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Williamsville Spring Time

Dear Neighbours,

Soon we welcome spring and people will spend more time outdoors in our Williamsville neighbourhood. We hope you will continue to enjoy what we have in our community and support our local organizations and businesses. Here are some activities and opportunities.

1. Bridge & Luncheon – Wednesday April 13th noon at St Luke’s Church Hall 236 Nelson Street. Tickets are $10 per person, please call 613-542-5501 to reserve a table.

2. Archery Lessons start April 16th – if you’ve ever wanted to try archery, you can do it right in Williamsville with the Kingston Archery Club. For details and registration go to

3. Williamsville Community Association Annual Town Hall – Monday April 18th starting at 7:00pm hosted by Don Cherry’s Bar & Grill, 692 Princess Street near Victoria. Join us for:

  • A retrospective on the Williamsville Main Street Study – Greg Newman, City of Kingston
  • An update on Williamsville happenings in the past year – WCA
  • Rebuilding a business in Williamsville – Don Cherry’s Bar & Grill
  • Development plans update – Podium Developments
  • Q & A with Williamsville Councillor Jim Neill
  • Social time with your neighbours

Come out and enjoy an informative evening in the newly opened Don Cherry’s.
We encourage you to take out membership for 2016 at this time.

4. Meet Racing Legend Mario Andretti – Thursday May 5th right here in Williamsville at Fielding’s Tire & Auto, your Firestone dealer, 900 Princess St. from 10:45am to 12:30pm

5. Jane’s Walk – May 7th and 8th taking place in a variety of Kingston locations.
Jane’s Walk is an annual international event, named for the late Jane Jacobs who was an urbanist and activist whose writings championed a fresh, community-based approach to city building. Here’s a 1957 quote from her when living in New York:

No one can find what will work for our cities by … manipulating scale models, or inventing dream cities. You’ve got to get out and walk.

She later moved to Toronto where she lived until her death in 2006.
“You’ve got to get out and walk” underpins the annual weekend event, held in early May to coincide with Jane Jacobs’s birthday. But “walk” is interpreted liberally, as Jane Jacobs meant that one had to get around under human power. So bicycles, tricycles, scooters and other human-moved wheels are also welcome on some of the Jane’s Walks that people create.

In 2015, there were 5 walks in Kingston on Jane’s Walk weekend. You can still see them on the Jane’s Walk website at even though they were held last year. This year we will be doing a walk of Williamsville’s Main Street.

Stay tuned! The website will be updated as further plans firm up. But you don’t need to just wait for information from this e-newsletter or the website. Do you have an idea for a walk? Would you like to contribute to building community by creating a walk?

6. Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market – continues indoors at Princess Street United, corner of Princess and Albert, Sundays from 10am to 2pm. Great selection of local foods and crafts, entertainment and kids activities

The next Williamsville Community Association working group meeting takes place Monday March 21st. Please contact us if you are interested in attending and getting involved.

Williamsville 2016

Dear Neighbours,

We are well in to the new year and even passed Groundhog Day relatively unscathed. We hope you are getting out and about in this mild and snowless winter. Here is an update on happenings and a few things you may wish to get involved with.

1. Official Plan Review Public Meeting – Tuesday February 23rd, 2016 Special Meeting of Council (City Hall) starts at 6:00pm in Council Chambers. This is a reminder about the importance of this special ‘Public’ Official Plan Review Meeting which is being held by Council to determine the scope of the work to be undertaken in updating the current Plan. All are welcome to attend and also to make an oral or written presentation if you have particular concerns.

2. Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market – has made a successful transition to its indoor location in Princess Street United Church Hall (corner of Princess & Albert). The market runs Sundays from 10:00am to 2:00pm until end of April. Come out for fresh produce, prepared foods, and a variety of local products, entertainment and kids activities.

3. Williamsville Historical Chronology – can be found on the web at:

Prepared by Dr. Jennifer McKendry as part of the Williamsville Main Street Study, it provides interesting details, maps and images on the history of our Williamsville community.

4. Coalition of Kingston Communities – The Coalition was initiated after the November Official Plan public meeting. Made up of 12 community associations and community groups, the Coalition is dedicated to improving the processes of civic engagement and accountability of City Council and City Staff, in order to further the well being of Kingston. The Coalition is currently focussed on improving planning processes and the 5-Year Official Plan Review.

Members of the Williamsville Community Association were involved in developing a Planning Brief for the Coalition. Currently the number of people represented by the organizations involved in the Coalition is estimated at between 3,000 and 5,000. At this point more than 20 groups have expressed an interest in the Coalition. If you have an interest in the work of the Coalition please contact us for information on how to get involved.

5. Jane’s Walks – the Williamsville Community Association is once again taking a lead role in co-ordinating Jane’s Walks across the city for the weekend of May 7th-8th, 2016. The first planning session will take place soon. If you are interested in assisting with Jane’s Walks please contact us.

