Three vie for Gananoque mayor's seat

hree people are vying for the mayor’s seat in Gananoque, and on Monday voters will get a chance to meet them. The 1000 Islands Gananoque Chamber of Commerce will hold a candidates meeting at the Firehall Theatre on Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. There are three people vying for the municipality’s mayor seat - incumbent Ted Lojko, John Beddows and Greg Truesdell. Voters go to the polls Oct. 24. Continue reading

Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce lauds lifting of border restrictions

After the federal government announced on Monday that pandemic driven border restrictions will be lifted as of October 1, the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce says these changes are warmly welcomed by hard-hit retailers. The organization released a statement on Tuesday saying they support the cessation of measures including proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter Canada, use of the ArriveCAN app, and masking on planes and trains. In the statement, CEO Karen Cross says the lifting restrictions will have a positive impact on tourism. Continue reading

Major festival Durga Puja to be celebrated in Kingston for the first time

One of the largest festivals in India will be celebrated in Kingston for the first time this weekend. President of the newly formed Kingston Durga Puja committee Vid Banerjee says traditionally, the Bengali community would have to go to either Ottawa or the GTA for Durga Puja festivities. Continue reading

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: closures and service impacts

Last year, Kingston’s City Council declared that Sept. 30 – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – will be a civic holiday to encourage municipal employees and the community to observe the occasion as intended. Learn how this may impact services, programs and facility hours for the City of Kingston, Utilities Kingston, and other community organizations.   Continue reading

Wanted: Neighbourhood Climate Action Champions to inspire local initiatives

Inspire climate action in your community by applying to become a Neighbourhood Climate Action Champion. Passionate residents, community leaders and organizations are invited to participate.  Continue reading

Honouring National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – events and resources

Friday, Sept. 30, marks the second annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada. The day responds to Call 80 of the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Sept. 30 is a day to honour Survivors, their families and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process. Continue reading

Group gathers in solidarity with Iranian protests

A crowd gathered in front of Joseph S. Stauffer Library on Friday to bring awareness to protests that have dominated Iranian cities for the past week, and to the violent response which is fearfully expected to continue from an oppressive Iranian regime.  Nationwide protests in Iran were sparked by the death of 22 year old Mahsa Amini - whose Kurdish name is Zhina - after she was detained by Iran's morality police for "immodest clothing". The 22 year old's arrest has been said to be over simply some strands of hair loose from her headscarf.  Amini fell into a coma while detained by police, with police blaming a stroke and a heart attack, denying harming Amini in any way.  Morad Roohi, an organizer of Friday's demonstration and a PHD student in history, says the story being shared by the state is a clear lie.  Continue reading

Weekly Traffic Report: Sept. 23 to 29

Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians: review the listing of streets and related messages below for travel information of interest to you.  Road Closures   Alfred Street – Pine to Adelaide – closed from Sept. 27 at 7 a.m. to Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. for the Utilities Kingston reconstruction project on Stanley St.  Garrett Street – Division to University – closed Aug. 29 to Oct. 16 for the installation of water, sewer and storm services.  King Street – Place D’Armes to The Tragically Hip Way – closed Sept. 27 to Sept. 28 at 2 a.m. for the Ringo Starr event at the Leon’s Centre.  Lower Brewers Swing Bridge – closed until further notice. Parks Canada is continuing its efforts to replace the bridge over the winter.   MacDonnell Street – at Johnson – closed Sept. 24 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to facilitate sewer pipe rehabilitation for Utilities Kingston.  MacDonnell Street – Brock to Johnson – closed Sept. 26 to Sept. 28 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day to facilitate sewer pipe rehabilitation for Utilities Kingston.  Patrick Street – Russell to Joseph – closed Sept. 24 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. for the annual neighbourhood BBQ and street party.  Stephen Street – Montreal to Patrick – closed until Oct. 31 for the installation of a new sanitary sewer system and road reconstruction.  Stephen Street – Patrick to Cowdy – closed until Oct. 31 for the installation of a new sanitary sewer system and road reconstruction.  The Tragically Hip Way – King to Ontario – closed Sept. 30 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the Kingston Frontenac’s 50th Anniversary.  Toronto Street – Brock to Johnson – closed Sept. 26 to Sept. 28 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day to facilitate sewer pipe rehabilitation for Utilities Kingston.  Wright Crescent – South Intersection of Palace to 16 Palace – closed until Jan. 31, 2023 for construction staging for 11 Wright Cres. Please note that access to Wright Cres. will be through the North intersection of Wright Cres. at Palace Rd.  Continue reading

Winterize your perennial garden in a ‘pollinator-friendly’ way: attend a free workshop

September 21, 2022 Are you interested in increasing the pollinators in your perennial garden? Join experts from Rideau 1000 Islands Master Gardeners and Utilities Kingston at a free pollinator workshop.  Continue reading

Updates from KPP Concerts Sept 21

NEW SHOW: SLOAN - FEB 3 After multiple postponements, cancellations, and delays over the pandemic, we're stoked to finally welcome SLOAN back to Kingston, February 3, 2023. They'll play a set of new material and a set of all the hits - a must see for all fans. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 am! Continue reading

City supports feasibility planning for Providence Commons

September 20, 2022 – Kingston City Council approved a plan to provide up to $50,000 from its Affordable Housing Capital Subsidy budget to examine the possibility of a community housing hub in the downtown area, to be known as Providence Commons.  The area is space that will be vacated by Providence Care’s Providence Manor long-term care home once a new home is built at 1200 Princess St. as part of Providence Village. The existing home is owned by the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul, who want to ensure the block bound by Sydenham, Bay, Montreal and Ordnance Streets which includes the 243-bed long-term care home, a commercial kitchen, a chapel and the original Motherhouse of the Sisters does not sit vacant.  Continue reading

