Coalition Spring Social A Big Success!
Great to see some new faces and to catch up with our participating groups!
Check out the minutes here: CKCspringsocial2019 Meeting Minutes
Thanks for coming and have a great summer!
The Coalition of Kingston Communities presents
After Kingston’s Municipal Election…
KEEPING THE CITY ACCOUNTABLE
The new Council said it would commit to transparent processes – what does that mean? What about open budgeting? Ottawa’s example is worth considering.
With former Ottawa councillors
Clive Doucet and Alex Cullen
6:30 pm, Tuesday, November 27th
Confederation Place Hotel, 237 Ontario Street
~ Mr. Doucet will be signing copies of his latest book ~
Also on the agenda: a quick update on the CKC’s activities and the election of a new board
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:
A number of the meetings were recorded by YourTV, and are available for Cogeco subscribers. Check out their website:
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
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
*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.
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: Chris Ball, Pamela Cornell, Vicki Schmolka, Linda Hart (Protect Our Waterfront)
HERE ARE THREE POLICY DOCUMENTS PREPARED BY THE COALITION:
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