Community Updates

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A New Look for Belle Park

Over the last few months community and staff have been hard at work developing a new concept for the future of Belle Park. Last year City Council made the decision to close the existing golf course and look at how the space could be transformed into a mix of sporting facilities, green space and a…
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Welcoming Visitors to Kingston with New Wayfinding Signs

This is Tourism Awareness Week here in Kingston and we’re gearing up for another record breaking season. In order to make it easier for visitors to get around the city, this fall we are introducing wayfinding signs at key tourism hotspots and along the waterfront. These new wayfinding signs are designed to draw people to…
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Strengthening Relationships with Indigenous Peoples in Kingston

Becoming a smart and livable 21st century city means establishing our city as a leader among cities. That includes leading the way in the journey of reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples in our country. Last year I had an amazing experience participating in a talking circle; indigenous and non-indigenous community members sat, listened, and…
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A New Vision for the Bailey Broom Factory

In a city with such amazing history, I’m always excited when old abandoned heritage buildings are restored back to modern use. A few weeks ago I wrote about the proposal to restore and renovate the Imperial Oil building at the base of North Street. This week, a plan is coming forward to the City’s Planning…
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From the Mayor’s Chair – May 15th

Miss Council last night Kingston? Check out the latest version of From the Mayor’s Chair, where I break down the decisions of Council in 2 minutes! Watch it HERE Additional links:  Council agenda  Request for an Exemption to the Noise Bylaw  Fleet Maintenance Facility  

Kingston: One of the Top Cities in Canada to Invest in Real Estate

A few weeks ago Money Sense magazine released their 2018 ranking for the best cities to buy real estate, and this year Kingston is rated the 5th best city in the Canada for investing in a home or rental property. When comparing cities, the Money Sense survey looks at a variety of factors that measure…
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Coming Soon: The Leon’s Centre

This week City Council approved a naming rights agreement for Kingston’s premier downtown arena and entertainment centre. As of July 1st, the Rogers K-Rock Centre will become the Leon’s Centre. The name change will take some getting used to, but it was fantastic to see a lot of interest from businesses looking to attach their…
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From the Mayor’s Chair – May 1st

Miss Council last night Kingston? Check out the latest version of From the Mayor’s Chair, where I break down the decisions of Council in 2 minutes! Watch it HERE Additional links:  Council agenda  Delegated Authority for Property Acquisition – Third Crossing  Naming Rights Agreement – Leon’s Centre  Eastern Ontario Cell Gap and Capacity Expansion Program  Kingston Bike Share Program…
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Using Technology to Help Seniors Thrive in Kingston

A key part of the smart city vision for Kingston is to position our community as a leader in how we use new technology to improve the quality of life for our residents. In a recent survey on smart city activities, Kingstonians overwhelmingly identified a caring, equitable and connected community as their most important priority…
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Rideau Heights Community Centre: The Next Step in Neighbourhood Rejuvenation

This weekend I have the great privilege of cutting the ribbon at the grand opening of the Rideau Heights Community Centre. This is an amazing new facility that marks another key step forward in the rejuvenation of the Rideau Heights neighbourhood. It’s been exciting to see the momentum of change and renewal in this area…
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