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Speak up! City holds roundtable sessions to create a community vision on consultation

April 28, 2016 -

What would good consultation look like to you? The City of Kingston is asking Kingstonians to help shape the future of public engagement by identifying a vision and set of principles at three workshops in May.  

"We're asking people for their ideas on ways to improve public participation in City decision-making," said Colleen Gareau, director of strategic communication. "The roundtable sessions will form the basis of an online survey to get even more input and we'll look for comments when we post the draft guidelines online." 

Individuals can attend any one of the following sessions:

  • Wednesday, May 11 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Ecole Sir John A. Macdonald Public School, 529 St. Martha St.
  • Thursday, May 12 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Royal Kingston Curling Club, 130 Days Rd.
  • Friday, May 13 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Memorial Hall at City Hall, 216 Ontario St. (walk, cycle or take the bus – as work to the Hanson Garage may affect the availability of nearby parking).

Registration is required through eventbrite.ca

The City began a renewed effort in April 2015 to communicate and engage with the public more effectively. It began with an online survey asking people how they wanted to get their City information and what the City could do better to keep them informed. Suggestions included increasing the City's use of digital tools and holding focus group discussions.

For more information: CityofKingston.ca/Communications.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality –ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future.  Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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Media contact: For more information contact the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.