KINGSTON NEWS

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Gary Oosterhof wins Countryside by-election

Gary Oosterhof has been elected the new councillor for District 1 – Countryside in yesterday's by-election. Oosterhof received 598 votes.

Flooding update - May 9 2017 at 9:30 am

The City of Kingston is continuing to monitor the water levels to ensure we are prepared for flooding.

No green bin? Get one free for your food waste

The City wants to make sure every house has a green bin to divert food waste to help meet the goal of diverting 60 per cent of waste from landfill by 2018.

CITY BLOGS

Nominate a building for Livable City Design Awards

We are looking for building project nominees for this year’s Livable City Design Awards. Nominations will be accepted until June 15 for projects located within Kingston and completed between...

Kingston and Great Canadian Women

43% of senior management in Kingston’s public & private sector are women.

Join us to review draft building fee structure

We are presenting a draft of the updated building fee structure at public sessions. We are looking for public and stakeholder input on what and how the City charges for building-related permits...

EVENTS CALENDAR

Start your summer season at Lake Ontario Park during the City’s annual Victoria Day Celebrations. Enjoy great live entertainment, local food trucks, exciting inflatable activities, face painting and balloon twisting, topped off by a jaw dropping fireworks display. The perfect kick off to a summer of family fun! Don’t forget to pack your sunscreen and a water bottle to fill up at the Utilities Kingston Water Buggy. New this year, there will be an ATM on site! Parking will be available at the St. Lawrence College parking lots (100 Portsmouth Ave). There is no parking on site at Lake Ontario Park. A shuttle bus will be provided from the college transit station to Lake Ontario Park (View the shuttle bus map). Accessible parking is available at Lake Ontario Park. Celebrate Victoria Day with more service, more often with Kingston Transit! New for 2017, all Kingston Transit Express Routes (501/502, 601/602, 701/702) as well as the Route 1, 7, and 15 will operate on Saturday service schedules. Stay and enjoy the fireworks with family and friends. Kingston Transit will be there to get you home. Event schedule In the Park: 1 – 8 p.m. Live performances throughout the day by The Fire Guy – A theatrical fire eating, fire juggling, and fire breathing experience! Thousand Islands Playhouse presents Daisy Amazed Me 3:00 p.m. at the Pavillion. Face painting & balloon twisting Baby Playzone (until 6 p.m.) Military zipline and obstacle course presented by CFB Kingston Inflatable activities Dog Lover Days Canine lure course: Bring your dog (on a leash) and give it a try for $5 per dog Local food trucks Lake Ontario Park waterfront: 6 p.m. - Taylor Angus – A beautiful blend of jazz, folk and soul 7 p.m. - Jordy Jackson Band – Country rock 8 p.m. - Absolute Journey Tribute – A tribute performance to Journey 9:30 p.m. - Spectacular fireworks show For more information please contact 613-546-4291, ext. 1715.
Start Date:
Mon, May 22, 2017 1:00 PM
Duration:
8 hours, 30 minutes
Location:
Lake Ontario Park
Description:

Start your summer season at Lake Ontario Park during the City’s annual Victoria Day Celebrations. Enjoy great live entertainment, local food trucks, exciting inflatable activities, face painting and balloon twisting, topped off by a jaw dropping fireworks display. The perfect kick off to a summer of family fun!

Don’t forget to pack your sunscreen and a water bottle to fill up at the Utilities Kingston Water Buggy. New this year, there will be an ATM on site!

Parking will be available at the St. Lawrence College parking lots (100 Portsmouth Ave). There is no parking on site at Lake Ontario Park. A shuttle bus will be provided from the college transit station to Lake Ontario Park (View the shuttle bus map). Accessible parking is available at Lake Ontario Park.

Celebrate Victoria Day with more service, more often with Kingston Transit! New for 2017, all Kingston Transit Express Routes (501/502, 601/602, 701/702) as well as the Route 1, 7, and 15 will operate on Saturday service schedules. Stay and enjoy the fireworks with family and friends. Kingston Transit will be there to get you home.

Event schedule

In the Park:

1 – 8 p.m.

  • Live performances throughout the day by The Fire Guy – A theatrical fire eating, fire juggling, and fire breathing experience!
  • Thousand Islands Playhouse presents Daisy Amazed Me 3:00 p.m. at the Pavillion.
  • Face painting & balloon twisting
  • Baby Playzone (until 6 p.m.)
  • Military zipline and obstacle course presented by CFB Kingston
  • Inflatable activities
  • Dog Lover Days Canine lure course: Bring your dog (on a leash) and give it a try for $5 per dog
  • Local food trucks

Lake Ontario Park waterfront:

For more information please contact 613-546-4291, ext. 1715.

