Month: November 2016

moving our community forward together

Celebrating Kingston’s Nobel Laureate

A key part of my ‘smart and livable 21st century city’ vision is to establish Kingston as a global city, to define Kingston as a leader not just in our region, but nationally and internationally. As mayor I am continually amazed and inspired by the individuals and organizations in our community who are recognized for…
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Looking Ahead to the 2017 Budget

City Council will be spending several nights next week reviewing the draft operating and capital budget for 2017. I’ve had a chance to read through the highlights, and I’m very pleased city staff are proposing a budget that limits the tax increase to 2.5% while maintaining all existing frontline services. By finding efficiencies, growing the…
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From the Mayor’s Chair – November 15

Check out the latest version of From the Mayor’s Chair, where I break down the decisions of Council in 3 minutes or less. Highlights from the November 15 Council meeting included a re-vote on the Capitol condominium project without the participation of  Councillor Candon, following the integrity commissioners report ,  also resulting from the integrity commissioners…
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Proposing a Referendum on Ranked Ballots

Earlier this fall the Ontario government gave the green light for any municipality in the province to change its electoral system from the traditional ‘First Past the Post’ system (FPTP) to a ranked ballot system. Details will be presented in a report from staff at our November 15 council meeting. As a reminder of the…
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From the Mayor’s Chair – November 1

Check out the latest version of From the Mayor’s Chair, where I break down the decisions of Council in 3 minutes or less. Highlights from the November 1 Council meeting include receiving the integrity commissioners report outlining the investigation into Councillor Candon’s participation in the Capitol condominium project vote (for more information read my statement on…
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My statement on the Integrity Commissioners findings

As mayor, the conduct and integrity of our city council is of upmost importance to me. Our community needs to have confidence in the decisions we make. On October 4th I brought forward a motion, supported unanimously by council, to hire an integrity commissioner to conduct an investigation as to whether Councillor Adam Candon breached…
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