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Notice of Passing - By-law to Place a Question on the 2014 Municipal Election Ballot

May 6, 2014 -

Take notice that in accordance with Section 8(1)(b) of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, (the Act) the Council for The Corporation of the City of Kingston has passed By-law 2014-73, regarding the placement of the following question on the 2014 Municipal Election Ballot:

Are you in favour of a casino being located in the City of Kingston?
Yes. No.

The results of the vote on the question will be binding if: 50 per cent of electors vote on the question; and more than 50 per cent of those votes are in favour of the result.

If there is a binding YES vote the municipal council would be required to advise the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) that it had consulted with the public and that the public were in favour of a casino being located in Kingston, and pass and provide the OLG with a resolution supporting the establishment of a casino. If the question was rejected, the municipal council would be required to advise the OLG that the public were not in favour of a casino being located in Kingston and pass and provide the OLG with a resolution that it did not support the establishment of a casino.

Any person or entity may appeal the By-law to the Chief Electoral Officer of the Province of Ontario on the grounds that he question does not comply with the following criteria:

  1. The wording of the question must be clear, concise and neutral.
  2. The question must be capable of being answered in the affirmative of the negative and the only permitted answers are "YES" or "No"

An appeal may be made by filing a notice of appeal with Mr. John Bolognone, City Clerk, 216 Ontario Street, Kingston Ontario, K7L 2Z3, or to jbolognone@cityofkingston.ca setting out the objections and the reasons in support of the objections no later than May 26, 2014.

Personal information, as defined in the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001 and in accordance with MFIPPA. Personal information collected may be used to make a decision on this matter and may form part of meeting agendas or minutes, and therefore may be made available to members of the public at the meetings, through requests, and through the website
of The Corporation of the City of Kingston. Questions regarding the collection, use and disclosure of this personal information may be directed to the Corporate Records and Information Officer, Blair Johnson, at 613-546-4291 ext. 1316 or bjohnson@cityofkingston.ca.

Dated this Tuesday May 6, 2014 John Bolognone, City Clerk