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2014 Municipal Election Results

The 2014 Municipal Election did not disappoint local political junkies and those with a keen interest on the goings on at City Hall!  When the polls around Kingston officially closed yesterday evening, it was still anyone’s guess as to who would emerge victorious as our new Mayor and members of City Council. While other

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Six Questions for Rick Downes

Our final mayoral candidate interview features the current councillor for Cataraqui district, Rick Downes. Downes’ record on the municipal stage includes past stints as the school trustee for the former Frontenac County Board, numerous terms as the councillor for King’s Town district, and two unsuccessful bids to become Mayor of

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Six Questions for Bryan Paterson

Bryan Paterson has served as the city councillor for Trillium District over the last four years. He first arrived in Kingston in the year 2000 as a graduate student at Queen’s University, while he is currently employed as a professor within the economic department at the Royal Military College of Canada. His contributions

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Six Questions for Scott Foster

Scott Foster is admittedly, and perhaps proudly, not a politician. That said, his interest in municipal affairs can be traced back to the early 1980s when he served on the City’s Planning Board, the Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee, and unsuccessfully bid ran to become the Public Utilities Commissioner. Originally from Winnipeg,

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Six Questions for Brenda Slomka

I love this country, our city, the outdoors, my bike, good literature, idea generation and strategic plans.  As a Student Affairs professional and engaged citizen I have budgeted, built teams and bolstered quality of life for many years. I have served on numerous committees (Building and Properties, Town and Gown,

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Six Questions for Dorothy Hector

Our mayoral candidate interview series continues today featuring Dorothy Hector. A Kingstonian and Councillor of Lakeside District since 2006, Dorothy was a member of the first class of Lady Cadets to enter the Royal Military College of Canada, where she obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Her resume includes numerous

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Six Questions for Michael J.M. Owen

Today we kick off our mayoral interview series with Michael J.M. Owen. Owen is a lifelong Kingstonian and local business owner who has cultivated an impressive resume volunteering for a host of non-profit organizations. He is self-described as “not a politician”, while he entered the 2014 municipal election with the hope of

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Additions to King’s Crossing Phase Two

In 2008 King’s Crossing began to tempt shoppers with their factory outlet fashion power center on the north side of Dalton Avenue, while Canadian Tire, No Frills, Empire Theatres and St. Hubert were soon to follow on the southern half of the property.  Save for St. Hubert’s lackluster performance and

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Referendum to Decide Fate of Casino

When Kingstonians head to the polls during next Fall’s municipal election, the seats occupied by Councillors and the Mayor may not be the only things decided by voters. Last week, council unanimously voted in favour of conducting a referendum to decide, once and for all, what position the City of

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Best of 2013: Casino in Kingston

Kingstonist is all about getting the community talking about anything and everything Kingston related.  Our Community Soapbox offers an opportunity for readers to air their opinions, grievances and praise about the topic of their choice.  The possible addition of a casino to Kingston has been, and continues to be, a

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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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Hit the Deck: A Kingston Gaming Facility Recap

As some of my regular readers know, I work a full time job with an overnight shift. Working nights has its perks for sure, but one of the downfalls is an awkward sleep schedule. This schedule bit me this week, and when I laid down for my usual afternoon nap

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