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Six questions with Ruslan Yakoviychuk of the Conservative Party of Canada

Ruslan Yakoviychuk is the Conservative Party of Canada candidate for Kingston and the Islands. Born and raised in the town of Roztoky in western Ukraine, Yakoviychuk came to Kingston in January 2005, and started his first day of work here the next morning. After coming to Canada under a Conservative

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Hall Monitor: Integrity Versus Reality

Last night, city council, staff and the public gathered in City Hall for Kingston City Council meeting number 03-2014. The city has published the agenda online… but there were no addeds, oddly. For the most part, last night’s meeting came down to one topic. Yes, a few other things happened –

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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: Waterfront Respite

Last night, our city council got together for a bit of a different kind of meeting – one where the jackets came off, and the shorts and tees were the order of the day. They met as committee of the whole, meaning some of the rules were a little more

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Readying for the Plunge

Will they take the plunge? That is the question that faces a city hall committee this week as it prepares to enter the final stage of a nearly three-year debate about whether to build a new aquatic centre in Kingston. Councillors have gone back and forth on the proposed project,

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Taxing Times

I have a confession: I love budget season at city hall.  Sickening, isn’t it? The  draft 2010 budget was released over the weekend at city hall, two weeks ahead of when budget meetings will actually commence. (I should clarify that the entire budget was not released on the city’s website

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