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moving our community forward together

What’s Next for Downtown Development?

I was disappointed to hear that the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal  (LPAT) turned down the proposal by Homestead Land Holdings for two apartment buildings at the base of Queen Street in the downtown. This development enjoyed strong support not only from City Council but from the wider community. It’s unfortunate that it will not move…
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A Potential Cruise Ship Dock at the Marine Museum

Last week we heard the great news that the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes will be returning to its original home on Kingston’s waterfront, thanks to an anonymous benefactor who purchased the property at 55 Ontario Street. This is an exciting opportunity not only for a revitalized museum space, but for other uses at…
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Kingston Leading the Country in Housing Growth

A report from Statistics Canada shows that Kingston has experienced by far the highest growth in the value of building permits issued compared to every other city in Canada! This table ( shows that building permits issued in our community increased by a whopping 445% between May of 2018 to May 2019. This is great…
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Exploring a Potential Downtown Campus Next to the Leon’s Centre

This week marks a key step towards a downtown campus for St. Lawrence College. City Council gave the green light to explore a specific location for this new campus; the City-owned parking lot next to the Leon’s Centre. One of my goals over the next few years is to see the entire area between Princess…
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Horseshoe Highlights – At Council with Mayor Paterson – July 10th

Additional Links  Agenda  St. Lawrence College Downtown Campus Partnership Wolfe Island Ferry Kingston Dock Redevelopment Project Update Election Sign Bylaw

Statement from Mayor Paterson – Kingston Chief Administrative Officer Gerard Hunt Steps Down

For Immediate Release July 9, 2019 Statement from Mayor Paterson – Kingston Chief Administrative Officer Gerard Hunt Steps Down Today I am saddened to announce that Gerard Hunt has stepped down as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the City of Kingston, effective July 1, 2019. He remains employed with the City of Kingston but has…
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Kingston on the Global Radar for Startup Companies

The Startup Ecosystem Rankings for 2019 recently came out with a list of top cities in the world for startup companies. While big cities like San Francisco, New York and London top the list, there was a lot of discussion in the report about the emergence of innovation ecosystems in smaller cities like Kingston. So…
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Horseshoe Highlights – At Council with Mayor Paterson – June 19th, 2019

Additional Links: Agenda  Noise Exemption – Queen’s University, Richardson Stadium Climate Change Working Group Motion (pg. 17)  

Attracting Talent to Kingston

Local employers face challenges finding the right people to help their organizations grow and thrive. We have many incredible businesses and agencies but in order for them to excel in the face of global competition, it’s critical that they find the right people with the right skills. That’s why I am thrilled that a number…
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Attracting Film Productions to Kingston

An exciting economic and cultural development initiative is underway in Kingston. The goal is to attract film productions to our community, which in turn will help build a thriving local industry of artists and film makers! Major film producers like Netflix, Warner Bros. and Fox Searchlight have all expressed interest in filming in Kingston, thanks…
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