Author: Amber Bryant-Peller

What We Could Do with the Confederation Basin Promenade

Right now the City is working on an exciting waterfront project, the promenade down here at confederation basin. The plan is to create a walkway along the section of the breakwater that is behind me and make a space for people to be able to enjoy amazing views of the waterfront and the city’s shoreline.…
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Planning for Kingston’s Inner Harbour Cleanup

Last week City Councillors and community members heard from federal government experts on the initial plans for cleaning up the contamination here at Kingston’s Inner Harbour. According to the feds, the inner harbour is a high priority for action because of the presence of contaminants below the water that came from former industrial uses along…
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One of Kingston’s Biggest Economic Challenges: A Labour Shortage

When it comes to recovery from the pandemic, there’s a particular challenge that has really come to the forefront this year. All over the community I’m hearing about the difficulties businesses are having in finding new employees. Whether it’s restaurants or retail stores, manufacturing or service industries, there’s a major crunch as businesses need new…
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Three New Affordable Housing Projects for Kingston

We all know affordable housing is a critical need in our community. That’s why I’m proud that we’re making the biggest investment in affordable housing that the city has ever made. At our City Council meeting this week, we approved over $18 million in city capital funding to advance three different affordable housing projects in…
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A Deep Water Dock for Cruise Ships

Several years ago we began to explore options for a deep water dock for cruise ships here in Kingston. A deep water dock is a great way to grow our local tourism industry and to attract the increasing number of cruise ships traveling through the great lakes. The pandemic put those plans on hold but…
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A Proposal to Redevelop the Former Prison for Women Property

Earlier this month, the City learned details about the plan to redevelop the property here at the former Prison for Women. This property has been vacant for more than 20 years, so it’s exciting to see a new vision come forward for a development called Union Park. The plan calls for renovating the existing heritage…
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Building Tiny Homes in Kingston

Housing affordability continues to be a top priority for myself and City Council. We’re working on a number of different policies and strategies to provide lower cost housing options. One recommendation from the Mayor’s Taskforce on Housing was to explore opportunities to build tiny homes which are smaller and more affordable than other traditional types…
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Why VIA Rail’s Expansion is Good News for Kingston

This week the federal government announced funding for VIA Rail’s new high frequency rail service in eastern Ontario and southern Quebec. This funding will enable a new rail line to be built between Toronto and Ottawa enabling faster trips between the two cities. Even though this new rail line doesn’t pass through Kingston, it’s still…
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Kingston’s Growing Film Industry

One of the most exciting industries seeing growth in Kingston right now is film productions. In the midst of a pandemic, the City has been able to host a variety of filming projects. Extensive protocols have been in place such as frequent COVID testing, medical grade safety equipment and PPE and physical distancing to keep…
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Next Steps for the Kingston Economic Recovery Team

As the economy begins to reopen over the coming weeks, one of my top priorities will be working with the Kingston Economic Recovery Team to help bring businesses and employment back to full strength. The Kingston Economic Recovery Team (KERT) was formed last spring to help our local tourism sector, restaurants and retail stores, cultural…
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