Canada’s longest running campus radio station honours long-standing volunteers as it celebrates 100 years of broadcasting

On October 7th, CFRC 101.9 FM will celebrate 100 years of broadcasting from Queen’s University in Kingston with a plaque unveiling ceremony. Queen's University Principal and Vice Chancellor Patrick Deane, City of Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson, MP Mark Gerretsen, MPP Ted Hsu, and former Station Manager Steve Cutway will speak at the event.  Continue reading

For Jillian Weir, it's like father, like daughter

You could say Jillian Weir is from everywhere yet nowhere. While Weir lists Kingston, Ontario, as her hometown, the Olympic hammer thrower has, quite literally, been all over the map while putting herself on the proverbial map in the athletic world. The 29-year-old, whose family roots trace to Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, has called everywhere from California to Lethbridge, Alta., home, with family ties to Kingston, Missouri, England and even Jamaica.  “My mother was born in Alberta but grew up in Napanee,” Weir said in a telephone interview following a bronze medal performance at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, recently. Weir’s parents met in Canada while her father was playing for the Canadian Football League’s Ottawa Rough Riders.  Continue reading

Nominations open for the 2022 Celebrating Accessibility Awards

Recognize those in Kingston who make our community more accessible by nominating them for the City of Kingston’s annual Celebrating Accessibility Awards. The City, in partnership with the Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee (MAAC), created the Celebrating Accessibility Awards in 2011 to recognize a person, business or organization that has made or is making a significant contribution beyond legislated requirements towards improving access for persons with disabilities in Kingston. Continue reading

Peek Behind the Scenes at the Museum of Health Care this Weekend

Kingston, ON- The Museum of Health Care is participating in Doors Open Kingston this comingweekend. The highlight of this year’s event will be the Behind the Scenes Collections Tour which willallow visitors to explore areas of the Museum usually unseen by the public.Have you ever wondered what a museum does with all the artifacts that are not on display? What liesbelow the Museum galleries in rooms that often go unseen by the public? This weekend, all thosequestions will be answered! The Museum of Health Care is home to one of Canada’s largest collectionsof health care related artifacts—over 35, 000 to be exact. This weekend, special Behind the Scenes tourswill allow visitors to see much of the Museum’s extensive collection. Continue reading

Learn about travel writing and life in Kenya with local author Diane Creber

Local author and artist Diane Creber’s book has a tale to tell from the title alone: Don't Pee Under aTree in Africa. Learn more about this titular advice, and travel writing, during an author talk with Creberat the Kingston Frontenac Public Library’s Sydenham Branch, from 2-3 p.m. on October 13.Creber will read from the book, centred around her visit to a friend's home in Nairobi, Kenya. Shewrites about her travels within Kenya, breaking down barriers in culture and communication, and theexperience of living in a Kenyan urban centre. Continue reading

Utilities Kingston offers financial assistance and public education to help prevent basement flooding

September 19, 2022 After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Utilities Kingston is again offering the Preventative Plumbing Program. Together with the Flood Facts public education campaign, these initiatives help residents adopt preventative measures and provide financial assistance for upgrades that will reduce the likelihood of sewage backups and basement flooding in their neighbourhoods.  “Every neighbourhood is at risk of basement flooding, even if it’s never happened before. That’s why we’re pleased to resume this education and financial assistance program,” says Jim Miller, Chief Operating Officer of Utilities Kingston.   Continue reading

Internationally renowned muralist to create a new display in Kingston

A new public art mural will soon be installed in Downtown Kingston. Internationally renowned muralist and graphic artist Peru Dyer Jalea will begin constructing his mural Kingston: A Moment in the City on Monday.  The public art installation is a partnership between The City of Kingston and real estate company Highpoint Developments.The City of Kingston supported the artist selection and commissioning process, while Highpoint Developments is funding the project, and will own the mural once it is installed. Two artists were shortlisted by a jury, Jalea says he was surprised that his mural was chosen. Continue reading

Repair It! returns to KFPL’s Central Branch in September

Keep your broken items out of the landfill with the Kingston Frontenac Public Library and Repair CaféKingston. Our Repair It! program continues at the Central Branch on Saturday, Sept. 24. Continue reading

Weekly Traffic Report: Sept. 16 to 22

Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians: review the listing of streets and related messages below for travel information of interest to you.  Road Closures   Cowdy Street – Thomas to Adelaide – closed Sept. 21 at 7 a.m. to Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. for Utilities Kingston reconstruction of Stephen St and Cowdy St.  Garrett Street – Division to University – closed Aug. 29 to Oct. 16 for the installation of water, sewer and storm services.  King Street – Place D’Armes to The Tragically Hip Way – closed Sept. 20 at 12:01 a.m. to Sept. 21 at 2 a.m. for The Price is Right Live Show event at the Leon’s Centre.  King Street – Place D’Armes to The Tragically Hip Way – closed Sept. 22 at 12:01 a.m. to Sept. 23 at 2 a.m. for the Tri Color Classic Basketball event at the Leon’s Centre.  Lower Brewers Swing Bridge – closed until further notice. Parks Canada is continuing its efforts to replace the bridge over the winter.   Princess Street – Division to Ontario – closed Sept. 17 from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the Princess Street Promenade.  Stephen Street – Montreal to Patrick – closed until Oct. 31 for the installation of a new sanitary sewer system and road reconstruction.  Stephen Street – Patrick to Cowdy – closed until Oct. 31 for the installation of a new sanitary sewer system and road reconstruction.  Wright Crescent – South Intersection of Palace to 16 Palace – closed until Jan. 31, 2023 for construction staging for 11 Wright Cres. Please note that access to Wright Cres. will be through the North intersection of Wright Cres. at Palace Rd.  Continue reading