Start Date:
Tue, May 23, 2017 4:00 PM
Duration:
2 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
610 Montreal Street
Description:
A week of events celebrating Arthur Conan Doyle and his best known character, Sherlock Holmes, is unfolding from May 23 to 27 at Kingston Frontenac Public Library. Forensic investigation was in its infancy in Doyle’s time. Fingerprinting and ballistics were in the early stages of development but would become standard tools of criminal investigation. Just how far this field has advanced will be made clear when Detective Julia Moore of the Kingston Police Force Forensic Unit speaks on “Forensics Today” at the Isabel Turner Branch on May 23, at 7 p.m. Arrive early and view the exhibit of medical instruments on loan from the Museum of Health Care, on display near the Children’s collection all week long. Or come to The Alibi to test your wits in a round or two of Sherlock-themed trivia. A full schedule of events is available on our website at www.kfpl.ca .
Start Date:
Tue, May 23, 2017 7:00 PM
Duration:
1 hours, 30 minutes
Location:
Isabel Turner Library 935 Gardiners Road
Description:

A week of events celebrating Arthur Conan Doyle and his best known character, Sherlock Holmes, is unfolding from May 23 to 27 at Kingston Frontenac Public Library. 

Forensic investigation was in its infancy in Doyle’s time.  Fingerprinting and ballistics were in the early stages of development but would become standard tools of criminal investigation.   Just how far this field has advanced will be made clear when Detective Julia Moore of the Kingston Police Force Forensic Unit speaks on “Forensics Today” at the Isabel Turner Branch on May 23, at 7 p.m.  Arrive early and view the exhibit of medical instruments on loan from the Museum of Health Care, on display near the Children’s collection all week long. Or come to The Alibi to test your wits in a round or two of Sherlock-themed trivia.

A full schedule of events is available on our website at www.kfpl.ca .

Start Date:
Wed, May 24, 2017 1:00 PM
Duration:
2 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
KFL&A Public Health
Description:
Start Date:
Wed, May 24, 2017 4:30 PM
Duration:
2 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Isabel Turner Branch
Description:
Start Date:
Wed, May 24, 2017 5:15 PM
Duration:
2 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Kingston Access Bus Office
Description:
A week of events celebrating Arthur Conan Doyle and his best known character, Sherlock Holmes, is unfolding from May 23 to 27 at Kingston Frontenac Public Library. On Wednesday, the library screens Murder by Decree at the Calvin Park Branch, and on Thursday, The Hound of the Baskervilles will be showing at Isabel Turner Branch. Then, go online and vote for your favourite dramatic depiction of Sherlock Holmes. On the ballot will be Christopher Plummer, Basil Rathbone, Peter Cushing, Benedict Cumberbatch, and some you may never have heard of; we have their films for you to borrow and enjoy. A full schedule of events is available on our website at www.kfpl.ca .
Start Date:
Wed, May 24, 2017 7:00 PM
Duration:
1 hours, 30 minutes
Location:
Calvin Park Branch 88 Wright Cres.
Description:

A week of events celebrating Arthur Conan Doyle and his best known character, Sherlock Holmes, is unfolding from May 23 to 27 at Kingston Frontenac Public Library. 

On Wednesday, the library screens Murder by Decree at the Calvin Park Branch, and on Thursday, The Hound of the Baskervilles will be showing at Isabel Turner Branch.  Then, go online and vote for your favourite dramatic depiction of Sherlock Holmes.  On the ballot will be Christopher Plummer, Basil Rathbone, Peter Cushing, Benedict Cumberbatch, and some you may never have heard of; we have their films for you to borrow and enjoy.

A full schedule of events is available on our website at www.kfpl.ca .

Start Date:
Thu, May 25, 2017 6:00 PM
Duration:
2 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Council Chamber - City Hall
Description:
As part of Kingston’s Canada 150+ celebrations, you are invited to bring any object you believe relates to the theme “My First?” From heirlooms to keepsakes, bring anything which reminds you of a first for you. Discover heritage through the stories of others! The Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries and Historic Sites (KAM), in partnership with the City of Kingston, is featuring a series of pop-up museum events throughout 2017.
Start Date:
Thu, May 25, 2017 6:30 PM
Duration:
2 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
CMHA Kingston - 400 Elliot Ave. Unit 11
Description:

As part of Kingston’s Canada 150+ celebrations, you are invited to bring any object you believe relates to the theme “My First?” From heirlooms to keepsakes, bring anything which reminds you of a first for you.  Discover heritage through the stories of others!

The Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries and Historic Sites (KAM), in partnership with the City of Kingston, is featuring a series of pop-up museum events throughout 2017.

Register for free on Eventbrite With local historian Peter Gower as your guide, take a photographic tour of Kingston 100 years ago at the Heritage Resource Centre’s free presentation, “Kingston During the Great War.” The presentation features dozens of photos of historic buildings and sites associated with World War I. A highlight of the presentation is a panoramic photo of the 10,000 men in the Barriefield Camp in May 1916. Gower is a retired elementary and high school teacher, and the author of Kingston in 150 Pictures, published with the support the Frontenac Heritage Foundation and the City of Kingston Heritage Fund.
Start Date:
Thu, May 25, 2017 10:00 AM
Duration:
1 hours, 30 minutes
Location:
Memorial Hall, City Hall 216 Ontario Street
Description:

Register for free on Eventbrite

With local historian Peter Gower as your guide, take a photographic tour of Kingston 100 years ago at the Heritage Resource Centre’s free presentation, “Kingston During the Great War.”

The presentation features dozens of photos of historic buildings and sites associated with World War I. A highlight of the presentation is a panoramic photo of the 10,000 men in the Barriefield Camp in May 1916.

Gower is a retired elementary and high school teacher, and the author of Kingston in 150 Pictures, published with the support the Frontenac Heritage Foundation and the City of Kingston Heritage Fund.

A week of events celebrating Arthur Conan Doyle and his best known character, Sherlock Holmes, is unfolding from May 23 to 27 at Kingston Frontenac Public Library. On Thursday, The Hound of the Baskervilles will be showing at Isabel Turner Branch. Then, go online and vote for your favourite dramatic depiction of Sherlock Holmes. On the ballot will be Christopher Plummer, Basil Rathbone, Peter Cushing, Benedict Cumberbatch, and some you may never have heard of; we have their films for you to borrow and enjoy. A full schedule of events is available on our website at www.kfpl.ca .
Start Date:
Thu, May 25, 2017 7:00 PM
Duration:
1 hours, 30 minutes
Location:
Isabel Turner Branch 935 Gardiners Rd.
Description:

A week of events celebrating Arthur Conan Doyle and his best known character, Sherlock Holmes, is unfolding from May 23 to 27 at Kingston Frontenac Public Library. 

On Thursday, The Hound of the Baskervilles will be showing at Isabel Turner Branch.  Then, go online and vote for your favourite dramatic depiction of Sherlock Holmes.  On the ballot will be Christopher Plummer, Basil Rathbone, Peter Cushing, Benedict Cumberbatch, and some you may never have heard of; we have their films for you to borrow and enjoy.

A full schedule of events is available on our website at www.kfpl.ca .

A week of events celebrating Arthur Conan Doyle and his best known character, Sherlock Holmes, is unfolding from May 23 to 27 at Kingston Frontenac Public Library. Thursday and Friday evening (May 25-26), and Saturday afternoon, (May 27), you can Escape the Pump House, with Improbable Escapes. They’ll be waiting for you in the pump room. Sign up online at https://www.improbableescapes.com/book-now-escape-room-game. Bring your gang and escape the historic pump room at the Pump House Steam Museum. Improbable Escapes will be there to lock you in (and let you out, if necessary). Solve the puzzles and gain your freedom. A full schedule of events is available on our website at www.kfpl.ca .
Start Date:
Thu, May 25, 2017 5:00 PM
Duration:
3 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Pump House Steam Museum 23 Ontario St.
Description:

A week of events celebrating Arthur Conan Doyle and his best known character, Sherlock Holmes, is unfolding from May 23 to 27 at Kingston Frontenac Public Library. 

Thursday and Friday evening (May 25-26), and Saturday afternoon, (May 27), you can Escape the Pump House, with Improbable Escapes. They’ll be waiting for you in the pump room.  Sign up online at https://www.improbableescapes.com/book-now-escape-room-game.

Bring your gang and escape the historic pump room at the Pump House Steam Museum. Improbable Escapes will be there to lock you in (and let you out, if necessary). Solve the puzzles and gain your freedom.

A full schedule of events is available on our website at www.kfpl.ca .

A week of events celebrating Arthur Conan Doyle and his best known character, Sherlock Holmes, is unfolding from May 23 to 27 at Kingston Frontenac Public Library. Thursday and Friday evening (May 25-26), and Saturday afternoon, (May 27), you can Escape the Pump House, with Improbable Escapes. They’ll be waiting for you in the pump room. Sign up online at https://www.improbableescapes.com/book-now-escape-room-game. Bring your gang and escape the historic pump room at the Pump House Steam Museum. Improbable Escapes will be there to lock you in (and let you out, if necessary). Solve the puzzles and gain your freedom. A full schedule of events is available on our website at www.kfpl.ca.
Start Date:
Fri, May 26, 2017 5:00 PM
Duration:
3 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Pump House Steam Museum 23 Ontario St.
Description:

A week of events celebrating Arthur Conan Doyle and his best known character, Sherlock Holmes, is unfolding from May 23 to 27 at Kingston Frontenac Public Library. 

