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Best of 2015: Dreaming of a Data-Smart City

Since its inception in 2010, our Community Soapbox has allowed Kingstonist’s readers to contribute their thoughts and ideas to the site through op-ed posts. We have published numerous submissions exploring topics ranging from cycling in Kingston to the great casino debate, and from reckless development to election signs. We love

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Dreaming of a Data-Smart City

Kingston Fire and Rescue recently announced support for a potentially lifesaving mobile application – PulsePoint. CPR-trained individuals, who have downloaded the app, can be alerted when someone nearby is in cardiac arrest. This simple technology can extend the possibility of saving a life if a trained community member is able

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Feasibility of Uber in Kingston

Over the past few months, numerous Canadian cities have been forced to contend with a new transit service provider who is changing our expectations of on-demand transportation. The uber-popular and uber-controversial Uber is an app-based transportation network and taxi company that connects independent drivers with riders, providing real time maps

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Kingston-to-Toronto GO Train Expansion

Mayor Gerretsen’s recent decision to seek the soon-to-be-vacant federal Liberal nomination caught a lot of people by surprise, including city councilors and prospective mayoral candidates.  One such councilor, Rick Downes, saw the announcement as an opportunity to launch his third bid for the city’s mayoralty.  While Downes has served as

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Peddling into a Smart City

With only one month before the winter parking ban sets in, Kingstonians alike are on the lookout to lock down available parking spots. With approximately 3,7000 parking spaces available downtown in conjunction with 1,400 street side metered parking spaces, it’s no wonder why our city with over 115,000 civilians are

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Hall Monitor: Fore The Animals

Last night, city council, staff and the public gathered in City Hall for Kingston City Council meeting number 17-2013. The city has published the agenda and addeds online. By far, council’s two biggest items on the agenda were easy to spot from a mile away: The biggest, of course, being

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Mayor Hopes to Expand Free Grade Nine Bus Pass Initiative

On Tuesday night, Kingston City Council will decide the future of Kingston Transit’s free bus pass for grade nine students, a pilot this year. Mayor Mark Gerretsen hopes to see the initiative continued for the 2013/14 school year and extended to include grade ten students, in partnership with local school

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Hall Monitor: Speed Test

Last night, we all met back at Council Chamber for our regular council meeting – this time with even more of the new tech on trial. As always, the agenda and addeds are available on the city website. Council did a whole lot of… very little, really. We opened with

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Hall Monitor: Goes Back To School

Last night, city council took to the off-site, not-quite-a-horseshoe, for another one of our council meeting road trips. This time, we met in the large Davies Hall at the local St. Lawrence College campus. As always, the agenda and addeds are available on the city website. For what seemed like

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Grading Kingston’s City Council

This being the second year of their term in office, Councillors and Mayor Gerretsen are increasingly making their mark, for better or worse, on the Limestone City. City Council has passed motions that have relocated the International Hockey Hall of Fame, opened the door to the possibility of a casino,

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