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Spring has sprung at the City’s greenhouse! Stop by Sunday afternoons from Feb. 9 to March 8 and enjoy all that the greenhouse has to offer. The gree ...
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null Working Together to Reduce Single Use Plastics at the Grand Theatre

Everyone has a role to play in reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill.  It takes work but everything is easier when we work together.

Earlier this year, Council directed staff to explore ways to reduce single use plastics at two City-owned facilities, including the Grand Theatre and the INVISTA Centre to start.  Single-use plastics include items like water bottles, straws, cutlery, cups, stir sticks, grocery bags, coffee pods, take-out containers, food packaging and more.  Every day we hear more about how plastic is accumulating in our oceans and lakes, and getting harder to find buyers that can turn recycling into new products.  It’s a problem that’s hard to solve because plastics were invented, in part, to make life more convenient so the habits we’ve developed are hard to break.

Going to the theatre, like many other activities, generates a surprising amount of waste.  Each year, the Grand Theatre welcomes thousands of people who enjoy a drink, have a pop or buy candy.  We also hand out brochures and playbills that hopefully get recycled and people use paper towels that go in the garbage and end up in landfill.  The Grand Theatre might not be the worst offender but it never hurts to lead by example so we’re happy to be the first facility within the City of Kingston to move toward eliminating single use plastics.

Over the past six months, staff have researched what other performing arts venues are doing to reduce waste and we’ve installed fountain drink machines as a way to replace plastic pop bottles.  We’ve also started using compostable cups and paper straws and have eliminated snacks with plastic wrappers.  We’ve also replaced our garbage bins and the more immediately recognizable recycling bins with new containers specifically designed for gathering compostable cups from the bar and paper like playbills.  This has involved a steep learning curve for us and now the task ahead is to work with our patrons to help them, help us divert our waste away from landfills.

One of the biggest challenges in this moment is learning to tell the difference between traditional plastics made of petrochemicals and the newer plant-based plastics that look similar but that are fully compostable when disposed of with the help of a commercial composter.  For the first time, we have introduced an organic waste program at the Grand Theatre and all the cups being handed out at the bar are made of plant-based plastics so they are fully compostable.  So the trick now is getting people to put them in the green bin when habit says to put them in the blue box like you do with plastics at home.   

It won’t be an easy task but at the Grand Theatre our staff and volunteer ushers are ready to help patrons make the transition and we are excited about the move.  My colleague Dianne Zemba, the Grand Theatre Manager has been leading this work and has shared the following: “We have started to train our staff and our volunteer ushers to ensure that our audience members understand why this is important and where to place their waste at the end of the show.  It’s exciting to know the quality of the theatre experience will stay the same but that we will be reducing our waste to landfill significantly going forward.”

We’re also trying to reduce any waste at all!  The next time you visit the Grand Theatre don’t hesitate to ask for help and we also encourage you to bring a reusable water bottle we will gladly refill and we’re also offering coffee and tea for $1.00 (plus taxes) if you bring a reusable mug.  All other beverages will be served in sturdy cups that can be taken into the theatre and then composted at the end of the night using the green bins you’ll find in the lobby.  We also ask that you recycle your playbill and dispose of your paper towel in the green bins provided – those can be composted as well!

We’re excited to be making these changes and we hope you’ll enjoy the shows you see at the Grand Theatre even more knowing we’re working together to reduce waste to landfill.

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EVENTS CALENDAR

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Start Date:
Mon, February 24, 2020 12.30 PM
Location:
KFHC Office - 119 Van Order Drive (Boardroom)
Description:

Interested in being part of Smart Kingston? Attend an information session. Learn about how you can help City staff develop innovative solutions to Kingston’s Challenges.

Start Date:
Mon, February 24, 2020 02.00 PM
Location:
Online webinar
Description:

Interested in being part of Smart Kingston? Attend an information session. Learn about how you can help City staff develop innovative solutions to Kingston’s Challenges.

Council Chamber, City Hall

Start Date:
Mon, February 24, 2020 05.30 PM
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Council Chamber, City Hall

Start Date:
Tue, February 25, 2020 06.00 PM
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Start Date:
Wed, February 26, 2020 01.00 PM
Location:
KFL&A Public Health (221 Portsmouth Avenue) - Boardroom
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Start Date:
Wed, February 26, 2020 06.30 PM
Location:
CRCA Administration Office Boardroom (1641 Perth Road)
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Start Date:
Thu, February 27, 2020 06.00 PM
Location:
Council Chamber - City Hall
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The City of Kingston is proud to host the 2020 Tim Hortons Brier, produced by Curling Canada. See the Feature Event page to learn how to ride Kingston Transit for free during the event, find parking and use other municipal services during your stay in Kingston.

Start Date:
Thu, February 27, 2020 07.00 PM
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The City of Kingston is proud to host the 2020 Tim Hortons Brier, produced by Curling Canada. See the Feature Event page to learn how to ride Kingston Transit for free during the event, find parking and use other municipal services during your stay in Kingston.

City Hall and Springer Market Square will be illuminated blue for the 15th annual Feb Fest. Feb Fest takes over downtown Kingston for the entire month, full of winter fun for the entire family. Find out more about Feb Fest activities.

