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Jeff Scott: The Countryside View – Hawaii as the new green oasis

Hawaii is a spectacular chain of islands with beautiful beaches, mountains, and exotic flowers. This is why one and a half million people call it home and 10 million more visit each year. But being out in the Pacific, 3,900 kilometres from the California coast, has its drawbacks. The islands

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What if Kingston…

In recent years, Kingston has embraced numerous eco-friendly initiatives in an effort to become Canada’s most sustainable city.  From organic waste collection to the 1,000 Solar Rooftops Challenge, city-wide LED streetlights and one garbage bag per household limit, we have undoubtedly established a very solid foundation for both a greener

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Hall Monitor: Fore The Animals

Last night, city council, staff and the public gathered in City Hall for Kingston City Council meeting number 17-2013. The city has published the agenda and addeds online. By far, council’s two biggest items on the agenda were easy to spot from a mile away: The biggest, of course, being

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Hall Monitor: Park The Vote

Our elected officials and city staff filled a very busy council chambers again last night for our regular council meeting and as usual, the agenda and addeds are available on the city website. The meeting paused at 8:51 pm to observe a minute of silence in memory of the tragedy that struck Boston

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Hall Monitor: Time Sensitive

Last night, our city council met off-site again, for the second meeting of the two… uh, make that five… of our meetings on the road and met in the Kingston Room at the Vimy Officer’s Mess at CFB Kingston. We had no Councillor George for this meeting due to a

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Hall Monitor: A Vicious Cycle

So last night, council got together for meeting number 26-2012 – but it felt like 25B-2012, since the agenda was just a completion of the items from last week. Half of an agenda, a wrong week for a meeting and a strange start time (6:00pm). If that doesn’t give an

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Belle Park Solar Farm

Belle Park consists of 108 acres of land situated on the western shore of the Cataraqui River. From 1952 to 1974, the area was utilized as a municipal landfill that closed as a result of mounting environmental pressures.  Part of the former dump site was re-purposed as a 9 hole

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Hall Monitor: Smoke and Fire

As they normally do right about at 7:30pm on some Tuesday evenings, council got together last night for a meeting. This time, it was 25-2012. Just from the agenda, I knew we were in for an interesting evening – and a full gallery. Sure enough, the city did, too, as

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Hall Monitor: Full House

Council met last night for meeting 21-2012 of Kingston City Council. I’ve joked about not commenting on meeting lengths before, but this was going to be a long one – and we knew it. You can find the agenda and addeds on the city’s website. The meeting last night was as busy

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Are We Getting Any Greener?

It has been quite some time since I last took the stage atop my environmental soapbox, but with news of Kingston’s green-ness spreading far and wide, the time has come for a brief, yet honest discussion about our stature as a sustainable community.  In a star studded, green carpet affair,

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