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Local school bus operators run drive-by protest

Local school bus operators in Kingston held a drive-by demonstration outside Limestone District School Board (LDSB) headquarters on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. They were protesting a provincially mandated Request for Proposal (RFP) process initiated the night before by Tri-Board Transportation Services, who award school bus contracts in the area. Approximately

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Locals stage sunrise demonstration against Trans Mountain Pipeline

A group of activists gathered early on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 to stage a demonstration against the Trans Mountain Pipeline. About 15 people met at the Pollution statue along the King Street West waterfront at 6:30 a.m. to hang banners, distribute flyers and hold a small vigil. Their demonstration coincided

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Protest against housing shortage and homelessness held outside City Hall

A demonstration in solidarity with Kingston’s homeless took place outside City Hall Tuesday evening. Starting at 6:30 p.m. The Kingston District Labour Council (KDLC), the Katarokwi (Kingston) Union of Tenants and other concerned citizens said they were protesting the eviction of people living in Belle Park, as well as the

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Rally at Belle Park calls for solidarity with occupants

Approximately 200 people came out in solidarity with the homeless occupants of Belle Park at an on-site rally on the evening of Tuesday, Jul. 7, 2020. Hosted by Mutual Aid Katarokwi Kingston (MAKK), the event saw park residents and community supporters take turns speaking and playing music before a masked,

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The rally, the racism, the work: Reflecting on a week of race relations in Kingston

Last week, Jemma Dooreleyers attended to rallies in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, and attended Kingston: Let’s Talk Race, an conversation on race in Kingston. Here, she reflects on those events, what she saw, and what she heard. The rally “Black lives matter,” “Say their names,” and “No justice, no

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Organizers, Kingston Police address concerns about upcoming protest

Concerns have been mounting over the ‘Justice for George Floyd & All Police Racism Victims protest set to occur on Saturday, Jun. 6, 2020 in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. The primary concern many have voiced about the event is that the organizers invited Kingston Police to formally attend, and

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Large crowd comes out in solidarity with Black Lives Matter

Around 800 Kingstonians gathered in McBurney Park on the evening of Tuesday, Jun. 2, 2020 in solidarity with the Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) who have died by the hands of police in Canada and the United States. According to Black Luck Collective’s Facebook page, the vigil was

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CUPE calls on government to extend benefits to front-line workers

Members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 1974 protested outside of Kingston General Hospital (KGH) at various points of the day on Thursday, May 14, 2020.  The protest was to make a statement to the Ontario government that every worker in the hospital is a front line worker.  This

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CN forced to shut down parts of rail network, obtained injunctions

The Canadian National Railway Company (CN) has announced that it will be “forced to shut down significant parts of its Canadian network imminently” unless the blockades on its rail lines are removed. The announcement came from CN on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, and notes that the individuals blocking the lines

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VIA advises travellers to use other modes of transportation in coming days

As day six of the demonstration in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en territory continues just outside of Shannonville, VIA Rail has cancelled another day of train activity in the area. “Due to the blockade near Belleville (Ontario), VIA Rail wants to inform its passengers that all departures today, February 11 are cancelled

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Via Rail halts trains due to Wet’suwet’en demonstration near Shannonville

As demonstrations in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en territory continue for a second day near Shannonville, Via Rail has announced the stoppage of trains along both the Montreal-Toronto and Ottawa-Toronto corridor. “Due to the protesters currently blocking tracks near Belleville, Ontario, train service between Montreal and Toronto and between Ottawa and

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Trains stopped locally due to demonstration in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en

Trains along the Belleville-Kingston corridor came to a standstill as a demonstration is being staged on the CN Rail in the late afternoon of Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. Via Rail confirmed that trains stopped moving in both Kingston and Belleville due to the demonstration, and posts on social media state

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