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A Sneak Peek at Council’s Emerging Priorities

Council has been gathering several nights this week to develop Kingston’s strategic priorities for the next four years. It’s a very different experience from our usual council meetings; we break into smaller groups, write ideas down on post-it notes, engage into brainstorming exercises, and then try to pull everything together into a few overarching themes.…
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Kingston Named One of the Top Communities in Canada for Sports Tourism

Yesterday I had the chance to speak at this year’s Canadian Sports Tourism Alliance (CSTA) Conference about the gains we have been making in our local tourism sector. According to the CSTA’s rankings released this week, Kingston is now one of the top communities in the country for sports tourism. In Ontario, only Toronto and Ottawa are ranked higher…
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From the Mayor’s Chair – March 20th

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! Additional links:  Council Agenda Dual Stream Recycling (pg. 9) Graffiti Wall Doug Fluhrer Park (pg. 10) Local Climate Fund (pg. 19)  

Expanded and Simplified Recycling Pickup

Whenever garbage collection day approaches, like many Kingston residents, I often have to check the collection calendar to remind myself whether to put out my blue box or my grey box. As a family we try to recycle as much as we can, but with two weeks in between collection, our blue box is often…
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Design Guidelines for Tall and Mid-Rise Buildings in Kingston

One of my top priorities as mayor is to ensure we get more housing built in our community. The goal is not only to provide more housing, but to also ensure that new buildings are attractive and create vibrant streetscapes that contribute to the vitality of our community. That’s why this year we will be…
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From the Mayor’s Chair – March 6th, 2019

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! Additional links:  Council Agenda Climate Change Emergency Motion (pg. 17) Mid-Rise and Tall Building Policies       

Positioning Kingston as a Climate Leader

I’ve heard from many Kingstonians on the importance of climate change recently. As a community we have a great opportunity to show leadership in reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. At our next City Council meeting we will be considering a motion on whether or not to declare a climate emergency as a way to draw…
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Launching the Mayor’s Task Force on Housing

Housing is a top political issue in our community. After last fall’s election, I pledged to launch a Mayor’s Task Force on Housing during the first 100 days of my second term. This week marks the formal launch of this Task Force, with a unanimous City Council vote approving the formation of a group of…
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From the Mayor’s Chair – February 20th, 2019

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! Additional links:  Council Agenda Mayor’s Task Force on Housing 

What Priorities Should City Council Focus on Over the Next Four Years?

At the end of March, I will be sitting down with the rest of City Council to determine our priorities for the next four years. This is a significant event for council as these priorities guide a lot of the work that we will focus on as a municipality. Important projects like the Third Crossing,…
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