6. "Our Neighbourhood" Meeting – A General Meeting of the Our Neighbourhood group will be held at the Confederation Place Hotel, 237 Ontario Street, on Wednesday March 2nd at 7:00pm. For more info on Our Neighbourhood

7. Looking for fun healthy activities in Williamsville? – there are many opportunities for a variety of activities in Williamsville and the very close periphery of our community. Here is a quick list of some:

If you have others that you would like to suggest, please let us know.

8. Williamsville Community Association Spring Town Hall – is scheduled for Monday April 18th, 2016. Details coming soon.

The next meeting of the WCA working group is Monday February 15th. If you would like to get more involved in WCA or attend the next meeting please contact us.

Williamsville update mid November


Dear Neighbours,

The fall is whizzing by and there are always things happening. Here are a few.

  1. Saturday November 21st – St. Luke’s Variety Night – In celebration of 125 years in the Williamsville Community come one come all. Home grown amateur talent at its best. Saturday November 21st at 7:00pm at the Church Hall at 236 Nelson Street, at Princess. Free will offering at the door.
  2. Thursday November 26th – Community Consultation on a Year-Round Farmers’ Market– Please join the staff, board and affiliates of the Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market for a community consultation process on Thursday November 26th at Princess Street United Church 484 Albert Street at Princess from 7:00 to 9:00pm. The main focus is to determine how to structure a year round farmers’ market.
    • What are the important elements of a year-round market?
    • What local products are needed at a year-round market?
    • What types of events could be held at a year-round market?
    • What are the most important elements of the location/space of a year-round market?

Please RSVP by Monday November 23rd to memorialcentremarket@gmail.comShape your market. Shape your Community.

  1. Petitions – there are two petitions of concern in Williamsville
    Frontenac Street traffic calming – with the pending developments on Frontenac near Princess and on Princess between Frontenac and Albert, through traffic will increase in the immediate neighbourhood between Princess and York Streets and Alfred and Albert Streets during and after construction. This petition asks Kingston City Council to install an appropriate barricade on Frontenac near Jenkins Street to allow only pedestrian, bicycle and emergency vehicle access. If you can help with this or would like further information please contact Sue Bazely at or Dave Gauthier at

Petition wording: Given that the Williamsville Main Street Study identifies Frontenac Street between Victoria Park and the Memorial Centre as a Green Street, and the Official Plan as “residential”, and given that the Frontenac Street development (495 to 513 Frontenac) was approved by the OMB, and given that this development and other pending developments in the immediate area on Princess Street will drastically increase the volume of traffic on local streets in the neighbourhood, particularly Frontenac Street between Princess and York Streets, Jenkins Street, York Street, Alfred Street and Albert Street, in the interests of increased safety, we the undersigned request that the City of Kingston eliminate through traffic on Frontenac Street between Princess and Jenkins but maintain pedestrian, bicycle and emergency vehicle access and immediate local traffic only through use of suitable barricades prior to any construction activity.

You can also sign on line at

But remember if you have already signed the paper version please do not sign the on line petition.

St Joseph/St Mary school site – closure of St Joseph/St. Mary school at Brock and Napier Streets provides a tremendous opportunity to expand Churchill Park. This petition asks the City of Kingston to purchase the St. Joseph/St. Mary’s school site. If you can help with this or would like further information please contact John Clements at

Petition wording:  Whereas Sunnyside neighbourhood has been identified as having one of the lowest amounts of parkland (hectares/population) in Kingston and

Whereas the Parks and Recreation Master Plan advocates the acquisition of parkland/open space in the urban core and with special consideration for the purchase of surplus school sites and

Whereas St. Joseph/St. Mary’s School has historically been part of the recreation/open space in Sunnyside and
Whereas Sunnyside and adjacent neighbourhoods have seen significant urban intensification, thereby increasing the number of residents:

Therefore, be it resolved that the City of Kingston purchase the St. Joseph/St. Mary’s school site.

You can also sign on line at

But remember if you have already signed the paper version please do not sign the on line petition.

  1. Culture Talks – Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport Kingston November 25 Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, Malting Tower 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm Join Jamie Kennedy (chef), Merilyn Simonds (author, editor).

Ontario’s culture strategy People, passion and ideas – it’s what culture is all about.
But what does it mean to you?  Tell us about what you value — and how you would strengthen arts and culture to build healthier, more vibrant and prosperous communities. Your ideas will help us design Ontario’s Culture Strategy, which will set a vision for arts and culture, define priorities and guide support for the sector in the years to come. This is part of our Open Government commitment to engage citizens and gather public input before policies are made. In winter 2016, we will report back about what we heard, before posting a draft strategy for public input.

Join us at one of our town halls running October to December. No registration is required. These events will invite you to participate in inspiring conversations with local arts and culture personalities. There are three ways to participate: online through Culture Talks, in-person at a local town hall, or leaving a comment online on the discussion paper.
The next meeting of the Williamsville Community Association working group is Monday December 14th. Please contact us if you wish to attend.

Happy Thanksgiving

Dear Neighbours,

We hope you are enjoying this glorious fall weather. Although the autumnal equinox has passed and the days are visibly shorter, there are many activities and events going on in and around Williamsville. Here are a few upcoming and ongoing to check out.

