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Montreal Street Collective set to open doors to Kingston community

Montreal Street Collective started after the partnership at Open Studios Kingston, an art studio and sewing shop, ended just before the pandemic hit. One of the partners, Vanessa Martin, worked through the idea of a thrift shop during the pandemic. Amid the financial challenges, Martin put together a new business

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KFL&A Public Health Board members ‘fully endorse’ in-person learning

Members of the Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health Board unanimously approved a motion “fully endorsing” students’ return to in-person learning as soon as possible. “We fully endorse (students) returning to school, in particular in our region where our incidence of disease is low,” said Dr. Kieran

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YMCA updates staff, protocols before reopening

The YMCA of Eastern Ontario is re-opening their facilities for members on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. “Our first priority has always been on the safety of everyone in our facilities and this re-opening phase will stay true to this approach” said Rob Adams, CEO, YMCA of Eastern Ontario. “Opening on

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H’art Centre opting for phased-in approach to reopening

Like many services, businesses, and charities, H’art Centre in downtown Kingston has faced a number of challenges and changes during the COVID-19 pandemic – and according to those with the organization, their staff met those challenges and changes head on. The not-for-profit community arts hub, which provides artists with disabilities

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KFPL now opening branches with limited capacity

Four branches of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL) are now open for visitors. The Central, Calvin Park, Isabel Turner and Sydenham locations are open and operational, with varying hours. “We look forward to welcoming our patrons back into our spaces,” says Director, Branch Experience, Nicole Charles. “We appreciate our

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Local YMCA readies to reopen in September

Over the next month and a half, residents can expect to see a flurry of activity at 100 Wright Crescent, as staff at the local YMCA work to reopen the facility. The staff at the YMCA of Eastern Ontario are readying to open the facility on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020,

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City confirms playgrounds reopen Friday

The City of Kingston has confirmed that municipal playgrounds will start to reopen on Friday, Jul. 17, 2020.  “Some playgrounds may open before others, as crews work to remove the safety fencing and caution tape in place,” said Erin Couch, Communications Officer for the City of Kingston.  The City closed

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City reopening municipal beaches and public washrooms

The City of Kingston will officially open municipal beaches, waterfront swim access points, and some public washrooms on Friday, Jun. 26, 2020. The City is reminding residents to maintain physical distancing by staying two metres (six feet) from others on the beach, in the water, and in public washrooms. The

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‘Room for change’ noted at Love Kingston Marketplace opening

The City of Kingston hosted a press conference to herald the opening of the Love Kingston Marketplace, a joint effort between the City of Kingston, Tourism Kingston, Kingston, Frontenac Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public Health and the Downtown Kingston BIA.  While some business owners have expressed concerns about the plan,

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Hall Monitor: Re-opening and re-location

Kingston City Council added a meeting to their calendar, sitting for meeting number 20-2020 (agenda) on Tuesday, Jun. 23, 2020 in its electronic format. Called a “special” meeting only because it falls outside of regular scheduling, council only received updates for the Stage 2 reopening plan and an update surrounding

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Live music not allowed on patios in KFL&A

After confusion – and upset from local musicians and local music fans – Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health has reiterated that live music is not allowed during Stage 2 of the Provincial Framework for Reopening. When it was initially announced that the KFL&A region, along with the

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Kingston Public Market readies to reopen by end of June

After a spring without it, one of Kingston’s most beloved and historic features is about to reopen, bringing flowers, fresh produce, and a variety of other offerings back to Springer Market Square. The Kingston Public Market – also known as the downtown farmers’ market – will return to Springer Market

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