Month: June 2017

moving our community forward together

Kingston 150: An Amazing Weekend of Sesqui Celebrations Ahead!

This week a whole team of city staff, community groups and tourism partners are busy preparing for a Canada Day weekend to remember! As Canada’s first capital city and the home of our nation’s first Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald, there is no better place to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday than here in Kingston.…
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Introducing a Bike Sharing Pilot Program in Kingston

This week City Council approved a pilot program to test Kingston’s very first bike sharing service! This pilot program will run throughout the summer and into the fall. Soon you’ll be able to look for distinctive orange bikes set up at a number of locations in and around the downtown. So how does it work?…
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From the Mayor’s Chair – June 20

Check out the latest version of From the Mayor’s Chair, where I break down the decisions of Council in 2 minutes! The June 20 Council meeting began with a presentation from the startup company Dropbike on a pilot program for a bike share service in Kingston. Council approved the program so soon the distinctive orange bikes will become…
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My Letter to the Whig re: Pride Festivities in Kingston

June 19, 2017 Dear Editor, RE: Downtown Awash in Pride To begin, I would like to congratulate Matt Salton and his team for their efforts in organizing this year’s Pride festivities in Kingston. Matt has been a strong and passionate advocate for our city’s LGBTQ community and I would like to thank him and many…
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City Council Approves the Third Crossing! What Happens Now?

After 50 years of community-wide debate, last night’s council vote was one for the history books. Wrapping up two full nights of questions, discussion and deliberation, City Council voted 8-5 to approve construction of the Third Crossing. I’m so excited to see us move forward with a bridge that will connect the city’s east end…
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New Real-Time Tracking for Kingston Transit!

Today it just got easier for Kingstonians to take the bus! Kingston Transit is making real-time arrival and departure information available for all city buses. Now you can know precisely when your ride will arrive at your chosen bus stop! This technology makes taking transit more convenient; you will now know exactly when to leave…
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Exploring Alternatives to the Wellington Street Extension

This week City Council gave the green light to a formal process to explore potential alternatives to the proposed Wellington Street Extension (WSX). This re-examination of the WSX is part of a larger visioning exercise for the North King’s Town area; an exercise that seeks to revitalize and reimagine both the Inner Harbour and the…
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From the Mayor’s Chair – June 6

Check out the latest version of From the Mayor’s Chair, where I break down the decisions of Council in 2 minutes! The June 6 Council meeting began with the official swearing in of new Countryside Councillor Gary Oosterhof. This brings Council back to full strength with 13 Councillors seated around the table. Highlights include a…
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A Vision for the Future of Kingston Penitentiary and Portsmouth Olympic Harbour

This week the recommended vision for the future of Kingston Penitentiary and Portsmouth Olympic Harbour was released. This final vision is the product of a year-long process that saw over 1000 Kingstonians contribute their ideas and opinions about the future of this signature piece of Kingston’s waterfront. I believe there’s a lot to be excited…
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