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Low COVID-19 prevalence key for back-to-school safety, docs say

Three local doctors are offering COVID-19 safety advice to families as school reopening approaches. In a 25-minute YouTube video from Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public Health, Kingston’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore, Dr. Michael Dernyck and Dr. Kirk Leifso answer parents’ questions on coronavirus prevention in

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Poll: What is your decision for your children and the 2020-2021 school year?

With the 2020-2021 school year fast approaching, and with new information coming out daily on what the different models of curriculum delivery will look like, we want to hear from those in Kingston and the area about the decisions they’ve made with regard to their children for the upcoming school

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Controversial Sexual-Education Curriculum

This past February, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Education Minister Liz Sandals, unveiled the new sexual-education curriculum, which will be rolled out in public schools across the province in the fall of 2015.  It has been nearly two decades since the curriculum was last updated.  While many topics remain the

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The Big-Hearted Hallway

At this year’s Christmas parade, Krista LaRocque (née Rini), whom I haven’t seen in thirty years, was greeting the crowd, me included, along the route. Recognition dawned simultaneously: we hugged and agreed to meet for coffee. She’s brought several mementoes with her, including a t-shirt that bears our school’s simple

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The Closing of St. Joseph’s/St. Mary’s: The Red Brick Schoolhouse

There is an unpretentious building at the corner of Brock and Napier Streets. It’s a small, red brick schoolhouse, which offers classes to elementary-grade children. The history of this building is gentle and happy and, as with all things in life, it is taking the natural course of things: St.

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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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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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Schools Coalition Disappointed at “Sham” Process

“A sham” is what the Save Kingston City Schools coalition (SKCS) is calling the process to consider the closure of downtown high schools. The Program and Accommodation Review Committee (PARC) is considering the fate of three city schools: KCVI, LCVI and QECVI. At a meeting last night the PARC recommended

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Guide to Museums in Kingston

As one of Canada’s oldest cities, Kingston is rich with history.  You can find Canadian Heritage signs on buildings of all types, and monuments declaring the historical significance of various locations throughout the city.  Many of these sites still act as private homes and stores but we are also lucky

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