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THANK YOU KINGSTON!

The Coalition of Kingston Communities is pleased to report that the all-candidates meetings held throughout the city were a tremendous success, thanks to the candidates who participated and addressed a range of important issues, the moderators who did an excellent job running the meetings to ensure they were fair, and of course, the public, who came out, listened, and asked excellent questions.  Many thanks, too, to those who generously donated to help defray the costs of the meetings.

In total, there were 13 meetings throughout Kingston, some organized by local community groups, most organized by the Coalition and its intrepid team of volunteers, in keeping with our mission of improving the accountability of City Hall.  33 candidates participated, and close to 1,000 people attended.  It was the first time that meetings were held in all contested races in the city.

The mayoral meeting was standing room only in Memorial Hall, with over 300 people in attendance, a long queue of questioners, and a lively discussion about the issues facing Kingston.

The series closed with the Sydenham all-candidates meeting on Sunday at KCVI, organized by the Sydenham District Association, drawing over 100 people.

Issues discussed at the different meetings included:

  • the need for meaningfully inclusive processes for public consultation prior to important decisions including budget, strategic and master plans
  • the integrity of the Official Plan in the face of high-rise approvals that exceed the height limits, with particular reference to the Capitol project, the Homestead proposal for the North Block and the development proposal for the former Marine Museum
  • the need for further improvements in public transit
  • rising taxes and utility costs in the face of residents’ limited ability to pay
  • the need for genuine efforts in sustainability and the protection of the environment
  • the poor condition of roads and sidewalks
  • the lack of affordable housing
  • unsympathetic infill projects and the adverse consequences for neighbours, such as drainage issues
  • how best to increase the tax base and issues of intensification
  • traffic and parking problems
  • how to make Kingston truly inclusive of all generations, racial and ethnic groups

The local media covered the Mayor’s meeting:

https://www.thewhig.com/news/local-news/mayoral-candidates-spar-over-transparency-taxes

https://www.queensjournal.ca/story/2018-10-12/news/mayoral-candidates-debate-at-city-hall/

A number of the meetings were recorded by YourTV, and are available for Cogeco subscribers.  Check out their website:

https://www.yourtv.tv/kingston/schedule

Many thanks again, and remember to vote on October 22nd!


 

ALL CANDIDATES MEETINGS A GREAT SUCCESS!

 

The all-candidates meetings organized by the Coalition of Kingston Communities have been a tremendous success, with over 200 people attending the meeting for Lakeside District.

Six candidates were originally running in Lakeside, but Ed Smith announced his withdrawal from the race in his opening statement at the meeting.  There was a long line of questioners in the packed room who raised a range of issues, and former MP Ted Hsu moderated the discussion with the 5 remaining candidates.

The Coalition is the first group to have taken on the task of ensuring there are all-candidates meetings in every district in the city as well as for the mayoral race (see attached roster).

Some districts have never had such a meeting (Loyalist-Cataraqui) and others have not had one for a very long time (Lisa Osanic remarked after her meeting that she had not seen one in all her 12 years in office).

Especially remarkable is that this is being done by a committed band of volunteers, with no budget, digging into their own pockets for the costs of the sound equipment, room rentals, etc., just ‘passing the hat’ at the meetings in the hopes of recovering their costs.

The Coalition has been asking Kingstonians to spread the word.  The meetings, which have been publicized throughout social media, have all had distinguished moderators and a professional sound system.


Coalition’s King’s Town All-Candidates Meeting Draws Big Crowd

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The Coalition’s first all-candidates meeting was held September 24 at Central School to a crowd of 40 people in King’s Town District.  Pictured is incumbent Councillor Rob Hutchison, who addressed questions from district residents.  Byron Emmons, who is the other candidate seeking the seat, declined to attend.  Thanks, everyone, for coming out!  

Please keep an eye on the schedule below and come out to future meetings!


 

THE COALITION OF KINGSTON COMMUNITIES IS HOSTING ALL-CANDIDATES MEETINGS THROUGHOUT THE CITY

ballot box jpg
*September 24 King’s Town

Central School 6:30-8:30pm Moderator Ian Wilson

Attendance confirmed: Rob Hutchison

 

*September 25 Collins-Bayridge

Bayridge Public School, 6:30-8:30pm Moderator Ted Hsu

Attendance confirmed: Lisa Osanic

 

*October 1 Loyalist-Cataraqui

Holsgrove School 6:30-8:30pm Moderator Helen Cooper

Attendance confirmed: Bittu George, Georgina Riel

 

*October 1 Kingscourt-Rideau

Meeting 1: Rideau neighbourhood Kingston Community Health Centre 6:30-8:30pm Moderator Helen Mabberly

Attendance confirmed: Cheryl-Anne Dorey Bennett, Mary Rita Holland, Darryl McIntosh

 

*October 2 Countryside

Glenburnie School 6:30-8:30pm Moderator Steve Ward

Attendance confirmed: Louis Cyr, Gary Oosterhof

 

*October 3 Lakeside – Henderson School 6:30-8:30pm Moderator Ted Hsu

Attendance confirmed: Wayne Hill, Ashley Johnson, Dave McKenna, Jordan Morelli, Chris Morris, Ed Smith

 

*October 3 Kingscourt-Rideau Meeting 2: Kingscourt neighbourhood, sponsored by KCA

6:45-9:15 (starts with meeting with acclaimed trustee) Kingscourt Free Methodist Church Hall, 255 Kingscourt Ave.  Moderator TBD

Attendance confirmed: Cheryl-Anne Dorey Bennett, Mary Rita Holland, Darryl McIntosh

 

*October 4 Portsmouth

Centennial School 6:30-8:30pm Moderator Jonathan Rose

Attendance confirmed: Chris Ball, Bridget Doherty, David Dossett, Carly Francke

 

*October 9 Trillium

Truedell School 6:30-8:30pm Moderator David Gordon

Attendance confirmed: Robert Kiley, Floyd Patterson

 

*October 10 Williamsville – sponsored by WCA – Princess St. United Church 7-9pm Moderator John Clements

Attendance confirmed: Vincent Cinanni, Andre Imbeault, Jim Neill

 

*October 11 Mayor

Memorial Hall, Kingston City Hall 7:30-9:30pm Moderator Bill Hutchins

Attendance confirmed: Eric Lee, Rob Matheson, Bryan Paterson, Vicki Schmolka

 

*October 12 Meadowbrook-Strathcona

Lord Strathcona School 6:30-8:30pm Moderator Sally Barnes

Attendance confirmed: Jeff McLaren, Taylor Pearce

 

*October 14 Sydenham – sponsored by SDA

3-5pm location KCVI Auditorium, Moderator Justin Connidis

Attendance confirmed: Dylan Chenier, Steve France, Matt Gaiser, Peter Stroud


 

The Coalition of Kingston Communities (CKC) is dedicated to improving the processes of civic engagement and accountability of City Council and City Staff, in order to further the wellbeing of Kingston.

The CKC is made up of community associations and community groups that support the Coalition’s mission.  All residents of Kingston are welcome to participate in Coalition meetings.


 

BOARD MEMBERS

Chair: Christine Sypnowich (Barriefield Village Association)

Vice-Chairs: John Grenville (Williamsville Community Association) and Karen Pagratis (Frontenac Heritage Foundation)

Secretary: Jean Clipsham (No Third Crossing)

Members: Alan Gummo, Graham Lodge (DARN!)

 

MEDIA RELEASES

 

MINUTES OF CKC PUBLIC MEETINGS

 

HERE ARE THREE POLICY DOCUMENTS PREPARED BY THE COALITION:

CKC Brief JAN 29 2016

CKC Report Card 14 January 2018 FINAL

Followup on Council Report Card 1 April 2018


Thanks everyone for coming out to our spring meeting!!! (see below)

DO MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS MATTER?

The Coalition of Kingston Communities invites you to a public meeting

with special guest JONATHAN ROSE

Associate Professor, Political Studies, Queen’s University and a leading expert in elections and electoral reform

6pm Tuesday April 17th, 2018, Isabel Turner Library

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About

Since November 2015, the Coalition has been a ‘clearing house’ of concerns on process issues, enabling community groups to exchange information and keep each other informed. We have produced a Planning Brief and commented on the City’s progress on process issues, made several delegations to Council and the Planning Committee on matters of process, have met with the Mayor, and appeared in the media.

Membership in the Coalition

  1. The CKC is an umbrella organisation of community groups, although individuals are very welcome to participate. A community group is defined as having at least 6 Kingston residents who participate in its activities and a mission statement (this can be very simple, like representing the residents of a neighbourhood, or fighting for/against x policy).
  2. Community groups on the Coalition’s mailing list will be contacted annually to confirm they wish to remain members of the Coalition.

Communications

  1. The CKC will communicate with member groups and individuals by email sent to the contact address provided by the group or individual.
  2. The Coalition will establish a simple website that will include:
  • The Coalition mission (set out in the January 2016 meeting)
  • the names of all community groups involved in the Coalition, and their contacts
  • minutes of general meetings
  • media releases

Coalition Board Elections

  1. At the CKC annual public meeting to be held in the autumn each year, the Chair will open the floor for nominations/volunteers for the Coalition Board. Each nomination must have three people endorsing the candidate. There are a maximum of 9 positions on the Board. 6 must be filled by members representing community groups.
  2. The slate of nominated candidates will be voted on by all individuals present at the meeting.
  3. The elected Board will subsequently meet to vote among themselves on who should fill the following positions: Chair, Vice-Chair(s), and Secretary.
  4. If there is an insufficient number of Board members, the Board will have the authority and responsibility to fill the vacant positions.

