City Matters – October 11, 2019 Issue
Kingston's Recognition Statement provides the guiding motto for City Matters: "Let us bring our good minds and hearts together."
Dianne Saxe and Council focus on climate change on Oct. 22
On Oct. 22 the City will host the Change for Climate Town Hall, featuring special guest, Dianne Saxe. Saxe, an internationally renowned environmental lawyer and former Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, will deliver a keynote talk.
"The intent of this session is to allow Council and the community to have a constructive conversation about steps needed to address climate change," says Mayor Bryan Paterson.
The Change for Climate Town Hall will get underway at 5:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall at City Hall, 216 Ontario St. Come explore a number of displays to learn about some of the work now underway at the City-level to address climate change.
"Climate change is a deeply troubling issue and top of mind for people in our community, across our country, and around the world. But there's reason for hope. Events like this Town Hall bring together leaders and the community, so that we can learn, share best practices and then turn that knowledge into concrete action to address this global issue," says Paterson.
Saxe's talk begins at 6 p.m. and, following it, she will address questions from members of City Council and the public.
RSVP on Eventbrite to attend this free event or watch the City's social media channels for a link to the live stream.
Sir John A. 360° community workshops
How can we share a more inclusive history of Sir John A. Macdonald in Kingston? That question will be addressed at free community workshops on Oct. 16 and 17 at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour. Find out more about this discussion, part of the ongoing Your Stories, Our Histories project to develop the City's updated cultural heritage strategy. Want to participate? Confirm your attendance at one of the workshops on Eventbrite.
$20M+ Disaster Mitigation Adaptation Fund to help protect Kingston as climate changes
The City is entering agreements with Infrastructure Canada to access more than $20 million in grant funding under the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF) to help protect Kingston from flooding and make our community more resilient as our climate changes.
"We are very grateful for this timely and sorely needed federal funding that will help us hone our infrastructure to address the high water levels and dramatic downpours we've experienced in recent years – and can expect to keep on experiencing as our climate changes," says Craig Desjardins, Director, Strategy, Innovation & Partnerships.
Kingston is one of 20 communities to be awarded this funding through the DMAF's competitive granting program and pursued it as part of the City's strategic priority to demonstrate leadership on climate action.
It should be noted that the City and the community have been working to become more resilient to climate change for years, taking actions outlined in the community-built 2014 Kingston Climate Action Plan – recognized as Canada's best Climate Action Plan in a 2018 study that appeared in Climatic Change, an academic journal.
The DMAF support represents 40 per cent of the $50.5 million cost of the projects, outlined below, to be completed over the next decade.
Here's how the funds will be used:
Shoreline protection works
"We're a lake city and our quality of life and integrity of infrastructure is very much linked to the state of the lake and the water," says Paul MacLatchy, Environment Director.
In 2017 and 2019, the combination of record-high water levels and severe wind/wave action resulted in flooding and erosion along Lake Ontario and Cataraqui River shorelines affecting public safety, key transportation routes and City assets.
Up to $9.8 million in Government of Canada DMAF funding will go to protect Kingston shorelines against erosion. The City's contribution is $14.7 million.
A total of 2,140 linear metres of rock revetment to support the shoreline and 1,052 linear metres of shorewall repairs are planned to help protect roads, trails and ensure safe access at 18 locations along Kingston's waterfronts from Treasure Island to Crerar Park. City staff will offer a report to the Environment, Infrastructure and Transportation Committee on the shoreline projects in early 2020.
Wondering if work is planned for a shoreline near you? See the list of planned projects on e-page 3 of this Council Report.
Separating combine sewers and drainage control works in central Kingston
According to the Cataraqui Regional Conservation Authority and weather modelling conducted for our community, Kingston is expected to see an increase in both the frequency and severity of extreme weather events as a result of climate change. In recent years, we have witnessed higher amounts of precipitation occurring over short periods of time.
To help separate combined sewers and add drainage controls in central Kingston, the DMAF has offered $10.4 million in support. The City's contribution to this project is $15.6 million.
"The City and Utilities Kingston have been working since 2008 to separate central Kingston's combined sewer system so that one system will deal with stormwater and another will carry sewage. This work is coordinated with road reconstruction projects, like the Big Dig on Princess," says Jim Keech, President and CEO of Utilities Kingston.
Separating sewers helps reduce the sewer overflows associated with significant downpours. In addition, improvements to storm water systems (such as drainage paths) in flood-prone neighbourhoods will add resiliency in the event of major storms.
Check out the map to see the progress of sewer separation.
What's happening with PulsePoint?
Find out in this City Matters interview with Fire Chief Shawn Armstrong.
Mid-rise and tall building policies project to enter next phase of public engagement
Density by Design, the City's project to develop mid-rise and tall building design policies, enters the next phase of public consultation on Nov. 4. That's when an Issues and Options Paper outlining the work done so far and next steps for the project will be released for public review and input. Watch for it on GetInvolved.CityofKingston.ca.
"These design policies will govern critical aspects of mid-rise and tall building construction in Kingston," explains Andrea Gummo, Acting Manager of Policy Planning for the City. "This is a great chance to help shape the future of Kingston and it's important that residents take this opportunity to ask questions and share their views."
Brent Toderian to attend engagement sessions
Engagement sessions with expert planning consultant Brent Toderian are being planned for the week of Nov.18. Interested residents will have two weeks to review the Issues and Options Paper and are encouraged to bring their questions and feedback to these sessions. The sessions will feature a station-based format, to encourage one-on-one interactions with members of the City's Planning Division. For more details on this project, please see www.CityofKingston.ca/DensitybyDesign.
Kingston Fire & Rescue reminds you of these fire prevention tips for Halloween
- Keep costumes short and avoid loose clothing to avoid the chance of tripping and the risk of coming into contact with candles.
- Have trick-or-treaters carry flashlights/glow sticks and follow traffic rules.
- Use battery-operated lights or glow sticks in jack-o-lanterns instead of candles. Always keep children and pets away from candles.
- Never overload electrical outlets with holiday lighting or special effects.
- Keep exit doors unobstructed.
Pitch-In Kingston: Fall Edition
Sustainable Kingston, supported by the City and Tim Horton's, is organizing the fall community cleanup on Oct. 25 and 26. Find out more and register.
Plan to participate in Giveaway Day on Saturday, Oct. 26. That's the day you put out items you no longer want for people who might like them. Share your treasures at #WasteNotYGK.