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Robert Kiley: I will not run in the 2022 municipal election

The following is a statement from Councillor Robert Kiley. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of Kingstonist. Kingstonians will go to the polls to vote for Mayor and Council in approximately one year. Elected office and public policy have been a passion, pursuit, and pleasure of

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Opinion: Tell the whole story about Sir John

The following is a submitted Op-Ed article. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. What to do with Sir John A’s towering presence in City Park? Is it right to look up to him? That’s the question Kingston City Council will tackle head on

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Kingston police chief responds to calls to ‘defund’ at City Council Meeting

Kingston Police Chief Antje McNeely spoke to City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, invited, she said, to explain how the force uses their capital and operating budget. Specifically, McNeely said she was asked to talk about “how the police budget has been constructed to deal with the concerns raised

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Kingston City Council passes ban on ‘conversion therapy’

Kingston City Council has passed a motion to ban the practice of conversion therapy within the municipality. “I think in June, when we see the pedestrian crossing [outside City Hall] painted the colours of the rainbow, I think we can with pride know that we’ve really earned that privilege,” said

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Open Letter To Minister Steve Clark re: Ranked Ballots (Bill 218)

The following open letter was penned by Kingston City Councillor Robert Kiley on the evening of Monday, Nov. 2, 2020 — the night before Kingston City Council will, once again, vote on the matter of ranked ballots. Dear Minister Clark; Thank you for your ongoing leadership and ever-listening ear. You

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Heritage vs Development? Kingston, Kamala Harris and the truth about false choices

In the lead up to the hotly anticipated US Vice Presidential debate earlier this month, I read 2019’s The Truths We Hold. The book – part memoir, part manifesto – by Kamala Harris, current Democratic VP candidate, was surprisingly good. In fact, I was taken aback on a number of

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Council approves next steps in Reconciliation, Macdonald legacy projects

City councillors have agreed to move ahead in pursuit of a sole source contract with First People’s Group, an Indigenous advisory firm in Ottawa that specialize in management consulting and reconciliation. The City is embarking on the third phase of its Indigenous reconciliation initiative, “Engage for Change: #YGK Reconciliation Journey,”

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Council approves Unity Farm Inn & Spa development

City Council has approved a zoning bylaw and Official Plan amendment for the development of Unity Farm Inn & Spa after a lengthy, impassioned debate. Gary Oosterhof, the councillor for Countryside District where the development will be located, implored his colleagues once again to reject the project. “This development as

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Council delays spa decision to consult climate change specialists

Kingston City Council has voted to defer by one month their decision on zoning bylaw and Official Plan amendments for 2285 and 2311 Battersea Rd. The site is the location of a proposed hospitality venue, Unity Farm Inn & Spa, by BPE development. At a council meeting on Tuesday, Aug.

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Eviction, empathy, and engagement: The complex case of Belle Park

A new encampment with many needs I received my first tip about the Belle Park encampment approximately three weeks ago from a resident of Kingston’s Inner Harbour. I had not driven past the outer Montreal Street park for many months, at least since the start of the pandemic in early

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The clarity and hope of COVID-19

It has been almost three months since I wrote a column for the local press. Between balancing my day job as a supply teacher and role as a city councillor; renovating then selling my financée’s house as we prepare for marriage; planning a wedding; and trying to keep up some

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