Non-Public Funds workers in Kingston set to return to work
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by Owen Fullerton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
1h ago
After nearly 100 days on the picket lines for civilian military workers in cities including Kingston, Non-Public Funds (NPF) workers will finally return to work this upcoming week. Employees represented by Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and Union of National Defence Employees (UNDE) have been at a crossroads with their employer, Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS), largely over discrepancies in pay between one base to another. CFMWS was the first to announce the end of the strike on their website, on Thursday saying they were awaiting the unions next steps. “We’re ple ..read more
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Council votes to move forward with sleeping cabin wind down
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by Owen Fullerton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
3d ago
Last Updated on April 19, 2024 by YGK News Staff The city is moving forward with plans to end aid provided to the sleeping cabins project run by Our Livable Solutions (OLS) with city support. Council voted in favour of city staff’s recommendations to relocate the cabins to Centre 70 in May for one final season before ending support for the program entirely at the end of September. OLS is seeking out a way to continue the program independent of the city, and have until the end of September to find privately owned land where the cabins can live. If OLS successfully finds this land, which some de ..read more
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Kingston artists release camp fundraising album
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by Owen Fullerton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
5d ago
A sold out show at the Isabel Bader Centre celebrated the release of the RKY Summer Camp Album on Friday night. The album, a compilation of a variety of Kingston albums, is a benefit album that is supporting the Campership Fund of the Kingston area RKY Camp. On Friday, April 12 the Bader Centre welcomed a sold out benefit show with a number of performers from the album. It’s a project led by Aaron Holmberg, a Kingston area audio engineer and producer, and the Bader Centre’s Technical Director. Holmberg approached RKY camp with the idea of producing a benefit album in 2019, but the project was ..read more
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Queen’s unions explore unifying for negotiations
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by Owen Fullerton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
1w ago
Unions at Queen’s are considering coming together for future bargaining in an attempt to secure better deals across the board with the university. Leaders of several of the unions at Queen’s held a joint public assembly on April 4 on Queen’s campus for members to hear about how union leaders intend to approach the upcoming round of bargaining with Queen’s. The unions hope to follow in the footsteps of their peers at U of T in coordinating bargaining to try and secure better wages on a campus wide level. With about 5,000 members going back to the bargaining table this summer and fall across sev ..read more
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Frontenacs looking towards future after elimination
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by Owen Fullerton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
1w ago
Friday’s 5-1 loss to the North Bay Battalion spelled the end of the Kingston Frontenacs’ 2023-24 season and brief playoff run, improving upon their previous season where they missed the playoffs altogether. The Frontenacs were able to secure one win against the Central division leading Battalion, but ultimately just couldn’t hold off their offence – an issue that’s been prevalent all year and the team knows needs addressing. It’s a disappointing season for the Frontenacs overall, after falling short on a bid to host the Memorial Cup the team had an up and down season, and although it didn’t en ..read more
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Eclipse and Causeway closure could cause major gridlock for Kingston
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by Owen Fullerton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
2w ago
As Kingston prepares to welcome a mass influx of tourists on Monday, it appears the city will still have to contend with the closure of the LaSalle Causeway, with no new information available on when the crossing may be reopened. The Causeway was set to reopen on Monday after a weekend of construction, but an incident -which has not been shared- compromised an element of the bridge. Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) released a statement saying there is work still to be done even before the bridge can be properly assessed. “PSPC advises all motorists, cyclists, pedestrians, and ..read more
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Kingston Victim Services to take part in pilot program of app
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by Owen Fullerton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
2w ago
Kingston will be one of nine municipalities whose Victim Services providers will take part in a pilot program alongside the tech company Genvis. The Australian, female founded company creates software that is aimed at improving public safety in communities, and after supporting people impacted by Family and Domestic Violence (FDV) since 2017, the company’s new partnership with community organizations in Canada and Australia will attempt to change and improve the support victims receive. The pilot program will provide people facing intimate partner and gender-based violence (IPV and GBV) with a ..read more
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Brian Mulroney’s funeral: Loved ones, celebrities and dignitaries honour a global statesman
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by YGK News Staff
3w ago
Donald Abelson, McMaster University It was snowing in Old Montréal when well over 1,000 people gathered in the neighbourhood’s historic and majestic Notre-Dame Basilica to pay their respects to Brian Mulroney, Canada’s 18th prime minister. In the nine years that he held office — from 1984 to 1993 — Mulroney transformed Canada at home and abroad. As I took in this special and solemn occasion in Montréal, my mind was consumed with many things. Mulroney was a prime minister with whom I worked closely for five years as the inaugural director of the Brian Mulroney Institute of Government at St. Fra ..read more
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Queen’s student efforts raise record funds for cancer research
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by Owen Fullerton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
3w ago
Queen’s is celebrating a record setting donation from this year’s student led Cure Cancer Classic. The student organized fundraising initiative includes a number of flagship events, most notably the seventh annual Cure Cancer Classic rivalry hockey game between Engineering and Commerce students at Queen’s. This year’s rivalry game was hosted at Slush Puppie Place on March 14, and the event raised $338,344 after a dollar-for-dollar match through the Canadian Cancer Society. All-in-all, fundraising efforts throughout the 2023-24 school year resulted in a record breaking annual total of $624,103 ..read more
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Kingston encampments see rash of fire safety issues as city prepares for daytime camping ban
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by Owen Fullerton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
3w ago
Last week, the City of Kingston put out several statements regarding fire safety at the Belle Park Encampment. Kingston Fire & Rescue gave out a number of Immediate Threat to Life (ITL) notices at Belle Park last week, including issuing four notices in just one day on March 21 for infractions including open air flames within tents. On Friday night Kingston Fire & Rescue issued yet another ITL notice, this time with three people being transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Fire crews removed a ‘homemade appliance’ that was being used to burn charcoal inside a tent ..read more
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