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City approves recommendations on Rapid Housing Initiative funding

At the Tuesday, Aug 10, 2021, virtual meeting of  Kingston City Council, City Staff brought forward their recommendations with regard to allocation of the  $7,418,328 through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI) that was awarded to the City at the end of last month.   Speed is

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Public Health warns of high risk of drug overdose in KFL&A

An extremely toxic batch of drugs circulating in the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) region, prompting the local Health Unit to issue a warning to local residents. According to Public Health, drug toxicology reports from recent weeks indicate the presence of fentanyl, carfentanil, and benzodiazepine analogues in the local

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New ICH offering ‘life-saving’ services as construction continues

Seventeen days after opening their doors, the managers of Kingston’s new Integrated Care Hub (ICH) at 661 Montreal St. held a press conference to provide an update on their operation. “We’ve served over 100 unique individuals, we’ve given out over 2,500 meals and our rest zone has been at capacity

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Petitioners: Integrated Care Hub not welcome at 661 Montreal St.

A petition of 186 signatures protesting the new location of the Integrated Care Hub (ICH) is being submitted to council today, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. Valerie Gray, who organized the petition, said she attained that number of signatures by simply walking two blocks along Montreal St, in the vicinity of

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Council approves new relocation date for Integrated Care Hub

City Council voted to continue operating the Integrated Care Hub (ICH) at Artillery Park for one more month at their meeting on Tuesday, Sep. 15, 2020. The decision comes after a report from City CAO Lanie Hurdle said staff need more time to secure and prepare the new permanent location.

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Demand for services at Integrated Care Hub exceeds capacity

The sleeping area at the Integrated Care Hub (ICH) at Artillery Park has been full for nearly two weeks, City Council learned last night, just hours after the last people remaining at Belle Park were evicted. “The rest zone has been at capacity for the past 12 consecutive nights,” said

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MAKK calls for resistance during anticipated Belle Park eviction

Belle Park’s remaining occupants and their community supporters are on high-alert. An early-morning visit from a City of Kingston clean-up crew on Thursday, Aug. 13 left them anticipating an imminent eviction. Mutual Aid Katarokwi-Kingston (MAKK), a volunteer-run community support network, posted a call-to-action on their Facebook page on Sunday, Aug

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Letter: Local doctors ‘disappointed’ by decision on Belle Park encampment

The following is a letter to the editor. The views and opinions expressed in this letter do not necessarily reflect those of Kingstonist. While 200 people gathered in Belle Park on the evening of Tuesday, July 7, 2020 with music and speeches in support of the rights of Belle Park residents

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City looking to open Artillery Park as a drop-in day-service centre

In sharing some information on the Belle Park encampment updates in advance of the special City Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Jun. 23, 2020, the City of Kingston has announced it is looking to open Artillery Park as a drop-in centre. The City had previously indicated the allowing the encampment

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COVID-19 ‘absolutely’ a contributing factor to overdose rise in KFL&A

Public Health Nurse Rhonda Lovell said COVID-19 is “absolutely” a contributing factor to the rise of overdoses in the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) public health region this year. For the past three years, Lovell has worked on the opioid overdose portfolio at KFL&A. “We are at an intersection

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KFHC addresses concerns over Bagot Street social housing building

As we’ve reported in the past, the Kingston and Frontenac Housing Corporation (KFHC) building at 381 Bagot Street has been a hotbed for police activity and other emergency response actions over the past few years. In recent months, that activity seems to have ramped up, with Kingston Police responding to

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Council votes to support supervised consumption services, moving forward with ranked ballots

Council votes to support supervised consumption services, moving forward with ranked ballots During their first official meeting, the 2018 to 2022 Kingston City Council had a few large items on the agenda, two of which drew members of the public to the gallery. The only delegation before council at the

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