Thursday and Friday evening (May 25-26), and Saturday afternoon, (May 27), you can Escape the Pump House, with Improbable Escapes. They’ll be waiting for you in the pump room.  Sign up online at https://www.improbableescapes.com/book-now-escape-room-game.

Bring your gang and escape the historic pump room at the Pump House Steam Museum. Improbable Escapes will be there to lock you in (and let you out, if necessary). Solve the puzzles and gain your freedom.

A full schedule of events is available on our website at www.kfpl.ca.

Founded by Champlain in 1606, The Order of Good Cheer held weekly celebrations full of good food, drink and musical entertainment to help brighten the long winter nights in Canada. Cantabile celebrates Canada 150 with the invigorating sounds of Bon Débarras. On their guitars, banjo, violin, washboard and harmonicas, and integrating foot percussion, jig and body percussion, the trio creates musical atmospheres that transcend boundaries and ages.
Start Date:
Sat, May 27, 2017 7:30 PM
Duration:
2 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Sydenham Street United Church
Description:

Founded by Champlain in 1606, The Order of Good Cheer held weekly celebrations full of good food, drink and musical entertainment to help brighten the long winter nights in Canada. Cantabile celebrates Canada 150 with the invigorating sounds of Bon Débarras. On their guitars, banjo, violin, washboard and harmonicas, and integrating foot percussion, jig and body percussion, the trio creates musical atmospheres that transcend boundaries and ages.

Check out the view from the driver’s seat of a snow plow, street sweeper or fire truck during the free Public Works Open House, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 27 at the public works yard at Railway and Division Streets (enter off Railway Street). More details to come.
Start Date:
Sat, May 27, 2017 10:00 AM
Duration:
3 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Public Works yard Railway and Division streets Enter off Railway
Description:

Check out the view from the driver’s seat of a snow plow, street sweeper or fire truck during the free Public Works Open House, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 27 at the public works yard at Railway and Division Streets (enter off Railway Street).

More details to come.

A week of events celebrating Arthur Conan Doyle and his best known character, Sherlock Holmes, is unfolding from May 23 to 27 at Kingston Frontenac Public Library. Thursday and Friday evening (May 25-26), and Saturday afternoon, (May 27), you can Escape the Pump House, with Improbable Escapes. They’ll be waiting for you in the pump room. Sign up online at https://www.improbableescapes.com/book-now-escape-room-game. Bring your gang and escape the historic pump room at the Pump House Steam Museum. Improbable Escapes will be there to lock you in (and let you out, if necessary). Solve the puzzles and gain your freedom. A full schedule of events is available on our website at www.kfpl.ca .
Start Date:
Sat, May 27, 2017 1:00 PM
Duration:
4 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Pump House Steam Museum 23 Ontario St.
Description:

A week of events celebrating Arthur Conan Doyle and his best known character, Sherlock Holmes, is unfolding from May 23 to 27 at Kingston Frontenac Public Library. 

Thursday and Friday evening (May 25-26), and Saturday afternoon, (May 27), you can Escape the Pump House, with Improbable Escapes. They’ll be waiting for you in the pump room.  Sign up online at https://www.improbableescapes.com/book-now-escape-room-game.

Bring your gang and escape the historic pump room at the Pump House Steam Museum. Improbable Escapes will be there to lock you in (and let you out, if necessary). Solve the puzzles and gain your freedom.

A full schedule of events is available on our website at www.kfpl.ca .

A week of events celebrating Arthur Conan Doyle and his best known character, Sherlock Holmes, is unfolding from May 23 to 27 at Kingston Frontenac Public Library. The week closes with a mini-conference at beautiful Memorial Hall in City Hall. Sherlock enthusiast and author Chris Redmond will briefly tell the story of how Sherlock Holmes, created by an impecunious British doctor in the 1880s, has become the best-known character in all of literature and popular culture. Other guests include Museum of Health Care curator Maxime Chouinard and author Ying Lee, who will talk about her Sherlock-inspired book series. Members of the KFPL Friends of the Library will be there to offer “selfies with Sherlock,” and the Kingston Historic Costume Society will be there in beautiful, period-appropriate attire. A full schedule of events is available on our website at www.kfpl.ca.
Start Date:
Sat, May 27, 2017 10:00 AM
Duration:
6 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Memorial Hall, City Hall 216 Ontario St.
Description:

A week of events celebrating Arthur Conan Doyle and his best known character, Sherlock Holmes, is unfolding from May 23 to 27 at Kingston Frontenac Public Library. 