1. Sunday October 18th – Empty Bowls in support of Martha’s Table – takes place at The Queen’s University Club. Tickets available at Martha’s Table. For details see

2. Victoria Park upgrade – demolition of wading pool and small building now underway. New construction will take place in 2016.

3. Our Neighbourhood Meeting – proposed meeting of the membership on Wednesday October 21st at 7:00pm (Location TBA) to discuss the second draft of the Official Plan Review, how it has addressed our concerns and options for any related action. (It has also been suggested that we discuss parking north of Johnson Street at this meeting.) An appropriate venue will be confirmed once we know how many of you wish to attend. Please contact Rob at if you plan on attending.

4. Thursday October 29th Williamsville Councillor Jim Neill hosts town hall meeting – 6:30 to 9:30pm at Princess Street United, corner of Princess and Albert. Tentative agenda is dependent on city staff availability.

6:30-7:30:   Parking, Traffic, & Streets. Senior Staff will be in  attendance to answer your questions and address your concerns.

7:30-8:00:  Parks & Park Enhancements. Again, Staff will be present. See the new design for Victoria Park! Learn ‘what’s next’ for Williamsville.

8:00-8:30:  Williamsville Main Street Developments. Planning staff will be present to answer your questions on upcoming developments as well as any Official Plan & Zoning questions you might have.

8:30-9:00:  Williamsville Community Association Report.
9:00-9:30:  Councillor Jim Neill Q &A.

5. Saturday November 14th – St. Luke’s Fall Bazaar & Luncheon – 10:00am to 2:00pm with lunch from 11:00 to 1:00 for $7.00. St. Luke’s Hall at the corner of Princess and Nelson.

6. Starting November and through December the Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market moves indoors to the barns, from 10:00am to 2:00pm, every Sunday. Also the winter market will get underway from January to April. Stay tuned for more details.

7. City of Kingston Official Plan Review – is on to the next draft.
Over the summer, we released the first draft of the Official Plan for public input, and compiled several hundred comments, questions, emails, letters, and other forms of submissions on the draft content. Since then, we have been revising text, updating mapping, and developing new policy to reflect all the feedback we gathered during the first round of consultation.

From today, October 5, until November 5, 2015, we will have the second draft posted at and also available in hard copy for viewing at the Central, Calvin Park, Kingscourt, Isabel Turner, and Pittsburg branches of the Public Library. Viewing copies will also be available at City Hall and the 1211 John Counter Blvd offices.

Now is the time to have a second look at what we’ve proposed based on your contributions, and provide on-the-record comments and submissions.

To finish up this round of fall public consultation there will be an upcoming Public Meeting at the Planning Committee where we will be presenting the highlights of the changes to the Official Plan and you will also be able to ask questions and make comments. Details are listed below:

Public Meeting Official Plan Update
Planning Committee 6:30 p.m. on November 5, 2015 City Hall.
Rachel Quittkat Manager, Projects Planning, Building & Licensing Services Community Services Group City of Kingston 613-546-4291 ext. 3282

8. Martello Alley Art Gallery – although not in Williamsville (we are sure that they wish they were), this artist enclave at 203B Wellington Street is well worth a visit. Open daily 10:00am to 5:00pm

9. Traffic calming on Alfred St. – you have likely noticed the new speed humps and curb extensions along Alfred Street between Princess and Concession. You may also have noticed increased parking on Alfred Street, north of Princess and adjacent side streets. If you have questions or concerns regarding traffic calming and parking, make sure you attend Councillor Neill’s town hall meeting on October 29th.

The next meeting of the Williamsville Community Association Working Group takes place October 26th. Please contact us if you are interested in participating.

Williamsville Community Association
representing Businesses, Agencies & Residents

Williamsville summer’s nearly over

Dear Neighbours,

The winds of change are blowing in a new season and we hope you are all gearing up for a great fall. Here are some community events and activities happening in Williamsville:

1. Kingston Fall Fair – 185th – starts Thursday September 17th and runs to Sunday September 20th. Be sure to check out the displays, farm animals and the midway, have some fair food and see all the events from the heavy horse draw to the antique tractor races, country music competition, auctions, petting zoo and more. See here for schedule of events

2. 5678 Dance Studio – Grand opening Sunday September 20th from 1-4pm at 365 Nelson, corner of Nelson & Concession. Now taking fall registrations. For more info see

3. Kingston Archery Club – fall lessons begin September 26th. Registration is now open at and take place in the basement of St. Luke’s, Princess and Nelson.

4. Kingston School of Art – classes start week of September 21st and celebrating 20 years in the community. For more info see

5. Wednesday September 30th – Bridge & Luncheon at St. Luke’s at noon. $10 per person, please call 613-542-5501 to register. Located at 325 Nelson.

6. Don’t forget, this Sunday only, the Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market will relocate to the front lawn of the M-Centre.

The next working group meeting of the WCA is on Monday September 21st. Please contact us if you are interested in attending.