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Letter: Give 30 Campaign thanks Kingston for overwhelming support

To the Members of the Kingston community, Monday, August 31, marked the final day of the Give 30 2020 Campaign. This year, the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic causing us to go into lockdown resulted in an early launch to ease the unexpected and increased needs brought to our local

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A community tribute to Terri Fleming

On August 31, 2020, Kingston lost a long-time, tireless worker for people who struggle with homelessness and all life’s challenges. Terri Fleming left a challenge to all of us – to ‘do an act for social change’ – and the community who knew her well will strive to meet that

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Local United Way launches fund to help those at risk respond to COVID-19

The United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) has announced a new fund aimed at helping the most vulnerable members of the local community during the current COVID-19 pandemic. On Friday, Mar. 20, 2020, the local United Way announced that the Anna and Edward C. Churchill Foundation has

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Local organizations partner to connect people to food and community

Through a partnership with Loving Spoonful, local poverty reduction program Circles Kingston is on a mission to build community around people who are on a journey out of poverty using the format of a weekly meal. Started in January 2018, Circles Kingston offers the Leaders program, where participants make plans

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Kingston Coalition Against Poverty hosts Town Hall on Homelessness

Although the City of Kingston and the United Way report that the number of people sleeping in shelters in the area is down 12 per cent since last year, that doesn’t issues of homelessness in Kingston have decreased. In fact, with fewer shelters in the city than ever before in

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Opioid-related deaths up 48 per cent and other key findings from 2018 Vital Signs

Every year, the Community Foundation for Kingston and area publishes ‘Vital Signs,’ a report card on the health and well-being of the population. This year marks a decade since the first Vital Signs report was published, allowing the Community Foundation to reflect on some of the areas critical to well-being

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Community Soapbox: When candidates come knocking, here’s what to ask them

Written by Brandon Tozzo Kingston’s municipal election is in October, and most campaigns are just getting off the ground. Thus far, unlike the casino in the last election, there doesn’t seem to be a major city-wide issue for voters. Prospective councillors and mayors will come knocking at your door in

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Top Five Things to See and Do in October 2016

With the arrival of fall comes cooler weather, a deluge of pumpkin spiced things and a tendency to hide under flannel and binge watch Netflix.  Although those glorious dog days of summer are now behind us, let’s not lose sight of the fact that there are plenty of reasons to

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What if Kingston…

On a recent trip to our nation’s capital, I came across a unique approach to deterring panhandling and collecting donations in support of Ottawa’s homeless population that showed real promise. On various approaches to the city’s historic Byward Market you’ll find orange coloured parking meters prominently placed near garbage and

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John Gerretsen Retires from Politics

John Gerretsen‘s lengthy political career began in 1972 when he was first elected as an Alderman for the Limestone City.  He went on to serve as Mayor of Kingston for three consecutive terms before finally stepping off of the municipal stage in 1988.  After taking a brief break from politics

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Hall Monitor: Pre-Summer Cleaning

Last night, city council, staff and the public gathered in City Hall for Kingston City Council meeting number 16-2013. The city has published the agenda and addeds online. The bulk of our meeting was fairly straight forward, by-the-books house-cleaning items. A handful of contracts for various services and software were

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