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Over 400 City of Kingston-paid employees named to annual ‘Sunshine List’

A dozen people employed through the City of Kingston brought home over $170,000 in salary for the 2020 year, according to the provincial government. On Friday, Mar. 19, 2021, the Government of Ontario published its annual public sector salary disclosure – the so-called Sunshine List of those public sector employees

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Province announces expansion of vaccine delivery channels

As vaccine supply increases, the Ontario government is expanding the delivery channels available to administer COVID-19 vaccines to include pharmacies and primary care settings. The KFL&A region is among the first to offer the vaccine at local pharmacies. As of Friday, Mar. 12, 2021 over 325 pharmacies will be offering

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Kingston area to pilot COVID-19 vaccines through pharmacies

On Thursday, Mar. 4, 2021, Dr. Kieran Moore, Medical Officer of Health for Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health, held a press conference to update the media on the latest happenings regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Moore discussed a variety of topics with reporters, beginning with further explanation of

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Dr. Moore explains discrepancies in vaccination rollout between regions

As we stay at home, watching the Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccination plans roll out, many in the KFL&A region are wondering why other Public Health regions in the province seem to be ahead of us. Indeed, some Ontario Health Units are taking bookings for vaccinations, while KFL&A awaits more doses of

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Opinion: It’s time to power a green future

The following is a submitted op/ed. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. I am writing to inform Kingstonians about an important motion going before council Tuesday, January 19, 2021. I am grateful that Councillors Holland and Kiley are bringing this motion forward. It

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Ford declares second provincial emergency due to COVID-19 pandemic

Citing the doubling of COVID-19 cases in the province of the past two weeks, Premier Doug Ford declared a second provincial State of Emergency on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. The move is also in response to the “real and looming threat of the collapse of the province’s hospital system and

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Dr. Moore: KFL&A region may still avoid Orange Community Status

Kingston’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore says that the Kingston Frontenac, Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public Health region is approaching, but still able to avoid, the Orange level of provincially mandated public health restrictions. “Our rate of illness is around 20 per 100,000 per week,” he said, describing

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Adverse vaccine side effects expected to be ‘one in a million’

Kingston’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore says he wants the federal government to make it easier for people to get compensation if they experience adverse side effects from vaccination. “At present in most of Canada except for Quebec, if you have an adverse event associated with immunization…. you

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NDP: No help coming from government to relieve family doctor shortage

A motion to act on the family doctor shortage in Kingston was voted down on its final vote, which means more help to recruit and retain family doctors in Kingston and the Islands is not on the way. NDP MPP Ian Arthur (Kingston and the Islands) presented the motion in

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Queen’s receives $4.3M from province for infrastructure renewal projects

David Piccini, MPP of Northumberland—Peterborough South, stopped at Queen’s University on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020 to announce new infrastructure funding for the institution. Piccini is the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Colleges and Universities at Queen’s Park in Toronto. Joined by Queen’s University Provost Mark Green outside Mitchell Hall,

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Dr. Moore: The risk is higher now than it’s ever been in our community

Correction: During an interview, Dr. Moore said repeatedly that there were 39 active cases on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, however, KFL&A Public Health has since retracted that statement, as three cases were later declared resolved. There were actually 36 active cases at the end of the day on Monday, Nov.

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Opinion: Rebuild of Extendicare Kingston can be part of Ontario solution to modernize long-term care

The following is a submitted Op/Ed article. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. As Ontario confronts a second wave of COVID-19, Extendicare Kingston is well prepared to meet the difficult challenges that undoubtedly lie ahead. All of us who consider seniors care a

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