Month: September 2015

moving our community forward together

My Letter to the Community: Proposed KEDCO Review

Over the last number of months there has been a lot of interest expressed across the community about how best we can manage our community’s economic development effort. Some of it focuses on mechanisms like KEDCO, or on infrastructure and other ways the city can support economic development. It is clearly a top priority among…
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Federal Election – Keeping the Focus Local

The federal election is now well underway and I want to see important local issues front and centre to ensure our community’s key priorities that requiring federal partnership can be achieved. Over the last several weeks I have reached out to all local candidates in both the Kingston and the Islands and Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston ridings, the…
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Reviewing Economic Development in Kingston

Over the last year Kingstonians have raised an increasing number of questions and concerns about KEDCO, Kingston’s economic development agency. Concerns and questions have centered on a lack of transparency to the public, a call for more accountability to council and taxpayers, and how KEDCO compares to economic development agencies in other cities. My position on…
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From the Mayor’s Chair – September 15

Check out the latest version of From the Mayor’s Chair, where I break down the decisions of Council in three minutes or less. The September 15 edition includes; KEDCO’s presentation to Council outlining their review process that will begin this fall and invite public input and suggestions, the discussion on providing low income residents more affordable…
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A Local Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Over the last week I’ve received many phone calls and emails from residents and groups across Kingston asking about what we can do as a community to respond to the Syrian refugee crisis.  While this is certainly a national issue, in my view this is one of those times where we can think globally but…
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Council Strategic Priorities – Explore the New Site

    In order to realize our vision of making Kingston a smart and livable 21st century city, Council has developed a new 3 year strategic plan. Our strategic priorities create a proactive framework to make real, positive changes to move our community forward. Through this plan we are going to stimulate job creation, invest…
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From the Mayor’s Chair – September 1 Council Meeting

Check out the latest version of From the Mayor’s Chair, where I break down the latest decisions of Council. The September 1 edition includes; the decision to allow demolition of 101-109 Princess Street (the future home of the Scotiabank Regional Banking Centre), an update on the progress of the airport expansion and an invitation for…
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