Author: Amber Bryant-Peller

Addressing Kingston’s Low Vacancy Rate

According to last week’s CMHC report, the rental vacancy rate in Kingston has fallen to 1.2%. That’s the second lowest vacancy rate in the province. In fact, in Canada as a whole, the rental vacancy rate is at it lowest point in more than 20 years. Here in Kingston we can see first hand the…
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New Supports to Help Address Homelessness in Kingston

Like many cities across the province, in Kingston we’ve seen a big increase in the number of unhoused individuals in our community over the last few years.  As a city, we’re responding to this by creating new shelter spaces and investing in supportive housing. With existing shelters at or near capacity, this month the city…
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Inauguration Speech 2022

Good evening, everyone. Welcome to a brand-new term of Kingston City Council. Tonight, marks the beginning of a new chapter in the history of this great city and in all our lives. I’d like to begin by welcoming and congratulating our newest members around the Council horseshoe: Councillors Amos, Chaves, Cinanni, Glenn, Hassan, Ridge, Stephen,…
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Sleeping Cabins and Other Housing Options for Vulnerable Residents

The last two years have been difficult for everyone, but it’s been especially challenging for our most vulnerable residents. For a kind and caring community like ours, it’s important to help people get back on their feet. First and foremost, that means pushing the provincial and federal governments for more funding for supportive and transitional…
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A Bigger, Better Design for the Confederation Basin Promenade

Over the last couple of years we’ve been working on a new concept that will enhance the way visitors and residents can experience our amazing waterfront. The idea is to build a walkway on the Confederation Basin Promenade and create a new public space where people can take a walk, go for a swim, or…
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Making it Faster and Easier to Build Housing in Kingston

With the continued shortage of housing options available in Kingston, there’s never been a more important time to get housing built in the city. We need more of all types of housing – starter homes, townhouses, tiny homes, condos, rental apartments, supportive and transitional housing units, and more. This month, City Council is taking an…
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Introducing the Waaban Crossing

Later this fall construction on the Third Crossing will finally be complete creating a new link between the east end and the rest of the city. When this new bridge opens to vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians, we’re going to give it a new name just like a number of years ago when the LVEC became…
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Getting Ready for the 5th Annual Mayor’s Innovation Challenge

This week we’re busy gearing up for the 5th Annual Mayor’s Innovation Challenge, where teams of students from across the city will be pitching their ideas for new technologies and new ways to help residents and businesses, improve our quality of life and help us become more sustainable as a community. This year I’m thrilled…
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Should We Permanently Close Ontario Street in Front of City Hall?

Once the Third Crossing opens near the end of this year, there will be an improved flow of commuter traffic to and from the east end and that means fewer vehicles passing through the downtown. This opens the door to new possibilities. One opportunity would be to permanently close Market Street and the block of…
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Exploring the Potential for a Downtown Conference Centre

The pandemic has been incredibly hard on both workers and businesses in our tourism and hospitality sector. As Mayor, I want to do what we can to ensure that tourism rebounds and also comes back stronger than before COVID hit. One of the best ways we can do this is to look for ways to…
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