City Matters – October 17 Issue
Kingston's Recognition Statement provides the guiding motto for City Matters: "Let us bring our good minds and hearts together."
Have you cast your ballot in the municipal election?
We all use the City every day. City staff help manage childcare, housing and other social programs; waste and recycling collection; parks, recreational and cultural facilities and programs; Kingston Transit; the building and maintenance of roads, sidewalks and bridges; and so much more.
When you vote in this month's municipal election (online or in-person), you will help determine the direction of your City services and investment of your taxes to support services, projects and facilities.
So far, more than 7,604 residents have cast their ballots in the municipal election.
"That number includes those who came out on Advance Voting Day on Saturday, as well as those who have voted online," says John Bolognone, city clerk and returning officer.
Kingstonians who have a Voter Information Notice can vote online any time before 8 p.m. on Voting Day, Monday, Oct. 22 (they must be registered online before 7 p.m. that day). District voting places will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Voting Day for those who want to vote in person. Electors may vote at any voting place in their district. Kingston Transit will offer free rides until 9 p.m. on Oct. 22 to those who present their Voter Information Notice when boarding the bus to and from their voting place.
Unofficial election results will be live-streamed as they come in at www.CityofKingston.ca/Results. The election results feed will also be live-streamed in Memorial Hall City Hall.
The live-streamed results will include those on the referendum question on Ranked Ballot Voting, which appears on this year's ballot: "Are you in favour of using ranked ballot voting to elect the mayor and district councillors in the city of Kingston? Yes. No."
For the results of the referendum question to be binding, at least 50 per cent of the total number of eligible electors must vote on the referendum question (i.e. at least half of those on the Voters' List at the end of Voting Day).
Links for Voters
- Internet voting
- In-person voting
- List of mayoral, district and school board trustee candidates
- Find out more about Ranked Ballot Voting
Haven't received your Voter Information Notice? Check to see if your name is on the Voters' List. If it is not and you believe you are eligible to vote, please contact the Elections Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-546-4291, ext. 1430.
Kingston is an engaged community!
The City of Kingston's engagement efforts were highlighted at the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) North America Conference in Victoria, BC last month.
"The City has invested in engagement, because it results in better-quality efforts and a better experience for residents. It was gratifying to be held up as an example for work we have done with engagement, specifically around Get Involved Kingston," says Debbi Miller, manager, communications and public engagement. "Many conference attendees referred to and asked questions about the City of Kingston's Public Engagement Framework and implementation plan."
Kingstonians are extremely engaged! Since its launch in October 2017 until Oct. 15, 2018, the City's Get Involved Kingston platform has been visited more than 40,000 times. In 2018 alone, the City has consulted with the public on 41 separate efforts, hosted 69 in-person events and offered 23 online input opportunities.
The online Get Involved platform now boasts 3,549 active participants. Some of the most active online consultations over the past year include:
- Solid Waste Customer Satisfaction survey – 1,302 participants
- Municipal Discounts – 1,594 participants
- Belle Park Master Plan survey – 1,377 participants
- Vision Zero Road Safety Plan – 1,126 participants
- Park & Recreation Master Plan Update – 1,123 participants
- Walk'n'Roll (Active Transportation Master Plan) – 1,081 participants
All engagement opportunities are guided by the Public Engagement Framework. Completed in 2017, it outlines expectations, principles and roles for public engagements and suggests an approach for planning them. The City's commitment to effective public engagement has been embedded in the organization through training: to date a total of 53 staff members have been trained in the IAP2 Foundations and 25 more are scheduled to be trained in 2018.
"We want our project and service managers to be thinking about public engagement at the very outset of an effort, so that the City can consult early in the process and throughout a project or service change as appropriate," says Miller. "Our project managers are feeling more connected than ever to their communities. We learn more with every engagement."
Business licences show customers you meet standards to protect their well-being
The City wants great businesses to thrive in Kingston. Bylaw and licensing rules help ensure businesses run according to set standards – including health and safety standards in place to protect the public – and operate in locations appropriate to their business activities.
"Your business licence proves to your customers that you've met the standards in place to protect them and the community. It validates your enterprise and shows your customers you care about their well-being," says Paige Agnew, director, building, planning & licensing. Planning on opening a new business? Different kinds of businesses have different requirements they must meet ahead of being licensed. The licensing process addresses a number of items you will need to consider when it comes to appropriately locating and operating your business, including zoning and health and safety issues.
Starting a new business? Take advantage of the guidance we can offer:
- Our Planner of the Day will be happy to assist you and let you know if your proposed business location is zoned to permit your business activities.
- Our Licensing Agent of the Day can help you determine what requirements are involved in obtaining your business licence.
Please call 613-546-4291, ext. 3150 or email us at email@example.com with your questions.
City of Kingston business licences need to be renewed every year before Dec. 31.
The Kingston Airport is expanding to better serve the region. We provide a behind-the-scenes look at construction, and discuss some of the benefits of this modernized travel hub.
City and Kingston Police prepare for safe Homecoming Weekend
The City, Kingston Police, Queen's University and other community partners have prepared for – and encouraged – a safe Homecoming Weekend, Friday Oct. 19 to 21.
- Union Street will be closed from University to Division Friday – Sunday for Queen's University's ReUnion Street Festival and concert.
- The University District Safety Initiative is in effect this weekend. These enforcement rules are aimed at keeping you safe.
- General and parking bylaw enforcement will be supporting Kingston Police who will respond to protect the community and keep the peace.
- Community partners are coordinating to help ensure a safe weekend and respond in the event of an unlawful gathering.
Follow @CityofKingston on Twitter for live updates.
If you have bylaw enforcement concerns call 613-546-4291 ext. 3135 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. After hours this weekend, please call 613-888-3809.
Kingston's EV Strategy
Have you noticed the new Electrical Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations appearing around Kingston? They are part of a City strategy to reduce carbon emissions. Find out more about Kingston's EV Strategy.
Giveaway Day is Oct. 20. That's the day you can put reusable items out at the curb to be picked up by neighbours who might want them.