Month: November 2017

moving our community forward together

Preparing for an Exciting Year Ahead: The 2018 Budget

This is budget week at City Hall. After two nights of presentations and deliberations, City Council approved the proposed city budget for 2018. The budget includes spending forecasts for all city departments and also a range of city funded agencies; everything from the library board to policing to tourism and economic development. I’m happy to…
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A New National Housing Strategy: Hopeful News for Affordable Housing in Kingston

I was heartened this week to hear the Prime Minister’s announcement of a new national housing strategy that will provide billions of dollars for affordable housing across the country. Expanding the supply of affordable housing here in Kingston is both a personal priority and a key element in City Council’s strategic plan. There’s no question…
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From the Mayor’s Chair – November 21st

Check out the latest version of From the Mayor’s Chair, where I break down the decisions of Council in 2 minutes! The November 21st Council meeting began with a recommendation from staff to begin some preparatory work on the Third Crossing with the hope that a decision on federal funding for the bridge could come…
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Deep Water Dock

A question I’ve heard often over the years is if it’s possible to have a deep water dock that would allow cruise ships traveling through the Great Lakes to stop in Kingston. I think Kingston would be a very attractive place for cruise ships to land for a day. Every cruise ship would mean hundreds…
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From the Mayor’s Chair – November 7th

Check out the latest version of From the Mayor’s Chair, where I break down the decisions of Council in 2 minutes! One of the big topics on the agenda at the November 7th Council meeting was the potential for a deep water dock for cruise ships. Council decided to move ahead with the plan to look…
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Pay for Parking with Your Smartphone

When I talk about the vision to make Kingston a smart and livable 21st century city, people sometimes ask me what I mean by a “smart city”. Well, one of the most important ways to make Kingston a “smart city” is to harness new technology that will improve services for our residents. A great example…
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What’s Your Idea for Kingston?

I’m a big believer in the importance of two way communication between City Hall and residents. It’s vital that the city (and the mayor!) provide regular updates to the community on what projects we are working on, what decisions are being made at City Council and what changes people can expect. However, it’s equally important…
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Hybrid Cardiac Ablation – Kingston Health Sciences Centre – Tour Stop #8

Canada’s very first hybrid cardiac ablation procedure has been successfully performed right here in Kingston.  This is a procedure meant to treat patients with atrial fibrillation – the most common type of irregular heart rhythm. This innovative hybrid procedure is far less invasive for patients than many of the traditional approaches. The Innovation Here in…
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