The week closes with a mini-conference at beautiful Memorial Hall in City Hall.  Sherlock enthusiast and author Chris Redmond will briefly tell the story of how Sherlock Holmes, created by an impecunious British doctor in the 1880s, has become the best-known character in all of literature and popular culture.  Other guests include Museum of Health Care curator Maxime Chouinard and author Ying Lee, who will talk about her Sherlock-inspired book series.  Members of the KFPL Friends of the Library will be there to offer “selfies with Sherlock,” and the Kingston Historic Costume Society will be there in beautiful, period-appropriate attire.

A full schedule of events is available on our website at www.kfpl.ca.

Start Date:
Mon, May 29, 2017 12:00 PM
Duration:
2 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Sir John A Macdonald Room - City Hall
Description:
Start Date:
Mon, May 29, 2017 5:30 PM
Duration:
2 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
John Counter Boulevard Offices
Description:
Start Date:
Mon, May 29, 2017 1:00 PM
Duration:
2 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Kingston & Frontenac Housing Corporation
Description:
Start Date:
Mon, May 29, 2017 6:30 PM
Duration:
2 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Councillors' Lounge - City Hall
Description:
Start Date:
Wed, May 31, 2017 6:30 PM
Duration:
2 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
CRCA Administration Office Board Room
Description:
Come and participate in a workshop for Belle Park and bring ideas forward for the future of Belle Park. Format of the workshops will be: Welcome Presentation Small group sessions Reporting back to the group Register now Find out more about the Belle Park Ideas project.
Start Date:
Wed, May 31, 2017 6:00 PM
Duration:
2 hours, 30 minutes
Location:
Belle Park, 731 Montreal St.
Description:

Come and participate in a workshop for Belle Park and bring ideas forward for the future of Belle Park.

Format of the workshops will be:

  • Welcome
  • Presentation
  • Small group sessions
  • Reporting back to the group

Register now

Find out more about the Belle Park Ideas project.

Come and participate in a workshop for Belle Park and bring ideas forward for the future of Belle Park. Format of the workshops will be; Welcome Presentation Small group sessions Reporting back to the group Register now Find out more about the Belle Park Ideas project.
Start Date:
Thu, June 01, 2017 9:30 AM
Duration:
2 hours, 30 minutes
Location:
Artillery Park Aquatic Centre, 382 Montreal St.
Description:

Come and participate in a workshop for Belle Park and bring ideas forward for the future of Belle Park.

Format of the workshops will be;

  • Welcome
  • Presentation
  • Small group sessions
  • Reporting back to the group

Register now

Find out more about the Belle Park Ideas project.

Be there when the recommended vision for the future of the former Kingston Penitentiary and Portsmouth Olympic Harbour is presented. Presenters will explain how the input received was incorporated and the decision-making process around each of the components in the recommended concept. A question and answer opportunity will follow the presentation. Register for this session. There will be a repeat of this session at 6:30 p.m. Find out more about the project.
Start Date:
Thu, June 01, 2017 4:00 PM
Duration:
2 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, Press Room
Description:

Be there when the recommended vision for the future of the former Kingston Penitentiary and Portsmouth Olympic Harbour is presented.

Presenters will explain how the input received was incorporated and the decision-making process around each of the components in the recommended concept.  A question and answer opportunity will follow the presentation.

Register for this session. There will be a repeat of this session at 6:30 p.m.

Find out more about the project.

Be there when the recommended vision for the future of the former Kingston Penitentiary and Portsmouth Olympic Harbour is presented. Presenters will explain how the input received was incorporated and the decision-making process around each of the components in the recommended concept. A question and answer opportunity will follow the presentation. Register for this session. This is a repeat of the 4:00 p.m. session. Find out more about the visioning project.
Start Date:
Thu, June 01, 2017 6:30 PM
Duration:
2 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, Press Lounge
Description:

Be there when the recommended vision for the future of the former Kingston Penitentiary and Portsmouth Olympic Harbour is presented.

Presenters will explain how the input received was incorporated and the decision-making process around each of the components in the recommended concept.  A question and answer opportunity will follow the presentation.

Register for this session. This is a repeat of the 4:00 p.m. session.

Find out more about the visioning project.

Start Date:
Mon, June 05, 2017 5:00 PM
Duration:
3 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Councillor's Lounge
Description: