KINGSTON NEWS

Early start to pothole repairs

As the City works around the clock to patch potholes, it reminds residents the patches made in the winter are a temporary fix.

City council accepts 2019 budget

The municipal operating budget incorporates a 2.5 per cent tax rate increase – one per cent of which is earmarked for capital infrastructure.

City seeks volunteer advisers for committees

Do you want to help shape your community? Volunteer for one of the City of Kingston advisory committees now seeking informed advice from committed Kingstonians.

CITY BLOGS

Allowing more second residential units will create affordable housing options

The City has made changes to the proposed Official Plan and Zoning By-law amendments that will allow second residential units to be created across the city. Second residential units include...

Population, housing and employment projections help shape Kingston’s future

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EVENTS CALENDAR

Why do stories matter? Join us for a live community storytelling event. Hear from our storytellers and learn more about why stories are an important way to build our community history. The event will have ASL interpreters and separate programming is available for children. Cash Bar. The event will feature community storytellers Paul Chaput, Rinad Elhaj, Selina Chiarelli, Alyssa Cooper and Cassel Miles. Storytelling will be followed with a Q&A talkback moderated by Guy Freedman and Melissa Hammell of First Peoples Group. Launch event children’s programming: The Art of Storytelling Let’s explore the creative process of visual storytelling through comics! What’s in a story? What stories would we like to share? Children and youth will learn to craft their own comics to take home inspired by their experiences. All art supplies will be provided. To pre-register your child, send an email to education@cityofkingston.ca. Please include your full name, the name of your child, their age and your contact information. We are committed to fostering an inclusive environment. Please include in your email any information or special needs requirements that can help us best accommodate programming for your child. Kingston is a community that recognizes that people are its most valuable asset. We create opportunities for all people to enjoy our city and contribute as productive citizens. If you have accessibility concerns regarding our upcoming community workshops please let us know and we would be happy to help to plan for your participation. Contact Jennifer Campbell at jlcampbell@cityofkingston.ca Learn more on the project page.
Start Date:
Tue, March 26, 2019 7:00 PM
Duration:
2 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Royal Canadian Legion 734 Montreal St.
Description:

Why do stories matter? Join us for a live community storytelling event. Hear from our storytellers and learn more about why stories are an important way to build our community history. The event will have ASL interpreters and separate programming is available for children. Cash Bar. 

The event will feature community storytellers Paul Chaput, Rinad Elhaj, Selina Chiarelli, Alyssa Cooper and Cassel Miles. Storytelling will be followed with a Q&A talkback moderated by Guy Freedman and Melissa Hammell of First Peoples Group. 

Launch event children’s programming: The Art of Storytelling

Let’s explore the creative process of visual storytelling through comics!  What’s in a story?  What stories would we like to share?  Children and youth will learn to craft their own comics to take home inspired by their experiences.  All art supplies will be provided.

To pre-register your child, send an email to education@cityofkingston.ca. Please include your full name, the name of your child, their age and your contact information. We are committed to fostering an inclusive environment. Please include in your email any information or special needs requirements that can help us best accommodate programming for your child.

Kingston is a community that recognizes that people are its most valuable asset. We create opportunities for all people to enjoy our city and contribute as productive citizens. If you have accessibility concerns regarding our upcoming community workshops please let us know and we would be happy to help to plan for your participation. Contact Jennifer Campbell at jlcampbell@cityofkingston.ca

Learn more on the project page.

City Hall and Springer Market Square will be lit up in purple for Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness
Start Date:
Tue, March 26, 2019 4:00 AM
Duration:
All Day Event
Location:
City Hall and Springer Market Square
Description:

City Hall and Springer Market Square will be lit up in purple for Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness

Start Date:
Tue, March 26, 2019 6:00 PM
Duration:
5 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Queen's University - Goodes Hall (143 Union Street West) - Room 312
Description:
Join the Earth Hour Movement on Saturday, March 30 by turning off your lights between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Over the past decade, Earth Hour has helped bring climate action to the top of the political and societal agenda. Now is the time to build on this momentum to create a broader movement to protect and restore nature.
Start Date:
Sat, March 30, 2019 8:30 PM
Duration:
1 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Kingston
Description:

Join the Earth Hour Movement on Saturday, March 30 by turning off your lights between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Over the past decade, Earth Hour has helped bring climate action to the top of the political and societal agenda. Now is the time to build on this momentum to create a broader movement to protect and restore nature.

Start Date:
Tue, April 02, 2019 7:30 PM
Duration:
3 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Council Chamber - City Hall
Description:
Start Date:
Wed, April 03, 2019 6:30 PM
Duration:
2 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Councillors' Lounge - City Hall
Description:
Start Date:
Thu, April 04, 2019 1:00 PM
Duration:
2 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Press Lounge - Portsmouth Olympic Harbour (53 Yonge Street)
Description:
Start Date:
Thu, April 04, 2019 6:30 PM
Duration:
3 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Council Chamber - City Hall
Description:
Giveaway Days in 2019 are: Saturday, April 6 Saturday, June 22 Saturday, Aug. 17 Saturday, Oct. 26 Giveaway Days are when you put items you no longer want out at the curb for someone who might like them. The City declares Giveaway Days a few times a year - sign-up for collection reminders to be reminded when one is coming up. What to put out: Only set out appropriate items that you know someone else might want. Appropriate items: books, CDs, DVDs, Furniture and small appliances, Electronics, construction materials (including drywall, lumber, hardware), kitchen gadgets, dishes, cutlery, pots and pans. Inappropriate items: the Consumer Product Safety Bureau of Health Canada advises that these items should NOT be given away (or picked-up): baby walkers, cribs, car seats, strollers, playpens, bath seats, mattresses, blinds and toys. Bring any uncollected items back inside at 6 p.m. on Giveaway Day. The City will NOT collect unwanted Giveaway Day items left at the curb and these may be subject to fines from Bylaw Enforcement. Consider donating unwanted items to a local charity. See other diversion & disposal opportunities
Start Date:
Sat, April 06, 2019 6:00 AM
Duration:
12 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Description:

Giveaway Days in 2019 are:

  • Saturday, April 6
  • Saturday, June 22
  • Saturday, Aug. 17
  • Saturday, Oct. 26

Giveaway Days are when you put items you no longer want out at the curb for someone who might like them. The City declares Giveaway Days a few times a year - sign-up for collection reminders to be reminded when one is coming up.

What to put out:

Only set out appropriate items that you know someone else might want.

  • Appropriate items: books, CDs, DVDs, Furniture and small appliances, Electronics, construction materials (including drywall, lumber, hardware), kitchen gadgets, dishes, cutlery, pots and pans.
  • Inappropriate items: the Consumer Product Safety Bureau of Health Canada advises that these items should NOT be given away (or picked-up): baby walkers, cribs, car seats, strollers, playpens, bath seats, mattresses, blinds and toys.

Bring any uncollected items back inside at 6 p.m. on Giveaway Day. The City will NOT collect unwanted Giveaway Day items left at the curb and these may be subject to fines from Bylaw Enforcement. Consider donating unwanted items to a local charity.

See other diversion & disposal opportunities

Start Date:
Tue, April 09, 2019 6:00 PM
Duration:
2 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Council Chamber - City Hall
Description:
Kingston Frontenac Public Library is looking for six emerging or practising poets aged 14 or older who are interested in an hour-long one-on-one mentorship session in April with Kingston Poet Laureate Jason Heroux. If that describes you, please submit a sample of your poetry (from five to 12 pages in length) to poetlaureate@cityofkingston.ca . Don't forget to include your full name and your contact information with your submission. To be eligible, your submission must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 11. (Those without an email address may submit their verse as a print-out or typescript at any branch of Kingston Frontenac Public Library, marked to the attention of Poet Laureate Jason Heroux, c/o Isabel Turner Branch.) Please note that the six mentorship sessions will take place at the following times: Tuesday, April 9 at Central, at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Friday, April 12 at Calvin Park, at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 at Isabel Turner, at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. When sending in your poetry, please be sure to list which of these six sessions you'd be able to attend, ranked in order of your preference. Jason will review all the submissions and will schedule one-on-one meetings with six poets. During your hour he will go over your work and offer both feedback and possible next steps. KFPL acknowledges the support of the City of Kingston through the Poet Laureate program, increasing the profile of the literary arts within the City and beyond. Please contact Anne Hall, 613-549-8888, ext.3528, ahall@kfpl.ca with any questions or responses.
Start Date:
Tue, April 09, 2019 10:00 AM
Duration:
2 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Central Branch Kingston Frontenac Public Library 130 Johnson St.
Description:

