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City Matters – December 20 Issue

Kingston's Recognition Statement provides the guiding motto for City Matters: "Let us bring our good minds and hearts together."


See the results of Cannabis Retail Survey

Cannabis Retail SurveyThe City received input from 2,027 participants on its online survey about the retail sale of cannabis, which ran from Nov. 22 to Dec. 12. Thanks to all who participated! The results are now available on the Get Involved Kingston survey page. The summary of comments will be added as soon as they are available. A staff report will be forwarded for council's consideration at the meeting on Jan. 8, 2019. Kingston city council has until Jan. 22 to decide whether to opt in or opt out of the province's model for retail cannabis, which will go into effect on April 1.

The provincial regulations would:

  • Allow stand-alone retail cannabis outlets to be open any day between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m.
  • Require outlets to be at least 150 metres away from schools
  • Require outlets to bar entry to people under 19 years old.

The province has announced that it will grant up to 25 licences to sell retail cannabis in Ontario in 2019.

Cannabis can now be legally purchased in Ontario from the online Ontario Cannabis Store.


Here's your new council

2018-2022 Term of council begins

Front row (left to right): Jeff McLaren, Bridget Doherty, Lisa Osanic, Mary Rita Holland, Simon Chapelle, Robert Kiley
Back row (left to right): Rob Hutchison, Ryan Boehme, Wayne Hill, Bryan Paterson, Peter Stroud, Gary Oosterhof, Jim Neill

The 2018-2022 term of city council has begun. The new council has already participated in a series of orientation activities aimed at familiarizing councillors with the details involved in governing Kingston.


Enjoy your community this holiday season!

holiday season Whether you are planning to bring out-of-town guests down to skate in Springer Market Square or figuring out what to do with your tree after Christmas, the City has you covered with these tips for the festive season. Happy holidays, Kingston!

Rent skates at Springer Market Square

Treat guests to a skate in the Square! The City's holiday skate rental service at Springer Market Square will run most days from Sunday, Dec. 23 until Sunday, Jan. 6 (the service is closed Dec. 25, 26 and Jan. 1). Rent skates:

  • 1 to 9 p.m. Dec. 22, 27, 28 and 29
  • 1 to 8 p.m. Dec. 23, 24 and 30
  • 1 to 10 p.m. Dec. 31
  • 3:30 to 8 p.m. from Jan. 2 to 6

Find the rental office in the basement of the Market Wing of City Hall beside the rink. Lockers and washrooms are also available. Rates (cash only) are $2.50 for children, $3.75 for youth (13-24) and seniors (65+) and $4.75 for adults. Groups can rent skates for $10 (maximum of five).

Join the K-Town Countdown at the Leon's Centre

Join the City in bringing in the New Year at the K-Town Countdown starting 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31 at the Leon's Centre, 1 The Tragically Hip Way! Take part in hands-on and active fun for all ages inside and outside the Leon's Centre. Festivities conclude at 9 p.m. with a spectacular fireworks display in Confederation Basin.

Inside, enjoy skating, life entertainment, crafts and games, movie characters, face painting and the New Year's Eve photo booth. Outside, dress for the weather and plan to enjoy skating in Springer Market Square (skate rentals available until 10 p.m.) and the fireworks.

Kingston Transit will run on a Sunday schedule and offer extended hours on Express Routes and Routes 1, 7 and 15.

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Start 2019 at the New Year's Levee

Start off 2019 by connecting with your community's representatives at City Hall! The 2019 New Year's Levee will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 1 in Memorial Hall at City Hall, 216 Ontario St.

Come meet Mayor Bryan Paterson, city councillors, Ian Arthur, Member of Provincial Parliament, and Mark Gerretsen, Member of Federal Parliament.

Kingston's Town Crier and the City's new Poet Laureate, Jason Heroux, will also be there to welcome in the New Year.

Plan to #WasteNotYGK for the holidays

Here are some holiday waste-prevention ideas to help reach the City's goal of diverting 65 per cent of Kingston's household waste:

  • Bring re-useable bags when you go shopping.
  • Choose reusable or recyclable wrapping. Traditional wrapping paper cannot be recycled due to the large amount coloured ink. Use brown paper, newspaper, gift boxes or bags. Share ingenious wrapping ideas at #WasteNotYGK.
  • Get crafty! Get items at second hand stores and add your own touch!
  • Create or buy holiday decorations that can be repurposed or composted.
  • Plan to compost Christmas trees (real ones) at the Kingston Area Recycling Centre, 196 Lappan's Lane.
  • Buy or make gifts you can put in your stomach – and put any leftovers in the green bin.
  • Use the green bin to dispose of soiled paper towels, paper plates and napkins as well as food scraps of all kinds.


Connect with us!

holiday season The City is working to connect with YOU to help you get the most out of what the municipality has to offer – and invites you to share, participate and engage in discussions to improve Kingston.

"City programs, services and initiatives are aimed at making Kingston a great place to live, work, play and visit. We want to make it easy for you to know what the municipality offers, how it runs and what its plans are," says Debbi Miller, manager, communications and public engagement.

She notes that many Kingstonians already regularly connect with the City. The City's Twitter feed has more than 41,000 followers, its Facebook page has 16,896 followers and, launched just last year, its Get Involved Kingston engagement platform has more than 6,000 registrants.

"Our community is an engaged community and we want to continue to nourish that interest and involvement, because it helps improve Kingston. We want to make sure that everyone feels included and invited to participate. That's why having channels and processes that invite feedback is so important."

The City offers these ways to connect to serve your various needs and reflect your service access and information preferences.



Meet the communications team!

The City has an in-house team that coordinates and communicates the messages sent out on City efforts. The team is led by JC Kenny, director of communications and customer experience*, and Debbi Miller, manager of communications and public engagement.

The seven communications generalists work with their departments – there are 21 of them divvied up amongst the generalists – to stay abreast of City efforts and plan the content and delivery of messages and campaigns, including how and when they will be delivered and which tools and mediums will be employed. The generalists are: Cindie Ashton, Marie Bartlett, Rob Hosier, Richelle Morgan, Mark Nardi, Jen Pinarski and Julilee Stitt.

Guided by the generalists, the four communications specialists help write, produce and design webpages, graphics, videos and many other media used to deploy City messages. The specialists are: Jenn Fagan, graphic designer, Mike Weber, webmaster, Paul Whittingham, graphic designer and Sarah Withrow, writer.

On any given day, team members may be involved in filming a video, booking a radio ad, scheduling social media messages, attending a public engagement, honing a graphic and/or responding to media calls.

The team is supported by Tracy Steele, administrative assistant and two student interns, Kurtis O'Keefe and Erin Couch.

*Customer experience is a separate division led by manager, Natalie Lecomte Elwood, and acting supervisor Jennifer Holland.

Happy holidays from the communications and customer experience team! Pictured are (l-r): Mike Weber, Paul Whittingham, Rob Hosier, Tracy Steele, Richelle Morgan, Cindie Ashton, Erin Couch, Julielee Stitt, Jen Pinarski, Debbi Miller, Sarah Withrow, Mark Nardi, Natalie Lecomte Elwood, Kurtis O'Keefe, Jennifer Holland and JC Kenny. Missing: Marie Bartlett.




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Holiday Closures

See when Utilities Kingston and City services and facilities are open/closed during the holidays.

Snow plow in action

Find the winter maintenance service level for your street on the City's snow clearing route map.


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