Found out more about lighting up City Hall.

Start Date:
Thu, February 27, 2020 07.00 PM
Location:
City Hall and Springer Market Square
Description:

City Hall and Springer Market Square will be illuminated blue for the 15th annual Feb Fest. Feb Fest takes over downtown Kingston for the entire month, full of winter fun for the entire family. Find out more about Feb Fest activities.

Found out more about lighting up City Hall.

City Hall and Springer Market Square will be illuminated red for the 2020 Tim Hortons Brier. From February 29 to March 8, sixteen men’s curlings teams from across the country will compete for the chance to represent Canada at the world men’s curling championship. Visit the 2020 Brier website for more details..

Found out more about lighting up City Hall.

Start Date:
Fri, February 28, 2020 07.00 PM
Location:
City Hall and Springer Market Square
Description:

City Hall and Springer Market Square will be illuminated red for the 2020 Tim Hortons Brier. From February 29 to March 8, sixteen men’s curlings teams from across the country will compete for the chance to represent Canada at the world men’s curling championship. Visit the 2020 Brier website for more details..

Found out more about lighting up City Hall.

Start Date:
Tue, March 03, 2020 07.00 PM
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Start Date:
Thu, March 05, 2020 01.00 PM
Location:
Portsmouth Olympic Harbour (53 Yonge Street) - Press Lounge
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Start Date:
Thu, March 05, 2020 05.00 PM
Location:
Stationview Room - City Hall
Description:

March brings the third installment in our new Brain Storm speakers' series, in which students from Queen's Centre for Neuroscience Studies talk about their research.  This month PhD candidate Leif Simmatis outlines Artificial Intelligence in Medicine.

The last thirty years have seen startling advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning algorithms, as well as in our ability to collect and store data.  Health care is poised to benefit enormously, both in terms of more personalized medicine and more efficient delivery of care.  Whether it's in the use of computer vision to diagnose cancer and stroke, the use of AI to interpret patients' medical records, or in the potential for automatic detection of health risks, this is an exciting time for researchers.  Leif will give a brief overview of the basic concepts of AI and machine learning, then discuss current trends in health-centric AI, including examples of both successes and failures.  He'll also explain some of the ethical and legal matters to consider.  

This event takes place at our Isabel Turner branch on Saturday, March 7, at 2 p.m.  It is open to adults, and there is no admission charge, but seating is limited.  To avoid disappointment, please register in advance at calendar.kfpl.ca or by phone at (613) 549-8888, any time after 9 a.m. on Saturday, February 22. For more information, visit www.kfpl.ca .

Start Date:
Sat, March 07, 2020 02.00 PM
Location:
Isabel Turner Branch Kingston Frontenac Public Library 935 Gardiners Rd.
Description:

March brings the third installment in our new Brain Storm speakers' series, in which students from Queen's Centre for Neuroscience Studies talk about their research.  This month PhD candidate Leif Simmatis outlines Artificial Intelligence in Medicine.

The last thirty years have seen startling advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning algorithms, as well as in our ability to collect and store data.  Health care is poised to benefit enormously, both in terms of more personalized medicine and more efficient delivery of care.  Whether it's in the use of computer vision to diagnose cancer and stroke, the use of AI to interpret patients' medical records, or in the potential for automatic detection of health risks, this is an exciting time for researchers.  Leif will give a brief overview of the basic concepts of AI and machine learning, then discuss current trends in health-centric AI, including examples of both successes and failures.  He'll also explain some of the ethical and legal matters to consider.  

This event takes place at our Isabel Turner branch on Saturday, March 7, at 2 p.m.  It is open to adults, and there is no admission charge, but seating is limited.  To avoid disappointment, please register in advance at calendar.kfpl.ca or by phone at (613) 549-8888, any time after 9 a.m. on Saturday, February 22. For more information, visit www.kfpl.ca .

City Hall will be lit up purple for International Women’s Day. Purple is the recognized colour of International Women’s Day, and is historically associated with efforts to achieve gender equality. International Women’s Day is a day to recognize women's achievements and acknowledge the challenges they continue to face in the quest for gender equality.

Found out more about lighting up City Hall.

Start Date:
Sat, March 07, 2020 07.00 PM
Location:
City Hall and Springer Market Square
Description:

City Hall will be lit up purple for International Women’s Day. Purple is the recognized colour of International Women’s Day, and is historically associated with efforts to achieve gender equality. International Women’s Day is a day to recognize women's achievements and acknowledge the challenges they continue to face in the quest for gender equality.

Found out more about lighting up City Hall.

Start Date:
Mon, March 09, 2020 06.00 PM
Location:
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Do you have questions about the online building permit application process? Attend a DASH training session! Register through Eventbrite.

Start Date:
Wed, March 11, 2020 10.00 AM
Location:
1211 John Counter Blvd
Description:

Do you have questions about the online building permit application process? Attend a DASH training session! Register through Eventbrite.

Start Date:
Thu, March 12, 2020 12.00 PM
Location:
Kingston Police Headquarters - 705 Division Street (Boardroom)
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Start Date:
Thu, March 12, 2020 06.30 PM
Location:
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