coverage of the questionable practices at Third Day Worship Centre come to light, MP Mark Gerretsen has decided to take a public stance on the autonomous church and its sole leader, Pastor “Apostle” Francis Armstrong. On Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, the federal representative for Kingston and the Islands

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Letter – Hsu responds to ‘misleading’ information from NDP

The following is a submitted Letter to the Editor from Ted Hsu, Liberal candidate for MPP for Kingston and the Islands. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. A Monday, Nov. 23, 2020 article in Kingstonist (“NDP: No help coming…“) quoted an NDP press

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NDP: No help coming from government to relieve family doctor shortage

A motion to act on the family doctor shortage in Kingston was voted down on its final vote, which means more help to recruit and retain family doctors in Kingston and the Islands is not on the way. NDP MPP Ian Arthur (Kingston and the Islands) presented the motion in

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Kingston reacts to Ford government’s planned removal of ranked ballots

Kingstonians have reacted strongly to the provincial government’s planned change to the Municipal Elections Act, which would effectively nullify the results of Kingston’s recent referendum on ranked ballot voting. In Kingston’s 2018 municipal election, Kingstonians voted in favour of the use of ranked ballots for the next municipal election. The

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MPP Arthur announces NDP plan for jobs, financial security

MPP Ian Arthur addressed the media on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020 to announce an NDP plan for jobs and financial security. Behind at City Hall in downtown Kingston, Arthur discussed ‘Save Main Street: A Plan for Jobs and Financial Support for Working People,’ which was released by the NDP the

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Community responds to Third Day Worship Centre service videos

Over the past month, members of the Kingston community have taken to social media, attempting to raise awareness of the subject matter being discussed at a local church during their services. Third Day Worship Centre is a non-denominational church, the “flagship church of Third Day Fellowship of Canada and… also

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Ceremony honours local police officer, Hero of the Year Award recipient

A crowd gathered Monday afternoon at the outdoor ampitheatre behind City Hall to celebrate the bravery of Kingston Police Constable Fil Wisniak. Const. Wisniak received a Police Association Of Ontario’s (PAO) 2020 Police Services Hero of the Year Award for his life-saving actions during a fatal stabbing incident in Kingston

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Ontario NDP Leader in Kingston to address school reopening plans

Ontario NDP and Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath says that school boards across the province should set the return-to-school budget, and the government should pay up.  Ontario schools are currently preparing to reopen as safely as possible in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. “All of the boards will know

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Over $47 million invested in Kingston’s public and active transportation

Donning facemasks and asking those in attendance to physically distance and use hand sanitizers provided, a number of local, provincial, and federal dignitaries gathered for an announcement on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Despite the light rainfall, Mayor Bryan Paterson, MP Mark Gerretsen, MPP Ian Arthur, and Catherine McKenna, Minister of

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Former MP Ted Hsu seeking Ontario Liberal nomination

Former Kingston and the Islands federal Member of Parliament Ted Hsu says he intends to seek the nomination as the local Ontario Liberal Party candidate in 2022. Hsu made his announcement over social media on Thursday, Jul 30. Hsu is the second former politician to enter the race for the

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Arthur: Nothing less than transparency and accountability in long-term care

The following is a submitted Op/Ed piece. The views and opinions expressed in this letter do not necessarily reflect those of Kingstonist. On June 2nd, I stood up in the Legislature and asked the Minister of Long-Term Care Merrilee Fullerton if she would commit to a judicial inquiry into the

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