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Celina Caesar-Chavannes talks systemic racism, new role at Queen’s Faculty of Health Sciences

Former Member of Parliament Celina Caesar-Chavannes is taking on a new role at Queen’s University to help remove barriers for aspiring Black medical students. Queen’s University Faculty of Health had a policy against admitting Black students on the books from 1918 to 2018, enforced until 1965. The University repealed the

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Opinion: As the 2020 KP Tour season closes, change is needed

Editorial note: The following is a submitted Op/Ed piece. The views and opinons expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. Kingston is a prison city and has been for almost two centuries, impacting prisoners, carceral officers, their families, and local communities. Yet, still absent in the tours at

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Kingston researchers aim to document anti-Asian racism during pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed Canadian society over the past five months. Now, a research project from KEYS Job Centre aims to understand its connection to perceived anti-Asian racism in Kingston. “This particular virus and the way it has been politicized by some — down south, but also here by

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Community Soapbox: Racism and policing in Kingston’s recent past

Editorial note: The following is a submitted op/ed piece by Steven Maynard and does not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of Kingstonist. This past Tuesday, I joined hundreds of other Kingstonians in McBurney Park for a Black Lives Matter demonstration. The vigil was part of the global outrage over

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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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Police, mayor address anti-police graffiti ahead of Black Lives Matter vigil

Over the past week, the situation in the United States has reached a fever pitch, resulting in rallies and peaceful protests across America and around the world. The rallies began after the death of George Floyd, a black man from Minneapolis, Minnesota who died of asphyxiation, according to an independent

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Racism in Kingston is alive and, well…

  Canadians were horrified by the terrorist attack on the Muslim community at Christchurch, New Zealand. Our own country has experienced similar violence, with the Quebec City Mosque shootings back in January 2017. While we might wish to believe Islamophobia and white nationalism are an isolated – or far off

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Police seek public assistance to identify graffiti suspect

            Kingston Police have released the above photos and are asking for public assistance in identifying the suspect involved in numerous acts of mischief involving racially-charged graffiti. The incidents all occurred in the early morning of Friday, Apr. 5, 2019. Kingstonist reported on the incidents that occurred on the

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Kingston WritersFest presents Charles Frazier in Conversation

Twenty years after he released the best-selling historical novel Cold Mountain, writer Charles Frazier released Varina earlier this year – and it couldn’t come at a more perfect time. Admittedly, Frazier had no desire to return to the Civil War in his writing. He was actually working on other projects

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Kingston residents may receive phone calls from Statistics Canada

The City of Kingston wants to make residents aware that they may receive a phone call from Statistics Canada from now until Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. Statistics Canada is conducting a survey to “measure the effectiveness of anti-discrimination programs aimed at making Kingston more inclusive and welcoming,” according to a

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