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Your candidates for Kingston and the Islands: Shelley Sayle-Udall, PPC

Raised here in Kingston, Shelley Sayle-Udall (People’s Party of Canada – PPC) is a mental health therapist, currently working with Maltby Centre. As a mother and mental health care professional, her concerns regarding mental health challenges, particularly in children, brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic inspired her involvement in federal

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Over 100 local businesses supported by Kingston Pandemic Recovery Program

The Kingston Pandemic Recovery Program, a partnership program between Kingston Economic Development Corporation (Kingston EcDev) and The City of Kingston is has been awarded to 111 local businesses. The program received 264 applications requesting $2.4M in funding, according to a release from Kingston EcDev. This program assists small businesses in Kingston,

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Queen’s cleanout: the good, the bad, and the creative

What do 300 computer chairs, 500 bags of non-perishable food items, and a brand new Canada Goose jacket have in common? You might be shocked to learn they are all things thrown out last week by students departing Kingston for the summer. “The last couple of weeks it’s been crazy,”

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Ontario Small Business Support Grants lack support for local businesses

Businesses in the Kingston area are experiencing difficulties and delays when applying for the Ontario Small Business Support Grant. When they need help or have questions about the grant, many say they are left floundering after calling the so-called helpline. Launched in January, the Ontario Small Business Support Grant provides

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KFLA Board of Health endorses paid sick days for all Ontario workers

The Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Board of Health will be sending a letter to the provincial government urging them to guarantee paid sick days for all Ontario workers. The motion passed at their monthly Board meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2021. The motion calls on the provincial government

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City Council moves property tax deadline, plans small business tax deferral

City Council has moved the 2020 final property tax deadline to Monday, Aug 31. The decision was made at a special council meeting on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, following a staff recommendation. Kingston property owners usually pay their final tax bill at the end of June. “The billing was deferred

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Webinar aims to help business owners navigate government programs

The City of Kingston, in partnership with the Kingston Economic Development Corporation and KPMG LLP, will be conducting a webinar to help small and medium sized businesses navigate government programs related to COVID-19. The pandemic has forced many of Kingston’s small businesses to take immediate action to protect their staff

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Under pressure: Supporting small businesses during enforcement of the Quarantine Act

Local news sources including the Kingstonist report that the City of Kingston and Loyalist Township have declared a state of emergency as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The declaration from the Medical Officer of Health of KFL&A, Dr. Kieran Moore initiates the emergency plan of our municipality, even more

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Alberta MP Bob Benzen visits Kingston for business roundtable

Bob Benzen, Conservative Member of Parliament for the Calgary Heritage riding of Alberta, arrived in Kingston on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 to sit down with local small business owners and manufacturers. Benzen, who owns an oil and gas services company in Alberta, wanted to speak with local businesspeople about “the

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Why the term ‘shop local’ matters

Written by Judy Christian Everyone has heard different groups and cities touting the ‘Shop Local’ message, but why does it actually matter? When you shop in downtown Kingston, you aren’t just supporting a business, you are supporting a family, a young employee, or a kid’s parent. You are keeping Kingston

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