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Climate crisis, health care hot discussion points as PM endorses Bossio in Napanee

On the first day of campaigning, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a surprise visit to Napanee’s waterfront on Monday, Aug. 16, 2021, in support of Liberal Candidate Mike Bossio’s campaign to return to Parliament. Bossio, who was ousted as MP in the last election by controversial, then-Conservative now-independent MP Derek

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KHSC healthcare workers less than 75 per cent compliant with COVID-19 immunization policy

In late July, Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC), the governing body overseeing two of the largest hospitals in Kingston, announced plans for instituting a “COVID-19 immunization policy.” Those plans allowed healthcare workers at KHSC hospitals and sites to opt for one of three options by no later than Friday, Jul.

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KHSC healthcare workers to complete one of three options regarding COVID-19 vaccinations

Healthcare workers at Kingston’s hospitals will have to complete one of three options regarding COVID-19 vaccinations by the end of July 2021, according to Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC). Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health reported last week that over 80 per cent of those over the age

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Kingston Health Coalition calls on Ford to ‘correct critical condition’ in LTC

About a dozen demonstrators gathered at the corner of Sir John A. Macdonald and Princess streets Thursday, Jul. 22, 2021 to raise awareness of the “critical condition” in long-term care (LTC) homes. “The Ford government has to take firm action to correct the critical condition [in long-term care homes]. He

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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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KFL&A Public Health urges two weeks’ of Davies 5 unit attendees to get COVID-19 testing

After declaring a COVID-19 outbreak on the Davies 5 unit of Kingston General Hospital (KGH), Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health has released information indicating that nearly two weeks’ worth of individuals who attended that unit should go get tested. In a press release issued on Friday, Jul.

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Creativity Studio Artists say thank you to Kingston healthcare workers

A pervasive sense of gratitude for the work of Kingston health services employees prompted a group of local artists to give back in the best way they know how; through their art. As ICUs in the GTA buckled under the third wave of the COVID-19Pandemic, the nine resident artists in

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Greater Napanee Council asks Premier to better support nurses

Premier Doug Ford will be receiving a letter from Greater Napanee Council pleading for the province to better support nurses and other frontline staff. Councillor John McCormack wrote a letter to council asking for support in writing the Premier of Ontario to amend Bill 124 for better treatment of nurses.

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Letter: Lessons in gratitude – Be thankful for our healthcare workers

Editorial note: The following is a submitted letter to the editor. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. I’ve recently had to spend 10 days in the hospital due to non-Covid related issue. After a year of not working and a non-existent to-do list or

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Two Kingston pharmacies now offering asymptomatic COVID-19 testing

Update (Friday, Nov. 27, 2020): Two more pharmacies in Kingston and the area are now offering asymptomatic COVID-19 testing: The Med+ Pharmacy at 277 Bath Road, and the Loyalist Pharmacy – Pharmasave at 200 Speers Boulevard. Original article: Kingstonians who do not have any symptoms of COVID-19, but require testing

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KHSC testing virtual at-home care for recovering patients

In an effort to prepare for surges in demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals everywhere are looking for strategies to manage their patient capacity. Now, Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) is one of six hospital organizations taking part in a national study on remote patient care following surgery. “There may

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Frontline workers petitioning to keep free parking at hospitals during pandemic

Sascha Davis had never had to pay for parking at her job in her life… That is, until she started working for Kingston General Hospital (KGH) in December of 2010. At first she was paying $10 per shift, then $15 per shift, then $20 per shift, just so she could

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