Kingston Frontenac Public Library is looking for six emerging or practising poets aged 14 or older who are interested in an hour-long one-on-one mentorship session in April with Kingston Poet Laureate Jason Heroux.

If that describes you, please submit a sample of your poetry (from five to 12 pages in length) to poetlaureate@cityofkingston.ca .    Don't forget to include your full name and your contact information with your submission.  To be eligible, your submission must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 11.  (Those without an email address may submit their verse as a print-out or typescript at any branch of Kingston Frontenac Public Library, marked to the attention of Poet Laureate Jason Heroux, c/o Isabel Turner Branch.)

Please note that the six mentorship sessions will take place at the following times:

  • Tuesday, April 9 at Central, at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
  • Friday, April 12 at Calvin Park, at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 23 at Isabel Turner, at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

When sending in your poetry, please be sure to list which of these six sessions you'd be able to attend, ranked in order of your preference.  Jason will review all the submissions and will schedule one-on-one meetings with six poets.  During your hour he will go over your work and offer both feedback and possible next steps.

KFPL acknowledges the support of the City of Kingston through the Poet Laureate program, increasing the profile of the literary arts within the City and beyond.

 

Please contact Anne Hall, 613-549-8888, ext.3528, ahall@kfpl.ca with any questions or responses.

The City is undertaking an evaluation of all public engagement efforts and wants to hear from you. Join us to share how you engage in matters that most affect your quality-of-life and your city. What to expect This focus group will be held in a small group setting and led by a facilitator. The facilitator’s role is to lead and foster interactive discussions around this topic area that will bring out thoughtful responses from participants. Our overall goal is to hear from all participants and to encourage many different opinions and ideas to be shared. What to prepare We encourage our participants to familiarize themselves with the materials provided after sign-up to ensure meaningful discussion around this topic when the focus group meets. How to sign-up To register for this focus group please email damiller@cityofkingston.ca
Start Date:
Tue, April 09, 2019 6:30 PM
Duration:
1 hours, 30 minutes
Location:
INVISTA Centre
Description:

The City is undertaking an evaluation of all public engagement efforts and wants to hear from you. Join us to share how you engage in matters that most affect your quality-of-life and your city.

What to expect

This focus group will be held in a small group setting and led by a facilitator. The facilitator’s role is to lead and foster interactive discussions around this topic area that will bring out thoughtful responses from participants. Our overall goal is to hear from all participants and to encourage many different opinions and ideas to be shared.

What to prepare

We encourage our participants to familiarize themselves with the materials provided after sign-up to ensure meaningful discussion around this topic when the focus group meets.

How to sign-up

To register for this focus group please email damiller@cityofkingston.ca

City Hall and Springer Market Square will be lit up for Vimy Ridge Day. Find out more about lighting up City Hall.
Start Date:
Tue, April 09, 2019 4:00 AM
Duration:
All Day Event
Location:
City Hall and Springer Market Square
Description:

City Hall and Springer Market Square will be lit up for Vimy Ridge Day.

Find out more about lighting up City Hall.

