Month: March 2017

moving our community forward together

The Race is on in the Countryside District By-Election

The race for the new councilor of Countryside District is officially underway! Nominations for the by-election officially closed this afternoon, so we can expect to see  election signs start to appear across the rural area of the city. There are seven individuals who have put their name forward to be the next councilor for Countryside!…
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From the Mayor’s Chair – March 21

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 March 21 Council meeting include approval of a proposal to make the City’s fire Training Centre available to the Ontario Fire College, which will bring in additional revenues for the…
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Building a Goat Farming Industry in Kingston and Eastern Ontario

Several months ago China-based Feihe International announced their plans to invest $225 million to build a large infant formula manufacturing facility here in Kingston. This production facility will create hundreds of jobs and generate enormous economic spinoffs in Kingston, with opportunities for local companies to connect into Feihe’s supply chain. One of the most interesting…
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A New Code of Conduct & Conflict of Interest Rules for Council

Update At the special meeting on March 29, Kingston City Council approved the new Code of Conduct, Complaint Protocol, and an Accountability Framework. With this approval means City Council will be hiring a full-time Integrity Commissioner who will be available to Councilors and the public to advise on if a situation is a conflict of…
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From the Mayor’s Chair – March 7

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 March 7 Council meeting include discussion and approval of the Official Plan Update, with much of the debate on the allowance for large format retail stores in the downtown, ultimately Council…
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Revitalizing Breakwater Park

This week I am very pleased to share the news that City Council has given the green light to start work on the revitalization of Breakwater Park. This linear waterfront park, located along King Street, is enjoyed by thousands of Kingston residents including Queen’s students, KGH patients and families. Breakwater Park is definitely one of…
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Emerging Vision: Kingston Penitentiary & Portsmouth Olympic Harbour

It’s an exciting time for the visioning process for Kingston Penitentiary and Portsmouth Olympic Harbour. Through the work of the visioning exercise a singular vision for the redevelopment of this incredible piece of Kingston waterfront has emerged. The visioning exercise, launched in May 2016, is led by Canada Lands in partnership with the City of Kingston…
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