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Homestead application for 5 Lower Union Street under review by City

Homestead Land Holding Ltd, has submitted an application to the City of Kingston to amend The City’s Official Plan and Zoning By-Law for the property known as 5 Lower Union Street, and a public meeting about the application will occur later this summer.

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City Hall ready to offer safe guided tours

Kingston’s City Hall, a working National Historic Site, is reopening for guided tours, the City of Kingston said in a statement released Thursdays, Aug. 6, 2020. Beginning Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, people interested in taking a guided tour are asked to line up at the base of the stairs leading

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Bellevue House closed for second season

  Saturday, May 18 marks the opening day for one of our local Parks Canada site – Bellevue House. Sadly, the house will be closed to visitors again this year, as it is undergoing extensive restorations. Bellevue House is over 150 years old. It is not uncommon for historic buildings

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Geoffrey James: Inside Kingston Penitentiary

For the last 178 years, Kingston Penitentiary has been looming over the city, both literally and figuratively. The massive Victorian façade hides a painful past that most of the city will never really understand: behind those walls were riots, deaths, and torturous punishment. When KP closed last fall, the sold-out

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Best of 2013: Selling Out: Kingston Pen Tours

The closure of Kingston Penitentiary was met with guarded concern regarding the impact on the local economy, as well as watchful concern regarding what might become of Canada’s oldest continuously used prison.  Soon after the last cells at KP were vacated, Kingstonians were offered a glimpse of its future potential

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Best of 2013: What it’s like to “dye” running at Fort Henry

As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, not much changes from year to year at Fort Henry, and for good reason. But 2013 was markedly different as the Fort received a host of upgrades which re-imagined the national historic site, giving tourists and Kingstonians alike even more reason to make the

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The Year That Was

With just over two weeks remaining until the arrival of 2014, it’s time for a quick look at the headlines and news stories that shaped the past year for Kingstonians. The city dove headfirst into 2013 with a debate regarding electoral boundaries and student voters that was eventually settled by

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Selling Out: Kingston Pen Tours

First came the controversial news that Kingston Penitentiary would close.  Then came the widespread speculation regarding what would become of the former home of Canada’s most dangerous offenders. Soon thereafter, curious citizens were tempted by a unique, one-time only opportunity, to catch a glimpse behind the storied walls of Kingston’s

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KP Re-Imagined as a World-Class Sailing Facility

The decision to close Kingston Penitentiary was undeniably the Limestone City’s biggest and most controversial headline of 2012.  The initial announcement was met with a flood of disappointment and skepticism as Kingstonians challenged Ottawa to demonstrate how the closure of Canada’s oldest prison would result in savings for tax payers,

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Community Soapbox: Top Ten Endangered Places List 2013

The Heritage Canada Foundation (HCF) has released its Top Ten Endangered Places and Worst Losses Lists drawing attention to architectural and heritage sites in Canada either threatened with demolition or already lost as part of its mission to raise awareness of the value that historic places bring to quality of

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Kingston Penitentiary Closure

My disbelief regarding the decision to close down Kingston Penitentiary has led me to adopt the mentality that I’ll believe it when I see it.  The prospect of mothballing Canada’s oldest jail, an institution that is so intimately tied to Kingston’s storied past, is difficult for many of us to

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The Year That Was

With less than two weeks remaining until the arrival of 2013, it’s time for our annual review of the headlines and news stories that shaped the past year for Kingstonians. Last December, a majority of our readers voted that the Shafia Family murder trial was the top story of 2011,

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