Start Date:
Thu, April 11, 2019 5:30 PM
Duration:
2 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Council Chamber - City Hall
Description:
In honour of National Poetry Month, Kingston Frontenac Public Library is delighted to announce a Poetry Writing Workshop. Poetry allows us to share personal feelings and perspectives, but every poem is also part of an ongoing cultural conversation that carries on beyond us, spanning generations and geographies. Join the conversation! Add your voice by responding to one of your favourite poems. Kingston Poet Laureate Jason Heroux offers a workshop to inspire participants to compose their own “response poem” to a poem they cherish. Bring a single-page poem you admire (printed or digital, and written by someone other than yourself), and a notepad or laptop to compose your “response poem.” The group will work together to discuss various techniques and methods, and each participant will write a poem in response to the poem they brought. Selected response poems will be shared with the group. This workshop will be offered twice, first at the Central Branch on Thursday, April 11, at 2 p.m., and then at the Isabel Turner Branch on Thursday, April 25, at 7 p.m. Both workshops will be the same. Both workshops are free, and open to those aged 14 years and older, but seating is limited. To avoid disappointment, please register in advance at events.kfpl.ca (or by phone at 613-549-8888) as of 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 30 for the April 11 workshop and 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 13 for the April 25 session. Kingston Frontenac Public Library acknowledges the support of the City of Kingston through the Poet Laureate program, increasing the profile of the literary arts within the City and beyond. For more information, visit www.kfpl.ca
Start Date:
Thu, April 11, 2019 2:00 PM
Duration:
1 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Central Branch Kingston Frontenac Public Library 130 Johnson St.
Description:

In honour of National Poetry Month, Kingston Frontenac Public Library is delighted to announce a Poetry Writing Workshop.

Poetry allows us to share personal feelings and perspectives, but every poem is also part of an ongoing cultural conversation that carries on beyond us, spanning generations and geographies.  Join the conversation!  Add your voice by responding to one of your favourite poems.

Kingston Poet Laureate Jason Heroux offers a workshop to inspire participants to compose their own “response poem” to a poem they cherish.  Bring a single-page poem you admire (printed or digital, and written by someone other than yourself), and a notepad or laptop to compose your “response poem.”  The group will work together to discuss various techniques and methods, and each participant will write a poem in response to the poem they brought.  Selected response poems will be shared with the group.  

This workshop will be offered twice, first at the Central Branch on Thursday, April 11, at 2 p.m., and then at the Isabel Turner Branch on Thursday, April 25, at 7 p.m.  Both workshops will be the same.

Both workshops are free, and open to those aged 14 years and older, but seating is limited.  To avoid disappointment, please register in advance at events.kfpl.ca (or by phone at 613-549-8888) as of 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 30 for the April 11 workshop and 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 13 for the April 25 session.

Kingston Frontenac Public Library acknowledges the support of the City of Kingston through the Poet Laureate program, increasing the profile of the literary arts within the City and beyond.

                                             For more information, visit www.kfpl.ca

Kingston Frontenac Public Library is looking for six emerging or practising poets aged 14 or older who are interested in an hour-long one-on-one mentorship session in April with Kingston Poet Laureate Jason Heroux. If that describes you, please submit a sample of your poetry (from five to 12 pages in length) to poetlaureate@cityofkingston.ca . Don't forget to include your full name and your contact information with your submission. To be eligible, your submission must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 11. (Those without an email address may submit their verse as a print-out or typescript at any branch of Kingston Frontenac Public Library, marked to the attention of Poet Laureate Jason Heroux, c/o Isabel Turner Branch.) Please note that the six mentorship sessions will take place at the following times: Tuesday, April 9 at Central, at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Friday, April 12 at Calvin Park, at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 at Isabel Turner, at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. When sending in your poetry, please be sure to list which of these six sessions you'd be able to attend, ranked in order of your preference. Jason will review all the submissions and will schedule one-on-one meetings with six poets. During your hour he will go over your work and offer both feedback and possible next steps. KFPL acknowledges the support of the City of Kingston through the Poet Laureate program, increasing the profile of the literary arts within the City and beyond. Please contact Anne Hall, 613-549-8888, ext.3528, ahall@kfpl.ca with any questions or responses.
Start Date:
Fri, April 12, 2019 2:00 PM
Duration:
2 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Calvin Park Branch Kingston Frontenac Public Library 88 Wright Cres.
Description:

Kingston Frontenac Public Library is looking for six emerging or practising poets aged 14 or older who are interested in an hour-long one-on-one mentorship session in April with Kingston Poet Laureate Jason Heroux.