Coalition Board Responsibilities

  1. The CKC Board will send out emails to keep members informed of Coalition concerns and about local issues of mutual interest.
  2. The Board will invite community groups and individuals to join a committee working on a response to a specific concern or issue. The committee reports to the Board.

Coalition Decision-making

  1. The CKC membership will be contacted by email and asked for input on a policy position before the Board makes its decision.
  2. Policy positions will be determined by the Coalition Board by majority vote.
  3. It will be understood that although community groups from across the City share the Coalition’s mission, not all community groups will be concerned about, or agree with, all positions taken by the Board.

CKC Participating Groups

THANK YOU KINGSTON!

The Coalition of Kingston Communities is pleased to report that the all-candidates meetings held throughout the city were a tremendous success, thanks to the candidates who participated and addressed a range of important issues, the moderators who did an excellent job running the meetings to ensure they were fair, and of course, the public, who came out, listened, and asked excellent questions.  Many thanks, too, to those who generously donated to help defray the costs of the meetings.

In total, there were 13 meetings throughout Kingston, some organized by local community groups, most organized by the Coalition and its intrepid team of volunteers, in keeping with our mission of improving the accountability of City Hall.  33 candidates participated, and close to 1,000 people attended.  It was the first time that meetings were held in all contested races in the city.

The mayoral meeting was standing room only in Memorial Hall, with over 300 people in attendance, a long queue of questioners, and a lively discussion about the issues facing Kingston.

The series closed with the Sydenham all-candidates meeting on Sunday at KCVI, organized by the Sydenham District Association, drawing over 100 people.

Issues discussed at the different meetings included:

  • the need for meaningfully inclusive processes for public consultation prior to important decisions including budget, strategic and master plans
  • the integrity of the Official Plan in the face of high-rise approvals that exceed the height limits, with particular reference to the Capitol project, the Homestead proposal for the North Block and the development proposal for the former Marine Museum
  • the need for further improvements in public transit
  • rising taxes and utility costs in the face of residents’ limited ability to pay
  • the need for genuine efforts in sustainability and the protection of the environment
  • the poor condition of roads and sidewalks
  • the lack of affordable housing
  • unsympathetic infill projects and the adverse consequences for neighbours, such as drainage issues
  • how best to increase the tax base and issues of intensification
  • traffic and parking problems
  • how to make Kingston truly inclusive of all generations, racial and ethnic groups

The local media covered the Mayor’s meeting:

https://www.thewhig.com/news/local-news/mayoral-candidates-spar-over-transparency-taxes

https://www.queensjournal.ca/story/2018-10-12/news/mayoral-candidates-debate-at-city-hall/

A number of the meetings were recorded by YourTV, and are available for Cogeco subscribers.  Check out their website:

https://www.yourtv.tv/kingston/schedule

Many thanks again, and remember to vote on October 22nd!


 

ALL CANDIDATES MEETINGS A GREAT SUCCESS!

 

The all-candidates meetings organized by the Coalition of Kingston Communities have been a tremendous success, with over 200 people attending the meeting for Lakeside District.

Six candidates were originally running in Lakeside, but Ed Smith announced his withdrawal from the race in his opening statement at the meeting.  There was a long line of questioners in the packed room who raised a range of issues, and former MP Ted Hsu moderated the discussion with the 5 remaining candidates.

The Coalition is the first group to have taken on the task of ensuring there are all-candidates meetings in every district in the city as well as for the mayoral race (see attached roster).

Some districts have never had such a meeting (Loyalist-Cataraqui) and others have not had one for a very long time (Lisa Osanic remarked after her meeting that she had not seen one in all her 12 years in office).

Especially remarkable is that this is being done by a committed band of volunteers, with no budget, digging into their own pockets for the costs of the sound equipment, room rentals, etc., just ‘passing the hat’ at the meetings in the hopes of recovering their costs.

The Coalition has been asking Kingstonians to spread the word.  The meetings, which have been publicized throughout social media, have all had distinguished moderators and a professional sound system.


Coalition’s King’s Town All-Candidates Meeting Draws Big Crowd

20180924_202225

The Coalition’s first all-candidates meeting was held September 24 at Central School to a crowd of 40 people in King’s Town District.  Pictured is incumbent Councillor Rob Hutchison, who addressed questions from district residents.  Byron Emmons, who is the other candidate seeking the seat, declined to attend.  Thanks, everyone, for coming out!  

