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Survey asks: What should Kingston commemorate?

October 29, 2014 -

What events, people or ideas should Kingston commemorate – and how? The City is seeking your online input as it develops a new Kingston Commemoration Strategy. Find the brief survey online at www.CityofKingston.ca/getinvolved and submit your feedback by Friday, Nov. 14.

"Honouring our past enriches our present. Public commemorations help us tell the story of Kingston. This survey offers up options we would like Kingstonians to consider as we prepare to build a strategy that will set a standard and long-range plan for public commemoration," says Paul Robertson, City Curator.

He notes that an increased demand for commemorations has highlighted the need for a consolidated set of policies and procedures.

The Kingston Commemoration Strategy will address both tangible and intangible commemorations, including: monuments, statues, ceremonies, plaques, memorial benches and trees, naming rights, events, festivals, etc. It will offer a policy framework for proposing, evaluating, establishing and caring for commemorations on City property or requiring a City permit – and look at the inventory of current commemorative materials now in the City's Civic Collection.

The strategy is to be completed by Workshop Architecture Inc.'s Helena Grdadolnik, who also helped develop the City's Public Art Master Plan and is familiar with the City's Civic Collection.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Media Relations Officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116.Or call Communications at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.

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