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This year’s Toys for Tickets program collected 454 toys representing more than $6,500 in parking fines waived by the City of Kingston. “We had anothe ...
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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.

Events Calendar

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KFPL is pleased to host John Foster on Saturday, January 18, as part of our KFPL Live Monthly Speakers’ Series.  He will address the role of petroleum in recent conflicts, looking at major powers and allies, including Canada, as well as the concerns of Russia, China and the US.  He will also have copies of Oil and World Politics for sale after his talk.

This presentation is open to adults.  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 starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, January 4.

Start Date:
Sat, January 18, 2020 02.00 PM
Location:
KFPL Central Branch
Description:

KFPL is pleased to host John Foster on Saturday, January 18, as part of our KFPL Live Monthly Speakers’ Series.  He will address the role of petroleum in recent conflicts, looking at major powers and allies, including Canada, as well as the concerns of Russia, China and the US.  He will also have copies of Oil and World Politics for sale after his talk.

This presentation is open to adults.  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 starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, January 4.

Start Date:
Mon, January 20, 2020 02.00 PM
Location:
KEDCO Board Room - 366 King Street East Suite 420 (The Royal Block)
Description:

Make a difference in your life and the lives of others. Volunteering is a great way to be active, socialize and share your leadership skills and experience. If you are enthusiastic, responsible and interested in volunteering, plan to attend an information session to learn about available volunteer opportunities with the City’s recreation and leisure department. 

Start Date:
Mon, January 20, 2020 03.30 PM
Location:
Rideau Heights Community Centre Multipurpose room 85 McCauley St.
Description:

Make a difference in your life and the lives of others. Volunteering is a great way to be active, socialize and share your leadership skills and experience. If you are enthusiastic, responsible and interested in volunteering, plan to attend an information session to learn about available volunteer opportunities with the City’s recreation and leisure department. 

Start Date:
Mon, January 20, 2020 05.30 PM
Location:
Second Floor Board Room, 1211 John Counter Boulevard
Description:
Start Date:
Tue, January 21, 2020 07.00 PM
Location:
Council Chamber - City Hall
Description:
Start Date:
Wed, January 22, 2020 01.00 PM
Location:
KFL&A Public Health (221 Portsmouth Avenue) - Boardroom
Description:

Residents are invited to speak with staff and learn more about the Density by Design Issues & Options Report while providing feedback on where and how mid-rise and taller buildings are developed in Kingston.

Learn more about the Density by Design project.

Start Date:
Wed, January 22, 2020 06.30 PM
Location:
Meeting Room A/B, INVISTA Centre
Description:

Residents are invited to speak with staff and learn more about the Density by Design Issues & Options Report while providing feedback on where and how mid-rise and taller buildings are developed in Kingston.

Learn more about the Density by Design project.

Start Date:
Thu, January 23, 2020 01.00 PM
Location:
Portsmouth Olympic Harbour (53 Yonge Street) - Press Lounge
Description:

Council Chamber

Start Date:
Thu, January 23, 2020 06.30 PM
Location:
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Council Chamber

Start Date:
Mon, January 27, 2020 12.30 PM
Location:
KFHC Office - 119 Van Order Drive (Boardroom)
Description:
Start Date:
Mon, January 27, 2020 06.30 PM
Location:
Stationview Room - City Hall
Description:

Make a difference in your life and the lives of others. Volunteering is a great way to be active, socialize and share your leadership skills and experience. If you are enthusiastic, responsible and interested in volunteering, plan to attend an information session to learn about available volunteer opportunities with the City’s recreation and leisure department. 

Start Date:
Tue, January 28, 2020 05.00 PM
Location:
Artillery Park Aquatic Centre 382 Bagot St. Multipurpose room
Description:

Make a difference in your life and the lives of others. Volunteering is a great way to be active, socialize and share your leadership skills and experience. If you are enthusiastic, responsible and interested in volunteering, plan to attend an information session to learn about available volunteer opportunities with the City’s recreation and leisure department. 

Special Meeting of City Council, in a facilitated talking circle format, including a smudging ceremony, with respect to Indigenous cultural sensitivity training for Council

Start Date:
Tue, January 28, 2020 06.00 PM
Location:
Kingston Frontenac Public Library - Main Branch - Meeting Room 1 (130 Johnson Street)
Description:

Special Meeting of City Council, in a facilitated talking circle format, including a smudging ceremony, with respect to Indigenous cultural sensitivity training for Council

The Bell Let's Talk Day flag will be flown in Confederation Park. Bell Let's Talk Day begins a new conversation regarding mental health in Canada; to learn more visit the Let's Talk Day website.

Found out more about flag raisings.

Start Date:
Tue, January 28, 2020 07.00 PM
Location:
Confederation Park
Description:

The Bell Let's Talk Day flag will be flown in Confederation Park. Bell Let's Talk Day begins a new conversation regarding mental health in Canada; to learn more visit the Let's Talk Day website.

Found out more about flag raisings.

Start Date:
Wed, January 29, 2020 04.30 PM
Location:
Central Branch Library (130 Johnson St) - Meeting Room 1
Description:
Start Date:
Wed, January 29, 2020 06.30 PM
Location:
CRCA Administration Office Boardroom (1641 Perth Road)
Description:

City Hall will be lit up the red, black, and green for Black History Month, which are the colours of the Pan-African flag. Red represents the blood that unites all people of African ancestry,  black represents the Black people and green represents the abundant natural wealth of Africa. During Black History Month, Canadians celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation it is today.

Found out more about lighting up City Hall.

Start Date:
Fri, January 31, 2020 07.00 PM
Location:
City Hall and Springer Market Square
Description:

City Hall will be lit up the red, black, and green for Black History Month, which are the colours of the Pan-African flag. Red represents the blood that unites all people of African ancestry,  black represents the Black people and green represents the abundant natural wealth of Africa. During Black History Month, Canadians celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation it is today.

Found out more about lighting up City Hall.

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:
Sat, February 01, 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.

Start Date:
Tue, February 04, 2020 07.00 PM
Location:
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Start Date:
Thu, February 06, 2020 06.30 PM
Location:
Description:

City Hall and Springer Market Square will be illuminated purple in recognition of Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Eating Disorder Awareness Week is commemorated February 1-7 and recognizes the 1 million Canadians that are affected by a diagnosed eating disorder, while also bringing awareness to the need for more services and supports. Visit Eating Disorder Awareness Week to learn more.

Found out more about lighting up City Hall.

Start Date:
Thu, February 06, 2020 07.00 PM
Location:
City Hall and Springer Market Square
Description:

City Hall and Springer Market Square will be illuminated purple in recognition of Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Eating Disorder Awareness Week is commemorated February 1-7 and recognizes the 1 million Canadians that are affected by a diagnosed eating disorder, while also bringing awareness to the need for more services and supports. Visit Eating Disorder Awareness Week to learn more.

Found out more about lighting up City Hall.

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