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Tannery Lands: Development in progress

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Jay Patry Enterprises now owns the Tannery Lands, 15 hectares (37 acres) 1 km north of downtown Kingston, along the Great Cataraqui River. It is a contaminated property due to past lead smelting and tannery operations.

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LETTERS: Waterfront lost?

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The former Marine Museum, and the Lower Union pier are a key piece of Kingston’s waterfront.  Today, many Kingstonians remain upset because Mayor Bryan Paterson and a majority of Councillors refused to buy this historic property for $1.

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Housing crisis in Kingston

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Housing crisis in Kingston

Housing across Canada is in a mess and Kingston is no exception.  Gentrification is driving people out of downtown and units in new buildings are out of reach of half the population. 

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Kingstonians fight for the Integrity of Our Downtown Core

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“It cost citizens $100,000,” says Samantha King, speaking of the cost of challenging the Capitol, a proposed 16-storey condominium at 223 Princess Street. That cost came not from a budgeted account, but from individuals’ savings, garage sales, art shows – any way the appellants and their supporters could raise it.

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Is there a doctor in the house?

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New to Kingston and looking for a family doctor? Or maybe you’re a long-time resident whose family doctor is retiring? Good luck!

Try Health Care Connect: their site says “a nurse will search for a doctor or nurse practitioner who is accepting new patients in your community.”  But the sympathetic person on the phone told me that in 
Kingston the waiting list is two thousand strong and the wait is two years long.

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Local breweries give consumers a choice

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Kingston is a pioneer in micro-brewing.  Indeed, the city boasted a craft brewery before the term was invented.

The Brew Pub (formally, the Kingston Brewing Company) got started in 1986 and is Ontario's oldest brew pub.  Its bright red KB3 International truck is a downtown fixture.  The "Dragon Wagon" was built in Hamilton in 1947.  And, like the pub's Dragon Breath Ale, is a tribute to making things close to home.

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23 storeys: Mayor’s secret deal with Homestead

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In September, Mayor Bryan Paterson signed a “settlement” with Homestead Land Holdings Ltd., giving City Council’s go-ahead for two highrise towers downtown.  A 19- storey tower on Queen Street between King and Wellington Streets (behind GoodLife Fitness and the LCBO) and a 23-storey tower on Queen Street between Ontario and King Streets (behind the S & R building).

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The Plan for Williamsville: “a disappointment”

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The Williamsville Main Street Secondary Plan covers Princess Street from Division Street to Bath Road.  The plan was developed in 2010-11 and approved by City Council in February 2012 leading to changes in the Official Plan and the Zoning By-Law in July 2013.

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