Month: July 2015

moving our community forward together

The Princess Street Promenade: Downtown Kingston at its Best

One of the things I always tell people is: I live in the city’s west end, I work in the city’s east end (though now just part-time at RMC), and when I want to relax and enjoy some free time, I head downtown. One of my favourite downtown events is coming up this Saturday –…
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Secondary Suites in the Westbrook Neighbourhood

This week we’ve heard a lot about secondary suites in the news, particularly revolving around the concerns of Westbrook residents who are seeing lots of secondary suites introduced in their area. So what is a secondary suite? How do they help the housing supply in Kingston? And how can we ensure this policy leads to…
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The Kick and Push Festival: Showcasing Innovation in Arts and Culture

The Kick and Push theatre festival is underway here in Kingston and from my experience at the opening night it’s clear that a great new summer attraction has arrived in our city. Attending the launch of Ambrose at the Grand Theatre was my first taste of sight-specific, immersive theatre and it was without question the most unique and innovative theatre experience that I have…
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From the Mayor’s Chair

Missed Council but want to stay engaged with the hot topics? Check out the latest version of From the Mayor’s Chair, a segment with Station 14 where I break down the latest decisions of Council. Watch the July 14 Council meeting edition here: For an archive of previous From the Mayor’s Chair segments visit the media tab at…
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Comparing KEDCO with Economic Development Agencies in Other Cities

A citizen group called Kingston First ( is calling for more transparency and accountability for the tax dollars that go to KEDCO, Kingston’s economic development agency. They’ve provided data that suggests that a number of other cities in Ontario have economic development agencies with much smaller budgets. Here are my thoughts: I fully support the…
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There’s Nothing Like Canada Day in Kingston

What incredible Canada Day celebrations we had here in Kingston this year! As mayor I am so proud and so inspired by the incredible patriotism that was on display throughout our community. From the Red and White people parade to the huge crowd at the civic ceremony to the many other great events taking place across the city…
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