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CUPE: Kingston hospital staff ‘exhausted and demoralized’ during pandemic

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is reporting that staff morale is low and stress is high at Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) as the COVID-19 pandemic has continued for nearly a year. Citing months of “gruelling long hours, critical staff shortages, and an environment where there is no

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COVID-19 and first responders: How the pandemic has impacted Kingston’s emergency services

Stay-at-home orders, arrows on the floors of business, lineups outside grocery stores – one need only look around to see the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted and changed a lot of things. But some of the impacts aren’t seen by the majority of citizens – the work and lives of our

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Dr. Moore updates City Council on healthcare capacity, COVID-19 vaccines and more

Kingston’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore addressed City Council on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020 to provide an update on COVID-19 in the area. He said Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public Health is working with Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) to plan the distribution of the Moderna

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Inmates at Millhaven Institution end hunger strike over living conditions

A five-day hunger strike by prisoners at Millhaven Institution came to an end on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, according to Correctional Services Canada (CSC). Inmates in the 29-person 2L range of the prison reportedly started their strike on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020 in protest of their living conditions. “Management at

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Petition calls for expanded Caregiver rights, in pandemic and beyond

An advocacy group made up of researchers, physicians, caregivers and other partners have launched a campaign targeting hospitals and long-term care facilities. Caregivers4Change released a Declaration of Family Caregiver Rights and Responsibilities on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, as well as a petition requesting its formal adoption. “I really hope that

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Four major Ontario teachers’ unions taking legal action against provincial government

The four largest teacher and education worker unions in the province is filing formal appeals with the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB), the unions announced on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. The Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO), the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), the Ontario English Catholic

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Queen’s addresses tuition costs during remote course delivery

For the past few months, thousands of students across Ontario have taken to social media, expressing confusion over why tuition costs will remain the same when most courses are being delivered online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here in Kingston, a number of Queen’s University students have done the same.

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Details from the LDSB on the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year

Following a special meeting of the Limestone District School Board (LDSB) on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, The Kingstonist interviewed Board Director Krishna Burra. The interview took place on a packed news day, with two other major developments in Ontario education on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. In the early afternoon, Ontario’s

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City of Kingston addresses cleaning costs for former Fairfield Manor sites

At their meeting held Tuesday, Jun. 23, 2020, Kingston City Council received a report for information that outlined the cleaning costs associated with the former Fairfield Manor sites. The two sites – formerly Fairfield Manor West on Ridley Court, and Fairfield Manor East on McLean Court – are currently being

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Arthur: Nothing less than transparency and accountability in long-term care

The following is a submitted Op/Ed piece. The views and opinions expressed in this letter do not necessarily reflect those of Kingstonist. On June 2nd, I stood up in the Legislature and asked the Minister of Long-Term Care Merrilee Fullerton if she would commit to a judicial inquiry into the

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Masks now mandatory in indoor public settings in KFL&A

Kingston’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kieran Moore has issued a public health order making masks mandatory inside any indoor public setting. Mayor Bryan Paterson issued the announcement on YouTube on Friday, Jun 26, 2020.  “That means masks will be required for going into grocery stores, retail stores, restaurants, hair and

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Fort Henry, Upper Canada Village, set to reopen

The St. Lawrence Parks Commission (SLPC) has announced its historic sites, Fort Henry and Upper Canada Village will reopen Wednesday, Jul. 1, 2020. “We have truly missed welcoming guests,” said Geoff Waycik, Director of Historic Sites. “Our teams have been hard at work preparing the grounds and adjusting programming to

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