More Summer Updates

Dear Neighbours:

A few more items to take note of.

1. Casino Feedback
As you know, City Council is seeking the input of residents on whether or not there is support for locating a casino operation in Kingston. You probably saw the results of the public meeting last Wednesday. There is still time to submit your opinion to the City’s poll. There are several ways of communicating your opinion by phone, over the internet or in writing. However, the deadline for participating in the poll on the casino is Tuesday 14 August. Make your opinion known. If you can, do it right now it will only take a few minutes.

http://www.cityofkingston.ca/cityhall/casino.asp

2. Kids Summer Art Camps
Kingston School of Art is running kids summer art camps in August. For more info check www. ksoa.info

3. A message from Kingston Public Health
Dear Kingston Neighbourhood Associations,
The City of Kingston is a vibrant place to live, work, study and play. And Kingstonians are a passionate and caring community. Ensuring the well-being, health and success of our community is a goal shared by many. While the City of Kingston continues to show leadership and make great strides in many areas, there is an area in which we need to start having a serious conversation. That area is alcohol. Alcohol is so intricately woven into our social fabric that discussions surrounding it are often challenging, animated and personal.

KFL&A Public Health and its partners on the Greater Kingston Area Safe and Sober Community Alliance would like to invite you to take part in this conversation at the launch of “It Starts Here…” a report on alcohol in the City of Kingston. The launch will include two events on Monday, November 5, 2012 an afternoon session geared towards professional stakeholders and public policy makers, and an evening session for the entire community.

Our guest speaker will be Ann Dowsett Johnston, an award-winning Canadian journalist, and 2011 recipient of the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy. This fellowship culminated in a 12-part series on Women and Alcohol published in the Toronto Star last November. She is currently working on a major international book on this topic to be released fall 2013. Ann will share her perspective on the issue of alcohol and examine possibilities for action based on local issues.

The launch of this report is intended to shed some light on a public health issue that continues to be downplayed in the popular media. It’s time to begin a conversation and examine the impact alcohol is having on individuals and the community at large, and how we can create conditions where alcohol use is only a part of our good times. We sincerely hope that you will be able to join us.

To Register for the afternoon presentation contact Julia Chenier, julia.chenier@kflapublichealth.ca
*Registration is not required for the evening Public Forum.
For further information please contact Cathy Edwards at 613-549-1232 ext 1508 or cathy.edwards@kflapublichealth.ca.

4. Fall Fun at the M-Centre Market
We are in the planning stages of a Williamsville event to be held at the Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market in September. If you would like to be involved please let us know.