If that describes you, please submit a sample of your poetry (from five to 12 pages in length) to poetlaureate@cityofkingston.ca .    Don't forget to include your full name and your contact information with your submission.  To be eligible, your submission must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 11.  (Those without an email address may submit their verse as a print-out or typescript at any branch of Kingston Frontenac Public Library, marked to the attention of Poet Laureate Jason Heroux, c/o Isabel Turner Branch.)

Please note that the six mentorship sessions will take place at the following times:

  • Tuesday, April 9 at Central, at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
  • Friday, April 12 at Calvin Park, at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 23 at Isabel Turner, at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

When sending in your poetry, please be sure to list which of these six sessions you'd be able to attend, ranked in order of your preference.  Jason will review all the submissions and will schedule one-on-one meetings with six poets.  During your hour he will go over your work and offer both feedback and possible next steps.

KFPL acknowledges the support of the City of Kingston through the Poet Laureate program, increasing the profile of the literary arts within the City and beyond.

Please contact Anne Hall, 613-549-8888, ext.3528, ahall@kfpl.ca with any questions or responses.

In April the KFPL Live monthly speakers' series is excited to welcome Janet Fenton, the outreach program coordinator at Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre near Napanee. Whether it's a bear cub with a face full of porcupine quills, a fawn attacked by a dog, or a turtle hit by a car, wild animals can often need human assistance. But how can we help animals without taking away their wildness? Every year in Ontario authorized wildlife rehabilitators provide temporary homes for thousands of injured and orphaned creatures. Sandy Pines has been taking in mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians since 1994, caring for them until they can be returned to the wild. The Centre also advises and assists property owners having trouble with wild animal neighbours. It also runs an outreach program to help educate the next generation on living together with wildlife. It receives no government funding and is entirely financed by donations and fundraising. Janet will describe the wide range of animals the Centre has helped and say how she came to work there. She'll also talk about how to prevent wildlife injuries and what to do if we find an injured animal. This presentation on Wildlife Rescue will take place at the Calvin Park branch on Saturday, April 13, at 2 p.m. and is open to adults and teens only. There is no admission charge, but seating is limited. To avoid disappointment, please register in advance at events.kfpl.ca (or by phone at 613-549-8888) as of 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 30. For more information, visit www.kfpl.ca
Start Date:
Sat, April 13, 2019 2:00 PM
Duration:
1 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Calvin Park Branch Kingston Frontenac Public Library 88 Wright Cres.
Description:

In April the KFPL Live monthly speakers' series is excited to welcome Janet Fenton, the outreach program coordinator at Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre near Napanee. 

Whether it's a bear cub with a face full of porcupine quills, a fawn attacked by a dog, or a turtle hit by a car, wild animals can often need human assistance. But how can we help animals without taking away their wildness? Every year in Ontario authorized wildlife rehabilitators provide temporary homes for thousands of injured and orphaned creatures. Sandy Pines has been taking in mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians since 1994, caring for them until they can be returned to the wild. The Centre also advises and assists property owners having trouble with wild animal neighbours.  It also runs an outreach program to help educate the next generation on living together with wildlife. It receives no government funding and is entirely financed by donations and fundraising.

Janet will describe the wide range of animals the Centre has helped and say how she came to work there.  She'll also talk about how to prevent wildlife injuries and what to do if we find an injured animal.

This presentation on Wildlife Rescue will take place at the Calvin Park branch on Saturday, April 13, at 2 p.m. and is open to adults and teens only. There is no admission charge, but seating is limited. To avoid disappointment, please register in advance at events.kfpl.ca (or by phone at 613-549-8888) as of 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 30.

 For more information, visit www.kfpl.ca