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School Board Incurs Enormous Legal Costs to Close High Schools

The applicants for the legal action against the Limestone District School Board in Kingston, Ontario, say they are very surprised that the School Board spent over $250,000 on a case that took only a day and a half in court. Save KCVI and the Sydenham District Association appealed the School

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Best of 2014: In Pursuit of Memorial Collegiate High School

The impending closure of KCVI and the fight to stop it have been hot topics in YGK for a couple of years now.  The discussion surrounding the closure of Ontario’s oldest public high school has been met with many opinions and varying ideas of what to do next.  While many

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Strong Liberal Support in Pre-Election Poll

Since the election was called, our household has received nearly half a dozen phone calls from campaign offices looking to shore up support for local candidates, as well as from pollsters surveying how the vote might go down in ridings such as Kingston and the Islands.  The results of one

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Election Annoyances

It’s election time in Ontario (in case you somehow missed it) and while I am grateful to live in a democratic society and enjoy a good political debate from time to time, this election has felt like more of a nuisance than anything else.  It’s spring and there are so

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‘Move on’ says Kiwala, while Holland and Kiley Continue Support to Save Schools

The Kingston community should ‘move on’ and accept the provincial decision to close KCVI and QECVI, says Sophie Kiwala, Liberal candidate for Kingston and the Islands. Kiwala’s remarks in a recent CFRC radio interview indicate that the candidate has changed her position on the schools issue. Originally a supporter of

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In Pursuit of Memorial Collegiate High School

With last Monday’s announcement that the Ministry of Education would provide $35 million to construct a consolidated secondary school in Kingston, one would think that supporters of the province’s oldest public school, Kingston Collegiate & Vocational Institute, might have been dealt a final, crushing blow.  As we’ve seen during the one-and-a-half-year-long

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Members of Save KCVI React Angrily to Ministry of Education’s Refusal to Consider Appeal

Members of Save KCVI are angry that the Ministry of Education has refused to even consider their appeal of the school closure decision. Save KCVI filed an appeal of the school closure decision with the Ontario Ministry of Education; posted on the Save KCVI website. The Ministry has declined to

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Hall Monitor: Pet School District

Last night, city council, staff and the public gathered in City Hall for Kingston City Council meeting number 19-2013. The city has published the agenda and addeds online. The agenda, admittedly, seemed fairly quick – until we got there, any way, and a number of un-published additions were added. As

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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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Hall Monitor: Representative Cartography

While April’s meetings are a little off from our regular schedule, our council and city staff took to Council Chambers last night for our regular meeting, sort  of; and as usual, the agenda and addeds are available on the city website. I suppose I’ll get the easy part over with first.

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Hall Monitor: Big Things Coming Down the Pipe

Last night, city council, staff and members of the public trekked back over the bridge – this time to Currie Hall at RMC – for what should be our last in the series of off-site meetings. As one might expect, the agenda and addeds are available on the city website.

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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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