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Robert Kiley: I will not run in the 2022 municipal election

The following is a statement from Councillor Robert Kiley. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of Kingstonist. Kingstonians will go to the polls to vote for Mayor and Council in approximately one year. Elected office and public policy have been a passion, pursuit, and pleasure of

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Opinion: How big Internet Service Providers are increasing the digital divide

Editorial note: The following is a submitted op-ed. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. According to the Government of Canada’s figures, Canada has the second highest internet rates per gigabyte in the world. Our big Internet Service Providers (ISPs) – Bell, Rogers, Telus,

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Opinion: City’s Rideau Heights plans are bad for tenants

Editorial note: The following is a submitted op-ed written by Doug Yearwood. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of Kingstonist. If there’s one thing everyone can agree on, it’s that there is a housing crisis raging across Kingston.  Especially for working class people who are tenants,

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Give 30 Campaign thanks Kingston for overwhelming support of Partners in Mission Food Bank

To the Members of the Kingston community,   We have come to the end of another Give 30 Campaign in Kingston. August 31 marked our final day of this year’s campaign, which launched with the beginning of Ramadan in April and extended through the summer. For the past 18 months,

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KBA saves summer one little leaguer at a time

I will never be an athlete. Not unless sarcasm becomes an Olympic sport. I mean, I “did sports” as a child, mainly baseball and only because it was expected of me.  And then I did a stint of hyper-violent lacrosse and rugby in high school to take out my adolescent

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Letter: Shining the light on community-minded students

Editorial note: The following is a submitted letter to the editor. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of Kingstonist. Queen’s students have taken some flack this year about their group activities during the pandemic, their lack of social distancing, and their contribution to local outbreaks. As

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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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Letter: 12-year-old urges preservation of Amazon rainforest

The following is a submitted letter to the editor from a 12-year-old reader who asked to remain anonymous. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. Dear Editor, I am interested in saving the Amazon Rainforest from destruction and pollution, and I have made this

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Letter: Requesting removal of Sir John A statue in Kingston City Park

The following is a submitted open letter to Kingston City Council. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. Mayor Bryan Paterson and Kingston City Council, We are all aware of the recent discovery at Kamloops Indian Residential School. Since then, we have seen memorials

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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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‘It’s set up so you trip and fall’: What formerly incarcerated people have to say about coming out of prison into our community, and why it matters

Editorial note: the following is a submitted op-ed article. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. In Kingston, prisons are a familiar part of the local landscape. But even if you drive past a prison every day, you might never learn about the experiences

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Letter: Action against Hillier ‘censorship’

Editorial note: The following is a submitted letter to the Editor in reference to a recent motion before Kingston City Council seeking to inform the provincial government of its condemnation of MPP Randy Hillier’s recent actions. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. Dear

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