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Remembering Eric Lee: ‘He was a Kingston icon’

Photo by Cris Vilela.   Some people pass and are celebrated widely, but quickly forgotten. Others leave this life without even a formal obituary, but are easily remembered. Sadly, it seems the latter is the case for Eric Lee, a former mayoral candidate and locally-famed ‘Elevator Guy’ from his days

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Eric Lee seeks elevation to Kingston’s highest office

A little less than a week before nominations for Kingston’s municipal elections closed, Eric Lee decided to get the necessary nomination signatures and throw his proverbial hat in the ring for the mayor’s seat, ending the possibility of incumbent Bryan Paterson obtaining an acclamation in the 2018 election. While it

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The Things You Can’t Find/Buy Downtown

Over the past decade, downtown Kingston has lost many notable multipurpose and specialty retail stores including S&R, Zellers, Downtown Kingston Sports, Indigo, Just HiFi and the list goes on.  Such losses have made buying things from cheap underwear to hockey sticks and even televisions an difficult feat to accomplish along

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Balancing Heritage and Development in Kingston

Our final post from our Best of 2012 is a recent poll regarding the construction of new buildings or the revitalization of old buildings in Kingston’s historic downtown.  Prompted by the latest additions of Milestones and other shops and offices in the old S&R, and the reformation of the TD

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Balancing Heritage and Development in Kingston

In a city like Kingston, it’s hard to miss the history that is all around us.  From our narrow roads and nineteenth century architecture, to our historic landmarks, the past is everywhere.  This is a gift in many ways.  It’s an authentic part of Kingston’s culture that people come from

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The Fate of Kingston’s International Hockey Hall of Fame

Last July, beloved hockey commentator Don Cherry lent his support to a proposal to re-locate the International Hockey Hall of Fame (IHHOF) from its York Street location to the historic, newly renovated Smith Robinson Building.  Presently, the IHHOF is tucked away in an aging two storey building on the southeast

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Best of 2011: One Bag Per Household Limit

In an effort to curb the city’s waste by 65%, we’ve seen the introduction of an organic recycling program, an expanded list of acceptable blue box materials and now a one bag per household limit. Thankfully Kingston has moved away from talking about forcing people to use clear garbage bags,

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The Year That Was

With less than two weeks to go until Christmas, and New Year’s a mere three weeks away, it’s time for our annual review of the news stories and issues that shaped this past year. Will we remember 2011 as the year that Confederation Park was, for a short time, occupied

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The State of… Lower Princess (Part 1 of 3)

Two years ago Kingstonist published a three part series that explored the ever-changing landscape of downtown storefronts, with a specific focus on new business and vacant commercial real estate.  Back in 2009, high taxes, the recession, aging infrastructure as well as competition from new big box outlets were being blamed

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Don Cherry Supports IHHOF Re-Location

The story of how the International Hockey Hall of Fame (IHHOF) came to be established in Kingston, and was later cast aside by the National Hockey League (NHL) is ripe with intrigue.  Over the years, the new, official Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto has allegedly attempted to procure the

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The State of… Lower Princess (Part 1 of 3)

With this week’s announcement that Downtown Kingston Sports is set to close up shop after 112 years of dutiful service, the Limestone City’s core is set to lose another iconic fixture.  In this case, high taxes, the recession, as well as competition from big box outlets and online competitors, are

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More About Historic Kingston Shops

Some weeks ago, I wrote some personal observations about the shopping area in the historic area of downtown Kingston. My concern was the future of the area as tourist numbers continue to decline and when the current economic downturn has become a worry for everyone. But it was also about

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