Please keep an eye on the schedule below and come out to future meetings!


 

THE COALITION OF KINGSTON COMMUNITIES IS HOSTING ALL-CANDIDATES MEETINGS THROUGHOUT THE CITY

ballot box jpg
*September 24 King’s Town

Central School 6:30-8:30pm Moderator Ian Wilson

Attendance confirmed: Rob Hutchison

 

*September 25 Collins-Bayridge

Bayridge Public School, 6:30-8:30pm Moderator Ted Hsu

Attendance confirmed: Lisa Osanic

 

*October 1 Loyalist-Cataraqui

Holsgrove School 6:30-8:30pm Moderator Helen Cooper

Attendance confirmed: Bittu George, Georgina Riel

 

*October 1 Kingscourt-Rideau

Meeting 1: Rideau neighbourhood Kingston Community Health Centre 6:30-8:30pm Moderator Helen Mabberly

Attendance confirmed: Cheryl-Anne Dorey Bennett, Mary Rita Holland, Darryl McIntosh

 

*October 2 Countryside

Glenburnie School 6:30-8:30pm Moderator Steve Ward

Attendance confirmed: Louis Cyr, Gary Oosterhof

 

*October 3 Lakeside – Henderson School 6:30-8:30pm Moderator Ted Hsu

Attendance confirmed: Wayne Hill, Ashley Johnson, Dave McKenna, Jordan Morelli, Chris Morris, Ed Smith

 

*October 3 Kingscourt-Rideau Meeting 2: Kingscourt neighbourhood, sponsored by KCA

6:45-9:15 (starts with meeting with acclaimed trustee) Kingscourt Free Methodist Church Hall, 255 Kingscourt Ave.  Moderator TBD

Attendance confirmed: Cheryl-Anne Dorey Bennett, Mary Rita Holland, Darryl McIntosh

 

*October 4 Portsmouth

Centennial School 6:30-8:30pm Moderator Jonathan Rose

Attendance confirmed: Chris Ball, Bridget Doherty, David Dossett, Carly Francke

 

*October 9 Trillium

Truedell School 6:30-8:30pm Moderator David Gordon

Attendance confirmed: Robert Kiley, Floyd Patterson

 

*October 10 Williamsville – sponsored by WCA – Princess St. United Church 7-9pm Moderator John Clements

Attendance confirmed: Vincent Cinanni, Andre Imbeault, Jim Neill

 

*October 11 Mayor

Memorial Hall, Kingston City Hall 7:30-9:30pm Moderator Bill Hutchins

Attendance confirmed: Eric Lee, Rob Matheson, Bryan Paterson, Vicki Schmolka

 

*October 12 Meadowbrook-Strathcona

Lord Strathcona School 6:30-8:30pm Moderator Sally Barnes

Attendance confirmed: Jeff McLaren, Taylor Pearce

 

*October 14 Sydenham – sponsored by SDA

3-5pm location KCVI Auditorium, Moderator Justin Connidis

Attendance confirmed: Dylan Chenier, Steve France, Matt Gaiser, Peter Stroud


 

The Coalition of Kingston Communities (CKC) is dedicated to improving the processes of civic engagement and accountability of City Council and City Staff, in order to further the wellbeing of Kingston.

The CKC is made up of community associations and community groups that support the Coalition’s mission.  All residents of Kingston are welcome to participate in Coalition meetings.


 

BOARD MEMBERS

Chair: Christine Sypnowich (Barriefield Village Association)

Vice-Chairs: John Grenville (Williamsville Community Association) and Karen Pagratis (Frontenac Heritage Foundation)

Secretary: Jean Clipsham (No Third Crossing)

Members: Alan Gummo, Graham Lodge (DARN!)

 

MEDIA RELEASES

 

MINUTES OF CKC PUBLIC MEETINGS

 

HERE ARE THREE POLICY DOCUMENTS PREPARED BY THE COALITION:

CKC Brief JAN 29 2016

CKC Report Card 14 January 2018 FINAL

Followup on Council Report Card 1 April 2018


Thanks everyone for coming out to our spring meeting!!! (see below)

DO MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS MATTER?

The Coalition of Kingston Communities invites you to a public meeting

with special guest JONATHAN ROSE

Associate Professor, Political Studies, Queen’s University and a leading expert in elections and electoral reform

6pm Tuesday April 17th, 2018, Isabel Turner Library

Contact

The CKC welcomes community groups and residents of Kingston to its meetings.  If you would like to be added to the email list and be informed of the work and activities of the Coalition, please contact: coalitionkingston@gmail.com