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2014 Municipal Election Results

The 2014 Municipal Election did not disappoint local political junkies and those with a keen interest on the goings on at City Hall!  When the polls around Kingston officially closed yesterday evening, it was still anyone’s guess as to who would emerge victorious as our new Mayor and members of City Council. While other

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Six Questions for Rick Downes

Our final mayoral candidate interview features the current councillor for Cataraqui district, Rick Downes. Downes’ record on the municipal stage includes past stints as the school trustee for the former Frontenac County Board, numerous terms as the councillor for King’s Town district, and two unsuccessful bids to become Mayor of

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Early Mayoral Predictions

With election signs and campaign offices popping up all over the city, next month’s municipal election has finally started to grab our attention. Granted, we’re still in denial of the fact that summer is officially over, still in shock of Mayor Gerretsen’s decision not to seek election, and still waiting

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Questions for Kingston’s Mayoral Hopefuls

This time next month, Kingstonians will be heading to the polls to elect a new Mayor, members of City Council and School Board Trustees.  The resulting composition of City Council will be considerably different come October 28th, as three of our current Councillors (Downes, Hector and Paterson) have given up their seats in

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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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Most Significant Recent Political Headline

With the municipal election just a couple of months away and a federal election coming in one year, there has been a lot of discussion about politics in Kingston this summer.  Those discussions brought with them some big announcements from our current political leaders and future hopefuls and have been

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Referendum to Decide Fate of Casino

When Kingstonians head to the polls during next Fall’s municipal election, the seats occupied by Councillors and the Mayor may not be the only things decided by voters. Last week, council unanimously voted in favour of conducting a referendum to decide, once and for all, what position the City of

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Hall Monitor: Integrity Versus Reality

Last night, city council, staff and the public gathered in City Hall for Kingston City Council meeting number 03-2014. The city has published the agenda online… but there were no addeds, oddly. For the most part, last night’s meeting came down to one topic. Yes, a few other things happened –

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Best of 2013: Hall Monitor: Late to the Party

Twice a month our loyal followers tune in to Twitter to catch #ygkc, a play-by-play (tweet-by-tweet) of the proceedings inside City Hall’s council chambers. This past year, City Council meetings went on a mini-road trip, as they were hosted at various venues around the Limestone City, while Council Chambers were

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Hall Monitor: Sign of Change

Last night, city council, staff and the public gathered in City Hall for Kingston City Council meeting number 02-2014. The city has published the agenda and addeds online. A quick note before today’s summary; as a result of the fire that consumed the north-west corner of Princess and Victoria streets

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Hall Monitor: Late to the Party

Last night, city council, staff and the public gathered in City Hall for Kingston City Council meeting number 01-2014. The city has published the agenda and addeds online. Our meeting last night was, for the most part, a quick one – clocking in at just about an hour and a

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Hall Monitor: Cycle Break

Last night, city council, staff and the public gathered in City Hall for Kingston City Council meeting number 21-2013. The city has published the agenda and addeds online. While we opened with a bit of debate over how to procedurally add a few delegations to the agenda, most of the

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